Review Category : Local News

Red Cross Seeking Volunteers for Holiday Gift Wrapping at the Mall

12/05/14     10:55 a.m.

Besides buying the gifts, wrapping them can be a stressful part of the holidays. To help ease the burden the Red Cross of Hancock County will be wrapping gifts at the Findlay Village Mall until Christmas.

Audio: Todd James

Todd James is the executive director for the Red Cross. James said gift wrapping is free but donations to the Red Cross are accepted. Those taking advantage of the wrapping services don’t need to bring anything but their presents and boxes to go with them if possible. Gift wrapping will take place daily Dec. 18 until Christmas Eve and on the weekends until then.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with the wrapping, visit redcross.org/hancock to sign up.

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Hilton Garden Inn Now Open for Business in Findlay

12/05/14     10:03 a.m.

Those traveling to Findlay from out-of-town now have another option for lodging. The Hilton Garden Inn at 1050 Interstate Court in Findlay is officially open for business.

Whitson Properties, which owns the owns, also owns and operates the Country Inn and Suites and Holiday Inn Express across the street from the Hilton. The company also owns the vacant land surrounding the hotel and is looking to develop further.

The 101-room Hilton features a fitness room, full restaurant, bar and pool. There is also a 4,500-sq. ft. meeting room that can be used for special events such as weddings and small conventions.

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Area Law Enforcement Not Planning for Body Cameras Anytime Soon

12/05/14     9:58 a.m.

Despite nation-wide outcry, local law enforcement officials say they have no plans to buy body cameras anytime soon.

Findlay Police Chief Greg Horne told the Courier PD has no plans at this point and the technology is very expensive, but if they were required they’d find a way to pay for him.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman said he’s weighing the pros and cons of the cameras. About half of the sheriff’s office’s vehicles have camera and they made add more.

Sgt. Vincent Shirey, a state highway patrol spokesman, said dashboard cameras are sufficient for the patrol since the cameras tend to capture the entirety of their exchange with the public.

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Kalida Police Seeking Levy Increase from Voters in May

12/05/14     4:38 a.m.

Kalida Council will be asking voters to approve a levy for village police in May.

The Putnam Sentinel reports council members agreed to pursue a replacement 1.4 mil levy with an increase to 2.25 mil. Police Chief Jim Gulker spoke at a November council meeting about a levy to support a second full-time police officer for the community, but council did not say what this levy increase would be for.

The current 1.4 mil levy generates $15,000.

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Remains Possibly of Missing Michigan Man Found in Empty Grain Storage

12/05/14     4:28 a.m.

Skeletal remains believed to be a missing Michigan man were found in an empty grain storage facility in Putnam County Tuesday.

According to the Putnam County Sentinel, the facility was off of Road Y, east of Leipsic. Investigators believe the remains are that of 52-year-old Brian Martin of Ypsilanti who has been missing since June. The Toledo Blade reports autopsy and DNA results are pending.

Desirae and Robert Strauss have been charged with murdering Martin in their Toledo apartment, but the location of his body was unknown. Tentative plea deals for the Strausses are pending in their cases.

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Another Deal With Apollo Tyres Not Out of the Question for Cooper Tire

12/05/14     4:28 a.m.

Earlier this week Cooper Tire & Rubber sold its share of interest in a joint Cooper Chengshan Tire Company to the Chengshan Group. That $262 million deal sold off the company’s only factory producing truck and bus tires, raising the possibility of another deal with Apollo Tyres of India.

According to the Courier although Cooper CEO Roy Armes said he couldn’t comment on any rumors, he did not rule out the possibility during a conference call with analysts. Armes did say the company’s highest priority was finding another production source for the bus and truck tires before the Chengshan group stops producing Cooper tires in mid-2018.

Cooper and Chengshan Group have had a strained relationship for the last year. Chengshan Group opposed and then hindered the proposed $2.5 billion sale of Cooper to Apollo.

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Cockroaches Found at Findlay High a Fluke According to Exterminator

12/05/14     4:23 a.m.

Cockroaches found at Findlay High School don’t pose a serious problem at least according to the inspecting exterminator.

Corey Mauger of Mauger Exterminating Company inspected and treated the bathroom sink at the high school Nov. 17. Mauger told the Courier the sink wasn’t working, which caused the drain to go dry and allowed the cockroaches to come from the sewer. He said the insects are not widespread and the picture that was circulating around a number of social media sites does not represent any other part of the building.

Superintendent Ed Kurt said nothing unusual was found during Mauger’s inspection, but the district will continue to inspect and treat during Christmas break and other times when the building is not as active.

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Hancock County Prison Medical Contract Awarded to CHC of Colorado

12/05/14     4:15 a.m.

Inmates at the Hancock County jail will once again have their medical services provided by Correctional Healthcare Companies of Colorado. The county commissioners awarded the $28,000 contract to the company yesterday.

CHC also held the contract this year and was the only company to bid on the work. The contract provides for a licensed doctor, nurses, malpractice coverage, pharmacy supplies, medical supplies and mental health training.

This year’s contract with CHC was for $228,000. Commissioner Phil Riegle said the increased contract was due to increased need, which will require CHC to spend more time at the jail next year.

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Agency on Aging Hosting Christmas Program to Benefit Toys for Tots

12/04/14     5:28 p.m.

Next Monday the Hancock County Agency on Aging is once again hosting their 6th annual Toys for Tots Christmas program, this year with entertainment from the Findlay High School Dance Team.

Audio: Beth Wilkins

There is no admission fee for the program except to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Agency on Aging at 339 E. Melrose Ave. in Findlay.

If you can’t make it to the program but would still like to donate a toy, there will be boxes in the agency’s lobby.

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Ohio Checkbook Website Details All $400 Billion Over the Last 7 Years

12/04/14     4:35 p.m.

Since taking office in 2011 Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has been working to make the state’s finances more readily available to the public. As of Monday morning that goal was accomplished when ohiocheckbook.com went live.

Audio: Josh Mandel

Mandel said the online checkbook has the last seven years of data on state spending, 112 million expenditures totaling more than $400 billion.

Now that the state’s finances are available the treasurer said he will begin working with local governments and school districts to get their finances on Ohio’s online checkbook as well and he won’t take no for an answer.

Audio: Josh Mandel

Mandel says the local data will be added to the state checkbook website. All the local governments need to do is send his office the data and they will do the work.

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