Review Category : Local News

Semi Roll-Over Closes Putnam County Highway

1/7/16 – 8:46 A.M.

A semi rollover closed State Route 65 north of Ottawa in Putnam County for around four hours this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened near Road 7-D just north of the village around 4:30 a.m.

The Lima post of the State Patrol says the semi was headed north on the highway when the driver failed to make a curve just past the CSX railroad tracks. The truck hit the railroad crossing guard arm, went off the road, and overturned.

The crash caused a steel coil to fall off the truck’s trailer. The driver, who was not immediately identified, suffered only minor injuries.

 

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77-Year-Old Lima Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Thefts

6/7/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A 77-year-old Lima man will spend more than 10 years in prison for a string of burglaries in our area. Robert Tackett was sentenced Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking and entering among other charges. Tackett and 51-year-old Roger Hemry of Lima were arrested in August after they broke into the the Moose Lodge in New Riegel. They were also charged in connection to a May break-in at the Old Stoney Ledge Bar in Findlay.

Other crimes took place in Seneca, Putnam, Allen, Van Wert, Darke, Miami and Ottawa counties.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge David Faulkner said Tackett had one of the longest criminal records he’d ever seen as a judge. Tackett first appeared in court in 1953 on a breaking and entering count.

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Auto Parts Maker To Begin Operations In Carey

1/7/16 – 5:20 A.M.

An automotive parts maker is planning to set up shop in Carey. Area Development magazine reports Hanon Systems will begin operations by the middle of next year. The facility will make HVAC modules for a variety of different cars.

The company plans on having nearly 140 workers on staff in both hourly and salaried positions when at full production.

Local officials had been planning for the announcement. Last year saw the Carey school board, village council, and Wyandot County commissioners all approve a 15-year, 100 percent tax abatement agreement which covers a $19 million investment.

MORE: Area Development

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Fostoria Looks To Hire Three Firefighters

1/7/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Fostoria is planning on hiring three new firefighters. The Review-Times reports seven candidates will begin interviewing for the positions today. All seven candidates took a physical agility test last May.

The new firefighters will replace three people who are leaving or have already left the department. Fire Chief Ken Chapman tells the newspaper he would like to get the new recruits active as soon as possible, as he is already down two men. Another firefighter is leaving in February to take graduate-level nursing classes.

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Putnam County Revenues Projected To Increase

1/7/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Putnam County’s budget numbers for 2016 show a more than $1 million increase in revenue from last year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county is expected to collect a little more than $10.3 million this year, compared to roughly $9.3 million in 2015.

Putnam County administrator Jack Betscher says the increase has to do with the collection of what is called “inside millage” for agriculture. The money comes from what land owners pay in property taxes, determined by CAUV assessments. Because Putnam County has a large amount of farmland, there was an increase in collections for the county.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

1/7/16 – 4:51 A.M.

A Findlay woman pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday.  20-year-old Brianna Bartram appeared in the Hancock Common Pleas Court and pleaded guilty to a possession of cocaine charge, as well as an amended count of aggravated possession of drugs.  The second count initially was a possession of heroin charge.

Bartram was arrested following a raid at a West Trenton Avenue home on October 13 of last year.

She’ll be sentenced on February 24.

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Wood County Man Sentenced For Killing Son

1/7/15 – 4:24 A.M.

Decades in prison await a Wood County man who killed his three-month-old son. A judge yesterday found James Henderson guilty of murder, child endangering and felonious assault. Henderson was convicted of shaking Brandon Henderson to death while living with the baby’s grandparents.

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Tiffin University Names Interim President

1/6/2015 – 4:38 pm

Tiffin University has named an Interim President. The university announced this afternoon that Dr. Lillian Schumacher has been appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as Interim President of the university effective on Monday, January 11th.

Schumacher has served at Tiffin University since July 2010, first as Dean of the School of Business and most recently as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has over 27 years of experience in higher education and corporate environments in the areas of administration, program development, assessment, accreditation, teaching, management, strategic planning, budget preparation and oversight, staff selection and evaluation.

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Rasmussen: Mayor Has Authority To Set Pay Rates For Administration

1/6/2015 – 12:35 pm

The Mayor of Findlay does have the authority to set salary rates for city administration officials within pay ranges approved by the Findlay City Council. WFIN spoke with City Law Director Don Rasmussen who said that the pay ranges for city administration was approved by the city council and factored into the 2016 budget. Rasmussen noted that if a range were set, and the administration were to set the pay at a rate on the low end of the range, the line item would have left over funds at the end of the year. Each year the pay ordinance would be approved by the council prior to the budget approval.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Holly Frische questioned as to what authority the Mayor had in regards to setting a pay for the Service-Safety Director position. The rate for the position was set 22% higher in the 2016 budget than previously, a pay raise of around $26,000.00. Mayor Mihalik responded by saying that setting the pay rates for city administration officials fell under the purview of the Mayor’s office.

When asked as to if the pay raise fell within the range set for the Service-Safety Director’s position, Rasmussen said that he believed it did.

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