Review Category : Local News

Census Data Shows Little Change in Population for Area Counties

03/26/15     11:50 a.m.

Data from the 2014 Census estimates shows little change in most area counties. The biggest change was a 3.3 percent increase in Wood County, bringing their population to about 129,600.

In Hancock County, there was a .7 percent increase to about 75,300.

All other counties saw decreases in population. Putnam was an even 1 percent drop to about 34,200 people. Seneca dropped nearly 2 percent to about 55,700. Allen and Wyandot both dropped 1.2 percent to about 105,000 and 22,400 respectively.

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Search Finds Drugs, Guns and Explosive in Findlay Apartment

03/26/15     11:20 a.m.

A narcotics search warrant in Findlay led to the discovery of drugs, weapons and a homemade bomb.

The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 10245 U.S. 224 Apartment 5 around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. They discovered what is believed to be 28 packages of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needs. Additionally there was handguns (some stolen), cash, criminal tools and a homemade explosive. The Allen County Bomb Squad was called to detonate the device.

As a result, the resident of the apartment 29-year-old Carl Johns is facing numerous charges pending lab results and further investigation.

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Commissioners OK Annexation Of Land Into Findlay

3/26/15 – 10:43 A.M.

The city of Findlay got slightly bigger today. The Hancock County Commissioners approved the expidited annexation of a little more than 28 acres of land from Marion Township into the city. The parcel is located on East Bigelow Avenue near County Road 18. It’s directly south of where the McLane distribution facility is being built.

Jaqua’s Fine Guns is located on the property. According to the store’s website the gun range will be closing, but the store will remain open.

The property is owned by the Ranzau Trust.

The annexation agreement comes with a revenue sharing agreement between Findlay, Hancock County, and Marion Township.

Note – Following map is approximate to parcel being annexed.


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Allen County School Dismisses After Shooting Threat

3/25/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Allen County school dismissed early Wednesday after a suspicious note was found in a bathroom. The Lima News reports an Elida high school student found a note that threatened a shooting. A teacher was notified and the school was put on lockdown for about an hour-and-a-half.

School resource officers investigated and believed there was no real threat. Administrators decided to proceed with caution and sent students home just before 1 p.m.

The school is expected to operate normally today.

MORE: Lima News

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Regional Council Favored For Seneca County Justice Cener Project Manager

3/26/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Elected officials in Seneca County are working to find a project manager for the construction of a new justice center. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners are in favor of appointing the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments. However, to be eligible for a $500,000 state loan for the planning stage of the building, Tiffin officials must also sign off on the manager. So far that hasn’t happened.

Tiffin leaders had wanted to build the justice center on a former school property. The county commissioners selected land next to the county court annex building. Commissioner Fred Zoeller met with four judges and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz to discuss the issue yesterday.

MORE: Review-Times

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UPDATED: Two In Custody Following Findlay Robberies

3/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

UPDATE – 3:50 p.m.

Two people are in custody today after a string of robberies in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to the Tiffin Avenue Kroger location just before 10 p.m. after a man was cut with a knife. The male suspect made off with the victim’s phone and fled the scene. The victim was treated at the scene of the incident.

While searching for the suspect officers were called to the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue about 30 minutes after the first incident. Two men at that location attempted to steal a car from someone at knifepoint. The victim was hit, but the suspects fled on foot. The victim was not injured.

A short time later two suspects were found walking along Fostoria Avenue, just west of the convenience store. 21-year-old Joe Vera III and 14-year-old Isaiah Oliver were identified by witnesses as the attackers at Circle K. Oliver was identified as the attacker at Kroger and had been reported missing earlier in the day.

Both Vera and the Oliver are charged with aggravated robbery.

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Putnam County Second in Ohio for Best Overall Health

03/25/15     4:38 p.m.

Improving social and economic factors helped Putnam County earn second place for best overall health of the 88 counties in Ohio.

According to a new study, Putnam County was second only to Delaware County. Some of the improving categories for Putnam County are decreases in premature deaths and air pollution, as well as those who are uninsured.

Decreasing unemployment and increasing education rates have also helped boost that overall health, with 95 percent of the population graduating high school and almost 70 percent having at least some college education.

Despite this, there are a few areas of concern, such as increasing obesity rates and children living in poverty. On the other hand, decreases in premature deaths and air pollution are boosting overall health in the area.

County-by-county overall health rankings

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Blanchard Valley Center Looking for Assistant Superintendent

03/25/15     4:12 p.m.

The Blanchard Valley Center is making some changes to its leadership team.

The Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities announced it will be hiring an assistant superintendent for BVC in anticipation of current superintendent Connie Ament’s retirement. The assistant would then train under Ament for six to 18 months.

Applications for the assistant superintendent role will be accepted until April 2.

BVC is Hancock County’s center for those with developmental disabilities, including a school, adult work program and residences.

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Two Former UF Football Coaches to be Awarded Honorary Doctorates

03/25/15     3:35 p.m.

Two former University of Findlay football coaches will be getting honorary doctorate degrees from the school.

President Dr. Katherine Fell nominated James Houdeshell and Richard Strahm for the awards, which were then approved by the board of trustees. They will be awarded the degrees at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 2 with a retirement celebration for both on May 16.

Houdeshell is a graduate of Findlay College and a 60-year employee of UF, starting in 1955 as assistant professor, athletic director and head coach of football, basketball and baseball. He currently serves as special assistant to the president.

Strahm became head football coach at UF in 1975, racking up 22 of 24 winning seasons and 12 NAIA playoff appearances.

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Hancock County Tenth in Ohio in Overall Health

03/25/15     11:55 a.m.

A new study ranks Hancock County tenth for overall health of all 88 counties in the state.

The study looked at the more than 75,000 residents of the county and analyzed quality of life, health behaviors, social and economic factors and physical environment.

Some of the areas of concern identified were adult obesity, which has increased to 31 percent, children living in poverty at 16 percent and the 13 percent of people who are uninsured.

On the bright side, premature deaths continue to decrease along with preventable hospital stays and air pollution in the county.

County-by-county study

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