Review Category : Local News

Demolition Of Former Elks Building Starts Tomorrow

5/9/14 – 10:38 A.M.

The demolition of a Findlay landmark starts tomorrow. Construction crews will begin taking down the former Elks building on South Main Street Saturday morning. The former RCM Architects building will also be demolished.

Marathon Petroleum will use the area for green spaces and employee gathering areas. It’s all part of an $80 million dollar investment by the company in it’s Findlay facilities.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Media Campaign Launches Saturday In Hancock County

5/9/14 – 9:57 A.M.

A proactive approach to fighting prescription drug abuse in Hancock County launches tomorrow. The ADAMHS Board says the “I Am Enough” program validates those who have chosen a drug-free lifestyle. It also aims to encourage others to join in on making positive lifestyle choices.

The launch party will be held at the DOCKS at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church starting at 2 p.m.

The program is being funded with a grant from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. ADAMHS used community surveys to figure out the biggest issues facing the area. They determined the biggest drug threat is prescription painkiller abuse by 18-25 year olds. A release from the organization says the majority of the people in the county in that demographic do not abuse prescription drugs. That’s a fact they hope to build on.

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Fees Set For Sewer “Tap-In” Costs

5/9/14 – 8:39 A.M.

Fees have been set for connecting to a new sewer line north of Findlay. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners set the fee to tap into the line on Industrial Drive at $5,500. Residential units connecting to the gravity sewer will be charged the fee.

The sewer line will service a new business park in that area.

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Planning Commission Approves Road Closure For UF Stadium Project

Work continues to get the new University of Findlay stadium project off the ground. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved closing Foulke Avenue from Morey Avenue to Cory Street at their Thursday meeting. Four alleys will also be closed to make way for the stadium.

City council will vote on the closures at an upcoming meeting.

The university hasn’t set a construction schedule yet. The plan is to have the women’s lacrosse team playing on the stadium’s turf next spring. The football team would then play in the completed stadium in the fall of that year.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Early Morning Hit-And-Run

5/9/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Findlay police are investigating an early morning hit-and-run. Investigators say 37-year-old Dani Rosebrook was walking across Defiance Avenue around 4 a.m. when she was hit. Rosebrook tells police she was walking to work on a N. Cory Street sidewalk when a westbound car stopped near her on Defiance Avenue. Rosebrook says the driver waved her across the intersection, and then hit her as it passed.

The only description of the car is that it was a dark color.

Hanco EMS took Rosebrook to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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Mother Of Findlay Murder Victim Urges People To Fight Killer’s Potential Parole

5/9/14 – 5:27 A.M.

The mother of a Findlay murder victim wants the public to help keep her daughter’s killer in prison. The Courier reports Becky Potter is hoping people will write letters to the state parole board; asking them to deny Christopher Cooper his release. Cooper raped and killed 9-month-old Monica Sue Williams in August of 1979. He has a parole hearing in June.

Cooper was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in May 1980. He was Potter’s brother-in-law at the time. She said she left her daughter with Cooper for only about a half hour.

If you send a letter, address it to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 W. Broad St., Columbus 43222.

The envelope and letter should refer to Cooper’s name and inmate identification number, A158707.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Settles Suit With Resident

5/9/14 – 5:01 A.M.

A settlement was recently reached between Findlay and a resident stemming from a 2012 police call. The Courier reports the city will pay Carla Reeg $15,000. Reeg sued after an incident involving former police officer Scott Nungester’s actions during a routine call.

Reeg and her then-roommate Sue Johnson were having a dispute. Johnson called Nungester to the home, where he proceeded to let Johnson break the front door down after Reeg wouldn’t let him in. According to Reeg, Nungester shoved her out of the way and allowed Johnson and her family to rifle through the house.

Nungester was disciplined for the incident with a 10-day unpaid suspension. But he never served the suspension after resigning in 2012. In his report, Police Chief Greg Horne said “The fact that no report was generated also gives the appearance that he was doing a personal favor for a longtime friend.”

MORE: The Courier

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Fashion Retailer Gabe’s Will Open In Former Findlay Home Depot Location

5/8/14 – 11:11 A.M.
Updated – 12:04 P.M.

We now know who one of the tenants of the old Home Depot store will be. Gabe’s, a fashion retailer based in West Virginia, announced today it will open a Findlay location in July. The store will be located in the Eastown Plaza Shopping Center on Tiffin Avenue.

Company CEO Ken Seipel said in a release, “Findlay is a vibrant center that boasts a healthy economy and strong employment base and we are honored to have an opportunity to be a part of that.” The typical Gabe’s location employes between 80-120 people.

A Gabe’s store had been rumored in the city for the last few weeks. Employment websites have been advertising for positions at a Findlay Gabe’s location.

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Railroad Repair Set To Begin Next Week In Findlay

5/8/14 – 10:03 A.M.

The good news is that some of Findlay’s worst rail crossings are going to be fixed over the next couple of weeks. The bad news is that busy roads will be shut down so the work can be done.

The city’s engineering department says the work will start next Monday. Lima Avenue just west of Western Avenue will be closed. N. Blanchard Street will also be closed between Tiffin and Crystal Avenues. The closures will last about a week.

On May 19, Norfolk and Southern will close the intersection of Sandusky and Western Avenue for track repairs. That project should take about a week as well.

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