Review Category : Local News

Kids In Crisis: Seeing The Plan In Action

10/2/14 – 5:30 A.M.

This week we are taking a look at the effect the Strong Families grant will have on kids in crisis in the area. But the program will also affect local schools.

Findlay City Schools assistant superintendent Craig Kupferberg said this grant will get families, students and staff of the schools the help they need.

Audio: Craig Kupferberg

Kupferberg said students can be affected in small ways and will just act up or withdraw. But other times, the stress affects them to the point where they may threaten or attempt suicide. He said the new program gives staff the support and resources they need so the staff can focus on helping the students.

Tomorrow we will wrap up the kids in crisis series by figuring out when a child needs professional help or maybe just a break.

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Findlay Man Injured In Three-Car Crash

10/2/14 – 5:22 A.M.

One person was injured in a three-car crash in Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened just before 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Lima Avenue.

68-year-old Gary Meeks of Eglon, West Virginia was driving east when he stopped for a school bus. He was hit from behind by 36-year-old Matthew James of Findlay after James’ car was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by 30-year-old Luis Gonzalez.

James was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. Gonzalez was cited for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

 

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Speedway Completes Buyout Of Hess Stores

10/2/14 – 5:04 A.M.

It’s a done deal – Speedway has completed its buyout of Hess gas stations. Marathon Petroleum reports the Hess stores will be rebranded as Speedway stations over the next three years. Speedway is a subsidiary of Marathon.

Speedway will now have a footprint in 23 states. Hess stores are primarily located in the east and the south.

The deal cost Speedway more than $2.8 billion to complete.

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Destructive Weed Problems Continue In Putnam County

10/2/14 – 4:58 A.M.

A problem with Roundup-resistant weeds in Putnam County has gone from bad to worse. The Lima News reports what a Continental farmer thought was a spiny amaranth was actually a palmer amaranth. That’s an issue because the palmer variety of the plant grows larger, has more seeds, and is more resistant to herbicides.

The newspaper reports the weed could cost farmers $20 to $40 a day, and up to 80 percent of their crops. Most of the spiny plants have been found near Kalida while palmer and waterhemp weeds were found near Continental.

Putnam County farmers are being asked to be on the look out for the weeds, and to take precautions against spreading them.

MORE: Lima News

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Saltz Convicted Of Raping Child In Hancock County

10/2/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Marion man was convicted yesterday of raping a preschool-age girl in Hancock County. The Courier reports it took a jury two hours to come to a verdict in the case of 49-year-old John Saltz. He could face life in prison when he is sentenced on November 12.

A DNA sample linked Saltz to the girl, and the victim’s grandmother was allowed to testify on her behalf. Saltz’s lawyer argued that amounted to hearsay. However, Judge Reginald Routson said exceptions are allowed in sexual assault cases involving children.

MORE: The Courier

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Columbia Gas Customers Warned About Scam

10/2/14 – 4:22 A.M.

Columbia Gas customers are being warned of a telephone scam. The utility says someone claiming to be from Columbia Gas is calling customers to threaten them with a shutoff if they don’t pay an overdue bill. Customers are told to pay up with a prepaid debit card, something the gas company says they’ll never do.

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Squirrel To Blame For McComb Power Outage

10/2/14 – 4:19 A.M.

A squirrel is being blamed for a power outage in Hancock and Wood counties that left more than one-thousand people in the dark yesterday. American Electric Power says a squirrel leaped from one transformer to another, creating an arc that destroyed a switch meant to ensure the two devices weren’t connected.

The outage kept McComb and the surrounding region for several hours Wednesday.

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Historic Putnam County Bridge Repairs Starting in Fall 2016

10/01/14     6:58 a.m.

A historic bridge in Putnam County will be receiving repairs starting in the fall of 2016. The Sentinel reports that the Putnam County engineers have been awarded funds for the Mallaham Bridge.

The total estimated price of construction will be more than $380,000. The grant the county received is worth more than $300,000. The bridge is eligible for National Historic Places for its bowstring truss design.

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Lima Police Department to Hire Three New Officers with Grant Money

10/01/14     6:56 a.m.

The Lima Police Department will be hiring three new officers on Tuesday after the department received more than $370,000 in grant money. Limaohio.com reports that City Council will have to approve the funds and that the police department must keep the officers after the three-year grant runs out.

Roughly more than $120 million dollars are awarded nationally by the Justice Departments Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Departments that received money were selected based on needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans.

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Jurors Hear Witness Testimony in Day Two of Saltz Rape Case

10/01/14     6:52 a.m.

Testimony ended yesterday in the case of John Saltz, the 49-year-old Marion man facing charges on raping a child in 2011.

A sexual assault nurse examiner conducted a rape kit test of the girl according to Detective Matt Tuttle. Police obtained DNA results from the girl and her underwear which linked Saltz to the girl, prompting police to speak with him in September 2012.

According to the Courier, when questioned after incident Tuttle said the defendant had no immediate response when pressed about how his DNA was linked to the girl.

DNA expert witnesses said there is a strong connection of Saltz’s DNA to the girl, but they could not say with certainty that it was an absolute match.

Judge Reginald Routson told jurors Tuesday they are unlikely to hear from additional witnesses prior to closing arguments today. Neither Saltz nor the alleged victim testified.

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