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VIDEO: Findlay Mayor Talks About Upcoming Projects

1/23/17 – 2:04 P.M.
UPDATE – 5:52 P.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik gave the Findlay Rotary club an update on city operations Monday. Mihalik says 2017 will bring an increased emphasis on community policing efforts…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says officials are still developing the plan, but a formal initiative is under way. She says the plan would focus on areas where residents call the police and fire departments more frequently.

On the subject of finances, Mihalik said the city is spending the same amount on personnel now as it was in 2008…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says she’s focused on investing in infrastructure and creating a budget that’s based on the rate of the city’s revenue.

Mihalik added there’s been some confusion about a pavement study included in the capital plan for 2017…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says the pavement analysis looks for problems underneath the road as well. She says that would help eliminate any costly surprises when taking on a paving project.

The goal is to perform a pavement analysis once every five years.

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1/23/17 – 7:30 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two Mount Cory residents over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened on State Route 12 near Hancock County Road 9 around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 49-year-old Mark Greiner of Mount Cory was slowing down for stopped traffic when a car driven by 18-year-old Brooke Peplinski of Findlay hit him from behind.

Hanco Ambulance took Greiner and 39-year-old Jacquelyn Griener to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Medical personnel checked out Peplinski at the scene of the crash.

Deputies cited Peplinski for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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1/23/17 – 7:19 A.M.

Officials at the United Way of Fostoria say their fundraising goal for the current campaign season is in sight. The Review-Times reports the organization has brought in more than $185,000 so far. That’s roughly 5 percent short of the campaign goal of $195,000.

Campaign co-chair Mike Foss says there is still time to give. Foss tells the newspaper, “While it was an aggressive goal, we felt – and still feel – we have a good opportunity to hit that.”

Money raised from the campaign supports 12 agencies in Fostoria.

MORE: Review-Times

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1/23/17 – 6:55 A.M.

Local gas prices are continuing a January slide. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.05 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 15 cents over the last seven days. Prices haven’t been this low since the beginning of December.

Ottawa drivers report the average price is $2.05 per gallon in the village.

Around Ohio the statewide average is $2.11. That’s a decrease of 13 cents over the last seven days.

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1/23/17 – 6:46 A.M.

A 10-year-old boy is facing charges after he allegedly took the family car for a joy ride Sunday morning. The Courier reports a Fostoria Police Officer noticed a car driving erratically around 7:15 a.m. on North Countyline Street. The boy led the officer on a chase, eventually crashing at the intersection of North Countyline and Culbertson streets.

Investigators say the boy wanted to go shopping. He apparently made several stops between his home in the village of Kansas to Fostoria.

The boy faces a charge of fleeing from an officer. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper the boy put a lot of people in danger. Loreno says the child was driving at high speeds in the city.

MORE: The Courier

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1/23/17 – 5:32 A.M.

It’s been a long road, but it appears Leipsic is set to leave its fiscal emergency designation. That’s according to Mayor Kevin Benton, who made the announcement during a state of the village address last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports representatives from Ohio have recommended dropping the designation for the village. The state declared a fiscal emergency for Leipsic six years ago.

Benton says state auditors found the village was in line with guidelines to get Leipsic’s finances under control. Benton added the village met the goals while still providing all services for residents.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/23/17 – 5:18 A.M.

The leader of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay is stepping down this year. Father Michael Hohenbrink announced his retirement to the congregation Sunday. Hohenbrink said he asked Bishop Thomas for permission to retire on December 8.

Hohenbrink’s last day is set for June 30. The Catholic Church will assign a new pastor effective in July.

Hohenbrink says he plans to stay in Findlay. He also wants to help out at the church in some capacity.

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1/23/16 – 5:06 A.M.

An Arlington man facing a murder charge is now facing charges for an alleged assault in the Hancock County Jail. The Courier reports deputies have charged 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell and 30-year-old Joshua Frenzel of Fostoria in connection to a November 16 incident. Investigators say both men hit 28-year-old Paul Porter twice, knocking him unconscious. The fight reportedly happened after inmates accused Porter from stealing commissary items. He also allegedly spit on Houdeshell.

Houdeshell is facing a murder charge in a separate case. Police say he killed 2-year-old Brayden Ferrell in a Findlay apartment last April. He’s scheduled for arraignment on the jail assault on February 1.

Frenzel is no longer in the jail. In late November Judge Reginald Routson sentenced Frenzel to 23 months in prison for failure to appear and drug charges. A court date for Frenzel hasn’t been set for the jail assault.

Porter remains in jail. He is facing a robbery charge.

MORE: The Courier

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1/20/17 – 6:46 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Fostoria woman in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says 32-year-old Emily Montiel stopped for a red light at the intersection of of Tiffin Avenue and Croy Drive around 4:30 p.m. when a pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Scott Adams of Findlay collided with her from behind.

Hanco Ambulance took Montiel to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police cited Adams for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

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1/20/17 – 5:36 A.M.

Fostoria residents who need help with a problem have a new resource available to them. The Review-Times reports the United Way of Fostoria launched the “First Call for Help” program Tuesday. The system gives residents a central place to go to learn more about the resources that could be available to them.

The program can help point people in the right direction when they can’t pay the electric bill, are battling drug addiction, or experiencing domestic violence among other issues. United Way Executive Director Evelyn Marker says the agency doesn’t supply the resources, but can point people where to go.

The number for the program is 419-435-2555. It’s available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MORE: Review-Times

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