Review Category : Local News

Charges Filed In Tiffin Walmart Fire

10/10/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Tiffin man has been charged after he allegedly set a fire inside the city’s Walmart. Media partner WTOL-11 reports 21-year-old Jarrod Pfeiffer faces two counts of aggravated arson. Investigators say Pfeiffer intentionally set a display on fire around 4:30 a.m. on September 5.

A sprinkler system contained the flames to racks in the sporting goods department.

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Tiffin Man Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

10/10/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Tiffin man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly killing a man during a fight. The Review-Times reports 49-year-old Keith Hook was indicted by the Seneca County grand jury this week. The charge stems from the September 23 death of 55-year-old Dean Mathias in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street in Tiffin.

A police report says Mathias was found unconscious in the kitchen of Hook’s home. A call to 9-1-1 indicated that a fight had broken out at the residence.

Hook faces three years in prison if convicted.

MORE: Review Times

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Former Leipsic IGA Being Converted Into A Church

10/10/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The former Leipsic IGA grocery store will serve a different purpose soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Harvest Assembly of God has bought the building and is converting it into a church. Pastor Nestor Reyes tells the newspaper church members have been cleaning up the building on weekends to get it ready for worship services.

The building is around 12,000 square feet. When the church is completed it will seat around 200 people. A large part of the building will be used for youth ministry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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McComb Schools Change Public Records Policy

10/10/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The McComb school district has made a change to its public record policy. The Courier reports officials are no longer required to give an estimated time frame of when the documents will be made available. The change to the policy was made Wednesday, following a month where several requests were made.

Superintendent Meri Skilliter says they made the change because sometimes there are outside influences on when records can be gathered that are out of the district’s control. For instance, they could be at the mercy of an attorney or the schedule of the person who has access to the records.

Skilliter also said that it’s usually no problem when only a few requests are made. However, when they are flooded with requests it can disrupt office productivity.

MORE: The Courier

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Another Findlay Man Sentenced For March Burglary

10/10/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Another man found guilty of a Findlay burglary was sentenced for his crime yesterday. 19-year-old Cayd Burton will spend three years in prison. He and three others broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court early in the morning on March 24. The group was found when police tracked the GPS signal from a stolen laptop.

22-year-old Nicholas Rarey and 22-year-old Adrian Castillo have also been given three-year prison sentences. 20-year-old Zachary Montgomery will be sentenced on October 23.

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Agency on Aging Hosting Help me Grow Run and Fun Day Saturday

10/09/14     5:18 p.m.

Saturday will bring a day of fun for the whole family while benefitting prematurely born babies. Ohio Department of Health’s Help Me Grow program will be hosting Run and Fun for Preemies at the Agency on Aging in Findlay on Oct. 11 starting at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k race.

The day will continue with Kids Fest from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Kids Fest will include inflatables, arts, crafts and games plus food and drink vendors.

To wrap things up, Cruzin Keys Dueling Piano Show will start at 8 p.m. with doors opening an hour before. A live auction will take place as well. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door.

Contact Denise to purchase tickets for Dueling Pianos at 419-957-4420.
To register for the 5K, visit

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Harvest Time Field Fires Easily Prevent by Equipment Maintenance and Prep

10/09/14     5:05 p.m.

If you drive anywhere in northwest Ohio you’re bound to see farmers harvesting crops this time of year. Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said while it may seem mundane, accidents like field fire are fairly common during harvest time.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Typically fires occur during summer wheat harvesting, but a small equipment malfunction can spark a blaze anytime. Lentz said being sure equipment is cleaned and cared for properly is important in prevention of fires, particularly greasing any friction points.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said having a fire extinguisher on every vehicle or piece of equipment is key, but also testing them regularly. For a combine, Lentz said the extinguisher should be an ABC 10-pound. He suggests checking for hot spots and friction points at the end of the day as well.


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Stearns Companies Named Small Business of the Year for Hancock County

10/09/14     1:40 p.m.

small business awards

Ten years ago, Jim Barger left his job to pursue his dream of his owning business, Media Links Advertising. Today, Barger was recognized by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Person of the Year.

Audio: Jim Barger

Barger was one of 18 award recipients today at this afternoon’s 51st annual Small Business Awards ceremony. The coveted Small Business of the Year Award went to Stearns Companies.

Audio: Dena Rose

Dena Rose accepted the award on behalf of Stearns. Stearns operates such businesses as Dick’s Towing and Auto Salvage, Ed’s 24 Hour Service and Keebler’s Towing in Bluffton.

Dena Rose

Small Business Award Winners:

Community Partner Awards:
Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Hospitality Award- Findlay Girls Fastpitch Softball Club
HLAA Distinguished Leadership Award- Deb Wickerham
United Way Community Partner Award- Legacy Farmers Cooperative
Blanchard Valley Center Employer S.T.A.R. Award- g2 Revolution
Blanchard Valley Center Community Employer S.T.A.R. Award- Findlay Country Club

Business Awards:
Athena Award- Dr. Chris Ward, University of Findlay
Small Business Resource Center Client Award- Lori Bowman, The Dressing Room Boutique
Women in Business Champion of the Year- Cathy Linhart- House of Awards & Shoes
Emerging Business of the Year- The Sweet Retreat
Small Business Manufacturing Excellence Award- RPM Carbide Die, Inc.
Downtown Champion of the Year- Dan Clinger, RCM Architects
Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year- Hosmer Family Businesses
Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year- Kaleidoscope Farms
Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year- Jack & Jin’s Thai Restaurant
Professional of the Year- Phil Rooney and Christie Ranzau, Rooney & Ranzau, Ltd.
Family-Owned Small Business of the Year- Dick’s Auto Supply
Small Business Person of the Year- Jim Barger, Media Links Advertising
Small Business of the Year- Stearns Companies, LLC

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Plans Approved For Regional Cancer Center Expansion

10/9/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center will be expanding in the future. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved plans for a 13,750 square foot building plan during their meeting today…

Audio: Denny Bash

Denny Bash is the real estate administrator for Blanchard Valley Health System. He says the new addition will house a laboratory, pharmacy, and a center for infusion therapy…

Audio: Denny Bash

Ground will be broken for the project on Findlay’s east side next month.

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