Review Category : Local News

Putnam County Habitat For Humanity Looks For Next Family

6/13/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is looking for their next homeowner. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there are three qualifications to apply for the program. Potential habitat families must have a current need for decent housing, meet income guidelines, and be willing to assist volunteers in the construction of the home. They must also take basic home ownership classes along with the last qualification.

The deadline to apply is June 30. The goal is to have a family selected by September and to break ground next spring.

For more information call (419)523-9621.

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One Car Crash Injures Two People In Southern Hancock County

6/13/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two women from Bluffton Sunday afternoon. The State Patrol reports 61-year-old Cheryle Sawmiller was driving a PT Cruiser west on Hancock County Road 304 near Van Buren Township Road 65 around 3:30 p.m. when she lost control. The car went off the road, hit a utility pole, and overturned.

Sawmiller and her passenger, 25-year-old Tiffini Mitchell, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The patrol says Sawmiller and Mitchell were not wearing seatbelts. Sawmiller was cited for failure to control and a seatbelt violation.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Crash

6/13/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy was among three people injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Hancock County Road 99 and North Main Street. The Findlay Police Department reports Deputy Rodney Griffin was responding to an alarm call at Van Buren Schools around 1 p.m. when he was involved in the collision. The crash report says Griffin’s lights and sirens were on when a westbound car driven by 36-year-old Jeffery Todd of McComb entered the intersection.

Griffin and Todd were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Todd’s passenger, a 9-year-old girl, was also taken to the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Two Semis Collide On I-75 Near Findlay

6/13/16 – 4:54 A.M.

A truck driver was injured when two semis collided in the southbound lanes of I-75 Sunday night in Hancock County. The State Patrol says 50-year-old Michael Walker of Newport, Michigan was headed south when another truck driven by 47-year-old William Lovelace of Austin, Texas drifted into the left lane and caused the collision. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. just north of the County Road 99 exit.

Walker was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Lovelace was cited for a marked lanes violation.

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Threatening Call Made To Findlay High School

6/10/16 – 11:50 A.M.

A text alert from the Findlay City School District says a threat was called into the high school this morning. As a result, visitors to the school can only enter the building from the main and freshman entrances. School officials say the threat came from outside the building, and that everyone inside was safe.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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Councilman Jeff Wobser Talks About Huber School Demo Issue

6/10/16 – 11:22 A.M.

The dilapidated state of the former Huber school on Blanchard Avenue was a topic taken up by Findlay City Council this week. City Councilman Jeff Wobser was among the members who decided against passing the demolition of the building as an emergency. On Friday, he explained why he was against passing the emergency designation…

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Wobser says even though the property owner could be assessed for the demolition on his property tax bill, it doesn’t mean the bill will actually be paid…

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Wobser adds since Tuesday’s meeting the city has received more information about the building that makes him confident action will be taken soon.

The Findlay City School District is asking for the building to be torn down. The former school sits next to the district’s transportation office. Concerns about the building’s stability prompted school officials to move some people out of the office.

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Saturday Heat Wave Brings Chance For Strong Afternoon Storms

6/10/16 – 10:28 A.M.

Saturday brings us a chance of severe weather in northwest Ohio. WTOL-11 meteorologist Chris Vickers says it’s going to be hot and humid Saturday. That, combined with another factor is what’s causing some concern…

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers says right now there’s only about a 30 to 40 percent chance we’ll see storms and some areas could remain dry. He added there is enough concern about the severity of potential storms that people should be aware of the possibility.

The best chance for storms to roll through the area will be between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Vickers adds the potential storms will come on the back of a small heat wave…

Audio: Chris Vickers

If you’re not a fan of the sweltering heat don’t worry, Vickers says it will be out of the area after Saturday.

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Twin Brothers Await Sentencing In Wood County Arson Cases

6/10/16 – 6:57 A.M.

Twin brothers are awaiting sentencing for their roles in a series of arson fires in Wood County in March. The Review-Times reports 16-year-olds Alex and Andrew Crawford recently appeared in front of a judge for a dispositional hearing. A decision on sentencing will be made June 29, after the lawyer for the teens gets more information from prosecutors.

The Crawfords are accused of being part of a group of nine people that allegedly set a series of fires that targeted homes and barns. They’re currently being held at the Seneca County Youth Center in Tiffin.

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Open House Scheduled For Center For Safe And Healthy Children

6/10/16 – 6:40 A.M.

An open house will be held for the Center for Safe and Healthy Children in Findlay later this month. The event will take place June 22 from 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., which is located at 1900 Chapel Drive. Director Tom Blunk tells the Courier, “We want people to know we exist, what we do, why we’re here and what we can do to help.” The center works to reduce the trauma experienced by child abuse victims.

The agency was recently renovated to become handicap accessible. It also received new medical equipment.

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