Review Category : Local News

North Baltimore Man Accused Of Rape

11/18/15 – 7:11 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is facing a rape charge. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 40-year-old Stephen Rock was indicted by the Wood County grand jury this week on several charges; including rape, kidnapping, and sexual battery.

The kidnapping and rape charges stem from a 2013 incident that allegedly involved a juvenile female. The other charges against Rock come from an incident that investigators say happened April 4 of this year.

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Income Tax Credit May Be Eliminated In Fostoria

11/18/15 – 6:56 A.M.

Paying for firefighters might mean the elimination of an income tax credit in Fostoria. The Courier reports Mayor Eric Keckler introduced new legislation Tuesday night that would get rid of the tax credit given to Fostoria residents who live in the city and work elsewhere.

The move is being made because a SAFER grant that helps pay for firefighters is expiring next year. The grant has paid more than $1.1 million for salaries and benefits over the last two years. Keckler believes the elimination of the credit will be enough to raise the money needed to pay for the firefighters.

As it stands now, anyone who lives in Findlay but works out of the city pays their income taxes where they work, and only pays Fostoria the difference. If the ordinance is passed, residents would have to pay the full amount taxed by both cities.

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Shots Fired Into Fostoria Home This Week

11/18/15 – 6:44 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a Monday shooting incident in northern Fostoria. The Review-Times reports deputies were called to the 7000 block of Fostoria Road around 8:20 p.m. Monday after witnesses reported multiple gunshots were fired into a home. Investigators say the building was hit with six bullets, but no one was injured.

A red Dodge sedan was allegedly involved in the shooting. It was spotted by a caller around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of West County Road 28 and North County Road 5. The caller attempted to follow the car, but lost it in the Amsden area.

The case remains under investigation.

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Bluffton Woman Injured In Tuesday Crash

11/18/15 – 5:25 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Bluffton woman Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on County Road 313 near Township Road 51 just before 4 p.m.

58-year-old Diana Ludwig was driving southwest when she lost control and ended up in a ditch. Ludwig was treated at the scene of the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Pandora Names New Village Administrator

11/18/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Pandora’s interim village administrator has officially been given the job. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Rick Morrison was named to the position during a meeting last week. He had been doing the job since Stan Schneck, the former village administrator, passed away on July 9.

Pandora Mayor John Schlumbohm officially appointed Morrison, who will now enter a 90 day probation period. Morrison will also take part in a development plan during the next three months.

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Search Continues For Man Accused Of Robbing Impact Credit Union

11/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A Toledo man has been indicted for allegedly robbing a credit union in Findlay last month. The Courier reports 45-year-old Maurice Moore has been charged with theft in connection to an October 20 incident at the Impact Credit Union at 14901 Fostoria Avenue.

While the indictment has been handed down, Moore is not in custody. The U.S. Marshals Service in Toledo asked for help in finding him last week. He’s wanted for a probation violation. He was released from prison earlier this year after serving 10 years of a bank robbery sentence.

Investigators say that on October 20, Moore walked into the credit union and demanded money. He didn’t show a weapon, but did tell the teller it was a robbery.

Anyone with information on where Moore could be is asked to call (866)492-6833.

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Marathon Petroleum Ups Offer For MarkWest Energy Partners

11/18/15 – 5:00 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is again upping its offer for a Denver-based natural gas provider. The Courier reports Marathon is offering MarkWest Energy Partners another $200 million in cash. The deal is now valued at more than $10.6 billion dollars. MarkWest unitholders will vote on the deal on December 1.

Last week saw Marathon add another $400 million to the proposal after former MarkWest CEO John Fox said the deal was a bad one. Fox still hasn’t been swayed, and is recommending unitholders vote against the proposal.

Marathon has indicated the current offer is the company’s final offer.

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Proposed Findlay Tax Code Change Amended

11/18/15 – 4:49 A.M.

A proposed change to the Findlay tax code that would have required 16 and 17-year-olds to file tax returns, even if they didn’t have taxable income, has been scrapped. Mayor Lydia Mihalik wrote a letter to city council asking the ordinance be amended. The changes mean only 16 and 17-year-olds who earn income have to file a return. 18-year-olds will still have to file a return regardless of income.

Mihalik said the change was made to, “clear up any misconception from members of the public or public officials.”

Tax administrator Andrew Thomas had lobbied for the change. He said his office has to track down around 600 people a year to see if they’ve earned a taxable income. The change may have reduced that. Auditor Jim Staschiak disagreed, saying the rules would have “unnecessarily burden a child.”

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Residents Concerned About Traffic On West Hobart Avenue

11/17/2015 – 10:10 pm

Concerned residents from West Hobart Avenue in Findlay presented a letter to the Findlay City Council Tuesday night. The concern they had was that West Hobart is a heavily traveled street for people going from Western Avenue to South Main Street. The letter states that the street is in need of curbing, changes to the storm drainage system, and widened to allow more room for drivers to get around parked cars.

The council accepted and filed the letter. Councilman John Harrington asked if the request would be referred to a council committee. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said that instead the request would be reviewed by Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer to be incorporated into the 2016 capital improvements plan.

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Ag Talk: Pesticide Certification Classes To Be Offered Next Week

11/17/2015 – 6:30 pm

Area farmers will have an opportunity to attend certification classes if they wish to use pesticides. Hancock County Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that a session will be held on November 24th at the VFW Hall in Ottawa and will be open to all area farmers who need to be certified.

Audio: Ed Lentz

The program itself will be from 6pm-9pm. Lentz says that the state has required all pesticide applicators to be recertified in light of the phosphorus issues in Lake Erie. Lentz says that farms in the Lake Erie watershed may be contributing to the issue, and the classes will give people a better idea as to what to be looking for.

Audio: Ed Lentz

For more information on the training classes, you need to contact the Hancock County OSU Extension Office at 419-422-3851.

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