Review Category : Local News

Findlay Business Damaged By Fire Monday Morning

8/25/14 – 8:34 A.M.
UPDATE: 10:57 A.M.


A Findlay business was destroyed by a fire this morning. Firefighters were called to Sinks Flower Shop and Greenhouse in the 400 block of 2nd Street. No one was injured but the owners say the building say it was completely destroyed.

The business is owned and operated by Chuck and Paula Clapper. Paula tells the Courier the fire looked suspicious, but didn’t go into further detail. Fire Chief Tom Lonyo says an investigation is underway. Firefighters are expected to contend with hot spots at the location the rest of the day.

A plaque near the front door says the business was established in 1926.

The Clappers also own Alpine Florist at 2700 North Main Street. All orders from Sinks will be transferred to Alpine.

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Gas Prices Up A Little To Start The Week

8/25/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Gas prices are up a few cents from a week ago. reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.32. That’s up three cents from last Monday and a penny from a month ago.

Around our area, the average price in Findlay was around $3.37 early this morning. In Ottawa drivers were paying $3.35. In Fostoria the average price was around $3.41 a gallon.

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Two Injured In Hancock County Motorcycle Crash

8/25/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Michigan man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Hancock County over the weekend. The State Patrol says the accident happened on the exit ramp to the rest stop off of I-75 south of Findlay late Friday afternoon.

50-year-old John Sedlack lost control as he attempted to exit the interstate. His motorcycle overturned, ejecting him and his passenger, 59-year-old Julie Edick. Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Sedlack was cited for failure to control.

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Fostoria Teen Injured In Weekend Crash

8/25/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A Fostoria teenager was badly injured in a one-car-crash over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened Friday night on County Road 26 west of Tiffin.

17-year-old Austyn Ray was driving northwest on Road 26 when he lost control of his Mercury Tracer on a curve and hit a culvert. The collision caused the car to overturn several times before coming to a rest in a ditch. Ray was incapacitated and taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Hancock County Fair Prices Stay The Same

8/25/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County fairgoers will find prices are the same for the most part as they were a year ago when the fair opens on Wednesday. The price to get in the gates has not changed. A season pass is $21 and can be bought through Thursday. Anyone 17-years-old and younger can buy what’s called a “school ticket” for $15.

Daily admission is $7. That covers an adult and their children ages 15 and younger. People currently serving in the military will be admitted free with identification. Veterans and senior citizens can attend for $2 on Wednesday.

The demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, and motocross showcase bring an extra cost. Tickets to each event are $5 for adults and $3 per child.

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Another Fostoria Arson Suspect Found Competent To Stand Trial

8/25/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Another suspect in a fatal Fostoria arson has been ruled competent to stand trial. Last Friday a judge ruled 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer would be tried on October 27 for his alleged role in a house fire that killed two people on Memorial Day. Schaeffer had pleaded not-guilty by reason of insanity.

Schaeffer is accused of showing 31-year-old Shey Weiker how to light the railroad flare that was used to start the fire. Weiker was also found competent to stand trial last week.

The blaze killed 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. and 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was also injured.

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Old Millstream Fairgrounds Turns 75 This Week

8/25/14 – 4:41 A.M.

The Hancock County Fairgrounds will make history when the fair opens up this Wednesday. The Old Millstream Fairgrounds will celebrate 75 years. In honor of the milestone anniversary visitors will be able to look at pictures and mementos from the fairgrounds’ past.

There will also be a parade on the grounds Wednesday to kick off the fair. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of the fairgrounds.

While the fairgrounds are 75-years-old, it has only hosted 74 county fairs. The event wasn’t held in 1941 because of World War II.

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Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Receives a Number of Grants

8/22/14    4:05 p.m.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received some additional funds for operations and uniforms.

The Bulletproof Vest Program awarded the department just over $8,700, which will be used to pay for up to 50 percent of each vest. The Sheriff’s Office also received over $30,500 from Ohio Criminal Justice Services to pay for another road patrol deputy, bringing them to 12 total road deputies. And lastly, $6,500 was received through the Justice Assistance Grant for Law Enforcement program to assist in overtime funding for road deputies.

Sheriff Michael Chandler said in a press release that the department has 12 deputies, two detectives and one courthouse security deputy which is the lowest amount ofmanpower in the office in 30 years despite the 11 percent increase in service calls.

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AEP Customers Victims of Phone Scam

8/22/14   4:04 p.m.

AEP Ohio is warning area customers of a phone scam that’s making the rounds.

The caller is threatening to shut off power if the customer does not make an immediate payment over the phone.

AEP said they do not ask for over-the-phone payments and notifies customers of delinquent accounts via their bill. If you doubt whom you are speaking with, AEP advises you to hang up and call AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.

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