Review Category : Local News

Local Memorial Service For Congressman Michael Oxley Set For Friday

2/4/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A memorial service for former Congressman Michael Oxley will be held tomorrow on the University of Findlay campus. The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Oxley passed away on January 1 of this year. He represented Ohio’s 4th District in Congress from 1981 to 2006.

Tomorrow’s speakers will include UF President Katherine Fell; law partner and friend Judge Allan Davis; Congressman Bob Latta, and Senator Rob Portman among others. His widow, Patricia, is expected to be featured in a video tribute.

The service will be broadcast live on 1330 WFIN and video will be streamed at

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Trenton Avenue Crash Injures Three

2/4/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a Findlay woman Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 39-year-old Maria Botello was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment following the collision at the intersection of West Trenton Avenue and Bolton Street. The incident happened around 3:15 p.m.

A police report says 78-year-old Robert Frink was driving south on Bolton Street when he started to cross Trenton, and was hit by a pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Trevor Bermudez. Frink’s minivan then hit Botello’s car.

Frink and Bermudez were treated at the scene. Frink was cited for failure to yield.

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Local Furniture Company Pledges Vouchers To Main Street Fire Victims

2/3/2016 – 4:16 pm

Art Van Findlay has announced that it will donate over $9000 in vouchers towards the purchase of furniture for the families impacted by January’s North Main Street apartment fire. They are partnering with the Findlay Fire Relief Foundation to distribute the vouchers.

To apply, affected residents need to contact the Findlay Fire Relief Foundation and upon confirmation, victims will receive a $300 voucher which will be good towards any purchase at Art Van Findlay.

Art Van Findlay will also take donations from the community of gently used furniture for the families in need. Items can be dropped off at Art Van Findlay after checking with Guest Services. They are located at 10300 W. State Route 224 in Findlay.

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Medical Emergency Triggers Lockdown At Glenwood Middle School

2/3/2016 – 4:00 pm

Glenwood Middle School in Findlay was locked down for around 40 minutes Wednesday afternoon. The Courier reports that the lockdown was issued following a medical emergency at the school. Community Relations Coordinator Barb Bish reported that the emergency did not involve a student.

The lockdown was lifted around 3:00 pm Wednesday and students were dismissed around 20 minutes later than usual. No further details were provided regarding the incident.

More: The Courier

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Troopers Find Marijuana During Traffic Stop In Wood County

2/3/2016 – 3:05 pm

One person was arrested in a drug bust in Wood County this week. The Ohio State Patrol reports that troopers stopped an SUV for speed violations on Interstate 80 around 10:15 Monday morning. During the stop, troopers detected an odor of marijuana and a probable cause search found around eight pounds of marijuana, a gram of methamphetamine and numerous drug paraphernalia.

The passenger, identified as 52-year-old Kenneth D. Michel of Bailey Colorado was charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.

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United Way Campaign Reports Record Year

2/3/2016 – 11:30 am

The Hancock United Way has wrapped up its annual fundraising drive and has reported a record year. Funds collected totaled around $3.2 million dollars for the year. Campaign Chair Larry Busdeker said that the public had truly committed to funding United Way programs during the campaign.

Audio: Larry Busdeker

At this point, the United Way will wrap up grant requests from community organizations. CEO John Urbanski said that the community solutions committee will review the grant applications and the United Way will announce the grant awards in March.

Audio: John Urbanski

Grant requests will be accepted until Friday, February 12th. To make a request, you can call the United Way at 419-423-1432 for more information.

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Marathon Petroleum Reports Profits Fell In Latest Fiscal Quarter

2/3/2016 – 11:01 am

Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s profits fell in the October-December quarter from a year ago. The company reports their profits fell 76 percent from last year to $187 million with earnings of 35 cents per diluted share. Sales also declined around 30 percent from last year to $15.68 billion.

However, in 2015 overall profits for Marathon Petroleum rose around 13 percent from the previous year to $2.85 billion even though sales for the entire year declined over 26 percent to $72.26 billion.

More: Marathon Petroleum

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Findlay Students Collecting Water For Flint Michigan

2/3/2016 – 10:50 am

Students at Findlay City Schools are asking the public to help their efforts to provide Flint Michigan with clean water. The students of the Findlay High school student council and Jacobs Primary will be holding a water drive this Saturday at Jacobs Primary. Teacher Tony Nugeness said that the effort was driven by the members of the student council.

Audio: Tony Nugeness

The students are asking the public to drop off cases of water at Jacobs Primary this Saturday.

Audio: Tony Nugeness

Water will only be accepted in cases or in gallon containers due to regulations. Several local businesses have also contributed to the drive and will help to transport the water to Flint with the student council. The drive will be held from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Jacobs Primary.

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North Baltimore Sewage Plant Has Unused Capacity

2/3/16 – 6:47 A.M.

The North Baltimore sewage treatment plant has unused capacity, and village officials are looking to see how they might use that to their advantage. The Courier reports council members were given some options to consider during their Tuesday meeting. John Rauch of the Rural Community Assistance Program says the village could accept sewage from other towns. The extra capacity could also be used to attract businesses to the area.

Rauch said more sewage customers could potentially “lighten the load” of existing customers.

The reason the plant has unused capacity is because of a sewer separation project. Before the storm water and sewer lines were split, the sewage plant had a daily flow of 828,000 gallons. After the lines were separated, that number dropped to 383,000 gallons of flow per day.

MORE: The Courier

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More Roadwork Set For I-75 Near Beaverdam Today

2/3/16 – 5:25 A.M.

You might experience delays on I-75 if you’re headed south again today. ODOT says the southbound lanes of the interstate will be restricted to one lane just south of Beaverdam for road work. Crews will be grounding pavement to give the highway extra traction

Restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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