Review Category : Local News

Man Indicted In Econo Lodge Shooting Death

02/27/17 – 5:53 P.M.

Charges were filed today against the man arrested after a shooting at a Findlay Motel earlier this month. The Courier reports that the Hancock County grand jury gave a three-count indictment to 36-year-old Husam Coleman. He is accused of killing 31-year-old Marcus Alexander of Toledo at the Econo Lodge Motel on February 17.

He faces two counts of murder and having weapons under disability. Bond was set for $1 million.

One murder count alleges that he had a firearm in possession when he killed Alexander. The other count alleges that he caused the death while committing felonious assault.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said that the two charges represent alternative theories that are under investigation. If charged the counts will be merged and Coleman will face one murder charge. He is expected to be arraigned next week.

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Farm Bureau May Support One Option For Blanchard River Flood Mitigation

2/28/17 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Farm Bureau is in favor of at least one new flood reduction measure. Gary Wilson tells the Courier he likes the idea of improving the river channel through Findlay. Wilson is the former president of the Bureau and is a current board member. Improvement in Findlay could include widening part of the river, replacing the the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, and removing dams.

Wilson says he doesn’t believe the board will support Stantec Engineering’s call for dry storage basins. Wilson said that option will cost people their homes.

Stantec’s plan could cost $160 million if officials adopt all options. The engineering firm says their proposal would drop the 100-year flood by more than three-and-a-half feet.

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McComb Officials Look To Update Emergency Shelter Plan

2/28/17 – 5:24 A.M.

McComb officials are looking into updating the village’s emergency shelter plan. The Courier reports Village Administrator Kevin Siferd talked about the project with council Monday night. Siferd says officials will meet with churches soon to talk about any needed updates.

McComb’s emergency plan outlines where residents can go if there is a major storm or other catastrophe. Several churches take part in the plan.

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Mobile Home Damaged By Fire In Liberty Township Monday Night

2/28/17 – 5:12 A.M.

Fire damaged a mobile home in Liberty Township Monday night. Firefighters responded to a blaze at 8222 Hazelwood Drive just after 10 p.m. The residents of the home reportedly escaped without injury.

Hazelwood Drive is in the Riverview Terrace Trailer Park, off County Road 140 on Findlay’s west side.

No other details were immediately available.

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McComb Officials Look To Update Emergency Shelter Plan

2/28/17 – 5:24 A.M.

McComb officials are looking into updating the village’s emergency shelter plan. The Courier reports Village Administrator Kevin Siferd talked about the project with council Monday night. Siferd says officials will meet with churches soon to talk about any needed updates.

McComb’s emergency plan outlines where residents can go if there is a major storm or other catastrophe. Several churches take part in the plan.

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Vanlue Upgrading Sign Outside Of School Building

2/28/17 – 5:33 A.M.

The Vanlue school district is upgrading the sign outside its school building. The Courier reports Vanlue is getting a digital sign. Superintendent Traci Conley says she and district technology coordinator Andrew Groman can change its messaging through their phones. Groman says the feature will be useful when school delays or closes for snow.

The district is getting estimates on the cost to remove the old sign and installation of the new sign. The $18,000 price tag is partially covered by donations.

The sign should arrive by March 24.

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Four Arrested Following Tiffin Drug Bust

2/28/17 – 6:45 A.M.

Authorities arrested four people on drug charges in Tiffin Monday. The Review-Times reports officers served a search warrant at 22 Tiffin Street. Investigators say they found suspected methamphetamine, cash, drug paraphernalia and criminal tools inside.

35-year-old Nicholas Vassar, 53-year-old Joellen Harshman, 28-year-old Billy Bright, and 29-year-old Haley Martin are all potentially facing drug charges following a lab analysis of the items found in the home.

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Findlay Company Purchases Kentucky Grocery Company

02/27/17 – 3:17 P.M.

A Findlay grocer is taking over a Kentucky-based retail grocery chain. Generative Growth, LLC of Findlay is acquiring Remke Markets Inc. Remke is a retail grocer with stores in the Cincinnati Metropolitan area. Fresh Encounter Inc. will manage the stores for Generative Growth. CEO Michael Needler said, “This partnership will be beneficial for both Fresh Encounter and Remke Markets.” Fresh Encounter operates Community Markets, Great Scot, and Sack ‘N’ Save.

The retail stores will continue to operate under their existing brands. Combined, the companies now operate 44 stores in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana with about 2,900 employees.

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7 Habits Helps Area Students

02/27/17 – 3:43 P.M.

Hancock County Students have been learning about Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People this year. The Franklin Covey Organization’s Nolan Marx explained that the habits help students make better decisions.

Nolan Marx

Marx added that the habits help children develop maturity faster and help them grow.

Nolan Marx

Marx added that students that work with the habits often see more success in their academics.

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It’s Important To Talk To Teens About Healthy Relationships

02/27/17 – 11:15 A.M.

The CDC reports that 1 in 10 teens say they have experienced domestic abuse or sexual assault in a relationship. Open Arms Executive Director Ashley Ritz says that this stresses the importance of talking to your children.

Ashley Ritz

She said that talking to your kid might be difficult at first but it is vital to keeping them safe. Ritz added that you should talk about what a healthy relationship looks like and how to tell if something is wrong.

You can also look out for other children by speaking up when something is wrong. Ritz said that if you see something wrong you need to speak up.

Ashley Ritz

Ritz said you can go to the parents or a guidance counselor to get the child the help they need.

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