Review Category : Local News

Record Low Temperatures Continue To Fall In Findlay

2/24/15 – 12:30 p.m.

Needless to say it’s been cold. And if you think the last couple of days have been colder than you can ever remember, it’s not your imagination. According to unofficial records at, Monday’s six below zero was the coldest recorded temperature on February 23 for Findlay.

It looks like the record low for today will fall as well. The previous record was one degree on February 24 of 1967. Today the mercury has dropped as far as four below zero.

A record low was also set in Findlay on February 20 at nine below zero. February 15 tied the previous record low of that day at two below.

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Area Home Sales Flat In January

2/24/15 – 11:33 A.M.

Home sales were flat in our region for January. Numbers released this week by the Ohio Association of Realtors show 69 homes sold last month compared to 71 in January of 2014. However, the average sale price continues to increase. The average price of a home sold last month was just over $122,000. That’s in comparison to $116,000 last year.

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Health Department Merger On District Advisory Council’s Agenda Next Week

2/24/15 – 10:31 A.M.

The merger of the Hancock County and city of Findlay health departments will hang in the balance at a meeting next week. The Hancock County District Advisory Committee will hold their annual meeting Monday afternoon. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the proposed contract that would bring the departments together will be on the meeting’s agenda.

Officials for the Findlay Health Department and the DAC have had the proposed contract in their hands since February 12. Some of the details outlined in the deal include the budget and how a joint district would be governed.

The DAC meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on March 2 at the Hancock County Engineer’s Office.

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Vanlue Residents Urged To Let Water Trickle From Faucets

2/24/15 – 8:58 A.M.

Vanlue residents are being urged to let water trickle from their faucets until further notice. Becky Lloyd is the president of the Board of Public Affairs in the village and says they want to avoid frozen pipes.

The water tower in the village froze over last week, but Lloyd says they are still able to provide treated water to residents.

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Fostoria United Way Passes Campaign Goal

2/24/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The United Way of Fostoria passed its 2014 campaign goal. The Review-Times reports 105 percent of the organization’s $179,000 goal was met. The announcement was made during a campaign awards dinner at the Good Sheppard Home Monday.

More than $187,000 as raised by the community. It will now be distributed to 13 partner agencies.

MORE: Review-Times

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McComb Names New Fire Inspector

2/24/15 – 5:23 A.M.

McComb has a new fire inspector. The Courier reports Caleb Quiroga was offered the position during Monday’s council meeting. The village’s fire inspector handles examining fire safety issues and violations. Quiroga will have to attend classes to get a certified fire inspector certification before officially taking the job.

The village’s fire chief typically handles the fire inspector duties, but that could change. McComb is discussing the possibility of forming a joint fire district with Portage and Pleasant townships.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Injured In Three-Car Crash In Findlay

2/24/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A three-car crash sent two people to the hospital in Findlay Monday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the wreck happened around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue and Woodworth Drive.

84-year-old Ernest Heilman Jr. was turning left onto Woodworth when he was hit by a car driven by 69-year-old Masimino Rodriguez. The collision caused Heilman’s truck to hit a car driven by 23-year-old Madison Schey of Findlay. She was stopped on Woodworth.

Passengers in the first two vehicles, 67-year-old June Heilman and 65-year-old Edna Rodriquez, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of possible internal injuries. Ernest Heilman was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.


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Amber Alert Issued For Delaware Girl

2/24/15 – 4:55 A.M.

Delaware state authorities are investigating a suspected child abduction, and have issued an Amber Alert for several states including Ohio. Police say Michael Trotta assaulted his former girlfriend, then fled with their three-year-old daughter. They fled in a gray 1989 Mazda 626 sedan, and police believe the girl is in danger.

Trotta is described a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. He is balding with a short haircut, has a scruffy beard and mustache. HE was last seen wearing all black clothing. Elinor is a 3-year-old white female, around 60 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a purple puffy coat, pink pants, and “Frozen” sneakers.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Michael Trotta or his daughter Elinor Trotta is urged to call 911 immediately.

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Van Buren Parents and Students Invited to Discuss Drug Issues

02/23/15     5:33 p.m.

Van Buren students and parents will have the opportunity to discuss the importance of a drug-free lifestyle at two events Tuesday night.

From 7 to 8 p.m. parents will meet in the Van Buren High School community room for a Start Talking parent meeting. This meeting will give parents tools and strategies for starting a discussion with their children about drugs. At the same time, kids are invited to an I Am Enough rally in the high school choir room. I Am Enough is a locally developed, youth-led program aimed at promoting a substance-free lifestyle.

For more information on both events, visit

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Findlay Ministerial Assoc. Gives Data, Report from Public Forum

02/23/15     2:35 p.m.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, the Findlay Ministerial Association talked to the press and community members in attendance about their role in the addiction recovery home process. The FMA said that after collecting the data and further discussion, they do not believe any of the options presented for the home will best meet the needs of the neighborhood or the community

Audio: Jennifer Burns

Pastor Jennifer Burns hosted the meeting at her church Howard United Methodist. She stressed that the FMA is not taking sides on the issue, but providing assistance as a third party to continue dialogue.

Audio: Jennifer Burns

The FMA hosted the Feb. 9 public forum at Winebrenner as well as the data collection session Feb. 16. and a second small group debriefing Feb. 21. They also hired professional facilitator Steve Cady from BGSU to guide the process, paying him $5,000 per phase. Phase 1 will be complete following a decision from ADAMHS. Phase 2 will involve a community-wide discussion on addiction and Phase 3 will be developing a template for the community to follow when issues arise in the future.

The report Cady issued identified seven possible options (some overlapping):

  • leaving home where it is and moving forward as intended
  • removing the home and not putting it in any R1 single-family neighborhoods
  • keep the home in the neighborhood as a pilot
  • keep it in the neighborhood, but move to another location
  • take it out of the neighborhood, move to another and establish it as a pilot
  • keep in the neighborhood at the same location and use as a pilot
  • move to a different location within neighborhood and use as a pilot

The ADAMHS Board may vote on the issue at their board meeting tomorrow at St. Andrews Church at 3:30 p.m.

Facilitator Summary: Cady Summary

Findlay Ministerial Association Summary: FMA Summary

Public forum questions and answers: Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Service’s website

Additional Recovery home resources: Here

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