Review Category : Local News

Amber Alert Issued For Delaware Girl

2/24/15 – 4:55 A.M.

Delaware state authorities are investigating a suspected child abduction, and have issued an Amber Alert for several states including Ohio. Police say Michael Trotta assaulted his former girlfriend, then fled with their three-year-old daughter. They fled in a gray 1989 Mazda 626 sedan, and police believe the girl is in danger.

Trotta is described a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. He is balding with a short haircut, has a scruffy beard and mustache. HE was last seen wearing all black clothing. Elinor is a 3-year-old white female, around 60 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a purple puffy coat, pink pants, and “Frozen” sneakers.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Michael Trotta or his daughter Elinor Trotta is urged to call 911 immediately.

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Van Buren Parents and Students Invited to Discuss Drug Issues

02/23/15     5:33 p.m.

Van Buren students and parents will have the opportunity to discuss the importance of a drug-free lifestyle at two events Tuesday night.

From 7 to 8 p.m. parents will meet in the Van Buren High School community room for a Start Talking parent meeting. This meeting will give parents tools and strategies for starting a discussion with their children about drugs. At the same time, kids are invited to an I Am Enough rally in the high school choir room. I Am Enough is a locally developed, youth-led program aimed at promoting a substance-free lifestyle.

For more information on both events, visit

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Findlay Ministerial Assoc. Gives Data, Report from Public Forum

02/23/15     2:35 p.m.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, the Findlay Ministerial Association talked to the press and community members in attendance about their role in the addiction recovery home process. The FMA said that after collecting the data and further discussion, they do not believe any of the options presented for the home will best meet the needs of the neighborhood or the community

Audio: Jennifer Burns

Pastor Jennifer Burns hosted the meeting at her church Howard United Methodist. She stressed that the FMA is not taking sides on the issue, but providing assistance as a third party to continue dialogue.

Audio: Jennifer Burns

The FMA hosted the Feb. 9 public forum at Winebrenner as well as the data collection session Feb. 16. and a second small group debriefing Feb. 21. They also hired professional facilitator Steve Cady from BGSU to guide the process, paying him $5,000 per phase. Phase 1 will be complete following a decision from ADAMHS. Phase 2 will involve a community-wide discussion on addiction and Phase 3 will be developing a template for the community to follow when issues arise in the future.

The report Cady issued identified seven possible options (some overlapping):

  • leaving home where it is and moving forward as intended
  • removing the home and not putting it in any R1 single-family neighborhoods
  • keep the home in the neighborhood as a pilot
  • keep it in the neighborhood, but move to another location
  • take it out of the neighborhood, move to another and establish it as a pilot
  • keep in the neighborhood at the same location and use as a pilot
  • move to a different location within neighborhood and use as a pilot

The ADAMHS Board may vote on the issue at their board meeting tomorrow at St. Andrews Church at 3:30 p.m.

Facilitator Summary: Cady Summary

Findlay Ministerial Association Summary: FMA Summary

Public forum questions and answers: Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Service’s website

Additional Recovery home resources: Here

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Speedway Brand Continues To Expand, Locally And Nationally

2/23/15 – 1:46 P.M.

When you think of Marathon Petroleum profits, you probably think of oil refining and sales. However, a growing part of Marathon’s portfolio is coming from the Speedway convenience store subsidiary. Beth Hunter is the CFO of Speedway and spoke to the Findlay Rotary Club Monday…

Audio: Beth Hunter

Hunter says the Speedway brand helps drive investment in Marathon because of the steady cash flow.

Hunter also talked about the convenience store chain’s growth, both nationally and in Findlay. Hunter says that when the Trenton Avenue store is remodeled, it will be the first store in our area to feature a Speedy Cafe…

Audio: Beth Hunter

The remodel will start in either March or April and will last 90 days.

Hunter gave an update on the conversion of Hess retail locations into Speedy stores. She said the process is going smoothly so far. Hunter added one of the company’s biggest challenges will be gaining brand recognition in the northeast, where Speedway has not operated before.

She also talked about the growth of the Speedway brand, both in the number of stores and the size of the stores. While the average convenience store is a little more than 2,700 square feet, most Speedway stores being built today are between 3,900 and 4,600 feet.

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Cooper Quadruples Quarterly Profit, Doubles Yearly for 2014

02/23/15     10:42 a.m.

Findlay-based Cooper Tire and Rubber posted another quarter of growth at the end of 2014.

The company reported 14 percent profit growth to $54 million for the October-December quarter of 2014. The sale of Cooper’s interest in a joint plant in China added $56 million more to its bottom line, quadrupling quarterly profit from a year earlier.

Cooper Tire doubled its profit in 2014 as a whole to $214 million, equaling out to $3.42 per share.

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Two Injured In Weekend Snowmobile Crash

2/23/15 – 8:15 A.M.

Two people were injured while riding snowmobiles in Wyandot County early Sunday morning. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were called to a field near Carey just before 5 a.m.

30-year-old Shane Hertel’s snowmobile hit the side of a creek on the property, causing him to wreck. A second snowmobile driven by 33-year-old Joseph Baltz hit the first snowmobile and overturned several times.

Baltz was treated for an apparent broken leg. Hertel suffered minor injuries.

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Two Fostoria Residents Facing Drug Trafficking Charges

2/23/15 – 7:38 A.M.

Two Fostoria residents are facing drug charges following a raid over the weekend. The Fostoria Police Department reports the bust took place at 130 Elm Street Saturday. Both 24-year-old Dateaka Sherman and 33-year-old Taneel Lee are facing several charges.

Officers report finding suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana, cash, criminal tools, and evidence of drug trafficking in the home.


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Gas Prices Continue Steady Climb

2/23/15 – 7:24 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing a steady increase. Findlay drivers report average prices around $2.38 a gallon as we start another work week. That’s up seven cents from last Monday. A month ago we were paying around $1.97 a gallon in Findlay.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.29 a gallon. That’s the same price as it was a week ago.

According to, the average price for regular across the state is $2.33 a gallon. A week ago we were paying $2.27 a gallon.

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Findlay Teens Injured In Weekend Crash

A Saturday afternoon crash injured two teenagers in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened at the corner of McManness Avenue and Country Club Drive around 3:30 p.m.

A car driven by 18-year-old Amy Dube slid into a utility pole at the intersection. She and 16-year-old Bryanna Vela were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Dube was cited for failure to control.

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