Review Category : Local News

AEP Customers Victims of Phone Scam

8/22/14   4:04 p.m.

AEP Ohio is warning area customers of a phone scam that’s making the rounds.

The caller is threatening to shut off power if the customer does not make an immediate payment over the phone.

AEP said they do not ask for over-the-phone payments and notifies customers of delinquent accounts via their bill. If you doubt whom you are speaking with, AEP advises you to hang up and call AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.

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Future of the Findlay Village Mall Hopeful with Non-Retail Tenants

8/22/14    11:15 a.m.

Since Sears left the Findlay Village Mall in April, many are saying the future of the mall is grim, if not nonexistent.

Courier business reporter Lou Wilin said filling Sears’ mall anchor position has been no easy task.

Audio: Lou Wilin

According to Wilin, retailers are seeking bigger malls surrounded by bigger populations who have higher incomes.

One of Findlay’s mall managers did say they are anticipating announcing a new tenant to fill Sears’ spot, which may help the mall’s image.

The hope of the retailers lies with Findlay following a new trend: non-retail tenants.

Audio: Lou Wilin

Wilin said the hope is these new spaces, like the Children’s Museum and Cedar Creek Church, will bring more foot traffic to the mall.

Wilin will have more on the future of the Findlay Village Mall in tomorrow’s Saturday Special in the Courier.

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Prescription Pills Found During Traffic Stop On I-75 In Allen County

8/22/14 – 6:52 A.M.

A Tennessee man was arrested for drug possession on I-75 in Allen County earlier this week after State Troopers found prescription painkillers in his car. The State Highway Patrol reports a southbound car was pulled over Sunday afternoon for several traffic violations just north of Lima.

The trooper smelled raw marijuana when he approached the vehicle. The passenger, 20-year-old Michael Phillip-Edwards, was asked to exit the car. 343 Morphine pills were found on Phillip-Edwards during a pat-down. He’s been charged with two-counts of possession of schedule II drugs.

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Kenton Cracks Down On Dog Owners

8/22/14 – 5:24 A.M.

The Kenton Police Department has had enough of dogs running loose in the city. reports officers had to put down two aggressive dogs earlier this week. As a result, they are now taking a zero tolerance policy when it comes to loose dogs.

Police Chief John Vermillion said people who let their dogs run loose will be cited for failing to confine the animals. The policy applies to all dog breeds. Vermillion adds there will be additional consequences for owners of more aggressive dogs who let them roam free.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Weekend Benefit Will Help Findlay Family Who Lost Their Home To Fire

8/22/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A benefit will be held for a Findlay family who lost their home in a fire. Cynthia and Mario Hernandez have been homeless since losing their house on July 18. The benefit at Riverside Park Saturday afternoon will help them raise money to take care of some expenses, including getting their children what they need for school.

Events begin at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge. Many items will be auctioned, there will be a 50/50 drawing , and food will be available for a donation. Monetary donations are also being accepted.

For more information call (567)208-7153 or (419)306-0586.

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One Injured In Findlay Crash Thursday Morning

8/22/14 – 5:11 A.M.

One person was injured in a two car crash in Findlay Thursday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 236 and Fostoria Avenue.

An accident report says 51-year-old Connie Grunden of Bloomdale was driving south on Road 236 when she followed a semi-truck through a red light. 87-year-old Nobert Howe of Lima was driving east on Fostoria Avenue and hit Grunden as she drove into his path. Howe was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Investigators found Grunden was following the semi too close and didn’t see the light change. She was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

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Findlay Man Sentenced On Burglary Charge

8/22/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A Findlay man was sentenced for his role in a March armed burglary. The Courier reports 22-year-old Nicholas Rarey will spend three years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court. The incident happened on March 24.

Rarey and three other people took several items from the home. While Rarey didn’t have a weapon at the time, others involved in the crime did. Police were able to located the suspects by using a stolen computer’s GPS.

Co-defendants Adrian Castillo, Cayd Burton, and Zachary Montgomery, have pleaded guilty to the same charge as Rarey. They’ll be sentenced over the next two months.

MORE: The Courier

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Parking Lot Change Cuts Down On Traffic Congestion At Findlay High School

8/22/14 – 4:52 A.M.

A simple change in the parking lot in front of Findlay High School is making a big difference in traffic on Broad Avenue. The Courier reports buses are now exiting to Howard Street when they leave the high school, cutting down on congestion in the area. The buses that do exit to Broad are only going straight or turning right.

Jerri Strait is the district’s transportation coordinator. Strait says departure time for buses is down to five to 10 minutes, compared to 15 to 20 the year before.

The driveway from FHS and the Millstream Career Center was extended around the former Washington Elementary School building. That allows vehicles to pull out to Howard Street.

MORE: The Courier

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Downtown Mural Dedicated During Findlay’s New Third Thursday Event

8/21/14   10:10 p.m.

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After exactly two months of detailed work, Oscar Velasquez and many Findlay community members celebrated his new University of Findlay mural downtown tonight.
Velasquez said everytime he visits a town and sees an empty wall, he imagines what he could create there just as he did on the south wall of the First Federal Bank building in downtown Findlay.
The mural was officially dedicated at a ribbon-cutting during a new downtown Findlay event.

Working the normal 9 to 5 is usually pretty convenient, unless you’re trying to shop in downtown Findlay.

Audio: Maria Reza
In an effort to help shoppers, many downtown Findlay businesses are joining Maria Reza, downtown Findlay coordinator, to host Third Thursdays. The third Thursday of every month downtown businesses stay open until 8 p.m. and have special promotions exclusively for that evening.
Since it’s conception in May, Reza said Third Thursdays has grown from eight businesses to more than 30. The special shopping day often includes events, such as tonight’s mural celebration at First Federal Bank.
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Gluten Free Labeling Now Regulated by FDA

8/21/14    12:45 p.m.

If you are at the grocery store or a restaurant you are bound to see gluten free labels on many food items. But until now, none of that labeling has been regulated. The FDA just announced the standard must be less than 20 parts of gluten per million for food to be labeled gluten free.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said the gluten-free craze began with people who have celiac disease. Celiac is an allergic reaction to gluten that causes small intestine and digestive issues as well as anemia and fatigue. Gluten itself is just a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Lentz said marketers used the idea that all gluten is bad and took advantage of that by labeling things gluten-free.

Audio: Ed Lentz

About one percent of population in the United States has celiac disease and is therefore allergic to gluten. That is the same amount of people in the U.S. that are allergic to peanuts.

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