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Multiple injury crash on SR 309

On November 22, 2023 at 11:35 a.m., the Hardin County Central Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls in regards to an injury crash at the intersection of Co. Rd. 15 and St Rt 309. Upon arrival deputies found 2 vehicles off the west side of Co. Rd. 15 in a private yard.

Drugs seized at Kenton residence

In the early morning hours of November 7, detectives from the Hardin County Crime Task Force were requested to assist the Kenton Police Department in the investigation of a possible shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Levings Street in the city of Kenton.  

During the investigation, a search warrant was issued for a Levings Street residence, where detectives seized a quantity of suspected drugs including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, and marijuana.  

Ada traffic stop results in arrest, drug and AK-47 seizure

On November 6 the Ada Police Department issued the following drug trafficking media release:

On October 31, 2023, an Ada Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle commit a moving violation near Klingler Road on West Lincoln Avenue in the Village of Ada.

During the traffic stop officers discovered probable cause to search the vehicle for contraband. The search yielded raw marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash, and a loaded AK-47 pistol.

Four killed in Co Rd 144 crash

On Thursday October 26 at 5:34 p.m. Hardin County Central Dispatch received a call regarding a two vehicle crash in the 20,000 block of Co Rd 144. Upon arrival it was determined that the crash involved a head-on collision between an east bound sedan and a west bound minivan. The investigation shows that the west bound minivan was traveling at a high rate of speed and went left of center, striking head on the east bound sedan. Upon further investigation it was determined that there were four deceased persons, two in each vehicle.

Northwest Ohio troopers to focus efforts on curbing distracted driving this weekend

New distracted driving law became enforceable on October 5 

FINDLAY__Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Findlay District will focus efforts on curbing distracted driving this weekend, as Ohio’s new distracted driving law became  enforceable on October 5. The northwest Ohio initiative started at 12 a.m. on October 6, and will  end at 11:59 p.m. on October 8. 

On April 4, Ohio’s distracted driving law became stricter and is now a primary offense. The new  law gave law enforcement officers probable cause to pull over motorists if they witness them  illegally using a cell phone or other electronic device. Since then, there have been 446 distracted  driving-related crashes in the Findlay District, a 10 percent decrease over the same time frame in  2022. While these numbers are encouraging, distracted driving still occurs on a daily basis on  our roadways. In an effort to reduce the number of distracted driving-related crashes, northwest  Ohio troopers will be out this weekend looking for drivers violating the new law. 

“The purpose of this initiative is to bring further awareness and education to the problem of distracted driving,” said Captain William N. Bowers, Findlay District commander. “Crashes involving distracted driving are preventable and choosing to drive distracted can result in  devastating consequences.” 

SR 309 safety record improves with two roundabouts

LIMA__One year after opening the State Route 309 roundabouts at Napoleon Road and Thayer Road, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 declares the project a safety success. Traffic crashes and injury rates have dramatically decreased at both intersections.

“As a traffic engineer, you understand why constructing a roundabout will improve safety, but seeing the numbers is definitely satisfying,” said ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Chris Hughes. “These roundabouts are most certainly saving lives,” he said.

Between January 2019 to May 2022, the State Route 309/Thayer Road intersection had 29 crashes, with one fatal crash and 16 injury crashes. Since opening in August 2022, four crashes occurred, resulting in one minor injury, and three with property damage only. Not only did the number of crashes per year drop but the injury rate went from 58.6% to 25%.