Review Category : Local News

Oxycodone Found During Findlay Traffic Stop

10/28/14 – 5:13 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a recent drug bust on I-75 in Findlay. Troopers pulled over a car for speeding in the southbound lanes near State Route 12 last Friday night. A drug dog alerted on the car, and inside troopers found 503 oxycodone pills in a resealed candy bag. The estimated value of the drugs was more than $12,000.

20-year-old Tonyetta Thomas of Southfield, Michigan was taken into custody. She’s been charged with possession of a schedule II drug.

 

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Fostoria Arson Trial Begins

10/28/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The first day of a Fostoria arson trial was full of activity. The Review-Times reports the jury was seated, opening statements were given, and several witnesses testified in the case against 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer. Schaeffer is charged with complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder and complicity to attempted murder in a May fire that killed two people on Poplar Street.

During opening statements, the prosecution argued that Schaeffer knew Shey Weiker was agitated on the night of the fire, and that giving her a railroad flare was the same as giving her a can of gasoline. The defense said that Weiker was trying to bring Schaeffer down with her and that she had already lied to police.

Weiker took the stand for the state. During her testimony, she said she was upset after she learned Marker had “raped” her son. She added that Schaeffer told her, “flares don’t leave fingerprints.”

Timothy Hall also testified, saying he tried saw Weiker come out of Schaeffer’s home with a flare on the night of the crime, and tried to talk her our of starting the fire. He also admitted he got rid of evidence.

The case is scheduled to continue today.

MORE: Review Times

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Bleachers at FHS Cooper Tire Track to be Ready for Next Track Season

10/27/14     9:27 p.m.

Findlay High School track spectators can expect bleachers at Cooper Tire Track to be ready for the spring season. The board of education approved a contract with E & D Specialty Stands of New York at tonight’s meeting.

The stands will seat 1,025 people and will be located on the west side of the track, with the back of the bleachers facing I-75. The bleachers themselves will cost about $230,000 with an additional $8,000 to powder coat the bleachers to prevent rust.

Superintendent Ed Kurt said construction will start almost immediately. Kurt said pillars can be put in before the first hard frost and construction on top of that can continue through the winter.

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Findlay School Board Approves Property Purchase for New Bus Garage

10/27/14     9:05 p.m.

The Findlay School Board approved the purchase of 0 Broad Ave, within the yellow area, for the site of its new bus garage.

The Findlay School Board approved the purchase of 0 Broad Ave, within the yellow area, for the site of its new bus garage.

Findlay’s Board of Education took a big step toward building a new bus garage at tonight’s meeting. The board approved the purchase of 12.5 acres of land at 0 Broad Ave. at the corner of W. Bigelow Ave.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt said the biggest part of the decision was location. The new property is well above the flood plain, as well as near many of the district’s buildings.

Kurt said the current garage at 0 S. Blanchard St. requires moving all 50 buses when Eagle Creek floods.

The district will buy the property for $160,000. The district will also use an undetermined portion a $1.1 million donation from Marathon Petroleum to help with the construction of the garage.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Before construction can begin, soil will be tested as a precaution beginning next week. Once the results are received the current owners Knuco LLC and Tappan LTD, both owned by Al Knueven, will go to the city planning committee to rezone the land from residential to light industrial. Provided there are no issues with soil and rezoning, the purchase will then be closed.

Kurt said the goal is to start building in the spring or summer. As of right now the board is not sure of the length of the construction project as plans have not yet been finalized.

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Riverside Sees Drop in Visitors and Revenue After Mild Summer Season

10/27/14     4:20 p.m.

Below-average temperatures this summer caused a decline in attendance at Findlay’s Riverside Park pool this summer and consequently a significant revenue loss. According to the Courier, an average hot summer sees about 30,000 visitors to the pool but this summer there were just over 18,000.

The decrease caused about a $22,000 loss for the YMCA which operates the pool. The city of Findlay maintains the pool and its equipment.

After adding a $50,000 water slide and a $6,000 shelter to the pool this summer, Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the city is committed to upgrading the pool to attract more visitors at some point, though not in the foreseeable future unless a major system malfunction would require it.

More: thecourier.com

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall Locally

10/27/14 – 7:14 A.M.

After spiking in the middle of the month, gas prices are back under $3.00 a gallon. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $2.93. That’s down from $3.09 last Monday.

Locally prices have dropped below the $2.90 a gallon mark for the most part. The average price in Findlay was $2.89 a gallon this morning. Drivers in Ottawa reported prices at $2.84.

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One Person Injured In Findlay Crash Saturday

10/27/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A Hancock County woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 400 block of Bright Road around 4:15 p.m.

67-year-old Sharon Robson was driving north when another car driven by 17-year-old Zoe Houdeshell of Findlay turned left in front of her. Robson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Houdeshell was cited for failing to yield while making a left turn.

 

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Findlay Man Injured In Sunday Morning Crash

10/27/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when his car hit a deer Sunday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just after 7 a.m. on State Route 15 near County Road 240.

62-year-old William Jones was driving west on Route 15 when a deer ran in front of him. EMS personnel checked out Jones at the scene of the crash for any possible injuries.

 

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Election Preview: Arlington Fire Levies On The Ballot

10/27/14 – 4:48 A.M.

In just over a week, voters will head to the polls on election day. Today we continue our election preview series with a look at two levies Arlington voters will decide on next Tuesday.

The first levy is a 2.5 mill, 5-year renewal, which would raise $51,000 for the day-to-day operations of the Arlington Fire Department. The second is 1 mill for 5 years to raise $20,000 for new fire equipment.

Audio: Al Latta

Arlington Fire Chief Al Latta says in his 43 years at the department, he’s seen great improvement in operations because of voter support. Latta says supporting the levies will help keep the community safe…

Audio:  Al Latta

Latta said the safety of the community depends on the support of the levies. The first levy is a 2.5 mill, 5-year renewal, which would raise $51,000 for the day-to-day operations of the department. The second is 1 mill for 5 years to raise $20,000 for new fire equipment.

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U.S. 224 Bridge Work Could Be Completed This Week

10/27/14 – 5:21 A.M.

The reconstruction of the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay could be completed by the end of this week. But before that happens there’s plenty of work to be done.

By the middle of this week, U.S. 224 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Hancock County Road 300 and Broad Avenue. That will allow for the final paving of the asphalt surface and lane painting.

On Friday and possibly Saturday, the final layer of asphalt will be paved on all four ramps of the interchange. There may be some short-term closures of the ramps while this takes place.

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