Review Category : Local News

Aggressive Panhandling Prohibited In Findlay

4/15/2016 – 4:02 pm

Panhandling remains an occurrence in many communities. In the City of Findlay, a law was passed in 2006 to address the issue. To legally beg in Findlay, a panhandler is required to register for a permit with the police department. A person must show a photo ID to police; pay $8.50 to obtain a state ID; or be fingerprinted and photographed by the department. The panhandler is then issued a card that they are required to carry. Lt. Robert Ring with the Findlay Police Department notes that anyone can say no to a panhandler.

Audio: Lt. Robert Ring

Generally, there are two types of panhandlers: passive and aggressive. More information on panhandling rules in Findlay, as well as an example of aggressive panhandling, can be found on Social Findlay.

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Findlay Reservoir Two Named Best In Ohio For Yellow Perch Fishing

4/15/2016 – 12:30 pm

If you are an avid fisherman and you are in the market for Yellow Perch you will want to make sure you stop by the Findlay Reservoir this year. According to a release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Findlay Reservoir Number Two offers some of the best inland yellow perch fishing in Ohio. A large number of perch over ten inches are caught every year and shoreline fishing in the Spring and Fall can be productive.

If fishing from a boat, start along the dike opposite of the boat ramp and move east, and in the summer months the ODNR recommends fishing in the deep water on the eastern part of the reservoir.

The release also states that the Bresler Reservoir in Allen County is also ideal for fishing for Channel Catfish. As always, fisherman must follow all fishing laws and have a license to fish. More information on inland lakes in Ohio can be found at

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Two Hurt In Crash Near Upper Sandusky

4/15/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Two people were hurt in a crash involving two cars and a semi north of Upper Sandusky Wednesday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports 81-year-old Patricia Brown of Upper Sandusky was driving south on State Route 53 near the intersection of State Route 67 when she hit the back of a car driven by 59-year-old Theresa Corfman. Corfman was stopped in a construction zone. The impact of the collision pushed Corfman’s car into a northbound semi.

Brown and Corfman were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital with what were called “incapacitating” injuries. Brown was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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Two Injured In Bascom Crash

4/15/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A two-car crash in Seneca County injured a Bascom man Thursday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says 58-year-old Harold Fruth was driving west on State Route 18 in the village around noon when slowed to turn into his driveway. He was hit from behind by a car driven by 21-year-old Jacob Ginnever of Fostoria.

The impact of the crash caused Fruth’s car to hit a tree and a stone porch of a home at 6210 Tiffin Street. Fruth was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center by medical helicopter. Ginnever was treated at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. He was also cited for causing the crash.

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“Spec” Building Plans Approved For Fostoria Industrial Park

4/15/16 – 4:57 A.M.

A “spec” building will be built in a Fostoria industrial park off of U.S 23. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria Planning Commission approved plans for the building Thursday. The $1.2 million project will be constructed as a shell, and will be fully customizable for a company looking for a new location. Construction will begin this fall.

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation President Renee Smith has said the state will market the building to potential tenants before construction is completed.

MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock County Economy Up, Criminal Justice And Flood Mitigation Still Major Issues

4/14/2016 – 7:41 pm

The Hancock County Commissioners presented their official State of the County presentation Thursday afternoon. Up first, Commissioner Phil Riegle noted that county revenues continue to grow and law enforcement, while expensive for the county is doing excellent work to maintain peace throughout the county, but more people are in jails, which Riegle noted was for drug and opiate infractions.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle noted that in 2014 there were 305 indictments, as compared to 347 in 2015, and more resources have been appropriated to law enforcement and criminal justice to address the issue.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek noted that while Hancock County saw record high numbers of employees in 2015, that number wasn’t sustainable. The county has invested in the Raise The Bar initiative to address the looming employment gap and retain and hire quality workers.

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said that 2015 saw an all time high in employment in the county, topping 45,000 employed.

Of course, flood mitigation continues to be a major issue in Hancock County, and while much attention is being paid to the Blanchard River and proposed diversion channel, Commissioner Brian Robertson noted that the county also has invested in cleaning up the smaller creeks and rivers throughout the county. He said over the past year, seven such projects began to see movement.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson said that the work being done on ditch drainage and river maintenance extends to surrounding counties as well as they also feed into the watershed, and Hancock County was continuing to work with the surrounding counties to clean and maintain water flow through ditch maintenance.

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Berry Found Guilty Of Rape, Burglary

4/14/2016 – 3:24 pm

A Hancock County jury has unanimously returned a guilty verdict against Clinton D. Berry for breaking into a woman’s home and sexually assaulting her. 59-year-old Berry was charged with two counts of rape, aggravated burglary, and kidnapping for allegedly entering the home of a Mount Cory woman in March of 2015 and sexually assaulting her.

Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith described Berry as a controlling, desperate, angry and heartbroken man. Berry’s attorney, Merle Dech Jr. had argued that the intimacy was consensual and that the victim’s injuries were not consistent with the types of injuries that the woman claimed.

More: The Courier

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Former Lima Police Officer Sentenced On Rape Charges

4/14/2016 – 11:54 am

A former Lima police officer, who was fired after he raped a teenager, was sentenced to 14 years in prison this morning. The Lima news reports that 28-year-old Justin Bentz will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life when he is released from prison. The former Lima Police Department officer was sentenced to charges of rape, kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery and a misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The paper reports that Bentz raped a 16-year-old girl June 11th inside a home on Agerter Road where he was living with his roommate. He had furnished her with alcohol and she became so intoxicated that she could not stand. He took her to his bedroom where he raped her.

More: The Lima News

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Partitions Plus In Findlay Will Double Size Of Facility

A Findlay manufacturing facility is going to double its size this summer. Plans for a 40,000 square foot addition to Partitions Plus at 12515 Hancock County Road 99 were approved by the Findlay City Planning Commission Thursday. The Courier reports the company plans to add a second shift and 10 new employees by December.

Construction is expected to begin next month and finish in September.

Partitions Plus makes cardboard partitions for boxes.

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Plans For Former G2 Site In Findlay On Hold For Now

4/14/16 – 11:03 A.M.

New plans for the former G2 Revolution site on Stanford Parkway in Findlay are on hold for the moment. The Mount Carmel Stabilization Group of Illinois wants to use the location as a transfer facility for lime-kiln dust. However, the Findlay City Planning Commission tabled the issue until some questions can be answered.

Commission members voiced concerns about potential impact lime-kiln dust could have on the surrounding area. While the proposed facility is considered “dustless,” Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said he’d like to see some of the company’s other operations to make sure that’s the case.

Lime-kiln dust is used stabilize soil. The facility would supply the powder for the widening of I-75 in the area. As such, the transfer station would only be a temporary use of the site. The company estimates it would operate there for around five years.

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