Review Category : Local News

NW Ohio Fatal Crashes Increase in First Four Months of 2015

04/17/15     1:23 p.m.

The number of fatal car accidents in northwest Ohio has jumped significantly in 2015.

The State Highway Patrol reports that in the Findlay district, which includes 12 counties in northwest Ohio, there have been 36 crashes and 43 deaths. That’s 19 more accidents than the first four months of 2014.

“This spike in fatalities is concerning. We need motorists to remember the potential consequences when they drive recklessly or neglect to wear a safety belt,” said Captain Gary Allen, Findlay District Commander. “The Patrol will continue to be out on the roads removing unsafe motorists and promoting traffic safety to reverse this trend.”

There were four quadruple-fatals, two double-fatals and four days with more than one deadly accidents per day. Fifty percent of those who died were not wearing seatbelts and alcohol was a factor in more than a third of the crashes.

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ODOT Spent $4 Million Picking Up Litter Along State Highways in 2014

04/17/15     10:33 a.m.

In 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation spent $4 million picking up litter. ODOT crews picked up about 43,000 bags of trash last year.

It’s an expensive problem and one that takes away crews from road work. The $4 million spent of litter is enough to buy 28 new snow plow trucks, pave 28 miles of roadway or install 160 culverts.

Adopt-A-Highway groups picked up 20,000 bags of trash last year saving the state $130,000. If your group or organization is interested in signing up to adopt a highway, see the ODOT website.

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ODOT Working In Wood and Hancock Counties Next Week

04/17/15     10:20 a.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be working on state routes in the area next week. As a result, two of those highways will have some closures.

As part of the I-75 widening project, State Route 18 south to Hancock County Road 99 may be closed at night starting Monday.

State Route 12 east of Arcadia will be closed all week next week for culvert replacements. Traffic will be detoured to U.S. 224.

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Putnam County Judge Overseeing High-Profile Allen County Case

4/17/15 – 5:41 A.M.

A Putnam County judge will preside over a high-profile case in Allen County. The Lima News reports a former Allen County Sheriff’s sergeant has been accused of stealing property from the evidence room of the department. Frederick DePalma was arraigned Thursday on numerous charges. Judge Randall Basinger will serve as a visiting judge in the case.

DePalma is accused of taking things from the evidence lock up over the course of four years. The newspaper reports authorities haven’t said what the former sergeant allegedly took. However, DePalma is facing 33 counts of grand theft or theft of a firearm.

DePalma posted bond following Thursday’s hearing. He worked for the Allen County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years.

MORE: Lima News

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Opiate Addiction Meeting Set For North Baltimore

4/17/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A meeting about opiate addiction will take place in North Baltimore next week. The Wood County Opiate Task Force will host a discussion on the issue at 7 p.m. Thursday night at North Baltimore High School. The event is free and open to the public.

Several members of state coalitions to battle the heroin epidemic will be on hand. Also scheduled to speak is Luckey Mayor Belinda Brooks, who will talk about a family member’s struggle with addiction.

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Common Core Meeting In Putnam County This Weekend

4/17/15 – 5:22 A.M.

The common core curriculum has had plenty of critics, and several of them will gather in Putnam County over the weekend. A panel of five people will speak at a town hall meeting at the Kalida K of C Hall starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.  The group includes Rob Coburn, the school board president for the Garaway School District. He’s been very critical of control being taken away from local school districts.

If you are planning on attending the event, you’re asked to bring canned goods to donate to local food pantries.

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Local Families Will See Pope’s First U.S. Visit

4/17/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Two area families will make the trek to Philadelphia in September when Pope Francis makes his first U.S. visit. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo selected 15 families from its regions; which include Findlay and Leipsic.

Dow and Susan Campbell of Findlay and their daughter will attend the World Meeting of Families. Stanley and Amanda Gerten of Leipsic and their four children will also attend.

Five mentors from the diocese will also take the trip to help support the families from the area who will be in attendance.

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Corps Plan Potentially Drops Flood Levels By Two Feet In Findlay

4/17/15 – 5:01 A.M.

We continue to digest the information about proposed flood mitigation laid out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Courier reports the proposed plan could lower the 100-year flood level in Findlay by two feet. The trade off is that flood levels near the reservoir could rise an additional 1.5 feet during a 100-year-flood. That isn’t sitting well with the local agriculture community.

The Corps’ plans call for a diversion channel for Eagle Creek. It would channel flood water south of Findlay around the city’s southwest side and to the Blanchard west of the city. It also calls for building a levee south of the reservoirs. It would block flood water from the Blanchard from getting into Lye Creek.

A public discussion on the plan will take place at Findlay High School Wednesday night at 5 p.m.

MORE: The Courier

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Dangers Await Animals Let Out to Graze in Pastures too Early in the Spring

04/16/15     5:20 p.m.

After being inside all winter, there is nothing more enjoyable than getting outside for fresh air and exercise. The same goes for livestock after being in a barn waiting to go into the pastures. But it’s important not to let them graze too soon.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from the Hancock County OSU Extension Office said when plants begin to grow in the springtime they often contain toxins that can be harmful to animals. For example, budding trees and shrubs can cause prussic acid and cyanide poisoning, and early grass growth eaten by cattle can cause grass tetany.

There’s also the issue of the misconception that animals know what to eat and what not to eat.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said if you do have animals eager to roam, make sure you check fence rows well, don’t throw clippings into the pasture and give it time to build up a spring growth.

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Liberty Street in Findlay Closed Friday, Monday and Tuesday

04/16/15     4:45 p.m.

Road work will close part of a Findlay Street starting Friday and into next week.

A release from the city says Liberty Street will be closed between West Sandusky and West Lima Streets for curb and sidewalk replacement. Work will start on Friday and continue Monday and Tuesday.

The block will be closed between work hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to through traffic but will remain open to residents.

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