Review Category : Local News

Filing Deadline For May Primary Is This Afternoon In Hancock County

2/6/14 – 8:58 A.M.

The Hancock County Board of Elections was closed yesterday while the county was under a level 3 snow emergency.  That presented a problem, because yesterday was supposed to have been the deadline for candidates to file to run in the May primary election.  However since the offices were closed, the state allowed the board to extend the deadline to 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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BG Police Warn Businesses About Gift Card Scam

2/6/14 – 8:20 A.M.

Bowling Green Police are warning area businesses of a gift card scam. The Sentinel-Tribune reports police were told that a BG business was called by a man who identified himself as Don Richardson from InComm, a business that processes gift and phone card transactions. The man asked a clerk at the store to activate a certain type of card for a system test. When he was told they the store didn’t have that card, he asked the clerk to activate two Verizon cards. Once that was done the man hung up.

InComm has confirmed the man did not work for them. Police warn you should be careful about conducting business over the phone without verifying name and contact information.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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One Injured In Findlay Crash

2/6/14 – 7:40 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay man Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 22-year-old Austin Davis was driving north in the 500 block of North Blanchard Street when he lost control and went into the southbound lanes, hitting a car driven by 22-year-old Justin Hornback of Tanner, Alabama.

Davis was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. He was also cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.


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Gas Leak Forces Evacuations In McCutchenville

2/6/14 – 7:17 A.M.

Residents of a Seneca County village were evacuated from their homes Wednesday night following a gas leak. The Advertiser-Tribune reports McCutchenville firefighters went door-to-door on the southwest side of town to warn people of the danger.

The report indicates the leak came from the Clark Gas Station on State Route 53. Gas entered the storm water system, causing vapors to rise into homes in the area. Most of the displaced residents found places to stay, and one family was put up at a Tiffin motel.

Crews began cleaning up the spill Wednesday night.

MORE: Advertiser-Tribune

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No EMS Levy In North Baltimore This Spring

2/6/14 – 6:47 A.M.

North Baltimore residents will not be voting on an EMS levy this spring. The Courier reports village officials want to consider more options regarding emergency medical services, so they have opted to not put a measure on the ballot. While the levy won’t be up for a vote in May, it could be placed on the November ballot.

The village council had been considering a five year, 3-mill levy to generate $120,000 annually for emergency medical services. However officials are continuing to assess the situation and are considering contracting with a private ambulance company among other options.

MORE: The Courier

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Margaretta School Board Meets About Future Employment Of Findlay Superintendent Candidate

2/6/14 – 6:07 A.M.

The school district where one of the candidates for the Findlay City Schools superintendent position is employed has scheduled a meeting today to discuss his further employment. Whether or not that means Margaretta Superintendent Edward Kurt has been offered the Findlay job has not been confirmed.

However, Findlay school board president Shane Pochard tells the Courier an announcement on who will get the job could come as soon as tomorrow.

MORE: The Courier

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Area Digging Out From Latest Winter Storm

2/6/14 – 5:30 A.M.
UPDATE: 7:09 A.M.
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Things are getting closer to normal following yesterday’s snowstorm. Hancock, Putnam, Wood, Allen, Hardin, Henry, and Seneca Counties are now under level 1 snow emergencies this morning. That means you should still drive with caution as you head to work and school.

Schools across the region were delayed again today but there were no cancellations. We do have a few event cancellations, which you can see here.

Travel times on area highways appear to be fairly normal.

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Hancock County Set To Raise Rates To House Inmates

2/6/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Hancock County officials are set to raise the rate they charge Findlay to house inmates, and it’s a move that could be fairly costly for the city. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners are proposing raising the per inmate fee from $55 to $84. Findlay has been paying the $55 rate since 1989. If the change is made it would cost the city an additional $350,000.

Findlay is looking at solutions to the problem. One thought is to create an “Alternative Sentencing Center.” The center would work with a work release program for low-level nonviolent offenders. It costs $25 per day and administrators tell the newspaper it saved Findlay more than $118,000 in jail fees.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek tells the newspaper that former commissioners and the mayor first talked about the increase in fees back in 2012. He adds the $84 is the “true cost for housing inmates.”

MORE: The Courier

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December Gilboa Trailer Fire Intentionally Set

2/5/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A fire that destroyed the trailer a Putnam County man accused of a variety child pornography charges lived in was set intentionally. The Courier reports the State Fire Marshal’s investigation into the blaze at 328 Sugar Ridge in Gilboa on December 21 found the fire started with combustible materials in the center of the structure. The trailer was where 46-year-old Gary Badertscher was living.

Badertscher faces 46 charges including felony counts of compulsion to involuntary servitude, endangering children, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

The fire was set the day the charges against him were first reported.

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