Review Category : Local News

Year In Review: Drain Convicted Of Murder

12/19/16 – 4:37 A.M.

2016 is rapidly winding down and starting today we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

In July a bizarre and tragic story came to an end with the sentencing of Joel Drain. Drain pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the death of 56-year-old Randy Grose of Findlay. He also pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge for stabbing his father in the neck. Drain and Grose were friends, but Drain attacked Grose for telling the police about the stabbing.

Drain was out of jail on bond when the murder happened. Following the attack, he drove to Sindey where he turned himself in.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced Drain to 38 years to life in prison.

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Fundraising For Boot Safety Devices Continues In Hancock County

12/19/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Donations continue to come in to outfit every classroom in Hancock County with a safety device. The Courier reports Marathon Petroleum is giving $25,000 this year and next year to buy Boot devices. The Boot can block a door during an active shooter situation. The cost to equip every classroom in the county is $420,000. Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office estimates people have committed around $80,000 to the project.

The number includes fundraisers from individual schools. Van Buren raised more than $4,500 by collecting loose change, cash, and checks. Jefferson Primary School in Findlay brought in $1,300 in donations. Businesses and families have “adopted” doors to help pay their cost.

For information on how to donate, go to

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Tim Bechtol Sworn In As Newest Hancock County Commissioner

12/19/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The newest member of the Hancock County Commissioners officially took his place late last week. The Courier reports Tim Bechtol took the oath of office to begin his term as county commissioner. The Hancock County GOP appointed Bechtol to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Phil Riegle. Riegle is now serving as the county prosecutor.

Around 30 people attended the swearing-in ceremony Friday. Former commissioners Dave Spahr, Ed Ingold, Phil Riegle and Emily Walton were all on hand. Bechtol says he will reach out to them for information and advice.

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CHOPIN Hall Is Looking For Donations This Season

12/16/16 – 5:58 P.M.

CHOPIN hall is accepting donations to help those in need in Hancock County. The organization is asking for new or gently used clothing, toys, coats, blankets, and sweatshirts. They also accept canned hams, frozen turkeys or hams, cereal, and fruit juice as well as personal hygiene items. Donation times are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Donations can be dropped off at 1800 North Blanchard Street in Findlay.

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Stantec Gave An Update To The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District

12/16/16 – 5:41 P.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District received an update from Stantec during their Tuesday meeting. They said that the western diversion of Eagle Creek is still a viable alternative for reducing flood levels. The problem is that the Eagle Creek sub-watershed only accounts for 15% of the Blanchard River. Stantec said that focusing on Eagle Creek may not result in effective flood level reductions.

They are also looking at the widening the river between the Norfolk and Southern Railroad and Broad Avenue bridges. They are looking to determine the cost-effectiveness of this plan. The property that this plan would be constructed on is currently owned by the City of Findlay.

Stantec’s full analysis will be done by late January or early February.

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Rawson Man Injured In Accident At U.S. 224 And County Road 140 Intersection

12/16/16 – 5:17 P.M.

A Rawson man was injured in a car accident at the intersection of U.S 224 and County Road 140 Friday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office said that Scott Livingston Senior of Rawson was heading west on 224 around 1:30 p.m. He blew a red light at the intersection with County Road 140. Roy Rumschlag was driving a garbage truck north on 140 at the time and struck Livingston’s vehicle.

Livingston was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in a private vehicle. His vehicle suffered heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. Officers issued him a citation for disobeying a traffic control device.

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Marathon LPGA Classic Donates Money To 19 Northwest Ohio Children’s Charities

12/16/16 – 4:58 P.M.

Several northwest Ohio children’s charities will be getting donations from the Marathon LPGA Classic. The golf tournament donated $543,000 to 19 children’ charities on Friday. Tom Kelley is the Marathon Petroleum Company senior vice president of marketing. He said, “Having now completed four years as the title sponsor, we are very pleased to see the collective efforts of all benefit so many children’s charities.

The tournament has now raised $9.8 million for 170 northwest Ohio children charities since 1984. The 2017 Marathon Classic will be held at Highland Meadows Golf Club in mid-July.

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Senator Cliff Hite Discusses Controversial Lame Duck Policies Of State Senate

12/16/16 – 1:47 P.M.

Senator Cliff Hite was on WFIN discussing the recent Heart Beat Bill and the 20-week abortion restriction. Hite said that the bills may have seemed to come from nowhere but that isn’t the case.

Cliff Hite

Hite said that members of Senate had received emails and letters asking them to push the bill through. He added that to get the bill pushed through this year they had to add it to a bill.


Cliff Hite

Hite said that he believes that the bill should be passed. He added that he hopes that the state supreme court will reevaluate their decision that the bill is unconstitutional. The governor vetoed the Heart Beat Bill but did sign the 20-week restriction.

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A Boil Water Advisory Is In Place For Rector Avenue In Findlay

12/16/16 – 10:55 A.M.

A boil water advisory is in place for a Findlay. The water distribution department issued the advisory for the 100 and 200 blocks of Rector Avenue. The affected addresses are:

116, 119, 120, 125, 126, 126 1/2, 127, 131,

200, 203, 210, 211, 212, 215, 216, 219, and 221

While the advisory is in pace you should boil any water used for drinking, cooking, or for oral hygiene. The department will collect samples from the affected area to assure that the water is safe from bacterial contamination.

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