Review Category : Local News

Traffic Study Looking At Possible Stoplight For Intersection West Of Findlay

9/8/16 – 12:15 P.M.

A traffic study could lead to a new traffic light being installed west of Findlay. Hancock County Engineer Chris Long says ODOT is surveying the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 140 this week. Long says the study is looking at traffic patterns in that area, and whether a stoplight is needed at the intersection. There’s no word on how long the survey will take to complete.

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Day-To-Day Flood Mitigation Duties Handed Over To Maumee Watershed Conservancy District

9/8/16 – 12:04 P.M.

The day-to-day duties of handling flood mitigation efforts in Hancock County have officially been handed over to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. The Hancock County Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement with the organization during their Tuesday meeting…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says the county still handles the project from a financial standpoint.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioner Brian Robertson says the transition makes sense because the conservancy has the skill set to assess the issue. He added they also have the authority to deal with drainage in the watershed.

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UPDATE: Semi Crash Closes I-75 In Wood County

9/8/16 – 6:42 A.M.
Update – 11:29 A.M.

A Michigan truck driver was injured when his semi rolled over near Bowling Green early Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports 57-year-old Kenneth Lada was driving southbound around 5:30 a.m. near the U.S 6 interchange when he lost control and drove into the median. The truck was carrying hazardous material but none was released during the crash. Diesel fuel did spill from the truck and was being cleaned up by a hazmat crew.

Lada was taken to Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green and then flown to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

The crash caused the complete closure of the interstate in both directions. The backup has stretched as far south as North Baltimore and as far north as I-475. The interstate is expected to reopen after the diesel spill is cleaned up.

MORE: WFIN Traffic Center

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ODOT Receives Over 6.6 Million Dollars To Purchase Replacement Vehicles

09/08/16 – 11:11 A.M.

ODOT has been awarded over 6.6 million dollars to buy replacement vehicles. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced that the money was awarded from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 112 replacement vehicles will be purchased for Ohio’s Rural Transit Providers.

Brown said, “Replacing outdated buses and vans with new, modern vehicles will help ensure that Ohio’s rural communities have access to safe and reliable public transit”.

The money comes from the Buses and Bus Facilities competitive grant program signed into law in December of 2015.

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Short Term Camping Sites Proposed At Fostoria’s Iron Triangle Rail Site

9/8/16 – 7:37 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society would like to allow short-term camping at the Iron Triangle Visitor Center. The Review-Times reports a rezoning application for the facility at 420 Columbus Avenue would allow parking spaces for RVs and campers to be set up on the site. If the plan is approved, the spots would have an electric hookup for visitors.

Fostoria City Council will talk about the proposed zoning change at their September 20 meeting.

MORE: Review-Times

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Extra Sheriff’s Patrols In Arlington Will End

9/8/16 – 5:28 A.M.

Extra patrols in Arlington will come to an end this year. The Courier reports the Arlington Village Council has decided not to renew a contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Michael Palmer tells the newspaper the decision came down to finances. The village had been paying $30,000 a year for the service. The current contract expires in November.

Council members had said detailed patrol reports were no longer available. Officials also said that deputies used to come to council meetings to talk about issues in the village.

The sheriff’s office will still respond to calls in Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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Double Jeopardy Defense Entered In Putnam County Murder Case

9/8/16 – 5:04 A.M.

A man who reportedly confessed to murdering his son in Putnam County back in 2006 is entering a double jeopardy defense. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Travis Soto was in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. At issue is time already served in the death of 2-year-old Julio Soto-Baldoza. Soto served a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge 10 years ago.

Judge Randall Basinger set a hearing on the double jeopardy motion for October 25. Both the prosecution and defense will be given access to a recording of the alleged confession given at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in July. The full transcript of Soto’s 2006 trial will also be available.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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BGSU Enrollment Increases

9/8/16 – 4:20 A.M.

More students are attending classes at Bowling Green State University. School officials say enrollment is up by 600 students this fall after getting a big boost from the incoming freshman class. Opportunities for guaranteed internships, research and overseas studies are cited among the reasons for the enrollment increase.

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Recovery From Substance Abuse Disorders Starts At Language And Hope

09/07/16 – 9:55 P.M.

Being able to talk and accept substance abuse disorders will aid in recovery. That’s the message from Ellyn Schmiesing who serves as the Recovery Accountability Manager for Focus on Friends.

Schmiesing

Schmiesing added that discriminatory language such as junkie or crackhead can deter people from seeking the help they need.

Stigmatizing language

 

People suffering from substance abuse disorders could find it helpful to accept themselves as people. Focus on Friends’ Men’s Recovery House Coordinator Ben Hippensteel says it worked for him.

Hippensteel

Hippensteel added that hope is an essential piece of the recovery process.

Last year Focus on Friends helped over 3,000 people from the area face their addictions.

Schmiesing and Hippensteel were the guest speakers for the Combatting Chemical Dependency class at the University of Findlay. You can attend the class in room 2225 of the Davis Street Building every Wednesday at 6pm.

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