Review Category : Local News

Detroit Officials Want Marathon To Hire More City Residents

3/14/14 – 9:41 A.M.

Officials in Detroit want to make sure Marathon Petroleum is living up to a deal to hire more city residents. The Detroit Free Press reports the city gave Marathon a $175 million tax break for a $2.2 billion expansion project. The company pledged to recruit Detroit residents for new jobs.

Marathon lists 30 of the facility’s 514 full-time workers as Detroit residents. Before the expansion that number was 15.

Company representatives say they want to hire more Detroit residents, but are finding it difficult to find qualified job applicants.

MORE: Detroit Free Press

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Cooper Reports $241 Million In Operating Profits, Other Numbers Way Down

3/14/14 – 8:13 A.M.
Update: 10:42 A.M.

2013 was a turbulent year for Cooper Tire & Rubber to say the least, but it appears things turned out well in the end. Cooper reported fourth quarter and full year earnings results today. The numbers show the company had fourth quarter earning profits of $47 million. For the full-year operating profits were $241 million. The numbers account for the second best full-year operating profit in Cooper’s 100-year history.

Cooper CEO Roy Armes released a statement saying, “These results were achieved despite several unique challenges in 2013.” He added the impact of the failed sale of Cooper to Apollo Tyre of India will diminish this year.

The fourth quarter numbers reported today were $77 million lower than the same period in 2012. The numbers reflect $27 million spent on items related to actions taken at the Cooper Chengshan Tire Company joint venture.

Labor strife at CCT caused a delay in reporting third quarter numbers.

Other numbers reported by the company showed significant declines. Profit dropped by 73 percent to $19.6 million in the fourth quarter.  Profit for the year fell almost 50% to $111 million.  Sales declined 18 percent to $3.44 billion.

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Five More Indicted In Major Hardin County Drug Case

3/14/14 – 7:34 A.M.

Hardin County authorities are identifying more people indicted as part of a massive drug sweep. reports prosecutors indicted Jeffrey England, Storm Copley, Billy Frady, Nathan Getz, and Colby Rogers this week.

A total of 40 people face drug charges as a result of the investigation. 29 of them made court appearances last week. Six of the people indicted still remain at-large.


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Siren Maintenance May Cause “Burps” In Seneca County

3/14/14 – 6:45 A.M.

Seneca County residents shouldn’t worry if they hear warning sirens next week. The Review-Times reports crews will be performing maintenance on the signals. The work could cause them to sound off. Seneca County Emergency Management Director Dan Stahl tells the newspaper the process is known as a siren “burp.”

The “burps” are brief and don’t last the three minutes that a normal alert does.

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Flood Insurance Revisions Headed To White House

3/14/14 – 5:33 A.M.

Congress is sending a compromise flood insurance bill to the White House after passage by the Senate. The measure aims to curb high flood insurance costs for many homeowners in flood-prone areas, like Findlay and Ottawa.

The bill limits most flood insurance premium hikes to 18-percent a year. It also reverses a prior rule mandating an immediate hike in insurance premiums when a homeowner sells their home.

Many complained the provision made it difficult to sell their homes.

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Hancock County Agricultural Hall Of Fame Inducts New Members

3/14/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame inducted four new members Thursday. Former vocational agriculture teachers Rex Cunningham and Fred Mengert were both honored. The Hall of Fame also inducted Burnette “Buzz” Powell and Herb Wilson posthumously.

Cunningham taught for 30 years in Arcadia and Findlay. Mengert was a vo-ag teacher for the Arlington, Arcadia, Meeker and McCutchenville school districts during his 33 year career.

Powell was a dairy and grain farmer with about 60 Jersey cows and 459 acres. He also grew produce for several years. The Hall of Fame honored Wilson for being a pioneer in poultry farming. He developed a delivery route to supply grocery stores and restaurants with fresh eggs.

MORE: The Courier

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Leipsic Man Sentenced For Stealing Lemur

3/14/14 – 4:47 A.M.

A Leipsic man will spend 20 days in jail for stealing a lemur. Judge Randall Basinger sentenced 21-year-old Derek Mangas for stealing the animal from the Putnam County Fair last summer. The Courier reports Mangas asked to buy the lemur, but the animal’s owners said no. Mangas came back and stole it early in the morning on June 30.

Investigators caught Mangas after pictures of he and the lemur partying in Bowling Green appeared on Facebook.

Mangas will also pay a $500 fine as part of the sentence. The judge placed him into intervention in lieu of conviction, and ordered three years of community control sanctions.

MORE: The Courier

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Three Injured In Two Car Crash

3/13/14 – 10:39 A.M.
3/14/14 – 5:08 A.M. – Update

A three-car crash injured two people in Hancock County Thursday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 9:30 a.m. on U.S. 224 near the Red Hawk Run subdivision. 59-year-old Rick Aurand of Findlay was driving east on the highway when his car slid on ice and hit a westbound SUV driven by 60-year-old Goldie Ruehle of McCutchenville.

Aurand’s vehicle spun off the road and hit an unattended car that was already stuck in the ditch.

Hanco EMS took Aurand and Ruehle to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Deputies cited Aurand for failure to maintain control.

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Planning Commission Approves Marathon’s Parking Garage

3/13/14 – 12:04 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s expansion plan took another step forward today. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved the company’s plans to build a parking garage. The structure will have 800 spaces over five-stories.

Marathon will build the structure on the southeast corner of Sandusky and Beech Streets. Construction will start this spring.

The commission also recommended city council vacate an alley and two streets where the expansion will take place.

The changes are part of Marathon’s $80 million expansion project.

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