Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged Kidnapping Attempt

12/22/14 – 5:14 A.M.

An alleged kidnapping attempt is under investigation in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports officers got a call just before 8 p.m. Saturday night from a man saying his brother had been kidnapped. The caller said two men with a gun forced his brother into a truck and the drove away to the south.

Police reports say a vehicle that may have been used in the incident was stopped at Buckley and Jackson streets. A fixed blade was taken from a person in the truck.

The case remains under investigation.

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One Person Injured In Putnam County Fire

12/22/14 – 5:05 A.M.

One person was seriously injured in a Putnam County fire late last week. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a house fire was reported at 2172 Road H, southeast of Leipsic, around 7:10 p.m. Friday.

Gilboa Fire Chief Nick Wentz reports the home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. A resident suffered serious burns and was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The house was a complete loss. The cause of the fire is unknown, and the State Fire Marshall’s office is helping investigate.

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I-75 Crash Injures Five In Wood County

12/22/14 – 4:52 A.M.

A three-car crash on I-75 injured five people in Wood County Sunday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident took place in the southbound lanes of the interstate near Cygnet around 3:40 p.m.

25-year-old Jacob Ramsey of Bluffton was slowing down to avoid debris on the road when he was hit from behind by a car driven by 18-year-old Mackenzie Young of Findlay. The collision caused Ramsey’s car to hit a concrete barrier and the a semi driven by a Virginia man.

Ramsey’s passenger, 24-year-old Amber Ramsey, was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Jacob Ramsey was also taken there for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Two teenage passengers in Young’s car were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Young was treated at the scene of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Safe Ride Home Offering Free Rides Home 24/7 Tomorrow through the New Year

12/19/14     4:15 p.m.

Holiday festivities are under way with Christmas less than a week away. Whether it’s a get-together with friends or a company Christmas party, Safe Ride Home is operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week today through the end of the year to make sure anyone who has been drinking gets home safely.

Audio: Mike Cortez

Mike Cortez is the founder of Safe Ride. All rides are from the bar or party home and are free. You can contact Safe Ride Home by calling 419-425-3908, or by using the IRideHome app. More information can be found at

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Highway Patrol Searching for Driver in Double Hit-and-Run Accident

12/19/14     3:18 p.m.

Two people were hit by a truck while changing a tire on State Route 31 near milepost 4 in Hardin County’s Hale Township around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities are searching for the driver and vehicle involved.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 82-year-old Lauren James of Kenton was parked well of the roadway on the southbound side of State Route 31. A tow truck was parked nearby with all emergency lights activated.

A dark colored pick-up truck heading south went off the right side of the roadway, striking both James and the tow truck driver, 21-year-old Jordan Long of Richwood, before leaving the scene.

James was airlifted to Riverside Hospital in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries. Long was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton with non-life threatening injuries.

The patrol is asking the public for assistance in locating the pick-up truck, possibly a Toyota with writing on the tailgate. It will have Ohio registration plates, will be missing the driver-side mirror and should have damage on the left front corner.

Anyone with information should contact the Findlay Patrol Post at 419-423-1414.

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One Person Killed In Seneca County Crash

12/19/14 – 9:24 A.M.

One person was killed in a two-car crash in Seneca County Thursday. The Associated Press reports the accident happened in Scipio Township around 1:40 p.m.

27-year-old Donald Miller of Republic failed to yield at a stop sign and hit a car driven by 54-year-old Gaynel Klimek. Miller was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from his pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Klimek was also taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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North Baltimore Approves 2015 Budget

12/19/14 – 6:47 A.M.

The village of North Baltimore has passed its 2015 budget. The Sentinel-Tribune reports council approved a $4.6 million measure at their meeting this week. Village officials say the budget will allow for the same level of services provided this year without a major increase in funding.

The village’s biggest expense is for water filtration. That budget line was set at more than $533,000.

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Year In Review: Findlay Village Mall Dealt Setbacks

12/19/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look back at 2014 focuses on the continued erosion of stores at the Findlay Village Mall today. The shopping center took some big hits this year, including the loss of Sears in April. Courier business reporter Lou Wilin said that was a tough loss because it’s hard to replace anchor stores these days…

Audio: Lou Wilin

Smaller blows to the mall were dealt later in the year, with Jo Ann Fabrics announcing it would move out of the mall to a new location. Aeropostale announced it would close this month.

Still, mall management is optimistic for the future…

Audio: Lou Wilin

Wilin said the hope is these new spaces, like the Children’s Museum and Cedar Creek Church, will bring more foot traffic to the mall.

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Columbus Grove Home Damaged By Fire

12/19/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Columbus Grove family was driven from their home by a fire Thursday. The Lima News reports firefighters were called to 103 West Street around 5:40 p.m. Everyone in the house was able to escape safely.

So far, there’s no word on what caused the fire. No damage estimate has been released.

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