Review Category : Local News

Allen County Residents Warned About Phone Scam

12/12/16 – 9:07 A.M.

The Better Business Bureau is warning Allen County residents about a phone scam making the rounds in the area. WLIO-TV reports the man on the phone line claims to be Lt. Frank Rogers with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The man tells the target of the scam they have an outstanding warrant for missing jury duty.

The red flag is how the man asks for payment of a fine. He tells residents they can pay the $500 fee on a Green Dot money card, or through an iTunes or Amazon gift card.

The Better Business Bureau says to hang up if you get a call like that.


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Semi Crash Closes Part Of State Route 613 This Morning

12/12/16 – 8:44 A.M.

A semi crash on State Route 613 between McComb and Leipsic has one lane of the highway blocked this morning. reports the crash happened near Road 2 in Putnam County just after 7 a.m. Local Waze users say Route 613 is at least partially blocked between Roads 2 and 3 at the moment.

No other details are available at this time.

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Prescription Drugs Found During Findlay Traffic Stops

12/12/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Two traffic stops led to two separate drug busts in Findlay last week. The Findlay Police Department reports officers arrested 50-year-old Kyle McKitrick of Findlay and 29-year-old Andrew Wolford of Ada last Thursday. Investigators say officers found prescription pills and a handgun in McKitrick’s car. Officers say they also found oxycodone pills in Wolford’s car.

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Local Gas Prices Continue To Climb

12/12/16 – 5:37 A.M.

Local gas prices are continuing a steady climb. reports the average price in Findlay for a gallon of regular is $2.24 today. That up 14 cents from last Monday. Prices are up 32 cents over the last month.

Ottawa drivers also report paying $2.24 per gallon today.

The statewide average is $2.22 per gallon, up seven cents over the last seven days. A year ago the statewide average was $1.88.

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Local Author And University Of Findlay Graduate Student Has Book Published

12/12/16 – 5:30 A.M.

A resident of Findlay and graduate student of the University of Findlay recently got a book published. Bailey Poland wrote a book titled “Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online”.

The book is about online harassment and abuse of women, looking at the psychological side as well as solutions.

Poland said that the book started as a school project and that it grew out of her own experiences. It grew into presentations. She said that her work had gained notice because she was talking about trigger warnings on Twitter. Eventually, she gained the attention of a reporter from the New Yorker and of the University of Nebraska’s Press acquisitions editor.

She sent in a few chapter samples and Potomac Books decided to publish the book. She said that the book is available in most bookstores and can be found on amazon.

You can Catch the full interview with Bailey Poland below.

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Arlington Bank Robbery Remains Under Investigation

12/12/16 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a weekend bank robbery. A man walked into the Huntington Bank location at 100 North Main Street in Arlington around 11:20 a.m. Saturday showed a teller a weapon and demanded cash. The teller gave the man money, and the man ran away without further incident.

Investigators aren’t saying how much money the robber got away with.

The suspect is a white man, around 6’3″ to 6’5″ tall. He weighed between 220 and 235 pounds. The man wore all black clothes and a stocking cap down to his eyes.

The Lima office of the FBI is helping with the investigation. If you have any information you’re urged to call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at (419)422-2424.

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Findlay Expenses Projected To Outpace 2017 Revenue

12/12/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Findlay officials expect expenses to outpace revenue in 2017. The Courier reports despite the projection, officials don’t plan on taking any drastic measures. While the budget plan for next year shows expenses around $1.2 million over revenue, Findlay has a $12.4 million carryover balance. Public hearings about the 2017 budget take place Thursday afternoon.

A statement from Mayor Lydia Mihalik in the front of the 2017 budget book says, “While the local economy continues to grow alongside our economic development success, we are anticipating a manageable decrease in our income tax revenues for 2017.” Mihalik adds that while in the past the city would have reacted by cutting costs across the board, the plan for 2017 is to continue to invest in infrastructure. The statement also says staffing cuts are not on the table.

City council invested in staffing last week. Council passed a 2 percent pay increase for non-elected and non-union employees. Around 200 positions are getting raises in 2017 as a result. The move increases yearly spending by around $400,000.

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Findlay Police Release Name Of Friday Shooting Victim

12/10/16 – 10:08 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has released the name of the victim a Friday shooting in the city. A release from the department says 24-year-old Trey James suffered multiple gunshot wounds in an incident at 241 George Street. The Lucas County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy in the coming days.

Lt. Robert Ring says there was a reported fight at the George Street home around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Hanco EMS took James to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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Findlay Man Dead After Fatal Shooting On George Street

12/09/16 – 7:12 P.M.

Findlay Police are investigating a shooting that happened Friday on George Street. According to a release, police were called to 241 George Street because of a fight and shooting. When they arrived they found a 24-year-old Findlay man with several gunshot wounds. Hanco EMS took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police have not named the man since the investigation is ongoing. They are  interviewing people who were at the scene.

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Salvation Army Taking Donations At Various Locations In Findlay

12/09/16 – 3:16 P.M.

The Salvation Army is collecting money in Findlay to help families in need. They will be at both Wal-Mart stores, Both Kroger stores, Great Scot on Broad Avenue, and in the J.C Penny in the Findlay Village Mall. They will also be at the Tiffin Avenue Tim Hortons in the mornings. The donations will provide food, clothing, and toys to families. Last year the Salvation Army met its goal of $83,000. This year they are hoping to raise $84,000.

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