Review Category : Local News

Specials for Veterans at Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay This Weekend

05/22/15     11:15 p.m.

In honor of those who have served our country, some regional getaways have specials for veterans this weekend.

Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky is offering one free admission ticket to active, retired or honorably discharged members of the U.S. military today through Monday.

Also along Lake Erie, the Jet Express is offering a free ride to Put-in-Bay or Kelley’s Island Monday. Miller Boat Line is giving free rides to vets to Put-in-Bay Saturday through Monday.

All offers require a valid military ID.

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Memorial Day Services Set For Monday

5/22/15 – 8:46 A.M.

Memorial Day activities are set for Monday morning in Findlay. The Hancock County Veteran’s Council will hold a parade and memorial service. Line-up for the parade will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion on West Front Street.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. and will travel east to South Main Street, south to West Main Cross, and then out to the Maple Grove Cemetery. Services will take place there to honor veterans.

For more information you can call (419)721-7275. For a look at other services taking place around the area go to our website.

 

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Part Of County Road 180 Closed Next Week

5/22/15 – 7:18 A.M.

You’ll have to watch for another road closure when we return to work following the long holiday weekend. The Hancock County Engineer’s Office reports County Road 180 will be closed between State Routes 15 and 37 starting Tuesday. The resurfacing project is expected to take four days.

Access to local residences will be maintained. You’re advised to find a different route if possible.

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Arson Tipster Honored In Fostoria

5/22/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A Fostoria man has been honored for his help in a fatal arson investigation. The Review-Times reports several people were on hand as James Ball received a $2,500 Blue Ribbon Arson Committee Reward from the State Fire Marshal’s Office Thursday.

Ball provided critical information about a fire that killed two people and injured one other on Poplar Street on May 26 of last year. Ball didn’t see Shey Weiker start the fire, but heard a heated conversation Weiker had about one of the victims, Danny Marker Jr. After learning about the fire he went straight to the police.

The information led to the arrests of Shey Weiker, Charles Schaeffer and Timothy Hall. Weiker and Schaeffer are serving life sentences for their roles in the fire. Hall is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for obstruction of justice.

MORE: Review-Times

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Toledo Men Arrested For Selling Drugs In Findlay Village Mall Parking Lot

5/22/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Two Toledo residents were arrested Thursday for allegedly selling drugs in the parking lot of the Findlay Village Mall. The Hancock METRICH Enforcement Unit reports the arrests were made at 1800 Tiffin Avenue following a covert narcotics investigation.

25-year old Travell Coleman is charged with trafficking heroin. 35-year-old Marlon Flowers Jr. faces a possession of heroin charge. Investigators say heroin, marijuana, and a large sum of cash were seized.

Additional charges are pending.

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Findlay’s Tax Deferment Policy Debated

5/22/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The city of Findlay is declining to say which businesses in the city are eligible to defer city tax payments. The Courier reports officials say that information is confidential under state law. Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas said a portion of the Ohio Revised Code that deals with municipal taxes allows the city to keep the information confidential.

A lawyer with the Ohio Newspaper Association tells the newspaper that may not be the case. Louis Colombo said if a list of the businesses is kept, then that should be a public record.

The issue stems from a Findlay policy that allows some businesses to defer city tax payments until as late as October 15 of each year. The policy was put in place in 2009 to reduce the number of tax refunds and transfers the city has to make. Opponents say allowing some businesses to defer payments can give the appearance of favoritism.

Thomas said refunds in 2009 were more than $215,000. There were only $64,000 in refunds for 2014.

MORE: The Courier

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Grill Safety Stressed for the Upcoming Holiday Weekend

05/21/15     4:42 p.m.

With temperatures set to warm up for the holiday weekend, many people will likely be cooking out in the next few days. The National Fire Protection Association says nearly 8,800 homes catch fire every year because of a grill. The most fires in July, followed by May, June and August.

Findlay Fire Inspector Eric Habegger said the easiest thing to do to prevent grill fires is to do so in an open area and away from a porch or house.

Audio: Eric Habegger

 

Three out of every five grill owners has a gas grill, leading to additional concerns.

Audio: Eric Habegger

No matter what type of grill you have, Habegger said they should be at least 10 feet away from the house and should never be left unattended. It is also recommended to have a fire extinguisher near the grill just in case.

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Hillcrest Residents Warned of Tire Thefts

05/21/15     4:05 p.m.

Residents in a northwestern Findlay neighborhood are being warned of a rash of thefts.

A release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says there were three reported instances of tire and rim thefts early on May 18 in the Hillcrest subdivision. Detective Barry Boutwell says the thieves lifted three newer pickup trucks and removed the tires and rims, leaving the trucks on blocks.

Witnesses said the suspects acting as though they were delivering newspapers. The Sheriff’s office is asking residents to be vigilant and take note of the person’s description, vehicle, license plate and direction of travel to be reported immediately.

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Lenhart Named New Putnam County Engineer

05/21/15     12:10 p.m.

Putnam County officially has a new county engineer.

The Lima News reports Mike Lenhart was named to the position by the Putnam County Republican party Wednesday and was officially announced as engineer Thursday morning.

Lenhart replaces Terrance Recker, who stepped down following an investigation into the engineer’s office hiring his two sons.

More: The Lima News

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Paving to Reduce Western and Broad Avenues to One Lane in Findlay

05/21/15     10:35 a.m.

Crews will continue paving work on Western Avenue in Findlay today and tomorrow.

A release from the city says resurfacing will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday between Lima and West Main Cross Streets. Western and Broad Avenues will be reduced to one lane during work hours as a result.

Drivers are asked to avoid this block if possible as short delays are expected over the next couple days.

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