Review Category : Local News

More Details Released On Hancock County Plane Crash

7/28/14 – 4:37 A.M.

One of the victims of a small plane crash that happened near Van Buren has been identified. Ralf Bronnenmeier, the CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the plane. The second victim has not been publicly identified.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 1:10 a.m. on Hancock County Road 18, between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock County Road 216. The plane was flying from Holland, Michigan to Bluffton. The investigation closed Hancock County Road 18 until around 9 p.m. last night.

Bronnenmeier had been the CEO of Grob Systems since 2003.

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Plane Crash in Van Buren Kills Two

7/27/14    10:38 a.m.

Two people are dead following an early morning plane crash in Van Buren.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane crash at 1:11 a.m. Sunday morning. The plane crashed on County Road 18 between Township Road 215 and County Road 216 in Cass Township.

There were two occupants in the plane, a male pilot and female passenger whose names are being held pending family notifications. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The airplane was a small Lancair aircraft traveling from Holland, Michigan to Bluffton, Ohio.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s office, Hancock County Coroner, National Transportation Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

County Road 218 will remain closed as the investigation continues.

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Hookah Smoking on Rise in Teens, Not Recommended

7/25/14   12:20 p.m.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the 33 percent decline in teens smoking cigarettes is offset by the 123 percent rise in use of other tobacco products, one of those being hookahs.

Craig Niese, environmental health director for the City of Findlay, said despite not containing nicotine, hookahs are not recommended.

Audio: Craig Niese

Niese said because hookahs are tobacco products they fall under the state-wide indoor smoking ban and are not allowed to be used in public places. The only exception to this is hookah or tobacco stores who can apply for exemption if they sell over a certain percentage of tobacco products.

Niese said there are a few exempt stores in Findlay but whether or not they smoke hookah there is their discretion.


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City Administrators Looking Toward Budget Future with Surplus

7/23/14   6:15 a.m.

City of Findlay administrators are considering rewriting the rule for how they collect business income taxes.

At last night’s mid-year review, city auditor Jim Staschiak said administrators have the option to not accept payments until October. Staschiak said he knows no reason to defer these payments.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak said he understands the need for such an option in the past but with the financial situation the city is in now, with more than a $9 million dollar balance in the general fund and over $1 million in a rainy day fund, it’s time to correct that practice.

With five months left in the current budget, administrators are also considering some longer term budget options.

Staschiak said the city is on track financially now, but risks falling behind if long-term budget planning isn’t utilized.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak said the lack of a plan is a “outstanding weakness” for the city.

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Ohio Justice Judi French Visits Findlay Rotary

7/22/14   4:00 p.m.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French said her career began when she was a sixth grader at BL Miller Elementary School in Sebring in 1973. French said her teacher gave a civics quiz about world affairs every morning, requiring her students to pay attention to the world around them.

French gave a behind the scenes look at the Supreme Court to the Rotary club at their meeting Tuesday afternoon and said the Supreme Court is much different than your everyday trials court.

Audio: Judi French

The general rule of thumb of the court French said is to determine whether or not the case is in the great general interest of the public, such as constitutional questions.

She said the rulings of the Ohio Supreme Court affect the public more than they probably realize.

Audio: Judi French

French said over 1.5 million lawsuits a year are filed in Ohio, 10,000 of those will go to Appeals court and 100 to 120 will make it to the Supreme Court out of about 1,600 requests.

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Boil Advisory in McComb Lifted

7/22/14   3:50 p.m.

The boil advisory alert for the village of McComb has been lifted. The advisory was put in place Sunday after a large leak drained the village’s water tower early that morning. The water was tested after the tower was refilled and all tests came back negative.

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Work Continues To Correct Forest Lake Drainage Issue

7/22/14 – 12:28 A.M.

Residents in the Forest Lake subdivision of Findlay hope that a solution to their flooding issues are coming soon. Three people who live along a retention pond in that area spoke to the Hancock County Commissioners about the issue again today.

Kerry Trombli says he knows work is being done, but time is critical…

Audio: Kerry Trombli

County Engineer Chris Long says he’s confident an additional 12-inch drainage pipe next to the pond will help solve the problem.

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Hancock County Engineering Garage Nearing Completion

7/22/14 – 12:19 P.M.

What looks to be the final change order for the new Hancock County engineering garage has been submitted to the county commissioners. If approved, what was submitted as a little more than a $2.6 million project will finish up at a little more than $2.8 million.

Commissioner Brian Roberston says that’s pretty good all things considered…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The latest change includes more than $45,000 to install a natural gas pump.

Robertson says they had to have a special pump installed…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The gas pump will help the generator for the facility fire in case of a power outage.

Today’s change order was for $75,740. The total for all change orders to the project was a little more than $128,000.

The final change order was tabled by the commissioners today for review.

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Lower Speed Limit Proposed For Part Of Township Road 212

7/22/14 – 11:38 A.M.

A stretch of road in Marion Township just outside of Findlay could have a slower speed limit in the future. The Marion Township Trustees have asked the Hancock County Commissioners to look into lowering Township Rad 212 to 45 mph between County Road 236 and State Route 12. The Cass Township Trustees are also asking for the reduction, as part of the road sits on the border between the two townships.

Before the limit can be reduced, the county has to do some work. A traffic count and speed study would have to be done to see if lowering the speed limit is necessary.

Township Road 212 is already 45 mph between State Route 12 and U.S. 224.

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Unemployment Rises In June For Hancock County Area

7/22/14 – 9:03 A.M.

After months of steady decline, the unemployment rate went up in June for Hancock and the surrounding counties. New numbers released by the Department of Job and Family Service show the jobless rate at 4.5 percent in Hancock County. That’s up from 4 percent in May, but is still 3 percent lower than it was last June.

Putnam and Wyandot Counties were both still under 5 percent unemployment. Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 4.4 while Wyandot was at 4.7.

The rest of the region shaped up like this: Seneca County at 5.3, Wood County checked in at 5.4, both Henry and Allen Counties were at 5.6, and Hardin County is at 5.9 percent unemployment.

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