Review Category : Local News

Tow Truck Driver Injured In Incident South Of North Baltimore

8/15/14 – 9:06 A.M.

A tow truck driver was grazed by a car this morning while he was inspecting his tractor-trailer. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office reports the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 140 and Portage Township Road 114.

A semi got stuck as it tried to make a turn at the intersection. A tow truck driven by 35-year-old Dale Sortor of Findlay moved the tractor-trailer from the intersection and parked it along the side of Road 140. As Sortor was collecting information, he was hit in the back by the side mirror on a car driven by 46-year-old Shelly Bennett of West Leipsic.

Sortor was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Man Admits To Murdering His Wife In Western Allen County

8/15/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A murder is under investigation in a small Allen County town. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Patrick Collar was arrested yesterday after he called the Delphos Police Department and admitted he killed his wife.

Collar allegedly told the police he shot his wife earlier in the day in a cornfield. He then led investigators to the body of 42-year-old Gerri Collar.

No other details were available.

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Kenton Teenager Sentenced For Sex Crimes

8/15/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Kenton teenager will spend more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty in a sex crimes case. reports 18-year-old Devin Chamberlin was sentenced to 161 months behind bars Wednesday.

Chamberlin was charged with attempted rape, unlawful sexual contact with a minor, and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Two Injured In Crash East Of Findlay

8/15/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Three Findlay residents were involved in a two-car crash east of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 568 and County Road 236 in Marion Township.

56-year-old Cathy Stephens was driving east on Route 568 when she slowed down to turn onto Road 236. As she did, she was hit from behind by a car driven by 31-year-old Tiffany Woodward. Stephens was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital along with her passenger, 27-year-old Cole Stephens.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Findlay To Learn More About Downtown Grant Today

8/15/14 – 5:08 A.M.

We’ll know more about improvements to downtown Findlay today. The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to announce details about a state grant that will focus on Main Street and part of Cory Street. A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Municipal Building.

Right now the city’s plans call for building curb “bump-outs” at intersections along Main Street. Those would make the distance pedestrians have to walk to cross Main Street shorter. The plan also includes relocating trees, installing medians on parts of Main Street, and adding three mid-block crosswalks.

A bike path on Cory Street from West Main Cross to the University of Findlay could also be installed.

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Ruling About Evidence In Findlay Drug Case Will Be Appealed

8/15/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing a judges ruling about evidence in a drug case. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals will decide if a state patrol officer could indeed smell marijuana in a car on November 18 of last year. Sgts. Michael Walter and Kurt Beidelschies said they smelled marijuana soon after approaching Trenton Shuttlesworth’s car window last fall. A search of the car led to the discovery of more than 1,000 painkillers.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson tossed out the pills from the evidence in June. Routson said he didn’t think Beidelschies could smell marijuana six seconds after meeting Shuttlesworth. He added the trooper should have gotten a warrant.

MORE: The Courier

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GALLERY: UF Move In Day 2014

8/14/14  7:35 p.m.

About 640 incoming freshmen moved onto the University of Findlay’s campus this afternoon. Full story here.

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Over 600 Freshmen Move onto UF’s Campus

8/14/14   5:08 p.m.

If you’re driving in the area of North Main St. you will probably notice a sea of orange and black swirling around the University of Findlay’s campus this afternoon. About 640 freshmen are descending on campus today for move-in.

Audio: Rachel Walter

Rachel Walter, director of housing at UF, said incoming students are bound to be nervous, but the university is doing the best they can to help that.

Brian Treece, director of residence life, said he hopes all the new Oilers seize the opportunities before them.

Audio: Brian Treece

This weekend will be a busy one on campus with the arch ceremony and speakers tomorrow, service projects and a block party Saturday and a picnic to kick off the school year Sunday.

Other advice:

Katherine Fell Katherine Fell, President of the University of Findlay

Brian Treece Brian Treece, Assistance Dean of Students and Director of Residences Life

Dave Emsweller Dave Emsweller, Vice President for Student Affairs

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UF Nursing Program Receives Accreditation, Now Accepting Students

8/14/14   12:08 p.m.

The University of Findlay will officially begin accepting students into its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program effective immediately. The Higher Learning Commission, Ohio Board of Nursing and Ohio Board of Regents all gave their approval for the program.

Thirty students will be admitted per year with classes beginning each fall starting this fall. The program will include 865 hours of clinical practice beginning sophomore year. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam to become a registered nurse.

UF began working toward the addition of a nursing program in 2012. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1.2 million job openings for registered nurses in the next eight years with an expected shortage of nurses by the year 2020. To meet the need, an additional 30,000 nurses need to graduate from nursing school annually, an increase of 30 percent of the current number graduating.

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Gallery: Planning Commission Approves Next Step In Marathon Expansion Plans

8/8/14 – 11:28 A.M.

Another step in Marathon Petroleum’s downtown expansion was taken today. The Findlay City Planning Commission signed off on the plans for the new MPLX office building. The 120,000 square foot facility will face Hardin Street and be built just behind where the former Elks building stood on South Main Street.

An enclosed bridge will connect the new building with Marathon’s current offices.

The office building is the second part of the expansion project. A parking garage is currently under construction just off East Sandusky. A second parking garage will be built next to the new MPLX headquarters.

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