Review Category : Local News

New Group Home To Be Established In Findlay

8/20/14 – 7:25 A.M.

A new group home for adults with develpmental disibilities will be established in Findlay in October. The house at 1533 Richland Avenue was previously used as an adult daycare by the Hancock Board of develepmental disibilites.

The Courier reported that the board of disibilities can’t own or run a group home. Hancock Community Housing Inc., which creates low priced housing for adults with disibilities, will own and run the property.

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Fostoria Council Approves Tax Credit Program

8/20/14 – 7:22 A.M.

An Ordinance meant to create and keep jobs by providing tax credits to small and large busniesses was approved by Fostoria City Council Tuesday.

The Courier reports that all types of businesses are eligible. Office, manufacturing, and distribution companies that create at minimum of 10 new jobs in a three year period will be a priority.

Each job will be offering an average wage of at least 150 percent of federal minimum wage.

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Case Closed In Massive North Baltimore Fire

8/20/14 – 7:00 A.M.

Investigators don’t believe there was any criminal intent behind a fire at a North Baltimore business last month. The Courier reports the case has been closed as a result.

The blaze at HPJ Industries on West Broadway could be seen for miles on July 17. Investigators believe a marine flare or a Chinese lantern may have sparked the fire. North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer said all leads in the fire have been exhausted.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Council Considering Changes To Parking Ordinance

8/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria might change the way parking tickets are handled. The Review-Times reports city council held the first reading of an ordinance that would make some big changes to current parking regulations.

If the measure is passed, parking tickets could be paid at the Fostoria Police Department. Fines would also be reduced from $50 to $75 down to around $15 for a parking ticket. Violators would have seven days to pay their fine before it increased. After 30 days of nonpayment you would be considered guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

Currently parking tickets have to be paid at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Another reading of the ordinance will be held at the next council meeting on September 2.

MORE: Review-Times

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Columbus Grove Schools May Begin Drug Testing

8/20/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Putnam County school district may begin drug testing its students. The Lima News reports the Columbus Grove Board of Education talked about the issue this week. Kyle Prueter of Great Lakes Biomedical gave a presentation to the board about the benefits of random drug testing.

Superintendent Nick Verhoff tells the newspaper the district began considering drug testing around nine months ago. He said there hasn’t been increased drug use among students, so the testing would be used to keep kids from starting.

The board’s next step will be to decide if they want to move forward with a testing plan. If so, then a drug policy will have to be outlined.

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Fostoria Arson Suspect Found Competent To Stand Trial

8/20/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A suspect in a Fostoria arson case has been found competent to stand trial. The Courier reports Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley ruled that 31-year-old Shey Weiker can stand trial in October. Weiker is accused of throwing a railroad flare into a home in the 600 block of Poplar Street on May 26. The resulting fire killed 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. and 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance.

Weiker faces counts of aggravated murder, aggravated arson, and attempted murder among other charges. Her trial is set for October 14.

Two other people are accused of being involved in starting the fire. 44-year-old Charles Shaeffer allegedly gave Wieker the flare and showed her how to use it. 20-year-old Timothy Hall is accused of disposing of the flare’s strike cap.

MORE: The Courier

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Detroit Man Found With Two Pounds Of Heroin In Findlay

8/20/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Detroit man was arrested for allegedly transporting a large amount of heroin through Hancock County last Sunday. The State Highway Patrol reports 42-year-old Christopher Triplett was found with two pounds of heroin during a traffic stop on I-75 near U.S. 224. The drugs were worth an estimated $136,000.

Trooper Matthew Geer said he found the heroin underneath the air filter of the rental car. Findlay Post Commander Matthew Crow said the bust was the largest seizure of heroin in Hancock County since 2004.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Triplett on a heroin possession charge Tuesday.

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Fire Reported At Farm Near Jenera This Morning

8/20/14 – 4:38 A.M.

Several Hancock County fire departments were called to what was described as a straw or hay fire early this morning. The blaze was reported at the Boehm Dairy Farm at 7326 Township Road 25 around 2:30 a.m. The farm is located north of Jenera between Township Road 60 and State Route 698.

Fire departments from Jenera, Rawson, Mount Cory, and Arlington were all called to the scene.

No other details were available.

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Bomb Threat Causes Findlay Pharmacy to Evacuate Tuesday Afternoon

8/19/14   9:25 p.m.

A Findlay pharmacy dealt with a tense situation this afternoon.

According to the Findlay Police Department, Rite Aid at 301 N Main St. received a phone call around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from a male with a foreign accent. The called told the employee there was a bomb in the building. The manager evacuated the building and Findlay Police Officers responded to the scene.

Officers found nothing suspicious at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

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Hancock Historical Museum Seeking Portion of City’s Hotel/Motel Tax Revenue

8/19/14    9:15 p.m.

The City of Findlay is projected to receive around $500,000 from the hotel/motel bed tax this year, and a few local organizations are seeking a portion of that revenue.

Sarah Sisser, executive director of the Hancock Historical Museum, asked City Council at last night’s meeting to consider donating 10 percent of that tax revenue stream to the museum for the next three years. Currently the museum is run by two full-time staff members, but would use the funding to hire a third to oversee administrative duties and event planning.

The Hancock Historical Museum draws a number of out-of-county visitors to its event, such as the Barn Quilt Tour and the Annual Back Street Festival. Sisser said the museum sees about 13,000 guests per year, 32 percent of those from outside Hancock County.

Sisser said the impact of these out-of-county guests directly benefits the hotel/motel tax, about $500,000 of which is funnelled into the City of Findlay’s general fund. Sisser mentioned the Oxley Government Center opening in July alone generated more than $60,000 for the community outside of the museum.

Because of this, the museum asked City Council to consider donating 10 percent of the tax to the museum for the next three years. The only other organization that currently benefits from the tax is the Arts Partnership, which receives 15 percent of the tax.

No action was taken on the matter last night. Council is expected to review the request at their 2015 budget meeting in November.

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