Review Category : Local News

Fatal Crash Closes U.S. 6 West Of Bowling Green

8/13/14 – 10:30 A.M.

A crash involving an ethanol truck has U.S. 6 closed west of Bowling Green. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection with Potter Road this morning.

Investigators confirmed one person was killed.

U.S. 6 will be closed in that area until further notice.


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Community Rallies Around Kalida Family After Their Home Was Lost In A Weekend Fire

8/13/14 – 9:20 A.M.

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher was recently faced with an unenviable task; dispatching fire trucks to her own home. That’s exactly what happened to Beth Hellman Sunday. Her husband and three children escaped the blaze in their home near Kalida, but they lost everything else…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Shelly Knippen is helping organize a relief effort for the Hellman family. She says support has been so great over the last two days they’re actually holding off on asking for any more items for the time being…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Knippen says they are still asking for monetary help though. To find out more on how to donate, go the the “Hellman Family Fire Relief” Facebook page.

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Judge Sets Trial Date Set For Allen County “Mystery Woman”

8/13/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Allen County’s “Mystery Woman” has a trial date. The Lima News reports Ann Marie Miller will be tried on October 6. She’s charged with tampering with records and using false information to attempt to gain a state identification card.

Miller’s case gained national attention when she refused to identify herself following her arrest. She had burned off her fingerprints, making identification very difficult. A tip from Florida helped identify the woman.

Miller also faces felony charges in Virginia and Colorado.

MORE: Lima News

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Former Hardin County Cemetery Superintendent Facing Charges

8/13/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The former superintendent of a Hardin County cemetery has pleaded not guilty to several charges. Kentontoday.com reports a lawyer for Shawn Cook entered the pleas Monday afternoon. Cook has been indicted on eight counts of tampering with records, eight counts of money laundering, and sixteen counts of theft in office.

Bond was set at $25,000.

Cook retired in May of 2013 after working for 32 years at Grove Cemetery.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Old Fort And Bettsville School Taxes Won’t Combine, Yet

8/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Residents of the Old Fort School District and what was the Bettsville School District won’t see any changes on their taxes this year. Next year will be a different story though. The Review Times reports the districts had their documents filed with the state before Bettsville was transfered into the Old Fort district. As a result tax bills generated for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will be the same as they were in the past.

The next fiscal year will be different. A bond levy for the Bettsville distirct will be shared by residents in Old Fort. The Bettsville Library will be included in the transfer and will become part of the Old Fort School district. That means the Old Fort Board of Education will handle any future levies for the library.

MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock Park District Gets Technology Upgrade

8/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The Hancock Park District is getting new computers. The Courier reports the park board approved spending $9,000 for new equipment during a Tuesday meeting. That will buy eight desktop computers and two laptops.

Park district director Gary Pruitt says the equipment getting replaced was running an obsolete operating system.

MORE: The Courier

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Powerlines Downed Following Fostoria Crash

8/13/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Fostoria driver avoided injury when his car hit a power pole Tuesday afternoon. The Fostoria Police Department reports the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on North Countyline Street.

Witnesses say the driver of a Saturn L-300 lost control of the car and hit a road sign before smashing into a wooden power pole. The crash caused a live power line to drape across the sidewalk.

The driver of the car was cited for failure to control. Police say the vehicle was owned by 65-year-old Donald Correll.

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Findlay-Hancock County Library Debt Paid Off

8/13/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The debt used to pay for the expansion of the Findlay-Hancock County Library in 1988 has been paid off. The Hancock County Commissioners signed the deed for the building over to the library board during their Tuesday meeting.

In 1988 the county commissioners sold bonds to finance improvements to the library. That decision came after voters defeated a $3 million bond issue in May of that year.

The money from the bonds paid to expand the library to the south at its 206 Broadway location.

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New Equipment and Trucks Possibly in the Near Future for Findlay Fire Department

8/12/14   10:50 p.m.

The Fire Department was the focus of Findlay City Council’s appropriations committee meeting Tuesday. 

The council heard from Fire Chief Tom Lonyo who said he polled the firefighters to identify the needs of the department.
Audio: Tom Lonyo
The firefighters said having a rescue vehicle will be beneficial because with the widening of I-75, more crashes of higher impact are likely and a truck capable of carrying the equipment necessary for those rescues is necessary.
Lonyo asked the Council to consider a demonstration fire truck to replace one of the engines, which could save $50 to $70,000 of the estimated $550,000 for replacement.
Cranes will be a common sight near the Marathon Petroleum construction area for the next few years. Because of that, the appropriations committee is accepting Gilbane Construction Company’s offer to pay for two-thirds of the equipment the Fire Department would need to handle a crane rescue.
Fire Captain Josh Eberle said the need for the equipment came after the rescue drill a few weeks ago.
Audio: Josh Eberle
Eberle said the new quipment will allow firefighters to do more than just crane rescues, but technical rescues as well such as, high-angle (water/cell tower), confined space, water and more.
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United Way Campaign Kick Off Sept. 5

8/12/14  12:10 p.m.

The United Way is gearing up for its Pacesetter Campaign kick-off event.

John Urbanski, president of the United Way, said there will be a lot happening at the event.

Audio: John Urbanski

The kick-off is a breakfast event from 7 to 9 a.m. September 5 at Great Scot on Broad Avenue in Findlay. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.

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