Review Category : Local News

Findlay Superintendent Search Likely To Go Into The Spring Of ’14

12/13/13 – 5:16 A.M.

We won’t know who the new head of the Findlay City School district will be until sometime next year. The Courier reports that the school board has opted to extend the hiring process into 2014, and the effort is likely to go into the spring. Board president Shane Pochard tells the newspaper the goal is to make the best decision on a new superintendent, and this move allows them to do that.

The search for a new superintendent is down to three remaining applicants. The district is also reaching out to other candidates that didn’t apply for the job. Pochard says that’s nothing out of the ordinary, and was how they found current Superintendent Dean Wittwer in 2005.

The second round of interviews began last weekend.

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Findlay Murder Suspect In Court For Pretrial Hearing

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12/13/13 – 5:08 A.M.

The Findlay man accused of killing his infant son made a brief court appearance Thursday. A pretrial hearing for Jerrod Hartman saw his lawyers tell Judge Joseph Niemeyer they were waiting to receive more records from the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

Hartman is facing charges of murder and endangering children following the death of 44-day-old James Hartman on October 28. Police say the boy died from multiple blunt force trauma at Hartman’s Third Street home.

Another hearing is scheduled for January 30.

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4TH Period Tax Estimates Due Monday

12/12/13 2:25 p.m.
Fourth period estimate payments for Findlay and Arlington calendar-year businesses will be due Monday. Business entities must make 2013 estimate payments if the annual tax liability is expected to be $100 or more, to avoid an annual interest charge of 18 percent. Findlay and Arlington payments can be placed in the drop box located near the entrance to the Municipal Building’s West Crawford Street parking lot. For any questions or help you may call the Findlay Tax Department at 419-424-7133.

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Mother Of Accused Wood County Shooter Pleads His Case

12/12/13 – 12:38 P.M.

The mother of a man accused in a Wood County shooting is trying to clear her son’s name. Arlene Boyer spoke to us today, saying her son Thomas was trying to defend family property on the day he was accused of shooting a man in the back in Custar on November 20.

Arlene Boyer says she owns the house where the incident took place. Two men came to the house on the 20th and said they were there to winterize it as part of a foreclosure process. Boyer says she’s been in a dispute about the property with a reverse mortgage company, Financial Freedom. She adds the men, 42-year-old William Morris and Phillip Butler, did not have a court order or a sheriff’s order to be on the property. The home is scheduled to be part of an upcoming sheriff’s sale according to the Wood County Sheriff’s Website

Arlene Boyer also says she and her family haven’t been able to talk to Thomas since his indictment. According to Boyer, Thomas has been receiving a psychiatric evaluation. He’s set to be arraigned on the 16th.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Brave The Cold To Make Up For Lost Time

12/12/13 – 12:30 P.M.

The windchill may be below zero, but Salvation Army volunteers are remaining at their posts ringing their bells today. Major Herb Carter of the Findlay Salvation Army says it’s a tough gig, but the organization needs to make up for lost ground this Christmas season…

Audio: Herb Carter

Carter says that amounted to about a $6,000 hole to climb out of this year.

However the busiest shopping days of the year are still to come, and Carter believes they’ll make up the ground. If you don’t have spare cash, the red kettle at the Findlay Village Mall has gone high tech…

Audio: Herb Carter

You can also mail a check to 301 Center Street and mark it for the kettle campaign. There are donation sites at both Findlay Walmart locations, Great Scot, and Kroger as well.

Listen to the full interview from today’s WFINat10:

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Landfill Fees Set To Increase In 2014

12/12/13 11:55 a.m.
It’s going to cost more to take waste to the Hancock County Landfill starting in 2014. The Hancock County Commissioners heard from Sanitation Engineer, Steve Wilson, who outlined the reasons at the first of three public hearings on the issue, today..

Audio:  Steve Wilson

The first phase of the expansion is set to take place in 2016 which is estimated to cost around $2.5 million. Another $2.5 million will be needed for the second phase of the expansion project which is scheduled for 2021. The Ohio EPA is in the process of trying to combine solid waste management districts from around the state and promote recycling to reduce the amount of waste taken to landfills but Wilson said the fee increases have little if any to do with that issue..

Audio:  Steve Wilson

Tipping fees are scheduled to increase $2 per ton beginning on January 1, 2014. The increase is expected to cash flow all landfill expenditures well into the next decade with no additional borrowing needed.

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Owens Fall Commencement Includes 139 Graduates From Findlay Campus

12/12/13 10:10 a.m.
Owens Community College will hold fall commencement this Friday. Six Hundred thirty-seven candidates, including 139 from the Findlay-area campus, will receive their degrees during Owens 33rd annual fall commencement on Friday, December 13. The commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the college’s Toledo-area campus. Mr. Joseph Napoli of the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye will serve as the keynote speaker.

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Wilson Retained As Hancock County Sanitary Engineer

12/12/13 – 6:45 A.M.

Former Hancock County Engineer Steve Wilson was retained as the sanitary engineer for the county earlier this week. The position is part time, and is paid $20,000 a year. Wilson has been appointed by the county commissioners to the position every year since it was created in 1996.

The sanitary engineer oversees operations at the county landfill.

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Seneca County Man Found Guilty In Fatal Crash Case

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12/12/13 – 5:29 A.M.

A Seneca County man has been found guilty of causing a crash that killed a passenger in his pickup truck last year. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 22-year-old Kevin Wertz of Bascom had been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide but was convicted on a lesser charge of vehicular homicide in the death of 20-year-old Jacob Hohman on October 27 of 2012.

Wertz failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a ditch. Hohman was his passenger and was found to have died from accidental drowning. The State Patrol’s investigation into crash found alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

A sentencing hearing will be held Friday.

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Four Indicted On Drug Charges In Hancock County

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12/12/13 – 5:16 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted four people on drug charges this week. The Courier reports 33-year-old Romey Wilson of Toledo is facing a charge of cocaine possession after he was allegedly found with 134 grams of the drug during a traffic stop on December 2.

In another case two Detroit residents, 38-year-old Addwa Sanso and 37-year-old Ebony Jackson, are both facing several charges related to possession of oxycodone and hydrocodone. The drugs were allegedly found during a traffic stop in Findlay.

Another case saw 35-year-old William Phillips of Redford, Michigan charged with two counts of drug possession. He was accused of having 63 Vicodin pills and 120 oxycodone with acetaminophen pills when he was pulled over on November 21.

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