Review Category : Local News

Bluffton Chamber Looks To Take Advantage Of Dual County Status

10/30/14 – 12:09 P.M.

Bluffton business leaders want residents from Hancock and Allen Counties to get a better look at what the village has to offer.

Fred Steiner is the director of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and says Bluffton is on a bit of an island being on the county line, and in the middle of Findlay and Lima…

Audio: Fred Steiner

In order to take advantage of the dual county status, the chamber has invited the commissioners from both counties to an upcoming meeting…

Audio: Fred Steiner

The hope is the commissioners will get more familiar with the business climate in Bluffton.

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Frustration Mounts As Gas Meter Still Not Installed At County Garage

10/30/14 – 11:33 A.M.

While the new Hancock County Engineering garage is open, it’s not fully operational yet. County Commissioner Brian Robertson says Columbia Gas continues to delay the installation of a gas meter, which is causing mounting problems…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson adds he’s been trying to nail down a date, but hasn’t had any luck…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says initially the meter was supposed to ship early this month. Now it looks like it will be early November before it can be installed at the earliest.

Until the meter is installed, the garage is operating without a generator, and without heat.

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Harris Sentenced to 20 Years to Life For Murder of Joe Gutierrez

10/30/14     10:15 a.m.

A Findlay man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing Joe Gutierrez III.

21-year-old Ralph Harris III admitted to shooting Gutierrez multiple times Nov. 8 at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal Avenues in Findlay. Courier reporter Ryan Dunn was in court this morning.

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Harris is facing 15 years to life for the murder charge, three for a gun specification and two years for various drug charges. His co-defendant Montre Robinson, who was also found guilty of murder for his role in driving the getaway vehicle, will be sentenced in December.

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Marathon Reports Solid Third Quarter Of 2014

10/30/14 – 7:33 A.M.

Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum Company’s earnings in the third quarter of 2014 dwarfed last years numbers. Figures released by the company this morning show the company earned $672 million between July and September. During the same time period in 2013, Marathon earned $168 million.

Today’s quarterly report also shed some light on the future of the company. A statement from CEO Gary Heminger said Marathon plans to accelerate the growth of MPLX LP. Heminger added, “We believe MPLX’s long-term growth profile represents substantial value to MPC shareholders through our general partner interest, the incentive distribution rights and the potential for meaningful proceeds from asset sales to MPLX.”

Another Marathon Subsidiary, Speedway, showed record earnings. The convenience store chain earned $119 million during the quarter, up from $102 million in 2013. The increase was credited to higher margins on light product and merchandise. Speedway also closed its buyout of Hess retail stores on September 30.

MORE: Marathon Investor Site

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One Injured In Downtown Findlay Crash

10/30/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in downtown Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened just after 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Main Cross and South Cory streets.

20-year-old Robyn Thomas of Sidney was driving west on West Main Cross when she ran a red light and hit a car driven by 73-year-old Gary Staats of Findlay. A passenger in Thomas’ car was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Thomas was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

 

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Possible Connection In Wood County Thefts

10/30/14 – 5:33 A.M.

There may be a connection between a series of robberies in Bowling Green and Perrysburg. Investigators say there are a lot of similarities. Police are calling the thefts crimes of opportunity. They say the thieves are gaining access to the homes through open garage doors and unlocked front doors.

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Findlay Officer Involved In Crash Hasn’t Returned To Duty

10/30/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Findlay police officer who was involved in a crash two weeks ago has not returned to duty. Lt. Robert Ring says Ryan Parsons will not be reinstated until he completes additional testing and a doctor clears him to return.

Parsons said he blacked out while driving his cruiser in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street on October 14. His car went off the road and hit a power pole. Parsons was treated for minor injuries.

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Toledo Woman Sentenced For Findlay Village Mall Robbery

10/30/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Toledo woman will spend three years in prison for attacking a Findlay Village Mall employee. The Courier reports 19-year-old Asia Burwell pleaded guilty to a robbery charge. She sprayed an employee at the Buckle clothing store with pepper spray on May 24 as the man tried to stop her from shoplifting.

Judge Reginald Routson cited multiple pending theft cases against Burwell as a reason for the prison sentence. He added he would consider early release for good behavior since the robbery was Burwell’s first felony.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Employer Adding Jobs, Equipment

10/30/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Putnam County’s largest employer is expanding. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that KMI Manufacturing in Kalida is adding new equipment that will see the company add more than 60 jobs in the future.

The expansion will also see some heavy-duty equipment shipped to the village. KMI Associate Vice President Brian Niese says three “superloads” are bringing the larger machine components in. Trailers that are more than 200 feet long will bring in shipments from Dayton and the Port of Baltimore Maryland.

KMI manufactures parts for the auto industry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Fostoria Man Found Guilty For Role In Arson

10/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Fostoria man was found guilty yesterday for his role in an arson fire that killed two people. The Review-Times reports a jury of six men and six women deliberated for nearly 8 hours before delivering guilty verdicts on four charges. Schaeffer was charged with being complicit in the Memorial Day fire set by Shey Weiker.

Weiker set the blaze at 614 S. Poplar Street to get revenge against Daniel Marker Jr., who she accused of committing a sex crime against her son. Schaeffer told Weiker how to use the flare that was used to start the fire. The flames killed Marker and Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was injured escaping the house.

Schaeffer will be sentenced today. He could spend the rest of his life in prison.

MORE: Review Times

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