Review Category : Local News

County Unemployment Rates Fall In October

11/24/2015 – 11:12 am

Hancock County saw a decline in the jobless rate this fall. The state reports that the county unemployment rate declined to 3.1 percent in September from 3.2 percent in September. The rate was tied for the fourth-lowest in the state, with Delaware and Auglaize counties according to the Ohio Job & Family Services Department.

In our area last month, Allen County had 4 percent, Hardin County had 3.9 percent, Henry County at 3.8 percent, Putnam County had 3.2 percent, Seneca County had 3.8 percent, Wood County had 3.7 percent and Wyandot County had 3 percent. Most of the counties saw a decrease in unemployment.

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Police Discover Suspected Meth Lab In Ada

11/24/2015 – 5:05 am

An Ada man who was arrested for domestic violence during the weekend may also be facing drug charges. The Lima News reports that Ada Police responded to a domestic violence complaint on Main Street in Ada Saturday morning and upon investigation, officers were told of a man who was producing an unknown substance at the apartment. 31-year-old Rodrick Stevens was taken into custody in relation to the domestic violence call.

Officers discovered items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamines and quickly secured the home. Officers also contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for assistance in processing the residence. Substances were sent to the BCI Lab in Bowling Green for further testing.

More: The Lima News

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Putnam County Law Enforcement Carry Drugs To Counteract OD Effects

11/24/2015 – 4:57 am

Officers in Putnam County are better prepared to help people who’ve overdosed on heroin and other opiates. The Lima News reports that the officers recently had training on how to administer naloxone hydrochloride when faced with a possible OD situation. The drug reverses some of the effects of overdoses and it is considered safe for someone who isn’t suffering the effects of a heroin or opiate overdose.

Putnam County had 34 heroin or opiate overdoses last year including three fatal overdoses. Some officers already had training and used the drug 11 times, possibly preventing an OD death each time. Now all officers will be able to carry the drugs in their vehicles.

More: The Lima News

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Tree Cutter Injured In Wyandot County

11/24/2015 – 4:50 am

A tree-cutter was injured Monday when he was pinned between a tree and a harness cable in Wyandot County. Mark Hershberger of Shreve was transported to Wyandot Memorial and later flown to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for his injuries.

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports that Hershberger was around twenty feet up in a walnut tree working near Harpster when a branch began to fall and split the tree’s trunk, which was wrapped by his harness cable. Hershberger was pinned between the tree and cable before the branch broke off from the trunk. He was able to get down and was helped at the scene by a juvenile assistant before emergency crews arrived.

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McComb Meets With EPA On Water Issues

11/24/2015 – 4:44 am

McComb officials met last week with the Ohio EPA to discuss McComb’s water quality. The Courier reports that last summer, residents in the village complained about brownish water, which was blamed on manganese in the water supply. At that time, the village received donations of bottled water, which were distributed to residents.

Replacing filters at the treatment plan helped to address the problem, but officials say a master plan is needed to address the water quality issue. The remaining bottled water is being donated to other agencies and schools in the area.

More: The Courier

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Henry County Pastor Arrested On Missouri Sex Charges

11/23/2015 – 5:40 pm

A Henry County pastor was arrested following a warrant out of Missouri for a number of sex crimes. WTOL reports that Robert Azinger was arrested last week by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on a “fugitive from justice” charge. He was arraigned Friday in Napoleon Municipal Court.

In a hearing Monday, Azinger waived extradition. Authorities from Scott City, Missouri now have thirty days to come and get him. He is charged in Scott City for a number of felony sex charges, including statutory rape and statutory sodomy. He is the pastor at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Florida Ohio which is just west of Napoleon.


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Trio Sought After Bank Robbery In Henry County

11/23/2015 – 5:35 pm

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to identify and find three suspects from a bank robbery. WTOL reports that the robbery happened around 10:30 Monday morning at a branch of the Henry County Bank in Malinta. The Sheriff reports that three men went into the bank and two guns were pulled. The suspects threw a person to the floor and then held them at gunpoint while they robbed the bank.

The suspects fled in a silver car, possibly a Chrysler. If you should have any information, contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 419-592-8010.


Pictures of the suspects.

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Coats For Christmas Collection Drive Begins This Weekend

11/23/2015 – 5:11 pm

The Annual Coats For Christmas Drive continues this weekend in Findlay. Organizer Paul Kramer says that participating locations all across Findlay will being collecting boxes of coats starting this Friday.

Audio: Paul Kramer

Kramer said that the annual drive is popular in the community. Last year three to four thousand coats were donated over the course of the drive. Once the coats are collected, they are taken to be cleaned and prepared for distribution.

Audio: Paul Kramer

If you would like to donate a coat, you can do so at City Dry Cleaning and Findlay City and Hancock County school buildings between November 27th and December 4th, as well as at participating businesses.

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Allen County Ag Society Names New Fair General Manager

11/23/2015 – 2:10 pm

The Allen County Fairboard has named a new Fair Manager. Bob Fricke was named as the next General Manager of the Allen County Fair. Previously, Fricke has served as a promoter and general manager of Limaland Motorsports Park and was a Vice President of the University of Northwestern Ohio.

In the past, Fricke was a member of the 4-H, FFA and the Junior Fair Board and has assisted with fair activities. His children show regularly at the Allen County Fair as well.

“I was raised on the family farm and still currently involved with farming, so I truly know the importance of the Allen County Fair and the fairgrounds to our community,” Fricke said. “I am excited for the opportunity to use my life experiences and background to continue to build on what is already the greatest annual event in Allen County.”

Fricke lives near Elida.

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Support Local Businesses This Weekend

11/23/2015 – 2:00 pm

With holiday sales set to kick off again this week with Black Friday people are encouraged to support local business. Small Business Saturday returns this weekend. Consumer researcher Rhonda Abrams says that it’s important to remember Small Business Saturday because dollars spent in local business can impact local communities.

Audio: Rhonda Abrams

Abrams says that many small businesses make attempts to supply their stores with products that cannot be bought at the larger retail stores, making them destination stops when you are holiday shopping. But even so, people remain smart shoppers. Abrams notes that it isn’t an either/or situation. People can get bargains at larger chain stores and at small local businesses.

Audio: Rhonda Abrams

Small business Saturday will be this weekend. Remember to shop local.

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