Review Category : Local News

St. Michael’s Pastor To Retire This Year

1/23/17 – 5:18 A.M.

The leader of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay is stepping down this year. Father Michael Hohenbrink announced his retirement to the congregation Sunday. Hohenbrink said he asked Bishop Thomas for permission to retire on December 8.

Hohenbrink’s last day is set for June 30. The Catholic Church will assign a new pastor effective in July.

Hohenbrink says he plans to stay in Findlay. He also wants to help out at the church in some capacity.

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Man Accused Of Murder Facing Charges In Hancock County Jail Assault

1/23/16 – 5:06 A.M.

An Arlington man facing a murder charge is now facing charges for an alleged assault in the Hancock County Jail. The Courier reports deputies have charged 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell and 30-year-old Joshua Frenzel of Fostoria in connection to a November 16 incident. Investigators say both men hit 28-year-old Paul Porter twice, knocking him unconscious. The fight reportedly happened after inmates accused Porter from stealing commissary items. He also allegedly spit on Houdeshell.

Houdeshell is facing a murder charge in a separate case. Police say he killed 2-year-old Brayden Ferrell in a Findlay apartment last April. He’s scheduled for arraignment on the jail assault on February 1.

Frenzel is no longer in the jail. In late November Judge Reginald Routson sentenced Frenzel to 23 months in prison for failure to appear and drug charges. A court date for Frenzel hasn’t been set for the jail assault.

Porter remains in jail. He is facing a robbery charge.

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Protest Against Trump Happened On Main Street In Findlay Friday

01/20/17 – 5:22 P.M.

A protest happened in front of the Findlay Courthouse Friday to stand up against the Trump Administration. Kate Kapostasy said they were standing up for the equal treatment of minorities.

Kate Kapostasy

During the protest, Kapostasy said that there was some discussion with a Trump supporter.

 

Kate Kapostasy

The group was standing up for the safety of minorities. At one point during the day, they had over 20 protesters. The protest was organized over facebook for Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

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Flag City Honor Flight Schedules Two Flights In One Year For The First Time

01/20/17 – 2:40 P.M.

Flag City Honor Flight has announced the flight dates for 2017 and scheduled a second flight for the first time. The first flight will be on June 7 and the second flight will be held September 20. FCHF Media Relations Vaun Wickerham said that they were able to schedule the second flight due to increased resources. He explained that as the popularity of Flag City Honor Flight grew so did the influx of volunteers and donations.

The flights will take veterans to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials. The highest priority lies on WWII veterans followed by Korean vets and finally Vietnam vets. You can find more information or download an application at flagcityhonorflight.org.

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ODOT Reports More Salt Was Used This Year Than Last Year

01/20/17 – 11:27 P.M.

This winter was mild so far but not as mild as it was last year. ODOT reports that district 1 used over 17,600 tons of salt on the roads this year and spent $2.4 million. The eight-county district used about 10,400 tons of salt and spent around $1.5 million this same time last year.

So far this year Hancock County has used over 2,800 tons of salt, spending $346,000. The report represents October to the present.

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Fostoria Woman Injured In Findlay Crash

1/20/17 – 6:46 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Fostoria woman in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says 32-year-old Emily Montiel stopped for a red light at the intersection of of Tiffin Avenue and Croy Drive around 4:30 p.m. when a pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Scott Adams of Findlay collided with her from behind.

Hanco Ambulance took Montiel to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police cited Adams for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

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United Way Of Fostoria Launches “First Call For Help” Program

1/20/17 – 5:36 A.M.

Fostoria residents who need help with a problem have a new resource available to them. The Review-Times reports the United Way of Fostoria launched the “First Call for Help” program Tuesday. The system gives residents a central place to go to learn more about the resources that could be available to them.

The program can help point people in the right direction when they can’t pay the electric bill, are battling drug addiction, or experiencing domestic violence among other issues. United Way Executive Director Evelyn Marker says the agency doesn’t supply the resources, but can point people where to go.

The number for the program is 419-435-2555. It’s available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Rep. Robert Sprague Attending Today’s Inauguration Ceremony

1/20/17 – 5:27 A.M.

State Representative Robert Sprague is attending the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington D.C. today. Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger appointed Sprague to Ohio’s delegation at the event. Sprague says he’ll attend Donald Trump’s noon inauguration before taking a seat outside the White House for the inaugural parade. He and the group also plan to attend tonight’s Liberty and Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

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Women From The Area Headed To Women’s March On Washington

1/20/17 – 5:20 A.M.

Dozens of women from the area will head to Washington D.C. tonight for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. The Courier reports more than 100 people from Findlay, Lima, Bluffton, and Ada are taking two buses to the event. Wendy Chappell-Dick of Bluffton organized the trip on Facebook. She tells the newspaper the first bus filled up much faster than she thought it would.

Chappell-Dick says the group is meeting at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton at 7 p.m. tonight for a brief nonviolence training session. The buses leave for the nation’s capital at 9 p.m.

The website for the event says it will, “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

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Findlay High School Principal Calls Testing Requirements Into Question

1/20/17 – 5:10 A.M.

The principal of Findlay High School brought several questions to a meeting about Ohio graduation requirements this week. Craig Kupferberg tells the Courier that he doesn’t believe the current system of tests is getting students more prepared for college. He says over a 12-year stretch average ACT scores in the state have only improved by sixth-tenths of a point.

Kupferberg says districts keep repeating the same process. New statewide standards are introduced, students score poorly, teachers adjust the curriculum, scores improve. Kupferberg says that’s usually when the state changes the standards again.

Under the state’s current system, roughly half of Findlay’s junior class is in danger of not graduating. The school normally has a 90 percent graduation rate.

The issue stems from the options available to graduate. One involves scoring 18 points or higher on year-end exams, one involves getting a minimum of a 22 point score on the ACT, and the last involves getting a certification from a careers center. Kupferberg says each path has its flaws.

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