Review Category : Local News

Details On U.S. 68 Crash Released

12/8/15 – 4:54 A.M.

Two people were seriously injured in a crash south of Findlay Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the incident happened on U.S. 68 at the State Route 15 interchange.

A southbound pickup truck driven by 48-year-old Jeffery Penwell of Arlington went off the side of the road, overturned, and rolled onto its roof. Penwell was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. A passenger, 54-year-old James Neider of Findlay, was trapped in the truck.

Penwell suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima before being transferred to the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Neider was also taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center by helicopter.

The crash remains under investigation, but alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

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Safety Tips For Winter Driving

12/7/2015 – 11:00 am

Though it’s been a mild fall, with winter approaching it is a good idea to remember some of the dangers when driving in winter weather. The Ohio State Patrol says that last winter there were over 24,000 crashes on snow, ice, or slush covered roadways, which while is a decrease, still resulted in over 6000 injuries and over 30 deaths. Most of these crashes were speed related.

The State Patrol reminds drivers to allow extra time to get where you need to be in the winter and maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Bridges and overpasses are particularly a concern due to the greater chance of ice forming on them.

 

If you should get stuck in snow, the patrol says that you need to make sure your tail pipe is free of all snow and debris to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Drivers are also encouraged to make sure their car is properly maintained, serviced and is in working order, and to prepare a kit in case of a car breakdown. A rundown of items for that car kit can be found below.

Cell phone with car charger
Road flares or reflectors
Help or Call Police signs
First Aid kid
Flashlight
Blanket/Sleeping Bag
Small Shovel
Bottled water and energy foods
Candles and matches
Tow strap/chain.

Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available on ODOT’s website at www.ohgo.com

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Gas Prices Falling After Nearing $2 A Gallon

12/7/15 – 6:45 A.M.

Gas prices are up from a week ago, but coming down after nearing the $2 a gallon mark late last week. Ohio gas prices.com reports the majority of Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.96 today. That’s up from $1.75 last Monday, but coming down from the $1.99 we were paying at the end of the week.

Ottawa drivers are paying $1.82 a gallon today. That’s up three cents from last Monday.

The statewide average today is a $1.88 a gallon. That’s a six cent increase from last week.

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One Injured In Route 15 Crash Over The Weekend

12/7/15 – 6:34 A.M.

A one car crash injured a Sylvania man in Findlay Saturday morning. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened on the northbound State Route 15 exit ramp onto Lima Avenue around 8:45 a.m.

19-year-old Henry Gray was trying to exit the highway when he lost control and went off the road, hitting a utility pole and fence. Gray left the scene of the crash, but was located later in the 700 block of Western Avenue. From there he was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of head injuries.

Gray was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control and failure to stop after an accident.

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One Injured In Tiffin Avenue Crash

12/7/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue just before 5 p.m.

Brenda Hoose was driving eastbound when she stopped to turn left. She was hit from behind by a Chevy Traverse driven by 32-year-old Robert Marruquin of Findlay. Hoose was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a neck injury.

Marruquin was cited for an assured clear distance violation.

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Pedestrian Hit By State Patrol Car In Findlay

12/7/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured last week when he was hit by a State Highway Patrol car. A release from the patrol says the incident happened on North Main Street near the Findlay Patrol Post around 7:30 p.m. Monday night. Details of the incident were released over the weekend.

54-year-old Scott Hildebrand was walking on the sidewalk when he was hit by Trooper Matthew Cook as he turned into the patrol’s driveway. While Hildebrand initially refused treatment, he was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. He suffered serious injuries in the collision.

Cook was cited for not giving the right of way to a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

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Law Enforcement Encourages Safe Shopping This Time Of Year

12/7/15 – 5:05 A.M.

Local law enforcement agencies are warning Christmas shoppers about thefts and other crimes that increase this time of year. Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman tells the Courier, “unfortunately, it can be a time when criminals become more active or aggressive.” The Findlay Police Department reports an increase in things being taken from cars.

The easiest targets are unlocked cars. Thieves easily take off with things like purses and electronics that are left in plain sight.

Aside from locking your vehicle, you’re also urged to stay alert about the people around you, park in well-lit areas, and to store packages in your trunk, not your back seat. Another good idea is to move your car to a different spot if you’re putting bags in it but plan to continue shopping.

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon Closes Purchase Of MarkWest Energy Partners.

12/4/2015 – 6:00 pm

On Friday, Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX announced the closing of the purchase of MarkWest Energy Partners. As part of the deal, Frank Semple was elected to the board of directors of both Marathon Petroleum and MPLX. He was previously the chairman and CEO of MarkWest, and Randy Nickerson was appointed executive vice president, corporate strategy of Marathon Petroleum. Nickerson previously served as MarkWest’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

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Marathon Arts Center Gearing Up For Grand Opening

12/4/2015 – 4:40 pm

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up for the big Grand Opening on December 18th. Christopher Jones, Production Manager for the facility spoke during the First Friday luncheon Friday and said that residents will be pleasantly surprised and impressed with the facility. He said that it is state of the art, with the newest technology and equipment, which although similar to theaters in larger cities, is still a unique feature for Findlay and Northwest Ohio.

Audio: Christopher Jones

Jones says that theaters today have to be adaptable. The Marathon Center has a Broadway Class C stage which is needed for smaller types of touring shows. All the technology in the theater runs digitally today with Jones commenting that the techs can control lighting and sound from their smart phones if needed.

The center is slated to open on December 18th and will feature a performance of The Toy Shoppe, a show written by Kenny Rogers and starring Alan Thicke. Prior to the show, an open house will be held so the public can tour the new facility and see the technology. Jones said that the show will be a great holiday experience for the whole family.

Audio: Christopher Jones

Tickets to the opening show are still available. For more information, you can visit the center online at Marathon Center Arts.com

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Trooper Of The Year Named At Findlay Post Of Highway Patrol

12/4/15 – 5:12 A.M.

State Highway Patrol Trooper Carl Daniel has been named the 2015 Trooper of the Year at the Findlay post. The law enforcement agency says Daniel was picked by his peers based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, and courteous treatment of others among other traits.

Daniel will now be in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year awards. He has been working for the State Patrol since 2011.

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