Review Category : Local News

Huntington Insurance Suing Seven Former Findlay Office Employees

8/26/14    4:19 p.m.

Huntington Insurance Inc. is suing a number of former employees from its Findlay office for conspiring against Huntington.

According to the Toledo Blade, Huntington filed a lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court claiming Teresa Kuntz of Arcadia and Lorie Montague of Van Buren used confidential information to lure customers from Huntington to Montague’s new business, Benefit Strategies Agency, LLC. Huntington said they’ve lost more than 60 customers to the business since Aug. 1.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against six other former employees, who all resigned from Huntigton on Aug. 1. Brett Montague of Van Buren, Vanessa Allen of Fremont, Sondra Hassenauer of Wapakoneta and Roderick Wood and Bonnie Elsea of Findlay all now work for or with Benefit Strategies according to the suit.

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Rural Fostoria Man Sentenced to Jail Time for Creating “Fostoria Purge Night” Facebook Event

8/26/14   1:30 p.m.

On August 18th, Fostoria Police were made aware of an individual creating an event on Facebook that was referred to as “Fostoria Purge Night.”

24-year-old Andrew Dean Wright of rural Fostoria was charged with inducing panic for creating the event. Today Wright was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The event was based on the horror film the Purge in which all crime is legal for 12 hours. The Facebook event was scheduled for a date and time in August and an invitation to 208 people via Facebook was placed.

Comments to the Facebook page included using guns, knives or “anything to kill”. Further, there were comments posted including “gang raping”.

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City of Findlay Seeking Opinions From Quality of Life Survey

8/26/14   11:05 a.m.

Don Essex has only been human resources director for the city of Findlay for about five months, but from his perspective things are moving in the right direction.

Audio: Don Essex

Essex is spearheading the city’s new quality of life survey, a part of their strategic communication plan. The goal of the survey is to ask not only those who live in Findlay but also those who work here, what they like and dislike about the city.

Audio: Don Essex

The deadline for the surveys is the end of August. Essex said the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance has distributed some via email, but the survey is also available on the city’s website.

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Community Group Offers To Pay For Baseball Diamond Lights In McComb

8/26/14 – 5:09 A.M.

There could be more night baseball in McComb in the future. The Courier reports village council talked about adding lights to some of the fields at the village park during their Monday meeting. The nonprofit McComb Community Partnership told council the organization would be willing to donate the money to light one or two baseball diamonds.

Representatives for the partnership said the lighted fields could help draw in teams from out-of-town to play in tournaments.

Village Administrator Kevin Siferd will now get prices for lights and poles.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay City Schools Taking Steps to Help Students Dealing With Trauma

8/25/14   10:42 p.m.

Findlay City Schools has begun the process of creating a trauma informed care plan for its students. Barbara Dysinger, board member and 30-year mental health professional, is spearheading the plan.
According to a study, 13 of every 30 students is affected by some type of trauma.
In order for everyone in Findlay to be on the same page, 13 community organizations including Findlay City Schools, sat down to create a community trauma informed care plan. Dysinger and three other Findlay employees represented the school system.
Dysinger said some students behavior is just unexplainable to most, but can be attributed to trauma under the surface. She said all the organizations coming together will benefit the student when the time comes because everyone will be able to respond based on the plan.
The school will now have a year of training and planning to create a process for responding to trauma.
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UPDATE: University Of Findlay Students Robbed At Gunpoint Early This Morning

8/25/15 – 8:46 A.M.
UPDATE – 10:22 A.M.

The University of Findlay is reminding students to be cautious after two students were robbed at gunpoint early this morning…

Audio: David Emsweller

UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Emsweller says students have been referred to safety guidlines on the school’s website in the wake of the incident.

He adds the school is taking this very seriously…

Audio: David Emsweller

The Findlay Police Department says the robbery happened in the 300 block of Howard Street around 12:30 a.m.

Two people were walking in the area when they were approached by a man who pulled a gun on them. The suspect took the victims’ cell phones and ran away.

The man is described as black, about 5’6″ to 5’8″ inches tall, and around 160 to 170 pounds. He had a muscular build and was wearing black clothing and a black ski mask.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the police at (419)424-7163.


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Findlay Business Damaged By Fire Monday Morning

8/25/14 – 8:34 A.M.
UPDATE: 10:57 A.M.

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A Findlay business was destroyed by a fire this morning. Firefighters were called to Sinks Flower Shop and Greenhouse in the 400 block of 2nd Street. No one was injured but the owners say the building say it was completely destroyed.

The business is owned and operated by Chuck and Paula Clapper. Paula tells the Courier the fire looked suspicious, but didn’t go into further detail. Fire Chief Tom Lonyo says an investigation is underway. Firefighters are expected to contend with hot spots at the location the rest of the day.

A plaque near the front door says the business was established in 1926.

The Clappers also own Alpine Florist at 2700 North Main Street. All orders from Sinks will be transferred to Alpine.


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Gas Prices Up A Little To Start The Week

8/25/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Gas prices are up a few cents from a week ago. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.32. That’s up three cents from last Monday and a penny from a month ago.

Around our area, the average price in Findlay was around $3.37 early this morning. In Ottawa drivers were paying $3.35. In Fostoria the average price was around $3.41 a gallon.

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Two Injured In Hancock County Motorcycle Crash

8/25/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Michigan man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Hancock County over the weekend. The State Patrol says the accident happened on the exit ramp to the rest stop off of I-75 south of Findlay late Friday afternoon.

50-year-old John Sedlack lost control as he attempted to exit the interstate. His motorcycle overturned, ejecting him and his passenger, 59-year-old Julie Edick. Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Sedlack was cited for failure to control.


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Fostoria Teen Injured In Weekend Crash

8/25/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A Fostoria teenager was badly injured in a one-car-crash over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened Friday night on County Road 26 west of Tiffin.

17-year-old Austyn Ray was driving northwest on Road 26 when he lost control of his Mercury Tracer on a curve and hit a culvert. The collision caused the car to overturn several times before coming to a rest in a ditch. Ray was incapacitated and taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

The crash remains under investigation.


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