Review Category : Local News

Husted Worried About Low Voter Turnout Despite High Early Numbers

10/28/14     4:28 p.m.

Election day is still a week away, but already in Ohio about half a million people have voted. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted was in Findlay and said he’s still worried.

Audio: Jon Husted

Husted said there are a number of reasons he’s expecting a low turnout, but mainly because of what’s on the ballot.

Audio: Jon Husted

Despite this, Husted reminded the crowd that in the 2013 general election there were 43 races in Ohio that were decided by one vote or tied.

Husted said now is the time to contact friends and family and remind them they have the opportunity to vote early or plan ahead so they can vote at the polls on election day.

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HHWP Offering Home Weatherization Assistance to Save Money on Energy Costs

10/28/14     12:52 p.m.

With winter right around the corner many homeowners are beginning to prepare their houses for colder weather. The Hancock Hardin Wyandot and Putnam Community Action Commission is also extending their weatherizing services for those who may not be able to afford it on their own.

Audio: Bob Pepple

Bob Pepple is the Director of Energy and Facilities at HHWP. He said they add insulation, look for air infiltration, check furnaces and water heaters all to be sure homeowners are saving as much money as they can.

Audio: Bob Pepple

The weatherization program is not just for homeowners, but also for renters or those living in mobile homes. The HHWP also extends this program to Allen County residents as well.

Pepple suggests that something any homeowner can do before the winter months is checking weather stripping around doorways or putting sealed plastic over windows. He said checking and caulking frame gaps where daylight is coming in will tell you where energy is going out.

To qualify you must be 200 percent below the poverty level or already on energy assistance. For more information on the weatherization assistance program, call 419-423-3755.

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Tiffin Man Injured When Van Lodges Under Semitrailer

10/28/14     12:15 p.m.

Site of semi/van accident

Site of semi/van accident

A Tiffin man was injured after a Seneca County Agency Transportation mini-van collided with a semitrailer last night. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on State Route 18 east of Bascom.

The State Highway Patrol reports 47-year-old Steven Brock of Feesburg was driving a semi west on 18 when he attempted to back onto Township Road 109. Brock pulled forward into the intersection, failing to yield the stop sign. 80-year-old Donald Hutzel was driving the Seneca County van then hit the left side of the semi, lodging beneath the trailer and trapping him inside the van.

Hutzel was taken to Mercy Hospital in Tiffin and was then transported to Mercy St. Vincent’s in Toledo. He is expected to be released today.

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Director Of Hancock County JFS To Retire This Week

10/28/14 – 10:55 A.M.

After more than 30 years working for Hancock County, Butch Bycynski will call it quits at the end of the week. The director of the Hancock County Job and Family Services agency was honored by the county commissioners today.

While the focus was on Bycynksi’s work, he said the credit goes to his staff…

Audio: Butch Bycynski

Bycynski started as the interim director of the agency in 2011. He said one of the big changes since then has been the collaboration between area counties…

Audio: Butch Bycynski

Bycynski won’t be taking it easy in retirement. He says he plans to volunteer more with Habitat for Humanity and area schools.

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Four Hurt In Crash Near Fostoria

10/28/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Four people were hurt in a crash near Fostoria Sunday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just before 2 p.m. on State Route 12, east of the city.

77-year-old Harlene Wood of Findlay was driving west on Route 12 when she tried to turn left into a private driveway. She pulled into the path of a car driven by 50-year-old Anna Delarosa of Van Buren. The collision sent Delarosa’s car left of center, where it struck a pickup truck hauling a boat driven by 45-year-old Robert Lippert of Fostoria.

Delarosa and two passengers were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A passenger in Wood’s car was also treated for minor injuries. Wood was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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Oxycodone Found During Findlay Traffic Stop

10/28/14 – 5:13 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a recent drug bust on I-75 in Findlay. Troopers pulled over a car for speeding in the southbound lanes near State Route 12 last Friday night. A drug dog alerted on the car, and inside troopers found 503 oxycodone pills in a resealed candy bag. The estimated value of the drugs was more than $12,000.

