Review Category : Local News

Petitions Taken Out by At Least One Person for All Findlay Council Seats

01/20/15     4:40 p.m.

The picture of what the May primary elections will look like is getting a little clearer. As of Tuesday, there are petitions taken out for all of the city council positions.

At this point, only two races are contested. Incumbent Jim Niemeyer will be running against Christina Muryn for the sixth ward city council seat. And for the three at-large council seats there are six candidates: incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker and Anne Spence. Also running for at-large seats are Jeff Wobser, Mary Harshfield and Tim Murphy.

There is also a petition taken out for Findlay mayor by Jeffery Simon. Current Mayor Lydia Mihalik will also be running for re-election.

City Auditor Jim Staschiak and municipal court Judge Jonathan Starn are also circulating petitions to run for re-election.

The deadline to file to run in the May primary is February 4.

Petitions taken out by (incumbents in bold):

Council President: Jim Slough (R)
First Ward: Melissa Kritzell (D)
Second: Randy Van Dyne (R)
Third: Ron Monday (R)
Fourth: Thomas Klein (R)
Fifth: John Harrington (R)
Sixth: Jim Niemeyer (R), Christina Muryn (R),
Seventh: Tim Watson (R)
At-Large (three available): Grant Russel (R), Tom Shindledecker (R), Anne Spence (R), Jeff Wobser (R), Mary Harshfield (D), Tim Murphy (Ind.)

Mayor: Lydia Mihalik (R), Jeffery Simon (Ind.)

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One Person Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident on South Main St. in Findlay

01/20/15     4:19 p.m.

A Findlay man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.

According to Findlay Police 50-year-old Jeffery Wittenmyer was driving in the 700 block of South Main St. when he lost control of his van and it began to spin in circles before hitting another vehicle.

Wittenmyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a head injury. No one else was injured. Wittenmyer was cited for operating a vehicle without responsible control.

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Exhumation of Infant for Murder Investigation Still Pending

01/20/15     2:454p.m.

Jerrod Hartman’s request to exhume the body of his 44-day-old son is still pending.

25-year-old Hartman is charged with the murder of his son James and is requesting a closer look at the infant’s injuries. James died Oct. 28, 2013.

Courier reporter Allison Reamer was in court for the hearing this morning. Reamer said the Lucas County Deputy Coroner Dr. Cynthia Beisser performed the autopsy on 44-day-old James Hartman and testified about the injuries during the hearing.

Audio: Allison Reamer

Judge Joseph Niemeyer will decide whether or not the body will be exhumed at a later date.

Hartman’s trial is scheduled to begin April 13. Hartman pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, citing a sleep disorder. He is currently free on $250,000 bond.

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Boil Advisory Issued for Residences on Blue Bonnet Drive in Findlay

01/20/15     2:28 p.m.

The City of Findlay has issued a boil water advisory for a number of residences on Blue Bonnet Drive.

The affected addresses: 200, 201, 210, 211, 300, 301, 310, 311, 400, 401, 410, 411, 500, 501, 510, 511, 600, 601, 611, 620 and 621.

Residents are advised to boil water for at least one minute or use bottled water. The Water Distribution Department is collecting samples for testing and notice will be given when the advisory is lifted.

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Update: Morning Snow Showers Cause Hazardous Driving Conditions

1/20/15 – 10:25 A.M.
Update – 12:04 P.M.

This morning’s snow showers have made for some hazardous driving conditions.  Two crashes on U.S. 68 near Hancock County Road 45 have traffic backed up in that area.  One lane of the highway is open and the State Highway Patrol is directing traffic in the area.  A car and semi collided near the intersection.  The ensuing traffic jam caused another accident between a semi and a pickup truck.

An injury accident was also reported at the intersection of South Main Street and Lima Avenue in Findlay.  One person was taken to the hospital as a result of the crash.  Another injury accident was reported on Hancock County Road 236 at Cass Township Road 215

Slow speeds are reported on many area roadways, you’re urged to drive with caution.

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Carey Officials To Examine Sidewalk Ordinance

1/20/15 – 6:53 A.M.

Carey officials will be looking over the village’s sidewalk ordinance over the next few weeks. The Courier reports a resident raised a question about where sidewalks are located during Monday’s council meeting. The village is planning on installing sidewalks on Glenn Avenue before the new school opens in 2016.

The question stems from a subdivision platted in 1958. Snyder Park doesn’t require sidewalks because it was built before the village’s sidewalk ordinance was passed in 1965.

Council is also looking at reviving a sidewalk installation and repair program.

MORE: The Courier

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Field Narrows For Economic Development Grant

1/20/15 – 6:41 A.M.

The field for an economic development grant in Hancock County has been narrowed. The Courier reports Arlington village council members were informed they did not make the cut during their Monday meeting. Councilman Terry Huffman saluted the efforts made by those who worked on the application. Huffman said they did everything the could.

The $138,000 “Heart and Soul” grant will go to either McComb or Mount Blanchard. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is in charge of picking the winner.

MORE: The Courier

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Ada Man Killed In Crash Near Beaverdam

1/20/15 – 5:28 A.M.

An Ada man was killed in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 near Beaverdam. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash was reported just before 8:30 a.m.

76-year-old Paul Risner was driving south on Hancock Road when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 30. Risner’s car was hit by a westbound semi driven by a Wooster man. The crash caused the semi to overturn, spilling 75 gallons of diesel fuel. The clean up effort closed all four lanes of U.S. 30 for a period of time.

Risner was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The semi driver was not seriously hurt.

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Plans Move Forward For Putnam County Water District

1/20/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Plans are moving forward on a regional water and sewer district in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from villages and townships in the county sat down to discuss the issue last week. Three villages and two townships say they are on board while four villages and five townships are on the fence.

Linda Amos of the Poggemeyer Design Group says the next step is to find out what municipalities expect from a water district. The county received a $100,000 grant in 2013 to form the group. The idea is that the villages and townships could save money by collaborating their water and sewer systems.

Follow-up meetings are planned throughout the county. Once that happens a plan will be developed, which will then have to approved by the Putnam County Common Pleas Court.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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