Review Category : Local News

Findlay Could Change Panhandling Regulations

10/20/14 – 7:26 A.M.

Findlay could change it’s panhandling laws this year. The Courier reports a proposal has been made to expand a 2006 law to outlaw the practice in public parks and recreation facilities. The current law already prohibits panhandling in several places; like within 20 feet of a bank or on private property.

The 2006 law also requires panhandlers to register with the city. However, the panhandlers often seen on Tiffin Avenue don’t actually meet the definition of a panhandler. City Law Director Don Rasmussen says if people holding signs asking for help are staying on public property, they have a first amendment right to do so.

The increased panhandling regulation

MORE: The Courier

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Crash Reported On County Road 37 South Of Findlay

10/20/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A crash in Hancock County could be causing some traffic issues this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a driver went off the road and hit a power pole on State Route 37 south of County Road 172. A dispatcher says the road hasn’t officially been closed, but it’s probably a good place to avoid.

Crews are en route to repair the utility pole.

No other details were immediately available.


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Gas Prices Falling After Mid-Week Spike

10/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Gas prices are up from last Monday, but coming down after spiking last week. reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.06 this morning. That’s up three cents from last Monday but down six cents from last Thursday.

In Findlay, drivers are reporting an average of $3.09 around the city. Last Monday we were paying $2.99 a gallon, but by Wednesday that had risen to $3.19. In Ottawa, the average price is back below $3 a gallon this morning.

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Election Preview: Latta Running For Reelection

10/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

There’s just a little more than two weeks left until the November election, and we continue our preview of the candidates you’ll see on the ballot today.

Bob Latta is running for reelection in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District. On the topic of job growth, Latta says the problem is businesses are over-regulated, which means they can’t expand…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta says he’s supported legislation that would simplify and reign in excessive legislation.

While many criticize Congress for partisan gridlock, Latta says he has been a part of bipartisan legislation efforts…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta says he also worked with Democrats on legislation that would have reduced paperwork for auto dealers. Latta also talked about working with Democrats on a caucus that focuses on rural issues.

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Fostoria Properties Could Be Condemned

10/20/14 – 5:18 A.M.

Two Fostoria properties could be condemned this week. The Review-Times reports properties 304 South Poplar Street and 654 Maple Street will be reviewed by the Seneca County General Health District Board of Health. They’ll meet Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue.

For more information, you can call (419)447-3691.

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Arcadia Man Injured In Weekend Crash

10/20/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A two-car crash injured an Arcadia man Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 1100 block of Tiffin Avenue around 4:45 p.m.

24-year-old Corey Jones of Arcadia was pulling out of a parking lot when he collided with a car driven by 54-year-old Debra Smith of Rawson. Jones was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for failure to yield.


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Six Putnam County Residents Monitored For Ebola

10/20/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Six Putnam County residents are being monitored for Ebola symptoms. The Putnam County Health Department reports the individuals were in the same bridal shop in Akron as Amber Vinson, who has been diagnosed with Ebola. Health officials stress the risk of infection for the residents is low as there was no direct, high-risk contact with Vinson.

Precautions are being taken though. The people who visited the bridal shop are having their temperature monitored twice a day for 21 days. The individuals are not being quarantined since there was no direct contact with Vinson.

Putnam County Health Commissioner Mary Ann Myers said, “the residents of Putnam County can be assured that our department is staying in constant contact with all involved parties, including health officials from ODH and CDC, to ensure the safety of our residents.”

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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M

Blanchard Valley Health System is taking precautions when it comes to the Ebola virus. Officials announced Thursday that Ebola response protocols had been activated. The response plan was developed over the summer.

Infection preventionist Colleen Abrams says the health system will work with the CDC, American Hospital Association, the Ohio Department of Health, and others to keep workers and patients safe. Abrams says screening questions are in place for new patients to detect any exposure to Ebola.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola, or through items contaminated with the person’s blood or bodily fluids. Ebola is not spread through the air, food or drinking water.

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Zombies Invade Findlay For Charity Event Saturday

10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M.

There will be a zombie outbreak in Findlay tomorrow night. The American Red Cross Hancock County Youth Council will hold a “Zombie Run for the Red 5K” at Findlay High School’s Cooper Field at 6 p.m. The cost to register will be $25 at the event.

A release for the event says there will be zombies and other surprises for runners during the event. The race will end at Cooper Field with a Zombie Apocalypse Party.

Money raised from the event will help fund Hancock County Youth Council activities.

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Deer Muzzleloader Season A Success For Local Hunters

10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M.

Hunters in our region had a good take during the recent antlerless deer muzzleloader hunting season. Last weekend saw more than 6,000 deer tagged around the state. That’s up 18 percent from 2013.

Locally, hunters in Wood and Wyandot County had the most success. Wood County hunters tagged 42 deer over a two-day period, compared to 16 last year. Wyandot County hunters tagged 30 more deer this year, bringing in a total of 88. Numbers were flat in Hancock and Putnam Counties.

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