Review Category : Local News

VIDEO: “Back The Blue” Day Celebrated In Findlay

8/1/16 – 3:03 P.M.

The community stepped up to say thanks to Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies and Findlay Police officers today. Area businesses and community members pitched in to give gift bags to local officers as part of the “Back the Blue” campaign…

Audio: Kendra Brunswick

Kendra Brunswick says she was more than happy to help the effort when she was approached by Kayla Brooks.

In a short amount of time, they were able to gather enough donated items to make gift bags for every local police officer and deputy sheriff.

Brooks and Brunswick took the effort personally, as both of their husbands serve as Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies…

Audio: Kayla Brooks

The effort was part of the nationwide “Back the Blue” day effort. The day has been set aside to show appreciation to those who put their lives on the line every day.

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Guilty Pleas Entered In North Baltimore Overdose Death Case

8/1/16 – 8:38 A.M.

Two men who were charged following the overdose death of a North Baltimore man in 2015 have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.  The Courier reports 35-year-old William Patterson and 32-year-old Bradley Stemen were originally charged with reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 35-year-old Todd Williams.

Last week Patterson pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and aggravated possession of drugs.  He’ll be sentenced September 13.  Stemen pleaded guilty to charges of permitting drug abuse and obstructing justice.  His sentencing date has been set for August 23.

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Tiffin Woman Hurt In Weekend Crash Near Bascom

8/1/16 – 7:35 A.M.

A one-car crash seriously injured a Tiffin woman over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports 26-year-old Samantha Leady was driving along State Route 635 north of Bascom around 11:15 p.m. Saturday when she drove into a ditch. Leady was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Community Foundation Names New Executive Officers

8/1/16 – 7:29 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has named its executive officers for the 2016-2017 board of trustees. Gwen Kuenzli is a retired University of Findlay professor and will chair the board. She takes the place of Mike Needler.

Michael Wilder is a retired vice president at Marathon Petroleum. He will take Kuenzli’s former position as the vice chair.

Garry Peiffer will continue as the treasurer. He’s a retired executive vice president at Marathon Petroleum. Sherri Garner Brumbaugh of the Garner Transportation Group will continue as the board secretary.

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Gas Prices Up Slightly From A Week Ago

8/1/16 – 7:20 A.M.

Gas prices are up slightly as we start a new work week. reports the average price in Findlay is $2.03 for a gallon of regular today. That’s up eight cents over the last seven days.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.05 for a gallon of regular. That’s a six cent increase over the last week.

Around the state the average price is $2.08 per gallon. That’s only three cents higher than last Monday.

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Bascom Home Damaged In Weekend Fire

8/1/16 – 6:58 A.M.

A Bascom home was badly damaged in a weekend fire. The Review-Times reports firefighters were called to 673 Elm Street around 4:40 p.m. Saturday. The flames were brought under control in about a half-hour. Damage to the home was extensive.

No one was in the house at the time and no one was hurt battling the blaze. An electrical issue is being blamed for causing the fire.

Four people were displaced and are being helped by the American Red Cross.

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ODOT Has Plenty Of Work Scheduled In Hancock County This Week

8/1/16 – 6:46 A.M.

There will be plenty of road work on area highways this week. ODOT says I-75 will be reduced to one lane in both directions between State Route 235 and County Road 60 near Rawson for resurfacing. That project will start by the end of the week.

Elsewhere the entrance ramp from westbound U.S. 30 to U.S. 68 and the exit ramp from eastbound U.S. 30 to U.S. 68 will be closed for a week starting on August 4. The closure will allow crews to complete a resurfacing project. Detours will be posted.

Another project will see State Route 613 west of Van Buren closed for three days starting today. Work between Township Road 136 and County Road 139 will see a culvert replaced.

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Road Work Projects Continue In Findlay This Week

8/1/16 – 5:35 A.M.

Another week of roadwork is underway in Findlay. The city’s engineering office says you’ll see closures or delays in the following locations:

Broad Avenue is still reduced to one lane in each direction between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street. Gas line installation will take place on Center Street between Carnahan and McManness avenues. Davis Street also remains closed between Morey Avenue and Cory Street for a waterline installation project.

Curb replacement is taking place on Harmon Street between Crystal Avenue and Parskide Place; Windsor Place between Bright and Old Mill Roads; Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street to Edinborough Drive, Avalone Terrace between Woodworth and the dead end; and Greendale Avenue from Woodworth to the dead end.

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Two Injured In Tiffin Avenue Crash Sunday

8/1/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay Sunday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened around 4:40 p.m. at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue and North Blanchard Street. 23-year-old Justin Jaros of North Baltimore was driving west on Tiffin when he tried to turn left onto North Blanchard and hit an SUV.

A baby in Jaros’ car was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution. A juvenile passenger in the SUV was also hospitalized.

Jaros was cited for failing to yield and having a suspended license.

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Findlay Learning Center Ready For Year Two

8/1/16 – 5:16 A.M.

An educational program in Findlay is expanding in its second year in operation. The Courier reports the Findlay Learning Center will operate two classrooms in the Washington Administration building this year. One classroom will be for students in grades K-5, while the other will be for grades 6-12. Victoria Swatrz is the director of the program. She tells the newspaper they had as many as 60 kids get extra help from the learning center last year.

The Findlay Learning Center provides individualized instruction for students who may not be able to take part in classes due to a medical or social reason. The program also helps kids who may need more one-on-one instruction to catch up if they’ve fallen behind in their course work. The staff is in contact with the student’s parents every week.

The learning center will also use a new online curriculum this school year.

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