Review Category : Local News

Ohio’s Progress in Fight Against Domestic Violence a Benchmark for Louisiana

09/29/14     3:00 p.m.

For 13 years Beth Meeks worked as the executive director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. More recently, Meeks has been the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Audio: Beth Meeks

Meeks told Rotarians at this afternoon’s meeting the domestic violence homicide rate in Louisiana is three times higher than the national average. In Ohio, Meeks said things are more uniform and consequences are consistent and swift, which deters from domestic violence.

Modernizing the process is the goal, according to Meeks, and she said creating a new system, like Ohio’s, and keeping it in place for a few years will hopefully significantly reduce the homicide rate.

Audio: Beth Meeks

Meeks said Ohio is in a better position than Louisiana as far as combatting domestic violence for a number of reasons. First being the quick consequences, but Louisiana is also behind in implementing laws from the Violence Against Women Act.

For Ohioans, Meeks said this is a lesson in what not to do. She said things used to be like that in Ohio, but it demonstrates improvement in the quality of life.

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One Injured In Weekend Crash On I-75

9/29/14 – 6:55 A.M.

A one car crash injured one person on I-75 in Wood County over the weekend. The State Patrol reports the crash happened just after 6 p.m. Friday near State Route 18.

61-year-old Karen Snyder of Bowling Green was driving south when she lost control and hit a concrete median barrier and a guardrail. Snyder had to be extricated from the vehicle with the jaws of life. She was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Snyder was also cited for failure to control.

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Kids In Crisis: Identifying The Problem

Children acting out violently seems like a daily occurrence with school shootings and other incidents. Director of Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities John Martin said the increase in those events inspired Ohio to make a change.

AUDIO: John Martin

The DODD partnered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to give the “Strong Families, Safe Communities” grant to several groups of counties to work with families who have children in crisis situations. Martin said these can be aggressive children, children who have suicidal tendencies or other challenging behaviors. The goal is to assist the families and the kids in any way possible to avoid any harm.

Martin said on top of assisting the families, the grant is also educational for the state. Grantees will report back to the DODD to let them know what in their plans worked and what didn’t. Martin said with that local level information, the state can learn how to respond to these situations.

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

9/29/14 – 5:25 A.M.

We’re paying more to fill up the gas tank as we start another work week. reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.28 this morning. That’s up 10 cents from last Monday, but down from higher prices in the middle of last week.

A month ago we were paying $3.35 a gallon.

In Findlay, the average price was $3.28 this morning. In Ottawa, it was about a penny higher per gallon.

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BGSU Investigating On Campus Robbery

9/29/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Bowling Green State University students are being warned about a violent robbery on campus. The Sentinel-Tribune reports two men were attacked by a group of several men early Sunday morning in the 800 block of East Wooster Street. The suspects took an iPhone 6 from one of the victims. The group took off running when a police car approached the area.

The victims were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.

A little while after the incident, a police officer saw a man in the area who also ran away as he was approached. The man was described as either a white man with a dark complexion or a black man with light skin. He had a three-quarter sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune


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Fostoria Man Sentenced For False Claims Against Police

9/29/14 – 5:08 A.M.

A Fostoria man was sentenced last week for making false allegations about a police officer. The Review-Times reports Stephen Klotz was given 30 days in jail, but 27 of those days were suspended. Klotz pleaded guilty during a hearing just before his trial was set to begin last Thursday.

Klotz was charged in May after he claimed police officer Brett Bethel stole marijuana from him during an arrest.

MORE: Review-Times

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Eight Hurt In Two-Car Crash East Of Findlay

9/29/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Eight people suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash in Hancock County Sunday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 236 in Marion Township.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Miranda Bailey of Findlay was driving south on Road 236 when she failed to stop for a stop light and hit a minivan driven by 65-year-old Frederick Wehring of Fremont. Both drivers and their passengers were treated at the scene of the crash.

Bailey was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.


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“Race For The Cure” Brings A Crowd In Second Year

9/29/14 – 4:48 A.M.

Downtown Findlay played host to nearly 3,500 people working to find a cure for cancer over the weekend. The Courier reports that’s how many people took part in the city’s second annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday.

Bill Conlisk is the director of the event and said that preliminary numbers show around $250,000 dollars was raised by the event. The figures will be finalized by next week.

75 percent of the money raised will stay in northwest Ohio to help provide cancer treatment programs to area residents. The other 25 percent will go to Komen’s national research program to find a cure for breast cancer.

MORE: The Courier

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