Review Category : Local News

Not Many Applying For Open Findlay Council Seat

11/4/14 – 4:58 A.M.

There hasn’t been much interest in filling a vacant spot on Findlay City Council. The Courier reports only one person has applied to fill a seat left open by former 6th Ward Councilman Andy Douglas. Douglas took a job elsewhere in the state and resigned effective October 22.

Hancock County Republican Party Chair Jim Baker says anyone interested in filling the spot should give him a call at (419)889-5447. The deadline to do so is Thursday. The Republican Central Committee will interview candidates Thursday night.

Baker wants to have the position filled by the next city council meeting.

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Waterline Work to Close Part of Bright Road During Work Hours Through Friday

11/03/14     12:32 p.m.

Road closures

A waterline replacement will close part of Bright Road during the day for the rest of the week. Crews will begin installing the waterline Tuesday morning and continue the work until Friday.

Bright Road will be closed while crews work during the day between County Road 212 and Production Dr. The road will reopen in the evenings. Hamlet and Production Drives will be used to detour east of the closure. Crystal and E. Melrose Avenues will be used to detour west.

Owens Community College students are encouraged to use the west entrance off Country Road 18.

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Cooper’s Claim that Apollo was to Blame for Failed Sale Rejected

11/03/14     11:55 a.m.

A Delaware court judge has rejected Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s claim that Apollo Tyres was to blame for the failed sale of Findlay-based Cooper last year.

Bloomberg News reported Cooper claimed an agreement between the two companies entitled it to $112.5 million from Apollo for not completing the deal.

Delaware Chancery Court Judge Sam Glasscock ruled Cooper didn’t satisfy the closing conditions of the deal.

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Investigators Seeking Information on Suspicious Fostoria House Fire

11/03/14     10:40 a.m.

Investigators need help gathering information after a suspicious house fire in Fostoria. The fire at 21821 Washington Township Road 214 in Fostoria on Oct. 16 happened at an unoccupied home. Further investigation revealed criminal activity took place at the residence and then the home was set ablaze.

Witnesses reported seeing a minivan in the driveway that left quickly after the fire began. Anyone with information should call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 419-422-2424 or the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 800-589-2728. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for a reward from the Ohio Blue Ribbon Committee.

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Social Media Rumors Swirl Following Incident In Fostoria

11/3/14 – 8:32 A.M.

The social media rumor mill got cranked into overdrive in Fostoria last week. The Review-Times reports that Faccebook posters turned a domestic disturbance into something far more disturbing. Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers were called to the 300 block of Summit Street Wednesday for an alleged male-female assault. Because investigators were at the Charles Schaeffer trial, Ohio BCI&I was called in to assist.

The presence of state officials must have stirred people’s imaginations. There were rumors on the internet that someone at the home had been decapitated or dismembered. There were also allegations of a police cover-up.

Loreno told the newspaper he could assure the public that no such atrocities had happened. The incident remains under investigation.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Weekend Crash

11/3/14 – 7:21 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened at the intersection of Western and Lima avenues just before 12:30 p.m.

50-year-old Carol Eichman was driving her SUV south on Western Avenue when she turned left onto Lima Avenue and was hit by an SUV driven by 31-year-old Jamie Chaffee of Findlay. Eichman was extricated from her vehicle and taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Chafee was cited for disobeying a traffic control device. Eichman was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.


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New Bishop Delivers Mass At Kalida Church

11/3/14 – 7:52 A.M.

The new bishop of the Toledo diocese paid a visit to Putnam County over the weekend. The Lima News reports Daniel Thomas celebrated Mass in Kalida Sunday morning. Thomas told the congregation that the diocese is much larger than Toledo. He added that he wanted to call everyone to a “deeper holiness.”

Thomas encouraged people to pray more, fast more, and give more to the poor. He said if worshippers did that, “people would stand up and take notice.”

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Gas Prices Stay Below $3 A Gallon Locally

11/3/14 – 6:30 A.M.

Gas prices remain below $3 a gallon around the area and across the state. reports the statewide average for regular is $2.94 today. That’s five cents cheaper than it was last Monday, and nearly 30 cents below where the averag price was on October 3.

Locally, the average price in Findlay is back down to $2.89 a gallon. That’s after jumping to $2.99 late last week. In Ottawa the average price is $2.94, a penny higher than last Monday.

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Two Semi Crashes Close U.S. 30 Over The Weekend

11/3/14 – 6:20 A.M.

Two crashes shut down U.S. 30 in Allen County over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the first accident happened just before 7:50 a.m. near Beaverdam. A second crash happened just minutes later in the same area.

The problems started when a Minnesota man lost control of his semi on an icy overpass as he was driving eastbound. The semi jacknifed and slid across the median before overturning. The crash caused a debris field that closed the westbound lanes. Four minutes later, another semi lost control on the same bridge. The truck also jacknifed, blocking the eastbound lanes.

The drivers were not hurt. The highway was closed for around two hours.


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Schaeffer Given Life Sentence For Role In Fatal Blaze

11/3/14 – 6:12 A.M.

A Fostoria man convicted for his role in a fatal arson fire could spend the rest of his life in prison. The Review-Times reports 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer was given a life sentence last Friday. He’ll be eligible for parole in 25 years though.

A jury found Schaeffer guilty of showing Shey Weiker how to use a railroad flare to light a house on fire. Weiker then used the flare to start a blaze at a South Poplar Street house. The May 26 fire killed Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. It also severely injured Dana Weatherall.

All three suspects in the fire have now been sentenced.

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