Review Category : Local News

Findlay Property Owners Missing Out On Tax Break

10/16/14 – 5:08 A.M.

Findlay home and business owners aren’t taking advantage of a tax deferment program. The Courier reports Hancock Regional Planning Commission director Matt Cordonnier addressed the issue during a commission meeting Wednesday. Cordonnier says the deferment plan covers people who have made improvements to their property in 2014.

The tax break is available because Findlay’s Community Reinvestment area was expanded to cover the whole city this year. Homeowners who invested at least $2,500 into an improvement project are eligible. The older the home that was renovated, the longer the exemption lasts.

The deadline to apply for the break is December 15. For more information call (419)420-4774.

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Findlay Police Officer Injured In Crash

10/16/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Findlay police officer was involved in a crash while on duty earlier this week. The police department reports the accident happened in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street.

Officer Ryan Parsons was driving east when he went off the road and hit a power pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for medical treatment. It’s believed a medical episode caused the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Water and Sewer Lines Extended for Possible Hillcrest Expansions

10/15/14     9:52 p.m.

The land being discussed for possible development is  at the southeast corner of the 140/99 intersection. The currently vacant land would be developed from the existing Hillcrest neighborhood northwest to the intersection.

The land being discussed for possible development is at the southeast corner of the 140/99 intersection. The currently vacant land would be developed from the existing Hillcrest neighborhood northwest to the intersection.

Further development in the Hillcrest neighborhood on Findlay’s north side is becoming more of a reality. City council’s water and sewer committee approved a plan to partner with the neighborhood developer to increase the size of a water line and sanitary sewer to benefit the city while still serving their purposes for Hillcrest.
Service-safety director Paul Schmelzer said increasing the size of the waterline from 8 inches to 20 will help complete the city’s overall loop on County Road 140 near the intersection of County Road 99. The city would pay the difference in the two prices at $140,000.
Expanding the sanitary sewer to increase service will allow for future expansion. The plan calls for a 12-inch sewer instead of 8, of which the city would pay the $22,000 difference.
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Hancock County Engineer’s Garage Open, Water Main Plan Approved

10/15/14     9:44 p.m.

A water flow test problem has been solved, giving the green light for the opening of the Hancock County engineer’s new garage. The building at 1900 Lima Ave. had a low water flow test in July, but a second in August suggested a looped water main would give the building sufficient pressure.

At yesterday’s water and sewer committee meeting Findlay council members approved the water main project, which cleared the way for the Wood County building inspector to issue a temporary occupancy permit for the garage.

The water and sewer committee proposed the County pay a minimum of $30,000 for the project and the city would cover as much as $60,000.

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Findlay Police Officer Injured in Single-Car Accident

10/15/14     2:28 p.m.

A Findlay police officer was involved in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on East Main Cross Street.

38-year-old Officer Ryan Parsons was eastbound in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street in a police vehicle when he left the right side of the roadway and hit a power pole at 7:55 a.m.

Parsons sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by a police vehicle where he was treated and released.

The police vehicle was heavily damaged and was towed from the scene by Mac & Bob’s Towing. The power pole broke off near the ground and was later repaired by AEP.

A medical issue is a suspected factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Testimony Begins in Montre Robinson Murder Trial

10/15/14     1:44 p.m.

Montre Robinson’s murder trial entered its second day with the attorneys’ opening statements and a jury trip to where Joe Gutierrez III was killed Nov. 8, 2013.

Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece told the jury that Robinson pushed shooter Ralph Harris III to seek payback for an alleged fight between Robinson and Harris. Harris was unable to identify his attacker, but Robinson said he was certain according to Treece.

Defense attorney Ronnie Wingate said prosecutors are relying heavily on Harris’ questionable testimony. The trial will resume later this afternoon with witness testimony.

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Fostoria Woman Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash

10/15/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Fostoria woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident in northern Hancock County Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on State Route 613.

35-year-old Tanya Waltermyer was driving west on Route 613 when she was hit by a black pickup truck that ran a stop sign on Cass Township Road 232. The driver of the truck took off to the north. A short time later the truck was found in Bloomdale.

Jeffery Minard was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign and leaving the scene of an accident. Waltermyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.


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Findlay Man Accused Of Assaulting Deputies

10/15/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies. The Hancock County grand jury handed up an indictment against 24-year-old Andrew Huffman Tuesday. Huffman allegedly attacked Deputy Shane Leeth and Deputy Thomas Miller.

The incident happened last Thursday in Amanda Township.

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Leipsic School District Website Hacked

10/15/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The Leipsic school district’s website was the target of hackers Tuesday. The Lima News reports staff members were notified about the issue around 8 a.m. People trying to view the website were being directed to another site. The problem was fixed within about 15 minutes.

An email from Superintendent Greg Williamson said that no personal data was taken, because no personal data is stored on the site. Williamson added that the district didn’t believe the hacker was local.

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Hancock County Budget Looks Good Through Nine Months

10/15/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Work continues on Hancock County’s budget. The county commissioners met with the budget commission Tuesday to review third-quarter numbers from this year. Revenue is up for the county, having collected $16.7 million through three-quarters of the year, compared to $16.1 million last year.

Expenses are up a little as well. The county has spent $13.4 million through nine months, which is about $56,000 more than 2013.

The commissioners hope to be able to carry-over $2.5 million from this year’s budget into 2015.

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