Review Category : Local News

Findlay Company Makes Donation To Area Food Bank

12/16/16 – 5:22 A.M.

A Findlay company made a large donation to an area food bank Thursday. WLIO-TV reports Fresh Encounter gave more than $9,000 to the West Ohio Food Bank. Fresh Encounter is the parent company of Great Scot Community Markets.

West Ohio Food Bank CEO Linda Hamilton says the money will help deliver more than 72,000 meals to people in the region.

The food bank serves an 11-county area, which includes Hancock County.


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Ottawa Couple Disputes Allegations About A Threat That Led To School Lockdown

12/16/16 – 5:16 A.M.

An Ottawa couple is disputing the events that led to a lockdown at Glandorf Elementary and St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church last month. Katie Gillette tells the Lima News her husband Jonathon did not threaten a religion teacher at the church on November 11. Jonathon Gillette tells the newspaper he went to the church to talk about his concerns about teachers discussing abortion in class.

Gillette says he disagrees with abortion but doesn’t think his six-year-old daughter needs to learn about it yet. He adds his daughter came home from school on election day and said her religion teacher wasn’t voting for Hillary Clinton because the teacher said Clinton kills babies. Gillette says his daughter is too young to worry about grown-up problems.

Police charged Jonathon Gillette with inducing panic and aggravated menacing. He tells the newspaper he plans on taking the case to trial.

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Emergency Response Team Trains In Bitter Cold

12/16/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The Findlay Emergency Response Team braved the cold to do their monthly training Thursday. The Courier reports 15 officers trained at the old Adams School on West Washington Street and an abandoned home. Lt. Robert Ring tells the newspaper weather is always a factor. He added, “it always seems to rain on our call outs. We train in whatever the weather throws at us. We have to deal with that.”

Ring says the goal of the ERT is to get into a building, make sure things are secure, and get out. The group is part of a larger crisis management team that includes negotiators, dispatchers, and a medical team.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Could Close WORC Facility In 2017

12/16/16 – 4:51 A.M.

Findlay could close down the Work Opportunity & Rehabilitation Center, or WORC facility, in 2017. The Courier reports city officials talked about the option during Thursday budget hearings. WORC allows some people convicted of lower-level crimes to serve their sentence at the center as long as they have a job.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says the city lost around $200,000 on the center this year. Part of the reason is low participation numbers. Schmelzer says only about seven people use the program each month.

Findlay Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Starn agrees with closing WORC. He says Hancock County should start a “misdemeanor holding facility.” Starn says that would help deal with a rising number of drug-related cases.

MORE: The Courier

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Old Fort Banking Company Finishes Move To Downtown Tiffin

12/15/16 – 6:28 P.M.

The Old Fort Banking Company has finished its move to downtown Tiffin. According to the Seneca Success, the new location of the bank is 33 East Market Street. The move consolidates and relocates the bank’s departments and offices into one building. President and CEO Michael Spragg said, “We are extremely pleased to have our headquarters located in the downtown corridor.”

Old Fort Banking company is a subsidiary of Gillmor Financial Services, Inc. The company serves many counties in the area and has financial centers in several cities including Findlay and Fostoria.

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BGSU And IUC Presidents Explain The Importance Of Ohio’s Education Attainment Goal

12/15/16 – 5:51 P.M.

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the State Board of Regents, and the Ohio Board of Education have set their sights on higher education. They have set an attainment goal to have 65% of Ohio’s population with a four-year degree by 2025. Bowling Green State University President Mary Mazey said that the goal will help keep Ohio competitive.

Mary Mazey

She expressed concern about having funding from the state to help achieve those goals.

Mary Mazey

Mazey said that the goal will help keep Ohio economically competitive.


President of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, Bruce Johnson, said that he hopes funding will be available.

Bruce Johnson

Both Mazey and Johnson agreed that the governor has been supportive of higher education institutions.

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Suspects Identified In Clyde Home Invasion And Armed Robbery

12/15/16 – 11:24 A.M.

Three out of four suspects in a Clyde home invasion and armed robbery have been identified. According to a facebook post from Fostoria Police Department, they have issued arrest warrants. They are looking for 20-year-old Trevon Wright who is black, 6 feet tall, 152 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Another suspect is 20-year-old Anaria Coleman. She is black, 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 157 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. The last suspect the police are looking for is 19-year-old Marchell Hayward. She is black, 5 feet 2 inches and 125 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. They are from the Toledo area.

You can find their pictures on the Fostoria PD’s facebook page. Anyone with information should call the Clyde Police Department at 49-547-9555 or your local police or sheriff’s office.

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UPDATE: 19-Year-Old Findlay Teen Missing Since Sunday Has Been Found In Findlay

12/14/16 – 4:42 P.M. UPDATE
12/15/16 – 7:04 A.M. UPDATE
12/16/16 – 9:22 P.M. UPDATE

The Findlay teen that went missing last Sunday has been found. 19-year-old Alan Lee Howett was found in Findlay on Friday.

19-year-old Alan Lee Howett went missing from the Tree Line Recovery Center around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Alan’s father Mark Howett tells us Alan left with what clothes he had but left all his medication behind.

Tree Line’s Pat Hardy said that Tree Line is a voluntary adult recovery program. Federal confidentiality guidelines dictate that she cannot comment on whether a patient leaves.

The Sheriff’s Office received the report early Wednesday and are looking into the missing teen.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office website lists Howett as an active inmate.  Earlier this summer a Hancock County Judge sentenced Howett to 90 days in jail with 80 suspended for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mark Howett tells us his son was out of the jail on a furlough.

We will have more information when it is available.

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Family Of Seneca County Woman Hit By Fire Truck Suing Fire Department

12/15/16 – 5:02 A.M.

The family of a Seneca County woman hit and killed by a firetruck is suing the Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department. The Associated Press reports the family of 53-year-old Lorri Riehm filed the suit this week. It claims the firetruck had an obstructed view when it hit Riehm on June 28. The suit also says the driver of the truck didn’t use “reasonable care” when backing up.

Firefighters were responding to a water rescue at the Beaver Creek Reservoir in Green Springs when the incident happened.

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