Review Category : Local News

Burglary Investigation Leads To Fostoria Drug Bust

6/30/16 – 5:19 A.M.

A reported disturbance at a Fostoria home led to a drug investigation earlier this week. The Review-Times reports officers were called to 223 East Crocker Street around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived they were told a burglary had taken place at the home. Investigators were able to identify three suspects in the burglary, but also learned the home was a “hub of drug activity.”

After getting a search warrant, officers found suspected cocaine and other illegal drugs inside the house. The three people suspected in the burglary had not been arrested as of Wednesday night.

The house is owned by Henry Strickland of Toledo. The newspaper reports Strickland has had several drug-related charges filed against him in Lucas County, dating back to 1999. However, Police Chief Keith Loreno says Strickland was not living in the home.

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Ottawa Memorial Swimming Pool Accidentally Drained Earlier This Month

6/30/16 – 5:06 A.M.

An honest mistake led to the Ottawa Memorial Pool getting drained earlier this month. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the incident happened June 18. An employee of the Putnam County YMCA thought he was shutting off a piece of equipment a the pool, but accidentally pulled a lever that drained it.

A YMCA representative says the organization will pay for refilling the pool.

Ottawa’s assistant village administrator Jason Phillips said steps are being taken to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Extra training for pool employees and better labeling of levers are expected to help.

The only day the pool was closed due to the incident was June 19.

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Findlay Police Chief Says Despite Three Homicides This Year, The City Is Safe

6/30/16 – 4:56 A.M.

There have been three homicides in Findlay this year, but Police Chief Greg Horne says you shouldn’t feel like you’re in danger. Horne tells the Courier that in each instance, the people charged in connection to the murders have not been strangers to the victims. He added, “Out of the three of these, they’re all domestic-related. These are all ones that don’t necessarily endanger the public.”

Horne does say that three murder investigations have been rough on the department’s detectives. He said having three murders in the same year is rare. Horne added, “It does tax them and especially with these types of calls, you can’t make any mistakes.”

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No Charges To Be Filed Against Parents Of Cygnet Boy Who Wondered Away From Home

6/30/16 – 4:22 A.M.

Charges are not being filed against the parents of a Wood County boy who was found wandering along railroad tracks. Sheriff’s deputies say the four-year-old boy let himself out of his family’s Cygnet home early yesterday while his parents slept. A couple living nearby heard the boy’s footsteps and brought him to safety while calling 911.

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Mihalik: Mayors Across The U.S. Want More Action On Workforce Development

6/29/16 – 10:33 A.M.

Mayors across the Unites States, including Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, want Congress to do more for workforce development. Mihalik says that was one of the takeaways from the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says that means funding good programs. She adds it also means getting rid of policies that limit a city’s ability to work with the federal government in designing different programs.

Mihalik says the event was a good chance for mayors across the country to get the attention of the federal government…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said big topics of conversation included workforce development and international trade.

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Findlay Police Seek Men Accused Of Damaging Downtown Businesses

6/29/16 – 9:34 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is looking for two men who investigators believe are responsible for damaging several downtown businesses and some cars last weekend. A tweet from the department says the men were seen leaving Alexandria’s on East Crawford Street and walking toward South Main Street early Saturday morning. A short time later the damage was discovered between the 400 and 600 blocks of South Main.

One suspect was wearing a blue Under Armour t-shirt and white baseball hat. The other man was wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt. We have a picture of the men on our website.

If you have any information you’re asked to call (419)424-7150.

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Former Findlay Business Owner Accused Of Not Paying State Taxes

6/29/16 – 9:07 A.M.

A Lima businessman and former Findlay business owner has been indicted on charges that accuse him of not paying his state taxes. The Lima News reports 70-year-old Tim DeHaven pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. The report says DeHaven doesn’t dispute owing the state money and plans to pay everything he owes.

During the hearing, DeHaven said he is having financial problems. His wife, JoAnn, has been battling cancer in recent years. DeHaven also suffered from major complications following heart surgery and nearly lost his life.

The charges filed against DeHaven include selling without a license, failure to make and file a monthly return by a vendor, grand theft, filing incomplete, false and fraudulent returns, and failing to remit state income taxes withheld from an employee.

A pretrial hearing has been set for July 18.

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North Baltimore School Board Member Steps Down

6/29/16 – 8:55 A.M.

A North Baltimore school board member is stepping down. The Courier reports Russell Bretz submitted his resignation during a Tuesday meeting. Bretz is moving to Columbus.

The board will fill the vacant spot during their July meeting. Jaiyme Bushey was appointed to take over as the vice president of the school board.

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Sewer Line Work Continues On Trenton Avenue Today

6/29/16 – 8:38 A.M.

Work on a sewer line will reduce lanes on Trenton Avenue in Findlay again today. A release from the city says north and southbound traffic will be shifted into the two southbound lanes of the road between Broad Avenue and Fox Street. The lane reductions are expected to remain in place until 6 p.m.

Short delays are expected in the same area for the next few days.

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UPDATE: Trains Blocking Several Rail Crossings In Putnam County Due To Disabled Semi

6/29/16 – 7:45 A.M.
Update – 8:18 A.M.

A disabled semi caused some issues in Putnam County this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a semi broke down on a railroad crossing on Road P, south of Ottawa. That, in turn, backed up trains all the way north to Leipsic. Several rail crossings in the county were closed as a result. The sheriff’s office reports the truck has been towed away and trains are now moving through the county again.

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