Review Category : Local News

Commissioner Mark Gazarek Talked His Run For Re-Election

09/09/16 – 3:16 P.M.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek is running for re-election this fall to remain in office. At the First Friday Lunch, he spoke about his campaign. He told attendees that he has 35 years of experience in investments and financial advising. He says the highlight of his career was being a part of 2 major river clean ups where debris was removed from the Blanchard River.

Gazarek says he wants to keep Hancock County among the lowest sales tax counties in the state. Hancock County currently has the 5th lowest sales tax.

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Online Survey Helps To Give Data On Findlay’s Quality Of Life

09/09/16 – 10:43 P.M.

There is an online survey to help determine the quality of life in Findlay. The purpose is to gather, analyze, and share actionable data. The survey covers the basics such as your age and how many years you have lived or worked in Findlay. The survey also asks you to rate several aspects of Findlay such as healthcare, education, and recreation. Towards the end, it gives you the opportunity to provide what you think are the biggest issues in the city.

You can take the survey here:

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Allen County Sheriff’s Office Being Investigated By FBI

9/9/16 – 7:47 A.M.

The F.B.I. is conducting an investigation within the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. WLIO-TV reports field agents were seen removing items from the sheriff’s office in Lima Wednesday. F.B.I. Special Agent Vickie Anderson tells the TV station an investigation is underway. She would not comment on what or who is the target of the operation.

WLIO reports Sheriff Sam Crish was not in the office Thursday.

No charges have been filed and no one has been arrested.


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Arcadia Officials Decide Against Paving Project

9/9/16 – 7:37 A.M.

Arcadia officials have decided against applying for money to repave part of North Main Street. The Courier reports the village did not qualify for a program that would have paid for 80 percent of the work. The project was estimated to cost $207,000.

The “mill-and-fill” project would have taken place between East Brown Road to East South Street.

MORE: The Courier

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Pedestrian Killed On I-75 In Wood County Thursday Night

9/9/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A pedestrian was killed on I-75 in Wood County Thursday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate near the Wooster Street exit in Bowling Green.

A release says the man was hit by several vehicles in the right southbound lane. The man has not been publicly identified.

You’re asked to contact the Bowling Green post of the State Highway Patrol if you have any information about the crash.

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Golden Corral Closes, IHOP Looks To Reopen In Findlay

9/9/16 – 5:28 A.M.

One restaurant on Findlay’s east side has closed its doors, while it appears another is getting ready to reopen. The Courier reports the Golden Corral on Tiffin Avenue shut down this week. A sign on the restaurant’s door said the location was permanently closed, and the company has not responded to requests for comment.

At the same time, the IHOP on County Road 236 may make a comeback. A sign on the building’s door says it will reopen late this year.

Findlay’s IHOP closed in 2011 when its franchise owner was charged with running criminal schemes intended to defraud the government, the restaurant’s corporation, Farmers Insurance and employees out of millions. He would later plead guilty. Two former employees were also convicted of identity theft for charges that involved illegal immigrants.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Democrats Say They Were Harassed At County Fair

9/9/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Local Democrats say the county fair wasn’t a friendly place to be. The Courier reports volunteers at the Hancock County Democrats fair booth say they were harassed throughout the week. Doris Mapes tells the newspaper one man told her he would have liked to burn the cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton in the booth. Others put Donald Trump stickers on the cutout.

One volunteer reported a man began to yell at her about Second Amendment rights. When she tried to diffuse the situation by saying “thank you for your opinion,” she was called an idiot. She later found her Obamacare bumper sticker on her car defaced with the word idiot.

Hancock County Republican Chair Jim Baker tells the newspaper he doesn’t encourage this behavior. He said “That’s not what democracy is all about.”

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Prosecutor Appointed To Judge’s Post

9/9/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller has been appointed to fill an opening in the Findlay Municipal Court. The Courier reports Governor John Kasich appointed Miller to fill the unexpired term of retiring Judge Robert Fry. Fry’s six-year term expires in December of 2017.

That leaves an opening for county prosecutor, and it appears County Commissioner Phil Riegle will fill that role. Riegle filed to run for the position as a write-in candidate in August. Riegle was formerly an assistant prosecutor in Hardin County. No one else is running for the position.

Because both Miller and Riegle are Republicans, the Hancock County Republican Party will be responsible for appointing their replacements. The appointed prosecutor will serve in the role through the end of the year. Riegle’s replacement will fill the rest of his term, which lasts through 2018.

MORE: The Courier

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Leipsic Woman Hurt In Ohio 613 Crash Last Night

09/08/16 – 5:45 P.M.

A Leipsic woman was named as the person injured in the car accident on Ohio 613 Wednesday night. The Courier reports Rosa Lehman was driving near Pleasant Township 120 around 12:20 pm. Another vehicle driven by 29-year-old Francis Duling of Ottawa went left of center and sideswiped Lehman’s vehicle. This caused her to run into a utility pole.

Lehman is reported to be in stable condition by Sheriff Deputy Von Sossan.

The downed pole caused a power outage that was fixed by AEP.

Duling has been cited for failure to drive on marked lines.

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Hunting Lottery Happening Next Thursday At Litzenberg Memorial Woods

09/08/16 – 3:41 P.M.

Residents of Hancock County can take part in the Hancock Park Districts Hunting With Permission Lottery Program. The lottery will be held next Thursday the 15th in the Activity Barn at Litzenberg Memorial woods, starting at 7 pm. Hunters must be present to take part.

There will be several permits in different categories available including deer/gun and muzzleloader, small game, and deer archery permits. There will also be youth permits available to win.

Litzenberg daily permits will continue to be available for those not drawn during the lottery. Five daily permits per week will be available to the general public on a first come first serve basis.

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