Review Category : Local News

Bicyclist Injured After He Hits Car While Making A Lane Change On Bright Road

08/18/16 – 6:19 P.M.

A bicyclist was injured after he struck a car this morning in the 500 block of Bright Road in Findlay. The Courier reports that 84-year-old James Wall of Findlay was riding his bike northbound on Bright Road when he switched lanes and struck a car driven by Patsy Blair of Carey.

Police report that Wall suffered a head injury and abrasions to his hands and arms. He was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hancock EMS.

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50 North And The Arts Partnership Join Forces To Host A Senior Arts Camp

08/18/16 – 5:59 P.M.

The Arts Partnership got a National Endowment of the Arts grant to fund a senior arts camp. 50 North’s Harry Stockton says that is how they got to partner with The Arts Partnership.

Audio:Harry Stockton

The grant money allowed 50 North to hire professional teachers to come in and teach classes in art music. The camp lasted four days and had 27 members of 50 North take part. Bobbi Balser is one of the members and she said the camp was a lot of fun and offered new classes.

Audio: Bobbi Balser

The participants took classes taught by professional instructors in the arts and music during the four-day camp. The cost of the camp was $15 dollars for the week and included a lunch every day.

With the success and enjoyment the camp brought Stockton says that they will look into having it again next year.

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Hancock County Commissioners Table Ohio Means Jobs Contract To Get More Information

8/18/16 – 11:43 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will get some more information about a jobs program before they decide on a contract. During their Thursday meeting, the commissioners tabled a resolution that would have allowed the Department of Job and Family services to hire someone to work on employment outreach. At a future meeting, Hancock County JFS Director Diana Hoover will answer questions about the deal.

According to the proposed one-year contract, the position would be paid $49,500. The contract could be renewed twice.

The job duties outlined in the proposal include collaborating with Ohio Means Jobs and initiating targeted business outreach. The person hired would also work with area businesses to let them know about OMJ tools that are available to them. Other job duties include working with area staffing firms, recruiting skilled employees, and coming up with a process to help rehabilitate job candidates who fail initial screenings due to social issues.

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Area Employers Learn More About New Overtime Rules

8/18/16 – 11:36 A.M.

New rules governing overtime hours go into place December 1. Members of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce learned more about the rules during a Thursday seminar. Attorney Bill Beach says the most important thing to remember is the law applies to all businesses…

Audio: Bill Beach

The executive order from President Obama makes employees making less than $47,500 per year eligible for overtime pay.

Beach says businesses should start analyzing the number of hours each of their employees work if they haven’t already…

Audio: Bill Beach

Beach says that the only way to figure out if they need to bump someone’s pay to meet the new exempt employee threshold or not.

Beach adds that businesses that don’t follow the rules could face hefty fines.

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Findlay Fire Department And American Red Cross Partner Up And Head Over To Bernard Park Area Residents

08/18/16 – 11:10 A.M.

Residents near Bernard park might receive a visit from the Findlay Fire Department and the American Red Cross next Thursday. The two are partnering up and going door to door to install smoke detectors. Fire Chief Josh Eberle says the fire department has given away smoke detectors before but that’s it.

Audio: Josh Eberle

Representatives will go door to door from 5:30pm until 8:30pm and will offer educational materials. Cheryl Wolfe from the Red Cross says that they will also go over everything.

Audio: Cheryl Wolfe

They will also be providing home inspections to find fire hazards to help you prevent any fires.

If you don’t get a visit you can go to the fire department to pick up smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Hydrant Flushing Moves Into A New Area Of Findlay Today

8/18/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Hydrant flushing has wrapped up in one area of Findlay and moves into a new part of town this week. The water distribution department reports work will begin today in an area spanning from McManness Avenue to the west, County Road 236 to the east, Tiffin Avenue to the south, and Fostoria Avenue to the north.

Hydrant flushing in the country club area has been completed.

Work continues in an area spanning Bright Road to the west, County Road 237 to the east, south to the Blanchard River, and north to Tiffin Avenue.

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Putnam County Man Indicted On Murder Charge

8/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A man who allegedly confessed to murdering his 2-year-old son 10 years ago in Putnam County was indicted by the grand jury recently. The Courier reports 30-year-old Julio Soto of Napoleon is charged with aggravated murder and murder. He also faces felonious assault, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence charges.

2-year-old Julio Baldoza died in January of 2006. At the time Soto said he accidentally hit the child with an ATV and then refused to get medical treatment for the boy. He ended up pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge. However, in late July Soto went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and reportedly admitted he murdered Baldoza.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers told the Putnam County Sentinel Soto indicated he acted willingly in the death of the toddler.

MORE: The Courier

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Judge Fry To Retire Today

8/18/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Today is the final day on the bench for a Findlay Municipal Court judge. The Courier reports Robert Fry is retiring after 38 years of working in the legal field. He’s been a municipal court judge since 2007 when he was appointed to fill the remaining term of Vernon Preston. He was elected to the position later that year.

Before becoming a judge, Fry worked in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for 26 years. He spent 15 of those years as the county prosecutor.

Fry and his wife are moving to South Carolina. They’ve sold their Findlay home and intend to be closer to the beach.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Man Accused Of Threatening People With A Gun

8/18/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested after he allegedly threatened people with a gun and led police on a foot chase Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Casey Gerken allegedly got into an argument with someone over a woman in the 200 block of Madison Avenue around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday.

During the dispute, he reportedly pointed a gun at a group of people. He left the area, but police officers later saw him leaving a home in the 2600 block of North Main Street. He allegedly tried to run away but was caught after a brief chase.

Gerken is charged with menacing and driving under suspension.

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