Review Category : Local News

Canadian Man Injured In Semi-Truck Crash Near Upper Sandusky

8/25/16 – 7:25 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 23 near Upper Sandusky injured a Canadian man Tuesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports two semi-trucks collided at the intersection of County Highway 4. 48-year-old Michael Miller was driving his semi northbound when he slowed to turn right. As he did, he was hit from behind by a semi driven by 42-year-old Rameez Ambeerlebbe.

Ambeerlebbe suffered minor injuries. Miller was not hurt.

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North Baltimore Man Sentenced For Role In 2015 Overdose Death

8/25/16 – 7:17 A.M.

A North Baltimore man will spend five years on community control for his connection to an overdose death. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 32-year-old Bradley Stemen was sentenced Tuesday. Stemen pleaded guilty to charges of permitting drug abuse and obstructing justice in the death of 35-year-old Todd Williams in 2015.

Stemen’s co-defendant in the case is 34-year-old William Patterson. He’ll be sentenced September 13.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Wind Turbine Project Update Given In Ottawa

8/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Ottawa Village Council was given an update on a wind turbine project at their most recent meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports representatives from OneEnergy and Whirlpool were on hand to talk about the what they’ll be building. OneEnergy is constructing a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine at the Ottawa Whirlpool plant. It’s expected to generate four million kilowatt-hours of energy every year for the facility.

Construction should start in September, and could be finished by the end of the year. The turbine will stand 260 feet tall, with a top blade height of 405 feet.

Aside from benefiting Whirlpool, the project will also generate around $9,000 per year in taxes. OneEnergy will also be offering scholarships to local students.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Tempers Flare At Findlay Tax Review Board Meeting

8/25/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Tempers flared during a Tax Review Board meeting in Findlay Wednesday. The Courier reports there was a dispute about using temporary staff members in the Income Tax Department. Auditor Jim Staschiak questioned if using a temp staff would affect the integrity of the office. He also asked whether temporary workers would be more likely to share confidential information.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said plans were in place to hire full-time employees for the positions. However, they weren’t satisfied with those who had applied. Since the city didn’t hire anyone, Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas needed to transfer $155,000 within the department to pay the temp workers.

City council will now be asked to transfer $155,000 from the salary fund to reimburse the tax department. Staschiak also questioned if the amount was the most exact that could be provided.

According to the newspaper, the meeting became heated, with officials raising their voices, arguing and interrupting each other.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Largely Avoids Severe Weather Outbreak

8/25/16 – 5:01 A.M.

A line of severe weather moved through the area last night, but Findlay and Hancock County were largely spared from any issues. The weather was close enough to cause some concern, though. A tornado warning was issued for northern Hancock County around 8:10 p.m., which led to sirens going off in Findlay for around 20 minutes. No tornadoes touched down in Hancock County

Areas to our west and northwest weren’t as fortunate. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports several funnel clouds were spotted Wednesday night. It’s also believed a tornado touched down west of Dupont just after 7:30 p.m. Power lines were knocked down in that area as a result of the storm.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said funnel clouds were spotted in the southern part of the county. Further to the north, there was a report of a touchdown near Napoleon. Homes and barns were damaged in that area.

Wood County also had tornado warnings issued throughout the evening, but no tornados are believed to have reached the ground.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the storm.

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University Professor Says Prevention Is Key To Dealing With Drug Disorders

08/24/16 – 10:16 P.M.

Tonight marked the first of several weekly forums at the University of Findlay addressing drug disorders. Dr. Mike Milks is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and he has opened one of his classes to the public. In his first class, he said that there are many reasons why people get addicted to drugs and he wants to look at preventing them.

Audio: Mike Milks

Milks covered various types of drugs and how their chemical makeup affect our bodies. You can join the class next Wednesday in room 2225 of the Davis Street building from 6-8 pm.

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Weekly Forums To Be Held At The University Of Findlay About Drug Disorders

08/24/16 – 9:52 P.M.

The University of Findlay will be hosting weekly forums about drug abuse every Wednesday. Dr. Mike Milks has opened one of his classes to the public to raise awareness of drug disorders. He will be having guest speakers from the area as well as experts in the field.

Audio: Mike Milks

The talks will be held in the Davis street building from 6-8 pm. Dr. Milks says that everyone is welcome to come and learn.

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Vice President Of A Marathon Subsidiary Enters Retirement

08/24/16 – 5:12 P.M.

Senior management at a Marathon subsidiary will see some changes as an executive enters retirement. The Courier reports Executive vice president and chief operating officer of MPLX’s MarkWest operations John Mollenkopf is retiring after 33 years of service. His replacement will be Gregory Floerke. He will remain at the MarkWest offices in Denver.

Mollenkopf was named executive vice president of the MarkWest operations in December of 2015.

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Police Arrive At 4-Year-Old’s Birthday Party

08/24/16 – 2:38 P.M.

A 4-year-olds birthday party was teeming with Findlay police officers on Sunday. The Courier reports that Wesley Love had a police themed birthday party. The Love’s invited officers from the Findlay Police Department to join in. The boy’s parents hoped that one or two officers would show up, but a total of 11 officers arrived.

Wesley’s parents say they hope that the kids at the party learned that police officers are trustworthy.

Officers provided a miniature powered patrol car to Wesley. Donations for the car came from Wal-mart and police officers.

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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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