Review Category : Local News

Riegle Wins Reelection In Hancock County Commissioners Race

5/7/14 – 4:47 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle easily won reelection Tuesday. Riegle took 62 percent of the vote, winning the Republican nomination for county commissioner. He had been challenged by former commissioner Steve Oman.
Riegle thanked his supporters once the final results came in…

Audio: Phil Riegle

While many saw the race between Riegle and Oman as a referendum on how Blanchard River issues should be handled, Riegle said he believed his attention to all issues helped him in the end.

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Primary Election Day Arrives, Polls Open Until 7:30

5/6/14 – 10:45 A.M.

Primary election day is underway, and there’s plenty to be decided in the area. The Republican primary features a high profile commissioners race between incumbent Phil Riegle and former commissioner Steve Oman. There’s also a three-way race for the 1st district State Senate seat.

Nonpartisan issues include the Van Buren school district’s 6.9 mill bond issue to build and improve school facilities. The Findlay City school district is asking voters to make a 5.9 mill operating levy permanent.

Voters throughout the county will vote on the Blanchard Valley Center’s 2.5 mill renewal levy.

The polls will be open until 7:30 p.m. Our election coverage starts at 7 p.m.

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Allen County Teen Sentenced For School Threat

5/6/14 – 7:33 A.M.

An Allen County teenager was sentenced Monday for threatening her school in March. The Lima News reports the 14-year-old Elida High School freshman was ordered to complete counseling. She was also given a 15-day suspended jail sentence.

The girl had said she would set off a bomb and shoot people on her Twitter account. She admitted she made the threat so she would get suspended for the rest of the school year.

MORE: Lima News

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BG Teen Arrested For Inappropriately Touching Girls At Playground

5/6/14 – 7:16 A.M.

A Bowling Green teenager was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly touched two girls and attacked a boy at a playground. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the incident happened May 3. Investigators say 18-year-old Macconnell Hall inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl. He choked the girl’s 11-year-old brother when he tried to defend his sister. Hall is also accused of trying to take a 15-year-old girl to the basement of a nearby apartment complex.

Hall now faces two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of assault. He lives at a Bowling Green group home, which police say is nowhere near where the attacks happened.


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Carey Gets Funds For Culvert Project

5/6/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A culvert project in Carey is getting more funding. The Courier reports the Ohio Public Works Commission has granted the village $235,000. The commission is also giving a $167,500 zero-interest loan to the town. The rest of the $700,000 project will be paid for from Carey’s stormwater utility fund.

The village will use the money to build a culvert extension in Spring Run. The drainage ditch often overflows during heavy rain, flooding Carey streets in the process.

MORE: The Courier

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Bluffton Sidewalk Ordinance Tabled

5/6/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Bluffton’s sidewalk ordinance has been tabled, at least for now. The Courier reports village council declined to have a third reading on the subject Monday. Instead council referred the measure to the Streets and Alleys Committee. The group will look over changes made to the ordinance during their May 14 meeting. If they sign off on the ordinance, council will have a third reading during their May 19 meeting.

If the amendment is approved, the village will pay for the cost of installing sidewalks in areas where they are needed. Residents would be responsible for paying for repairs. The original ordinance required residents to pay for installation costs as well.

MORE: The Courier

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Arlington Water Rates Could Go Up This Summer

5/6/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Arlington residents can expect to see higher water bills this year. The village council is looking to keep the sewer fund out of the red and are proposing changes in water rates. As it stands now, customers pay a base rate of $15.70 every two-months for the first 1,000 gallons used. After that the cost is $2.80 for every 1,000 gallons beyond the base rate.

A new proposal suggests a flat $15.70 per customer fee. Every thousand gallons used would cost $3.40.

The changes could take place July 1 if village council approves.

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Bluffton’s Mayor Stepping Down

5/6/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Bluffton’s mayor will step down this summer. The Courier reports Dennis Gallant made the announcement at Monday’s village council meeting. Gallant is taking a job in Sandusky. He hasn’t set a date for his resignation just yet. He told council members he’ll use the next couple of months to prepare for his move.

Gallant took over the Mayor’s role last March, when he was appointed to replace Eric Fullcomer. Gallant was the council president at the time. He was elected to be Mayor in November.

MORE: The Courier

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Counterfeit Money Being Used At Area Businesses

5/6/14 – 4:48 A.M.

Counterfeit bills have been used at businesses in our area over the past few weeks. The Tiffin Police Department put out a warning on their Facebook page Monday, saying people have used the bills in Findlay, Tiffin, and Fostoria.

The post says the phony $20 bills are “printed on bleached genuine paper and will feel like genuine currency. The ink used makes the counterfeit note appear darker than a genuine note.”

Banks are discovering the counterfeits when businesses make their night deposits.

If you have information on the bills you’re asked to call the Secret Service at 419-259-6434.

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Slow Start To Planting Season For Area Farmers

5/5/14 – 11:07 A.M.

This spring has felt anything but spring-like for the most part. While that’s been bad news for your weekend outings, it’s been especially bad news for farmers. Hancock County extension agent Ed Lentz says the ground has been too cold to plant. Things are looking better later this month though…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says there’s another silver lining as well. We’re now past the the hard freeze period for overnight temperatures….

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says the frost free date should be around Mother’s Day.

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