Review Category : Local News

Five Teens Injured In Crash Near McComb

9/1/15 – 5:27 A.M.

A two-vehicle crash injured five teenagers near McComb Monday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened just after 8 the intersection of Hancock County Road 203 and Pleasant Township Road 123.

18-year-old Austin Watson was driving north on Road 123 when he reportedly ran a stop sign an hit a pickup truck driven by 25-year-old Trevor Tennant of McComb. Watson and his four passengers, all teenagers, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Marathon Center For The Performing Arts Schedule Unveiled

9/1/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The first season of events at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has been unveiled. The center posted its debut schedule on its website just after midnight Tuesday. The first show to take place at the renovated Central Middle School auditorium will be “Kenny Rogers presents ‘The Toy Shoppe'” on December 18. The musical stars Alan Thicke.

One unique show will be “The Real-ish Housewives of Hancock County,” which will feature actors parodying local events and headlines. That show takes place January 22 and 23.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert on February 19.

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McComb Water Improving

9/1/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Water quality appears to be improving in McComb. The Courier reports the village gave an update on the issues Monday. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said efforts to flush manganese from the system are making a difference. Fire hydrant flushing continues and the distribution of free water has been discontinued.

During the hydrant flushing process residents are urged to run water in their homes to remove discolored water from their pipes. The hydrant flushing started last week and will continue through this week.

Manganese in the water system caused water in the village to turn brown this summer because of the way the mineral reacts with chlorine. The Ohio EPA has maintained that the manganese is not a health risk. McComb is considering replacing filters at the water treatment plant in the hopes that will help prevent future problems.

MORE: The Courier

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Wood County ATV Thefts Investigated

9/1/15 – 4:22 A.M.

ATV owners in Wood County are being urged to keep them locked up and out of view amid a rash of thefts. Sheriff’s deputies say a dozen ATVs have been stolen from homes and farms across the county. One or two groups of suspects are apparently trolling for ATVs that are left in plain sight with the keys in the ignition. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who sees something suspicious to call them.

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Record Crop Yields Predicted Across Midwest

8/31/2015   5:30pm

Even though Hancock County and Northwest Ohio have seen significant crop setbacks this year due to weather, the rest of the country is projected to see record yields. Hancock Extension Agriculture Educator Ed Lentz says records are predicted across the corn belt.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says high crop yields are predicted in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin which will help bring about record corn yields nationwide.

Soybean yields are predicted to be lower than they were last year in Hancock County, but Lentz says that in spite of the weather in northwest Ohio this year, yields may still be record setting.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says that record crop production in other states for corn, soybeans and wheat predict a record yield for crops however Hancock County has not seen significant production this year due to less than stellar weather conditions.

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United Way Gearing Up For 2015 Campaign

8/31/2015    5:30pm

The Hancock County United Way is getting ready to kick off its 2015 fundraising campaign. CEO John Urbanski says that the United Way raised the fundraising bar last year and their goal is to do even better this year.

Audio: John Urbanski

The United Way of Hancock County is partnered with several organizations and awards grants each year to a wide variety of local charities and organizations.

Audio: John Urbanski

The 2015 campaign will kick off on Thursday, September 10th with a Sock-Hop at Alexandria’s. The event is slated to begin at 5pm. For more information, contact the United Way at 419-423-1430.


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Fostoria Trailer Fire Ruled An Arson. Reward Offered.

8/31/2015    4:15pm

Saturday’s mobile home fire at Nye’s Trailer Park in Fostoria has officially been ruled an arson, officials announced this afternoon. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says that the investigation has determined the fire to be incendiary and anyone with information about the blaze is encouraged to come forward.

Audio: Chief Kevin Loreno

Authorities are looking for any information on the fire, and a reward is being offered for information about who may have set the fire.

Audio: Chief Kevin Loreno

Anyone with information is urged to call either Fostoria Police Department at 419-435-8573 or the Ohio State Fire Marshal at 800-589-2728.

