Review Category : Local News

Kalida Looks To Install Flood Gauge In Village

10/8/15 – 5:17 A.M.

After flood waters poured into Kalida this past summer, officials in the Putnam County village are taking steps to give residents a better warning of when trouble is brewing. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Kalida Safety Council has given approval to install a flood gauge along the Ottawa River.

County funding may be available for the equipment. The gauge is expected to cost $3,500, plus $500 annually for maintenance. It would be placed at the Road 19 crossing of the Ottawa River.

Police Chief Jim Gulker says the gauge would assist in county-wide safety during flood events.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Boy Injured After Bike Hit By Pickup Truck In Findlay

10/8/15 – 5:06 A.M.

A child was hospitalized after he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike in Findlay Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Main Cross and Main streets.

The boy was crossing Main Cross Street when he was hit by a truck driven by 21-year-old Alissa McDonald of Bowling Green. Officers say the boy suffered, “very minor” injuries.

No citations were issued because of conflicting reports. The boy was not publicly identified.

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Addiction In Hancock County: Generation Rx and Preventative Services

10/7/2015 – 8:40 pm

This is part of a fourteen-week series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face

The services that are offered to students in college can cover a wide range. At the University of Findlay, work has been done to help students deal with emotional issues and substance abuse. Ginny Williams, Assistant Director for UF Counseling Services talked about the work that their office has done at the weekly seminar on addiction in Hancock County.

Since 2014, over 270 students at the University of Findlay have used the counseling services for various reasons. Williams says that students use the service to help with many of the issues they face.

“By far the vast majority of students that we work with daily are dealing with more severe mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or maybe issues as the result of some childhood trauma.” said Williams

Williams says that the current generation of students at UF have been exposed to information on prescription drugs their entire lives. She noted that many students who come into the counseling services want a drug of some kind of help deal with issues.

“It is a balance between getting some assistance for some people to help them manage their situation with medication and then also learning skills and strategies for coping and for managing life.” said Williams

Williams noted that there exists a high demand for psychiatric services in Hancock County, and for their part, the vast majority of students who use the counseling services at UF are higher achieving students in high-demand academic programs.

“Sometimes that’s because by nature they tend to be more perfectionistic. A little more prone to placing high demands and standards on themselves. So when they meet the rigor of their program it can become very stressful and overwhelming.” said Williams.

Williams hoped that the students attending the seminar would be able to understand a bit more about what counseling services offers to the students on campus and how they can help with many  issues.

“And that we can target some specific groups and populations here on campus, and that we can intervene on some situations before students develop a very serious addiction problem” said Williams.

Counseling Services is free to students at the University of Findlay. If you would like to use the service, you can stop by the office at 307 Fraizer Street in Findlay or you can email at

Next week, the seminar will discuss the education perspective and will feature the Findlay City Schools Administration as they discuss addiction issues that they’ve encountered and had to deal with in the Findlay City Schools. The seminar will be held in Davis 2225 at the University of Findlay next Wednesday night at 6pm.

The seminars are sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Hancock County Community Partnership, and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

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United Way Downtown Restaurant Tour To Return

10/7/2015 – 4:05 pm

The United Way of Hancock County is again organizing the downtown restaurant tour in Findlay. The tour this year will be on Thursday November 12th and feature over 16 restaurants and bars in downtown Findlay.

Audio: John Urbanski

John Urbanski, CEO of the Hancock United Way said that tickets for the event will be available soon, and can be picked up at the United Way offices or at Coffee Amici in Downtown Findlay. Cost for the tour is $25.00. Urbanski said there would be a number of familiar stops along the way.

Audio: John Urbanski

Urbanski said that tickets must be purchased in advance and you can also get tickets soon in Findlay starting October 15th.

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Car Crashes Into Utility Lines Near McComb

10/7/2015 – 2:15 pm

A car struck a utility pole near McComb which may have caused a minor utility disruption. The Courier reports that the accident happened on County Road 97 west of Portage Township Road 135. Power or cable lines were knocked down in the crash which was reported before noon. A woman who was in the car at the time of the crash refused treatment at the scene.

The McComb Fire Department and EMS responded and additional details will be reported as they are made available.

More: The Courier

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Former SCAT Director Sentenced

10/7/2015 – 2:05 pm

A former director of Seneca County Agency Transportation has been sentenced on a charge of complicity to theft. The Courier reports that Susan Phillips was placed on three years of community control. She will spend 45 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring, and have to pay restitution of $6500 to SCAT, as well as perform 100 hours of community service.

Phillips had faced a maximum of one year in prison. She also had her law license suspended in September by the Ohio Supreme Court.

More: The Courier

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BCI Investigators Turn Linhart Findings Over To Hancock County Prosecutor

10/7/2015 – 1:54 pm

After four months of investigation, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has completed its analysis of a fatal shooting of a city man by a Findlay police officer. The Courier reports that a spokesman for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation said that the findings in the case have been turned over to the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

On June 9th, 2015, Findlay police officer Aaron Flechtner shot and killed 31-year-old Jeremy Linhart during a traffic stop on West Sandusky Street.

More: The Courier

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Crews Respond To Report Of Gas Leak On Sweetwater Road

10/7/2015 – 1:47 pm

A natural gas line break has been reported at 2612 Sweetwater Road in Liberty Township. The Courier reports that the Findlay Engineering Department has been conducting road work in that area for several weeks.

The Liberty and Washington Township fire departments all responded to the scene along with Columbia Gas. Additional details will be reported as they are made available.

More: The Courier

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Be On The Lookout For Super Lice This Fall

10/7/2015 – 1:25 pm

With the school year well underway, it’s time for a reminder to check your children for lice. Lice tend to spread much quicker during the school year. April Lieb from Caughman Health Center says that the lice eggs, called nits, can be buried down deep near the root of hair, so it’s important to check your children thoroughly to avoid any lice issues.

Audio: April Lieb

Lieb recommends that if you find lice to keep any pillows or stuffed toys in sealed plastic bags to kill any lice which may be on them.

Some forms of lice called Super Lice can develop resistance to treatment methods. Super Lice are a form of lice which have proven to be resistant to traditional treatment methods. Over the course of time, lice have been able to adapt to treatments in order to survive. While cases of Super Lice have been found in Ohio, April Lieb from the Caughman Health Center says that no case has been reported yet in Hancock County.

Audio: April Lieb

Lieb reminds parents to check their children regularly to avoid any lice issues and if they find issues and traditional treatment methods do not work, they need to contact their doctors to see what alternative treatment options are available.

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Nothing Found At Perrysburg School Following Bomb Threat

10/7/2015 – 12:25 pm

A Perrysburg Elementary School remains on a modified lockdown today after receiving a bomb threat this morning. According to the Sentinal-Tribune the threat was called into the Woodland Elementary School just before 10:30 this morning. A statement on the school’s website reads that the school was placed on the lockdown and police were called. The building and area were searched, but nothing was found.

The statement indicated that the threat was likely part of a rash of phony threats made across the state recently, including one at Liberty-Benton Schools. The Perrysburg Police Department is investigating. If anyone has any information, they can contact the police department at 419-872-8001.

More: The Sentinel-Tribune

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