Review Category : Local News

County Red Cross Offices Offering Clean Up Kits for Flood Recovery

06/29/15     10:48 a.m.

As rivers and creeks continue to recede, cleanup from flooding is starting. Local Red Cross offices have supplies available for those who may need them.

In Findlay, clean up kits are available at the Red Cross at 125 Fair Street. In Putnam County, there are a few places to get the kits. The first is the Red Cross, which has moved to 227 East Main Street in Ottawa. There are also supplies available at the Kalida Fire Department for residents there.

Hancock County Red Cross Director Todd James said we were fortunate to have only minor flooding in our area. James said they have sent a load of clean up kits north to Wood and Lucas Counties to help with their major flooding.

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Body Of Forest Man Found Sunday Afternoon

6/29/15 – 9:37 A.M.

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the events surrounding the death of a Forest man Sunday afternoon. The body of 37-year-old Michael Winkle was found in a home at 15464 State Route 37 in Jackson Township.

Investigators say the Delaware Couty Sheriff’s Office notified authorities in Wyandot County about a potential situation Sunday. An active warrant for Winkle had been issued after he apparently had been texting a Raymond woman and threatening to harm himself.

A ping on Winkle’s cell phone location led deputies to the 15000 block of Township Highway 87 in Jackson Township. While in the area investigators ran into Winkle’s brother, who led them to the home where Winkle’s body was found.

The cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Two Injured In Crash Near Arlington

6/29/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A crash just north of Arlington injured two people late last week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the two-car crash happened on U.S. 68 near Hancock County Road 24 around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

A crash report says 29-year-old Scott Pontious of Sanford, Michigan was stopped in traffic on Route 68 when he was hit from behind by 49-year-old Vanessa Rieman of Arlington. Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Rieman was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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Gas Prices Higher To Start Holiday Work Week

6/29/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we enter the holiday-shortened work week. According to, Findlay drivers are paying around $2.73 for a gallon of regular today. That’s nine cents higher than last Monday, but down from last week’s high of $2.88 a gallon. Ottawa drivers are paying a penny more, at $2.74.

Around the state, the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.80. That’s up eight cents from last week but down from a midweek high of $2.84.

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Monday Interview: McComb Kicking Off Heart and Soul Program

06/29/15     5:30 a.m.

In February, McComb received the Heart and Soul Grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to organize the community. Heart and Soul Project Coordinator Joe Wasson said the interesting thing about the project is the ultimate goal depends on who you ask.

Audio: Joe Wasson

In general, the project is designed to help the McComb region plan what it wants to work toward in the future. Now the Heart and Soul team is moving into phase 2 to seek input from the community. At the McComb Fireworks Festival July 4th they’ll begin collecting ideas.

Audio: Sidney Jasper

Community Organizing Intern Sidney Jasper said the hope is this kickstarts creativity and interest in the project. The invitation is open to not just McComb residents, but the region as a whole including Hoytville and Blanchard, Jackson, Pleasant and Portage Townships.

You can learn more about the project on their website or by following them on Facebook.

Click play below to listen to the full interview.

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More Rail Crossings Closed In Findlay

6/29/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Railroad repair work will close two more crossings in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering department says the CSX crossings at Bigelow Avenue and Pearl Street will be closed today through July 3. You’ll still be able to get to homes and businesses in those areas, but you will not be able to cross the tracks at any time this week.

Detours will be posted in both areas. You’re asked to avoid the area where repair work is happening if possible.


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Floodwaters Close Columbus Grove Pool For Second Time

6/29/15 – 5:16 A.M.

Floodwaters have once again closed the Columbus Grove pool. The Putnam County Sentinel reports water from the nearby Ottawa Creek flowed into the pool for the second time this month Saturday morning.

The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago. Since then workers had been pumping water out of the pool. It was also treated with chemicals to get it back in working order. The hope had been to reopen over the weekend, but that did not happen.

There’s no word on when the facility might reopen.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Two Injured In Findlay House Fire

6/29/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A Findlay house fire sent two people to the hospital Sunday morning. The Findlay Fire Department reports firefighters were called to 200 Locust Street just before 10 a.m.

The blaze was under control within five minutes of firefighters arriving at the home. The flames did an estimated $10,000 in total damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The two people taken to the hospital were not publicly identified. There was no information given on their injuries. Firefighters also saved two dogs, a cat, and iguana from the house.

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Area Rivers Receding (Again)

6/29/15 – 4:59 A.M.

The Blanchard River is out of flood stage in Findlay. After cresting just short of the moderate flood stage at a little over 11.8 feet Sunday morning, it is now in the action stage. Still, at over 10 feet the river does impact East Main Cross near Lye Creek and low lying areas in the city and county. South River Road and Howard Street behind the west side Walmart remain closed.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard appears to be leveling off. At last check it was in the minor flood stage at just under 26 feet. At that level the flood water is still impacting south Walnut and west Second Streets in the village. The Blanchard should drop below flood level by Wednesday morning.

Elsewhere in Putnam County, the Auglaize River is in the minor flood stage at over 13 feet. It’s expected to drop out of flood stage later this morning.

The flood waters have several roads in low-lying areas near the river closed this morning. The most notable closure is in Ottawa where U.S. 224 remains closed on the west side of the village.

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Findlay Police Officer Aaron Fletcher Shot and Killed Findlay Man June 9

06/26/15     5:40 p.m.

Findlay Police have released the name of the officer involved in the June 9th shooting of Jeremy Linhart.

A report from the Police Department said Officer Aaron Fletcher fired a single shot that hit 30-year-old Linhart in the chest. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he later died.

The report says Officer Andrew Rudnik made the initial traffic stop, pulling over the vehicle Linhart was a passenger in. The driver, Ericka Wright of Findlay, was found to be driving under suspension. Rudnik and Fletcher, who acted as back-up officer, ordered the vehicle be impounded per department policy and removed Wright and Linhart from the vehicle to perform inventory. Fletcher found a handgun and started a verbal exchange with Linhart. A physical struggle ensued and Fletcher shot Linhart.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification has not yet completed their investigation of the incident.

Fletcher is an 11-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

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