Review Category : Local News

ODOT Responds To Winter Weather

1/11/2016 – 4:37 pm

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 responded to the winter weather that started this week. Rhonda Pees from the District 1 Office said that crews were out early to be ready when the snow began to fall.

Audio: Rhonda Pees

Pees said that crews were working overnight shifts throughout the rest of this week. The National Weather Service is calling for additional snowfall in the area later this week and crews will be ready for it.

When the first snow falls in the year, the risk for an accident is increased because people forget how to drive in winter weather. Pees says it’s important to take time when you are traveling to your destination.

Audio: Rhonda Pees

Take time, drive slow, make sure you leave space between you and a snowplow and be safe on the roadways this season.

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Rocky Start To 2016 Trading No Reason To Panic

1/11/16 – 2:02 P.M.

The stock market is off to a rocky start in 2016, and that’s made some investors nervous. Members of the Findlay Rotary Club learned that volatility in the market isn’t necessarily a bad thing during their Monday meeting…

Audio: Adam Zuercher

Adam Zuercher of Hickson-Zuercher Capital Management says vthat over the last 36 years the market has finished the year up 75 percent of the time.

Part of the reason for market declines have been due to a sluggish Chinese economy. Zuercher says that might not hurt the U.S. as much as some might think…

Audio: Adam Zuercher

Zuercher says even though it’s been volatile to start the year, that doesn’t mean we’re headed toward a recession. He added volatility is not the same thing as risk.

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Hundreds Of Pills Found During Upper Sandusky Police Stop

1/11/16 – 6:55 A.M.

Upper Sandusky Police found hundreds of prescription pain pills during a recent traffic stop. More than 1,200 oxycodone pills were recovered when a driver was pulled over for only having one headlight and no license plate Friday. The suspect’s name has not been released.

Marijuana remnants were also found in the car.

The driver is being held on a charge of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance. Other charges could be filed.

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Risingsun Police Officer Files Suit Against Several Officials

1/11/16 – 6:48 A.M.

A police officer in the Wood County village of Risingsun has filed a lawsuit against several officials. The Review-Times reports the suit comes as charges of aggravated menacing, unlawful restraint and improper handling of a firearm against Kevin Osborne were dismissed.

The charges were filed in July, after a man named Robert Dean kept driving past Osborne’s home and revving his engine. Osborne called 911 and then followed Dean in his car. Dean allegedly pulled over and tried to confront Osborne. He was told to get back in his car as police were on the way. However Osborne ended up getting arrested in charged in the incident.

A lawsuit has been filed against Wood County Deputy Sheriff Kert Appelhans, Bowling Green Prosecutor Matthew Reger, Wood County, the city of Bowling Green and several other villages.

MORE: Review-Times

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall

1/11/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Gas prices continue to fall in the area. Ohio gas prices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying around $1.85 a gallon today. That’s down two cents from last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high of $1.99 a gallon on Tuesday.

In Ottawa, drivers report paying $1.82 a gallon, a seven cent decrease from a week ago.

The statewide average is $1.84 a gallon. That’s a four-cent decline from last Monday.

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Fostoria Standoff Ends Peacefully

1/11/16 – 5:20 A.M.

An armed standoff in Fostoria ended peacefully early Saturday morning. The incident started around 10:25 p.m. Friday night at Lot 2 in Nye’s Trailer Park at 1521 North Countyline Street. Police were told 27-year-old Theodor Schmidt was threatening to kill himself and would shoot any officers who confronted him.

Schmidt refused to talk to officers when the arrived on the scene. A negotiator and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team arrived a short time later, but they were also unable to establish contact with the man. Schmidt walked out of the house around 12:15 a.m and taken into custody.

He’ll be evaluated before charges are filed.

 

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Fire Damages Arlington Area Home

1/11/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Sunday night fire damaged an Arlington-area home. Firefighters were called to 10828 Madison Township Road 31 around 7:15 p.m. The flames were found in a wall behind a wood-burning stove, located between a living room and hallway in the home. The fire was contained to that area, and did around $30,000 worth of damage.

No injuries were reported. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined yet.

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Work Set To Begin On New Findlay Bus Facility

1/11/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Work is set to begin soon to transform a former commercial property into a new parking lot for Findlay School District buses. The Courier reports while the plans for the facility have been scaled back, district officials believe it will be an upgrade over the current location.

Dennis McPheron is the director of operations for the district and says the original plans for the property at 1710 Romick Parkway included covering all the buses. But the roof of the structure would have been too close to property lines.

An existing building at the location will house an office, restrooms, and training facilities for bus drivers. There is enough electricity at the property to allow for engine heating blocks for all the buses. Concrete, lights, and security cameras will be installed before the lot goes into use. The work is being covered by a $1.1 million gift from the Marathon Petroleum Company. The property was bought for less than $600,000.

The current bus garage is located at the corner of Blanchard Street and Blanchard Avenue. The property is flood prone.

MORE: The Courier

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ODOT Spending Less On Snow & Ice Removal

1/8/2015 – 5:02 pm

While most are bracing for winter weather in 2016, looking at the numbers thus far this year compared to last year show a significant difference. The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued an update which says that ODOT District 1 which includes Hancock County has seen $75,000 less spent on snow and ice removal than at this time last year. The district as a whole also spent around $285,000 less in fuel than it did by this point a year ago.

In Hancock County, 145 tons of salt has been used on roadways thus far this year, and in Putnam County, 214 tons of salt has been used, which according to ODOT is significantly lower than it was at this same time a year ago.

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