Review Category : Local News

Tiffin To Get A Chipotle

4/18/16 – 4:22 A.M.

The mayor of Tiffin will get his way thanks to a national burrito restaurant chain. Mayor Aaron Montz has been using social media to lure Chipotle Mexican Grill to Tiffin. Recently, the restaurant announced it would add a location in Tiffin by the end of the year. However, the deal is contingent on the approval of a local tax exemption.

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Monday Interview – Indiana Farmer Addressing Hunger In Local Community

4/18/2016 – 4:00 am

In spite of efforts to address a rising hunger issue in communities all across the nation, the need continues to grow. In Greenfield Indiana, one farmer is working to address the issue. Jonathan Lawler, the farmer and Executive Director of Brandywine Creek Farms says that he began researching the hunger issue after talking to his son after school one day.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Lawler explained that in Hancock County Indiana, where Greenfield is located is an agricultural county with many farming operations, and yet the hunger issue what still there. So he decided to help address the issue. After talking to several food banks in Greenfield and in Indianapolis Lawler found that there are around 135,000 food insecure people in the area, and the banks themselves said that they were in need of fresh produce. Being a produce farmer himself, Lawler decided to start growing fresh produce and food for the food banks.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Produce in general can be expensive for food banks, due to the short shelf life of the food products as well as simply being able to find, purchase and store the produce before it can be distributed. Lawler said that means that the food banks need to stretch their food dollars as far as they can, which means that they purchase processed foods. But there is a growing need for healthier foods.

Lawler says it wasn’t easy to turn his for-profit farming operation into a farm that produces food for food banks, and Brandywine Creek is still exploring options to make the farming operation more sustainable in the long term.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Brandywine Creek Farms has set up several ways for people to contribute to their efforts, with a Go Fund Me page and through their own website. Lawler also says the website offers a way to see how far donation dollars can stretch in growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Lawler says that the farm currently offers several programs for at-risk youth in the community as well as several veterans programs for individuals who want to help, and the farm is open to the public in case people are interested in learning more about the operation and how it works.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Brandywine Creek Farms is located at 5332 North 400 East Greenfield Indiana 46140. To hear the complete interview with Jonathon Lawler, visit our Soundcloud Page below.

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Arlington Man Arrested In Suspected Murder Of Two-Year-Old Findlay Boy

4/15/2016 – 5:48 pm

A two-year-old boy died late last month and the Findlay police are investigating the case as a murder. They have arrested an Arlington man in connection to the case.

The Findlay Police Department reports that shortly after 8pm on March 31st, officers were dispatched to 2030 Breckenridge Road for a report of a two-year-old child that was unresponsive. Upon arrival, officers found the boy, identified as Breydon Ferrell in the apartment and he was not breathing. An officer performed CPR until fire and EMS arrived. Ferrell was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later and an autopsy was performed.

The incident has been under investigation since then and earlier today an arrest warrant was issued and served charging 28-year-old Brent R. Houdeshell from Arlington with murder. Houdeshell was arrested without incident and is currently being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.

It was noted that Houdeshell and the child’s mother were in a relationship at the time of the incident. No further information is available at this time as the case remains under investigation. Additional charges are pending and the case will be presented to the Hancock County Grand Jury at a later date.

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Findlay Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash

4/15/2016 – 5:09 pm

A Findlay man was injured after colliding his motorcycle with a pickup truck Friday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that 38-year-old Christopher Conley of Findlay was westbound on County Road 109 shortly before 1:30pm when he was unable to stop before hitting a truck, operated by 23-year-old Zachary Orians of Rawson which had stopped for a stop sign at an intersection.

Orians and the passengers in his truck were not injured. Conley was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was later flown to St. Vincent Medical Hospital in Toledo. His condition is unknown. The crash remains under investigation.

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Nominations For Small Business Awards Being Accepted Now

4/15/2016 – 4:20 pm

Nominations are being accepted now for the Findlay Small Business Awards, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Carla Benchman with the chamber said that there were several ways that people can submit a nomination for the awards.

Audio: Carla Benchman

Once the nominations are in, a committee reviews each nomination for the final awards presentation in October. Benchman said that the more nominations that are received, the better it is for the committee to make their decision, most of the time.

Audio: Carla Benchman

For more information on nominating a business, you can visit the Findlay, Hancock County Alliance online to download nomination forms and criteria.

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Aggressive Panhandling Prohibited In Findlay

4/15/2016 – 4:02 pm

Panhandling remains an occurrence in many communities. In the City of Findlay, a law was passed in 2006 to address the issue. To legally beg in Findlay, a panhandler is required to register for a permit with the police department. A person must show a photo ID to police; pay $8.50 to obtain a state ID; or be fingerprinted and photographed by the department. The panhandler is then issued a card that they are required to carry. Lt. Robert Ring with the Findlay Police Department notes that anyone can say no to a panhandler.

Audio: Lt. Robert Ring

Generally, there are two types of panhandlers: passive and aggressive. More information on panhandling rules in Findlay, as well as an example of aggressive panhandling, can be found on Social Findlay.

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Findlay Reservoir Two Named Best In Ohio For Yellow Perch Fishing

4/15/2016 – 12:30 pm

If you are an avid fisherman and you are in the market for Yellow Perch you will want to make sure you stop by the Findlay Reservoir this year. According to a release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Findlay Reservoir Number Two offers some of the best inland yellow perch fishing in Ohio. A large number of perch over ten inches are caught every year and shoreline fishing in the Spring and Fall can be productive.

If fishing from a boat, start along the dike opposite of the boat ramp and move east, and in the summer months the ODNR recommends fishing in the deep water on the eastern part of the reservoir.

The release also states that the Bresler Reservoir in Allen County is also ideal for fishing for Channel Catfish. As always, fisherman must follow all fishing laws and have a license to fish. More information on inland lakes in Ohio can be found at

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Two Hurt In Crash Near Upper Sandusky

4/15/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Two people were hurt in a crash involving two cars and a semi north of Upper Sandusky Wednesday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports 81-year-old Patricia Brown of Upper Sandusky was driving south on State Route 53 near the intersection of State Route 67 when she hit the back of a car driven by 59-year-old Theresa Corfman. Corfman was stopped in a construction zone. The impact of the collision pushed Corfman’s car into a northbound semi.

Brown and Corfman were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital with what were called “incapacitating” injuries. Brown was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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Two Injured In Bascom Crash

4/15/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A two-car crash in Seneca County injured a Bascom man Thursday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says 58-year-old Harold Fruth was driving west on State Route 18 in the village around noon when slowed to turn into his driveway. He was hit from behind by a car driven by 21-year-old Jacob Ginnever of Fostoria.

The impact of the crash caused Fruth’s car to hit a tree and a stone porch of a home at 6210 Tiffin Street. Fruth was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center by medical helicopter. Ginnever was treated at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. He was also cited for causing the crash.

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“Spec” Building Plans Approved For Fostoria Industrial Park

4/15/16 – 4:57 A.M.

A “spec” building will be built in a Fostoria industrial park off of U.S 23. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria Planning Commission approved plans for the building Thursday. The $1.2 million project will be constructed as a shell, and will be fully customizable for a company looking for a new location. Construction will begin this fall.

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation President Renee Smith has said the state will market the building to potential tenants before construction is completed.

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