Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Residents Call For More Public Transportation Options

12/8/15 – 10:40 A.M.

More Hancock County residents gave input for the latest county transportation plan. That’s according to Hancock Area Transportation Services director Lori Collins, who says more input is a good thing…

Audio: Lori Collins

Collins said there is an increased demand for public transportation in the county…

Audio: Lori Collins

Collins submitted the county’s transportation plan to the commissioners today.

The plan will now be forwarded to ODOT for review and funding.

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Bluffton Culvert Project Approved

12/8/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A culvert underneath a Bluffton road will be widened soon. The Courier reports village council approved the project during their Monday meeting. Councilman Roger Warren said the original plan was to install a 12-inch diameter culvert under Bentley Road along with catch basins at a cost of $7,200.

However, Warren lobbied council to spend an extra $1,500 to widen the culvert to 24 inches, and to set the catch basins further away from the road.

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Plans Approved For New Shelter House In Arlington

12/8/15 – 6:58 A.M.

Plans are moving forward for a new shelter house in Arlington’s village park. The Courier reports a contract for just under $50,000 was given to Troy Built Building by the village council. A $37,500 grant from the Hancock Parks District is expected to help pay for the facility. The Arlington Festival committee will also pitch in. The village will be responsible for the remaining balance.

Council hopes the work will be completed by next summer’s village festival. The old shelter house will be torn down.

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Three Men Charged In Fostoria Robbery

12/8/15 – 6:48 A.M.

Three men could spend more than a decade in prison for their alleged roles in a Fostoria robbery. The Review-Times reports 31-year-old Adam Nettles along with 23-year-olds Ismael Hernandez and Jose Hernandez have been indicted on charges of aggravated burglary. The charges stem from a November incident at 331 North Union Street.

Investigators say the men, “inflicted, attempted or threatened to inflict physical harm” to the man living in the home. The charges carry a maximum 11-year prison sentences and $20,000 fine.

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Fostoria Man Sentenced In Drug Case

12/8/15 – 5:21 A.M.

A Fostoria man gave up his house as part of a plea deal in a drug case. The Review-Times reports a trial for 36-year-old Brian Bolen was set to begin this week, but he took a plea deal instead. Bolen pleaded no-contest to charges of possession of marijuna and tampering with evidence. He’ll surrender a home at 576 Spruce Street and will spend six years in jail.

Bolen was charged after he was found with more than 20,000 grams, or more than 44 pounds of marijuana on July 22 of 2012.

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Two Injured In U.S. 224 Crash East Of Findlay

12/8/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 224 east of Findlay injured two people Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports two pickup trucks collided around 2:30 p.m.

42-year-old Mathew Bannon of Lapel, Indiana, was driving on U.S. 224 when he hit the back of a pickup driven by Mark McKelvie of Findlay. McKelvie was slowing to turn near the Enon Valley Presbyterian Church. Bannon and a passenger were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Two Injured In Route 15 Crash

12/8/15 – 5:03 A.M.

A minivan and a truck collided in Hancock County late Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened at the intersection of State Route 15 and County Road 180 around 5:45 p.m.

68-year-old Edwin Schwab of Jenera was driving a minivan south on Road 180 when he pulled into the intersection and was hit by an eastbound truck driven by 50-year-old Mark Rupp of Delaware, Ohio. Schwab and Rupp were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash comes under investigation.

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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
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

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