Review Category : Local News

Governor Kasich Vetoes Recovery House Location Rule

7/2/15 – 5:04 A.M.

A proposal to add extra requirements on where addiction recovery homes can be located in Ohio was vetoed Tuesday. Governor John Kasich used a line-item veto to do away with the proposal from State Representative Robert Sprague. If approved, the measure would have required a “resolution of support” from county commissioners before recovery housing could be bought.

Kasich said the rule could have violated fair housing laws and led to illegal discrimination. Sprague tells the Courier, “I guess the governor and I disagree on fair housing.” He added he wanted to ensure accountability and transparency in how tax dollars were being spent. Sprague will not continue to pursue the proposal.

MORE: The Courier

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Man Accused Of Attacking Hancock County Corrections Officer Indicted

7/2/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A man accused of assaulting a Hancock County corrections officer in his home was indicted Tuesday. The Courier reports 38-year-old Kevin Potts of Denver, Colorado is charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Potts allegedly brandished a handgun when he broke into the correction officer’s home in Arlington on June 25. A struggle ensued and the officer suffered a minor injury. He did not seek medical attention.

Potts reportedly had previous interactions with the officer. He is being held in the Wood County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

MORE: The Courier

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Council Members and Administrators Spar Over Income Tax Collections

07/01/15     9:57 p.m.

After hearing from both the income tax administrator and city auditor, Findlay city council members left a Wednesday meeting without coming to an agreement on how to proceed with the collection of business income taxes. Councilman Randy Van Dyne said the system they have in place, while not perfect, is sufficient.

Audio: Randy Van Dyne

The process of deferring income tax payments was approved by city council in 2009.

Councilwoman Holly Frische said she wants to eliminate the deferral option all together, leaving only the quarterly payments and the installment program.

Audio: Holly Frische

Frische’s recommendation was in line with Auditor Jim Staschiak’s request. However the rest of council reasoned the system in place does the best job simply because you can’t treat big corporations and small self-employed-type businesses the same way.

Those who attended left the meeting without making a decision on how to move forward.

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Performing Arts Center Surpasses $1 Million Goal for Seat Campaign

07/01/15     4:15 p.m.

The public seat campaign at the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts was a successful one, surpassing its $1 million goal.

The center was offering naming rights for its 960 house seats and nearly 700 sold. The seats were able to be named for $3,000 a piece or two for $5,000. The center says companies, familites, individuals and groups, like Findlay High School alumni who pooled money to name a chair for their class.

Tickets for the first show on Dec. 18 are set to go on sale to MCPA members Sept. 1 and to the general public Sept. 14. For information on becoming an MCPA member, email

The programs for this season will be announced Sept. 1.

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New Law Places More Restrictions on Teen Drivers

07/01/15     3:50 p.m.

As of July 1, there are several new restrictions in place for teenage drivers in Ohio. 10TV in Columbus reports teen drivers make up on 5 percent of licensed drivers, but they are responsible for 13 percent of all fatal crashes.

The National Safety Council says 76 percent of all nighttime crashes involve a teen driver. In an effort to cut down those statistics, drivers between 16 and 18 years old will no longer be allowed to drive between midnight and 6 a.m. The only exceptions are drivers accompanied by a parent or guardian or who have a written exception for work, school or church.

The new law also restricts drivers to one non-family member in the car while driving, no mobile communication of any kind and requires all passengers to wear seatbelts.

More: 10TV Columbus

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updated: Findlay Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fostoria Couple’s Deaths

07/01/15     12:52 p.m.
Updated: 2:10 p.m.

A Findlay man pleaded not guilty to killing a Fostoria couple in a car-motorcycle accident in May.

37-year-old Daniel Betts appeared in court Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence. The charges stem from an accident that took the life of John and Kimberly Clark who were riding a motorcycle when Betts, who was driving the opposite direction, went left of center and hit them head-on in his truck.

Betts’ bond was set at $92,500. He is being held in the Hancock County Jail.

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UPDATE: Local Superintendents Talk About PARCC Test Decision

7/1/15 – 10:58 A.M.
Update – 11:34 A.M.

Ohio’s new budget kills a controversial Common Core test, and at least one area superintendent isn’t sad to see it go…

Audio: Merri Skilliter

McComb’s Merri Skilliter says there are still a lot of unanswered questions though.  For instance, Skilliter says there’s no word on how much it will cost for the state to put another test in place.  She’s also uncertain on how this will affect student growth and teacher effectiveness measures.

Van Buren Superintendent Tim Myers echoed those thoughts, but also has some concerns.  Namely, what will the Ohio Department of Education do to replace the test, and will the same mistakes be made?

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says in the short term, he doesn’t believe the decision will change the curriculum at Van Buren.

Both Skilliter and Myers had concerns about how the change will impact school district grades, which were in-part based on PARCC scores.

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Reward Offered In Fatal Lima Hit-And-Run Case

7/1/15 – 9:45 A.M.

Lima Police are still looking for two people of interest in a fatal hit-and-run in the city. NBC-Lima reports a$1,000 reward for information about the death of Aaron Ehrnsberger is being offered in hopes of drumming up leads. Ehrnsberger was killed May 31 when his motorcycle was hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop.

The car involved in the crash was registered to 26-year-old Catherine Wilson. 31-year-old Robert Catlett III is also named as a person of interest in the case. They haven’t been seen in over a month, and investigators last thought they might be in Florida.


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Missing Firefighter’s Car Found In Wood County

7/1/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A missing Michigan firefighter’s car has been found in Wood County. Media partner WTOL-11 reports a dark green Saturn belonging to 22-year-old Timothy Graves was recently found at a rest stop south of Bowling Green. Graves was last seen leaving the Healthlink EMS building in Belleville, Michigan on June 28.

Graves is also a firefighter for the Belleville Fire Department. He’s described as 5’6″ tall and wears glasses. We have a picture on our website.


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Lima Fireworks Display Postponed

7/1/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Independence Day fireworks celebration in Lima has fallen victim to the recent wet weather. The Lima/Allen County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says the Star Spangled Spectacular has been postponed until September 5. Soggy conditions in Faurot Park forced the delay.

The Freedom 5k Run/Walk is still set to take place in Lima Saturday.

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