Review Category : Local News

Death Of Allen County Jail Inmate Under Investigation

8/12/15 – 6:42 A.M.

The death of an inmate in the Allen County jail Tuesday is under investigation. The Lima News reports Jordan Owsley was found hanging in his cell just after 2 p.m. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the newspaper deputies attempted CPR but they were unable to revive the man.

Owsley was being kept in a single cell because he had a broken arm when he was booked into the jail Saturday. Crish said inmates with injuries are kept away from the general population.

Owsley was set to serve a 30-day sentence for failing to appear in court and for failing to pay child support.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called in to look into the matter.

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Grant To Help Pay For Fostoria Park Improvement

8/12/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Grant money will help with the construction of a new shelter house in Fostoria’s Grant Park. The Courier reports $4,250 from a Community Park Improvement Grant from the Hancock Park District will be used to build the foundation for the shelter. The cost of the work is estimated to be around $4,390. The city of Fostoria will pay for the difference.

The shelter itself has been donated to the park.

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Seneca County Departments Prepare For Extra Pay Day In 2015

8/12/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Several department heads in Seneca County are preparing for an extra pay period this year. The Review-Times reports supplemental appropriation requests were made for more than $218,000 during Tuesday’s meeting. The money is being requested because there is an extra pay day in 2015. County employees are paid every two weeks, which occasionally leads to one more paycheck in December.

The commissioners tabled the requests, asking the departments to wait until later in the year. The payment will come from the county carryover balance.

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Arcadia School Board Preps For Start Of New Year

8/12/15 – 5:15 A.M.

The Arcadia school board noted final preparations for the upcoming school year during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports windows have been replaced in the district’s buildings. A final check on the work is underway. Routine cleaning is also underway to get ready for classes to begin on August 19.

The board also approved bus routes during the meeting.

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Dietsch Brothers Named One Of The Best Ice Cream Shops In The Nation

8/12/15 – 5:08 A.M.

For the second year in a row, Findlay’s Dietsch Brothers has been named one of the best ice cream shops in the nation. TripAdvisor’s top 10 rankings places Dietsch’s third in the country for 2015. The ice cream shop placed second last year.

In its review of Dietsch’s, the travel website said, “For more than 75 years, this family-run establishment has served an assortment of mouth-watering ice cream, including praline pecan, chocolate marshmallow and toffee caramel crunch. Travelers can cool off with a towering cone or indulge in a sundae smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream.”

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FPD Accreditation Meeting Set For Tonight

8/12/15 – 4:50 A.M.

A public forum about the Findlay Police Department will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers. If you can’t make the meeting, comments can also be left on a voicemail system today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The number to call will be (419)722-2342.

Comments must address Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA standards. According to the organization’s website, those standards include law enforcement’s role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; and auxiliary and technical services.

A team of assessors from the CALEA began reviewing Findlay Police Department policies and procedures Tuesday. They will also facilitate the community meeting the following day.

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Arts Center Parking Lot Could Help Findlay Parking Woes

8/12/15 – 4:45 A.M.

Parking issues in downtown Findlay could be alleviated as the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts gets closer to opening. The Courier reports the city could pay $255,000 for the use of 86 spaces in the center’s parking lot. The Findlay City Council Appropriations Committee talked about the issue Tuesday.

The deal would allow the employees of the city and downtown businesses to use the northwest corner of the lot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday. Parking tags would likely be given to downtown businesses wanting to use the lot. The idea is to get business employees out of curbside spots so that more customers can use them. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said it is a piece of the puzzle to helping free up parking in downtown.

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UF College of Pharmacy Helping Address Community Addiction Issues

8/11/2015  5:00pm

A comprehensive lecture series on drug and alcohol addiction will be held at the University of Findlay beginning on August 19th. The series, “Combatting Chemical Dependency: A Community Effort” will be a 14-week series of classes coordinated by the University of Findlay college of Pharmacy and sponsored in part by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services. Zach Thomas, Director of Wellness and Education for ADAMHS says that addiction is a complicated subject.

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Thomas said that the goal is to provide some comprehensive education in order for people to understand addiction and the different forms it can take.

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The series will be held every Wednesday night through November 18th from 6pm-8pm and is free and open to the public. All sessions will be held in Room 2225, Davis Street Building on the UF campus.

 

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United Way To Host Collective Impact Summit

8/11/2015   5:00pm

The United Way of Hancock County will be hosting a summit designed to bring organizations together that are working toward similar goals. John Urbanski, CEO for the United Way says that their goal isn’t to create another coalition but rather to bring together organizations who have much in common.

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Urbanski says that Hancock County has many great organizations and programs that may share similar goals.

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The summit meeting will be held on Wednesday August 26th at the Winebrenner Seminary at the University of Findlay from 6-7:30pm. It is free and open to the public.

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Storm Sewers To Be Installed On Fostoria Avenue Wednesday

8/11/2015   4:28pm

Traffic will continue to be reduced for street improvements this week. According to a release from the Brian Thomas City Engineer, the eastbound lane of Fostoria Avenue between Tiffin Avenue and Bright Road will be closed on Wednesday while crews install a storm drain. The westbound lane will remain open during that time. City crews will be working between 7am and 7pm and access to area residences and businesses will remain open.

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