Review Category : Local News

Findlay Middle Schools Make Big Investment in Technology

1/29/15 – 4:51 A.M.

A grant from Marathon Petroleum means a big upgrade in technology for Findlay middle schools. The Courier reports 250 iPads, 36 laptops, and even probes to help students analyze data are arriving in the middle schools this week. The equipment is being bought with part of a $1.1 million grant announced last February.

The grant is designed to boost the school district’s science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Marathon engineers have also offered to partner with the school to help give lessons using the new technology.

MORE: The Courier

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Exotic Animals To Be Returned To Wood County Man

1/29/15 – 4:22 A.M.

Nearly a dozen animals seized from Tiger Ridge Exotics are being ordered to be returned. Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Agriculture tranquilized and removed six tigers, a black leopard, a lion, Kodiak bear, liger and a bob cat. Several hours later, a Wood County Common Pleas Court judge ordered them to be taken back, although a date and time for their return hasn’t been scheduled. State officials say owner Kenny Hetrick is in violation of a state law passed in 2012 that requires him to have a permit to have the animals.

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Climatologists Predicting Promising Planting Season for Farmers

01/28/15     5: 25 p.m.

Although it’s still a few months away, climatologists are already predicting the weather for planting season for farmers. From what they can tell so far, it looks like it will be warmer and dryer than normal come planting time.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from the Hancock County OSU Extension Office said a dryer season helps the plant get established quickly and once they are established they can handle adversity in the weather or to pests more effectively.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said predictors are indicating the wheat crop should come up in a normal time period near the end of March. All in all, Lentz said things look promising.

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Findlay Crime Prevention Officer Says Neighbors Are Key to Stopping Stranger Danger

01/28/15     4:56 p.m.

For the third time this school year, Findlay Police reported children were approached by an unknown person last week. Findlay Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Chris Huber said this is a problem that isn’t just a parent’s to worry about.

Audio: Chris Huber

Huber said the reality is the residents are the eyes and ears of Findlay neighborhoods, not the police.

Audio: Chris Huber

Huber said starting up a block watch program and getting to know your neighbors is a good way to get started. If you see something out of the ordinary it’s best to report it, no matter how small it may be. For parents, he suggests talking with your kids and making sure they’re walking through the neighborhood or to the bus stop in groups.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Lincoln St. Crash Wednesday Morning

01/28/15     4:50 p.m.

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car accident in the 200 block of East Lincoln Street on Wednesday.

The accident happened just after 8 a.m. Wednesday according to the Findlay Police Department. 42-year-old Jennifer Horstman of Findlay was turning west onto Lincoln Street from a parking lot and failed to yield to a car being driven east by 56-year-old James Shoop, also of Findlay.

Horstman was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital following the accident. She was cited for failure to yield.

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Gateway Church Offers Free Lunch and Dinner to Findlay-Area Officers

01/28/15     1:32 p.m.

The only thing better than a warm meal is a free warm meal. Gateway Church of Findlay is offering a free meal to those involved in Findlay-area law enforcement today at the Lighthouse. They served lunch from 11-2 and will have dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.

Audio: Kevin Grubinski

Kevin Grubinski is the Missions Director at Gateway. He said the meal is part of Operation Bless Back, a program where Gateway serves others in the community. Grubinski said last year they began the program with serving lunch to the Liberty-Benton School District staff. They’ve also taken gift baskets to the Findlay Fire Department.

Tonight’s meal is open to any officers from the Findlay Post of the State Highway Patrol, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Findlay Police Department as well as staff members.

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Missing Evidence At Allen County Sheriff’s Office Triggers Investigation

1/28/15 – 6:42 A.M.

An investigation is underway into missing items from the evidence room in the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The Lima News reports Sheriff Sam Crish has called in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to look into the matter. Crish tells the newspaper, ” I believe it’s more than just items being misplaced.”

No one from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will be involved in the investigation.

The items allegedly taken from the evidence lockup have not been made public. No employees have been placed on leave.

MORE: Lima News

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Weekend Fire In North Baltimore Ruled An Arson Case

1/28/15 – 5:31 A.M.

A weekend fire in North Baltimore has been ruled an arson. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the State Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze at 108 Rhodes Avenue.

The home was vacant and no utilities were hooked up. The property had recently been sold to the Wood County Park District.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the identification of anyone involved in setting the fire. If you have information on the case, you’re urged to call (800)589-2728.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune


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One Person Critically Injured In Crash Near North Baltimore

1/28/15 – 5:18 A.M.

One person was critically injured in a crash on I-75 near North Baltimore Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just before noon in the northbound lanes of the interstate.

22-year-old Chris Henderson of Archbold had pulled onto the berm of the highway. When Henderson tried to pull back onto the interstate, he was hit by a car driven by Mark Sutherin of Mount Victory, Ohio. The collision caused Sutherin’s car to hit an SUV driven by Nadeem Kahn of Dublin.

Henderson was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter. Sutherin and Kahn were not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Suit Filed Against Putnam County ESC

1/28/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A Putnam County man has filed suit against the county’s Educational Service Center. The Lima News reports Jackson Betscher is looking to recoup more than $18,000 in vacation time he says he is entitled to. Betscher’s suit claims that in 2014 his contract was partially suspended and wages were reduced due to what were called “financial reasons.” The suit claims the layoff and reduction in salary weren’t valid.

A visiting judge from Henry County has been brought in to hear the case. A pretrial hearing has been set for March 24.

MORE: Lima News

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