Review Category : Local News

Local Business Owners Get Tips On Cyber Security

11/17/16 – 10:55 A.M.

If you own a business and you haven’t switched over to chip readers for credit cards you might want to make that switch. That’s according to Jennifer Fry of First Federal Bank…

Audio: Jennifer Fry

Fry spoke at a presentation about cyber security to local business owners in Findlay Thursday morning. She adds if you use the chip device and something fraudulent happens, you’re not liable as a business.

Fry says the main reason businesses haven’t switched to the new chip-reading terminals is cost.

Brian Schrock also spoke during the presentation. He says you need to make sure employees are well versed on cyber threats…

Audio: Brian Schrock

Schrock also talked about a practice called “spear-phishing.” He said it’s a practice where hackers target higher level employees because they likely control the money for an organization.

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One Person Injured In Four-Car Crash Wednesday

11/17/16 – 8:22 A.M.

A four-car crash in Findlay sent one person to the hospital Wednesday morning. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened on County Road 95 near Melrose Avenue. 44-year-old Christina Rawl of Findlay was driving south on Bright Road when she rear-ended a car driven by 37-year-old Stephen Boston of Bowling Green. The chain reaction crash involved two other cars as well.

Hanco Ambulance took Rawl to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police cited her for an assured clear distance violation.

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Two Injured In One-Car Crash On Route 15 In Findlay

11/17/16 – 7:43 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two people on State Route 15 in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the northbound lanes of Route 15 near the Lima Avenue exit around 10:15 p.m.

A car driven by 56-year-old Tracey Launder of Rossford hit a guardrail in that area. Hanco Ambulance took Launder and a passenger to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Police cited Launder for operating a motor vehicle without reasonable control.

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Hancock County Sales Tax Receipts Down For November, Up For The Year

11/17/16 – 7:35 A.M.

Sales tax receipts received in Hancock County for November are down slightly compared to last year. At the same time overall number remain above 2015 figures. Numbers reported to the auditor’s office show $1.16 million in sales tax receipts for November of 2016. That’s down about 1.3 percent from 2015.

November tax receipts reflect sales made in August.

Overall sales tax collections are up 5.5 percent compared to 2015. The county has received more than $13.6 million this year.

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Drainage Issues At New Kan Du Studio Location Addressed

11/17/16 – 7:14 A.M.

A large abandoned cistern underneath the future Kan DU (Can Do) art studio parking lot is adding extra costs to the project. The Courier reports the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities approved a $120,000 change order for the project during a Wednesday meeting. Michael Arnold is a project architect. He told the board workers will destroy the cistern and then backfill it with stone.

The change order also pays for rerouting downspouts for drainage. There are no city regulations requiring that the spouts don’t empty into a sanitary sewer line. The city is working to separate storm and sanitary sewers. Board member Mary Walsh said the city may require the separation in the future and the bill could be much higher then.

The studio is part of Blanchard Valley Industries. Center officials hope to be in the new building at 318 West Main Cross Street in February.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Road 5 Petition Accepted By Commissioners

11/17/16 – 5:38 A.M.

A group of Putnam County residents wants to make sure Road 5 stays the way it is. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 40 people have signed a petition that would make sure the controversial road widening stays in place.

The petition itself has become controversial. That’s because County Commissioner John Love started the petition. During a Tuesday hearing he said, “I did it in my capacity as a resident of Putnam County and a registered voter in this county.” Opponents of the road widening asked that he abstain from voting to accept the petition. Love refused to do so.

All three commissioners voted in favor of accepting the petition.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Robbery Suspect Indicted

11/17/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A Wednesday hearing saw the Hancock County grand jury indict the man accused of robbing a Findlay business over the past weekend. The Courier reports 28-year-old Paul Porter faces a robbery charge. Investigators say Porter threatened an employee at the Blanchard Street Family Video location Sunday afternoon.

Porter allegedly took cash from the store before he ran off.

MORE: The Courier

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Alleged Victim Testifies In Hancock County Rape Trial

11/17/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Testimony in a Hancock County teenager’s rape trial continued Wednesday. The Courier reports the prosecution continued to call witnesses in their case against 19-year-old Kyle McDowell. The witnesses included the alleged victim, who testified for three hours.

The girl said she repeatedly told McDowell to stop and tried to get away. She said when the alleged assault was over she had a bloody nose and that McDowell had bruised her wrist and arm from pulling her into a bedroom.

Blanchard Valley Hospital Nurse Elizabeth Hampton testified the girl has a bruised cervix. She said the injury was consistent with a rape injury. On cross examination, she said consensual sex could have caused the injuries.

Wednesday’s testimony continued to focus on messages sent from McDowell to his alleged victim. Sheriff’s deputies testified McDowell sent several text and Snapchat messages to the girl in the days following the alleged incident. Many of the messages were apologetic in tone.

The trial continues today.

MORE: The Courier

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BGSU Officials Investigating Assaults

11/17/16 – 4:29 A.M.

Investigations are underway into a pair of assaults with racial undertones at Bowling Green State University. University officials say a female student had rocks thrown at her last week while being called a racial slur, and a man was shoved to the ground this week and called a derogatory name. Neither victim was seriously hurt. The school won’t say whether the attacks were linked to last week’s contentious presidential election.

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University Of Findlay Class Learns About Treatment Options Offered At Century Health

11/16/16 – 9:12 P.M.

A class at the University of Findlay got to learn about recovery options offered at Century Health for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Coordinator of substance abuse services Pat Hardy said that there are some people that are more susceptible to disorders than others.


Hardy added that at Century Health they offer out-patient and residential treatment options. She said that the most popular options are out-patient treatment.

Out Patient

Hardy added that they also offer residential services where people can receive help while living with others getting similar help. The level of care a patient needs is assessed by their current situation before being put into either option.

Level Of Care

The presentation was part of a weekly class offered every Wednesday in room 2225 of the Davis Street Building from 6-8 p.m. You can join the class when it is back in session on November 30

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