Review Category : Local News

Wood County Man Killed In Wednesday Crash

4/7/16 – 6:41 A.M.

A Wood County man was killed in a two-car crash in Sandusky County Wednesday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner was driving west on U.S. 6 near milepost 12 around 6:30 a.m. when he went left of center. He hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. head-on.

Saam was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Winkler was buckled in and suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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One Person Injured In Tuesday Crash In Findlay

4/7/16 – 5:21 A.M.

One person was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports 19-year-old Taylor Showman of Fostoria tried to turn left from South River Road onto Broad Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when she pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by 46-year-old Tammy Brewster of Findlay.

Brewster was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Showman was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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Two Injured In Wednesday Crash

4/7/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay man and an infant Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 35-year-old Angela Loudenslager of Findlay was driving south on Vincent Street around 1:30 p.m. when she tried to turn left onto North Blanchard Street. She pulled into the path of a car driven by 22-year-old Kyle Osborn, causing a collision.

Osborn and a passenger, 1-year-old Connor James, both suffered what were called “non-incapacitating injuries” and were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Laudenslager was not injured. She was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

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McComb Man Appealing Felonious Assault Conviction

4/7/16 – 5:07 A.M.

A McComb man convicted of attacking an off-duty corrections officer is appealing that conviction. The Courier reports the attorney for 38-year-old Kevin Potts says the trial court made several errors in the case.

The appeal argues the court failed to instruct the jury on the lesser-related offense of aggravated menacing, saying Pott’s actions didn’t amount to felonious assault. Another part of the appeal says the court abused its discretion when it would not allow further cross-examination relating to the victim, John Shepard’s, personnel file. The appeal argues that was relevant to Shepard’s credibility as a witness.

Other issues claimed in the court filing say the trial court should not have overruled a motion for acquittal, that the court should have intervened when the prosecutor gave his personal opinion about the credibility of witnesses during closing arguments, and that the aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges should have been merged.

Potts is serving a 17-year sentence for his conviction on aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Man Admits To Robbing Convenience Stores

4/7/16 – 4:53 A.M.

Saying he needed money for heroin, a Findlay man has admitted to robbing two convenience stores. The Courier reports 27-year-old Joel Foor pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery Wednesday. Foor robbed Wolfies Carryout on Glessner Avenue on October 12 of last year. Two days later he robbed the Circle K store on East Sandusky Street. He now faces up to 16 years in prison.

In both robberies he threatened a store employee with a BB gun. Foor took $370 from Wolfies and around $130 from the Circle K. As part of his plea agreement he’ll make restitution to the businesses.

Foor will be sentenced June 2.

MORE: The Courier

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Rift Growing Between Owens Faculty And Administration

4/7/16 – 4:22 A.M.

Financial problems at Owens Community College are creating a rift between the school’s faculty and its leadership. The union representing the college’s faculty issued a no-confidence declaration in President Mike Bower yesterday, citing a lack of trust amid deep budget cuts. The declaration followed the Owens Community College trustees’ decision this week to not place a levy on the November ballot.

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Video: University Of Findlay Honors New U.S. Citizens

4/6/2016 – 2:51 pm

Patriotism was in the air as the University of Findlay welcomed and honored 16 new United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony this week. The individuals came from across the world, from countries such as China, Argentina, Austrailia, Syria, Mexico, India and many others. The ceremony was conducted by US District Court Judge Jack Zouhary, and he himself said that coming from a family of immigrants, it’s always an honor to welcome new citizens to the United States.

Audio: Judge Jack Zouhary

The process to become a US Citizen can take some time, and several of the new citizens said they were happy and excited to finally be citizens of the United States.

Audio: New Citizens

The University of Findlay has been welcoming new citizens to the US for the past eight years. Video from the ceremony at the University of Findlay can be found above.

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Farm Bureau Opposed To Diversion Channel, Believes A Middle Ground Can Be Reached

4/6/2016 – 11:06 am

Area farmers who are opposed to a diversion channel plan have been making that case since it was announced last week that Findlay and Hancock County would move forward with a plan to tie the construction of a Blanchard River diversion channel to a project with ODOT to widen and update I-75 through Findlay. Gary Wilson with the Hancock County Farm Bureau said that many farmers have been opposed to the plan from the very beginning.

Audio: Gary Wilson

Wilson noted that crews will need to consider more than just the farmland, citing several roads, I-75, dozens of old oil wells and bedrock which will all be impacted by the diversion channel plans. Area farmers and the Farm Bureau have said that cleaning the brush and properly maintaining the river would do more to help control flooding though the Army Corps of Engineers has said that doing this would have a small impact. Wilson said though that the Corps was guessing.

Audio: Gary Wilson

When it comes to just cleaning the river, the Environmental Protection Agency would have issues with some of the ideas proposed but Wilson argued that the EPA would have issues with the diversion channel plan as well.

Audio: Gary Wilson

Yesterday, the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District voted to work with Hancock County on a diversion channel plan, and Wilson said that farmers will continue to oppose that plan but he believed that both sides can come to a middle ground that everyone can agree upon.

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UPDATED: FPD Warns About Tax Scams (Audio Included)

4/6/16 – 5:13 A.M.
Update – 9:50 A.M.

Tax day is rapidly approaching, and that means you need to be on the lookout for tax scams. The Findlay Police Department reports there has been an increase in that type of activity in the area lately.

The messages left by the scammers vary, but many sound like this:

AUDIO: Audio from IRS scam call

The robocalls appear to give a legitimate phone number to call back, but authorities caution the numbers can be spoofed by scammers.

The real IRS will not call you to demand payment or ask for credit card information. Actual IRS communication is done through the mail.

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North Baltimore Awarded Sidewalk Grant

4/6/16 – 7:22 A.M.

North Baltimore has been awarded a grant to build a new sidewalk near the school. The Courier reports ODOT awarded North Baltimore a grant for more than $307,000 for the Safe Routes to School program. As a result, sidewalks will be installed along the north side of Maple Street from Rhoades Avenue to Rudolph Road. Street crossings, signs and markings also will be upgraded.

Work won’t begin until July of 2018.

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