Review Category : Local News

Two Arrested Following Fostoria Drug Raid

6/17/16 – 4:26 A.M.

Two men are in jail after a drug raid in Fostoria. Police and Drug Task Force agents seized heroin, cocaine and marijuana yesterday from a Countyline Street home, along with drug paraphernalia and cash. Chester Pettaway Junior and Cedric Yarbrough were arrested on drug trafficking and possession charges.

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State Rep Tim Brown Takes New Job, Resigns From State House

6/16/16 – 10:43 A.M.

State Representative Tim Brown is stepping down from his post. According to his Facebook page, Brown has accepted a job as the President of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Brown had represented Ohio’s 3rd House District, which covers Wood County.

A statement on Brown’s Facebook page says, “While I will no longer continue to serve as your Representative in the Ohio Legislature, I will continue to serve the citizens of Wood County and the Toledo Metropolitan area in our regions council of governments. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your years of support, and the trust you placed in me to serve in public office.”

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State Grant Will Help Revitalize Lima Skyscraper

6/16/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Plans are underway to return a skyscraper in Lima to use. The Lima News reports an $800,000 grant has been awarded by the state to help pay for a $15 million renovation project at the First National Bank and Trust Building on the town square. Plans are to convert the first floor to retail space, with offices on the second and third floors. The rest of the 12 floors will be dedicated to housing.

Ten of the housing units will go be available at the market rate in the city, while rent for the other units will be based on income.

The building is 90-years-old. It has sat empty for around 25 years.

MORE: Lima News

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Arcadia Schools Invest In Technology

6/16/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The Arcadia School District is making a big investment in technology. The Courier reports the school board voted to spend just over $59,000 on three technology-related projects. The board has agreed to pay CDI $28,900 for 100 new laptops for students in grades seven through 12.

Another $14,950 will be spent to replace 50 computers in the business and technology lab. 25 wireless access points will be installed in the school at a cost of $15,485.

MORE: The Courier

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Van Buren School Board Approves New Teacher Contract

6/16/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A new contract for Van Buren school teachers was approved this week. As part of the deal, the step-raise system was stretched out to better match changes to the State Teachers Retirement System. The Courier reports teachers are now expected to work around 38 years to hit retirement, instead of the previous 30. At the same time, Van Buren teachers could hit the top of the pay scale after 18 years.

Under the new retirement guidelines that would mean around 20 years of being paid at the top of the pay scale. Superintendent Tim Myers said that wouldn’t be sustainable for the district.

Under the new agreement teachers will have to work 30 years before hitting the top of the pay scale.

MORE: The Courier

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Process Of Buying Property For Putnam County Diversion Channel Begins

6/16/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District has started the process of buying property to build a diversion channel near Ottawa. The Courier reports the district voted this week to notify landowners of the initial terms. The agency does have the power to use eminent domain for the process. That means the government can take the land needed for the channel as long as the landowners are paid what’s determined to be a fair price.

At least one family plans to fight the issue. Alan Kuhlman tells the Courier the proposed channel would take about eight acres of his property at 10979 Road I-9. He says it would isolate another 30 acres. The farm has been recognized as a Century Farm by both the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Catholic Charities.

The proposed channel is estimated to cost $5 million. It would be around 4,000 feet long. Project Engineer Steve Wilson says the channel would help water take a direct route around an oxbow in the River. The channel is expected to reduce flood levels by up to 9 inches.

The lowering of the Road I-9 embankment is expected to drop flood levels by another six inches. That part of the project is complete for the most part.

MORE: The Courier

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New Leads Sought In BG Cold Case

The search for a Bowling Green State University professor’s killer is now three-years-old, but police say they’re not giving up. Detectives say they’re still investigating the beating death of Dawn Glanz, but new evidence has become elusive. Glanz’ body was found in her Kensington Drive home in 2013. A ten-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

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Moving This Summer? New Website Helps Avoid Moving Scams

6/15/16 – 10:33 A.M.

Summer months are a popular time to buy houses. Along with that process comes the inevitable move. If you’re planning a move this summer there are some things you need to look out for to avoid scams…

Audio: Scott Darling

Scott Darling is the acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He tells WFIN’s Chris Oaks that a reputable moving company will also do an on-site inspection before they give you a quote. He adds a large deposit is a red flag, and you should never sign a blank document.

Darling is promoting the ProtectYourMove.gov website, which aims to make the moving process a little easier…

Audio: Scott Darling

Some horror stories he’s heard include people having a mover load up all their possessions and then never seeing them again. He adds more commonly movers don’t know their rights if a moving company tries to change the terms of the deal.

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Hancock Park District Renews Insurance For Employees

6/15/16 – 7:18 A.M.

The Hancock County Park District will pay a little more for health insurance for its employees. The Courier reports the district commissioners approved renewing benefits during a Tuesday meeting. The cost will be nearly $11,000 in monthly premiums. That’s a roughly 5.4 percent increase from last year.

The park district has 10 full-time employees.

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