Review Category : Local News

Local Gas Prices Continue To Fall

1/25/16 – 5:28 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing their slide. Ohio gas reports most stations in Findlay are selling for $1.51 a gallon today. That’s an 18 cent drop from last Monday, and a 47 cent decline from a month ago.

In Ottawa drivers report the average price is $1.55.

The average price around Ohio is $1.54, down 10 cents over the last seven days.

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Three Arrested For Fraud In Fostoria

1/25/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Three people were arrested in Fostoria late last week for scamming a senior citizen. The Fostoria Police Department reports the department was able to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs to quickly arrest the suspects.

Patricia Stuward, Sampson Cojolo and Tanor Tody were all taken into custody. The suspects claimed to be from Monrovia, Liberia. Cojolo had identification from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Stuward and Cojolo were both charged with grand theft. Tody was charged with attempted grand theft.

Additional charges could be filed later. All three were taken to the Fostoria Jail pending a bond hearing.

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Putnam County Car Break-Ins Investigated

1/25/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Residents in a Putnam County village are being reminded to lock their cars following a recent rash of break-ins. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the crimes took place the night of January 17 and morning of January 18. As many as 20 cars were broken into during the spree.

Kalida Police Chief Jim Gulker tells the newspaper he’s surprised the thieves were out in the elements to get into the cars. The windchill was below freezing that night. He believes at least two people were involved based on the number of footprints left in the snow around the cars.

The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Several Helped By Red Cross Following North Main Street Fire

1/25/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Several people lost their homes in the North Main Street fire in Findlay Friday night. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the 50 North facility Friday, and 14 people stayed the night. The shelter was closed Saturday after other living arrangements were made.

In all, the Red Cross reports 28 people from 11 families are receiving help from the organization. Caseworkers met with everyone Saturday morning to address immediate needs. They also provided food, clothes, and medication among other items.

Among those who lost their home were 25-year-old Brandi Bishop and her 1-year-old daughter. Bishop told the Courier all she could think about was losing her daughter’s clothes and baby pictures. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist them.

Joshua Hatlay and his family, including 12-year-old and 13-year-old girls and a 14-year-old boy also lost their apartment. They were at home when the fire started but escaped safely when the building was evacuated. The Hatlay’s are staying at an area motel for the time being.

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UF To Host Annual Comedy Jam At Performing Arts Center

1/22/2016 – 2:35 pm

The University of Findlay will host the 14th Annual Comedy Jam next Saturday, January 30th at the Marathon Center for The Performing Arts. The event will be preceded by a silent auction to benefit Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS. This is the first time that a UF event will be held at the performing arts center.

The silent auction will feature framed and autographed posters from Broadway shows such as “Avenue Q,” “Book of Mormon,” “Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and many more. The comedy jam will feature Dakaboom, Mark Poolos and Eric O’Shea.

The silent auction will be from 6:30pm-7:45 pm and the Comedy Jam will be at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online from the Marathon Arts Center for $17.50. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $27.50. UF students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive one free ticket.

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Findlay Mayor In DC For Annual Conference Of Mayors Winter Meeting.

1/22/2016 – 1:55 pm

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is in Washington DC this week for the annual Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. The meeting hosts Mayors from all across the United States from cities of 30,000 people or more. Mihalik said that while there are many mayors in attendance, there are also many similar issues that all of them face in their communities.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

The annual conference is non-partisan in nature, and Mihalik said that the meetings have allowed those in attendance to share ideas as well as frustrations that they all face. The benefit though, Mihalik says is that it allows people who are directly elected by their communities to have access to representatives at the federal level in order for those individuals to understand the ramifications of their actions.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

The Mayor’s from Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, and Toledo also attended the conference this week.

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Fostoria Chamber Plans For Big 2016

1/22/16 – 5:25 A.M.

The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce plans to have a big 2016. That was the message during a chamber luncheon Thursday. The Review-Times reports chamber chair-elect Rick Ernest told those in attendance, “You’re going to see a lot more of the chamber than the past few years.”

Part of the plan includes using benefit vendors to help chamber members and their customers. For example, those who attended Thursday’s meeting were given Office Depot/Max cards good for savings of 30 to 50 percent on many items in the store.

Guest speakers set up booths at the meeting so members could see the benefits businesses could take part in.

MORE: Review-Times

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Convention & Visitors Bureau Offering Grants To Event Organizers

1/22/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Several grants are available for local organizations to help promote their events. The Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau is making up to $16,000 in matching funds available through a variety of grants. But you’ll have to act fast if you want to apply, because deadlines are coming up soon.

The Tourism Development Grant is a 50 percent matching grant for up to $8,000. Eligible events must be in their first or second year. Applications are due March 7 for events happening April 1 of this year through March 31 of next year.

The Tourism Growth Program is a 50 percent matching grant for up to $5,000. Eligible events must be already established, with plans for significant growth. This grant also has a March 7 deadline.

For more information, call (419)422-3315.

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Putnam County Village To Pay For Sewer Line Work

1/22/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A Putnam County village will pay for the work to unplug a sewer line. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Continental council members heard from officials who said the plug was located in a line underneath an alley, making it the village’s responsibility. The line provides service to a home outside the village limits.

The cost to scope and jet the line was $365, which council voted to pay for.

MORE: The Courier

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Teens Injured In I-75 Crash Near Findlay

1/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two teenagers on I-75 Wednesday. The State Patrol says 18-year-old Rebecca Blanton of Carey was driving north on the interstate around 3:30 p.m. when she lost control near the State Route 15 exit. Her car went off the road, hit a sign, and ended up in the ditch.

Blanton and a passenger, 18-year-old William Brown of Wapakoneta, were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Blanton was cited for failure to control.

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