Review Category : Local News

BRWP Coordinator Concerned About Funding

2/10/15 – 5:16 A.M.

The coordinator of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership has concerns about funding for the organization. The Courier reports Phil Martin spoke to the Findlay Rotary Club about the future of the BRWP Monday. Martin said he is concerned state funding for watershed coordinators could be lost in the next state budget. His position is funded through June.

Despite the concerns, Martin says the partnership has a big 2015 planned. One of the biggest projects includes chemical testing with help from the Sierra Club. Around 80 sites in the watershed will be tested on a monthly basis between March and October. The BRWP will try and get grants to help improve areas where water is found to be polluted.

MORE: The Courier

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Teenager Admits To Murdering Fostoria Woman

2/10/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A teenager accused of murdering a Fostoria woman last year has pleaded guilty. The Courier reports 18-year-old Garrett Brown pleaded guilty to charges of murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary Monday. Brown had been accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Janelle Mauricio last May.

The Seneca County prosecutor has recommended Brown serve a 30-years to life sentence. Sentencing will be held February 24.

Brown and two others broke into an East Culbertson Street home to steal money and drugs on May 21. Brown shot Mauricio while Dallas Salaz assaulted Caleb Barto, who was Mauricio’s boyfriend. Another teen, 19-year-old Tyson Ogg, served as the getaway driver.

MORE: The Courier

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Update: Fostoria Standoff Comes To An End Early Tuesday Morning

2/10/15 – 4:54 A.M.
Update – 8:49 A.M.

A woman’s standoff with police came to end in Fostoria early this morning. The Fostoria Police Department reports officers began negotiating with a distraught woman in a Myers Avenue house around 1:30 p.m. Monday. It was believed the woman had a weapon in the home.

Witnesses report a female was taken out of the house on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance just after midnight. Media partner WTOL 11 reports the woman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No other details were available.

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Residents Air Concerns About Addiction Recovery House at Public Forum

02/09/15     11:45 p.m.

About 300 people went to Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay for a public forum Monday night. The forum discussed the ADAMHS Board’s proposed addiction recovery home at 1900 Greendale Ave. Those in attendance were put in small groups and shared their thoughts based on prompts from professional facilitator Steve Cady, an Organizational Development professor at Bowling Green State University.

ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby said the data collected from forum tonight will be very beneficial to the board.

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby said relocating the recovery home is definitely a possibility. At this point she said the board is not leaning one way or the other, but are looking forward to learning from the community input gathered tonight.

Tom Drake is the spokesperson for the Save Our Neighborhoods opposition group.

Audio: Tom Drake

Drake said he hopes that people have a better understanding of where the group is coming from following the forum. He said the group will continue to distribute save our neighborhoods signs and campaign against the home until the ADAMHS Board makes their decision.

There will be a debriefing meeting at St. Michael’s next Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The board is hoping to make a decision by their Feb. 24 meeting.

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6th Annual Red Cross Oscar Night “007” to be Held Next Weekend

02/09/15     4:15 p.m.

Enjoy martinis shaken or stirred at the 6th annual Oscar Night on Feb. 21. The Red Cross of Hancock County is rolling out the red carpet for this year’s 007 theme.

Audio: Todd James

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to get tickets soon.

Audio: Todd James

Hancock County Red Cross Executive Director Todd James said this year’s event will be at the new Hilton Garden Inn in Findlay. Oscar Night will feature a live band, auctions and a casino room as well as an ice martini luge.

Dinner and drinks are included. Tickets are available at the Red Cross of Hancock County Office or by calling 419-422-9322.

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Camelot Lane Closed at Sutton Place in Findlay Tuesday and Wednesday

02/09/15     2:18 p.m.

Sewer work will close a Findlay street starting tomorrow.

A release from the city said a contractor will begin replacing a sanitary sewer line across Camelot Lane Tuesday. As a result, Camelot will be closed at Sutton Place until Wednesday evening.

The Findlay Engineering Department asks that you use Queenswood Drive to access to Camelot Lane until then.

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Corps: Flood Mitigation Work Wouldn’t Start Until 2019 or 2020

2/9/15 – 10:13 A.M.

It won’t be until 2019 at the earliest before ground is broken on flood mitigation projects in Hancock County. That’s according to Mike Pniewski of the Army Corps of Engineers. He spoke Monday morning at a monthly breakfast for farmers and agricultural experts organized by the OSU Extension Office in Hancock County. Pniewski told the group 2019 or 2020 was the earliest work could begin. That assumes there are no delays in project approval, funding, and design.

In the meantime, the “tentatively selected” plan introduced in November is being reviewed by another Corps’ district and a private consulting firm. The conclusions from the review are expected to be presented at public meetings in April. The initial cost estimates could be presented at that time as well.

The plan called for diverting floodwater from Eagle Creek to the west of Findlay through a diversion channel. It also included a levee south of the Findlay reservoirs to prevent the overflow of the Blanchard River into an area near the river north of State Route 15.

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Four Injured In Hardin County Crash

2/9/15 – 7:27 A.M.

A two-car crash injured four people in Hardin County Sunday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 67 near Kenton around 7:20 p.m.

26-year-old Bryant Burchett of Russells Point was driving west on Route 67 near the intersection with Hardin County Road 215 at that time. He attempted to pass a car and hit an eastbound SUV driven by Dawn Vonderau of Upper Sandusky.

Both drivers and their passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation. No one involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt.


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Triple Fatal Wood County Crash Remains Under Investigation

2/9/15 – 7:17 A.M.

Bowling Green police are continuing to investigate a triple fatal accident from last week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports initial findings show a teenage driver may have went left of center and hit an oncoming vehicle.

16-year-old Nicholas Korduci was driving on State Route 25 when he collided with a car driven by 71-year-old Kenneth Johnston of Luckey. The crash killed Johnston and two passengers, 64-year-old Diane Jacobs and 85-year-old Donna Jacobs. Another passenger, 88-year-old Harley Jacobs, suffered critical injuries.

Korduci suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

BG authorities tell the newspaper the report is not complete and that they’re being very thorough with the investigation.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Gas Prices Down From Last Week’s Midweek Price Spike

2/9/15 – 6:51 A.M.

Gas prices are up from last Monday, but down a little bit from last week’s midweek price jump. reports the average price of regular around the state is $2.23 a gallon. That’s down three cents from late last week, but up 20 cents from last Monday.

Local prices followed the same trend. Findlay drivers are paying around $2.25 a gallon today. That’s after prices jumped to $2.35 a gallon late last week. Ottawa drivers are also paying $2.25 a gallon today.

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