Review Category : Local News

Drivers In Ohio Required To Move Over For Emergency Responders

1/14/2016 – 6:07 pm

In Ohio, drivers are required to move over for law enforcement and emergency responders. The State Patrol reports the Ohio Move Over Law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather, drivers should slow down and proceed with caution.

The State Patrol reports that from 2011-2015 troopers were involved in 67 crashes that appear related to the move over law, which injured 25 officers and 35 civilians.

If you should see any impaired driver or suspect drug activity, you can contact the State Patrol at #677.

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Blanchard Valley Center Superintendent Steps Down Early.

1/14/2016 – 4:46 pm

Assistant Superintendent Kelli Grisham will take over superintendent duties of Blanchard Valley Center beginning Sunday. The Courier reports that Superintendent Connie Ament has stepped down. Ament was expected to retire on March 31st and will remain available as a consultant until that date.

No reason was given for Ament’s early departure. Grisham was hired in July to begin training for the position. She began work at the center on August 3rd.

More: The Courier

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Teen Reported Missing From Findlay

1/14/2016 – 4:34 pm

A teen is reported to be missing. He is identified as 17-year-old Javiar Norman and was reported to have been missing from Findlay since December 16th. Norman is described as biracial with black hair and brown eyes. He is around five foot seven and weighs around 150 pounds.

The Findlay Police Department confirmed a case involving Norman but said that Norman had been a Ward of Allen County and that investigation indicated he may have returned there. The Lima Police Department reported to have no open cases for Norman, but Allen County Children’s Services referred the case to the Hancock County Job & Family Services department. Hancock JFS would not confirm any cases involving Norman, nor could they release any information at all due to confidentiality law.

Norman was listed on the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children’s website. If anyone has any information about Norman, they are asked to contact the Findlay Police Department or the National Center at 1-800-843-5678.

More: The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children

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Driver Identified In Crash on State Route 568

1/14/2015 – 12:56 pm

The driver involved in a crash on State Route 568 on Wednesday has been identified.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 568 and Big Lick Township Road 253.

The man, identified as 30 year old Derek Brannon of Carey, was driving east on Route 568 when his car went off the road and hit a tree. The driver was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter. Another driver in a yellow Camaro may have seen the crash happen and has been contacted by investigators.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Plans Approved For Low-Income Senior Living Center In Findlay

1/14/16 – 12:24 A.M.

A low-income senior living center will be built on the south side of Findlay.  The City Planning Commission voted to approve site plans Thursday.  Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the issues that caused the plan to be tabled a month ago have been taken care of…

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a revised parking layout, paving the way for the plans to be approved.  The center will be built at 11815 Township Road 145, next to Fox Run Manor.

While Mayor Lydia Mihalik voted in favor of the project, she wasn’t happy with how the company presented it.  Mihalik says the original plans from the NRP Group called for cottage style apartments.  That led to the city signing off on the project so it could get tax credits from the state…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

The final plans are for a three-story apartment complex.

Mihalik said the city can’t take back its initial support, and wouldn’t want to anyway because there is a need for low-income senior living.

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Putnam County Veterans Service Office Enjoying New Location

1/14/16 – 6:50 A.M.

Putnam County residents will be able to get a look at the new Veterans Service Office in the near future. The Putnam County Sentinel reports an open house for the facilities at 336 East Main Street in Ottawa are being planned. A date for the event hasn’t been finalized just yet.

In the meantime, those who work in the office are enjoying the new workspace. One advantage of the new location is the ability to conduct private interviews with veterans. Director Joe Moenter tells the newspaper that was hard to do when the offices were in the courthouse.

The new office is also flood ready. Veterans Service Outreach Coordinator Kristi Powell says the filing cabinets are all on wheels, and can be taken to the second floor in the event of a big flood.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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One Injured In Trenton Avenue Crash

1/14/16 – 5:26 A.M.

One person was hurt in a crash at Trenton and Morey avenues in Findlay Wednesday morning. The incident happened just before 11 a.m.

21-year-old Raiden Satterlee of Findlay was driving east on Trenton when he ran a red light at the intersection and swerved to avoid another car, hitting a utility pole. A passenger in the car, 18-year-old Joseph Bean, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Satterlee was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and for driving with a suspended license.

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Ottawa Talks About Possible Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

1/14/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Ottawa officials are considering their options when it comes to upgrading the village’s water treatment plant. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council talked at length about the issue during a recent meeting. USG representative Daryl Bowling told council the EPA is focused on algal blooms. He added that a recent review showed the water treatment plant wouldn’t meet proposed requirements to prevent elements that form the blooms from getting into the water.

The proposed upgrades could cost between $6 and $7 million. The Ohio EPA is offering zero interest funding on loans for projects that reduce algal blooms. There is a March deadline for the applications. Council voted to move forward with information gathering on the subject. The move doesn’t commit the village to any upgrades.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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