Review Category : Local News

Findlay City Auditor Candidates Nearly Equal in Campaign Spending

04/24/15     4:35 a.m.

The candidates for Findlay city auditor are nearly equal when it comes to campaign spending.

The Courier reports Auditor Jim Staschiak has spent $5,991. Challenger Anne Spence has spent $6,086. Staschiak is not accepting campaign donations while Spence has accepted $6,180. The majority of both candidates’ campaign funds have gone to advertising.

Staschiak campaign expenses:
$2,520 at Lammers Outdoor Advertising for advertising
$1,657 at Findlay Publishing Co. for advertising and Web page design
$1,072 at Brandon Screen Printing for advertising
$622 at Hogrefe Illustration & Design for advertising

Spence campaign contributions:
$1,020 from Spence to her campaign
$500 each from: Duane Jebbett, Powell Prater and Sherri Brumbaugh, all of Findlay
$377 in in-kind contributions
$210 worth of sign wires from the Hancock County Republican Party
$200 each from: Michael Needler Sr., Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen and Frank Guglielmi, all of Findlay
$100 each from: Findlay residents Cheryl Buckland, 4th Ward Councilman Tom Klein, Clifford Brown, Philip Johnson, Mary Beth Hammond, John Seng, Charles Clapper, Pamela Beall, 2nd Ward Councilman Randy Van Dyne, Steven Wilson, 5th Ward Councilman John Harrington, Charles Younger, Martin Terry, Scott Weasel, Nancy Moody Russo, Katherine Vanderpool, and three anonymous donors

Spence campaign expenses:
$1,249 to PC Marketing Group of Cincinnati for campaign signs
$1,150 at Lammers Outdoor Advertising for billboards
$1,000 to Jim Morgan to pay off a campaign loan
$640 to Chatelain Plastics for signs
$560 to The Bistro restaurant for meal catering
$517 to the University of Findlay for printing costs
$505 to Blanchard River Broadcasting for radio advertising


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Army Corps Hears From Another 50 People at One-On-One’s Today

04/23/15     6:04 p.m.

Discussion between the Army Corps of Engineers and Hancock County residents continued on Thursday. The Corps held open hours at the Hancock County Engineers’ Office Thursday to meet one-on-one with residents who had comments and concerns.

Audio: Mike Pniewski

Army Corps representative Mike Pniewski said the concerns they heard today were of the same variety the Corps has been hearing since releasing the draft project report last week.

Audio: Mike Pniewski

Comments on the draft report are being accepted until May 25. They can be submitted via email at or by mail to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District
Toledo Project Office
3906 N. Summit St.
Toledo, OH 43611-5003.
You can review the draft report at
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Work to Reduce I-75 to One Lane in Each Direction in Findlay Tonight

04/23/15     3:18 p.m.

Road work will affect traffic on I-75 in Hancock County tonight.

A release from the Ohio Department of Transportation says crews will be testing soil along the interstate from midnight until 6 a.m. Friday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction from the Hancock County Road 95/Bigelow Avenue overpass to the County Road 99 exit during those times.

The work is being done by Pro GeoTech, Inc. of Columbus.

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Second Man Arrested In Connection To Findlay Attack

4/23/15 – 8:17 A.M.

A second arrest has been made in connection to a Wednesday burglary in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Christopher Lemons of Findlay was arrested Wednesday afternoon. His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Shawn Hobbs, remains in custody.

The men are accused of assaulting a man in his home on Chateau Court early Wednesday morning. The victim said Lemons and Hobbs jumped him outside of his house and continued the attack inside. They allegedly ran off when the man was able to hit one of his attackers with an object.

The case remains under investigation.

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Seneca County Commissioners Sign Off On Joint Justice Center

4/23/15 – 7:30 A.M.

Another step towards a joint justice center in Seneca County was taken this week. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Tiffin officials for the project. The new center would house the county common pleas court and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court. It will be built on Courthouse Square in Tiffin, and is expected to cost around $8.5 million.

The memorandum will be discussed at a Tiffin council-of-the-whole meeting next week.

MORE: Review-Times

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Findlay Man Injured In Downtown Crash

4/23/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured following a two-car crash in downtown Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 100 block of North Main Street around 5:15 p.m.

49-year-old Edward Mogbolu was slowing for traffic when he was hit from behind by a car driven by 47-year-old Kimberly Benard of Findlay. Mogbolu was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Benard was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance.

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Pandora Officials Deal With Delinquent Water Bills

4/23/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Pandora officials are trying to figure out what to do about delinquent water bills. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council members discussed the issue at their last meeting. Council approved a measure that forgave 30 months of late fees for a property owner on Pearl Street. The man asked for help because he had a renter who refused to pay water bills.

If a water bill goes unpaid, it can be assessed on the property owner’s taxes once a year. However that impacts the landlord and not the tenant. Landlords are not allowed to turn off heat and water to renters who don’t pay their utility bills.

Council discussed a uniform policy to deal with future issues. Caps of $300 and $500 were proposed as caps on forgiving fees in the future.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Candidate Profile: Grant Russel for Findlay City Council-At-Large

04/23/15     5:30 a.m.

We continue our candidate profile series with incumbent candidate Grant Russel, who will be seeking re-election to Findlay City Council on May 5. If re-elected, Russel said he would like to focus on long-term planning, specifically in terms of facilities.

Audio: Grant Russel

According to Russel one of the keys to the city’s success is continuing to improve communication. Russel headed the team that redid the city’s website, which he called a big step in the right direction.

Audio: Grant Russel

Russel is one of four republicans vying for three city council-at-large seats. The three chosen in the primary elections will then take on democratic challenger Mary Harshfield in the general election in November.

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Findlay Teen Pleads Guilty In Robbery Case

4/23/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Findlay teenager pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated robbery. The Courier reports 14-year-old Isaiah Oliver admitted he took part in two incidents on Tiffin Avenue on March 25. A pre-sentence hearing was ordered and he’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The eighth-grader ran across a 15-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister in the Warner Buick parking lot that night. According to prosecutors, Oliver poked the 15-year-old in the abdomen with a steak knife several times and ordered the victims to empty their pockets.

Oliver was also accused of helping 21-year-old Joe Vera III try to rob a man at the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue later that night.

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon And Cooper CEOs Support Mitigation Plan

4/23/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Two Findlay business leaders talked about the Army Corps of Engineers proposed plans for Blanchard River flood mitigation Wednesday. The Courier reports both Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger and Cooper Tire & Rubber CEO Roy Armes support moving forward with the process.

Heminger tells the newspaper the proposal is another step towards finalizing, “the actions that we should have assessed and resolved more than 50 years ago.” Armes said continued flooding, “threatens the future of businesses, destroys property, risks public safety, and harms the entire community by compromising our quality of life.”

Both CEOs said that public input was critical to the success of the project.

MORE: The Courier

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