Review Category : Local News

More Details Released On Bluffton Bank Robbery

10/21/14 – 1:09 A.M.

More details have been released on a Bluffton bank robbery and police chase from this morning. The Bluffton Police Department reports that just before 9 a.m., a man later identified as 43-year-old Brian Matheny of East Jordan, Michigan, held up the Chase Bank on Main Street. Matheny allegedly threatened an explosion if his demands weren’t met.

A teller complied, and Matheny fled the scene. His white SUV was located in the northbound lanes of I-75 a short time later. Matheny attempted to run from police, but eventually turned off the interstate on State Route 12 in Findlay. That’s where he exited his SUV, and set himself on fire.

State troopers quickly extinguished the flames, which only caused superficial injuries to Matheny. He was treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital and then taken to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.


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Home Sales Down In Hancock County

10/21/14 – 12:20 P.M.

Home sales in Hancock County remain down for the year. The Ohio Association of Realtors released numbers through three-quarters of 2014 today, and the number of homes sold is down 9.1 percent. Across the state, home sales are down 3.5 percent compared to 2013 numbers.

There is good news if you’re trying to sell your home. The average sale price in Hancock County is up 4.5 percent compared to 2013. The average price is a little more than $127,000 through nine months of the year.

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Unemployment Falls For Area Counties

10/21/14 – 12:07 P.M.

Two area counties now have unemployment rates below 4 percent. September numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County’s jobless rate has fallen to 3.8 percent, while Putnam County’s rate is down to 3.9 All counties in the region saw unemployment at or below 5 percent last month.

Wyandot County’s jobless rate was at 4.4 percent, Henry County checked in at 4.4, and Wood, Wyandot, and Seneca Counties were all at 4.6 percent. Allen County had the highest unemployment rate at 5 percent last month.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Lights Himself On Fire In Findlay

10/21/14 – 11:11 A.M.

A Bluffton bank robbery suspect was captured in Findlay today after he attempted to light himself on fire. The State Highway Patrol reports a bank in Bluffton was robbed around 9 a.m. The suspect was later spotted in a white SUV driving north on I-75 toward Findlay. The man exited the interstate at State Route 12 in Findlay.

When the suspect stepped out of the SUV, he reportedly tried to light himself on fire. State troopers extinguished the flames. The suspect was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

No other details are available.

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Fostoria Police Involved In Monday Chase

Fostoria police officers were led on a chase through the city early Monday morning. The Fostoria Police Department reports the incident started when an officer tried to pull a man over for a moving violation in the 600 block of Spruce Street just before 3 a.m.

The suspect took off, driving west on Culbertson, through a parking lot, and crossing North Countyline Street. The driver nearly lost control several times, and finally came to a stop at Nye’s Trailer Park.

The suspect then took off on foot and has not been arrested. However, Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers know the identity of the man and have filed a warrant for his arrest.

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Election Preview: Robert Sprague

10/21/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our preview of the upcoming November election today with a look at another of the candidates running for the 83rd Ohio House district seat.

Incumbent Robert Sprague says a lot of work has been done to bring jobs back to this area, but there’s still more work to do..

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says the reason the jobs aren’t being filled is because there is a skills gap. He believes the government can help fill that gap by aligning the education system to help train skilled workers that have specialized certifications.

Sprague says one thing he wants to continue working on is tackling prescription drug abuse…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he’s also supported measures that end doctor shopping for prescription medications.

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Fostoria School Budget Steadily Improving

10/21/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The Fostoria school district is looking at a better financial picture. The Review-Times reports Treasurer Norm Elchert talked about finances during Monday’s school board meeting. Elchert says the district should see revenues of more than $633,000 for fiscal year 2015. Revenue should top more than $384,000 for fiscal 2016.

Deficit spending has gone down as well. The school spent $2 million more than it brought in for fiscal year 2013. For this fiscal year that’s been cut to a little more than $282,000. Projections for the future show a slight budget surplus for the next fiscal year.

MORE: Review-Times

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Putnam County Relay For Life Shortened To 12 Hours

10/21/14 – 5:16 A.M.

The Putnam County Relay for Life will make some changes in 2014. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the event will be shortened to 12 hours next year. Event chairperson Julie Johnson tells the newspaper that only a few people were staying all night during the 18-hour event. That meant fewer people were around for the closing ceremonies.

With that in mind, the Putnam County relay will run from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday June 6.

The American Cancer Society now allows relay events to be 6, 12, 18, or 24-hours. In the past only the 18 and 24-hour options were available.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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More Testimony Given For Prosecution During Findlay Murder Trial

10/21/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The murder trial Montre Robinson continued in Findlay Monday. The Courier reports a detective who investigated the shooting death of Joe Gutierrez testified for three hours. Detective Sgt. Justin Hendren said Robinson was identified as a suspect in the shooting thanks to an anonymous tip.

Officers visited Robinson’s home and saw he and Ralph Harris III loading a car with bags. From there, they followed the car to the Roadway Inn on Broad Avenue where both Harris and Robinson were arrested.

Hendren said Robinson told them where the car that was allegedly used in the shooting was. Inside the car investigators say they found shell casings that were similar to those found in the intersection where Gutierrez was killed.

Robinson is accused of driving the car the shots were fired from. Testimony is expected to continue today.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Digital Academy Wins State Award

10/20/14 – 11:54 A.M.

The Findlay Digital Academy has been named one of the top charter schools in the state. The school was one of four to be named a Charter School of the Year during a conference last week. It’s the first time the online school has received the award.

There are more than 380 charter schools in Ohio.

Findlay Digital Academy is an online, dropout-recovery school sponsored by Findlay City Schools. It allows students in grades 9-12 to get their education through online instruction. The academy also employs tutors who meet with the students on an individual basis.

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