Review Category : Local News

Red Cross In Urgent Need For Specific Blood Types

8/13/15   4:30pm

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of certain types of blood needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors. Specifically, the Red Cross is in need of O negative, B negative, and A negative blood. Blood donations to the Western Lake Erie Region of the Red Cross have been down through the summer months increasing demand.

A blood donation drive will be held on Friday, August 14th at the Stonebridge Church of God on Stonehedge Drive in Findlay. The drive will be held from 1-7pm at the church. The Red Cross will accept all donations.

The Red Cross is also in need of donations for Platelets and donations of AB blood. The platelet donations are used often for cancer patients, surgical patients and bone marrow recipients and must be transfused within five days of donation. AB type blood have the universal plasma type which can be given to patients of all blood types.

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Penske Bringing New Trucking Jobs To Findlay

8/13/2015   3:15pm

Twenty-five trucking jobs will be coming to Findlay soon, and possibly 75 within a year, as Penske Logistics sets up operations on Findlay’s northern end. The Courier reports that Penske Logistics is building a $1.5 million building will be built on the east side of Distribution Drive on the north end of Findlay. The building will be built through the fall of this year and be completed in early 2016.

Penske will be hiring for jobs at a salary of $60,000 to $70,000 per year on average, with 401(k) and a $3,000 signing bonus. Performance bonuses also will be offered.

Potential candidates will be able to participate in a job fair which is scheduled for August 20th in a tent outside of Job Solutions on Hancock County Road 140.

More: The Courier

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UF To Offer Free Political Science Class To Public

8/13/2015  12:45pm

The University of Findlay is offering one of its political science classes free to the public this fall semester. The Courier reports that the course, which will focus on the U.S. government, will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday in Old Main Room 305. The classroom is accessible by an elevator on the west side of the building. The fall semester runs from Aug. 17 through Dec. 3.

The course is a traditional offering that will include university undergraduates. Topics such as the U.S. Constitution, Congress, elections and civil liberties will be addressed. The course will be led by Professor Robert Postic, associate professor of Political Science. Postic began at the university in 2008 and has been teaching for 20 years.

Enrollment or prep work is not required for members of the public.

Optional for the public is use of the textbook “American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials,” which can be bought, or rented for less, at various online book retail sites, including the UF Bookstore at 1000 N. Main St., just north of the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex.

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Former Hardin County Probation Officer Pleads Guilty On Rape Charges

8/13/2015   10:35am

A former Hardin County Municipal Court bailiff and probation officer changed his plea to guilty on two counts of rape. WKTN Radio in Kenton reports that Don Castle entered the guilty pleas on the two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies. They involved Jane Doe, as identified in the indictment.

Five counts of rape involving John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3, as well as two counts of gross sexual imposition were then dismissed as part of the plea negotiations. Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said that the plea deal was accepted by the State after consulting with the victim’s in the case.

Castle could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on each count, which could be ordered to be served consecutively. Prison time on each count is mandatory. Castle will also be classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

Castle’s bond was revoked and a presentence investigation was ordered. Castle will be sentenced September 2.

More: Kenton Today

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North Baltimore Admin Steps Down

8/13/15 – 7:20 A.M.

Citing job demands that were, “impossible to keep up with,” North Baltimore’s village administrator is stepping down. The Courier reports Donna Dettling submitted her letter of resignation this week. She’ll take similar position in Archbold in November.

Dettling’s letter referenced a heavy workload. The letter read, “I have shared individually or in emails several times over the past months that the demands of this role are untenable. I’m at the end of my rope, feeling crushed in spirit, energy and enthusiasm by the demands that are impossible to keep up with.”

Dettling started in the position last August.

MORE: The Courier

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Concerns About St. Wendelin Catholic School Addressed

8/13/15 – 7:13 A.M.

Several questions about the future of St. Wendelin’s school in Fostoria were raised during a Wednesday meeting. The Review-Times reports roughly 100 people were on hand at the Catholic church to talk about their concerns. Most of the people on hand were worried about enrollment numbers and finances.

The expected enrollment for the coming school year is 260 kids. That’s down 13 from last year. Officials said that administrators, the congregation, and parents need to help spread word about the school to encourage people to come back.

As for finances, there was concern about a $250,000 loss in the previous school year. Administrators said it wasn’t an ideal situation, but they believed they could fix the issues. More information about the school’s financial situation will be released later this year.

MORE: Review-Times

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10 Arrested In Seneca County Drug Sweep

8/13/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Ten people were taken into custody following a drug sweep in Seneca County Wednesday.  The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit says seven more suspects remain at large.  Of the people arrested, nine were from Fostoria and one was from Tiffin.

In a release, Detective Chuck Boyer said, “Our entire unit has been putting in long hours, conducting extensive investigations and continually pursuing those who choose to poison our communities.”

Those arrested include:

Armon C. Richardson, Jr., 23, trafficking marijuana and possession of criminal tools
Vincente Isreal Flores, 18, trafficking marijuana and aggravated trafficking of drugs
Anthony L. Williams, Jr., 33, complicity to trafficking cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, and endangering children
Dean A. Harmon, 51, two counts of trafficking cocaine
Deteaka M. Sherman, 24, trafficking cocaine, trafficking heroin, permitting drug abuse, possession of drugs, and endangering children
Taneel R. Lee, 32, trafficking cocaine, trafficking heroin, permitting drug abuse and possession of criminal tools
Jamartea J. Williams, 24, three counts of trafficking crack cocaine
Renell J. Peacock, 32, trafficking cocaine, possession of heroin, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest
James Lee Adams, 60, permitting drug abuse.
Cory A. Cook, 26, of Tiffin, trafficking heroin and trafficking cocaine.

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More Road Work In Findlay Today

8/13/15 – 6:41 A.M.

More road work is expected in Findlay today. The city’s engineering office says West Front Street is closed between South West Street and Broad Avenue, while North Blanchard Street between Melrose Avenue and Karen Court will also be closed.

Lane restrictions are also expected near the intersection of Broad and Trenton avenues as sewer maintenance work takes place in the area.

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Veterans Can Reapply For PTSD Claims

8/13/15 – 5:32 A.M.

If you’re an area veteran and have had claims of PTSD denied by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the past, you’re being encouraged to reapply. Hancock County Veterans Service Office executive director Nichole Coleman tells the Courier rules for supporting “credible evidence” have been relaxed for five types of claims. They include: an in-service diagnosis; fear of military or terrorist activity; disability due to combat service; being a prisoner of war; or cases of assault and military sexual trauma.

Coleman says the Department of Veterans Affairs can no longer deny a claim of sexual assault solely because there is no mention of an attack in a veteran’s service record. Indicators that an assault took place will be reviewed in making a disability determination.

If you’ve had PTSD claims denied in the past, you can get more information by calling (419)424-7036.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County BOE Budget Raises Questions

8/13/15 – 5:21 A.M.

The Putnam County Board of Elections budget came under fire from the county commissioners this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a $5,000 difference between what the commissioners budgeted and what was submitted by the BOE was a sticking point. The increase was due in large part to an increase in staff wages that were not allocated during the current budget.

The Board of Elections approved a bump in staff wages late last year. The biggest increase was for clerk Mary Sybert, who went from $12.10 an hour to $15.45. BOE member Tom Jerwers told the commissioners, “When you talk real dollars, we were just bringing a dedicated employee up to a livable wage.”

Commissioner Vincent Schroeder said the commissioners hands were tied. Putnam County laws prevent the commissioners from placing extra money in salary line items.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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