Review Category : Local News

Several Verizon Stores In Region Broken Into

1/2/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A burglary at a Findlay Verizon store appears to be related to a series of similar crimes reported all over western Ohio. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports there was a break in at the Radio Hospital/Verizon Wireless store at 2011 Tiffin Avenue Friday. Twenty-five iPhones with a total value of more than $12,000 were taken.

The story doesn’t end there though. Verizon stores in Wapakoneta, Van Wert, Celina, Sidney, and Troy were all hit according to the Lima News. Security footage from the break-in in Celina showed three men in dark colored clothing enter the store. Another man was seen driving a four-door, maroon colored Buick Park Avenue.


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Six Traffic Deaths Reported In Hancock County In 2013

1/2/14 – 5:17 A.M.

While traffic deaths were down last year in Ohio, the number was flat in Hancock County.  The Courier reports there were six fatal accidents in the county in 2013, the same number that was reported in 2012.  Of those crashes, alcohol was a factor in two of them, which was also the same figure in 2012.  The number of traffic deaths in Hancock County has been steadily declining since 2007, when 11 people were killed on area roadways.

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More Details Released From Weekend Shooting

1/2/14 – 4:59 A.M.

More details are coming out in regards to a shooting from last weekend in Hancock County. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 48-year-old Lee Houck of Findlay was treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital early Sunday morning after he was apparently shot at a house near Mount Blanchard. The sheriff’s office reports the incident was reported in a home at 16145 Hancock County Road 24. Houck does not live there.

Houck is expected to survive the bullet wounds to his foot and hip. The investigation into the shooting continues.


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Seneca County Woman Uninjured In Crash

12/31/13 – 5:06 A.M.

A Seneca County woman was uninjured after rolling her car Sunday night.  The State Highway Patrol reports 36-year-old Shannon Tiell was eastbound on County Road 18 when she hit a patch of ice just west of State Route 587.  Tiell was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control and driving under suspension.

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Vanlue Board To Fill Vacancies

12/31/13 – 4:56 A.M.

The Vanlue school board will soon fill two vacancies. The board will appoint new members at their January 13 meeting. The names of the appointees haven’t been announced yet. Four people had applied for the positions.

Appointees to the board can only serve for two years without being elected, meaning the seats will be up for election again in November of 2015.

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Bloomdale Gets Money For Water Line Connection

12/31/13 – 4:51 A.M.

Federal money will help a Wood County village deal with its water issues. The USDA has approved a grant for more than $340,000 and a low-interest loan of $1,655,000 to build a water line to connect Bloomdale to the Northwestern Water and Sewer District. The new 12-inch-diameter line will bring water from Bowling Green and could be completed by the end of 2014.

The village’s current water plant has had problems with its well.

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Commissioner Brian Robertson Talks Flood Mitigation Frustrations

Last week’s Blanchard River flooding has rekindled frustrations about the problem in Hancock and Putnam Counties. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says he spent a lot of last week reassuring residents…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Speaking of the feds, Robertson says it’s critical that people concerned about Blanchard River flooding continue to voice their opinions to elected leaders…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says elected representatives in Washington D.C. can then take those comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and let them know about frustrations in paying for continued studies and not seeing any results.

Listen to the full interview from today’s WFINat10:

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Auditor Jim Staschiak Talks Findlay Finances

12/30/13 – 11:32 A.M.

By nearly every measure, 2013 was a bounce back year for Findlay in terms of finances. Revenues were stronger and unexpected windfalls helped bolster the bottom line. City auditor Jim Staschiak talked about the numbers while on WFINat10 today, saying he’s confident things are stabilizing…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak says as far as 2014 is concerned, he’d like to see a continued emphasis on long term planning…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak added he agreed city council’s move to increase the city’s minimum reserve to two months. Council will vote on that measure in January.

You can listen to the full interview from today’s WFINat10 here:

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Seneca County Economic Development Chief Retires

12/30/13 10:30 a.m.
The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation chief is stepping down after 23 years. 66 year-old Rich Focht has been head of economic development activities in Seneca county since 1990. Focht’s last day will be Tuesday and his replacement, David Zak will take over January 6. Zak was chief of the Business Services Division at the Ohio Development Services Agency. Focht plans to run for Tiffin City Council in the future.

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