Review Category : Local News

I-75 In Wood & Hancock Counties Saw High Volume Of Crashes In 2015

4/27/2016 – 4:26 pm

With the ongoing construction on I-75, the need to be aware of dangers on that highway are more apparent. Matt Brunning from The Ohio Department of Transportation says that last year, I-75 in Hancock and Wood County saw a large number of traffic accidents.

Audio: Matt Brunning

Brunning says that when taken into account of all interstate crashes in the State of Ohio, around a quarter of all those crashes last year happened in the span of I-75 in Hancock and Wood Counties.

As to why that might be the case, Brunning says it remains unknown but ODOT continuously studies operations to see if safety can be improved in areas. I-75 itself is a major interstate hub for traffic in the United States and is highly traveled in Wood and Hancock County. Given that, Brunning says that drives need to be vigilant in paying attention to conditions on the roadway.

Audio: Matt Brunning

Checking road conditions before travel can help drivers avoid road accidents as well. WFIN supports use of the Waze App which keeps drivers updated daily on highway road conditions.

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Alcohol Remains Popular Drug Among Teens

4/27/2016 – 2:01 pm

Alcohol remains the number one drug of choice among the nation’s youth. The Drug Free Action Alliance reports that April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and as such parents can use that time for help their kids understand the impacts of alcohol. They recommend parents listen to their kids before they talk, to ask open-ended questions, be involved in their kids lives, and to set expectations, limits and consequences for their children.

Building positive relationships with kids takes time but being open about concerns and engaging in a positive dialogue when it comes to alcohol, the Alliance notes goes a long way to avoiding issues down the road. The earlier you talk to you kids and establish a dialogue, the better the chances to avoid issues. For more information about talking to your kids, visit the alliance at Drug Free Action Alliance.org.

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New Court Program Aims To Assist Families Dealing With Dependency Treatment

4/27/2016 – 1:27 pm

A new court system will help families who need assistance in combating addiction in Hancock County. The Family Dependency Treatment Court will look at providing assistance to families in a number of different ways. Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson says that one of the ways the court will help is by providing children’s services to pregnant mothers who are addicted to heroin before a baby is born.

Audio: Judge Kristen Johnson

Other services of the court will be to coordinate treatment for addicts and ensuring the entire family is getting help. Johnson says family treatment courts have a positive effect in child welfare cases with 30 percent more children able to remain in their homes when involved in a family court.

Audio: Judge Kristen Johnson

A grant from the Ohio Supreme Court for $130,000 over four years will help pay for a coordinator for the court. And earlier this month the Hancock County Commissioners agreed to provide county benefits to the coordinator.

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Hancock County Teen Reported Missing

4/27/2016 – 12:57 pm

A Hancock County teenager has been missing and authorities are looking for her. Hancock Jobs & Family Services reports that the teen, 16-year-old Alyssa Hope Neal has been missing from her foster home since April 14th. Neal is described as having long dark brown hair, hazel eyes, she is about 5’6″ and weighs around 200 pounds. She has nose, lip and ear piercings but no visible tattoos.

Neal was previously in a foster home in the Lima area and has been listed on the National Missing and Exploited Children’s website as well. Anyone with any information about her is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST or contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. A picture of Neal can be also found above.

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North Baltimore Teen Charged In OD Death

4/27/2016 – 10:44 am

A North Baltimore teenager was indicted last week on charges in the death of a man who died of a drug overdose. The Courier reports that 19-year-old Alexis De Los Reyes of North Baltimore was indicted by a Wood County grand jury with one count of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.

The indictment notes that De Los Reyes “did recklessly cause the death of Alexander Sabatino” on or about January 11th. It states that “such death was the … result of defendant committing or attempting to commit the felony offense of drug abuse.”

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17-Year-Old Girl Missing From Bowling Green

4/27/16 – 7:19 A.M.

A Bowling Green teenager has been reported missing. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 17-year-old Danielle Irwin was last seen Sunday. It’s believed she’s with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Hutchison. Investigators with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office believe Irwin left with Hutchison voluntarily.

Irwin is white, five-feet-two-inches tall, and weighs around 130 pounds. She has medium-brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a dime-sized mole on the left side of her neck as well as a mole on the side of her nose. Irwin also wears glasses.

She may be traveling in a 2000 Mercury Cougar.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call (419)354-9001.

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North Baltimore Teen Charged Following Man’s Death Earlier This Year

4/27/16 – 6:53 A.M.

A North Baltimore teenager has been arrested in connection to the death of a man in the village. Media partner WTOL-11 reports 19-year-old Alexis De Los Reyes has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide in connection to the death of Alexander Sabatino earlier this year. Court documents say drugs were involved in the January incident.

No other details on the case are available at this time.

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North Baltimore Teachers Agree To New Deal

4/27/16 – 6:47 A.M.

Teachers in the North Baltimore school district have agreed to a new contract. The Courier reports the three-year deal will give teachers a 2.5 percent pay raise in the first year, then a 2.25 percent increase in years two and three. The raise in the third year of the deal depends on an assessment of the five-year financial forecast by the Ohio Department of Education.

Both the administration and representatives from the teacher’s union say the negotiation process went smoothly.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Police Officer Sentenced On Reduced Charge

4/27/16 – 5:22 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer charged with drunk driving pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Monday. 34-year-old Justin Kiser was found guilty on one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Kiser was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 23 suspended as long as he complies with the terms of his probation. He was also ordered to complete a driver intervention program and had his license suspended for a year.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says Kiser will face internal disciplinary action.

Kiser was given credit for serving five days in jail, and will be given credit for another two after he takes part in a victim impact program. He’ll also have to pay a $250 fine plus court costs.

Kiser was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. on February 6 for a speeding violation.

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Findlay’s Waldo Pepper’s Location Gets Set For Major Renovation

4/27/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A well-known downtown Findlay restaurant is getting a makeover and a name change. The Courier reports Waldo Pepper’s will close on June 5. When it reopens later in the summer, it will be known as “Legends Steakhouse & Sports Bar.” Owner Jameson Botimer tells the newspaper the renovation will take advantage of the restaurant’s Main Street setting.

Four tables will be placed on the sidewalk. Windows at the front of the building will be able to open up like an overhead garage door when the weather is nice. The main entrance of the business will move toward the south end of the building.

Memorabilia from the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame will be displayed in the restaurant. The menu will be similar to Waldo Pepper’s current offerings, but with more of a focus on steak and appetizers.

MORE: The Courier

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