Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Man Charged With Assault

2/3/14 – 4:45 A.M.

A Hancock County man was arrested last week after he allegedly pointed a gun at another person. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 44-year-old Steven Shearer was taken into custody last Thursday around 6 p.m., after deputies were called to 22081 Township Road 186 near Forest.

Shearer is accused of pointing a gun at another man during an argument. He’s facing a charge of felonious assault.

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Allen County Cattlemen Recognized

1/31/14 2:50 p.m.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently recognized the Allen County Cattlemen’s Association for their service to the Allen County fair. ODA Director David Daniels presented a certificate of recognition to the Cattlemen during the annual meeting of Ohio’s 94 agriculture societies at the Ohio fair Managers Association convention. The cattlemen raise funds through their food booth at the Allen County Fair to help with facility improvements and beef programing.

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Free Tax Help Again Available Through United Way

1/31/14 2:20 p.m.
Free tax preparation is again being offered through the Findlay-Hancock county United Way. Beverly Phillips was a guest on WFIN@Ten this morning..

Audio:  Beverly Phillips

Professionals help prepare taxes for people who may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit or could otherwise not afford to get theirs taxes done professionally and take advantage of all the changes in the tax laws year after year. The income thresholds required to participate in the free tax clinics are very generous..

Audio:  Beverly Phillips

You may also call 1-800-650-4357 to get connected with the free tax clinic scheduler. Be prepared to spend a few minutes on the phone to be told the proper documents to bring to the appointment.

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Putnam St. Raid Results in Arrest

1/31/14 2 p.m.
Detectives of the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Findlay Police Department Emergency Response Team conducted a search at 811 Putnam St. in Findlay just after 8 p.m. Thursday through a warrant issued through Findlay Municipal Court. Heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash, firearms and ammunition were seized. 27 year-old Lloyd Ellcessor was arrested for two counts of drug trafficking and was taken the Hancock County Justice Center.

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McComb Officials Reflect On Passing Of Fritz Meyer

1/31/14 11 a.m.
The village of McComb is looking back on the impact Fritz Meyer had on the community since his passing Tuesday at a Columbus hospital. Meyer was one of the founders of Consolidated Biscuit Co. on Rader Road according to the Courier. In addition to the bakery, Meyer had a hand in attracting a restaurant, a pharmacy, some housing and a VFW building to McComb. Consolidated Biscuit was purchased by Hearthside Food Solutions in 2010 and now employs 1,000 workers and is reportedly the largest private bakery in North America. Meyer was 91.

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Bettsville School Takes First Steps To Combine With Old Fort

1/31/14 9:45 a.m.
Bettsville School District officials are taking steps to combine with Old Fort School. The Review Times reports a community forum was held Thursday night at Bettsville School and a consensus vote of more than 200 people showed support for the move. A continually soaring deficit and an estimated deficit of $775,000 this year prompted the action. Of the options presented to the board, the merger of the two school districts made the most sense since they are already sharing administration and staff.

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Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

1/31/14 – 8:51 A.M.

A flood insurance bill is headed to the House after passage by the Senate.

The bipartisan measure freezes scheduled increases in flood insurance premiums for up to four years. That is good news for hundreds of thousands of homeowners, especially in coastal and low-lying areas of the U.S. The White House has expressed concerns about the legislation and House Republican leaders are cool to the idea, saying the measure contradicts substantial reforms in a 2012 flood insurance bill. Additionally, the National Flood Insurance Program is more than 20-billion dollars in debt.

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Cooper Reaches Agreement To Determine Future Ownership Of Chinese Facility

1/31/14 – 8:45 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber has announced a deal has been reached with the Chengshan Group in China that will help determine the future ownership of the joint facility the two companies run in China. A release from Cooper says the agreement will determine the value of the Cooper Chengshan, or CCT facility. Once that happens Chengshan will have the first option to buy out Cooper’s 65% stake, or Cooper will be able to buy the 35% stake Chengshan holds. If neither option is taken, the facility will continue to run as a joint venture.

The agreement also confirms that normal operations will be sustained at CCT, which will allow Cooper access to financial data so that financial reporting can resume.

Cooper CEO Roy Armes says in the release, “Overall, this agreement puts Cooper in a solid position to aggressively pursue our strategic plan, which is focused on driving stockholder value as its overarching goal.”

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Seneca County Commissioners Vote To Clean Wolf Creek

1/31/14 – 5:30 A.M.

A creek in Seneca County will be cleared of logjams and other debris. The Courier reports the Seneca County Commissioners voted to clear the west branch of Wolf Creek during a Thursday session at the county fairgrounds. More than 60 people attended to voice their opinions on the project and get more information.

The county will pay $280,000 for the work and then get reimbursed through assessments to property owners in the creek’s watershed. Most of the assessments were under $25 and there was a $10 minimum. The assessment also includes a 10% charge to establish a maintenance fund.

Work isn’t likely to start until the fall of this year, with more done in the summer and fall of 2015.

MORE: The Courier

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Update Made To Hancock County Hazard Plan

1/31/14 – 5:18 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners have approved an update to the county’s hazard plan.  By doing so the county is now eligible for a $1 million grant.  If the grant is approved the money from FEMA would be used to demolish more flood prone properties near the Blanchard River.  An extension of the grant agreement is expected with the next few weeks.

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