Review Category : Local News

Liberty-Benton Student with Whooping Cough First in County in 2014

8/20/14    3:10 p.m.

Liberty-Benton Elementary School sent a letter home Tuesday with its students after one student was recently diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

It is recommended to be vaccinated for pertussis at two, four, six and fifteen months of age, along with boosters before kindergarten and seventh grade. But by the time we reach adulthood, the vaccine is worn off.

Audio: Frances Meeks

Frances Meeks, director of nursing at the Hancock County Health Department, said pertussis in adults is less severe and may seem more like a bad cough or bronchitis. Despite this, the disease can still be spread to children who are unvaccinated or in the process of receiving all their immunizations.

Meeks said Ohio is third in the nation for number of pertussis cases, and the best way to prevent it is vaccainations. Last year there were six reported cases in Hancock County, but so far this is the first case for 2014.

Symptoms vary by age, but are magnified in babies because of their smaller airways. With adults, it may appear more as a bad cough or bronchitis. Pertussis in a child can start as a mild upper respitory infection and appear as a cold with a runny nose and low grade fever, but the cough becomes more severe. Coughing episodes which sound like crowing or high-pitched “whoops.”

In order to contract the diease, it usually requires two to three hours of face time with the infected person, and coming in contact with any fluids from the nose or throat. Once contracted, quarantine is advised and antibiotics are administered. The person is no longer contagious after approximately five days or continuous antibiotics, but the symptoms can last for up to a month.

As for the student at Liberty-Benton, according to Superintendent Jim Kanable the student is not in classes, and was only exposed to other students at the school’s open house last week. Kanable said the school was notified of the diagnosis Monday after school and sent information home with students immediately on Tuesday.

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Jenera Straw Fire Probably Caused by Lightning Strike

8/20/14      2:23 p.m.

A straw fire at a Jenera farm early this morning was probably caused by a lightning strike around 2:30 a.m.

The Boehm Dairy Farm at 7326 Township Road 25 was the site of the blaze. Jenera Fire Chief Matt Boehm, second cousin of farm owner Mark Boehm, said the fire caused about $45,000 in equipment damage and $5,000 for 105,000 pounds of burned straw.

Firefighters from Jenera, Rawson, Mount Cory and Arlington responded to the fire and used about 55,000 gallons of water in attempts to extinguish the fire.

No buildings were directly affected, but the fire is expected to smolder for a few days. There was no injuries.

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BGSU Football Player Indicted On Rape Charge

William Houston, a sophomore football player at Bowling Green State University, has been indicted for one count of attempted rape by a Wood County grand jury.

The Sentinel-Tribune reports the incident happened on July 20 of this year in the 200 block of Manville Avenue in Bowling Green. Court documents say that Houston held a female down with force in her bed while attempting to engage in sexual conduct with her.

Jason Knavel, BGSU’s assistant Athletic Director said Houston is not currelty taking part in any team activites. A further hearing has not been set.

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New Group Home To Be Established In Findlay

8/20/14 – 7:25 A.M.

A new group home for adults with develpmental disibilities will be established in Findlay in October. The house at 1533 Richland Avenue was previously used as an adult daycare by the Hancock Board of develepmental disibilites.

The Courier reported that the board of disibilities can’t own or run a group home. Hancock Community Housing Inc., which creates low priced housing for adults with disibilities, will own and run the property.

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Fostoria Council Approves Tax Credit Program

8/20/14 – 7:22 A.M.

An Ordinance meant to create and keep jobs by providing tax credits to small and large busniesses was approved by Fostoria City Council Tuesday.

The Courier reports that all types of businesses are eligible. Office, manufacturing, and distribution companies that create at minimum of 10 new jobs in a three year period will be a priority.

Each job will be offering an average wage of at least 150 percent of federal minimum wage.

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Case Closed In Massive North Baltimore Fire

8/20/14 – 7:00 A.M.

Investigators don’t believe there was any criminal intent behind a fire at a North Baltimore business last month. The Courier reports the case has been closed as a result.

The blaze at HPJ Industries on West Broadway could be seen for miles on July 17. Investigators believe a marine flare or a Chinese lantern may have sparked the fire. North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer said all leads in the fire have been exhausted.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Council Considering Changes To Parking Ordinance

8/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria might change the way parking tickets are handled. The Review-Times reports city council held the first reading of an ordinance that would make some big changes to current parking regulations.

If the measure is passed, parking tickets could be paid at the Fostoria Police Department. Fines would also be reduced from $50 to $75 down to around $15 for a parking ticket. Violators would have seven days to pay their fine before it increased. After 30 days of nonpayment you would be considered guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

Currently parking tickets have to be paid at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Another reading of the ordinance will be held at the next council meeting on September 2.

MORE: Review-Times

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Columbus Grove Schools May Begin Drug Testing

8/20/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Putnam County school district may begin drug testing its students. The Lima News reports the Columbus Grove Board of Education talked about the issue this week. Kyle Prueter of Great Lakes Biomedical gave a presentation to the board about the benefits of random drug testing.

Superintendent Nick Verhoff tells the newspaper the district began considering drug testing around nine months ago. He said there hasn’t been increased drug use among students, so the testing would be used to keep kids from starting.

The board’s next step will be to decide if they want to move forward with a testing plan. If so, then a drug policy will have to be outlined.

MORE: Lima News

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Fostoria Arson Suspect Found Competent To Stand Trial

8/20/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A suspect in a Fostoria arson case has been found competent to stand trial. The Courier reports Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley ruled that 31-year-old Shey Weiker can stand trial in October. Weiker is accused of throwing a railroad flare into a home in the 600 block of Poplar Street on May 26. The resulting fire killed 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. and 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance.

Weiker faces counts of aggravated murder, aggravated arson, and attempted murder among other charges. Her trial is set for October 14.

Two other people are accused of being involved in starting the fire. 44-year-old Charles Shaeffer allegedly gave Wieker the flare and showed her how to use it. 20-year-old Timothy Hall is accused of disposing of the flare’s strike cap.

MORE: The Courier

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Detroit Man Found With Two Pounds Of Heroin In Findlay

8/20/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Detroit man was arrested for allegedly transporting a large amount of heroin through Hancock County last Sunday. The State Highway Patrol reports 42-year-old Christopher Triplett was found with two pounds of heroin during a traffic stop on I-75 near U.S. 224. The drugs were worth an estimated $136,000.

Trooper Matthew Geer said he found the heroin underneath the air filter of the rental car. Findlay Post Commander Matthew Crow said the bust was the largest seizure of heroin in Hancock County since 2004.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Triplett on a heroin possession charge Tuesday.

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