Review Category : Local News

One Person Injured In Crash On I-75 Late Tuesday Night

2/3/16 – 4:57 A.M.

One person was injured in a crash that closed the southbound lanes of the interstate late Tuesday night. The State Highway Patrol reports 52-year-old Mary Boes of Findlay was driving south on the interstate when she lost control on wet pavement and hit a median wall near County Road 99 around 11:45 p.m. Boes’ car then hit a guardrail and came back onto the interstate, where it was hit by two commercial trucks.

Boes was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The truck drivers were not hurt.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-75 for around two hours. Traffic was rerouted up the County Road 99 exit ramp, and then back onto the interstate from the entrance ramp on the other side.

Boes was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

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Bond Set At $2 Million For Fostoria Shooting Suspect

2/2/2016 – 11:30 pm

The Toledo man charged with the weekend shooting of a mother and daughter at Nye’s Trailer Park in Fostoria is being held on a $2 million bond. The Courier reports that 34-year-old Terrence R. Williamson of Toledo has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in the Saturday afternoon shooting of 36-year-old Lashelle Norman and her daughter, 17-year-old Alexia Johnson.

Williamson appeared in court for his arraignment Tuesday via video. A judge set his bond at $1 million on each count.

More: The Courier

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Findlay Man Charged With Robbery

2/2/2016 – 11:22 pm

A Findlay man was charged with robbery following an incident at a city residence Tuesday morning. 18-year-old Austin Frey of Findlay was arrested on a charge of robbery and is currently in jail. Police report that a resident on Larkins Street reported a man wearing a black ski mask over his face and holding a handgun entered the home shortly before noon and demanded money and drugs. The resident complied and the suspect left on foot.

The suspect was identified as Frey and was located later with some evidence and placed under arrest. No one was injured and no shots were fired. The Findlay K-9 officer assisted in the investigation.

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Findlay Council Schedules Future Meeting To Discuss Legislation

2/2/2016 – 10:00 pm

The Findlay City Council moved to have three major issues discussed at a future committee of the whole meeting later this month. At their regular meeting Tuesday night, the council scheduled the future meeting later this month.

The first major item was in regards to a request from Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative to revisit their existing franchise agreement with the City of Findlay. Hancock-Wood CEO George Walton spoke to the council Tuesday about a concern their cooperative has with actions by Ohio Power to encroach in their service territory within the city limits. In rural areas, utilities are prohibited from encroaching upon competing services but cities are allowed to contract their own franchise agreements with utilities. Walton said that while Hancock-Wood does not cover much territory in the city limits they do have some and have made several million dollars worth of utility investment within the city limits.

Audio: George Walton

The section of the city limits in question is near Rowmark and Walton said that if Ohio Power were allowed to continue operating in the area, it could disrupt or prohibit service to existing Hancock-Wood customers in the area. In any case, it creates a logistics issue when servicing transmission lines. Walton said he wanted to present Hancock-Woods position to the council at a committee of the whole meeting for a more through discussion.

The second item is in regards to city plans to work with Findlay City Schools to construct a fiber line for data service to city departments. The council reviewed an ordinance to authorize contracting for several constructions projects in the city limits. Among those were appropriated funds to begin working on the fiber line with the school. Councilwoman Holly Frische questioned if the city had a firm estimate on that project. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said they did not as the project was being driven by the school system. Schmelzer said that the funds were for seed money to get the project moving. Councilman Grant Russel said that the requested funds came to around $20,000. The council had also requested Schmelzer to provide an estimate if the city were to move forward with their own project, independent of the school system.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Frische moved to amend the motion to remove the funds for the fiber project until more information could be gathered from the school. The council agreed and adopted the ordinance with the fiber funds removed. The council requested that representatives from the school and fiber utility address the committee of the whole.

The third item was in regards to a proposed ordinance to prohibit the city administration from granting raises to city employees that exceed eight percent without council approval. Councilman Tom Klein questioned the logic of the ordinance given that the council sets the pay range for each city position. Given that, the administration could then set the pay for each employee and administrator within the range council approved. Councilwoman Holly Frische said that, in her opinion, the range was more of a guideline, and Councilman Tim Watson, who sponsored the ordinance said that it was in response to previous questions granting pay raises. He noted that authorization would serve as another check on the city administration.

