Review Category : Local News

Former Putnam County Substitute Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Battery Charge

2/1/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A former substitute teacher in Putnam County pleaded not guilty to a sexual battery charge last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a judge set bond at $50,000 for Jessica Storer during her arraignment hearing. She also faces six counts of serving alcohol to a minor.

The bond carries several conditions. Storer has to live in St. Marys, can’t have contact with the alleged victim, and can’t have contact with any unrelated minors.

Investigators say Storer had sex with a male student from Pandora-Gilboa High School on November 26. A tip to police led to an investigation in mid-December. Officers took Storer into custody on December 21.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Heldman Honored By Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

2/1/17 – 5:21 A.M.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities have honored Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman. The group gave the sheriff its 2016 CEO’s Award for Distinguished Leadership. Heldman’s work with mental health and addiction services earned him the award.

Cheri Walter is CEO of the organization. She says, “Sheriff Heldman’s support of community mental health and addiction services, his focus on ways to build creative partnerships to address Ohio’s opiate epidemic, and his support of individuals in recovery and their families make him a true leader in this field.”

The association represents Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards.

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Luke Benjamin Named Findlay Police Officer Of The Year

2/1/17 – 5:14 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has named its Officer of the Year for 2016. Luke Benjamin received the honor from the department. Benjamin is an emergency response team member and a field training officer. He is now in his second tour with the special assignment unit.

Benjamin has racked up accommodations since joining the force four years ago. Most recently he received the Lifesaving Award. Last July he performed chest compressions and resuscitated a Findlay man.

Benjamin has also received recognition for exceptional care he provided to a local boy who was injured in a crash and professionalism on a domestic violence call during his career.

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Marathon Set To Build Pipeline Between Lima And Harpster

2/1/17 – 5:04 A.M.

Marathon Pipeline is building a 50-mile pipeline between Lima and Harpster. The MPLX subsidiary says the 12-inch diameter pipeline is part of a $500 million network designed to transport oil and gas from the Utica shale in eastern Ohio to refineries in the midwest. Senior Engineer Jason Stechshulte says the pipeline will have a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day.
 
The company expects the pipeline to begin operations in July. Controllers at MPLX in Findlay will monitor the network for pressure and flow rate, with real-time leak protection. They’ll also use aerial surveillance for maintenance.
 
It will take around 500 people working a total of around 1.4 million hours to build the pipeline.
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Extra Patrols Will Be On The Highways In Allen County This Weekend

01/31/17 – 7:40 P.M.
The Lima and Findlay Posts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are joining forces this weekend. They will be cracking down on impaired driving in Allen County for the Super Bowl Weekend. They will have increased patrols on the highway. This is due to grants awarded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lt. David Brown from the Lima Post urges you to choose a driver and insist that everyone wears a seatbelt.
 
The posts encourage the public to take part by calling #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.
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Bed Tax Committee Had A Good Discussion But Will Need More

01/31/17 – 7:17 P.M.
The Bed Tax Committee met to work on the application process for bed tax funds. Committee Chair Grant Russell said that they want to focus the funds away from general operations.
 
 
Russell said that while a lot was discussed there is still a ways to go.
 
 
Russell added they are looking to partner with the Convention and Visitors Bureau to help allocate the funds.
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Video: Cass Township May Move Recycling Location

1/31/17 – 12:09 P.M.

Officials in Cass Township are looking at ways to deal with people leaving trash at the township’s recycling location. Trustee Jerry Wolford talked to the Hancock County Commissioners about the problem…

Audio: Jerry Wolford

Wolford suggests moving the bin to the nearby Legacy Farmers Cooperative location. He says they already have a roll-off there, and it’s better lit. The Hancock County Conservation District will contact the business to see if that’s a possibility.

Wolford says people putting trash in the recycling bin and materials blowing into neighbors yards are big issues with the current location on County Road 18.

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Free Tax Prep Available To Hancock County Residents

01/31/17 – 3:16 P.M.

Tax season is coming and you can get yours prepared by a professional. Tamera Rooney from the United Way of Hancock County said that they are helping families in the county.

Tamera Rooney

She said they have partnered with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to offer the free professional help. Rooney said the service is just a phone call away.

Tamera Rooney

This is the 9th year this service has been offered.

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Dorney Plaza Renovation Plans May Be Simplified

1/31/17 – 11:31 A.M.

Plans to upgrade Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay may not be dead in the water just yet. Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol says he recently met with RCM architect Jerry Murray to talk about some changes to the plan…

Audio: Tim Bechtol

Bechtol says the goal is to simplify the plan in the spirit of L. Dale Dorney.

Bechtol adds he expects an update from Murray this Thursday.

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Blanchard River Watershed Partnership Holding Rain Barrel Contest Again

1/31/17 – 5:20 A.M.

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is holding a rain barrel decorating contest again this year. The organization says the entries will be on display at the car show at the Findlay Village Mall on February 10 and 11. There are 24 entries in this year’s contest.

Five high schools have entered submissions in the agricultural, watershed, and general categories. You can still submit an individual barrel to the contest. For more information call Phil Martin at (419)422-6487.

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