Review Category : Local News

Gas Prices Continue To Rise

4/25/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Gas prices jumped over the last week, and as a result, we’re paying more to fill up as we head back to work today. OhioGasPrices.com reports a wide range of prices in Findlay right now, anywhere from $2.08 per gallon to $2.17. Depending on where you get gas, you’re paying 3-to-12 cents more per gallon compared to a week ago.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.14 a gallon. That’s a 10 cent increase from last Monday.

Local prices are following a statewide trend. The average for a gallon of regular in Ohio is $2.16. A week ago it was $2.09.

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Presidential Nominating Delegates Selected For The Region

4/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Local delegates for this summer’s presidential nominating conventions have been selected. The Courier reports both parties have named who will represent the various congressional districts in the state. The 5th Congressional District encompasses most of our region.

The Republicans will send Findlay Businessman Frank Guglielmi, State Representative Barbara Sears, and Fulton County Recorder Sandra Barber to Cleveland to represent the Fifth District. Democrats will send BGSU professor Barbara McMillen of Perrysburg, and Oregon Clay science teacher Dennis Slotnick of Genoa.

Republican delegates are already pledged to John Kasich because the Republican Party opted for a “winner-take-all” style primary. Fifth District Democrats are pledged to Bernie Sanders. The Fifth District was his only victory over Hillary Clinton in Ohio.

MORE: The Courier

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Two New Road Construction Projects Kick Off This Week

4/25/16 – 5:16 A.M.

There are a couple of new road construction projects to look out for this week. ODOT reports U.S. 30 between Hancock County Road 183 and New Stark will be reduced to one lane in certain locations for pavement repair. In Putnam County, State Route 65 will be closed north of County Road H starting today for a culvert replacement.

You’ll also see continued lane reductions on State Route 103 between Arlington and State Route 698.

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Search Continues For Missing Ada Teen

4/25/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Ada police are continuing their search for a missing 14-year-old girl. A statement from the department says 14-year-old Elizabeth Saracson was last seen Friday night at 10 p.m. She was staying the night at her sister’s home. Ada police believe she left “on her own accord.” She was still missing as of this morning.

Saracson is white, with brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. She is 5’8″ and weighs around 140 pounds. She also has a mole on her neck.

Saracson was last seen wearing jeans, a Bowling Green T-Shirt, and tennis shoes. She reportedly had a blue duffel bag with the name “Lizzy” in sparkled letters.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Ada Police Department at (419)637-0010.

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Findlay Streets Plan For 2016 Released

4/25/16 – 4:58 A.M.

You’ll see resurfacing work on nearly 20 Findlay streets this summer. The Courier reports this year’s $1.9 million road plan was recently finalized.

Some of the biggest projects include resurfacing Broad Avenue from Howard Street to Trenton Avenue, East Melrose Avenue between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road, and Osborn Avenue between Sandusky and Center streets. ODOT will kick on around $560,000 for these projects.

The city is helping you keep track of where construction is happening this year. Two maps will be placed on the Engineering Department’s website. One will show all the planned projects while the other will show current construction.

You can see a list of all the planned projects in today’s Courier.

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Monday Interview – Deep Brain Stimulation In The Management Of Parkinson’s Disease

4/25/2016 – 4:00 am

There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. While medical research today continues for find a cure for the disease, many treatments are being developed to help people manage the symptoms that can result from Parkinson’s. One medical center in Baton Rouge Louisiana is making waves through a process called Deep Brain Stimulation. Dr. Paul Waguespack. A neurosurgeon with the NeuroMedical Center says that deep brain stimulation works by connecting the brain to an outside monitor.

Audio: Dr. Paul Waguespack

Dr. Waguespack says that the patients are generally awake during the procedure and have little to no pain at all during the procedure. The probes are then connected to an intelligent battery to run the probes much like a heart pacemaker, and can be managed moving forward without major surgery.

The NeuroMedical Center recently posted a video of this process in action with one of their patients who has an advanced form of the disease. Dr. Waguespack says that in this particular case, the patient had an advanced case of Parkinson’s with uncontrollable tremors.

Audio: Dr. Paul Waguespack

Dr. Waguespack noted that the patient gave the center permission to share the video of his management of Parkinson’s in an effort to talk about the value of Deep Brain Stimulation.

Deep Brain Stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease is not a cure, and the medical community in general, is still exploring the value of the procedure, but Dr. Waguespack said that DBS can help manage Parkinson’s as well as other diseases of the brain, and research has shown that the patients quality of life has been increased following the procedure.

Audio: Dr. Paul Waguespack

WFIN spoke with Dr. Paul Waguespack with the NeuroMedical Center last week. For more information on the work of the center, you can visit them online at The Neuromedical Center.com. To hear the complete interview with Dr. Waguespack, visit our SoundCloud page below.

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Investigators Searching For Suspect In Pike County Murders

4/22/2016 – 5:20 pm

Police are looking for an armed suspect in the murders of eight family members in southern Ohio. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader called it “a strong possibility” that one or more people may still be at large after the execution-style killings. The bodies of seven adults and a 16-year-old were found today at four different crime scenes in Pike County, about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called it a “horrible tragedy.” He also asked for anyone with information about the case to call 1-800-BCI-OHIO.

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Stacy Steps Down As Marketing Director of MCPA

4/22/2016 – 4:02 pm

Kathleen Stacy has resigned as the marketing director for the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The Courier reports that her resignation is effective May 6th citing a death in the family. For the next several months, the center has retained Arts Consulting Group (ACG) to provide interim marketing leadership, and Ronda Helton from ACG has been tapped to guide the packaging announcement and roll-out of the center’s second season.

Stacy joined the performing arts center in June 2015 to establish its marketing effort and to launch its inaugural season. She said that she’s grateful for having met and worked with many remarkable people in Findlay and Hancock County.

More: The Courier

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Feature In Saturday’s Findlay Courier To Look At Prostitution In Findlay And Hancock County

4/22/2016 – 12:53 pm

At a glance, the notion of active prostitution in Findlay might seem unbelievable, but Allison Reamer from the Courier says that isn’t the case. In a Courier Saturday Special, Reamer is quick to note that the reason many may not think that prostitution is a problem is because much of the activity has long since moved online.

Audio: Allison Reamer

The City of Findlay, being located along the I-75 highway, Reamer says makes it an ideal location for prostitution activity, and in many cases people from Bowling Green and Lima come into Findlay to engage in prostitution. While some may link the activity to human trafficking cases, Reamer says that local law enforcement has found that the majority of cases they’ve encountered has been people engaging in prostitution who were not trafficked.

Audio: Allison Reamer

Reamer says that if residents see suspected prostitution in action or if they should suspect something, they need to contact law enforcement right away to report it. The article will be featured in Saturday’s edition of The Courier on sale tomorrow morning.

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Update: North Main Fire Investigated As Possible Arson

4/22/2016 – 11:27 am

One person was hurt in an apartment fire on North Main Street in Findlay Thursday. According to Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle at the scene, crews arrived to the apartment at 708 North Main shortly before noon.

Audio: Fire Chief Josh Eberle

The Courier reports that the man has been identified as 40-year-old Laron Trice of Findlay. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital and later transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center. The fire caused more than $50,000 worth of damage and both the Findlay Fire Department and Findlay Police are investigating for possible arson.

More: The Courier

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