Review Category : Local News

More Rail Crossings Closed In Findlay

6/29/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Railroad repair work will close two more crossings in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering department says the CSX crossings at Bigelow Avenue and Pearl Street will be closed today through July 3. You’ll still be able to get to homes and businesses in those areas, but you will not be able to cross the tracks at any time this week.

Detours will be posted in both areas. You’re asked to avoid the area where repair work is happening if possible.


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Floodwaters Close Columbus Grove Pool For Second Time

6/29/15 – 5:16 A.M.

Floodwaters have once again closed the Columbus Grove pool. The Putnam County Sentinel reports water from the nearby Ottawa Creek flowed into the pool for the second time this month Saturday morning.

The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago. Since then workers had been pumping water out of the pool. It was also treated with chemicals to get it back in working order. The hope had been to reopen over the weekend, but that did not happen.

There’s no word on when the facility might reopen.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Two Injured In Findlay House Fire

6/29/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A Findlay house fire sent two people to the hospital Sunday morning. The Findlay Fire Department reports firefighters were called to 200 Locust Street just before 10 a.m.

The blaze was under control within five minutes of firefighters arriving at the home. The flames did an estimated $10,000 in total damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The two people taken to the hospital were not publicly identified. There was no information given on their injuries. Firefighters also saved two dogs, a cat, and iguana from the house.

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Area Rivers Receding (Again)

6/29/15 – 4:59 A.M.

The Blanchard River is out of flood stage in Findlay. After cresting just short of the moderate flood stage at a little over 11.8 feet Sunday morning, it is now in the action stage. Still, at over 10 feet the river does impact East Main Cross near Lye Creek and low lying areas in the city and county. South River Road and Howard Street behind the west side Walmart remain closed.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard appears to be leveling off. At last check it was in the minor flood stage at just under 26 feet. At that level the flood water is still impacting south Walnut and west Second Streets in the village. The Blanchard should drop below flood level by Wednesday morning.

Elsewhere in Putnam County, the Auglaize River is in the minor flood stage at over 13 feet. It’s expected to drop out of flood stage later this morning.

The flood waters have several roads in low-lying areas near the river closed this morning. The most notable closure is in Ottawa where U.S. 224 remains closed on the west side of the village.

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Findlay Police Officer Aaron Fletcher Shot and Killed Findlay Man June 9

06/26/15     5:40 p.m.

Findlay Police have released the name of the officer involved in the June 9th shooting of Jeremy Linhart.

A report from the Police Department said Officer Aaron Fletcher fired a single shot that hit 30-year-old Linhart in the chest. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he later died.

The report says Officer Andrew Rudnik made the initial traffic stop, pulling over the vehicle Linhart was a passenger in. The driver, Ericka Wright of Findlay, was found to be driving under suspension. Rudnik and Fletcher, who acted as back-up officer, ordered the vehicle be impounded per department policy and removed Wright and Linhart from the vehicle to perform inventory. Fletcher found a handgun and started a verbal exchange with Linhart. A physical struggle ensued and Fletcher shot Linhart.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification has not yet completed their investigation of the incident.

Fletcher is an 11-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

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First Gay Couple Legally Married in Hancock County

06/26/15     2:58 p.m.

From left to right: Jen Branson-Scala, Margaret Scala and Aaron Nelson. Jen and Margaret were married in a committment ceremony May 2, but made it official today becoming the first gay couple to marry in Hancock County.

From left to right: Jen Branson-Scala, Margaret Scala and Aaron Nelson. Jen and Margaret were married in a commitment ceremony May 2, but made it official today becoming the first gay couple to marry in Hancock County.

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage for all 50 states, overturning Ohio’s ban on the institution. This afternoon, the first marriage license was issued to a gay couple in Hancock County. Jen Branson-Scala and Margaret Scala celebrated by walking outside to be immediately married at Dorney Plaza.

Audio: Jen Branson-Scala

Jen and Margaret have been together for about three years and had a commitment ceremony in May. They brought their officiant with them to the probate court this afternoon to perform their legal ceremony.

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Three Trustees Added to the University of Findlay Board

06/26/15     1:30 p.m.

Three new members were added to the University’s Board of Trustees this week. Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Rev. Philip Scott and Philip Kortokrax were named trustees during Friday’s meeting.

Brumbaugh is president of Garner Transportation Group. At UF she also chairs the College of Business Advisory Board and serves on other committees and campaigns. Scott serves as regional director for the Allegheny Region Churches of God, General Conference. Kortokrax is vice president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s North America division.

With their appointments, the University’s Board of Trustees includes 34 members.

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Laurita Named New University of Findlay Athletic Director

06/26/15     1:25 p.m.

The University of Findlay has selected its new Athletic Director. Brandi Laurita was named the new AD during Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Laurita has served as UF’s assistant AD and senior women’s administrator since 2008. Additionally, Laurita has been the Student Athlete Advisory Committee advisor and UF’s Title IX coordinator. She oversees athletic scholarships, chairs coach selection committees and is event manager for multiple teams.

She will take the place of Steve Rackley, who resigned earlier this year to become Alma College’s athletic director.

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Off-Duty Hancock Sheriff’s Office Employee Attacked in Their Home

06/26/15     1:14 p.m.

An employee of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was attacked in their home late Thursday night.

A report from the sheriff’s office says the corrections employee was off duty around 10:40 p.m. when Kevin Potts forced entry into the home. Potts produced a gun and a struggle ensued over the weapon. The off-duty employee suffered minor injuries.

Potts was arrested on chrages of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and using a weapon while intoxicated. He is being held in the Wood County Jail.

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Part of South Main Street to Close in Findlay Sunday for Waterline Work

06/26/15     12:54 p.m.

Weather permitting, part of South Main Street will be closed in Findlay Sunday.

South Main will be closed between Sandusky and Lincoln Streets from approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The City of Findlay will be working with Marathon Petroleum to tie into the existing waterline that day and there will be no vehicular access in the process.

Detours will be posted in the area.

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