About the author  ⁄ Doug Jenkins

10/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Construction work continues on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay this week. ODOT says you can expect more of the same. Lane restrictions will continue between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day as the north side of the bridge is rebuilt. There will also be short-term daytime lane closures.

The driveways to some businesses in the construction zone will be closed at times. Alternate routes will be available.

Read More →

10/13/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A man seriously injured in a hit and run crash in Wood County is facing charges for allegedly driving under the influence. Investigators say 40-year-old Chad Riffle of Gibsonburg was heading south on US 23 early Sunday morning when he was hit from behind by 27-year-old Derek Baker of Bradner.

Baker allegedly fled the scene but was arrested a short time later. He was also charged with driving under the influence. Riffle, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Fostoria Hospital and later airlifted to Toledo Hospital.

Read More →

10/13/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Sad news out of Upper Sandusky today, as Wyandot County Prosecutor Jonathan Miller was apparently found dead Sunday as the result of a suicide. The Upper Sandusky Police Department says Miller was found at the city’s reservoir around 10:30 a.m. No other details were available Sunday. Additional information will be released following an investigation.

Miller was in the middle of his third term as Wyandot County Prosecutor.

Read More →

10/13/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The November election is less than a month away, and early voting started last week. With that in mind we’ll be looking at the contested races and issues you’ll be seeing on the ballot.

The Van Buren School District is once again asking voters to pass a levy to build some new facilities and renovate others. Superintendent Tim Myers says following the rejection of the most recent levy attempt in May, the school board reduced the length of the bond from 37 years to 30…

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says to fully repair everything in the middle and high school building it would cost upward of $20 million.

Myers says he understands voter concern about paying for a bond issue for 30 years, but stresses that a “no” vote won’t save money in the long run…

Audio: Tim Myers

The bond issue on the ballot would generate 7 mills for 30 years.

Read More →

10/10/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Allen County employees probably won’t be seeing raises in 2015. The Lima News reports the county commissioners have said several departments are requesting raises for their staff. But, budget numbers will probably prevent that from happening. No raises have been given in Allen County for the last two budget cycles.

Commissioner Cory Noonan tells the newspaper sales tax revenues are down around $177,000 for the year. The 2015 budget is expected to be in the neighborhood of $24.5 million.

MORE: Lima News

Read More →

10/10/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Tiffin man has been charged after he allegedly set a fire inside the city’s Walmart. Media partner WTOL-11 reports 21-year-old Jarrod Pfeiffer faces two counts of aggravated arson. Investigators say Pfeiffer intentionally set a display on fire around 4:30 a.m. on September 5.

A sprinkler system contained the flames to racks in the sporting goods department.

Read More →

10/10/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Tiffin man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly killing a man during a fight. The Review-Times reports 49-year-old Keith Hook was indicted by the Seneca County grand jury this week. The charge stems from the September 23 death of 55-year-old Dean Mathias in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street in Tiffin.

A police report says Mathias was found unconscious in the kitchen of Hook’s home. A call to 9-1-1 indicated that a fight had broken out at the residence.

Hook faces three years in prison if convicted.

MORE: Review Times

Read More →

10/10/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The former Leipsic IGA grocery store will serve a different purpose soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Harvest Assembly of God has bought the building and is converting it into a church. Pastor Nestor Reyes tells the newspaper church members have been cleaning up the building on weekends to get it ready for worship services.

The building is around 12,000 square feet. When the church is completed it will seat around 200 people. A large part of the building will be used for youth ministry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

Read More →