Review Category : Local News

Investigation Into Fatal Fostoria Fire Continues

5/27/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Three people were arrested following a fatal fire in Fostoria Monday. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says 31-year-old Shey Walker, 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer, and 20-year-old Timothy Hall face arson and murder charges. Officers arrested the trio late in the day Monday, after an early morning fire at 614 Poplar Street claimed two lives.

Police have not identified the victims of the blaze pending notification of family members. A relative identified one of the people killed as 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. to several media outlets. One woman was able to escape the fire. She is being treated at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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UF Student Appears On National TV As Part Of Scholarship Competition

5/23/14 – 9:26 A.M.

A University of Findlay student will be on national TV today. Pre-vet major Janelle Wiser will appear on a the Katie Couric show as a finalist for the “Scholarship America Dream Award.” Wiser is a junior at the university.

The Katie Couric Show airs on ABC 13 out of Toledo at 3 p.m. today.

Scholarship America is an organization that aims to get kids through college with manageable debt.

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Home Sales In The Region Were Down In April

5/23/14 – 9:12 A.M.

April was a rough month for home sales in our area. Numbers from the Ohio Association of Realtors show only 103 homes sold last month in the Heartland region, which is where Hancock County is located. That’s down more than 24 percent from 2013 numbers.

There is a silver lining for those looking to sell their homes. The average sale price for houses sold in April was up nearly 8 percent, to a little more than $121,000.

For the entire year home sales are down locally by 19.4 percent. Sale prices are up 2.6 percent.

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Three Teenagers Arrested in Connection To Fostoria Murder

Garrett Brown

5/23/14 – 5:02 A.M.
Updated – 7:31 A.M.

Three teenagers have been charged in connection to the death of a Fostoria woman. 17-year-old Garrett Brown, 18-year-old Tyson Ogg, and 19-year-old Dallas Salaz were all arrested Thursday afternoon. The teens are the primary suspects in the shooting death of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio Wednesday night.

Mauricio was shot during a break-in at her home on East Culbertson Street. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the suspects knew Mauricio. They also knew 19-year-old Caleb Barto, who was also assaulted in the attack.

Loreno says Brown and Ogg are facing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Salaz has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Brown will appear in the Seneca Juvenile Court. The other two suspects will be arraigned in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court before being transferred to Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

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No Beer Sales At Allen County Fair

5/23/14 – 7:16 A.M.

If you planned on having a beer or two before seeing Toby Keith at the Allen County Fair this year, you won’t be doing it at the fairgrounds. The Lima News reports the fair board of directors voted down a proposal to allow alcohol sales at the fair by a 10-7 vote.

Board President Dan Kimmet told the newspaper the issue comes up every periodically. Opponents to the alcohol sales said it would take away from the 4-H and junior fair environment of the fairgrounds.

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Owners Of Fostoria Restaurant Charged With Liquor Violations

5/23/14 – 6:53 A.M.

The owners of a Fostoria restaurant are facing several charges. The Review-Times reports 31-year-old Amber Bowers and 40-year-old Andrew Miller are accused of failing to renew the liquor permits for Los Tacallos. They are charged with permits required, a and keeping a place where intoxicated liquors are sold.

The Ohio Investigative Unit raided the business on May 1. They had received an anonymous tip that the liquor licence had expired. Officers took 451 bottles of beer, 104 partial bottles of liquor and nearly $300 in cash.

Arraignments for Bower and Miller are set for June 5.

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Wood County Sheriff’s Office Looks Into Facebook Scam

5/23/14 – 6:42 A.M.

It goes without saying having your Facebook account hacked is never a good thing. It can also be an issue for your friends. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office recently investigated a hacked account.

Friends of the person who was hacked started getting notices they were “winners” of $150,000 from the Federal Empowerment Agency. The catch was they needed to pay $975 after getting a bogus check.

Officials say anytime you’re asked to send money to get money, it’s most likely a scam.

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Kalida Names New Superintendent

5/23/14 – 5:34 A.M.

It didn’t take long for the Kalida school district to find a new Superintendent. They didn’t have to look to far either. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Karl Lammers was hired as the new superintendent this week. He’ll start in his new role August 1. Lammers currently serves as the elementary school principal.

Current superintendent Don Horstman resigned the position. He’s taking the same position in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district this fall.

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Amended Water Projects Bill Could Speed Up Mitigation Funding

5/23/14 – 5:28 A.M.

An amendment to a water projects bill could help speed up the funding of flood mitigation projects. The U.S. Senate passed the $12 billion measure yesterday. It included an amendment that allows projects to become eligible for federal construction funds after the completion of a chief’s report by the Army Corps of Engineers. That would include the Blanchard River mitigation project.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown introduced the amendment to the bill. In a statement released Thursday Brown said, “We must end the arbitrary waiting game for important projects like the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project.” He added, “Findlay and Ottawa have invested time and valuable financial resources into getting this project underway.”

The bill is now waiting for President Obama’s signature.

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L-B Residents Talk About Aging K-8 Building

5/23/14 – 5:18 A.M.

More than one hundred people were on hand for a public forum at Liberty-Benton High School last night. At issue was the future of the current K-8 school building on State Route 12. The Courier reports three elementary school teachers talked about of the state of the building. They pointed out the school is not accessible to those with disabilities. Constant maintenance was also brought up.

While many in attendance were in favor of building a new K-8 school, it wasn’t unanimous. Many questioned the amount of money it would take to take on the construction project.

Right now the district is testing the waters. Liberty-Benton’s last attempt to pass a building levy failed last fall, with 53% of the vote going against it. Superintendent Jim Knable tells the newspaper they’re working to learn what residents in the district are comfortable with. No decision on putting a levy on the November ballot has been made yet.

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