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Port Clinton man dead after Findlay shooting

By Joe Gilroy

Police are investigating a shooting that killed a Port Clinton man in Findlay on May 27.

Findlay Police Department officers found J’vion Zimmerman, 18, in an alley near Howard Street sufering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest. He later died at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

Initial reports stated police had identified a 17-year-old person of interest, but were unable to locate the individual.

A later update from Findlay police states they had located the person of interest, but with the subject being a minor, no name or other information would be released at this time.

Honoring National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with an Open House and Memorial Tribute

Crime Victim Services, located at 330 N. Elizabeth St. Lima, Ohio, will be hosting an agency wide open house on April 23, 2024 from 4-6, to honor “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” which is celebrated this year during the week of April 21–27, 2024.

Our goal is to raise awareness through educating and encouraging members of the Allen and Putnam counties’ communities to learn how to help survivors and inform about the services and support provided by Crime Victim Services. 

Following the open house, Crime Victim Services will hold a gathering at the Homicide Memorial Garden, in front of the CVS office.  This will include a brief candlelight ceremony, a “moment of silence,” and a poem reading that honors and symbolizes the power of the human voice in seeking peace and justice. 

This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme is “How would you help?” to highlight options, services, and hope for crime survivors.  The focus includes the importance of creating an environment in which victims and survivors feel safe talking about what happened to them. The theme “How would you help?” aims to ensure that everyone in a community knows where and how crime victims and survivors can find support including friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, service providers, or other trusted members of the community.

As an agency dedicated to advocate for justice and compassion, Crime Victim Services is proud to announce its participation in Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week. This annual event serves as a crucial reminder of our collective responsibility to support and empower those affected by crime while championing their rights. In 2022, there were nearly 20 million crime victimizations in the United States. More than 6.6 million were the result of violent crimes, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Of that 6.6 million, only about 42% were reported to police.

Locally, Crime Victim Services (CVS) is an Ohio non-profit, United Way partner agency serving victims of unsolved, misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile crimes in Allen and Putnam Counties. In 2023, Allen and Putnam County (CVS) Advocates attended or accompanied victims and survivors of crime to Court Hearings and proceedings 4,619 times.   

Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week is an opportunity for our community to come together to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the rights and needs of crime victims. It shines a spotlight on the challenges faced by victims and survivors, while also highlighting the invaluable resources and support available to them. 

For more information about our events and initiatives during Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week, please contact Gina Brun, Court Advocate Supervisor, at 419-222-8666 or 

Throughout the week, Crime Victim Services will be hosting a series of events and initiatives aimed at fostering understanding, compassion, and empowerment for crime victims. These activities include: 

  • Awareness Campaigns: Social media campaigns and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the impact of crime on victims and communities. 
  • How would you help?” Campaign:  Promoting community awareness by participating in “How would you help?” campaign by encouraging community members to engage in the social media photo opportunities while holding a “How would you help?” flyer.  
  • Additionally, April 21–27, 2024, the week of “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)”, some local businesses are supporting Crime Victim Services mission “How would you help?”  Check out the following business and individuals that will have resources available to further educate and encourage others to join in making a positive difference. 
  • Our Town Roast (Specialized beverage)  
  • Joeys 
  • Sblended Nutrition 
  • Join Crime Victim Services in commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering, advocating, and supporting those affected by crime. Together, we can work towards a future where every victim’s voice is heard, their rights are respected, and their journey towards healing is supported. 

Residents enjoy perks of Maple Crest Independent Living

By Joe Schriner

Bob McCurdy, and his wife Myrna, live in one of the Independent Living “villas” at Maple Crest in Bluffton – and they absolutely love it. They live on a cul-de-sac in the Maple Crest complex.

Bob said they value the freedom of not owning a home any longer. What’s more, there’s a camaraderie in the neighborhood that’s developed over the years. And, Bob added that the couple can also participate in the activities going on in Maple Crest’s main facility when they wish.

Bob said he is particularly impressed with the Mennonite Home Communities continuum of care across the four campuses in Bluffton.

“It’s really a progression of care all the way through death,” Bob continued.

What’s more, Bob said the demographic mix of people in the neighborhood is, indeed, a great thing. And in his particular case, he enjoys conversations with a number of retired academics, both from Ohio Northern University and Bluffton University.

With the Independent Living, Bob said he and Myrna are free to “…jump in our car and go to a movie anytime we like.” In fact, the couple had just returned from a trip to Europe.

To go back to the continuum of care, Bob said it’s been amazing to see the high level of attention, individualized-care, and integrated programming in each of the facilities. Besides being a resident, Bob has regularly volunteered in some of the facilities as well.

*Note: Bob retired as an Assistant Dean of the Ohio Northern University Pharmacy School several years ago, after some 20 years working there. What’s more, he graduated from ONU’s School of Pharmacy in 1965. He then went on to work in Student Services at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, then at Carnegie Melon University. After these administrative university positions, Bob went on to help with the start-up and development of the ParMor. Co., which became a nationwide chain of pharmacies. Then it was back to ONU in 1996.

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Bob and Myrna McCurdy had nothing but good things to say, not just about the Maple Crest Independent Living, but about the full continuum of MHCO care throughout all four campuses in western Bluffton.  (Submitted photo)