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12/17/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look back at 2014 in Findlay and Hancock County examines life after Apollo Tyre for Cooper Tire & Rubber. As 2013 closed, a sale to the India-based company fell through. In 2014, Cooper recommitted to local development with the announcement of a new tech center…

Audio: Roy Armes

CEO Roy Armes talked about the tech center during an official announcement in June. Armes said Cooper will hire 40 people to run the facility, including engineers, scientists, and researchers.

The state offered incentives for Cooper to locate the technology center in Findlay. A $2.8 million grant was given to the company. The state controlling board added another $400,000 grant to make infrastructure improvements in the city.

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12/17/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A three-car crash injured two people on Tiffin Avenue Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 800 block of the road.

Investigators say 36-year-old Kari Mahler was driving east on Tiffin Avenue when she stopped for traffic. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 22-year-old Kagayaki Tabogami of Findlay. The impact of the collision pushed Mahler’s car into the westbound lanes of the road, where it was hit by a car driven by 64-year-old Charles Yurkovich of North Canton.

Mahler and a passenger, 13-year-old Tayler Brantley, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. Tabogami was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.


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12/17/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Fostoria is ready to close the books on 2014. The Review-Times reports city council approved the final appropriations for this year’s expenses and temporary appropriations for 2015 at their Tuesday meeting. That clears the way to give a final examination of the books.

City Auditor Steve Garner says the final general fund numbers will come in a little over $7 million for 2014. That’s a nearly $600,000 increase over last year. Expenditures for 2015 have been budgeted at around $6.3 million.

Most of the spending will come from police, fire and EMS expenses. Those services will cost around $4.7 million.

MORE: Review Times

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12/17/14 – 4:48 A.M.

The band shell at Riverside Park in Findlay will see some improvements thanks to a grant. Findlay City Council accepted $9,000 from the Hancock Park District at their Tuesday meeting. The money will pay for brick work at the summertime concert facility. The improvements will take place sometime in 2015.

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12/16/14 – 11:58 A.M.

Ohio has made strides in the fight against opioid addiction within the last year. State Representative Robert Sprague recapped some of the bills passed in the state in 2014 during a meeting at the Courier today. He also said there’s more work to be done.

House Bill 367 will be voted on tomorrow and includes a critical education component…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says the bill also cracks down on doctors who are acting as “pill mills” for the heroin treatment drug, buprenorphine, which is addicting on its own.

Sprague also said the state needs a “good samaritan law” that protects people who try to get help for people who have overdosed…

Audio: Robert Sprague

A similar bill never made it out of committee this year. Sprague says that’s because lawmakers felt it was giving potential protection for drug dealers. He added he’d reintroduce legislation in 2015 that would clearly define addicts and drug dealers.

Another issue is the amount of opioids being prescribed by doctors…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he’s looking into a system in Maine that examines pain treatment options beyond eight weeks. The system makes it more difficult to get opioids at that point and looks at other chronic pain treatment options.

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12/16/14 – 6:47 A.M.

A Bowling Green State University football player is facing charges after a prank went too far. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 22-year-old Matthew Johnson has been charged with obstructing official business. Johnson took $1,500 from his roommate as a joke.

Johnson and his roommate had both won money from a casino. He hid the money from Ryan Burbink, who in turn filed a police report. Johnson gave the money back and admitted to police he was behind the prank.

BGSU officials tell the newspaper they are addressing the situation.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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12/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

The Carey village council approved an ordinance last night that makes sure new hires in the police department get paid. The Courier reports the pay ordinance also covers some officers who have completed their probationary period.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson said no other pay raises have been approved, but raises could be given in March on a case-by-case basis. Performance evaluations will be given in February. The village recently approved a change that does away with “across-the-board” raises. A merit system is used instead.

MORE: The Courier

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12/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

After years of debate about the future of Central Middle school in Findlay, steps were taken towards its future this year. Our look back at 2014 focuses on the future site of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

Ground for the new facility was broken in late July. At the time, Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger said the addition of a performing arts center was a big gain for Findlay…

Audio: Gary Heminger

Ed Reading is the chairman of the board for the new center. In August, he said they anticipated the facility opening on time in 2015.

Audio: Ed Reading

The renovated Central auditorium will have 1,000 seats. A new portion will be added to the existing structure. It will include a new lobby, entrance, art gallery, black box theater and multipurpose room.

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