Review Category : Local News

Former Findlay PD Chief Named To Head UF Police & Security Department

5/24/2016 – 10: 19 am

The University of Findlay has named William Spraw as its first Police Chief. The University announced Tuesday that Spraw will be in command of the University’s hybrid police/security department. Spraw worked in the Findlay Police Department for 29 years and served as the Findlay Police Chief from 2005-2009.

This summer, the Office of Security will begin transitioning to the University of Findlay Police and Security Department, with some security personnel becoming campus police officers in time for the start of the fall semester. Over the next several months, the department will change to include between 18 and 20 officers and security personnel.

Spraw will begin serving June 1 as UF’s chief of police and director of security.

More: UF Newsroom

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Wood County Arson Suspect Gets New Lawyer

5/24/16 – 5:29 A.M.

One of the suspects in a string of Wood County arsons is getting a new lawyer. The Review-Times reports 19-year-old Santana Diliberto of Port Clinton appeared in court Monday to withdraw Christopher Marcinko as his attorney. Bowling Green attorney Steven Spitler will now take over as the defense lawyer for Diliberto.

Last month saw Diliberto plead not guilty to charges of aggravated arson, arson, breaking and entering, and possessing criminal tools.

Diliberto is accused of setting four fires in Wood County between March 22 and March 27. Nicholas Hackworth, Todd Bollett and Bret Phillabaum are also charged in the case, along with five juveniles.

MORE: Review-Times

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Columbus Grove Will Not Add Girls High School Soccer To Athletics

5/24/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Columbus Grove will not be adding girls soccer as a high school sport. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a motion was made by the school board to add the sport starting next fall, but there was no second. 12 residents came to the board meeting to support the measure, with four speaking in favor of it.

Paul Shank told the board 57 high school girls were surveyed on the subject. The survey showed 23 of the girls surveyed play a fall sport while 27 do not. Those not playing a sport were interested in playing soccer.

Crystal Dunlap also supported adding soccer. She told board members the program wouldn’t have taken away from the marching band, as soccer players could take part in both.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Two Teens Injured In Crash Near Van Buren

5/24/16 – 5:08 A.M.
Update – 5:55 A.M.

A two-car crash near Van Buren injured two teenagers Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 18-year-old Jacob Badertscher was driving east on Allen Township Road 108 around 1:10 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by 58-year-old Pamela Nelson. Nelson was trying to turn left from Allen Township Road 230 onto Road 108.

Badertscher and a 17-year-old passenger were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The juvenile passenger was not publicly identified.

No citations were listed on the accident report.

(Previous version of story incorrectly listed the crash as being near McComb)

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Northwestern Water And Sewer District Getting To Work In McComb

5/24/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is getting familiar with McComb’s treatment facilities. The Courier reports the district, which recently took control of plant operations in McComb, is taking on plenty of tasks. Tom Statler is an engineer in the district and says one big item on the agenda is to deal with findings from the EPA. The agency filed a report that found eight violations and 27 recommendations for the sewage treatment plant.

Statler says the EPA, “came down a little harder than necessary” on McComb. The district is studying the report and will file a reply.

Other tasks being taken on by the district include mapping out water and sewer facilities, applying for grants, preparing to take over the customer billing process, updating meter-reading technology, and reviewing fire hydrants.

McComb’s village council recently voted to have the Northwestern Water and Sewer District to oversee water and sewer operations.

MORE: The Courier

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Delaware Township Garage Damaged By Fire Sunday

5/23/2016 – 8:30 pm

A garage was totally destroyed by a fire in Delaware Township on Sunday. The Courier reports that the garage was located in the 18000 block of Road 155 and was a total loss. The garage is at the residents of Brad Walter. A pick-up truck and a camper trailer were damaged from the fire. The garage was detached but the nearby home also received minor damage.

There were no injuries in the fire. According to the Delaware Township Fire Chief David Rodabaugh, the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this point.

More: The Courier

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Community Workforce Needs Discussed With Findlay Seniors

5/23/2016 – 8:21 pm

As graduation approaches, one of the ideas that the Findlay School system works towards is making sure that students have as much information as they can before they graduate. Findlay Superintendent Ed Kurt said that recently Tony Iriti and Tim Mayle from the Workforce Development Coalition spoke to Findlay Seniors about workforce needs in Findlay and Hancock County. Kurt said that this reinforces the ideas that there are viable careers waiting for students upon graduation from high school.

Audio: Ed Kurt

One of the critiques of including workforce in the schools is the notion of steering kids away from colleges. Kurt said that it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many of the positions that the students heard about were summer positions, and in his words, it is more important to give all students as much information as they can get before they graduate from high school.

Audio: Ed Kurt

The Findlay School Board approved the total list of senior graduates Monday night. The Findlay High School Graduation will be this Saturday at 10:30am at the Kohler Center at the University of Findlay.

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Increased Enrollment Means Expanded Programs At Millstream Career Center

5/23/2016 – 8:19 pm

Millstream Career Center continues to see growth in the number of programs offered, but also in the amount of students enrolled in those programs. Assistant Director Pam Hamlin told the members of the Findlay School Board Monday night that going into the next school year, enrollment at Millstream is up 45% and the programs are expanding.

Audio: Pam Hamlin

Hamlin said that the vocational training offered at Millstream, in particular those enrolled in the welding programs have a high need in the community, and the expanded programs will allow students to get certifications necessary to begin working in the field upon graduation.

Last week it was reported that the former Director of Millstream took an early retirement following an investigation after he allegedly showed up to work while impaired earlier in the spring. Hamlin said that while that was not an ideal situation, the work at Millstream continues and continues to grow through increased student enrollment.

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Teens Injured In Crash

5/23/2016 – 5:15 pm

Two teens were injured in a two-vehicle crash early Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that 18-year-old Jacob Badertscher of Findlay was driving eastbound on TR 108 near the intersection of TR 230 when another car, driven by 58-year-old Pamela Nelson of McComb pulled out of the intersection to turn left onto TR 230, and collided with the Badertscher vehicle.

Badertscher and a 17-year-old passenger were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Nelson and another passenger in her vehicle were not injured. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. All individuals were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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Putnam County Sheriff Looking For Missing Inmate

5/23/2016 – 4:42 pm

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for an escaped inmate. According to a release, Breonna Jean Stephens was granted a furlough through the Putnam County Common Pleas Court on May 20th to attend a funeral. She was required to return to the jail at the end of the funeral but failed to do so.

She’s described as a white female, 22 years old, black hair with brown eyes around 5′ 2″ and weighing around 124 pounds. She also has a peace sign tattoo on her left ear, a flower tattoo on her left foot and script writing on her right wrist as well as significant scars from burns. A picture of her is above. If you know anything about her whereabouts, contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 419-523-3208.

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