Audio: Tim Watson

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that if passed, effectively the city council would become a body that would be required to approve all pay raises for any employee in excess of eight percent after they have already appropriated budget dollars to do so.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Councilman Grant Russel questioned if that would mean that all promotions and pay raises would then be required to be passed by the city council. He said that the legislation says that any pay raise that exceeds an eight percent raise would require authorization from council, and if a person were promoted from employee to supervisor, and they were moved to a new pay range, that could exceed a bump greater than eight percent in pay.

Audio: Grant Russel

Schmelzer said he didn’t believe the legislation allowed for that but noted that the legislation was ambiguous in that regard. Given the questions on the ordinance, the topic was also moved to the committee of the whole meeting for further discussion.

While members of the council wished to discuss all three items at the committee of the whole meeting, Schmelzer noted that scheduling representatives from Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, Findlay City Schools, and the fiber contractors could be a logistical problem, given how there are no time limits on committee hearings. The council moved to tentatively schedule the committee of the while meeting to be on Wednesday, February 17th at 4:00 pm, saying that date could be revised as needed.


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Hancock Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scam

2/2/2016 – 6:17 pm

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has warned the public of a scam in the community. Area residents have contacted the office reporting they received calls from a Deputy Charles Ready and Supervisor Fran Johnson telling residents they have an arrest warrant issued for them and are attempting to get payment from residents over the phone and without appearing in court.

Neither Ready or Johnson are employees of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and it is not the practice of the Sheriff’s Office to call residents on the phone in an attempt to collect fines or bonds. If you receive a call, DO NOT give out any personal or financial information to them, and contact the Hancock Sheriff’s Office at 419-422-2424 to file a report.

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Attendees Encouraged To Wear Teal To Cory-Rawson/Arlington Game Tonight.

2/2/2016 – 4:03 pm

Photo Caption: Scott and Cheryl Freed and their sons Cory, Jordan, and Matthew.

If you attend the Cory-Rawson Arlington Basketball game tonight you might want to bring teal colored clothes. The schools are wearing teal tonight to honor resident Cheryl Freed who has sarcoma cancer, which is a rare form of cancer. Scott Freed, Cheryl’s husband says that the family has connections to both schools.

Audio: Scott Freed

Scott Freed said that the family is touched by the support from both communities, and if anyone would like more information about sarcoma, they can find Freed’s Fighters on facebook to learn more.

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Services Announced For Late Hardin County Commissioner

2/2/2016 – 3:39 pm

Funeral services for a Hardin County Commissioner who passed away last weekend have been announced. Services for Edward O. Elliott II will be held on Sunday, February 7th from 2pm-5pm at the Ridgemont School Commons in Mt. Victory. A memorial service will be held at 5pm in the Ridgemont School Gymnasium. The Price-McElroy Funeral Home announced the arrangements.

Elliott passed away on Saturday, January 30th at the age of 69. He served one term as a Hardin County Commissioner from 1996-2000 and was elected again in 2008, 2012 and was on the ballot for another term this year. He was a part owner of the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory which the Elliott family has owned and operated since 1959.

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FHS Senior Receives Nomination To U.S. Naval Academy

2/2/16 – 12:12 P.M.

A Findlay High School student has been nominated for acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy. A release from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office says an offer of appointment was given to FHS senior James Reneau. Reneau was a captain on the football team and also is part of the school’s robotics team.

Admission into the Naval Academy requires a nomination from a member of Congress. Nominations are based on the recommendation of an advisory committee put together by the Senator.

In the release, Senator Brown said, “Mr. Reneau’s family and the Findlay community should be proud of this impressive young man, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”

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Bluffton Council Fills Empty Seat

2/2/16 – 8:12 A.M.

Bluffton village council has filled a vacant seat. The Courier reports Ralph Miller was picked to fill the open position during Monday’s council meeting. The seat was left open by Judy Augsburger when she was elected mayor last fall.

Deb Weihrauch, David Steiner, Jerry Cupples, Terry Hunt, Don Burris and Evan Skilliter also interviewed for the position.

MORE: The Courier

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Lane Restrictions On I-75 Near Beaverdam

2/2/16 – 7:41 A.M.

You might see some delays on I-75 if you’re headed south today or Thursday. ODOT reports one lane of southbound 75 south of Beaverdam will be closed for bridge deck repair. The work will take place until around 2:30 p.m. both days.

Crews will also be working in the northbound lanes in that area today as well. One lane will be closed while crews grind pavement to give the interstate more traction near the State Route 696 / U.S. 30 interchange.  Similar work will take place Thursday on the southbound lanes.

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