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Local Officials Weigh In On Marijuana Ballot Measure

8/31/2015  1:30pm

This fall, voters will get the chance to decide as to whether marijuana will be legal to sell and use in the state of Ohio by voting on State Issue 3. Reaction has been strong on either side of the debate. Local authorities have also weighed in on some potential ramifications should the ballot measure be approved by Ohio voters.

State Representative Robert Sprague says that the organization working to pass the measure, ResponsibleOhio, represents a small group of wealthy investors which, if the ballot measure would pass, would effectively create an oligopoly market for the marijuana as the measure would only allow certain facilities to grow and process marijuana legally.

“They get the exclusive rights to sell marijuana in the State of Ohio which they estimate to be a billion dollar market. So they are going to make a ton of money off of this scheme.” said Sprague

To that end, Sprague said that the Ohio Assembly drafted another ballot measure, State Issue 2 which if also passed would prohibit the creation of monopolistic commercial practices through ballot measures in the State of Ohio. Sprague said that the measure was drafted in direct response to Responsible Ohio and the State Issue 3 measure, but would also prohibit other commercial enterprises from using money and influence to control their markets through ballot measures

“Any large company to have the exclusive right to sell a product in the State of Ohio? They’d love to be able to do that so the bottom line is we’ve got to put a stop to this.” said Sprague

Sprague also noted that State Issue 2 would apply to businesses moving forward and not be retroactively applied to businesses currently in operation in Ohio.

One of the arguments put forth in favor of the legalization of marijuana has been that resources in law enforcement would be freed up to pursue major drug offenses. Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller says though that wouldn’t be the case. Citing the recent legalization in Colorado, Miller notes that law enforcement saw major increases in marijuana-related offenses after the measure was passed.

“For the first six months of 2014 they saw a 77% increase in their DUI offenses where marijuana was involved. 42% of those were just marijuana DUI offenses. So I think we’ll see an increase in that.” said Miller.

Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman also noted a potential consequence of the measure would affect drug screens for job applicants. Noting that some employers already have a difficult time finding qualified applicants, that law could adversely impact people who apply for certain kinds of jobs.

“We’re having trouble now finding people that are qualified employees. Other places, if they legalize, if we start taking urine samples for employment how are they going to pass these tests?” said Heldman.

Still, an argument put forth in favor of legalization points to potential tax revenues generated for the State of Ohio should the measure pass. However, Representative Sprague notes that the wording of the measure would absolve the companies that benefit from passage of significant tax burden.

“It’s a 15% tax. The people that drafted this amendment completely absolved themselves of any taxes from the distributions from their companies” said Sprague.

And Sprague notes that even if the people would wish to change the law after passage, they would be prohibited from doing so as the measure is a constitutional amendment.

“Since it’s written in the Ohio Constitution, the General Assembly or the people of the State of Ohio through their elected representatives cannot change that tax structure.” said Sprague.

Ohio voters will decide on both State Issue 2 and State Issue 3 on the ballot on November 3rd.

Click here for more information on State Issue 2.

Click here for more information on State Issue 3.

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Dysert Waived From Denver Broncos

8/31/2015   12:23pm

The Denver Broncos on Monday waived nine players, including third-year quarterback Zac Dysert. The Courier reports Dysert, an Ada High School grad and former Miami University star, spent 2013 on the Broncos active roster but never took snap for Denver as the third-string quarterback behind starter Peyton Manning and backup Brock Osweiler. He spent all of last season on the team’s practice squad.

Dysert saw limited action in the preseason for Broncos. He was 2 of 5 passing for 14 yards in Denver’s first exhibition game of the season. He did not see action in the team’s last two preseason contests.

More: The Courier

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Record Attendance For Concert At Allen County Fair

8/31/15 – 6:52 A.M.

The Allen County Fair was packed to the gills Saturday night. The Lima News reports the fair set an attendance record for a concert at the fairgrounds. 11,500 people were on hand for the Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt show. Last year 10,000 showed up for a Toby Keith concert.

So many people bought tickets for the show that they had to park at the nearby OSU Lima campus and take a shuttle to the show.

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