Review Category : Local News

Allen County Anticipates Sales Tax Revenue Drop Due To Federal Mandate

7/8/16 – 6:52 A.M.

A new federal mandate means a large loss of revenue in Allen County. The Lima News reports the county expects to lose nearly $1 million because of rules that end the collection of sales tax from managed care services. The collection of sales on Medicaid premiums will end on July 1 of next year.

Auditor Rhonda Eddy-Steinecker tells the newspaper that former Governor Ted Strickland added the tax to managed care services in 2009. In 2014 the federal government outlawed the practice.

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Public Events Slated At Blanchard Valley Center

7/8/16 – 5:30 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Center wants to give the public a better look at some of its programs. With that in mind, the center will hold three events over the next two months to let you learn more about the facility. The first event will be an open house on July 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Public forums are also scheduled for July 20 and August 25 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. They will be held in the administrative conference room at the center. Staff members will talk about the recent privatization of Blanchard Valley Industries and its merger with Blanchard Valley Residential Services.

The Blanchard Valley Center is Hancock County’s program for people with developmental disabilities. The center operates a school that serves students from birth through age 21. Blanchard Valley Industries is the vocational and residential part of the BVC.

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Local Librarians Offering Online Assistance And Recommendations

7/8/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Librarians have always been able to help you find something good to read, and now they’re extending that service online in Hancock County. The Courier reports librarians at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library are now helping online patrons find something that might interest them. All you have to do is fill out a survey on the library’s website, and you’ll be emailed back three suggestions, which you can then reserve.

Librarian Joel Mantey says the service isn’t just limited to books. Other media, like books on CD, eBooks, DVDs, and music are all included.

The new program launched at the beginning of July.

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Mount Blanchard Man Sentenced On Abduction Charge

7/8/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A Mount Blanchard man learned his fate Thursday for his role in the attack and abduction of a teenager at a high school football game last year. The Courier reports 20-year-old Brandon Bowman was ordered to take part in a treatment program at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center in Lima. The program usually takes four to six months to complete. Judge Joseph Niemeyer also ordered Bowman to remain in the Hancock County jail until space opens up in Lima.

Bowman pleaded guilty to an abduction charge stemming from an incident last August. He was with Luke Bowman when Luke attacked a 17-year-old at a Riverdale football game. The Bowmans believed the victim stole a gun from Luke’s grandmother’s house. They placed the victim in the back of a truck and drove him to Carey before dropping him off more than a mile from his home.

Luke Bowman recently pleaded guilty to abduction and attempted felonious assault. He will be sentenced on August 11.

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Downtown Building Demolition To Begin Soon In Findlay

7/8/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The process of tearing down more dilapidated buildings in downtown Findlay will start in a little over a week. The demolition of several buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street will begin July 18. The buildings had been damaged beyond repair by several floods and are considered a public hazard. It’s expected it will take two or three weeks.

In June, the Hancock County Commissioners awarded ALL Excavation & Demolition of McComb a contract for a little more $90,000 to complete the work. The cost is being covered by the county’s flood mitigation fund.

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Local Wendy’s Locations Included In Large Data Breach

7/8/16 – 4:22 A.M.

Seven Wendy’s restaurants in five northwest Ohio cities are among more than one-thousand that were hit by hackers who stole customers’ credit card information. The fast food chain says locations in Rossford, Perrysburg, Bowling Green, Findlay and Fostoria were victims of last year’s cyberattack. Customers of those restaurants are being offered one year of fraud prevention and identity restoration services.

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Police Aware Of Suspicious Man

7/7/16 – 4:54 p.m.

Police are aware of a suspicious man that has been the buzz of social media. The man is going door to door looking for odd jobs and claims to be homeless. Officers filed a report on July 4th when the man was issued a warning. Police say there are no reports of the man being armed or being threatening.

He was seen in the areas of Saratoga Drive, Hillcrest Avenue, and Dold.  He has yet to commit any criminal acts.

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