Review Category : Local News

Lawsuit Against Marathon Petroleum Moves Forward In Kentucky

6/15/16 – 5:31 A.M.

A lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky against Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum is moving forward. The Courier reports that a federal judge has rejected Marathon’s motion to dismiss a suit that claims the company illegally keeps gas prices higher in northern Kentucky.

The suit claims that Marathon’s dominance in the market allows if to keep prices artificially high. The company owns the only refinery in the state. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway alleges Marathon limits the number of competing stations in the northern part of the state. He also says Marathon is limiting the ability of gas stations to buy from other wholesalers and uses agreements with other refining competitors to keep prices up.

The suit alleges gas prices in the Louisville area are 20 to 30 cents higher than the rest of the state.

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Findlay Man Accused Of Raping 6-Year-Old Girl

6/15/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A Findlay man has been indicted for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl. The Courier reports 21-year-old Christopher Reed has been charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. The indictment says that at some point between May 28 and last Saturday Reed had sexual contact with the girl in Liberty Township.

The case remains under investigation and there could be more charges filed in the case. Jail records show Reed was booked on Sunday and remains in custody.

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Findlay Man A Big Supporter Of “Good Samaritan” Law

6/15/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A Findlay man stood beside Governor John Kasich this week as he signed a bill designed to prevent drug overdose deaths. Tony Grotian’s grandson died of a heroin overdose in 2009, and he tells the Courier he is a big supporter of the “Good Samaritan” law. Grotian says, “Whatever I have to do to try to save some other family from the grief my family’s gone through. That was my whole goal.”

The new law prevents people from being charged with minor drug crimes if they are calling for help. Grotian has long thought others were with his grandson the day he died, but didn’t call for help because they didn’t want to be prosecuted.

While the law prevents prosecution for minor drug crimes, drug dealers and people already under community control will not be granted immunity. The law also only allows someone to be granted immunity twice.

State Representative Robert Sprague helped design the bill. He says it’s part of a larger package of bills designed to fight addiction in Ohio.

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Blanchard River Logjams Likely To Be Addressed This Year

A large logjam in the Blanchard River will likely be taken care of later this year.  Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says he had a look at the issue last Friday…

Audio: Brian Robertson

While some people on social media had suggested the logjam was created by the current ash tree removal project along the river, Robertson says that is not the case.  Robertson adds the issue can be addressed separately from the ash tree removal…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The cost of removing the large logjam and a separate, smaller, logjam will be around $25,000 according to Hancock Soil & Water District estimates.  Robertson says he expects action to take place on the project in the next couple of months.

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North Main Street Demolition Hits Potential Snag

6/14/16 – 11:26 A.M.

Preparation continues to tear down buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street, but there’s a bit of a snag. Before the buildings just north of the Clinton Court intersection can come down utilities must be disconnected. An update on the project given at Tuesday’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting indicated that the gas line connected to the former Sour Flower Trading Post at 204 North Main Street is also connected to a car dealer next door.

Columbia Gas has been contacted about the issue. The commissioners expect to have more information by the end of the week.

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Car Hits Home In Kenton Monday Afternoon

6/14/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A car plowed into the garage of a home in Kenton Monday afternoon. WKTN radio reports the driver lost control along State Route 67 for an unknown reason and hit the home. The driver has not been publicly identified.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Carey Continues To Prep For Move Into New School

6/14/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Preparations to move materials from the old Carey school to the new school are continuing. The Courier reports some of those materials have sentimental value, and officials are planning on the best way to display them in the new building. For instance, the future of class pictures is being decided. The Legacy Committee has recommended digitally re-creating the pictures so they can be browsed on touch screen computers at what will be known as “Legacy Lane.” Binders with the picture would also be available.

Trophies from past athletic and academic competitions will also be digitally recreated from yearbooks. They will compliment six trophy cases planned for the school.

Moving day for the school will be July 11 starting at 8 a.m.

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Mosquito Monitoring Traps Set Up In Putnam County

6/14/16 – 5:10 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Health has set up mosquito-borne illness monitoring in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports mosquito traps have been set up in five locations. Health officials will be looking out for the West Nile virus and the Zika virus.

No cases of either virus have been reported in Putnam County.

The traps have been placed in Cloverdale, Leipsic, and Glandorf. Two traps have been placed in the Ft. Jennings area.

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McComb Police Department Considers SAFER Program

6/14/16 – 5:04 A.M.

The McComb Police Department wants to get residents more involved in keeping the community safe. The Courier reports Police Chief Greg Smith wants to form a SAFER program. SAFER stands for, “Seeking Aid From Every Resident.” One example of how SAFER would work is through social media. Residents would be alerted to safety issues, crimes, and scams.

The program would see a committee formed, consisting of members from the school, businesses, and council representatives.

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McComb Looks At Possibility Of Building New School

6/14/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Officials in the McComb School District are looking into the possibility of building a new school. The Courier reports the school board has authorized Superintendent Meri Skilliter to work with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to look at potential building changes. The commission will look at how much it would cost to renovate the nearly 100-year-old building compared to building new.

The vote last week doesn’t mean the district is putting a levy on the ballot anytime soon. However, officials do believe it’s worth looking into. Skilliter tells the newspaper, “the village’s emphasis on economic development, and the Heart and Soul committee’s study of the communities’ needs, it has become clear that improving the school’s facilities is not only an investment in our kids, but also an investment in the future of these communities.”

If the state supports a building project, it could pay for 57 percent of the construction. Skilliter says McComb has a priority ranking of 27, making it likely the state would approve moving forward.

McComb’s school was built in 1923, with additions in 1976 and 1998.

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