Review Category : Local News

Scammers Target Putnam County Residents

3/24/14 – 7:17 A.M.

Putnam County residents are the target of a new phone scam. The Putnam County Sentinel reports people have been getting calls from scammers claiming they are with Publishers Clearing House. The person on the phone will say you’ve won millions of dollars and a new car. They then ask you to buy a green dot card and call them back with the card’s number. The caller will tell you that once you do that, someone will come by your home with your winnings.

Of course it’s a complete scam. Once you give the person the green dot card number, they can access the money on the card.

The calls appear to be coming from Jamaica. They have an area code of 876.

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Chimney Fire Damages Hancock County Home

3/24/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Fire damaged a home between Arlington and Mt. Blanchard late Sunday afternoon. The Arlington Fire Department was dispatched to 14446 Delaware Township 152 around 4:45 p.m. A crack in the home’s chimney led to a small fire.

The owner of the home had just bought the property in a sheriff’s auction. The fire department says no one was injured.


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Fire Damages Home Near Mt. Blanchard

3/24/14 – 4:52 A.M.

No one was injured following a Sunday afternoon fire near Mt. Blanchard. The Delaware Township Fire Department responded to a home at 21151 Hancock County Road 183 around 3:45 p.m. A fire in a wood stove in the home’s basement reached a wall between the garage and the house. The flames caused some light damage in the garage and the attic over the garage.

The family was not displaced.


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Sleepy Driver Causes Hancock County Crash

3/21/14 – 7:38 A.M.

A sleepy driver caused a crash in northeast Hancock County Thursday morning. The Sheriff’s Office reports a car and semi collided on State Route 613 near Washington Township Road 262 just before 9 a.m. 51-year-old Brian Tiell of Fostoria was driving east on 613 when he fell asleep. That caused him to sideswipe a tractor-trailer driven by a Zanesville man.

Hanco EMS took Tiell to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Deputies cited Tiell for going over marked lanes.


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John Hancock Statue To Be Lighted Again

3/21/14 – 7:16 A.M.

The statue of John Hancock that sits on top of the Hancock County courthouse is getting its night light back. The county commissioners approved a deal with First Federal Bank Thursday to place a floodlight on their building, to be pointed at the statue.

The county dropped the statue lighting efforts when the economy tanked. The commissioners will pay First Federal $500 a year for the space and electricity the light will use.

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Two Indicted For Alleged Roles In Fostoria Robbery

3/21/14 – 6:46 A.M.

The teenager accused of robbing a Fostoria convenience store at gunpoint was in court this week. Prosecutors indicted 19-year-old Dakota Sharninghouse on a count of aggravated robbery. The Review-Times reports if a jury convicts him, Sharninghouse could spend 11 years in prison.

Investigators say Sharninghouse robbed the E. Lytle Street Circle K on February 27.

The Seneca County grand jury also indicted 19-year-old Zachary Spires in connection with the case. Police say Spires drove the car used to get away from the store. He faces a charge of complicity to aggravated robbery.

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Marathon & Port Authority Agree On Plan To Save Money On Construction Costs

3/21/14 – 5:29 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum has found a creative way to save on the tax bill associated with its expansion plans. The company won’t actually own the new buildings for several years. The Courier reports the Findlay-based oil giant will at first cede ownership to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority. Because the port authority is a government body, it doesn’t pay sales tax. That will save more than $2 million for the cost of the new buildings.

Marathon will pay for the construction of the new buildings. It will then lease the new office space from the port authority from 6-20 years. After that the company will buy the buildings at a cost of $10,000. The port authority approved the plan Thursday.

Marathon will pay the port authority $225,000 for its role in the plan.

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Brownfield Study Will Determine If Land North Of Findlay Can Be Developed

3/21/14 – 5:16 A.M.

An area just north of Findlay could be developed in the future, but there’s just one problem right now. The site is a brownfield. That could change though, as Hancock County has approved a detailed environmental assessment of the site. The money will come from a $1 million Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant the county received in 2010.

The area in question is just south of Allen Township Road 100, between the interstate and N. Main Street. The property was once a Marathon bulk petroleum storage center. Researchers will work to find out if there is any contamination in the soil and water at the site. An initial study found former bulk petroleum above-ground storage tanks and 10 oil wells on the site.

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Hancock County Gets Grant To Tear Down More Flood-Prone Homes

3/21/14 – 4:54 A.M.

More flood-prone homes are set to be torn down in Hancock County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the county $1 million for the effort. The money comes from the government’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. It will include more than $115,000 from the state and $155,000 in local funds.

The Hancock County Commissioners will negotiate sale prices. Homeowners in areas that see issues with flooding take part in the program voluntarily. There’s no word yet on what buildings the county will look to tear down.

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Hancock County Bed Tax Collections Increase During Final Quarter of 2013

3/20/14 – 12:08 P.M.

A rebounding economy helped drive up Hancock County’s “bed tax” collections in the last quarter of 2013. That’s according to Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Rachael Rahrig. She says collections for that time were up almost 11% over 2012 numbers. That’s normally a slow period for hotel stays…

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Rahrig expects big things in 2014 for tourism. Sports will once again be a big driver for that…

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Rahrig says a new swim tournament is also scheduled for this summer.

She adds the events not only mean hotel stays, but dollars spent at local gas stations and restaurants.

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