Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Sentenced 15 Years To Life For Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

08/29/16 – 4:52 P.M.

A Findlay man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl Monday afternoon. The Courier reports that 21-year-old Christopher B. Reed pleaded guilty to a rape with specification charge. He also faces a gross sexual imposition charge. He told Judge Joseph Niemeyer that he performed oral sex and touched her inappropriately between May 28th and June 11th. Reed said he knew the girl’s age.

Niemeyer sentenced Reed to 15 years to life in prison. He’s also been classified as a Tier III sex offender.

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HATS To Give Free Transportation To The Fair For Seniors And Veterans

08/29/16 – 1:07 P.M.

The fair is coming to Hancock County and HATS is providing free transportation to seniors over 65 this Wednesday. According to HATS transportation director Laurie Collins all you have to do is register.

Audio: Laurie Collins

They will also be giving free transportation to veterans every day if they have their Hancock Veteran’s identification card.

Collins says this is due to a sponsorship from the Marathon Petroleum Company.

Audio: Laurie Collins

Collins says that the company also donated money to get veterans free rides to the fair.

To schedule a ride you can sign up for HATS at 419-423-7261, extension 26.

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New Short Term Parking Can Save Time If You’re Picking Up Fair Food

08/29/16 – 10:31 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair is back in town and now you can grab short-term parking to get some fair food. The Courier reports that the new parking is a part of a system that will let people into the fair to get food. This will save you from a long walk and a wait in line if you just want to pick up some fair food. The parking space was created along Sandusky Street by moving the fence back 60 feet.

The fair opens this Wednesday and runs through labor day.

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Local Gas Prices Up Over The Past Week

8/29/16 – 8:51 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we start the new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.19 in Findlay today. That’s up 11 cents from last Monday.

Prices in Ottawa are relatively flat over the past week. The average in Ottawa is $2.18 today, up from $2.16 a week ago.

Prices around the state are flat as well. The statewide average is $2.18 per gallon today, up two cents from last week.

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OVI Checkpoint Dedicated To Former UF Wrestler

8/29/16 – 8:25 A.M.

A recent OVI checkpoint in Wood County paid tribute to a former University of Findlay wrestler. The State Highway Patrol says the Saturday night enforcement effort in Bowling Green was done in honor of Mitch Airing. Airing was killed in an alcohol-related crash in 2012. He had been the head wrestling coach at Liberty Center High School for six years.

Of the more than 1,100 cars to come through the checkpoint, seven drivers were diverted for further inspection. One driver was charged with drunken driving. Three others were cited for marijuana possession.

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Repaving Work Taking Place On Several Findlay City Streets

8/29/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Several Findlay streets will be repaved this week. You can expect closures on Marilyn Drive between Goldenrod and Lilac lanes; Lilac Lane between Carlee and Bittersweet; and Goldenrod from Carlee to Bittersweet. There will also be repaving projects on Orchard Lane from Lilac to Western Avenue; Washington Street between Hurd and Western, and Clinton Court from Blanchard Street to Central Parkway.

Elsewhere curb replacement projects continue on Osborn Avenue between Wedgewood and Sandusky, as well as on McManness Avenue between East Main Cross and Center Street.

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Road Work Continues On Hancock County Highways

8/29/16 – 7:19 A.M.

One new highway project will begin in Hancock County this week. ODOT says State Route 568 between County Road 255 and the Wyandot County line will be reduced to one lane for resurfacing work.

Elsewhere, other projects continue. This should be the final week of resurfacing work on I-75 between State Route 235 and an area south of Findlay. That project has caused frequent delays for interstate drivers.

Pavement repair continues on the U.S 30 exit and entrance ramps from County Road 330 this week. Traffic in that area is being detoured on County Road 330 to State Route 37 and back to U.S. 30.

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Columbus Grove Officials Discuss Future Of Vacant Church

8/29/16 – 7:00 A.M.

Columbus Grove officials are trying to figure out what to do with a vacant church. The Putnam County Sentinel reports council members recently talked about possible uses for the former Columbus Grove Presbyterian Church. Officials from the church have offered the building to the village at no cost, plus a donation of $30,000.

Village administrator Jeff Vance told council he had been approached about using the building as a branch of the public library. He added that if that happened the fire department could move to the current library location. The building could then be expanded to hold larger trucks.

Other suggestions for the old church include using it as a venue for village and school concerts, an off-site testing location for the school, and renting out the basement for gatherings.

Not everyone is on board with the village taking possession of the church. Councilman Mark Kohls said he didn’t believe they would be able to get any major revenue from the facility.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Price For Student Tickets At Hancock County Fair Up A Little This Year

8/29/16 – 5:41 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair starts Wednesday, and ticket prices have stayed the same for the most part. One exception is the cost of a “school ticket,” which is now $15 until 8 p.m. Friday. It was $12 last year. A school ticket is for someone 17-years-old or younger and admits them to the fair every day.

A season ticket still costs $21. It admits one person and their children 15-years-old and younger into the fair. A season ticket can be bought until 8 p.m. Friday.

Daily admission is $7 at the gate. Some fair attractions have extra fees.

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