Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Shooting Incident Under Investigation

11/17/14 – 5:29 A.M

A weekend shooting incident is under investigation in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports an alleged armed robbery at Nye’s Trailer Court is at the center of the case.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers were called to Lot 111 of the trailer court around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. A caller said several people were trying to break into the home. A shot was fired, but no one was injured and no property was damaged. A shotgun shell was found in the area.

Loreno says the incident might be related to a “previous altercation amongst several individuals.” The case remains under investigation.

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Empty Council Seat Filled In Columbus Grove

11/17/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The Columbus Grove village council has filled a vacant seat. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Brian Schroeder will fill the unexpired term of Gary Zeisloft. Zeisloft resigned his position in late September. Schroeder and three others had expressed interest in the council seat.

Mayor Ken Wright said the village couldn’t have gone wrong with the choices they were presented. He encouraged the others to throw their hat in the ring and run for council in 2015.

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Leipsic Man Killed In Weekend Crash

11/17/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A Putnam County man was killed in a one-car crash Saturday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the 30-year-old Abraham Saldana lost his life in an accident on Road Y near Belmore around 5 a.m.

Saldana was driving east when he failed to make a turn in the road. His car went into a cornfield, hit a ditch, and overturned. Saldana was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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Family Of Former “Dead Man” Can Keep Benefits

It appears two of the children of a man once declared legally dead will not have to pay the Social Security Administration back for benefits they received. The Courier reports the federal agency has backed off their demands for repayment from two of Donald Miller’s children. Miller’s ex-wife is currently trying to get a similar waiver for herself and her oldest daughter.

Miller was declared legally dead in 1994 after he disappeared, before turning up in Ohio again in 2005. Because of the ruling, his wife and children were granted his social security benefits. Robin Miller says the Social Security Administration had asked for a repayment of more than $47,000 – even though the benefits paid out were less than $30,000. The administration has refused to comment on why that is.

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Allen County Priest Accused Of Inappropriate Relationship

11/17/14 – 4:46 A.M.

A Roman Catholic priest in northwest Ohio is accused of having inappropriate relationships with women. The Diocese of Toledo says Reverend David Reinhart is on administrative leave and cannot exercise public ministry, administer any of the sacraments, wear clerical attire or present himself publicly as a priest. Reinhart was the pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish in Delphos and St. John the Baptist parish in Landeck.

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Findlay Sees Benefits From Broad Avenue Solar Farm

11/17/14 – 4:43 A.M.

A solar farm continues to provide benefits to the city of Findlay. The Courier reports the solar panels on Broad Avenue have partially powered the city’s Water Pollution Control Center for two years now. The savings have been similar each year. The panels will cut around $55,000 in electric costs this year, down from $58,500 in 2013. Plant superintendent David Beach says it’s been cloudier this year, resulting in the slight drop in savings.

Marathon Petroleum donated the panels to the city. It cost the company more than $4 million to build the 5,900 panel facility. Marathon is using the solar farm to research the potential of using solar panels to cut electricity use at its refineries.

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Gallery: Details of Possible Flood Mitigation Plans

11/14/14     1:58 p.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers presented their tentative plan for flood mitigation today. While some area residents were skeptical, the Corps insisted that discussion was key and plans are still changing.

Click on each image to see a larger version.

All images provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Roberston Says the Time to Take Action on Flood Mitigation is Now

11/14/14     1:22 p.m.

Emotions ran high during this morning’s press conference with the Army Corps of Engineers. Having released their tentative flood mitigation plan, the Corps fielded questions and concerns from the public about this plan, but for county commissioner Brian Robertson the important thing was there was two-way dialogue.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson said we need to build off the momentum and plans and get something done, unlike the generation from 1962 who faced with the same problem did not act on the Army Corps plans.

Audio: Brian Robertson

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Ag Community Skeptical Of Flood Mitigation Efforts

11/14/14 – 1:12 P.M.

To say the topic of flood mitigation is a contentious one in the agricultural community could be a bit of an understatement. Several area farmers attended today’s meeting about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s tentative flood mitigation plan. Not too many were convinced it was a good idea…

Audio: Steve Oman

Former Hancock County Commissioner Steve Oman has been a vocal critic of flood mitigation for the Blanchard River. Oman said he doesn’t think the ag community can be convinced there is a plan that can work if it involves taking away farm land.

Gary Wilson is the president of the Hancock County Farm Bureau and says the current plan is a bitter pill to swallow…

Audio: Gary Wilson

Wilson said he is in favor of a dialogue with the Army Corps. He added that recent meetings with Corps members have been helpful in getting some questions answered.

Several area farmers spoke their mind about plans for a diversion channel and levee in Findlay, and the comments were not positive…

Audio: Steve Oman

Oman and others on hand said they had no faith in the government to come up with a solution and be upfront with the public about it.

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Army Corps Discusses Tentative Flood Plans In Findlay

11/14/14 – 1:06 P.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took questions and comments about the tentative flood control plan in Findlay today. As the audience learned, the tentative plan is somewhat of a rough draft of the mitigation efforts that could be implemented…

Audio: Karl Jansen

Lt. Col. Karl Jansen says the detailed report will be made public in early 2015. Jansen adds once that’s done, the very important public comment period will begin.

The cost of Blanchard River Flood mitigation won’t be cheap. Jansen said the current estimate to build a diversion channel and levee is around $87 million. However, we’re a long way from the final numbers…

Audio: Karl Jansen

Jansen says we’ll have a better idea of the cost if Congress approves an appropriation for the plan.

Of course, there were several questions and comments about the plan. One big question people asked was how a levee and diversion channel will actually change how the Blanchard handles heavy rain.

Jansen says that’s an answer the Corps has to get better at explaining…

Audio: Karl Jansen

Corps representatives said currently when it rains a lot, it’s like pouring a big bucket of water down a drain. The flood mitigation measures would make it like pouring several cups of water down the same drain. The breaking up of the initial surge would allow water to move downstream before the next surge comes through.

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