Review Category : Local News

Appeals Court Judge Featured At Law Day Breakfast

4/29/2016 – 7:13 am

Judge Sean Gallagher of the Court of Appeals of Ohio for the Eight Appellate District is slated to deliver the keynote address at the 59th Annual Law Day Breakfast this morning, sponsored by the Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association. This year’s theme is “Miranda: More than Words” as this year the US marks the 50th anniversary of the case Miranda v. Arizona which gave rise to Miranda Warnings.

The breakfast will be held this morning at the Findlay Country Club starting at 7:30am.

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Video: 4th Grade Students Learn About Voting And Government At Hancock Museum

4/29/2016 – 6:40 am

4th Grade Students from Chamberlin Hill spent a day at the Hancock Historical Museum learning about voting, government and how the different branches of government work. The program, offered by the museum utilizes the new Mike Oxley Government Center to give the students a hands-on approach to government.

Audio: Deb Wickerham

Education Coordinator Deb Wickerham says students participate in voting on an issue and then are given chances to critically evaluate topics like government leaders do. Wickerham says that the program has been ongoing for the past two years.

Audio: Deb Wickerham

The program is offered in the Spring to all 4th-grade students in Hancock County. For more information about the program and the work of the Oxley Government Center at the museum, contact the museum at 419-423-4433. A video of the event can be found above.

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Elm Street To Be Closed For Street Repairs

4/29/2016 – 4:56 am

The City of Findlay will be replacing sidewalks and curbs on Elm Street starting today and continuing through Friday, May 6th. The City Engineering Office reports that during that time, Elm Street will be closed to thru-traffic from Lima Avenue to Main Street starting at 7am and ending at 7pm each day.

The City will be placing all of the curb and sidewalks as well as part of existing drives. Schedule is weather and contractor permitting. Avoid the block if at all possible.

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Wood County Arson Suspects Plead Not Guilty

4/29/2016 – 4:47 am

Four men arrested in connection to a string of arson fires in Wood County late last month have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Review-Times reports that Nicholas Hackworth, Todd Bollett, Santana Diliberto and Brett Phillabaum entered the not guilty pleas to a combined 51 charges from the Wood County Common Pleas Court last week.

A Wood County grand jury handed down indictments against the four on April 6th. In all, nine suspects, four adults, and five juveniles were arrested in connection to the crimes, taking place between March 22nd and March 27th. Details regarding potential motives for the crimes have not yet been released, but prosecutors have said they believe gasoline was the primary accelerant used to ignite the fires.

More: The Review-Times

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Fostoria Third Grade Students Facing Charges

4/29/2016 – 4:40 am

Two Fostoria City Schools’ third-grade students face charges of inducing panic after falsely reporting subjects were taking their pictures at two separate bus stops Thursday morning. The Review-Times reports that the pair told school officials that a male subject had been seen taking pictures of them while they waited at the bus stop. The two students reported this happening at two separate incidents.

After alerting parents, local law enforcement began investigating the claims but after attempts to gather further information, the stories didn’t add up. Later, both students admitted to plotting their stories for a week and a half. They wouldn’t say why they did it. Charges have been filed against both students and the school resource officer is recommending expulsion for the two. Parents were notified later in the day that the reports were false.

More: The Review-Times

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MPLX Posts Losses Following Writedown Of Assets

4/29/2016 – 4:30 pm

Low prices for natural gas of natural gas liquids forced a writedown in the value of assets. Which in turned caused a $60 million loss in the last quarter for Findlay-based MPLX. The Courier reports that Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s logistics and natural gas processing subsidiary posted a loss in the January-March quarter amounting to 33 cents per share.

MPLX posted a $46 million profit a year earlier. MPLX would have beaten that number last quarter, but for the $129 million writedown of assets acquired in the purchase of MarkWest in December.

More: The Courier

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Hancock County Pays Off Road Debt Early

4/29/2016 – 4:23 am

The Hancock County Commissioners voted Thursday to “call in the bonds” on the I-75 connector road project, which will pay off the $8 million debt three years early. The Courier reports that the balance due is $1.9 million and paying off the bonds early will save the county around $200,000 in interest. Commissioner Phil Riegle said it was the first time in history that the county had paid off a bonded debt early.

The money was used to construct a connector road between Interstate 75 and the Tall Timbers International Industrial Park on Industrial Drive in the mid-1990s. The project opened about 500 acres of land to development. The work included expanding parts of Hancock County 99 and Hancock County 212 to four lanes between I-75 and Hancock County 236.

More: The Courier

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Marathon Reports Reduced Profit Margins In First Quarter

4/28/2016 – 4:00 pm
Surplus gasoline inventories reduced profit margins for Marathon Petroleum Corp. The Courier reports that the companies profit margin plunged by over 99 percent last quarter from a year earlier. The profit dropped from $891 million a year to $1 million in the January-March quarter. Earnings translated to 0.3 cent per share.

Refining operations, which is where Marathon typically earns over 80 percent of its profit, lost $62 million compared with generating $1.3 billion profit a year earlier. Its gross profit fell 62 percent to $9.98 per barrel. Refinery maintenance and upgrades also reduced the amount of fuel sold to retailers.

Speedway’s operating profit declined by $1 million to $167 million. The pipeline and logistics segment increased operating profit by 86 percent to $167 million. Costs not allocated to any single segment reduced operating income by $197 million. They included a $129 million writedown in the value of assets acquired in the purchase of MarkWest, due to reduced natural gas and natural gas liquids prices. Corporate and other expenses reduced operating profit by an additional $68 million.

Speedway widened its profit margin on merchandise sold in the store to 29 percent last quarter from 28 percent a year earlier. Gross profit on in-store merchandise was $330 million, or over half of the stations’ gross profit. Gross profit on fuels was about $250 million. The profit margin on fuels slipped 14 percent to 16.82 cents per gallon. Speedway sold 3.5 percent more fuel or 1.5 billion gallons.

More: The Courier

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Putnam County Crash Injures Four

4/28/2016 – 3:33 pm

Four people were injured in a crash east of Continental Wednesday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that a car owned by 33-year-old Emiliano Nunez of Continental was northbound on County Road 20 shortly before 5pm when it failed to negotiate a curve in the road and traveled off the right side of the roadway hitting multiple trees and causing extensive damage.

Nunez was injured along with 34-year-old Michael Williams of Harlan Kentucky, 27-year-old Joanna Evans of Kenvir Kentucky and 42-year-old Dawn Heller of Continental. The crash remains under investigation as it remains undetermined who was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

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Hancock County Urged To Consider Monarch Butterfly Habitat In Mowing Plans

4/28/16 – 12:22 A.M.

Citing the need for bee and butterfly habitats, conservationists would like Hancock County to reduce its roadside mowing schedule. However, Ohio Revised Code mandates counties mow roadsides to keep “noxious weeds” in check. There could be a middle-ground though…

Audio: Candy Sarikonda

Candy Sarikonda is a conservation specialist for Monarch Watch. She met with county representatives today to discuss mowing plans for the summer.

Sarikonda says protecting Monarch Butterfly habitats will help also help protect bee habitats. In turn, she says that would help with the pollination of local plants.

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