Review Category : Local News

New Fees Proposed For Certain Items At Hancock County Landfill

12/2/14 – 10:44 A.M.

New fees are being proposed for some items that are taken to the Hancock County Landfill. Assistant Prosecutor Phil Johnson explained at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting…

Audio: Phil Johnson

The proposed new charges for disposing tires are $3 for car tires without rims, $8 for truck tires without rims, and $30 for tractor tires.

Johnson says the solid waste district is also proposing no longer accepting household appliances that contain Freon gas…

Audio: Phil Johnson

Johnson says adds it would be free to dispose of old appliances that do not have Freon.

Public hearings on the proposed fees will take place January 6, 8, and 13 at 11 a.m. in the Hancock County Commissioners offices.

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UF Grad Aiding In Fight Against Ebola

12/2/14 – 8:34 A.M.

A University of Findlay graduate is helping in the fight against Ebola. Wendy Buckley is helping a U.S. company ship potentially dangerous chemicals vital to the fight against the disease. Buckley says the chemicals used for sanitization can become volatile if not handled properly.

Buckley graduated from UF in March with a master’s degree in environmental safety and health management. She currently works for the Pennsylvania-based Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services company.

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Arlington Water Issues Discussed

12/2/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Arlington Village Council members discussed the town’s recent waterline issues at their meeting last night. The Courier reports a well line that leads into the water treatment facility froze recently. A similar problem happened last year.

Village officials are looking into temporary solutions to stop the well line from freezing again. An outside firm could be brought in to find an answer to the problem.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Monday also told council members his department is looking for “a pretty good size leak” in the water system. Work on that will continue today.

MORE: The Courier

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Injury Crash Reported In Hancock County Monday Afternoon

12/2/14 – 5:04 A.M.

At least one person was reportedly injured in a three-car crash in eastern Hancock County Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says the accident happened on U.S. 224 at the intersection of Washington Township Road 258 around 2:30 p.m

The crash resulted in U.S. 224 being shut down between Road 258 and Hancock County Road 330 while the accident site was cleared.

No other details were available.

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Hancock County To Launch Drug Court

12/2/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Low-level drug offenders in Hancock County will soon have different options when they go to court. The Courier reports a specialized drug court hopes to cut the incarceration rate by offering treatment options. Eligible participants would be diverted from the regular court system into the program. They would talk to a judge regularly, take drug tests, and meet with support groups.

The new drug court is specific to certain types of offenders. It likely won’t be used for anyone who sold drugs or used a weapon during the course of a crime. Defendants facing mandatory prison time would also be rejected.

Judges Joseph Niemeyer and Reginald Routson will start hearing cases in the court on February 17. The drug court program can last up to a year and require 200 hours or more of counseling.

MORE: The Courier

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Former Findlay Police Sergeant Appeals His Firing for the Second Time

12/01/14     3:58 p.m.

The tale of fired Findlay police sergeant Dave Hill continued today when his attorney filed another appeal of his firing.

Hill was suspended in 2012 following an incident where he put a loaded gun in his mouth and fired him four months later after he combined a female officer’s name with a term for a prostitute.

In August of 2013 an arbitrator ruled Hill should return to the department, but a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge overturned that decision to affirm Hill’s firing.

Hill’s attorney Michelle Sullivan said a notice of appeal for the dismissal will be filed today with the 8th District Court of Appeals in Cleveland.

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Upper Sandusky Wal-Mart Employee Dead After Collapsing at Work Friday

12/01/14     11:50 a.m.

An Upper Sandusky Wal-Mart employee died after collapsing at work Friday morning.

According to the Upper Sandusky Police Department, 60-year-old Terry Gaietto was found unresponsive on the floor in the storage area by another employee around 6:30 a.m. She was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital where she was later pronounced dead of natural causes.

Wal-Mart told the department they reviewed security video which showed Gaietto collapsing onto the floor.

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At Least One Injured In Crash South Of Findlay This Morning

12/1/14 – 8:47 A.M.

At least one person was injured in a crash south of Findlay this morning. The State Highway Patrol says the accident involved a commercial vehicle and a car on U.S. 68, south of the State Route 15 interchange.

One person in the car was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. No other details have been released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Cooper Closes Sale On Stake Of Chinese Tire Factory

12/1/14 – 8:33 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber has completed the sale of its stake in a joint venture in China. A release from the company says Cooper has closed the sale of its 65 percent share of the Cooper Chengshan Tire Company to the Chengshan group. Cooper received roughly $262 million for its portion of the company.

In a statement made today, CEO Roy Armes said, “Resolving the ownership of CCT has been a key goal for us, and we are pleased to have it completed as we continue to execute our long-term growth plans for China.” The Chengshan group will continue to make Cooper-branded tires through mid-2018.

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Putnam County Group Wins Historical Preservation Award

12/1/14 – 7:15 A.M.

A group of Putnam County residents have been honored for their commitment to preserving history. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Fort Jennings Memorial Association was one of 15 groups recognized last month by the Ohio State Historic Preservation Board. The Ft. Jennings Memorial Association was given a Preservation Merit Award.

A few years ago the memorial hall was in danger of being torn down. A group of around 20 people came together to help save the facility.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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