Review Category : Local News

Mobile Home Damaged By Fire In Liberty Township Monday Night

2/28/17 – 5:12 A.M.

Fire damaged a mobile home in Liberty Township Monday night. Firefighters responded to a blaze at 8222 Hazelwood Drive just after 10 p.m. The residents of the home reportedly escaped without injury.

Hazelwood Drive is in the Riverview Terrace Trailer Park, off County Road 140 on Findlay’s west side.

No other details were immediately available.

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Vanlue Upgrading Sign Outside Of School Building

2/28/17 – 5:33 A.M.

The Vanlue school district is upgrading the sign outside its school building. The Courier reports Vanlue is getting a digital sign. Superintendent Traci Conley says she and district technology coordinator Andrew Groman can change its messaging through their phones. Groman says the feature will be useful when school delays or closes for snow.

The district is getting estimates on the cost to remove the old sign and installation of the new sign. The $18,000 price tag is partially covered by donations.

The sign should arrive by March 24.

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Four Arrested Following Tiffin Drug Bust

2/28/17 – 6:45 A.M.

Authorities arrested four people on drug charges in Tiffin Monday. The Review-Times reports officers served a search warrant at 22 Tiffin Street. Investigators say they found suspected methamphetamine, cash, drug paraphernalia and criminal tools inside.

35-year-old Nicholas Vassar, 53-year-old Joellen Harshman, 28-year-old Billy Bright, and 29-year-old Haley Martin are all potentially facing drug charges following a lab analysis of the items found in the home.

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Dorney Plaza Renovations Could Start By End Of March

2/28/17 – 11:09 A.M.

The renovation of Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay could start in less than a month. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says the tentative demolition date is March 27. Before work starts, officials must accept a bid for the project.

Robertson says he expects the Hancock County Engineer’s office to handle some of the upgrades.

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Area Bank Merges Upper Sandusky Banks

02/27/17 – 5:12 P.M.

First Defiance Financial Corp. merged Commercial Bancshares of Upper Sandusky today. The Courier reports the deal cost over $70 million. First Defiance Financial Corp is the parent company for First Federal Bank. They will continue to operate the seven Commercial Savings Bank branches in Hancock, Wyandot, and Marion counties. The merger brings the number of First Federal Bank branches to 43.

First Defiance CEO Donald Hileman said, “This merger provides an extension of our growing market area into central Ohio and supports our overall strategic plan.”

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Man Indicted In Econo Lodge Shooting Death

02/27/17 – 5:53 P.M.

Charges were filed today against the man arrested after a shooting at a Findlay Motel earlier this month. The Courier reports that the Hancock County grand jury gave a three-count indictment to 36-year-old Husam Coleman. He is accused of killing 31-year-old Marcus Alexander of Toledo at the Econo Lodge Motel on February 17.

He faces two counts of murder and having weapons under disability. Bond was set for $1 million.

One murder count alleges that he had a firearm in possession when he killed Alexander. The other count alleges that he caused the death while committing felonious assault.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said that the two charges represent alternative theories that are under investigation. If charged the counts will be merged and Coleman will face one murder charge. He is expected to be arraigned next week.

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McComb Officials Look To Update Emergency Shelter Plan

2/28/17 – 5:24 A.M.

McComb officials are looking into updating the village’s emergency shelter plan. The Courier reports Village Administrator Kevin Siferd talked about the project with council Monday night. Siferd says officials will meet with churches soon to talk about any needed updates.

McComb’s emergency plan outlines where residents can go if there is a major storm or other catastrophe. Several churches take part in the plan.

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Farm Bureau May Support One Option For Blanchard River Flood Mitigation

2/28/17 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Farm Bureau is in favor of at least one new flood reduction measure. Gary Wilson tells the Courier he likes the idea of improving the river channel through Findlay. Wilson is the former president of the Bureau and is a current board member. Improvement in Findlay could include widening part of the river, replacing the the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, and removing dams.

Wilson says he doesn’t believe the board will support Stantec Engineering’s call for dry storage basins. Wilson said that option will cost people their homes.

Stantec’s plan could cost $160 million if officials adopt all options. The engineering firm says their proposal would drop the 100-year flood by more than three-and-a-half feet.

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Mobile Home Damaged By Fire In Liberty Township Monday Night

2/28/17 – 5:12 A.M.

Fire damaged a mobile home in Liberty Township Monday night. Firefighters responded to a blaze at 8222 Hazelwood Drive just after 10 p.m. The residents of the home reportedly escaped without injury.

Hazelwood Drive is in the Riverview Terrace Trailer Park, off County Road 140 on Findlay’s west side.

No other details were immediately available.

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McComb Officials Look To Update Emergency Shelter Plan

2/28/17 – 5:24 A.M.

McComb officials are looking into updating the village’s emergency shelter plan. The Courier reports Village Administrator Kevin Siferd talked about the project with council Monday night. Siferd says officials will meet with churches soon to talk about any needed updates.

McComb’s emergency plan outlines where residents can go if there is a major storm or other catastrophe. Several churches take part in the plan.

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