Review Category : Local News

Van Buren Man Killed In Tuesday Motorcycle Crash

9/16/15 – 4:52 A.M.

A Van Buren man was killed in a Tuesday motorcycle crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a two-vehicle collision happened at the intersection of State Route 613 and Hancock County Road 140, just before 4:30 p.m.

66-year-old Ronald Jenkins was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Route 613 when he was hit by a car driven by 40-year-old Erica Coppler of North Baltimore. The accident report says Coppler was driving north on County Road 140 and didn’t stop for a stop sign.

Jenkins was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The accident remains under investigation.


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Council Wants To Hear From Residents On City Contractors

9/15/2015        9:46pm

The City of Findlay is developing additional criteria for reviewing bids from contractors. Safety Service Director Paul Schmelzer says that the city will look at price, but also at work history that a particular contractor has in working with residents in Findlay.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer reminds residents to talk with their council representatives if they have concerns or praise for work that contractors are doing in the city.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer says that the city will use comments in evaluating future contract bids.

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September Is Safe Driving Awareness Month.

9/15/2015       4:00pm

September is Save Driving Awareness Month and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking drivers to only drive while buckled, focused and sober. According to a release from the Patrol, from 2010 to 2014, an average of 287,303 crashes occurred on Ohio roads each year and 957 were fatal with 1043 people being killed on the road.

September was chosen as safe driving awareness month in honor of Maria Tiberi, who died in a distracted driving crash in September 2013. She is the daughter of Columbus tv sports anchor Dom Tiberi.

If you see impaired drivers or drug activity on the roadways, the patrol reminds you to call #677 to alert authorities.

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East Street Will Be One Lane This Week For Curb Work.

9/15/2015      3:25pm

East Street is reduced to one lane from Sandusky to Lincoln Streets this week due to Marathon installing a new curb on that street. According to a release from the city, the work will run through Friday and be in effect from 7am-5pm each day. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic through the construction zone.

Avoid the area if at all possible. Short delays are expected in the area over the next few days.

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Deadline To Register Online For Findlay Komen Race For The Cure At Midnight Tonight.

9/15/2015       3:08pm

The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in Findlay is coming up. Deadline to register for the race online is at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. However, after tonight, people will still be able to register at all Reineke Ford locations on Saturday, September 19th from 10am-2pm.

Audio: Stephanie Pilgrim

Stephanie Pilgrim from the Komen Northwest Ohio Chapter says that people can also register at Dave’s Running Shop in Findlay on September 24th from 11am-7pm and September 25th from 11am-4pm. The race is on Saturday, September 26th at Blanchard Valley Health Center.

Audio: Stephanie Pilgrim

The cost to register is $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for youth. People will still be able to register for the event the day of the race, but the cost on the day will be $45.00.

Register online here:

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Part Of Main Street Closed In Ottawa

9/15/15 – 10:48 A.M.

If you’re headed west on U.S. 224 this week, you’ll want to take note of a road closure in Ottawa. Main Street in the village, which is U.S. 224, will be closed between Oak Street and Railroad Avenue. Detours will be posted. The road is closed while the former Paul’s Ace Hardware building is torn down.

One lane of Oak Street is open for local traffic.

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Sales Tax Collections Remain Strong In Hancock County

9/15/15 – 10:37 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are happy about the latest sales tax collection report from the state. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says numbers remain strong through the latest reporting period…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek credited new businesses and construction projects for the increase. He also said he believed many Hancock County residents are feeling better about their employment, and as a result are spending more.

The commissioners agreed the uptick in sales tax collections is making it easier to do capital projects in the county.

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Commissioner Gazarek Clears Up Confusion About Future Of 222 Broadway

9/15/15 – 10:26 A.M.

There’s been some confusion about what will happen with the empty lot at 222 Broadway in Findlay once the former county offices are torn down. Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek attempted to set the record straight during Tuesday’s commissioners meeting…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the lot will be used for parking.

There has been talk of the library using the lot…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said that could come in the form of a drive up drop-off box for books.

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Fostoria Man Convicted Of Rape In Wood County

9/15/15 – 6:50 A.M.

A Fostoria man has been found guilty of rape in Wood County. A jury convicted 41-year-old Ronald Doogs on a rape charge, as well as counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The incidents happened in 2012, and Doogs was indicted in 2013.

The prosecution said that the victim was 13-years-old when Doogs gave her alcohol and cocaine before engaging in sexual acts with her.

Doogs will be sentenced November 3.

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Findlay Crash Injures Teenager

9/15/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A Findlay teen was injured in a two-car crash Monday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 10:15 p.m. on Tiffin Avenue.

18-year-old Kayla Griggs of Findlay was stopped for a stop light in the westbound center lane of the road when she was hit from behind by a car driven by 27-year-old Matthew Walker. Griggs was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Walker told police he was talking on his phone at the time of the crash. He was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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