Review Category : Local News

Findlay Council Weighs Options for Outgoing Fire Chief’s Severance Pay

12/09/14     8:58 p.m.

Whether or not outgoing Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo will receive any kind of severance pay is still up in the air.

City council’s appropriations committee met this afternoon to discuss their options. One that seems likely is that Lonyo will be service commuted, meaning he will be eiligible for the benefits once he turns 48.
City law director Don Rasmussen said this has happened once before with a police officer who left the department in 2013. He said he doesn’t want to be in a situation where the city is treating union and non-union employees any differently.
Lonyo will be retiring with more than 25 years of service at age 47. His age will make him ineligible for benefits, which don’t come until age 48.
According to city auditor Jim Staschiak, Lonyo has built up 2,931 hours of sick time. At his current rate of $42.20 per hour that would make him eligible for $61,851 at the current rate of a union employee.
Another option that was on the table was having Lonyo request a demotion from fire chief to captain, making him eligible for joining the fire union again. Staschiak said this is no longer possible because in the union’s eyes it would be a temporary move, making him ineligible for membership.
Council is waiting on more information from the police and fire pension fund before making their decision.
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Multiple-Vehicle Injury Accident Affecting Traffic on I-75 South of Findlay

12/09/14     12:25 p.m.

A multiple-vehicle injury accident is affecting both north and southbound traffic on I-75 south of Findlay. According to scanner traffic, the accident happened just after noon and involved a commercial vehicle.

ODOT is reporting stopped traffic in the area just south of the rest stop in the northbound lanes and slow traffic in the southbound lanes.

At this point, no other details on the crash are available.

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Court of Appeals to Decide Badertscher’s Future at Liberty-Benton

12/09/14     12:12 p.m.

Three judges in the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima heard arguments on Mark Badertscher’s future at Liberty-Benton School District today.

Badertscher was fired nearly two years ago after a student choked another in his classroom.

Jessica Philemond, attorney for Liberty-Benton, said Badertscher frequently had problems with classroom management. Badertscher’s attorney John Roca said the lack of written discipline against Badertscher refutes such claims.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled the school board failed to prove it fairly fired Badertscher based on the 10 reasons the board provided. He reinstated Badertscher to the district with more than two years of back pay and benefits.

Liberty-Benton officials appealed that ruling. The three judges from the appeals court will issue their ruling at a later date.

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Ralphie’s Moving from Current Location to Former Ponderosa Building

12/09/14     11:38 a.m.

Ralphie’s Sports Eatery will be moving from its current location on Broad Ave. around the corner to the former Ponderosa Steak House on Trenton Ave. in March.

According to Rob Armstrong, a spokesman for Bennett Enterprises which owns and operates Ralphie’s, Ralphie’s will close the sale of its Broad Avenue property to Speedway by the end of December.

Speedway plans to demolish its store at 752 Trenton Ave. and the Ralphie’s restaurant next door on Broad Ave. to build a bigger, 4,000-square-foot store.

Armstrong said Ralphie’s will soon start making $300,000 in renovations to the former Ponderosa restaurant, about $20,000 of the which will be for upgrading television and sound systems.

Ralphie’s expects a higher volume of customers at their new location and will keep its 25 employees and add 15 more.

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Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged Assault At Church

12/9/14 – 7:32 A.M.

Fostoria Police are investigating a possible assault that may have taken place at St. Wendelin Catholic Church. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported just after 10 a.m. Monday. A woman reported her niece was assaulted at the church on North Wood Street.

The complaint was filed under a “rape/sexual assault” specification. Police Chief Keith Loreno told the newspaper that interviews are still taking place. He added that the alleged incident happened sometime in the past, and may have involved another juvenile.

No other details are available in the case.


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Putnam County Woman Killed In Paulding County Crash

12/9/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Putnam County woman was killed in a Monday traffic crash in Paulding County. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 637 near Grover Hill around 3:45 p.m.

53-year-old Jane Deken of Continental was driving north when her Chevy Impala went left of center and hit a southbound semi driven by 23-year-old Brandon Appel of Edgerton. The crash caused the semi to catch fire before it came to rest in a nearby field.

Deken was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Appel was not injured. The accident closed the highway for about four hours.


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Report: Arrest Made In Fostoria Stabbing

12/9/14 – 5:17 A.M.

An arrest has reportedly been made in an alleged stabbing incident in Fostoria. The incident was reported a little before 10 p.m. at the Portage View Apartments on Perrysburg Road. According to reports one person was arrested and charged with felonious assault.

No other details were available.


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UPDATE: Findlay Police Say Dogs Acted Aggressively Before Shooting

12/9/14 – 4:55 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has released more information about an incident where a dog was shot and killed by an officer last week. Captain Sean Young’s report on the incident says he was driving in the 1000 block of West Sandusky Street last Wednesday when he saw a boxer and a pit bull mix approach a UPS driver.

Young followed the dogs to an alley near 910 Putnam Street. According to his report, the dogs barked and ran toward him. The report goes on to say, “Their heads were held low and they began to spread out as if to attack from two sides.” Young reports he saw no traffic or pedestrians behind the dogs when he pointed his gun at them. He shot the boxer when it got about 8 feet from him. The report says the dog got up on its hind legs and growled before Young shot again.

Pat Lammers owns the dogs. She said the boxer was gentle and played with her grandchildren. She says she doesn’t understand why she wasn’t issued a citation instead of deadly force being used on the animal.

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Winter Car Accidents Mostly Related to Speed According to Highway Patrol

12/08/14     6:15 p.m.

The winter of 2013-14 proved to be a dangerous one on the roads. The state highway patrol reports there were over 33,000 crashes, killing 38 people and injuring about 9,000.

The patrol says speed was a factor in 49 percent of those crashes and urges people to drive slowly and cautiously during the winter months.

In our area, Wood County had the most crashes last winter with more than 750. Hardin County suffered the least at only 29. Hancock County saw just under 500 accidents last winter, Allen had about 540, Seneca was just under 300 and Wyandot and Putnam were each just over 100.

In addition to slowing down, the patrol suggests having an emergency kit in your car at all times. In this kit they recommend keeping: a cell phone with car charger, road flares or reflectors, “help” or “call police” signs, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket/sleeping bag, small shovel, bottled water and energy foods, candles and matches and a tow strap/chain.

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