Review Category : Local News

Flu Has Caused Several Hospitalizations in Hancock County this Year

12/18/14     2:50 p.m.

Whether you’re at the store, school or at work, there is bound to be someone sniffling, sneezing or out sick this time of year. Leanna McGuire, director of nursing at the Hancock County Health Department, said in the area they’re seeing plenty of cases of the common cold but also the flu.

Audio: Leanna McGuire

McGuire said the flu vaccine is still somewhat effective, and she would still recommend it because some protection is better than none. There have been several hospitalizations due to the flu in the county already this year.

In addition to getting a flu shot, it’s important to remember the basics of self-care this time of year.

Audio: Leanna McGuire

McGuire said another easy tip to avoiding getting sick this season is to wipe down surfaces if your home or office daily with sanitizing solution to kill any germs.

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Findlay District State Highway Trooper of the Year Named

12/18/14     12:45 p.m.

Trooper Justin Slusser has been awarded the 2014 Trooper of the Year for both the Lima Post of the State Highway Patrol and the Findlay District of the Patrol.

This is Slusser’s second consecutive Trooper of the Year award. He was selected by his fellow troopers for his leadership, cooperation, ethics and commitment to law enforcement.

Slusser began his career with the Patrol in 2011. In his short career, he has won numerous other awards and trains newly graduated troopers. He is a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and the University of Northwest Ohio.

Slusser’s District Trooper of the Year award makes him eligible for the State Trooper of the Year award, which will be awarded to one of the eight district winners next February.

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Tiffin Man Accused of Involuntary Manslaughter Found Competent

12/18/14     12:35 p.m.

A Tiffin man charged with involuntary manslaughter has been found competent to stand trial.

The Fostoria Review Times reports 50-year-old Keith Hook pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after fighting 55-year-old Dean Mathias, also of Tiffin, at a South Sandusky St. residence in Fostoria Sept. 22. Mathias died at Mercy Tiffin Hospital Sept. 23 as a result of his injuries.

Hook’s pretrial plea hearing will take place Jan. 26. His trial is set to begin February 17. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

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More People Staying At Hotels In Hancock County

12/18/14 – 11:19 A.M.

There’s a reason a new hotel just opened on Findlay’s west side. More and more people are spending the night at hotels in the city. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says third quarter numbers from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are impressive…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says the “bed-tax” receipts from area hotels came to a little more than $150,000. For the year, collections are over $523,000.

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Hancock County Sales Tax Collections Second Highest Ever For December

12/18/14 – 10:55 A.M.

Sales tax numbers are down 13 percent in Hancock County in December. Commissioner Phil Riegle says that number seems scary at first, but there’s something else that needs to be considered…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says for the year there’s been a roughly 3.3 percent increase in sales tax collections by the county. Riegle says that’s an indicator of steady business growth.

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Findlay Council Candidates Filing To Run For Re-election

12/18/14 – 10:35 A.M.

Tis’ the season – to file paperwork to run for public office. Several Findlay City Council members have taken out petitions to run for re-election. So far it appears incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker, John Harrington, Randy Van Dyne, and Anne Spence are all running unopposed. Council president Jim Slough also is unopposed at this point.

One contested race is developing in the sixth ward. Jim Niemeyer and Christina Muryn have both taken out petitions to run. Niemeyer was appointed to the post after Andy Douglas stepped down earlier this year.

Tim Watson will run for election in the seventh ward race.

City auditor Jim Staschiak and municipal court Judge Jonathan Starn are also circulating petitions to run for re-election.

The deadline to file to run in the May primary is February 4.

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Four Arrested In Bluffton Prostitution Sting

12/18/14 – 10:20 A.M.

Four people were recently arrested during a prostitution bust in Bluffton. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests came at the conclusion of an undercover investigation.

A Findlay man, Cody Goshe, was arrested for solicitation. Moustapha Saar, a native of France, is facing the same charge. Brandi Millirans of Lima was charged with prostitution. Another Lima woman, Cierra Miller, faces charges of promoting prostitution and drug possession.

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North Baltimore Residents Will See Renewal Levy On The May Ballot

12/18/14 – 9:02 A.M.

Residents in the North Baltimore school district will be asked to renew an income tax in the spring. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the school board approved putting a renewal levy on the ballot for the next election during their Wednesday meeting. The 1 percent income tax was first approved in 2006.

The tax raised $700,000 for the district last year. That amounts to nearly 9 percent of the school’s operating budget.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Keckler To Run For Re-election In Fostoria

12/18/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler is running for re-election. The Review-Times reports Keckler announced his re-election bid Wednesday. He tells the newspaper he wants to continue the progress made by his office over the past few years.

Keckler was first elected to the post in 2011. It was his first attempt to seek public office.

MORE: Review Times

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