Review Category : Local News

Former Findlay Businessman Avoids Jail Time For Unpaid Taxes

9/21/16 – 7:31 A.M.

A former Findlay businessman has avoided prison time. The Lima News reports Tim DeHaven pleaded guilty to seven felony charges Tuesday. He was then entered into a diversion program for nonviolent offenders.

The charges against DeHaven included failure to file tax returns. In a previous interview with the newspaper, DeHaven admitted to owing back taxes and said he would pay them back. He added he had fallen behind after he suffered serious complications following surgery and his wife’s battle with cancer.

Under the deal, DeHaven must pay $4,000 in unpaid taxes and complete 100 hours of community service. The state will dismiss the charges when he completes the program.

DeHaven is the former owner of DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace in Findlay. There is still a location in Lima.

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Hancock County GOP Makes Plans To Fill Vacant County Positions

9/21/16 – 5:29 A.M.

The Hancock County Republican Party will meet next week to talk about how to fill a couple of vacant elected positions. Chairman Jim Baker tells the Courier that, “logic would dictate” they appoint Commissioner Phil Riegle to be the interim county prosecutor. The position came open when Governor John Kasich appointed current prosecutor Mark Miller to fill the unexpired term of Judge Robert Fry who retired last month. Riegle is running as a write-in candidate for prosecutor and is the only candidate for the office.

That would mean the GOP would have to find a replacement for Riegle as a commissioner. Baker says the party is setting up a screening process for candidates. He added it could take until November for an appointment to be made.

Riegle’s term runs through 2018.

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Upgrades Planned For Hancock County Juvenile Court

9/21/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Hancock County officials are reviewing plans to renovate the probate and juvenile court in Findlay. The Courier reports an architect met with the county commissioners and Judge Kristen Johnson to review the plans Tuesday. The proposal includes adding security to the front of the building, and upgrading the second floor.

If approved, the entrance to the court would have a new security area installed. The security checkpoint would replace the interior front doors and an existing open area. Other security improvements would see windows replaced and an alcove enclosed.

The second floor of the court is currently used for storage. The plans call for using the area as office space. The proposal also calls for a conference room, computer lab, waiting area, and bathrooms on the second floor.

The cost estimate won’t be available until the bid documents are finished.

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Findlay City Council Passes Ordinance To Work On Roads

09/20/16 – 11:43 P.M.

Findlay City Council passed an ordinance at their meeting Tuesday to cooperate with ODOT and resurface some roads. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says the future project will be between around the highway.

Road Projects

This is a partnership with ODOT that is renewed every year. Schmelzer said that ODOT helps as long as the city does its part.

ODOT Helps

The city’s share of the project is estimated to be $230,000.

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City Council Votes To Give Raise The Bar Funds

09/20/16 – 10:48 P.M.

Findlay City Council voted to give money to the Raise The Bar Organization to help with operations. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the $30,000 dollars will go to pay for the director.

Mayor Mihalik

Mihalik says that it is exciting to be able to get things moving in the organization.

Mayor Mihalik

After a long discussion, council voted in favor of the deal after amending the ordinance to allow council a seat on the board. Council voted in favor of the deal with only 3 votes against it.

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Oktoberfest Will Have Games, Dancing, And Beer

09/20/16 – 10:08 P.M.

Oktoberfest is coming to Downtown Findlay this Saturday and event coordinators are prepared. Downtown Coordinator Carla Treadway says the event was a hit last year so they aren’t holding anything back.

Being Prepared

She says that crowds will be drawn to the event for various things. There’s polka music to dance to among other things.

Dancing

There is also beer available. Treadway says that there will be a variety to choose from if you’re a beer drinker.

Beer Selection

Oktoberfest will also have fun German games to compete in.

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Health and Wellness Fair Coming To UF This Thursday

09/20/16 – 5:08 P.M.

The Annual Health and Wellness fair will be held at the University of Findlay this Thursday. The annual Cosiano Health Center’s Health and Wellness Fair is from 10am-1pm and free to attend. The fair will be in the Alumni Memorial Union located on Frazer Street and is open to the public. This year’s fair will have many participants giving health screenings and educational displays. Some of these include cancer patient services, chiropractic health, vision checks, and much more.

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Whittier Primary School Put On Lock-down, Removed After Police Searched The Area

09/20/16 – 4:27 P.M.

Whittier Primary School went on a level one lockdown after two students and a school administrator thought they heard a gunshot outside the building. The Courier reports that the incident was reported to police around 1:45 pm. Nothing indicating a gunshot was located after police checked the area. Around 2 pm police cleared the scene and the school was taken off of the lockdown. An alert was sent out a little before 2:10 pm.

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Exploring Career And Job Fair Coming To Hancock County Fair Grounds This Thursday

09/20/16 – 3:36 P.M.

There is a job fair coming to the Hancock County Fairgrounds Legacy Building this Thursday. The Exploring Career and Job Fair is from 9am-1pm and will include high school students from all over the county. The free job will be open to the public from 1-4pm. A release says it is a great opportunity for prospective employees to meet with 24 area employers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes.

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Unemployment Rate Declines For Most Area Counties

9/20/16 – 11:36 A.M.

Unemployment rates were down for the most part for the region in August. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports most counties saw a lower rate. Hancock County remained unchanged at 3.5 percent. That’s slightly higher than it was in August of 2015, when the unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

Unemployment declined in Allen (4.6 in August vs. 5.3 in July), Henry (4.2 in August vs. 4.5 in July), Hardin (4.9 in August vs. 5.2 in July), Putnam, (3.2 in August vs 3.5 in July), Seneca (4.4 in August vs. 4.7 in July), Wood (4.0 in August vs. 4.1 in July), and Wyandot (3.4 in August vs. 3.7 in July) Counties.

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