Review Category : Local News

Hydrant Flushing Moves Into New Area Of Findlay

8/24/16 – 7:29 A.M.

Fire hydrant flushing moves into a new area of Findlay today. The water distribution department says crews will be working in an area that spans from County Road 236 to the west, Township Road 242 to the east, State Route 568 to the south, and State Route 12 to the north.

You can call (419)424-7192 if you have any questions.

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Problems With CSX Train Block Several Crossings Wednesday

8/24/16 – 7:19 A.M.

Every east-west CSX rail crossing in Tiffin was blocked for roughly four hours Tuesday. The Review-Times reports two separate issues with an eastbound CSX train caused the problem. Around 3:15 p.m a brake on one of the rail cars overheated, causing the car to throw sparks. Once that issue was fixed, a coupling came loose causing some cars to separate from the train.

The only way around the train was through two underpasses. Police officers had to be dispatched to direct people around the detours.

The train finally began moving again around 7 p.m.

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$500,000 Appropriated For Capital Improvement Projects In Seneca County

8/24/16 – 6:53 A.M.

$500,000 will be set aside for capital improvements in Seneca County. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of the measure Tuesday. The money will be used for building modifications in the court annex and for state mandated voting machine upgrades.

The money will come from the anticipated $1.8 million in carryover money at the end of the year. Commissioner Fred Zoeller voted against the move. Zoeller said he didn’t want to lower the carryover amount any further.

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Marathon Donates $250,000 To Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts

8/24/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is donating money to help those affected by the historic flooding in Louisiana. The company has announced it will send $250,000 to help. The Red Cross will receive $100,000 and the United Way will receive $50,000. The remaining $100,000 will go to organizations in the flooded area with critical needs.

Marathon owns a 539,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Garyville, Louisiana. At least 10 percent of its employees have been impacted by the flooding. In a release, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said, “In addition to our corporate donations, we will continue to provide assistance to our employees whose lives have been affected by the flooding.”

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Findlay Man Injured After Bicycle Hits SUV

8/24/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A man riding a bike in Findlay was injured when he hit a car Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Center and Taylor streets. 24-year-old Zachary Brooks was riding on the sidewalk on Taylor Street but couldn’t stop because his bike didn’t have brakes. He hit an SUV driven by 47-year-old Bryan Little of Findlay.

Brooks was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was also cited for not having brakes on his bike.

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Former Findlay Man Charged With Rape In Hancock County

8/24/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A central Ohio man has been accused of a sex crime in Hancock County. The grand jury has indicted 54-year-old Rodolfo Sierra on a rape charge. Investigators say that on May 1 Sierra used force or the threat of force to rape a woman in Findlay.

Rodolfo, who also is known as Rodofa Sierra, lives in Orient, Ohio but is a former Findlay resident. He’s currently listed as in inmate at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

Sierra has been convicted of a similar crime in the past. In 1998 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison on six counts of rape and one count of aggravated burglary. He has also been convicted on domestic violence and burglary charges in the past.

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Rawson Under Boil Water Advisory

8/24/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The village of Rawson is under a boil water advisory until further notice. A problem with the chlorination process was discovered by village employees Monday. Rawson residents are advised to boil their water before using it to drink or cook with.

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Two Nominated To Fill Retiring Municipal Court Judge’s Spot

8/24/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Two people have been nominated to fill an open position in the Findlay Municipal Court. The Courier reports the Hancock County Republican Party has recommended either Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller or Findlay Assistant Law Director Alan Hackenberg take retiring Judge Robert Fry’s spot. Fry was elected as a Republican, so the local Republican party handles nominating his replacement.

Miller and Hackenberg will be interviewed by the governor’s office. Party Chairman Jim Baker tells the newspaper the process could take about a month.

Whoever is selected will fill the rest of Fry’s term, which runs through 2017.

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Commissioner’s Meeting Raises More Questions About Ohio Means Jobs Contract

08/23/16 – 4:42 P.M.

Commissioners aren’t sure what the money being asked for by Ohio Means Jobs will be used for. Hancock Commissioners met with Jobs and Family Services today to get answers. Commissioner Brian Robertson says they need to meet again.

Audio: Brian Robertson

The commissioners have already dedicated $30,000 to a Raise the Bar director and want to know what is different about this contract. The contract proposed could be worth up to $49,500.

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Initial Meetings Taking Place To Determine Future Of Vacant Lots In Flood Plane

8/23/16 – 11:36 A.M.

Several structures in the Blanchard River flood plane have been bought and demolished by the county since the 2007 flood. Discussions are getting underway now about what the future of those properties will be…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says not just anything can be put in the vacant lots…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

He says everyone involved will meet again in about a month to talk about potential ideas for the open spaces.

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