Review Category : Local News

Train And Semi Collide In Hardin County

6/5/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay man avoided injury when the train he was conducting hit a semi in Hardin County Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on U.S. 68 north of Dunkirk around 1:45 p.m.  A semi driven by 57-year-old Clarence Jewett didn’t stop for a warning signal, and pulled into the path of a CSX train. The train pushed the truck 800 feet and caused it to catch on fire.

30-year-old Daniel Pierce of Findlay was the conductor of the train. He and the engineer on board were not hurt. Jewett and a CSX worker doing track maintenance both suffered minor injuries.

Jewett was cited for failing to yield to active rail grade signals.

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Findlay Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Bust

6/5/14 – 5:12 A.M.

One person was arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop on I-75 in Findlay last week. The State Highway Patrol reports 40-year-old Saudi Calvin of Detroit was pulled over for speeding near State Route 12 early in the morning on May 29. A trooper found 120 Percocet pills and 12 Xanax pills inside a gym bag.

The pills were valued at more than $1,000.

Calvin was charged with drug possession and driving under suspension.

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Findlay Man Arrested After Tuesday Drug Raid

6/5/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested following a Tuesday night drug raid. The Findlay Police Department served a search warrant at 401 West Melrose Avenue around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. 25-year-old Holden Smith was taken into custody, and police seized chemicals and tools often used to make methamphetamine.

Smith was charged with assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs. More charges are pending in the case.

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Lawyer Claims Conflict Of Interest In Riverdale Teacher Case

6/5/14 – 4:55 A.M.

The lawyer representing a family whose 6-year-old was pushed by a Riverdale kindergarten teacher says there is a conflict of interest in the case. The Courier reports Cleveland attorney Dan Margolis says Jim Williams is the chaplain for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also married to Barb Williams, who is charged with child endangerment.

The charge is a misdemeanor. The Nelson family wanted felony charges pressed against Williams.

Margolis says he thinks it amounts to preferential treatment. Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman tells the newspaper Jim Williams didn’t even really know the deputy who handled the investigation.

Margolis says it’s ridiculous to think that the investigators wouldn’t think of Jim Williams as one of their own no matter how small the connection.

MORE: The Courier

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Arlington Swimming Pool Not Ready To Open Just Yet

6/4/14 – 8:48 A.M.

Arlington’s swimming pool isn’t quite ready for swimmers yet. Village officials say it will probably be next week before the facility opens for the summer. Some concrete work still needs to be completed and water depth marked off. Supply delays for the concrete work along with some weather issues put the upgrades behind schedule.

Once the concrete work is finished, the Hancock County Health Department will conduct an inspection.

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North Baltimore Council Discusses Abandoned Business

6/4/14 – 8:42 A.M.

A Cygnet company is interested in moving into an abandoned North Baltimore business. The Courier reports North Baltimore’s village council talked about how to handle the former Johnson Rubber Company property at their Tuesday meeting. Bates Recycling has expressed an interest in buying the site.

The former Johnson property has been up for a foreclosure sale twice, with no buyers. Council is researching the process for buying the land, and what tax and liability issues that could bring.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Man Accused Of Assaulting Infant

6/4/14 – 8:34 A.M.

A Fostoria man is accused of assaulting an infant. The Review-Times reports 51-year-old Michael Vain was seen shaking and kicking a stroller carrying his 3-month-old daughter. The incident happened at the West High Street Kroger location around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The child had a bruise above her right eye. She was transported to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and then to Toledo Children’s Hospital for treatment.

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Motorcycle-Deer Collision Injures Arlington Man

6/4/14 – 7:25 A.M.

A collision between a motorcycle and a deer sent an Arlington man to the hospital last night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on U.S. 68 near County Road 172 around 9:30 p.m. 49-year-old Scott Kingsley was riding northbound when he hit the animal.

Kingsley was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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USW Challenges Chinese Tire Maker Tactics

6/4/14 – 6:46 A.M.

The Union that represents Cooper Tire and Rubber workers is taking aim at Chinese tire manufacturers. The Courier reports the United Steel Workers filed petitions with the International Trade Commission and Commerce Department Tuesday. The filing claims Chinese tire makers are charging less than market value for tires in the United States. The complaint also alleges the Chinese government is giving companies export subsidies so they can afford to sell at a loss in the U.S.

The USW says practices like this can cost tire makers in the U.S. their jobs.

The Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission are both investigating. If they find the claims to be true it would be up to the Commerce Department to put tariffs in place on the Chinese tires.

MORE: The Courier

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Kalida Community Members Question Wind Turbine Vote

6/4/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Members of the Kalida community took the village council to task over a recent vote about wind turbines. The Putnam County Sentinel reports people packed into the latest village council meeting to voice their concerns. At issue was a May 19 vote to deny KMI Incorporated’s request to build wind turbines on their property. A petition signed by 60 Kalida businesses was given to council to show their support for KMI.

Ron Kahle spoke on behalf of the businesses. He said he thought the turbines were a done deal, and should have showed up to support them on May 19. The newspaper reports that meeting was mostly attended by residents opposed to KMI’s plans.

Council members said the wind turbine option for KMI isn’t dead, but that a different plan may be needed to move forward with them.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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