Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Arrested After Weekend Stabbing Incident

5/5/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Findlay police arrested a man following a weekend stabbing incident. Investigators say they were called to 33-year-old Dustin Lanagan’s home on 1801 Blaine St around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers found two people had been cut with a knife.

A brief search of the area found Lanagan hiding in a tree in a wooded area near the house. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault.

One of the victims was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was treated and released.


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5/3 Donates To Performing Arts Center

5/2/14 – 11:13 A.M.

The Hancock County Performing Arts Center got another funding boost today. Fifth Third Bank is donating $250,000 for the project. The donation will pay for a “wall of fame” to honor Hancock County natives specializing in the arts.

Bob LaClair, the president of Fifth Third Bank in northwestern Ohio, made the check presentation today.

Site preparation work began on the center this week.

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Cooper Tire Reports Lower Net Sales And Profits In Q1

5/2/14 – 7:54 A.M.

Findlay-based Cooper Tire & Rubber showed lower net sales and operating profits in the first quarter of 2014. The company’s SEC filing shows net sales in the first three months of the year were $796 million, down $65 million from the first quarter of 2013. Operating profit was $81 million, down $16 million from the year before.

Cooper CEO Roy Armes says an unfavorable pricing and mix of $96 million hurt the numbers. Selling, general and administrative costs were $5 million higher. Other operating costs increased $3 million.

Despite the lower numbers, Armes was optimistic about the figures reported. Armes said, “Our first quarter operating profit is the second-best for a first quarter in our company’s history, topped only by last year’s first quarter, when we set an all-time profit record.”

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Van Buren Man Sought For Questioning Following Thursday Car Crash

5/2/14 – 6:35 A.M.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for your help in bringing in a Van Buren man for questioning. A release from the sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Andre White is wanted for questioning about a car crash and stolen vehicle.

Early Thursday morning an SUV owned by Melinda Hackenburg was involved in a single vehicle crash on County Road 140 north of Portage Township Road 107. The people in the SUV fled the scene. The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating a stolen vehicle complaint from the same area of the crash. Deputies believe the cases are related.

A passenger in the vehicle was found. 33-year-old William Carver suffered severe injuries. Investigators think alcohol was a factor in the crash.

If you have information on where Andre White is, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at (419)422-2424.

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Former Tiffin Parks Director Accused In Sex Crime Case

5/2/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A former Tiffin Parks and Recreation director is accused of committing a sex crime. The Blade reports a grand jury indicted 45-year-old Steven Dryfuse on a charge of gross sexual imposition involving a minor this week. The indictment says Dryfuse compelled the victim to “submit by force or threat of force.” The charges stem from an incident that happened between October of 2001 and April of 2002.

The alleged crime happened before he served as the parks and recreation director for the city. Dryfuse is expected to plead not guilty when he is arraigned May 8.

MORE: The Blade

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Recycling Efforts Bolstered In Putnam County

5/2/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Putnam County is upgrading its glass recycling efforts. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a $100,000 grant from the Ohio EPA will help the effort. Using money from the grant, the county will upgrade transfer sites so glass can be safely dumped into roll-offs. Rumpke Recycling in Dayton will then collect the glass.

For over a year Putnam County was paying to send recycled glass to the Hancock County Landfill. They were paying the landfill $42.75 per ton of glass, leading to an annual cost of around $8,500. Under the new plan Putnam County will receive around two-dollars per ton from Rumpke.

The county also hopes to get more people to recycle. They’ll be encouraging restaurants, bars, and wineries to take part.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Fostoria Restaurant Raided

5/2/14 – 4:56 A.M.

A Fostoria restaurant won’t be selling alcohol for a little while. Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit took all the alcohol from Los Tocallos Bar and Restaurant at 203 N. Main Street last night. An investigation found the business was operating with an outdated liquor license.

Officers began taking boxes of alcohol out of the building just after 9 p.m.

The state will not allow Los Tocallos to sell alcohol until it gets a valid licence from the Division of Liquor Control. The legal matter will be handled through the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

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Live Rett Free 5K Set For This Weekend

5/1/14 – 12:19 A.M.

A weekend event in Findlay will benefit research for a developmental disorder. The annual Live Rett Free 5K and Fun Run will take place Saturday morning at Riverside Park. Registrations starts at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K taking place at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20.

For more information call Karen Harold at (419)957-3875 or Amanda Jacobs at (419)306-4234.

Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It causes victims to have small hands and feet and a deceleration of the rate of head growth. People with Retts typically can’t speak, and about half can not walk.

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Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Progress Detailed

5/1/14 – 11:59 A.M.

Work to clean the Blanchard River picked up over the last two months. An update from Gary Tuttle of the Soil and Water Conservation District shows that the brutal winter hampered efforts after they got underway last November. Tuttle updated the Hancock County Commissioners today.

Crews from Tawa Tree Service have only been able to spend a total of 24 days on the stream enhancement so far.

In that time they have removed 100 logjams. Nearly 300 other trees have either been removed or trimmed. Work started at the Auglaize River. Crews are expected to reach Hancock County this summer.

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