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2/23/15 – 5:31 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a Toledo man on I-75 in Hancock County Saturday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 2:15 p.m. a mile north of Van Buren.

30-year-old Pablo Losoya Jr. was driving north as he approached other cars stopped for another accident. Losoya’s car hit a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Jill Morehart of Findlay. Losoya’s car then hit a truck driven by 57-year-old Jimmy Postlethwaite.

Losoya was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The other drivers were not hurt. Losoya was also cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

 

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2/23/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Findlay police are still looking for a driver in a hit-and-run accident that injured a 16-year-old late Friday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened around 5:10 p.m. in the crosswalk at West Trenton and Broad avenues.

The teenager was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a leg injury. He was in town with a group for a school-related event.

Police are looking for a red, four-door vehicle driven by a white woman. Anyone with information should call (419)424-7150.

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2/23/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Putnam County’s Health Department is changing some policies to keep people from buying lots of land too small to build a home on. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the department is requiring soil analysis for sewage treatment systems and private water systems before lots are created. In the past the analysis was done after the lot was made. That could mean someone could buy a lot that may not be able to meet the requirements for a sewage system.

The move was made after the Putnam County Commissioners rejected a proposed two-acre minimum for lots created in unincorporated areas.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/23/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Another meeting about a proposed addiction recovery home in Findlay will take place today. The Findlay Ministerial Association will hold a press conference at Howard United Methodist Church on Cherry Street at 12:30 p.m. Reverand Larry Kreps says the meeting will discuss the results of previous public meetings, and the “possibilities moving forward.”

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services’ plans to put a recovery home for women at 1900 Greendale Avenue has been controversial. Opponents of the plan say the house doesn’t belong near two elementary schools. Those in favor of it say it’s something that Findlay needs and won’t be a burden to the neighborhood.

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2/20/15 – 11:02 A.M.

Efforts to continue the revitalization of downtown Findlay were bolstered today. Heritage Ohio Inc. officially admitted the city into its Ohio Main Street program. The designation gives the Downtown Findlay development group access to more resources…

Audio: Jeff Siegler

Jeff Siegler is with Heritage Ohio and says the non-profit organization focuses on saving historic buildings and continued economic development.

Maria Reza is Findlay’s downtown coordinator, and says the city has seen benefits from being an affiliate member the past few years…

Audio: Maria Reza

Reza says as a full member they’ll now have access to even more resources to help the continued development of downtown. Members get training and technical support on a variety of revitalization topics.

There are only 22 other Main Street program cities in Ohio, including Kent, Troy, and Van Wert among others.

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2/20/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Residents of a Findlay neighborhood voiced their concerns about the potential location of a Findlay City Schools bus garage during a Thursday meeting. The Courier reports more than 60 people were on hand to learn more about the potential facility. The school district is considering building the garage near the corner of Broad and Bigelow Avenue.

There was conversation about noise and diesel fumes. Jerry Murray of RCM Architects said that fencing and landscaping would be used to buffer noise issues. Others in attendance wanted to know how putting a garage at that location would affect traffic.

There were others on hand concerned the garage would cause more water runoff into the Dalzell Ditch. Murray said legally they couldn’t build a facility that adds extra runoff into the ditch.

Superintendent Ed Kurt told the crowd the school wanted to be good neighbors and try and address the concerns brought up. He added that no permanent plans were in place yet.

The meeting may be a moot point. The district isn’t interested in the property unless it can be rezoned to fit their needs.

MORE: The Courier

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2/20/15 – 4:34 A.M.

The Wood County prosecutor says an arrest has been made in the death of a 19-year-old woman more than three decades ago. Russell Adkins was indicted yesterday for the murder of Dana Rosendale, who was found critically injured on the side of the road in September 1982. At the time, Adkins said she had fallen out of his car while he was giving her a ride home from a night out. Her death was ruled undetermined until January 2014, when her body was exhumed for further testing and it was determined that she died from blunt force trauma to the head as a result of beating.

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2/19/15 – 12:54 P.M.

When the Hancock County Commissioners tabled a purchase order to pay for staffing at the proposed addiction recovery house in Findlay this week, it created some more controversy about the issue. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says he had to deal with that fallout over the last couple of days…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

A press release from Commissioner Brian Robertson on Tuesday said “It is unnecessary to supply funding the staff when the ADAMHS board just stated last night that ‘no decision has been made.'” Robertson said today he felt some public pressure needed to be put on the ADAMHS board…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Both Robertson and Gazarek said that the purchase order will have to be paid in order for the county to avoid a lawsuit.

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2/19/15 – 11:25 A.M.

Many Findlay residents have raised several questions about the plans for an addiction recovery house over the past few weeks. This week’s questions have centered on how the ADAMHS board, the group planning the house, gets its funding.

Audio: John Kovach

John Kovach is with the Save Our Neighborhoods group and attended the Thursday Hancock County Commissioners meeting.

What he found is that ADAMHS is not funded with sales tax dollars from the general fund. Commissioner Phil Riegle explained…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Instead funding for the group comes from a levy passed by county voters. The budget is audited by the Hancock County Auditor’s Office. When the ADAMHS board pays for services unencumbered by the yearly budget, the purchase orders must be approved by the Hancock County Commissioners.

That was the case with a $49,000 line item this week. The purchase order was to pay for staffing for the proposed recovery home. The commissioners have tabled the item twice to find out more about it. However, they will eventually have to approve the item to avoid a lawsuit.

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