Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Commissioners Buy Another Flood Prone Property

6/12/14 – 10:11 A.M.

Another flood prone property has been bought by Hancock County. The commissioners approved a resolution today to pay a little more $31,000 for a home at 210 Washington Street in Findlay. Commissioner Phil Riegle said the home has suffered fire damage in the past so they made the owners an offer before they started to renovate.

The commissioners have been buying properties in the flood zone since the 2007 flood. Riegle says they’re always keeping an eye out for other homes that are often damaged during flooding…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Rielge says they also look for homes that go up for sale to potentially buy. The homes in the problems areas are demolished to prevent further flood damage in the future.

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Seneca County Man Sentenced In Arson Case

6/12/14 – 7:16 A.M.

A Seneca County man will spend 17 years in prison for setting his house on fire last year. The Blade reports 73-year-old Lloyd Hicks of Bellevue was convicted Tuesday on charges of felonious assault, abduction, and aggravated arson.

The incident in question happened last September. Hicks tried to drag his wife back into the house he had set on fire. He also fired a gun at a deputy who responded to the scene.

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Drug Enforcement Officers Raid Fostoria Home Wednesday Night

6/12/14 – 6:59 A.M.

Complaints about drug sales at a home in Fostoria led to a bust Wednesday night. The Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH-Enforcement Unit served a warrant at 300 East Tiffin Street. Officers recovered a small amount of marijuana and evidence of drug trafficking.

Officers found several people in the home including three children under 10 years old. No arrests were made in relation to the warrant, but charges could be filed. 27-year-old Renaurj Lamb of Toledo was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for drug trafficking in Lucas County.

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Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged “Pool Peeper”

6/12/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A Fostoria man is accused of taking pictures of juveniles in a restroom at the city’s swimming pool. The Review-Times reports officers were called to the pool Tuesday afternoon to investigate. Officers took a cell phone from the suspect. The 22-year-old man was not arrested, but was ordered to never return to the pool.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper he believes the man has a “disability” of some sort. Loreno adds he wants to have the case expedited to speed up the investigation.

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City And County Still Hashing Out Contracts For Court Services

6/12/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The city of Findlay and Hancock County are still negotiating contracts to pay for court related services. The Courier reports that the city hasn’t paid the county for services while those contracts are being hashed out. The city administration tells the newspaper there’s no reason to believe the issues can’t be hammered out.

One sticking point is legal fees for indigent defendants. The county commissioners requested a $5,000 increase to the $90,000 the city already pays for people who can’t afford their own legal representation. Public Defender Commission Chairman Roger Miller says the state is threatening to withold monthly contributions until an agreement is reached. City Law Director Don Rasmussen says more information is needed about state contributions.

Findlay also hasn’t signed a new contract on housing city inmates in the county jail. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says the proposed contract doesn’t address the county charging the city for a full day of hosting an inmate even if they only stay an hour. She says the contract also needs to require the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to transport city inmates elsewhere if there isn’t enough room in the county jail.

MORE: The Courier

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Trial Date Set For Gilboa Man Accused Of More Than 50 Sex Crimes

6/12/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The trial date has been set for a Gilboa man charged with more than 50 sex crimes. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Judge Randall Basinger scheduled Gary Badertscher’s trial for July 14 during a Wednesday hearing. A July 3 cutoff date was set for any potential plea agreements.

Badertscher pled not guilty to the charges last December. Some of the charges he faces include counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Money Transfer Request Causing a Commotion

6/12/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A money transfer request in the city of Findlay has become a sticking point. The Courier reports two city council members are voicing opposition to move $50,000 into an account that pays for claims, settlements and other legal costs. Law Director Don Rasmussen says there’s no set amount of what the city could pay out of that account, but as it stands now it is empty.

First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische and Sixth Ward Councilman Andy Douglas both say there’s no need to move money for expenses that haven’t come up yet. Douglas says the $50,000 amount is excessive.

Rasmussen argues that going to city council for an appropriation everytime a legal payment comes due slows his ability to pay the claims. Second Ward Councilman Randy Van Dyne said he supports the “speed of business approach.”

Findlay usually budgets around $20,000 at the beginning of the year to cover these types of expenses. This year the city has settled a $15,000 federal civil rights case and paid more than $13,000 in legal fees. City Council approved a resolution to cover the difference in April.

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More Ottawa Properties Could Be Considered At High Risk For Flooding

6/12/14 – 4:49 A.M.

More Ottawa properties could be designated as high risks for flood water inundation if a new FEMA flood map is approved. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village recently received preliminary flood maps. The biggest change is that zones of moderate to minimal risk have all been moved into high risk areas.

If the map is approved, it could mean more Ottawa residents would be required to carry flood insurance, or see changes in their current flood protection rates.

FEMA will hold public meetings on the issue. No meetings have been scheduled yet.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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