Review Category : Local News

Columbia Gas Customers Warned About Scam

10/2/14 – 4:22 A.M.

Columbia Gas customers are being warned of a telephone scam. The utility says someone claiming to be from Columbia Gas is calling customers to threaten them with a shutoff if they don’t pay an overdue bill. Customers are told to pay up with a prepaid debit card, something the gas company says they’ll never do.

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Squirrel To Blame For McComb Power Outage

10/2/14 – 4:19 A.M.

A squirrel is being blamed for a power outage in Hancock and Wood counties that left more than one-thousand people in the dark yesterday. American Electric Power says a squirrel leaped from one transformer to another, creating an arc that destroyed a switch meant to ensure the two devices weren’t connected.

The outage kept McComb and the surrounding region for several hours Wednesday.

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Historic Putnam County Bridge Repairs Starting in Fall 2016

10/01/14     6:58 a.m.

A historic bridge in Putnam County will be receiving repairs starting in the fall of 2016. The Sentinel reports that the Putnam County engineers have been awarded funds for the Mallaham Bridge.

The total estimated price of construction will be more than $380,000. The grant the county received is worth more than $300,000. The bridge is eligible for National Historic Places for its bowstring truss design.

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Lima Police Department to Hire Three New Officers with Grant Money

10/01/14     6:56 a.m.

The Lima Police Department will be hiring three new officers on Tuesday after the department received more than $370,000 in grant money. reports that City Council will have to approve the funds and that the police department must keep the officers after the three-year grant runs out.

Roughly more than $120 million dollars are awarded nationally by the Justice Departments Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Departments that received money were selected based on needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans.

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Jurors Hear Witness Testimony in Day Two of Saltz Rape Case

10/01/14     6:52 a.m.

Testimony ended yesterday in the case of John Saltz, the 49-year-old Marion man facing charges on raping a child in 2011.

A sexual assault nurse examiner conducted a rape kit test of the girl according to Detective Matt Tuttle. Police obtained DNA results from the girl and her underwear which linked Saltz to the girl, prompting police to speak with him in September 2012.

According to the Courier, when questioned after incident Tuttle said the defendant had no immediate response when pressed about how his DNA was linked to the girl.

DNA expert witnesses said there is a strong connection of Saltz’s DNA to the girl, but they could not say with certainty that it was an absolute match.

Judge Reginald Routson told jurors Tuesday they are unlikely to hear from additional witnesses prior to closing arguments today. Neither Saltz nor the alleged victim testified.

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Kids In Crisis: Getting Help Where It’s Needed

10/1/14 – 5:30 A.M.

This week we’ve been telling you about programs available to kids in crisis situations in our area.

Today we look at the challenges of getting kids who need help into programs that can benefit them. Josh Ebling of the Family Resource Center says that’s one of the biggest challenges…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling also says a big hurdle is making sure families in highly volatile situations trust the programs that are in place…

Audio: Josh Ebling

One common misconception is that state programs will be quick to pull a child out of a home. Ebling added that they’re spreading word about the new programs to their clients, to fight that type of thinking.

Tomorrow we’ll look at crisis intervention programs have already been used in Findlay.

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Walking as Beneficial as Spending Time in the Gym

09/30/14     5:38 p.m.

New diet and exercise programs come out every day, but Dr. Steve Mills, health commissioner for the city of Findlay said staying fit is a lot easier than that.

Audio: Steve Mills

And with three full months left in the year, there is still time to make good on you 2014 New Year’s resolutions. If that resolution was to get in shape or lose some weight, Mills said there’s no need to go buy a pricey gym membership.

audio: Steve Mills

According to Mills, 150 minutes of walking per week has been shown to improve heart and lung functions as well as improve stress levels, self-esteem and mood.

Mills said it’s as simple as walking the dog, using the stairs, taking a walk during the lunch hour or any other activity. It doesn’t all have to be done at once, but Mills said it’s just important to be active.

For diabetes awareness month in November, Mills will be holding a walking club at the Findlay Village Mall every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to promote health and wellness.

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Fire Destroys Union Township Home

09/30/14     1:40 p.m.

A house has been destroyed in a fire this morning at 4800 Union Township Road 25, south of Rawson.

The fire was first reported around 11:40 a.m. A plume of thick black smoke could be seen miles from the fire.

Multiple fire departments, including Rawson, Mount Cory, Union Township, Allen Township, Jenera and Blanchard Township fire departments, responded to the scene.

Additional details will be posted as they are made available.

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Kids In Crisis: Local Programs Help Families

9/30/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Yesterday we outlined how stepped up efforts to help kids in crisis came to be. Today, we’re looking at how local families can get help.

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio and says a big part of the plan is to offer help to families at all hours of the day…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling also says part of the Strong Families program focuses on not allowing one crisis to snowball into another…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says grant money from the state means more counselors can be trained to deal with these situations.

As we continue our series tomorrow we’ll look at how the Strong Families plan aims to connect with kids in need of help.

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Five Injured In Seneca County Crash

9/30/14 – 5:13 A.M.

A Seneca County crash injured five people Monday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 around 7 p.m.

44-year-old Adhah Aljohani was driving a Dodge Durango west on Route 224 when he ran a red light and hit a semi driven by 51-year-old Ryan Phillips of Wharton. The collision caused the Durango to damage a junction box that controlled the stop light. The semi slammed into a sign for a fuel center.

Aljohani and one passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. Three other passengers were taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The patrol says all the injuries were non-life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation.

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