Review Category : Local News

Several Renovation Projects At Municipal Building Finished

3/20/17 – 5:36 A.M.

The city has finished parts of a four-year, $550,000 renovation project in the Findlay Municipal Building. The Courier reports changes appear subtle to the general public, but make operations in the building smoother. The police records department is now on the third floor. The police chief and detectives are now on the ground floor. The Findlay Municipal Court and most of its reconfigured office space take up most of the building’s second floor.

Dave Beach is the city’s director of court services. He says drug testing is now done in a private restroom. Employees must buzz visitors in to see probation officers, as they and other areas are key-card protected. The attorney-client meeting rooms are in separate, private compartments behind locked doors.

The next phase of the remodeling project includes turning an empty room in a new courtroom. The city hopes to hire a magistrate to work in that courtroom. The magistrate would handle arraignments and fines.

The city only used $50,000 of general fund money for the project. Court fees earmarked for improvements paid for the rest.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off Today

3/20/17 – 5:20 A.M.

Today is the first day of spring, and it’s also the first day of Severe Weather Awareness Week. That includes is a statewide tornado drill scheduled for 9:50 a.m. Wednesday. During the drill, Ohio counties and towns will sound and test their outdoor warning sirens. The national weather service is encouraging schools, businesses, and households to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans at the same time.

Ohio’s tornado season is normally April 1 through July 30.

You can go to WeatherSafetyOhio.gov to review severe weather safety information and to make sure your home is ready in case of an emergency.

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Child Injured In Crash Near McComb

3/20/17 – 5:10 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a nine-year-old girl near McComb Sunday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on State Route 186 near the State Route 235 intersection just after 3 p.m.

42-year-old Danny Collins of McComb was driving north when he went off the road, crossed County Road 97, and overturned. McComb EMS took Collins’ passenger, 9-year-old Marlaina Collins, to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but the investigation remains open.

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I-75 Widening Resumes Today

3/20/17 – 5:01 A.M.

Orange barrels start appearing on I-75 in our area again this week. ODOT says reconstruction and widening work resumes today. Crews will reduce both directions of the interstate from three lanes down to two between Hancock County Road 99 and Oil Center Road in Wood County. ODOT is installing temporary pavement markers to prepare for a traffic pattern change. Workers could reduce this stretch of the interstate to one lane in each direction from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night.

The widening of I-75 in Findlay starts late next week or early the following week. Crews will reduce both lanes of the interstate to one lane from the area near the Blanchard River to County Road 99 between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. each night. ODOT is installing temporary pavement to prepare for future shifts in traffic patterns.

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Focus On Friends Offers New Support For LGBTQ+ Community

03/20/17 – 2:26 P.M.

Focus on Friends is offering a new peer support group designed for the LGBTQ+ community. Men’s Recovery Home Coordinator Ben Hippensteel said that Open Air’s focus is on acceptance.The goal is to make people feel welcome and to show that there is support for the LGBTQ community.

He said that he designed the group to have a club-like scene to it. There will be music and disco lights to help make people comfortable.

Hippensteel added that people don’t have to stay for the meeting part if they don’t want to. There is a place for people to just sit and hang out or play pool.It’s open to family and friends of people in the LGBT community as well.

The group meets the first and third Friday of the month at 7:30 at Focus on Friends. You can catch the full interview with Ben Hippensteel below

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Trooper Recognized For Saving A Life In November

03/17/17 – 5:44 P.M.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was recognized Thursday for saving a woman’s life. Trooper Robert Gatchel earned the Patrol’s certificate of recognition.

On November 16 Gatchel was on patrol around Piqua Road near Grubb Road in Allen County. He pulled a woman over for a speeding violation. He noticed that she was in distress and wasn’t breathing properly. She made the universal sign for choking and Gatchel removed her from the vehicle to perform the Heimlich maneuver. He dislodged a piece of food from the driver’s airway, saving her life.

Findlay District Commander Captain Gene Smith said, ” Trooper Gatchel’s immediate response and calm demeanor in an emergency situation saved the victim’s life.”

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Car Caught Fire ON South Blanchard Street

03/17/17 – 5:12 P.M.

A vehicle caught fire Friday morning on South Blanchard Street in Findlay. Findlay Fire Captain Jerry Greer said that it only took about 2 minutes to get under control, though.

Jerry Greer

Greer said the driver hit a bump in the street which knocked the power out of his car. He managed to get pulled over in front of the laundromat before the engine caught fire.

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Fire In Downtown Tiffin Closes Street

03/17/17 – 3:28 P.M.

There is a large fire on in downtown Tiffin closing Market Street and the bridge. Media partner WTOL-11 reports that crews are battling a large fire that started in the Kears Speed Shop building. Drivers have been asked to avoid the area and find an alternate route.

The cause of the fire is unknown. We will have more information as it becomes available.

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Emergency Responders To Train In Grain Bin Extraction

03/17/17 – 3:18 P.M.

Emergency responders in Hancock County are training in grain bin rescues next Saturday. EMA director Lee Swisher says that grain bins can act like quicksand.

Lee Swisher

The training includes the use of a grain bin simulator.

Lee Swisher

As the grain circulates it will suck in a volunteer attached to harnesses. This will allow the responders to train in extracting someone from a grain bin.

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