Review Category : Local News

Arcadia Will Not Get State Grant

9/29/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Arcadia will not get a state grant to make road repairs or improve the village’s park. The Courier reports the Ohio Development Services Agency didn’t pick the village to get a Neighborhood Revitalization grant. The village had applied for funds earlier this year.

The ODSA was making around $500,000 available to villages with low and moderate income households.

Public forums in Arcadia found some of the top priorities for the grant money would have been new and replacement sidewalks, as well as park improvements.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Updates Website

9/29/16 – 4:57 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has a new website. The Courier reports the site aims to be more user-friendly. With more people going to the site on cell phones and tablets, it is designed to be mobile-responsive. The active inmates section is more accessible as well. Crime Prevention Officer Beth Baker tells the newspaper the inmates page is the most visited on the site.

Other changes include the websites colors and links to news alerts and weather information.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s website is at

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Around 73 Marijuana Plants Found In Hancock County Residence

09/28/16 – 10:30 P.M.

A narcotics search warrant in Hancock County could land 2 residents in jail. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Enforcement Unit along with the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team to search a home. The warrant was served for 4277 County Road 220 lot 12 around 5:10 a.m. The search yielded around 73 marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, hypodermic needles, and criminal tools. 37-year-old Heidi Gonzalez and 43-year-old Matthew Harpe will likely face charges, including illegal cultivation of marijuana.

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Drug Rule Can Help Determine The Classification Of A Drug Before It Hits The Streets

09/28/16 – 10:00 P.M.

University of Findlay Students and community members got to learn about pharmacophores from a Bowling Green State University faculty. Dr. Jon Sprague taught the class that pharmacophores are like structural bases.


Sprague is the Director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Sciences. He helped create the pharmacophore rule which looks at the chemistry of a drug to help determine it’s legal status. He explained that many drugs have the same chemical base and are similar in structure. He says that these similarities among drugs can be helpful in creating laws.

Comparing Chemistry

Sprague said that the similar chemistry of drugs allows lawmakers to stay one step ahead of labs creating synthetic drugs. If a drug has a similar structure and the same base then it will be classified as a controlled substance.

Next week’s installment of the Combatting Chemical Dependency class will have Andrew Webb talk about meth labs. You can join the class in room 102 of the Davis Street Building at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Hancock Sheriff’s Office Received A Large State Grant

09/28/16 – 5:36 P.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received a large grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. Sheriff Michael Heldman announced that they were awarded over $35,000 for the 2017 fiscal year. The funds are used to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas, a release says.

Funds are awarded to projects that  that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes. It is also awarded to projects that significantly improve traffic safety systems.

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Hancock County Schools Are Going To Get Added Protection To Their Doors

09/28/16 – 5:08 P.M.

There are 1800 doors in Hancock County Schools about to get The Boot, but only to add protection. Sheriff Mike Heldman says that the boot is a tool designed to keep people out.

The Boot


He adds that the steel blockade is a good way to protect the kids.

Protecting the kids

The cost of adding the boot is $200 dollars a door.

Beth Baker from Crime Prevention says that there will be meetings in the Findlay Highschool Auditorium this Thursday. The first meeting will be for organizations starting at 5:30 p.m. The second meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. for the public.

You can learn more about the project or donate at

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Habitat For Humanity Tries New Approach And Showcases Work Done So Far

09/28/16 – 3:34 P.M.

The Findlay Habitat for Humanity has been trying something new aside from the traditional practice of building a home. Executive Director Wendy McCormick says they want to rehabilitate a home.

House Rehabilitation

McCormick says she hopes that rehabilitating a structure can save on costs and help more people.

Goals of Rehabilitation

They will be showing all the work that has been done to the home at 208 Ash Avenue.

Open House

According to McCormick Fostoria’s Habitat for Humanity has had success with this same process.

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Findlay Police Asking Residents To Stop Spreading “Creepy Clowns” Rumor

9/28/16 – 8:58 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is asking you to stop spreading a scary rumor on social media. A post on the department’s Facebook page says there have no reports of people dressed as clowns committing crimes in the city. The post says the rumor started spreading over the weekend and has been circulating in several parts of the state.


While there have been several reports of “creepy clown” incidents across the nation, there hasn’t been any verified evidence of this happening in Ohio.

A Facebook post in Norwalk, Ohio may have started the latest round of rumors. Fox 8 News in Cleveland reports a picture of two people dressed up as clowns claimed the duo was harassing people in the city. The person who made the original post later admitted she and a friend were the people featured in the picture.

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North Baltimore Launches New Program For “At-Risk” Boys

9/28/16 – 7:21 A.M.

The North Baltimore School District is taking a new approach to helping some at-risk students. The Courier reports the “Brotherhood of Honorable Men” met for the first time last week. The 15 member group consists of fifth and sixth-grade boys deemed “at-risk” by teachers.

Two adult leaders meet with the group at lunch each week. They talk about things like honesty, integrity, and commitment.

The boys involved dress up on meeting days, wearing a tie and dress shoes. Powell Elementary School Principal Mark Lange says the students received several compliments about the way they dressed. He added that was a big boost to their self-esteem.

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Bullet Hole In Home Causes Concern

9/28/16 – 5:29 A.M.

A bullet hole found in a home near Fostoria is causing some concern. The Review-Times reports a resident found what appeared to be a bullet hole in her home at 4485 North Township Road 45 last Friday afternoon. Diane Martinez says she also found a bullet lodged in a mattress where her grandchildren sleep.

Martinez lives about a half-mile east of the Fostoria Police Department’s shooting range. She tells the newspaper that’s where she thinks the bullet came from. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether the bullet came from a police officer’s gun.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler tells the Review-Times this is the first time he’s heard about anything like this. There are large dirt piles at the range to act as a backstop for the bullets.

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