Review Category : Local News

Lot Size Requirements Changing In Putnam County

12/18/14 – 5:16 A.M.

If you’re planning on building a home in rural Putnam County, starting next year you’ll need more land. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the County Planning Commission has voted to increase the minimum lot size to two acres. The rules only apply to lots plotted outside of existing village corporation limits.

The reason for the change has to do with new regulations from the Ohio EPA. The rules require extra space on property to meet septic tank requirements.

The current rules only require one acre of land to build a structure.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Legal Fight Between Cooper And Apollo Comes To An End

12/18/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The legal wrangling between Cooper Tire & Rubber and Apollo Tyres of India is over. The Courier reports that both companies agreed to dismiss their claims and counterclaims Wednesday. A statement from Cooper said the two companies agreed not pursue further claims on the failed sale of Cooper to Apollo.

Cooper initially sued Apollo for not closing the sale in a timely manner last year. The claim was thrown out by Delaware Chancery Court Judge Sam Glasscock III. Glasscock also ruled that neither company could have anticipated the problems a Chinese tire factory partially owned by Cooper were going to cause. The issues ultimately led to the deal falling through.

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County Health Officials Say Merger Possibilities Look Good

12/18/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Hancock County health officials are optimistic a merger will get done in 2015. County health commissioner Dr. Greg Arnette tells the Courier the plan is “finally making headway.” The potential for a merger with the city health department was discussed at Wednesday’s Hancock County Board of Health meeting.

Ed Ingold is the president of the board and says both sides are meeting to come up with a contract that works for everyone. Ingold also said that while the plan is good, they’ll know more about what they need when the two departments start working side-by-side in 2015. After that happens he thinks employees will come up with suggestions to make the merger work better.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Family Warning Others of Christmas Present Theft from their Car

12/17/14     5:48 p.m.

The holiday season is usually a season of giving, but one Findlay family wants to warn others that a local Grinch is taking. Jenni Smith went shopping for her five kids and seven grandkids last night. She left the gifts in the car to bring in after the kids had gone to school today.

Unfortunately when she got up this morning someone had broken into her car and stolen the $400 to $500 of presents.

Audio: Jenni Smith

A report on the incident was filed with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Smith said she knows of at least one other neighbor in her Liberty Township neighborhood whose car was broken into last night.

A friend of this Smith family set up an online fund raising page to help replace the gifts. They were able to raise triple the cost of the presents, which Smith plans to donate after replacing what was stolen.

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Findlay Man Facing Charges After Police Shot Dog He Was Watching

12/17/14     10:30 a.m.

A man who was dog sitting is now facing charges after police shot one of the dogs.

According to police, 74-year-old Keith Thompson of Findlay was responsible for the two dogs who got loose in the 900 block of Putnam St. Dec. 3. The report says the pit bull mix and boxer had acted aggressively toward a UPS driver and charged Findlay Police Captain Sean Young. When the boxer was within 8 ft. of him, Young shot the dog.

Thompson is charged with a misdemeanor for allowing the dogs to run loose. He is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 31 in the Findlay Municipal Court.

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North Baltimore Approves Emergency Response Surcharge For Non-Residents

12/18/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Non-North Baltimore residents who need emergency help will pay a little more for services. The Courier reports the village council approved a measure last night that includes a surcharge for emergency runs involving non-residents. Hourly rates were set for fire and rescue services. The surcharge will amount to an extra 15 percent on the bill.

North Baltimore officials say the village needs to recoup some expenses. Most emergency calls for traffic accidents don’t actually happen in North Baltimore, but on I-75.

MORE: The Courier

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Allen County School District Considers Allowing Teachers To Carry Firearms

12/17/14 – 7:27 A.M.

An Allen County school district is considering arming its teachers. The Lima News reports the Elida school board will allow the district’s superintendent to form a committee to review the possibility. The district decided to look into the policy change in the wake of school shootings around the nation over the past several years.

The newspaper reports several community members attended the meeting to voice their support.

MORE: Lima News

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Year In Review: Cooper Tire Announces Tech Center

12/17/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look back at 2014 in Findlay and Hancock County examines life after Apollo Tyre for Cooper Tire & Rubber. As 2013 closed, a sale to the India-based company fell through. In 2014, Cooper recommitted to local development with the announcement of a new tech center…

Audio: Roy Armes

CEO Roy Armes talked about the tech center during an official announcement in June. Armes said Cooper will hire 40 people to run the facility, including engineers, scientists, and researchers.

The state offered incentives for Cooper to locate the technology center in Findlay. A $2.8 million grant was given to the company. The state controlling board added another $400,000 grant to make infrastructure improvements in the city.

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Two Injured In Tuesday Night Findlay Crash

12/17/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A three-car crash injured two people on Tiffin Avenue Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 800 block of the road.

Investigators say 36-year-old Kari Mahler was driving east on Tiffin Avenue when she stopped for traffic. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 22-year-old Kagayaki Tabogami of Findlay. The impact of the collision pushed Mahler’s car into the westbound lanes of the road, where it was hit by a car driven by 64-year-old Charles Yurkovich of North Canton.

Mahler and a passenger, 13-year-old Tayler Brantley, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. Tabogami was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.


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