Review Category : Local News

AEP Grant Helps Findlay Company Expand Operations

3/11/14 – 7:57 A.M.

A Findlay business is expanding thanks to a grant from AEP. The power company is giving Hancock Structural Steel a $14,000 power upgrade. That means switching to three-phase power, which in turn will allow the company to add three to five steel fabricators. The upgrade will also allow the company to run more machinery at the same time.

The upgrades will take about a month to install.

Hancock Structural Steel cuts and drills steel beams. It’s located at 813 E. Bigelow Avenue in Findlay.

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Carey May Implement Drug Testing For Extra Curricular Activities

3/11/14 – 7:35 A.M.

Carey students who want to take part in after school activities could be drug tested next year. The Courier reports the school board talked about the proposal at their Monday meeting. Students in extracurricular activities and those who park at the school would have to submit to the testing. The program would cost nearly $11,000.

Students would be subject to random testing at any time during the school year. Band and choir students would be exempt because the activities are also for class credit.

Junior-Senior High School Principal Peter Cole tells the newspaper punishments could include removal from an activity for a year. Students could reduce the punishment by participating in a rehabilitation or diversion program.

MORE: The Courier

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McComb Considers Options For Natural Gas Operation

3/11/14 – 6:48 A.M.

McComb may sell its natural gas service. The Courier reports village council voted to have a Findlay company continue to run the municipal facility. During that time council will consider selling the operation.

The village has run the natural gas operation for years. It buys gas through contracts with KNG. But lately council has sought to bid out the facility to a private company.

Council and KNG will work on an interim contract. The current deal expires July 1.

MORE: The Courier

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Family Of Special Needs Teen Not Happy About Weekend Incident In Fostoria

3/11/14 – 5:32 A.M.

An incident involving a special needs teenager and police officers is under investigation in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports a Maple Street resident called officers to her home Saturday afternoon after she saw a man with a gun in her backyard. When officers arrived, they saw a teenager with what looked like a rifle. Police ordered the man to put the weapon down, but he ran off instead. Officers caught the man, and found he did not have a rifle, but a toy gun.

But the family of the teen is not happy with how police handled the incident. Pamela Smith of Perrysburg is the boy’s grandmother, and tells the newspaper her 16-year-old grandson has Asperger syndrome. Smith says officers should have known the teen was holding a toy gun because it had an orange tip on it. She added officers tased the boy in the back.

The police report does not mention the use of a Taser.

MORE: Review-Times

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State Grant Will Help With Findlay Business Park Expansion

3/11/14 – 5:17 A.M.

A grant will help pay for road improvement at a Findlay business park. The state is giving $100,000 to a road improvement project at the Ohio Logistics Business Park on the north side of the city. Officials expect the project to cost $547,000.

The improvements include extending Distribution Drive 800 feet to the north and widening the road by four to five feet. The project also includes curbs, gutters, and a storm sewer. The work is expected to finished by June 30.

Ohio Logistics is building a new, 130,000 square foot warehouse in the area. The new warehouse will mean 35 to 45 new jobs by May or June.

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Winter Weather To Return Tonight

3/11/14 – 5:00 A.M.

If you enjoyed the mild temperature Monday afternoon, this won’t be welcome news. Another winter storm is moving towards the area. The Storm Track 11 weather center calls for 3 to 6 inches of snow between tonight and tomorrow. It looks like we’ll see rain later tonight, changing over to snow Wednesday. Freezing rain is possible overnight as well.

This winter blast will be short lived though. Temperatures will be in the high 40′s by the end of the week.

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Vanlue Trucking Firm Sold – 20 To Be Laid Off

3/11/14 – 4:43 A.M.

A Hancock County trucking company has sold to a New York business, which will result in the layoffs of 20 people. The Blade reports Gypsum Express Ltd. bought Consolidated Transport Systems Ltd. and Tandem Eastern Inc. of Vanlue. Gypsum has headquarters in Baldwinsville New York.

A letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services from Gypsum says 17 of the 20 people laid off will be truck drivers.  The new owners plan on using the Vanlue facilities, and could make offers to the laid off workers.

MORE: The Blade

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Downtown Officials Addressing Parking Plan Concerns

3/10/14 – 10:58 A.M.

The people behind the downtown traffic plan are addressing community concerns about the proposal. Main Street Coordinator Maria Reza talked more about the issue on Good Mornings today. Reza says plenty of people have had a say on the plan…

Audio: Maria Reza

She adds that along with city leaders, business owners on Main Street and ODOT have helped develop the plan as well.

The community has seen a general overview of the project, but not the specific details. The city of Findlay and the Downtown Findlay Main Street Program will host a public hearing on the specifics Wednesday at 4:30 p.m at the Findlay Inn and Conference Center.

Reza talked about what the meeting will entail…

Audio: Maria Reza

Downtown business and property owners will have a meeting on the topic in the morning. Young professionals who live and work downtown will take in a midday meeting.

Reza sadds she knew people would be talking, but not to the level they have been…

Audio: Maria Reza

Reza says she understands concerns about the proposal and knows people want more information.

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BG Men Indicted For Alleged Sex Crimes

3/10/14 – 12:04 P.M.

The Wood County grand jury indicted two Bowling Green men on sex crime charges last week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 53-year-old Kenneth Pultz faces two rape charges. He’s also charged with a count of gross sexual imposition. The incidents allegedly happened between 2005 and 2007 and involved a child between 5 and 7-years-old at the time.

35-year-old John Leveck faces a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. He also faces two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and one count of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. Investigators say the incidents happened last month.

The cases are not related.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Weekend Bridge Construction Causes Few Issues In Findlay

3/10/14 – 11:46 A.M.

Drivers on the interstate didn’t have issues adjusting to an odd traffic flow over the weekend. I-75 traffic diverted up and down the U.S. 224 exit and entrance ramps while crews tore down part of the 224 bridge. The State Patrol reports there were only two incidents. A man hit a guardrail near the ramps, and a woman spilled coffee on herself, driving into the curb.

The interstate traffic pattern returned to normal this morning. The U.S. 224 bridge is down to two lanes while the southern half of the bridge is rebuilt. Once construction crews finish that, ODOT will repeat the process with the northern half of the bridge.

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