Review Category : Local News

Student Behind Allen County School Threat Caught

3/27/15 – 5:07 A.M.

Officials at Elida High School in Allen County say they have caught the student responsible for leaving a threatening letter in a bathroom this week. The Lima News reports the student was identified using security video footage. The student was placed under emergency removal Thursday morning, and admitted to leaving the note to get out of school.

Elida Superintendent Tony Cox says the school can not publicly identify the teenager due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The student is not allowed on school grounds and will likely face prosecution.

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Harbor Freight Tools Coming To Findlay

3/27/15 – 4:57 A.M.

A discount tool and equipment store is coming to Findlay. Harbor Freight Tools has confirmed a store will be located at 1757 Tiffin Avenue. The last business at that location was Diner’s Buffet. Renovations are being made to be building.

Harbor Freight Tools is based in Calabasas, California.

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UF Upgrading Residence Halls

3/27/15 – 4:51 A.M.

Improvements are going to be made at two University of Findlay dorms this summer. The school says new heating and cooling units will be installed in the Morey and Myers residence halls. New windows will also be installed in the buildings. The work is expected to be completed before school starts again in the fall.

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Avian Flu Posing Risk to Poultry Flocks During Migratory Season

03/26/15     3:05 p.m.

Area farmers are being warned about a new strain of the avian flu that could affect poultry. Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said while it does not affect people, it is a big concern for business.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Especially during migratory season, the bird flu is an even bigger risk to those with free-range flocks.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said to prevent the spread of the bird flu, increases in biosecurity need to be made, that means eliminating anything that allows contact with the outside. Lentz said your best bet is keeping the flock sheltered from other animals and birds and making sure droppings aren’t accessible either.

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Marathon Petroleum Named America’s Third Best Employer by Forbes

03/26/15     12:00 p.m.

Marathon Petroleum has been named one of the best companies in the country to work for by Forbes magazine.

Behind only Google and Costco, Marathon is the only Ohio-based company in the top 100 at number 3, and was number 1 in the construction, oil, gas, mining and chemical industry category.

“Our success is directly connected to the hard work of our employees,” said Marathon Communications Manager Stefanie Griffith. “We are appreciative of the recognition and of our employees’ efforts in the manufacturing, transporting and marketing of fuels and other products that millions of people use to make their lives better every day.”

The list is based on a survey of 20,000 Americans working for U.S. companies with at least 2,500 employees.

Full list of America’s Best 500 Employers by Forbes

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Census Data Shows Little Change in Population for Area Counties

03/26/15     11:50 a.m.

Data from the 2014 Census estimates shows little change in most area counties. The biggest change was a 3.3 percent increase in Wood County, bringing their population to about 129,600.

In Hancock County, there was a .7 percent increase to about 75,300.

All other counties saw decreases in population. Putnam was an even 1 percent drop to about 34,200 people. Seneca dropped nearly 2 percent to about 55,700. Allen and Wyandot both dropped 1.2 percent to about 105,000 and 22,400 respectively.

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Search Finds Drugs, Guns and Explosive in Findlay Apartment

03/26/15     11:20 a.m.

A narcotics search warrant in Findlay led to the discovery of drugs, weapons and a homemade bomb.

The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 10245 U.S. 224 Apartment 5 around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. They discovered what is believed to be 28 packages of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needs. Additionally there was handguns (some stolen), cash, criminal tools and a homemade explosive. The Allen County Bomb Squad was called to detonate the device.

As a result, the resident of the apartment 29-year-old Carl Johns is facing numerous charges pending lab results and further investigation.

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Commissioners OK Annexation Of Land Into Findlay

3/26/15 – 10:43 A.M.

The city of Findlay got slightly bigger today. The Hancock County Commissioners approved the expidited annexation of a little more than 28 acres of land from Marion Township into the city. The parcel is located on East Bigelow Avenue near County Road 18. It’s directly south of where the McLane distribution facility is being built.

Jaqua’s Fine Guns is located on the property. According to the store’s website the gun range will be closing, but the store will remain open.

The property is owned by the Ranzau Trust.

The annexation agreement comes with a revenue sharing agreement between Findlay, Hancock County, and Marion Township.

Note – Following map is approximate to parcel being annexed.


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Allen County School Dismisses After Shooting Threat

3/25/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Allen County school dismissed early Wednesday after a suspicious note was found in a bathroom. The Lima News reports an Elida high school student found a note that threatened a shooting. A teacher was notified and the school was put on lockdown for about an hour-and-a-half.

School resource officers investigated and believed there was no real threat. Administrators decided to proceed with caution and sent students home just before 1 p.m.

The school is expected to operate normally today.

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Regional Council Favored For Seneca County Justice Cener Project Manager

3/26/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Elected officials in Seneca County are working to find a project manager for the construction of a new justice center. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners are in favor of appointing the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments. However, to be eligible for a $500,000 state loan for the planning stage of the building, Tiffin officials must also sign off on the manager. So far that hasn’t happened.

Tiffin leaders had wanted to build the justice center on a former school property. The county commissioners selected land next to the county court annex building. Commissioner Fred Zoeller met with four judges and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz to discuss the issue yesterday.

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