Review Category : Local News

Dead Body Discovered East Of Findlay Reservoir

4/13/2016 – 3:13 pm

A dead body was discovered east of the Findlay Reservoir shortly after noon today. According to Hancock County Sheriff’s Investigators at the scene, the body was discovered along Hancock County Road 207 east of the Findlay Reservoir while a crew was working at cleaning debris from the river. Upon being called, investigators found the dead body of a male in his early 30s in an SUV that was parked just off the road along the river.

The cause of death has not been determined at this point. The Sheriff’s Office said that the body was being taken to Toledo for an autopsy. Information about the individual found in the vehicle is being withheld at this time pending notification of the family.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

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Findlay Police K9 Officer Shadow To Receive Protective Vest

4/13/2016 – 11:15 am

The Findlay Police Department K9 Officer Shadow will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation. Vested Interest in K9’s Inc., which is a non-profit charity located in East Taunton MA provides such vests for law enforcement dogs and related agencies throughout the United States.

The program is open to dog officers actively employed in the US with law enforcement agencies and are at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates and K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. Each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 depending on the size of the dog, and there are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement dog officers in the United States.

For more information about the program, you can visit Vested Interest Online.

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Opiate Abuse A Growing Cause Of Local Child Abuse And Neglect Cases

4/13/16 – 10:59 A.M.

Child Abuse Prevention Month was marked in Findlay Wednesday with a presentation at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Guests at the breakfast learned that opiate addiction is a growing cause of local abuse and neglect cases…

Audio: Diana Hoover

Guests at Tuesday’s breakfast learned from two guest speakers who have fought addiction. Hoover says it shows drug abuse can affect people of all walks of life…

Audio: Diana Hoover

Hoover says her office received 381 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2015. In addition, there were 170 reports that required an alternative response. Those cases have been marked by balloons tied in front of the Hancock County Courthouse.

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Part Of Blanchard Street To Close Thursday

4/13/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Road work will close part of Blanchard Street Thursday. The Findlay Engineering Department says the road will be closed between Walnut Street and McConnell Street tomorrow. The installation of a new storm line and manhole will have the road closed between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A detour will be posted. You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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Proposed State Budget Contains Funding For Fostoria Learning Center

4/13/16 – 5:20 A.M.

The nearly $2.6 billion capital budget introduced in the Ohio Legislature this week could pay for a facility in Fostoria to provide job-related training. An $800,000 appropriation would be set aside for the Fostoria Learning Center. If included in the final budget, it would pay for equipment and technology for the center. Cyndi Geroski is the interim director of the FLC, and says the facility plans to set up shop in the former Kroger building on Perry Street.

The goal of the center is to provide job training to counteract a lack of available workers in the skilled trades area.

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Natural Gas Bills Lower Following Mild Winter

4/13/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A mild winter and increased natural gas production means you are likely paying less for heating and cooking costs right now. Columbia Gas of Ohio says that’s especially true for people on their budget payment plan, who have seen a roughly 44 percent decrease in their bills. In August the company estimated payments would be $80 a month. Following a mid-season adjustment, the average bill has been reduced to $45 per moth.

Budget plans allow customers to spread heating costs out over the year, rather than paying higher prices in the winter.

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Riverbend Campground Rental Rates Change

4/13/16 – 5:03 A.M.

If you camp by yourself at the primitive campground sites at the Riverbend Recreation Area, it will cost you a little more this summer. However if you camp with friends in a group, it’s going to cost less. The Courier reports the daily rental rate will be $15 per site. In the past the rate was $6 per person, so camping will be cheaper for groups of three or more.

The Hancock Park District board approved the changes Tuesday. The new rate was suggested to coordinate with software being developed to run a new online reservation system for the campsites. It’s expected to launch this fall.

MORE: The Courier

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McComb Officials To Meet With Northwestern Water and Sewer District

4/13/16 – 4:54 A.M.

McComb officials will lobby the Northwestern Water and Sewer District for membership this week. The Courier reports a meeting will be held Thursday for village representatives to present their case to join the district. If accepted, the organization would oversee McComb’s water plant and sewage treatment plant. So far there’s no timeline on when the district might make a decision.

Village officials say increased maintenance costs and regulations from the EPA are the primary reasons for joining the group. Water and sewer rates are likely to go up in McComb, but council members have said that was likely going to happen no matter what. The details of any cost increases are still being analyzed.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District manages water and sewer plants for towns in Wood County, as well as some in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

MORE: The Courier

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City Council Hears From AEP Ohio On Electric Utility Service Dispute

4/12/2016 – 7:37 pm

The debate between Hancock-Wood Electric CO-OP and American Electric Power in the City of Findlay continues. At the heart of the issues is franchise agreements between the city and both utilities to operate within the city limits. Councilman Jeff Wobser said after a meeting of the whole this afternoon that both presented their company positions on the dispute.

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Hancock-Wood had previously held service territory on land that was annexed by the City of Findlay. A customer in that territory, Rowmark had contracted with AEP Ohio to provide them with electric service, thus moving into Hancock-Wood service territory. However, AEP Ohio had a franchise agreement to operate inside Findlay City limits, as did Hancock-Wood.

Hancock-Wood had requested that The City of Findlay modify their existing franchise agreement to state that utilities operate in existing service territories. Eventually, the issue would be heard by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, but the PUCO might ask what The City of Findlay’s intention in granting service agreements would be, thus calling for the question. Councilman Jeff Wobser noted that while council still would consider existing legislation to grant Hancock Wood’s request, there would be more matters to consider.

Audio: Jeff Wobser

At the last council meeting, the city council heard first reading on legislation which would adopt language proposed by Hancock-Wood into their existing franchise agreement with the city.

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Boil Water Alert Lifted For Brenda Court

4/12/2016 – 3:27 pm

The Findlay Water Distribution Department has lifted a water boil advisory for 20 residences.

An advisory was issued to 19 homes on Brenda Court including ones at 1110, 1111, 1114, 1115, 1118, 1119, 1122, 1123, 1126, 1127, 1130, 1131, 1134, 1135, 1138, 1139, 1142, 1146, 1150.

A boil advisory for 1200 Concord Court in Findlay was also lifted.

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