Review Category : Local News

Former City Employee Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Vehicular Assault Charges

5/10/16 – 8:50 A.M.

The former computer service director for the city of Findlay has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. 31-year-old Justin Weddington of Rudolph held the position when he was involved in an injury crash near the intersection of County Road 139 and State Route 12 last August. Weddington was driving under suspension at the time due to a prior OVI conviction.

Following the August crash, Weddington was put on paid leave by the city and later fired. He’ll be sentenced on June 29.

Weddington went left of center and hit a Toyota Prius driven by 49-year-old Lisa Brown. She was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. A passenger, 19-year-old Anna Brown, was also injured.

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Sunshine Law Violation Could Be Costly In Putnam County Case

5/10/16 – 7:46 A.M.

The cost of attorney fees could top more than $600,000 for an open records case in Putnam County. The Lima News reports the county does not have insurance that would pay the fees. The lawsuit that led to the bills in the first place had to do with the controversial widening of Road 5. Commissioner John Love tells the newspaper if the fees can’t be appealed, the money would have to come out of the general fund.

A ruling by visiting Judge Dale Crawford awarded more than $497,000 to six attorneys. Landowners along Road 5 were also awarded more than $113,000 for lawyer bills in a second case.

In 2014, a court ruled the Putnam County Commissioners violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws concerning the widening of Road 5. Eminent domain was eventually used to expand the road by two feet on each side. The 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima ruled property owners weren’t given notice of the appropriation. The court also said there was no chance to object.

MORE: Lima News

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Findlay Schools Do Away With “Zero-Tolerance” Policy

5/10/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Findlay School District now has zero tolerance for “zero tolerance.” The school board approved removing the policy from the district handbook Monday. Superintendent Ed Kurt tells the Courier having a student miss an entire year of school because of a discipline issue, “doesn’t do students or society any good.”

Instead of a “zero-tolerance” policy, there is a non-violence statement in the student handbook. Not following the statement will still lead to discipline. However, instead of simply expelling a student, alternative actions could be taken. That could include going to the Findlay Digital Academy, the Findlay Learning Center, at-home instruction, or correspondence courses.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay High School Adopts New Truancy Policy

5/10/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Findlay High School is making changes to its truancy policy. The Courier reports the school board approved the new rules Monday. Steps have been established for handling students with several unexcused absences. They include sending parents or guardians a letter after two days out of school. Parents could also have to attend a meeting with Hancock County Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson and a high school representative. An attendance case manager will also make sure administrators know about any problems.

If the issues continue after the steps are taken, truancy charges could be filed. The new policy says action can be taken when a student has five unexcused absences in a row, seven unexcused absences in a month, or 12 unexcused absences in a school year.

MORE: The Courier

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U.S. Army Corps Continues To Work On Mitigation Plans

5/10/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Despite a possible break-up, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to develop a flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River. The Courier reports representatives for the Corps say that computer modeling of river flooding looks promising. In the meantime local officials are considering going their own way, and not waiting on the Corp’s final report.

Andrew Kornacki is the public affairs chief for the corps’ district office in Buffalo, New York. He tells the newspaper the organization is pushing forward for a plan that would make a diversion channel economically viable. Officials from the Corps have said that major flooding is becoming more common for the Blanchard River. If that information is included in the final report, it could mean a better cost-benefit ratio for the project.

Earlier this year local officials learned the Corps’ report would be delayed by six months to a year. At that point the process of hiring a private engineering company to design mitigation plans began. The goal is to “marry” the diversion channel project with the widening of I-75 in Findlay. The fill material dug up from building the channel could be used for the widening work.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock Historic Homes Tour Returns This Weekend

5/9/16 – 9:42 A.M.

The Hancock Historic Homes tour returns this weekend after a four-year hiatus. The Hancock Historical Museum says six homes in Findlay will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles in the city. The homes involved in the tour were built between 1857 and 1926.

Funds raised during the event go toward the Hancock Historical Museum. Director Sarah Sisser says the event also highlights continued historical preservation efforts in the community. For ticket information call (419)423-4433.

The tour starts Saturday night with a VIP Champagne and Candlelight Preview from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All the homes on the tour will be open on Sunday from 11 am. until 4 p.m.

The addresses of the homes included in this year’s event include 120 and 204 Glendale Avenue, 1214 and 1110 Hurd Avenue, 405 West Sandusky Street, and 1300 South Main Street.

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Hydrant Flushing Scheduled In North Baltimore

5/9/16 – 8:13 A.M.

Fire hydrant flushing will begin in North Baltimore today. The process will take place today and tomorrow on the southeast side of town. Hydrants will be flushed Wednesday and Thursday on the northeast side of the city. Residents on the east side will notice work this Friday.

Next Monday and Tuesday will see flushing take place on the southwest side, followed by work on the northwest side the next two days. The west side will be taken care of May 20.

North Baltimore residents may notice rusty-colored water during hydrant flushing in their neighborhoods. Anyone with questions can call (419)257-2141.

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Pandora Must Continue To Monitor For Phosphorus Levels

5/9/16 – 7:45 A.M.

The village of Pandora will continue to be required to monitor for phosphorus levels in its lagoon system. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council was informed at a recent meeting that the Ohio EPA expects Pandora to continue to monitor the levels. That’s despite a request from officials to remove the requirement.

Mayor John Schlumbohm told the EPA the lagoon system at the sewage treatment plant is effective but was never intended to remove phosphorus. He also argued that other villages with similar systems are not requited to test for phosphorus. He has suggested a possible aeration system for the treatment plant.

In 2009, Pandora switched from a continuous discharge system from the lagoons to a controlled release system. Ferric chloride is added to water in the lagoon to reduce phosphorus going into the watershed.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Upper Sandusky Woman Injured In Findlay Crash

5/9/16 – 7:10 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky woman was injured in a crash in Findlay Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 64-year-old Susan Harbour was trying to turn left from Bright Road onto Tiffin Avenue around 5:30 p.m. when she was hit by an eastbound car driven by 83-year-old Harold Long of Findlay. Police say Long ran a red light, causing the collision.

Harbour was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a possible head injury. Long was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the crash. He was also cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

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Leipsic Man Injured In Crash Near McComb

5/9/16 – 6:55 A.M.

A Sunday night crash in Hancock County injured a Leipsic man. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year-old Samuel Santana was driving on State Route 613 east of Pleasant Township Road 123 when he went off the road and hit two signs and a utility pole.

Santana was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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