Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Pleads Not Guilty To Making Terroristic Threats Through Social Media

01/18/17 – 5:38 P.M.

A Findlay man pleaded not guilty to a charge of making terroristic threats on Facebook from a coworkers account. The Courier reports that 25-year-old Andre White received the charge last week which is a third-degree felony. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday via video connection from the Hancock County Jail, where he is being held. Magistrate Behrendt set bond at $15,000 with 10% allowed.

On January 4, White allegedly used a co-workers facebook page to post a comment about suicide bombing. He will appear on February 17 for another hearing.

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Two Time Olympian Sherri Winn Is Coming To Findlay Next Week

01/18/17 – 5:15 P.M.

An Olympian will be coming to Findlay to give a presentation on unleashing the winner within you. The University of Findlay’s Sharinda Welton said they partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in bringing in Sherry Winn.

Sharinda Welton

Welton said that she will also discuss the hardships she faced in becoming a successful handball player and Olympic athlete.


Sharinda Welton

The presentation will be in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary next Wednesday. If you want to take part you must preregister with the Chamber by calling 419-422-3313 by 4 p.m. tomorrow. The presentation includes a lunch and costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Winn is a two-time Olympian in the sport of handball. She also won two NCAA championships back to back as a coach.

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ITC Rules That China Harmed Whirlpool With Unfairly Traded Washing Machine Imports

01/18/17 – 3:02 P.M.
US Senator Sherrod Brown said that he’s spent a great deal of time fighting for a trade agenda that puts American workers first. He said that Ohio recently had a big win in the washing machine area.
Brown said that the ruling against China will help Whirlpool compete against the foreign imports.
Brown said that the ruling follows a long time discussion about the impact the imports had on Whirlpool.
He added that there will also be a World Trade Organization case against China to address aluminum overcapacity. He said that Ohio has several aluminum extruders that could benefit from the case.
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One Injured In Findlay Truck Collision

1/18/17 – 7:31 A.M.

A two-car crash injured A Findlay man Tuesday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened on Hancock County Road 99 around 11:15 a.m.

21-year-old Joshua Bame was driving west when he stopped for traffic. A commercial truck driven by 50-year-old Tom Watkins of Findlay hit Bame from behind. Hanco EMS took Bame to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police cited Watkins for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

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Substation Contract Issues Tabled In Carey

1/18/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Carey’s village council has tabled a decision on a contract for an electrical substation construction project. The Courier reports council members heard from two companies interested in the contract Monday.

Council voted to give Vaughn Industries of Carey a more than $2.2 million contract at their January 3 meeting. However, Quality Lines of Findlay submitted the lowest bid at $1.5 million. Village Administrator Roy Johnson told council federal funding for the project could depend on taking the lower bid. He added if Carey doesn’t get the grant, they won’t be able to pay for construction of the substation.

Council decided to table the issue until they get an answer from the Economic Development Administration. That could lead to the project being rebid.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Council Rejects Write-In Candidate Proposal

1/18/17 – 7:04 A.M.

Fostoria City Council stopped an effort to allow write-in candidates in Fostoria elections in its tracks Tuesday night. The Courier reports Councilman Matthew Davoli proposed the measure. He said it might help cut down unopposed elections in the city.

Councilman Brian Shaver countered that he didn’t believe that would be the case. He added, “I think it just allows for the Johnny Come Latelys to make a sneak at the end.” Others who were critical of the suggestion said it would leave the public open to candidates they know nothing about.

The measure didn’t get enough support to get a first reading in front of city council.

MORE: The Courier

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Semis Collide Near Leipsic

1/18/17 – 6:47 A.M.

Two semis collided near Leipsic Tuesday morning. The crash happened at the intersection of State Route 65 and County Road 5 around 10:30 a.m. The drivers were not hurt.

A Hazmat crew responded to the area to deal with spilled diesel fuel. The collision ruptured the fuel tanks on both trucks.

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UPDATE: Findlay Fire Department Responds To A House Fire On H Street

01/17/17 – 5:07 P.M.
UPDATE: 1/18/17 – 5:32 A.M.

Fire severely damaged a Findlay home Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters responded to 512 H Street a little before before 4 p.m. The home’s residents were able to escape the blaze safely. The Red Cross helped them with shelter, food, and clothing. The fire department used a special oxygen mask for pets to treat the family’s dog for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters believe the flames started in the living room of the house but haven’t determined a cause yet. A damage estimate wasn’t available Tuesday. The flames also caused heat damage at a neighboring home.

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Findlay City Council Gets First Report On Deferred Tax Payments

1/18/17 – 5:21 A.M.

People and businesses in Findlay who deffer quarterly tax estimates paid a little more than $1 million in taxes last year. The Courier reports Findlay City Council heard the first report on the deferment practice during Tuesday’s meeting. In December council passed legislation requiring monthly reports on deferments. The reports include all money collected each month, along with year-to-year comparisons of employer withholdings.

The city gave 54 businesses and two people permission to deffer payments in 2016.

Auditor Jim Staschiak says the payment total is likely more than what was in the report. He says the new report depends on estimated declarations. Staschiak says if a person or business doesn’t file the declaration, it’s up to the tax administrator to decide to include the information.

Last night’s report was the first issued since council passed legislation in December that requires monthly reports on the deferment practice. In 2009 council passed a measure that allows some people and businesses to defer paying quarterly estimates. The goal of the legislation is to cut down on the amount of tax refunds the city has to pay.

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The American Red Cross Celebrates 100 Years Of Service To Northwest Ohio

01/17/17 – 7:09 P.M.

The American Red Cross is celebrating a hundred years of service to areas in northwestern Ohio. Throughout the year the organization will hold special events and programs to celebrate the centennial. They will be kicking the year off with an open house at the Hancock County Red Cross Office. The open house will be January 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The event will debut a video created by the Rockettech program at Pandora-Gilboa High School. There will also be a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Harlem Globe Trotters that evening at the Findlay High School.

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