Review Category : Local News

Ottawa-Glandorf Teacher Disciplined For Threatening Student

1/16/15 – 5:18 A.M.

An Ottawa-Glandorf teacher has been disciplined for threatening a student. The Lima News reports Lori Radcliff was placed on paid administrative leave on December 19. A parent accused Radcliff of telling a student, “If I could get my hands around your neck, you wouldn’t be here.”

On January 6 Radcliff admitted threatening the student, and was given a written reprimand. In a statement put in Radcliff’s teaching file, Superintendent Don Horstman said there was no evidence Radcliff intended to carry out the threat. However, he added the statement showed poor judgement and was unacceptable.

Radcliff has returned to the classroom, but has to be assessed by a counselor. She also has to take anger ma management training.

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Findlay Residents Take Part In Annual “Unity Walk”

1/16/15 – 5:01 A.M.

Several Findlay residents honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday night. The Courier reports around 20 people took part in the annual “unity walk” from First Lutheran Church to Dorney Plaza. Roughly 50 people were on hand for a church service following the walk.

The featured speaker was Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn. He talked about approaching racial issues with a “sense of civility and love.” Strahorn also said people are still dealing with racism today, although much of it is unintentional.

The event was organized by the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center, and the University of Findlay.

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Findlay Police Hoping City-Wide Block Watch Will Get Community Involved

01/15/15     11:20 p.m.

The Findlay Police Department is hoping a new program will help deter crime in the city. To supplement neighborhood block watch programs, they have started a city-wide block watch to help the neighborhood programs communicate with one another. Crime Prevention Officer Chris Huber said it is as simple as saying hello.

Audio: Chris Huber

The city-wide group met for the first time tonight. Huber told the 20 people in the audience that having meetings both city-wide and neighborhood specific allow the residents to get information and police to get tips. He said the key to deterring crime is community involvement and increased communication.

Huber explained that most on-duty officers spend most of their shifts responding to calls instead of patrolling their assigned areas.

Audio: Chris Huber

Police Chief Greg Horne said a newly created Special Assignment Unit comprised of four officers will help fill that gap. The SAU will be able to respond to calls about crime and follow up with an investigation. Horne said these officers will not be doing regular patrols, but concentrating on suspects to eliminate the crime. Horne said he hopes the block watch captains will communicate with Huber to inform the SAU even more now with the expanded community watch program.

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Findlay Meijer Evacuated Due to Brief Roof Fire Thursday Morning

01/15/15     2:07 p.m.

Findlay’s Meijer store was briefly evacuated this morning due to a fire.

According to the Findlay Fire Department, a steel contractor was preparing a section of the building’s roof for a new chilling unit when sparks ignited materials below the roof. Smoke set off the store’s alarms and the building was evacuated briefly around 11:15 a.m.

The contractor extinguished the fire. The fire department checked the scene and then allowed shoppers back into the building.

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Pipeline Project Will Boost Water Pressure Near County Garage

1/15/15 – 11:21 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners have signed off on a waterline project for the new county engineering garage. A contract for a little more than $73,500 with Helms & Sons Excavating was approved today. When completed, the waterline loop will provide better water pressure at the new garage.

The contract is a collaboration between the county and the city of Findlay. Hancock County will pay $30,000, while the city has agreed to pay anything above that amount up to $60,000.

The bid from Helms & Sons was roughly $13,000 less than the next closest bidder.

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Tax Revenue From Ohio’s Casinos Countinues To Trend Down

1/15/15 – 11:11 A.M.

The money coming into Hancock County from casino revenue continues to trend downward. County Commissioner Phil Riegle talked about the issue today. He says the first quarter payment for 2015 was below last year…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle adds the commissioners have always kept their estimates for casino revenues low.

The commissioners have never banked on casino revenue as a big part of the budget…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says they’ll monitor the numbers and adjust accordingly, but lower casino revenues shouldn’t hurt the county budget too much.

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Henry County Man Killed In Truck-Train Crash

1/15/15 – 7:43 A.M.

A Henry County man was killed when his pickup truck was hit by two trains Wednesday afternoon. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened in Holgate on North Keyser Street just after 2:30 p.m.

63-year-old James Junge attempted to drive around the crossing gates. His truck was hit by an eastbound CSX train, and then pushed into the path of a westbound train.

Junge was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Putnam County Dairy Farm Looks To Expand

1/15/15 – 7:21 A.M.

A dairy farm in Putnam County wants to expand its operation by more than 400 cows. The Lima News reports the Wezbra Dairy in Continental has petitioned the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The farm had been approved for a similar expansion in 2004, but never completed the project. The agreement has since expired.

If the ODA approves the plans, the capacity of the facility would be 1,540 dairy cows.

Putnam County residents can submit comments or request a public meeting on the issue. Those must be submitted to the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting office in Reynoldsburg by February 13.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Wednesday Crash

1/15/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened at the intersection of Brookside Drive and 6th Street around 3:50 p.m.

63-year-old Susan Martaus was trying to turn left onto 6th Street when she pulled in front of an SUV. Martaus was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

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