20-year-old Tonyetta Thomas of Southfield, Michigan was taken into custody. She’s been charged with possession of a schedule II drug.

 

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Fostoria Arson Trial Begins

10/28/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The first day of a Fostoria arson trial was full of activity. The Review-Times reports the jury was seated, opening statements were given, and several witnesses testified in the case against 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer. Schaeffer is charged with complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder and complicity to attempted murder in a May fire that killed two people on Poplar Street.

During opening statements, the prosecution argued that Schaeffer knew Shey Weiker was agitated on the night of the fire, and that giving her a railroad flare was the same as giving her a can of gasoline. The defense said that Weiker was trying to bring Schaeffer down with her and that she had already lied to police.

Weiker took the stand for the state. During her testimony, she said she was upset after she learned Marker had “raped” her son. She added that Schaeffer told her, “flares don’t leave fingerprints.”

Timothy Hall also testified, saying he tried saw Weiker come out of Schaeffer’s home with a flare on the night of the crime, and tried to talk her our of starting the fire. He also admitted he got rid of evidence.

The case is scheduled to continue today.

MORE: Review Times

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Bleachers at FHS Cooper Tire Track to be Ready for Next Track Season

10/27/14     9:27 p.m.

Findlay High School track spectators can expect bleachers at Cooper Tire Track to be ready for the spring season. The board of education approved a contract with E & D Specialty Stands of New York at tonight’s meeting.

The stands will seat 1,025 people and will be located on the west side of the track, with the back of the bleachers facing I-75. The bleachers themselves will cost about $230,000 with an additional $8,000 to powder coat the bleachers to prevent rust.

Superintendent Ed Kurt said construction will start almost immediately. Kurt said pillars can be put in before the first hard frost and construction on top of that can continue through the winter.

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Findlay School Board Approves Property Purchase for New Bus Garage

10/27/14     9:05 p.m.

The Findlay School Board approved the purchase of 0 Broad Ave, within the yellow area, for the site of its new bus garage.

The Findlay School Board approved the purchase of 0 Broad Ave, within the yellow area, for the site of its new bus garage.

Findlay’s Board of Education took a big step toward building a new bus garage at tonight’s meeting. The board approved the purchase of 12.5 acres of land at 0 Broad Ave. at the corner of W. Bigelow Ave.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt said the biggest part of the decision was location. The new property is well above the flood plain, as well as near many of the district’s buildings.

Kurt said the current garage at 0 S. Blanchard St. requires moving all 50 buses when Eagle Creek floods.

The district will buy the property for $160,000. The district will also use an undetermined portion a $1.1 million donation from Marathon Petroleum to help with the construction of the garage.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Before construction can begin, soil will be tested as a precaution beginning next week. Once the results are received the current owners Knuco LLC and Tappan LTD, both owned by Al Knueven, will go to the city planning committee to rezone the land from residential to light industrial. Provided there are no issues with soil and rezoning, the purchase will then be closed.

Kurt said the goal is to start building in the spring or summer. As of right now the board is not sure of the length of the construction project as plans have not yet been finalized.

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Riverside Sees Drop in Visitors and Revenue After Mild Summer Season

10/27/14     4:20 p.m.

Below-average temperatures this summer caused a decline in attendance at Findlay’s Riverside Park pool this summer and consequently a significant revenue loss. According to the Courier, an average hot summer sees about 30,000 visitors to the pool but this summer there were just over 18,000.

The decrease caused about a $22,000 loss for the YMCA which operates the pool. The city of Findlay maintains the pool and its equipment.

After adding a $50,000 water slide and a $6,000 shelter to the pool this summer, Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the city is committed to upgrading the pool to attract more visitors at some point, though not in the foreseeable future unless a major system malfunction would require it.

More: thecourier.com

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