Review Category : Local News

Preparation Underway For New Putnam County Habitat Home

4/11/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Ground will be broken for Putnam County’s ninth Habitat for Humanity home next weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a ceremony will take place at 240 West Sugar Street in Leipsic on April 17. The ceremony will start at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at the Leipsic United Methodist Church.

This will be the second Habitat home built in Leipsic. It will be built to Energy Star 3.0 specifications and will meet Enterprise Green Community standards.

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Rape Trial To Begin In Hancock County Today

4/11/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A Findlay man facing several sexual assault-related charges is scheduled to go to trial today. 59-year-old Clinton Berry faces counts of rape, aggravated burglary, and kidnapping. Investigators say Berry broke into a Mount Cory woman’s home, restrained her and raped her on March 13 of last year.

He was indicted on September 22 of last year and has pleaded not guilty. Berry remains locked-up in the Hancock County jail.

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Owens Won’t Ask For Levy

4/11/16 – 4:33 A.M.

Owens Community College isn’t going to ask taxpayers for more money just yet. The school spent 18-thousand dollars on a study showing the economic impact they have on the community and was planning to use that to make its case for a new levy. But the Board of Trustees President said they decided last week they want to get off the state’s fiscal watch list before asking for more money.

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Monday Interview – New Findlay Downtown Coordinator

4/11/2016 – 4:00 am

Starting today, a new face will be seen for downtown Findlay. The Findlay-Hancock Alliance recently hired Carla Treadway as the new Downtown Coordinator for the City of Findlay. In this role, Treadway will be working with the Economic Development office to plan and promote events and businesses in downtown Findlay. Treadway says that she is very familiar with the work and mission of the downtown area.

Audio: Carla Treadway

Given the large amount of events that are held in downtown Findlay, especially in the summertime, event planning will be a major part of Treadway’s job. But she notes that there is much work that the Downtown Coordinator does and she’s looking forward to working hand in hand with the Economic Development Team.

Audio: Carla Treadway

Treadway says that she has no desire to “reinvent the wheel” as it were and says that the work being done currently in downtown Findlay has been a boon to the community. Rather Treadway says that she wants to continue that work and build upon the successes of the past to keep growing downtown Findlay.

Audio: Carla Treadway

You can listen to the complete interview with Treadway, and Economic Development Director Tony Iriti on our Soundcloud Page below.

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Findlay Man Allegedly Stabs Father

4/9/2016 – 2:27 pm

A Findlay man was charged with felonious assault after he allegedly stabbed his father Friday night. The Courier reports that Findlay police responded to a call at 329 East Main Cross shortly after 10:40pm to investigate a report of a man that had been stabbed. The officers located a victim, identified as 59-year-old Edwin Drain, who had a single puncture wound to the back side of his neck and cuts to his face.

Drain reported he was stabbed in the neck by his son, identified as 34-year-old Joel M. Drain in an unprovoked attack. Edwin Drain was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Joel Drain was not at the residence when officers arrived but he was later located during a traffic stop and taken into custody. He is currently incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and is being held on felonious assault charges.

More: The Courier

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Fire Breaks Out At Nissin Brake In Findlay

4/8/2016 – 12:02 pm

Findlay Firefighters were called to Nissin Brake at 1901 Industrial Drive shortly before 9:30 this morning for reports of heavy black smoke and flames coming from the second floor. Upon arrival, crews observed flames and smoke from the facility and workers were trying to extinguish the fire when crews arrived.

The fire was contained shortly before noon and on-site reports indicate that it doesn’t appear anyone was hurt. We’ll have updates as they are made available today.

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Seneca County Regional Planning Commission Names New Director

The Seneca County Regional Planning Commission has a new executive director. Charlene Watkins was named to the role this week. Watkins has worked for the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission for 14 years. Most recently she served in the housing and energy department as well as family development.

Watkins replaces Roxyanne Burrus, who stepped down in December.

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Findlay Convenience Store Robbed Early Friday Morning

4/8/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Findlay police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store in the city. A release from the department says two men entered the Circle K store at 464 East Sandusky Street just before 5 a.m. One of the men had a handgun and they demanded money from the cash register and cigarettes. The clerk complied, and the men ran away from the store to the northwest. A K-9 unit was brought in to search for the robbers, but they were not located.

Nobody was hurt during the incident.

The suspects were only described as wearing all black clothing. They were also wearing masks.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Wood County Arson Suspects Indicted

4/8/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Four men have been indicted for their alleged roles in a series of fires set in Wood County last month. Nicholas Hackworth, Todd Bollett, Santana Diliberto, and Bret Phillabaum were all indicted by the Wood County grand jury Wednesday. The fires they are accused of setting happened north of Fostoria and in Risingsun between March 22 and March 27. No one was injured in the fires, but they did cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Hackworth was indicted on three counts of aggravated arson, three counts of arson, five counts of breaking and entering, and four counts of possessing criminal tools. Bollett and Phillabaum were each indicted on three counts of aggravated arson, three counts of arson, five counts of breaking and entering, and four counts of possessing criminal tools. Diliberto faces one count of aggravated arson, one count of arson, two counts of breaking and entering, and two counts of possessing criminal tools.

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Arcadia Residents Talk About Village Needs

4/8/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Arcadia residents are talking about improvements they’d like to see in the village. The Courier reports a meeting on that subject was held last night. Some of the items discussed included new sidewalks, better streets, and village park improvements.

The village plans to apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization Fund grant from the Ohio Department of Development. As much as $500,000 could be made available if the grant is approved.

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission is helping with the effort. Two more public meetings will be held, at 6:30 p.m. May 5 and June 9 in the community park building.

MORE: The Courier

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