Review Category : Local News

Stuff the Bus Thursday Through Saturday

7/9/14   12:52 p.m.

It’s that time of year again already. The eighth annual Stuff the Bus will begin tomorrow at 6 a.m. at McDonald’s on Tiffin Ave.

Tammy Stahl, director of this year’s event, said the reason Stuff the Bus continues is because there is still a need in the community.

Audio: Tammy Stahl

You can drop off supplies or make a monetary donation from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Stahl estimates they gather $30 of supplies for about 500 children a year, coming to a grand total of approximately $120,000 of supplies collected in the eight years of the event.

Children in need of school supplies must complete a registration form and return it to the Christian Clearning House in the Family Center by July 31 to sign up for a pick up time.

Supply Pick Up Registration Form

Supplies Lists
These lists are intended to give you an idea of the type of supplies needed. Items donated will be distributed by The Family Center according to need for school children throughout Findlay, Hancock County and the local area.
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Blue or Black ink erasable ink Pens
  • Red Ballpoint Pens
  • Pencil case
  • 24 or 48 Box of Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Bottle Elmer’s glue
  • Box of Kleenex
  • Erasers
  • Broad/Narrow Tip Markers
  • Scissors
  • Wide /Narrow Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
  • Loose leaf notebook
  •  Pocket Folders
  • Zip Lock bags all sizes
  • Ruler (metric & inches)
  • Index cards
  • 3-ring binder
  • Backpacks
  • Correction Fluid
  • Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Dry eraser
  • Clear Plastic Protractors
  • Compass
  • Multiplication and Division Flashcards
  • Water Colors
  • Small Pump Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
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Wood County Sheriff’s Office Working To Fight Human Trafficking

7/9/14 – 7:19 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is enlisting businesses in the county to help fight human trafficking. Media partner WTOL-11 reports deputies are handing out flyers for stores to display in their windows. They’re also educating owners and employees about what some of the warning signs of human trafficking are.

Isaiah Loar is with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and tells the TV station that traffickers use I-75 and other major highways to transport victims of human trafficking.

The effort is being funded by a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice.


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North Baltimore Hires New Village Administrator

7/9/14 – 6:57 A.M.

North Baltimore hired a new village administrator Tuesday. Donna Dettling will replace the retiring Kathy Healy. Dettling is currently the village manager in Dexter Michigan. Dettling tells the Courier Dexter is a lot like North Baltimore. She added “there’s a lot of potential here.”

Village council also agreed to hire seven part-time employees to help staff North Baltimore Emergency Medical Service. The service is run by volunteers right now, which has sometimes left it with too few paramedics and emergency medical technicians to cover needed hours.

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Van Buren School Officials Nearing Decision On Levy Bid

7/9/14 – 6:48 A.M.

We could know by tomorrow if the Van Buren school district will put a building levy on the November ballot. The Courier reports the $29.3 million tax proposal has to be submitted to the board of elections by August 6.

In the meantime the district is trying to get a feel for what the community will support. Around 30 people showed up at a meeting last night to talk about a public survey. The issue is only 146 people took the survey. In contrast, more than 1,000 people voted on the school issue in the May primary, and more than 60% of them voted no.

The survey showed 47 percent of people who responded though building a new gym and 34 new classrooms was a high priority. 36 percent said the public couldn’t afford the 37-year, 6.9 mill bond issue.

MORE: The Courier

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Former Findlay Man Facing Manslaughter Charge In Drug Overdose Case

7/9/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted a former Findlay man on an involuntary manslaughter charge Tuesday. 49-year-old Randall Rice was also indicted on a charge of corrupting another with drugs.

Prosecutors say Rice provided 35-year-old Tara Mitsch with cocaine on August 31. Mitsch then died from combined drug toxicity at Rice’s house at 517 Clinton St. in Findlay.

Rice was already sentenced on drug charges earlier this year. He was ordered to serve five years of intensive community control sanctions for convictions that included cocaine possession.

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Two Injured In Workplace Accident Near Carey

7/9/14 – 5:12 A.M.

A workplace accident injured two people near Carey last night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports emergency crews were called to Andersons Mineral Processing at 1855 County Road 99 a little after 7 p.m.

Initial reports say a piece of equipment fell on two people at the plant. One victim was taken by medical helicopter to an area hospital. The other was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

No other details were made available.

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Negotiations With Sheriff Deputy’s Union At Standstill

7/9/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Negotiations between Hancock County and the union that represents sheriff’s deputies don’t appear to be going anywhere. The Courier received a fact-finding report on the issue from the State Employment Relations Board this week. The reports says the sides can’t agree on pay raises and health insurance premiums.

The union wants a 4 percent raise in each year of a three year contract. The county is offering a 1.75 percent increase per year. The fact-finder recommended raises of 2.25 percent, 2.5 percent, and 2.75 percent. That was rejected by a union vote last month.

The union is also fighting a proposed 1 percent increase in each of the next three years to the employee share of health insurance premiums.

Sheriff Michael Heldman tells the newspaper binding arbitration is now being sought.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Man Accused Of Killing Infant Wants To Enter Insanity Plea

7/9/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. The Courier reports an attorney for 25-year-old Jerrod Hartman has filed a motion with the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The motion argues Hartman suffers from a condition known as parasomnia. According to the Cleveland Clinic, parasomnias are disorders that result in people having outbursts while they are asleep.

Hartman was charged with murder and endangering children after his 44-day-old son was found dead in late October. A coroner’s report says the child died from multiple blunt trauma. Hartman remains free on a $250,000 bond.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.

MORE: The Courier

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Appropriations Committee OK’s $10,000 for sewer relocation project design

Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee allocated 10 thousand dollars for crews to begin creating a plan to abandon a sanitary sewer that runs parallel to 75.

The 24-inch sewer runs south of West Sandusky St. to Harrison St. and needs abandoned in order for I-75 to be widened.

City Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the current sewer only serves two customers, Michigan Sugar and Daskto Ltd. A new sewer connection will be created for these businesses west of its current location.

ODOT said they will analyze the project once it’s been designed and negotiate some kind of reimbursement, but without a plan for the project, the extent of that pay-out is unknown.

Schmelzer estimates the project will cost roughly 350 thousand dollars.

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Findlay’s Food Trucks Facing Own Adversity

Toledo’s food truck restrictions have caused much conflict from food truck owners recently. And though there may be few, Findlay’s own food truck owners are facing adversity as well.

In Findlay, there are far fewer trucks, but Amy May Bollinger, owner and operator of Amy May’s Rockin’ Taco truck here in Findlay says the ordinance blocking vendors from downtown between Center St. and Lima Ave. is limiting things for the few food trucks that do exist here.

Audio: Amy May Bollinger

Bollinger is currently working to put together a petition to allow food trucks in to the downtown area. Bollinger said she was in downtown for a special lunch event at Lantham Courtyard last week and did “exceptional business.”

Audio: Amy May Bollinger

There are 28 licensed mobile food vendors in Findlay and 11 additionally in Hancock County. The vendors that frequent the Findlay areas for lunches are Amy May’s Rockin’ Taco, Rocked Pizza and Flag City Hot Dogs.

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