Review Category : Local News

Two People Escaped A Stuck Vehicle Before It Was Struck By A Train

12/27/16 – 4:51 P.M.

Two people were able to escape a stuck vehicle before it was hit by a train Friday. The Courier reports that 44-year-old Ronald Householder of Custar and Jacob Householder of Fostoria exited the vehicle. The two were on Ohio 18 around 8:10 p.m. when Ronald went off a curve at the intersecting railroad crossing. The vehicle became hung up on the rails and was struck by the train about 45 seconds later.

Ronald and Jacob escaped without injuries. Officers cited Ronald for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

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Judge Joseph Niemeyer Will Retire From Hancock County Court

12/27/16 – 4:37 A.M.

A local judge will be ending a long legal career this week. The Courier reports that Judge Joseph Niemeyer will be retiring after 41 years of legal work. Niemeyer told the paper that some of the most difficult cases to oversee were ones involving violent crimes or sex crimes against children. He said, “I hope that I’ve made a difference and had a good balance of protecting the community.

There will be an open house honoring the judge at the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. That will take place from 1-4 p.m. in courtroom 1 with various awards being given at 2 p.m.

A visiting judge will take Niemeyer’s responsibilities starting in January. Judge Reginald Routson will take over Niemeyer’s duties on the drug court.

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Poinsettias Can Be Kept Alive Long Past The Holiday Season

12/23/16 – 9:24 A.M.

Poinsettias make great Christmas decorations but you can keep them year round. That’s according to OSU extension educator Ed Lentz. He said there are some things you can do and check to keep the plant alive.

Ed Lentz

He added that temperature is vital to the health of the plant.

Ed Lentz

Lentz said that you also want to make sure you keep it well watered.¬†Only water the poinsettia when the top layer of soil is dry but don’t wait too long or it will wither.

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Year In Review: Shooting Death On George Street

12/23/16 – 12:30 P.M.

2016 is rapidly winding down and 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.

On December 2, shots rang out in the 200 block of George Street. When police arrived they found 24-year-old Trey James and five other people at the home. James suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the hospital shortly after the incident.

The next week Police Lt. Robert Ring told the Courier investigators were considering evidence that the shooting was in self-defense.

Plenty of people claiming to be close to the case have talked about it on social media, but on-the-record comments have been few and far between.

As of the filing of this story, investigators have not made any arrests in connection to the case.

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Carbon Leak Lead To Lima’s Boil Water Advisory But Officials Say The Water Is Safe

12/23/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A carbon leak is to blame for Lima’s boil water advisory Wednesday evening. The Lima News reports that a slight carbon leak into a treated water storage tank caused the cloudiness of the water. Officials say that there was never any danger to water users. The advisory was lifted at 5 a.m. yesterday. Utilities Director Mike Caprella said that as they changed the carbon on the activated carbon filters they saw a spike in cloudiness. He added they continued to check and treat the water.

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Pandora Village Council Started Pursuing Grants To Build A New Water Tower

12/23/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Pandora village council began the process of pursuing a new water tower for the village during their last meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that the estimated cost of the water tower is just under $863,000. On December 13, the council took action to go after grants to pay for most of the project. The village had plans for a 200,000-gallon tank approved by the EPA in 2008. Poggemeyer Design Group’s Ken Maag was at the meeting. He said those plans are only valid for 18 months and that construction must start within that time. This means that the village must submit new plans to the EPA.

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McComb School Board Names Rick Van Mooy As Interim Superintendent

12/23/16 – 4:51 A.M.

McComb’s school board has approved an interim superintendent following Meri Skilliter’s resignation. The Courrier reports that Former North Baltimore Superintendent Rick Van Mooy was accepted as the replacement. Van Mooy served as McComb’s interim superintendent before Skilliter’s predecessor, Mike Lamb, began work in 2007. Van Mooy said, “I’ve been an interim in other districts and I really enjoyed my time here in McComb far and above the others”. He will work as needed and will be paid around $340 a day. According to the newspaper he plans on January 5 being his first day.

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Putnam County Substitute Teacher Faces Charges Of Sexual Battery And Furnishing Alcohol

12/23/16 – 4:40 A.M.

A Putnam County substitute teacher was charged Wednesday for having sex with a Pandora-Gilboa student. The Courier reports that 28-year-old Jessica Storer, also known as Jessica Russell, was charged with sexual battery. She also faces six counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person. She was arraigned in Putnam County Municipal Court on Wednesday. She was not called to enter a plea for the sexual battery charge, but she did plead not guilty on the other six charges. Bond was set at $50,000 and she will appear for another hearing on Tuesday.

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Christmas Wrapping Paper Is Not Recyclable

12/23/16 – 4:30 A.M.

Litter Landing recycling center wants to remind you that Christmas wrapping paper isn’t recyclable. The Courier reports that the center does take Christmas cards and envelopes. Manager Mike Schroeder said that the facility won’t accept wrapping paper because of the dyes used in it. He also reminds residents to remove styrofoam from packages before recycling them.

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County Commissioners Approved Transaction For The Study That Was Done Of Dorney Plaza

12/22/16 – 11:21 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners talked a little more about the possible upgrades to Dorney Plaza. Mark Gazarek said they need more answers before moving forward.

Mark Gazarek

The commissioners did approve a transaction made months ago in partnership with the city. The transaction was $15,500 to study Dorney Plaza and get a general idea of the project. They approved the transaction during their meeting to make sure there was a paper trail.

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