Review Category : Local News

New Building Approved For The Hancock County Fairgrounds

10/14/16 – 7:28 A.M.

Findlay City Planning Commission approved plans for a new building at the Hancock County Fairgrounds Thursday. The Courier reports that the new building will be used to host receptions, shows, and seminars. It will have heating, air conditioning, a catering kitchen and a covered porch. Operations and facilities manager for the Hancock Hancock Agricultural Society said the building should be up by August 2017.

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Firefighters Called To Franklin Avenue Home Wednesday Night

10/14/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Findlay firefighters were called to 706 Franklin Avenue Wednesday night. The Courier reports that the small fire was started by children playing with a lighter. A mattress caught fire around 10:50 p.m. and a resident called the fire department. The fire was contained to the mattress but still caused about $200 worth of damage. According to the newspaper, firefighters were on scene for about 30 minutes. They have determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.

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Injury Crash Reported North Of Bluffton Thursday Afternoon

10/14/16 – 4:34 A.M.

A Defiance woman was injured in a two-car crash north of Bluffton Thursday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that the accident happened on County Road 313 at the intersection with County Road 15. 21-year-old Elizabeth Chandler of Defiance was driving north on 15 when she went through a stop sign. She hit the side of a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Terry Mullenhour of Bluffton around 4:30 p.m. Mullenhour’s vehicle went off the side of the road and striking a utility pole. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Chandler was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Bluffton EMS. She was cited for failure to yield.

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Hancock County Commissioners Discussed Viewpoints At UF Political Forum

10/13/16 – 9:59 P.M.

A political forum at the University of Findlay had Hancock County Commissioner Candidate Bill Bateson and Current County Commissioner Mark Gazarek. One of the topics discussed was flood mitigation. Bateson says that there needs to be more of a flow of information.

Bateson – Flood Mitigation

Mark Gazarek says that the process started slow but commissioners are doing better now and have even hired new advisors.

Gazarek – Flood Mitigation


Gazarek and Bateson also discussed maintaining the Blanchard River. Gazarek said that he supports maintaining the river but that the decision isn’t just his.

Gazarek – Maintain River

Bateson disagreed saying that the other counties don’t have to be involved in maintaining our waterways.

Bateson – Maintain River


The two candidates also talked about updating the juvenile and probate court. Bateson said that the project is more costly than expected.

Bateson – Court Update

Gazarek countered saying that Seneca County tore their building down to replace it and it has proven costly. He crunched the numbers and said it’s cheaper to update…

Gazarek – Court Update

The two also discussed several other topics including infrastructure and the Raise the Bar initiative.

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Local Children With Disabilities Receive Special Tricycles

10/13/16 5:40 P.M.

The Findlay Kiwanis Club presented a custom-built Amtyke to an area child with a developmental disability Wednesday. Four-year-old Evelyn Distel was given the bike which was tailored to her needs. Amtyke bikes are designed therapeutic tricycles that give mobility options for individuals with varying abilities and/or special needs.

Over 70 of the bikes have been awarded statewide. A local 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is also going to get an Amtyke bike. He was recovering from surgery when Evelyn received her bike.

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Hancock Sheriff’s Office Gives Safety Tips About Driving Around Farm Machinery

10/13/16 – 5:06 P.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants you to stay safe while driving around farm equipment. In a release, they said that there are things you should do when you see farm equipment on the road. They all involve slowing down, maintaining a safe distance and being cautious. The release says that passing farm equipment can be dangerous and just because they move to the right doesn’t mean they’re letting you pass. Much of the equipment used by farmers need wide turns.

Things that you should watch for are hand signals and flashing amber lights. These signals can help you determine what is about to happen. The amber lights also help point out the end of the equipment.

The Sheriff’s Office says to enjoy the drive and remain safe. If you’re stuck behind farm equipment for 2 miles at 20 miles an hour, they say it only costs you six minutes.

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Tiffin Woman Accuses Donald Trump Of Inappropriate Contact

10/13/16 – 8:10 A.M.

A Tiffin woman is accusing Donald Trump of inappropriately touching her. The Associated Press reports Rachel Crooks told the New York Times Trump kissed her against her will in 2005. Crooks is one of three women who have recently accused Trump of inappropriate conduct.

Trump says the “New York Times” needs to retract and apologize for the article published last night that quotes two women who claim he sexually assaulted them years ago. The campaign is calling the report “fiction.”

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Cause Of Fostoria Fire Remains Under Investigation

10/13/16 – 7:36 A.M.

The cause of a Monday fire in Fostoria remains undetermined. The State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the blaze at 445 North Town Street. Lindsey Burnworth is with the Fire Marshall’s office and tells the Review-Times arson is not likely in the case. Investigators say an electrical malfunction might be the cause.

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Case Against Pandora Woman Suspected In Bank Robberies Headed To Grand Jury

10/13/16 – 5:39 A.M.

The Allen County grand jury will review the case against a Pandora woman accused of robbing the same bank twice in two weeks. The Lima News reports 26-year-old Kaylee Shoopman waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Municipal Court Magistrate Richard Warren kept bond at $1 million.

Investigators say Shoopman robbed the 5/3 bank on Harding Highway twice. The first time she allegedly gave the teller a note demanding money. Police say she used a BB gun during the second robbery and told the teller, “don’t make me hurt you.”

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