Review Category : Local News

Streets To Close For Storm Sewer Work Today

3/18/2016 – 4:58 am

Three Findlay streets will be closed today through next Friday for the construction of a new storm sewer on H Street, Lynn Street, and G Street. The Findlay Engineering Department announced that Lynn Street will be closed to through traffic from G Street to H Street, G Street will be closed from Lynn Street to the railroad crossing, and H Street will be closed from Lynn Street to McConnell Street.

Motorists are being advised to avoid those blocks, if possible.

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Options Reviewed For Improving Security At Hancock County Courthouse

3/18/2016 – 4:53 am

Hancock County continues to look at possible security upgrades to the Hancock County Courthouse and court systems. The Courier reports that the Hancock County Commissioners met with representatives from the National Center for State Courts on Thursday to discuss possible options. The county has contracted with the center to develop recommendations for the site at a cost of $22,850.

One proposal discussed would include a single entrance with hallways to each of the courts and the Findlay Municipal Building, which could work given how the buildings are right beside each other. There was also a discussion of building a new building to house the courts. Commissioner Brian Robertson noted that the county is currently leasing office space at five separate sites and a new building would eliminate that expense.

A previous security study of the probate and juvenile court building recommended up to $500,000 in security improvements.

More: The Courier

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Fake Teen Senator Back In Jail

3/18/2016 – 4:44 am

A teenager who impersonated a state senator at Mohawk High School back in December is back in jail this week for violating the terms of his bond. The Courier reports that Wyandot County officials discovered that 18-year-old Izaha Akins of Marion attended an event in Washington D.C after a common pleas court judge told him he wasn’t allowed to leave the state. Wyandot Prosecutor Doug Rowland says that Akins’ trip to Washington was “all over Facebook”

Appearing in Wyandot County Court on Tuesday, Akins’ attorney said “there was some confusion” about Akins making the trip but the court didn’t buy into that. Originally released on a personal recognizance bond, Akins was charged and had a bond set at $15,000. He was incarcerated and had not posted bond by Thursday.

Akins’ attorney filed a motion asking if Akins could attend a model congress event in Washington. Rowland’s office opposed the motion, and the court told Akins he could not go. Akins’ attorney, Andrew Wick, declined to comment Thursday. Akins pled not guilty on February 11th. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for March 28th.

More: The Courier

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Hancock County In Top 20 In Ohio For Health Ranking

3/17/2016 – 5:05 pm

Hancock County is ranked in the Top 20 among Ohio counties in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2016 County Health Rankings. While that number is better than most counties in the area, it doesn’t apply to all. Hancock County was ranked 13 among all counties in Ohio, which ranks it better than Seneca (47), Hardin (72), and Allen County (36), but falls below Wood County (9) and Putnam County (3).

The rankings are reported as health outcomes, which take into account criteria such as length and quality of life of the county residents, and look at other health factors which look at behaviors and socio-economic factors that influence the future health of the community.

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Veterans Organization Helps Vets And First Responders With PTSD

3/17/2016 – 4:01 pm

The Sparta Project is a national organization designed to provide help to veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. One local veteran, Wayne Wilkins of McComb wants to bring the program to Hancock County. Wilkins explains that the program helped him in dealing with PTSD.

Audio: Wayne Wilkins

Awareness of PTSD and its effects have grown in recent years and the Sparta Project has grown as well. Given that they can only help so many veterans at a time, Wilkins says that this will be a good way to help local vets who need help in our community.

Audio: Wayne Wilkins

Wilkins says that to learn more information, you can go online to The Sparta Project. As you inquire, donate, and learn more about the project, and as more and more people from the community become aware of The Sparta Project, a local entity to help local veterans can be formed.

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Sheriff’s Office Looks To Upgrade Records & Jail Management Software

3/17/16 – 12:19 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to upgrade its records and jail management software to improve operational efficiencies. Sheriff Mike Heldman says a lot has changed since the last time they upgraded their systems…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman presented plans to the county commissioners today to upgrade to ProPhoenix public safety software. He said the program offers many options the sheriff’s office doesn’t currently have…

Audio: Mike Heldman

The software costs $400,000. Grant money is available to help offset the cost, at $100,000 per partner agency. Hancock County is looking at partnering with Fostoria to try and get $200,000 toward the project…

Audio: Mike Heldman

The Hancock County Commissioners could also add a 25 percent match if the grant is approved.

The grant application deadline is Monday.

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Hancock County Commissioners To Hold Meetings Outside Of Findlay

3/17/16 – 10:17 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will be taking their show on the road this year. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the goal is to give more people a chance to interact with the county government…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says both meetings will give residents an opportunity to ask questions…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The April 18 meeting will be held at the Arlington municipal building, and the August 2nd meeting will take place in the Allen Township building. Both meetings will start at 6 p.m.

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Phony IRS Calls Reported In Putnam County

3/17/16 – 7:14 A.M.

Another IRS-related scam is making the rounds in the area. The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce says several of its members have been contacted by someone over the phone, claiming to have an urgent matter to talk about. The caller will then give a specific number to call them back at.

As a reminder, the IRS sends notifications through the mail, not over the phone or by email.

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Fostoria Ranks As One Of Ohio’s Most Affordable Places To Live

3/17/16 – 6:55 A.M.

Fostoria is one of the most affordable places in Ohio to live. That’s according to, which ranks the city third in the Buckeye State in its annual listings. The Review-Times reports the website looked at the total cost over five years of four key housing-related expenses: closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage rates. Those numbers are then compared to median income.

Fostoria was in the top three in last year’s rankings as well.

MORE: Review-Times

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Wind Causes Crash Near Columbus Grove Wednesday

3/17 /16 – 6:42 A.M.

Wind played a role in a one-car crash in Putnam County Wednesday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on State Route 12 near Road 8-P outside of Columbus Grove around 10 a.m.

A first responder says a gust of wind pushed the westbound car into a guardrail, causing it to flip and crash into a row of trees near a pond. The driver was trapped, but didn’t appear to have any major injuries.

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