Review Category : Local News

Findlay Woman Sentenced For Child Missing Too Much School

5/11/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A Findlay woman recently appeared in court to answer for her child having too many unexcused absences from school. The Courier reports Heather Richardson-Gallagher pleaded guilty to three counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. As a result, a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine were suspended. That’s as long as Richardson-Gallagher makes sure her child is at school on time and stays all day from now on.

Court records show Richardson-Gallagher’s 7-year-old child had 17 unexcused absences between September 30 of 2014 and May 26 of last year.

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Fire Reported At Rawson Area Home

5/11/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Fire damaged a home near Rawson Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to 7957 Eagle Township Road 48 around 5:50 p.m. when smoke was spotted coming from the house. Five fire departments responded to the blaze.

No other details were immediately available.

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Dorney Plaza Upgrades Discussed

5/11/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Renovations of Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay won’t take place until drainage and security concerns for the courthouse are taken care of. The Courier reports Tim Mayle, the assistant economic development director of Findlay-Hancock County Alliance, said more information on those issues is needed before any other plans can be made. County and city officials as well private interests met to talk about the plaza Tuesday.

The Hancock County Commissioners said an engineering assessment of the courthouse found there is no drainage for the facility. To fix the issue, trenching around the courthouse would have to take place to allow for tile installation. That would mean digging through part of Dorney Plaza. With that in mind, officials agreed it made sense to wait to make any plans for plaza renovations.

Court officials are also looking to upgrade security at the entrances for the county courthouse and the Hancock County Probate and Juvenile Court. Price estimates for different options are being put together. The National Center for State Courts is expected to have those figures for a final report. That report could be released next week.

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City Council To Review Funding For Miracle Field Restroom Facility

5/10/2016 – 9:34 pm

The Findlay City Council will soon consider appropriating funds to help construct a special needs accessible restroom for the Miracle Fields Park Project. At a council appropriations committee meeting Tuesday, Project Coordinator Brad Koeller said that the proposed restroom would allow for children who have special needs as well as others which will be built beside the proposed park and playgrounds.

Total cost of the restroom would be over $300,000, and Koeller said that the facility was needed after project managers conducted an extensive survey of different organizations and individuals who said that the restroom was a need to help service the individuals who use the park and facilities. Koeller requested the city appropriate around $50,000 for the construction of the restroom. The appropriations committee voted to present the proposal to the full city council at the next meeting.

Koeller also gave the committee an update on the funding and plans for the facility. He said that the project is at 86.2 percent of the goal with pledges of $1.16 million as of May 1st. The park will include safety and security fencing around the playground, shade canopies fore the playground and more expansive sensory equipment. The project is still on track to open to the public in August.

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Findlay Police To Offer ALICE Training this August

5/10/2016 – 9:12 pm

Area schools, business representatives and first responders will have a chance soon to learn how to respond to active shooter situations in the school and workplace. Sergeant Brian Dill from the Findlay Police Department said that they would be offering ALICE training later this summer.

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ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, teaches schools and businesses appropriate responses to active shooter situations. Dill says that the training is good because even though you hope to never encounter a situation, you’ll be able to respond to situations in an effective manner.

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There is a cost associated with the ALICE training, and Dill said that if anyone is interesting in participating, they can find out more information through the ALICE website, as well as sign up for the Findlay class. It will be offered in August of this year, and certified individuals can also help train others within their school or business on the ALICE procedures and methods.

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UPDATE: Utility Pole Fire Reported On Findlay’s West Side

5/10/16 – 5:35 A.M.
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Firefighters from Liberty Township are dealing with a utility pole fire this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the pole caught on fire just after 5 a.m. near the intersection of State Route 12 and Montana Avenue. Scanner traffic at the time indicated that traffic was being blocked so firefighters could battle the flames. AEP is reporting more than 300 power outages in Hancock County this morning as a result of the fire. A company representative says the power should be restored around 3:30 PM.

We do have reports of some traffic lights near Route 12 and I-75 being out. Remember to treat those as a 4-way stop.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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Arlington Schools Recognized By State Auditor

5/10/2016 – 11:05 AM

State Auditor Dave Yost announced this week that the Arlington Local School District has been awarded an Auditor of the State Award as a result of their recent clean audit report. A release notes that to receive the award, an entity must file timely audit reports, have no findings for recovery, citations or other potential issues.

The entities management letter also contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questionable costs, findings for recovery less than $100.00 and no other financial or other concerns involving the eligible entity.

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Meth Bust Made In Upper Sandusky

5/10/16 – 9:38 A.M.

Two men were arrested last week in Upper Sandusky after police turned up evidence of a meth lab in a trailer. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports Benjamin Gamble of Upper Sandusky and Andrew Inman of Mansfield were taken into custody Friday. Officers were called to 1049 North Warpole Street, Lot 50, after receiving a tip about a meth operation at the location.

Investigators say a “substantial amount” of methamphetamine was found in the trailer. Chemicals used to make meth were also found inside.

Charges are pending in the case.

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Plans Moving Forward For New Carey Bus Garage

5/10/16 – 9:31 A.M.

Plans to build a new bus garage are moving forward for the Carey School district. The Courier reports Clouse Construction has been awarded a contract to build the garage and an athletic field house next to the news school. The cost of the two buildings will be a maximum of $1.45 million. They should be completed by the start of the new school year in August.

RCM Architects of Findlay has been contracted to design the buildings.

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Findlay Man Named “Architect Of The Year”

5/10/16 – 9:14 A.M.

A Findlay man has been named the “Architect of the Year” by the Toledo chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Courier reports Dan Clinger recently received the award. Clinger is the former co-owner of RCM Architects. He was given the award for his commitment to his profession and community, mentorship, and downtown development.

Clinger says one of his proudest accomplishments was helping found Flag City BalloonFest in 2000.

Clinger retired from RCM in 2013 but still serves as a consultant. He also serves on the Findlay City Planning Commission.

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