Review Category : Local News

Arcadia School Board Reviews Renovation Proposals

4/21/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Arcadia school board members got an update on proposed upgrades to the school building Wednesday night. The Courier reports Jerry Murray of RCM Architects presented renovation plans in 2011, but no action was taken then. With some new school board members and administrators now working in the district, Wednesday served as a refresher course.

Some improvements suggested for the buildings include additional restrooms, more security measures, and more classroom space. A second gym has also been talked about.

The cost of implementing the upgrades has gone up over the last few years. In 2013, the price was estimated to be $10.5 million. The figure now stands at $13.7 million.

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Society Needs To Rethink How It Approaches Addiction Policy

4/20/2016 – 8:27 pm

Dr. Brad Bundy, a psychiatrist with Blanchard Valley Health Associates is on a mission. He wants people to understand how addiction is a disease of a the brain, and how society needs to move from passing judgement on people who are dealing with addiction, to helping them move into recovery. Speaking at the University of Findlay Wednesday, Dr. Bundy said that research is revealing so much more about how the brain works than known ever before.

Audio: Dr. Brad Bundy

Dr. Bunday says that previous approaches to dealing with people who are addicted to alcohol, opiates or other substances has been to charge them with criminal activity, and if convicted, to incarcerate them according to laws. But addiction can affect people from all walks of life, and studies are showing that treating the addiction and helping the individuals move into recovery produces savings for society as a whole in the long term.

Audio: Dr. Brad Bundy

Dr. Bundy will be presenting at the Annual CME Symposium at Blanchard Valley Health Center in Findlay this Saturday. The overall topic will be an Update on the Treatment of Addictions, and representatives from the hospital, but also local and state government officials will speak on current programs to help people who struggle with addiction.

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Former Hancock County Dispatcher Charged

4/20/2016 – 2:55 pm

A former Hancock County dispatcher has been charged in Hancock County Juvenile Court with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Courier reports that 46-year-old Rick Ruppright of Bluffton was charged with the first-degree misdemeanor on April 13th. The case was overseen by a special prosecutor from Hardin County.

Between August 14th and December 5th, Ruppright allegedly contributed to the delinquency of a child by endangering the health and welfare of a 17-year-old girl. Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman could not go into detail of the situation pending an investigation. Ruppright was placed on paid administrative leave in December and he resigned from his position on February 25th.

Ruppright is set to be arraigned on the charge in Hancock County Juvenile Court on May 11.

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ADAHMS To Hold Drug Collection Day This Saturday At Findlay Municipal Building

4/20/2016 – 1:12 pm

In an effort to curtail the number of prescription medications that are misused and contribute to opiate addiction, the Hancock County Opiate Task Force will be holding a collection day this Saturday for people to drop off any unwanted, unused, or expired medications or mercury for proper disposal.

According to the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Service Agency in Hancock County, since 2011 the number of people who misuse prescription drugs in the county has doubled. The collection day is to help address the rising addiction issue in the county.

ADAHMS will be stationed at the Findlay Municipal Building Parking Lot on West Crawford Street this Saturday from 9am till noon. All are welcome to participate.

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Fate Of Shannon Cemetery To Be Decided In Early June

4/20/16 – 9:08 A.M.

The fate of Shannon Cemetery in Bluffton will be finalized by early June. Village council has asked Solicitor Steve Chamberlain to write legislation to adopt recommendations made by the Shannon Cemetery Commission. Some of the recommendations include putting gravestones back on the sites of known graves and creating a memorial area with gravestones that don’t have a burial location. The project would be paid for with donations.

A final vote on the issue is expected to come at a June 6 council meeting. Plans to turn the cemetery into a memorial park were controversial, and led to the formation of the cemetery commission.

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Seneca County Continues Home Repair Program

4/20/16 – 7:36 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners have signed off on an agreement with Fostoria and Tiffin to continue a grant program that helps repair dilapidated homes. The Courier reports the two-year program provides $1.2 million to the county. Both Fostoria and Tiffin have already signed off on similar agreements to take part in the program.

The grants allow homeowners who meet certain qualifications to apply for up to $30,000 in home repairs. Payment for rehabilitation is partially funded through the grant and a zero interest deferred loan. The loan is repaid when the property is sold or there is a change in who lives in the home.

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Fostoria Teen Accused Of Bringing BB Gun Onto School Property

4/20/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A Fostoria teen allegedly brought a BB gun onto school grounds Tuesday. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says a 13-year-old boy was arrested late Tuesday afternoon. Officers received a call about the incident around 3:18 p.m. Just after 3:30 p.m. parents received a message from Superintendent Andrew Sprang that safety procedures had been put in place.

Chief Loreno says the BB gun could have easily been mistaken for a pistol. He added he wasn’t sure what charges the teen might face. No specific threats were made against any students or staff members.

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Fostoria Council Considers Two Ordinances About Chicken Ownership

4/20/16 – 6:59 A.M.

It seems residents in Fostoria will be allowed to keep chickens on their property, but how that will be regulated is the subject of debate. The Courier reports two competing ordinances on the issue were heard by city council Tuesday night. Zoning Inspector Sandy Coleman proposes no more than six chickens be permitted on a property. Anyone wanting to keep chickens would have to get a permit and keep the birds in a coup. An initial inspection of the coup would also be required.

Jonathan Hay owns chickens in the city and has a counter proposal. He says inspections should only be required if there are complaints filed. Coleman said she gets around three complaints a month about chickens running loose in the city.

Both proposals were tabled for further discussion.

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Findlay Man Indicted For Alleged Stabbing Incident

4/20/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A Findlay man has been indicted for allegedly stabbing his father. The Courier reports 34-year-old Joel Drain faces a felonious assault charge. He remains in custody at the Hancock County jail.

Police officers were called to the home of 59-year-old Edwin Drain on April 8. They found he had a puncture wound on the back of his neck and cuts on his face. Investigators say Joel Drain used a knife to attack his father. He was later arrested following a traffic stop.

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Findlay Council Passes Capital Improvements Appropriation After Much Debate

4/20/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Findlay City Council appropriated $1.5 million for capital improvements during their Tuesday meeting. While that in it’s own right is standard business for council, the process of getting to that point was not without drama. Debate over whether the appropriation was necessary led to another round of questioning the communication between Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Auditor Jim Staschiak.

2nd Ward Councilman Dennis Hellman wanted to know why discussions about disagreements couldn’t take place before council meetings started. Councilwoman Holly Frische added that she didn’t get the information she needed to know about the issue. Following the meeting Mayor Mihalik said she didn’t know what Frische was talking about.

Mihalik said the debate Tuesday wasn’t caused by miscommunication. She said the issue was caused by a disagreement between her and Auditor Staschiak over whether the appropriation was needed.

Without Tuesday’s appropriation, the capital improvement fund would have fallen to just over $224,000.

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