Review Category : Local News

More Road Work In Findlay Planned For Thursday

5/27/15 – 6:18 P.M.

Expect more road work in downtown Findlay Thursday. The city’s engineering office reports trench repair will take place on West Main Cross at Cory Street. As a result, West Main Cross will be reduced to one lane from Broadway to South West Street. Cory Street will also be closed for the work.

Construction is expected to last from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. You’re advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Insider Trading Suspect Flees Country

5/27/15 – 5:48 A.M.

One of the men accused of insider trading in the proposed sale of Cooper Tire & Rubber two years ago has fled the country. Reuters reports the whereabouts of Iftikar Ahmed are unclear right now. Ahmed slipped out of the country before May 18 in violation of a judge’s order.

Ahmed is a former partner at Oak Investment Partners. He allegedly received a tip about the potential sale to Apollo Tyre before the announcement was made.

Authorities say Amit Kanodia gave Ahmed and another man the tip. Kanodia’s wife was general counsel for Apollo at the time.

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Two Injured In Putnam County Crash

5/27/15 – 5:02 P.M.

Two people were injured in a Tuesday crash in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports two cars were involved in a collision at the intersection of State Route 15 and Township Road 11.

Arlene McDougle of Ottawa was driving on Road 11 and ran a stop sign, pulling into the path of a pickup truck driven by Thomas Stant of Ottawa. McDougle had to be extricated from her car. Both drivers were taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of their injuries.

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Unemployment Rates Fall In The Region

5/28/15 – 2:36 P.M.

Unemployment dropped in the region in April, but the numbers may be a little misleading. The latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County at 3.3 percent unemployment, compared to 3.9 in March. The number of employed people in the county stayed the same, while the number of jobless claims dropped by around 300. That likely means roughly 300 people stopped looking for jobs in April.

Aside from Hancock County, three other counties show unemployment below 4 percent. Wyandot County was at 3.3, Putnam County checked in at 3.7, and Wood County was at 3.9.

Elsewhere Seneca and Allen Counties both had jobless rates of 4.5 percent in March, while Henry County was at 5.9.

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Findlay Teens Arrested for Drug Possession

05/27/15     6:05 a.m.

Two Findlay teenagers were arrested for drug possession following a Friday night traffic stop.

The State Highway Patrol says 18-year-olds Timothy Brooker Jr. and Doryin Thames were pulled over for a speed violation on State Route 12 just before 11 p.m. Friday.

The teens have been charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and LSD. Both Brooker and Thames are being held in the Hancock County jail.

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Findlay Police Department Promotes Officer to Sergeant

05/27/15     6:03 a.m.

The Findlay Police Department has promoted an officer to sergeant.

On Tuesday, Andrew Welch was sworn into his new position. Welch began his career as a dispatcher with the FPD in March of 2005. He joined the police auxiliary in 2006 and was hired as a full-time officer in 2007.

As an officer, Welch was assigned to the patrol division. He served as a field training officer and a member of the emergency response team.

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Findlay Woman Hurt in Lima Avenue Crash Tuesday

05/27/15     6:00 a.m.
A single vehicle crash seriously injured a Findlay woman Tuesday afternoon.

The Findlay Police Department said 63-year-old Patricia Essinger struck a power pole with her car in the 1400 block of Lima Avenue around 3 p.m. Witnesses told police the car was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

After being extricated from the vehicle, Essinger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Police say a medical condition caused the crash and no citation will be issued.

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Prosecutor Dismisses Ottawa Man’s Arson Charges

05/27/15     5:10 a.m.

The Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed arson charges against a former volunteer Ottawa firefighter due to lack of evidence.

The Lima News reports 27-year-old William Laibe was charged with three counts of arson after allegedly setting fire to three properties, two of which were vacant homes, in Ottawa on July 25, 2014.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers said he was hoping to introduce evidence showing Laibe at the scene of six other fires, but it did not look like the judge would allow the evidence. He does have the option of refiling charges if more evidence surfaces.

More: The Lima News

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ADAMHS to Include City Officials in Recovery House Process

05/27/15     5:08 a.m.

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services says it will include Findlay officials in future recovery house decisions.

The Courier reports that at their Tuesday meeting, the ADAMHS board said it will give city council members and the mayor information about potential recovery house in hopes of heading off backlash. Executive Director Precia Stuby said residents with concerns usually contact their council representative anyway so this will give the elected officials the information they need to help respond.

The ADAMHS Board received an extension for a grant to purchase two recovery homes. The original deadline was June 30 for a men and women’s home. That has now been extended to March 31, 2016.

More: The Courier

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