Review Category : Local News

Ottawa Man Shoots Himself Following Police Standoff

5/9/16 – 5:02 A.M.

An Ottawa man was hospitalized following a standoff with police early Saturday morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports officers were called about a man with a gun at 6707 U.S. 224 around 3:35 a.m. Saturday. They found 25-year-old Matthew Mullins barricaded inside the home with a gun. Officers attempted to negotiate with Mullins for around two hours before Mullins turned the gun on himself.

Mullins was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment. He was listed in critical condition over the weekend.

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Several Arrested Following Armed Robbery On East Lincoln Street

5/9/16 – 4:52 A.M.

A Findlay teenager is facing an armed robbery charge following a weekend incident. The Findlay Police Department reports 19-year-old David Adams was arrested early Sunday morning following a fight in the 300 block of East Lincoln Street. The victims of the incident say they were robbed of $45 at gunpoint and also beaten with a baseball bat.

Officers were called to the area for the report of a fight around 12:45 a.m. No one was located at the time, but the victims then called the police from the hospital. Adams was then found walking along East Lincoln along with several juvenile boys. The juveniles were also arrested and are facing charges.

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Monday Interview – Where Are The Honeybees?

5/9/2016 – 4:00 am

Honeybees can be many things to people. To some, like beekeepers they can be a source of income. And to others, they may be a pest. But honeybees, like many insects that pollinate plants serve a purpose that extends beyond what humans can see. Denise Ellsworth, an Educator with the Ohio State University Bee Lab says that over the past few years scientists have noticed a reduction in bee populations in Ohio.

Audio: Denise Ellsworth

Ellsworth says that the losses, particularly in Ohio have been slowly increasing. As to what might be contributing to the reduction in honeybee populations, Ellsworth notes that there is no one root cause as to why the populations are decreasing but there are some significant leads.

Audio: Denise Ellsworth

Honeybees play a significant role in the growth of plants as they pollinate all kinds of plants, from gardens and even agricultural crops. Ellsworth noted that there were some things that people can do to eliminate outside factors and encourage growth of honeybee populations.

Audio: Denise Ellsworth

The Ohio State University Bee Lab continues to do research into the behavior of honeybees and the causes of decreasing populations. Visit their website for more information on the research. To hear the complete interview with Denise Ellsworth, visit our Soundcloud Page below.

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Plans For Ottawa Diversion Channel Near Completion

5/6/16 – 9:07 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District was given an update on flood mitigation efforts for the Lower Blanchard River Friday morning. Project Manager Steve Wilson told the group the “90%” drawings for a diversion channel are almost finished.  He hopes to be able to present them at a meeting next week in Ottawa.

That meeting will take place at the Putnam County Educational Service Center at 8 a.m. on May 11.

Conservancy Director Clark Lynn Army says meetings have been held with land owners near where the channel is proposed. Negotiations to buy land won’t happen unless the project is approved.

Once plans for a diversion channel are finalized a cost/benefit ratio will be established. Following that a decision on whether to move forward will be made.

No action was taken on any issues regarding to the Blanchard River in Hancock County.

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Two Vehicles Stolen In Wood County, One Set On Fire

5/6/16 – 6:36 A.M.

Wood County authorities are searching for the people who stole two vehicles Thursday and set one of them on fire. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a pickup truck that was reported stolen earlier in the day was found torched near the Baldwin Woods west of Bowling Green. The newspaper reports the truck had Kentucky license plates.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says they have a lead on the suspects’ identities, but that they likely left the area.

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Four Teens Await Sentencing In Wood County Arson Case

5/6/16 – 6:28 A.M.

Four teenagers from northern Ohio will be sentenced in their home counties for their roles in a series of arsons in Wood County. The Review-Times reports the juveniles, two from Ottawa County and two from Huron County, will learn their sentences soon. All four have admitted to their roles in the fires.

Tim Brown is the executive director of the Wood County Juvenile Court. He tells the newspaper the teens have all been adjudicated on charges of aggravated arson and breaking and entering. Brown says the term “guilty” is not used in the juvenile court system.

The teenagers were part of a group of nine people accused of setting fires in Wood County between March 22 and March 27.

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Arcadia Officials Look For Suggestions For Community Improvement Projects

5/6/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Arcadia officials are continuing to work toward a state grant to make improvements in the village. The Courier reports a public hearing was held Thursday to talk about potential ideas for the town. A third session will be held later this month to narrow the list of possible projects.

Some ideas suggested include upgrading the village park, improving street lighting on Main Street, replacing sidewalks, repaving village streets and adding trees.

Arcadia could qualify for up to $500,000 through the Ohio Department of Development’s Neighborhood Revitalization Fund.

MORE: The Courier

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Lane Reduction On Blanchard Street Today

5/6/16 – 5:12 A.M.

One of the northbound lanes on Blanchard Street will be reduced to one lane in Findlay today. The city’s engineering department says waterline repair work will take place between Tiffin Avenue and Lynn Street. The lane reduction will be in place until 4 p.m.

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Construction Set To Begin On Community Center In Leipsic

5/6/16 – 5:08 A.M.

Ground will be broken for a $6 million community center in Leipsic this weekend. The Courier reports the 34,000 square foot facility will be built on a vacant lot at 102 East Main Street and will feature several elements. Residents can expect to see a cafe, a free clinic for the uninsured, a community youth area, and a gymnasium with a stage. There will also be a full kitchen, a walking track, and classrooms. Construction should be completed by the Spring of 2017.

Steve Weatherly is the lead pastor at the Leipsic United Methodist Church. He tells the newspaper that members of the congregation started talking about the idea in 2014. While the church is paying for the project, the Leipsic Community Center will be a nonprofit organization with its own board of directors.

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Distracted Driving Program Taken To Area Schools

5/6/16 – 4:55 A.M.

It’s prom season, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding area teens to drive safely to their big event. The Courier reports Deputies Tim Saltzman and Matt Crouch brought the Young Individuals Educating Local Drivers, or Y.I.E.L.D. program to Van Buren Thursday. Crouch says distracted driving is a major focus of the presentation.

Saltzman told the students that people who text and drive are six times more likely to be in a crash. That’s compared to drunk driving, which makes it four times more likely you’ll be involved in a crash. The presentation talked about possible punishments for texting and driving. It also discussed teens who had been killed in distracted driving incidents.

Students also tried to pedal a car while texting at the same time.

Distracted driving wasn’t the only focus of the assembly. There was also talk about upcoming graduation ceremonies and parties. Saltzman reminded the teens they shouldn’t be drinking, but if they did they shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car.

The program has been presented at Arcadia, Vanlue and Liberty-Benton. The next presentations will be at Cory-Rawson on May 12 and Riverdale on May 13.

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