Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Veterans To Get Free Rides From HATS

3/31/16 – 11:43 A.M.

Veterans in Hancock County can now get free rides to where they need to go. The Hancock County Veterans Service Office says the Corporate Affairs group at Marathon Petroleum has made a donation to the HATS transportation service to support the effort. Laurie Collins is the HATS transportation director, and says the $1,100 donation will account for more than 1,400 free rides for local veterans.

Veterans interested in using the service need to have a Hancock County Veterans ID Card to show to the driver who picks them up. The card is available free of charge through the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. All you need is a DD 214 and a picture ID card.

HATS rides can be scheduled by calling (419)423-7261.

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TB Case Confirmed In Hancock County

3/31/16 – 11:22 A.M.

Hancock County has a confirmed case of tuberculosis. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the county has spent around $3,500 to treat the infected patient. Riegle says Ohio law requires the county to pay for TB treatments for people who aren’t insured, or can’t cover the cost of medication.

Riegle added that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPPA, prevents him from giving any more details on the case.

Tuberculosis is preventable by vaccine. It’s spread through the air when people infected with active TB cough or sneeze. Symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood, fever, and weight loss.

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More Than 1,000 People Sign Petition Opposing Diversion Channel

3/31/16 – 11:05 A.M.

Opponents of the potential Blanchard River diversion channel once again registered their concerns about the project Thursday. A petition signed by more than 1,000 people was delivered to the Hancock County Commissioners. Vanessa Vandale delivered the petitions and said those who signed the petition don’t feel they’re being represented…

Audio: Vanessa Vandale

Vandale says the channel would affect people who have had the farms in question in their families for generations. She adds for many the land is their only source of income.

Vandale says the concerns of area farmers hasn’t changed…

Audio: Vanessa Vandale

Vandale adds the potential of disturbing oil wells in the area gives rural residents concern about their water quality.

Vandale also said the people who signed the petition would much rather see the Blanchard river cleared of logjams.

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Bowling Green Police Arrest Two BGSU Students In Connection To Armed Robbery

3/31/2016 – 10:38 am

Two Bowling Green University students were arrested Wednesday in connection to an armed robbery in the community earlier this month. Bowling Green police report that 19-year-old Devonte L. Jacocks of Mansfield and 18-year-old Jaimonte Carson-Bondurant of Reynoldsburg were arrested for the armed robbery of the Falcon Food Mart on Wooster Street in BG on March 13th. Both are students at BGSU.

The police state that the two males allegedly entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded money from the store clerk. After taking the money they fled from the store. The incident remains under investigation, and if anyone has any information related to the crime they are encouraged for contact BG police or Detective Brian Houser at 419-352-1131.

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Carey Approves 2016 Spending Plan

3/31/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Carey’s spending plans for 2016 were approved Wednesday night. The Courier reports village council approved the plan that included changes recommended by council members. The $16 million appropriations budget had to be finalized and submitted to the Wyandot County Auditor’s Office by Friday.

One of the major changes was increasing the sidewalk fund by $20,000 to a total of $50,000. The money will be used to install new sidewalks near the new school building. It will also establish a sidewalk installation/replacement program for the village. Under the plan the village would install sidewalks for property owners and if needed, assess the owner for the work on their property taxes.

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Wednesday Morning Fire Destroys Fostoria Mobile Home

3/31/16 – 7:23 A.M.

A mobile home in Fostoria was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the Westgate Village mobile home park on West Lytle Street around 1:15 a.m. Two people who were living in the home were able to escape safely.

The fire started in a garbage can near the home. The flames then spread to the trailer’s awning.

The American Red Cross provided the victims with food, clothing and personal hygiene items.

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Fostoria Passes Much Debated Budget

3/31/16 – 7:14 A.M.

The much-debated Fostoria budget for 2016 appropriations was finally passed Wednesday. The Courier reports the measure was finalized just before the Friday deadline to turn it into the Seneca County Auditor’s office. The budget has been a big topic of conversation because a grant to pay for some EMS personnel expires this year, likely leaving the budget in the red.

Auditor Steve Garner says general fund spending for the year is budgeted at just over $6.4 million. That’s roughly $500,000 more than last year.

On Wednesday Garner told council members that numbers can be adjusted as many times as needed through the year.

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Three Injured In Findlay Crash Wednesday Night

3/31/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Three Findlay residents were hurt in a two-car crash on Broad Avenue Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 37-year-old Shannon Russler was driving south on Broad Avenue around 9 p.m. when he stopped to turn left into the Great Scot parking lot. He was rear-ended by a car driven by 21-year-old Anna Laube.

Both drivers and a passenger in Russler’s car were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Laube was cited for an assured clear distance violation.

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Downtown Findlay Cleanup To Be Held This Weekend

3/31/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A downtown cleanup effort will be held in Findlay this weekend. The Kiwanis Club of Findlay is asking for volunteers to help pick up litter and sweep away the grime of winter this Saturday. The project will focus on the downtown area between the Blanchard River and Lima Avenue.

If you’re interested in helping out, all you need to do is show up at Dorney Plaza at 9 a.m. You’re asked to bring a broom, dust pan and work gloves.

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