Review Category : Local News

More Details About Fostoria Shooting Released

2/19/16 – 5:14 A.M.

More details about a shooting in a Fostoria trailer park are being released. Police Chief Keith Loreno recently talked to the Review-Times about the January 30 incident. Loreno says the accused shooter, 34-year-old Terrance Williamson, forced 36-year-old Lashelle Norman to drive him from Toledo to her home at gunpoint, with his two small children in the car.

Norman was in Toledo to visit Williamson, a former boyfriend.

When they arrived at the trailer, Williamson allegedly hit Norman in the back of the head with his gun. He then shot her when she refused to give him money. Norman’s daughter, 17-year-old Alexia Johnson, was shot in the leg when she tried to help her mom. Williamson then sped off in the car, but crashed a short time later and was arrested.

On Wednesday Williamson was indicted on 13 charges in Wood County. They include: two counts of felonious assault, two counts of kidnapping, one count of aggravated robbery, four counts of attempted murder, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of having weapons under disability, one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, and one count of tampering with evidence.

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Blanchard Valley Center Setting Strategic Goals

2/19/16 – 4:59 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Center is working to set up strategic goals for the future, and as a result you might not see their levies on the ballot as frequently. The Courier reports BVC Superintendent Kelli Grisham met with the county commissioners Thursday to get their input. Commissioner Phil Riegle suggested avoiding back-to-back levy campaigns in the future.

In May of 2015, voters renewed a 5-year, 1.9 mill operating levy for the center. A year before that a five-year, 2.5-mill levy that generates around $2.3 million a year was passed. Riegle says that while the BVC levies usually get a lot of support from the community, spacing out them out could help if public sentiment ever changed.

An upcoming change at the center will see Blanchard Valley Industries begin operating independently in October. Grisham says clients and their families will see very little change. She compared it to when a nonprofit corporation took over operations of the BVC’s residential program in 2014. The move was made to sidestep pressure on public institutions to move clients from residential housing to homes in the larger community.

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Workforce Development A Major Focus Of Findlay-Hancock Alliance

2/18/2016 – 9:42 pm

The Findlay-Hancock Alliance held a forum on the economic outlook of Findlay and Hancock County Thursday night. In reviewing the Alliance’s work thus far and plans for 2016 and beyond, Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said that the Alliance will be making a primary focus on workforce development. Iriti noted that development wasn’t just finding new employees, but also helping people already in the community find good paying jobs to become positive members of the community.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Iriti mentioned that as of May 2015 there are 45,000 employees in Hancock County and around 56% of those employees come from outside the county to work. To maintain that and to build upon it, the Alliance will focus on retaining employers already in Hancock County and helping them address business concerns.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Iriti announced that the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation has joined the Workforce Coalition, which will help the Alliance secure funding to hire a full-time Workforce Director this year. This person will be responsible for building and addressing workforce concerns among businesses in Findlay and Hancock County.

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Findlay Council Reviews School Fiber Data Network Proposal

2/18/2016 – 9:40 pm

A Findlay City Council Committee of the whole held a discussion Thursday about proposed plans to connect city departments to a fiber data network that Findlay City Schools is constructing. The schools will begin construction on a fiber loop around the City of Findlay this spring to connect all school buildings. The schools offered service to both Hancock County and the City of Findlay on that loop. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that given the high cost to maintain the current system and service issues, from a financial standpoint entering into an agreement with the schools made sense.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

One of those benefits includes adding 911 service to the data line, which makes any service disruptions a top priority when it comes to repairs and servicing. If an agreement is approved by the Findlay City Council, the City would then put the work for their additions to the network out for the bidding process and the entire loop would fall into line with plans for the school system. The school plans to have the data loop up and operating by early August.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

The council members present recommended that the committee review the issue at the next Findlay City Council meeting.

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Owens Nursing Program Is Accredited

2/18/2016 – 2:55 pm

Once again, the Owens Community College has an accredited nursing program. In a release, the college announced that the State of Ohio Board of Nursing notified Owens that its programs have been fully approved for five years. The program had lost accreditation in 2009.

Owens’ nursing programs are accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing through Spring 2018.

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Two Injured In Western Avenue Crash

2/18/2016 – 2:47 pm

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Western Avenue this morning. The Courier reports that the accident happened shortly after 8am at the intersection of Western and West Hardin Street. 26-year-old Becky Macke of Leipsic and 46-year-old Delia Gonzalez of Findlay were transported for minor injuries

Police report that the accident happened when 55-year-old Curtis Devore of Findlay was heading southbound on Western Avenue and failed to stop for a car that was turning on to Hardin Street. Devore failed to stop for traffic and hit the Macke and Gonzalez vehicles. Devore was uninjured and was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

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December Sales Tax Collections Up 19% In Hancock County

2/18/16 – 11:14 A.M.

Shoppers didn’t hold back in Hancock County this past December. Sales tax collections for the month totalled just over $1.2 million…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

County commissioner Mark Gazarek says they don’t expect every month being up by the same amount. He adds that means the commissioners will continue to budget conservatively.

Because there is a two-month delay in getting the numbers back from the state, the December sales tax collections are recorded in February. For two months of reports in 2016, sales tax collections have totalled a little more than $2.4 million. At this time in 2015 collections were just over $2.3 million.

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Whirlpool Confirms $40.6 Million Findlay Expansion Plans

2/18/16 – 10:32 A.M.

Whirlpool officials are confirming Findlay expansion plans. A release from the company says the dishwasher assembly facility on the city’s north side will break ground for an 86,400 square foot addition this spring. The total investment in the facility is expected to be $40.6 million. The project will add around new 50 jobs.

An official date for the groundbreaking will be announced once final approval of state and local assistance is given.

Jim Keppler is Whirlpool’s vice president of Integrated Supply Chain and Quality organization. In a release, he said “This is an important day for Whirlpool Corporation and another example of our ongoing commitment to American manufacturing.” Keppler added, “It represents not only an investment in the men and women of the Findlay plant, but also in the many others who assemble appliances at our eight additional U.S. manufacturing plants.”

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Carey Home Damaged In Tuesday Fire

2/18/16 – 6:54 A.M.

A Carey home was damaged by a fire Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to 606 Crab Apple Drive around 6:30 p.m. after cooking oil ignited a kitchen fire. Two girls and an infant were at home at the time and were able to escape safely.

The girls were heating up an indoor grill, but the appliance was too close to the bottle of cooking oil. The bottle melted and ignited. There was minimal damage to the home as firefighters were on scene very quickly.

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Arcadia Prepares For All-Day Kindergarten

2/18/16 – 6:44 A.M.

The Arcadia school district is moving forward with plans to have all-day kindergarten in place by the next school year. The Courier reports the school board voted to renovate a former art room into a kindergarten classroom during their Wednesday meeting. Cost estimates for the materials needed to convert the room are still being gathered.

28 children are enrolled in half-day kindergarten in the district. The plans for full-day kindergarten include a lunch break at 10:15 a.m. and a snack later in the day.

Arcadia officials say once they make the move, McComb will be the final district in Hancock County with half-day kindergarten.

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