Review Category : Local News

Findlay Police Chief Says Despite Three Homicides This Year, The City Is Safe

6/30/16 – 4:56 A.M.

There have been three homicides in Findlay this year, but Police Chief Greg Horne says you shouldn’t feel like you’re in danger. Horne tells the Courier that in each instance, the people charged in connection to the murders have not been strangers to the victims. He added, “Out of the three of these, they’re all domestic-related. These are all ones that don’t necessarily endanger the public.”

Horne does say that three murder investigations have been rough on the department’s detectives. He said having three murders in the same year is rare. Horne added, “It does tax them and especially with these types of calls, you can’t make any mistakes.”

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No Charges To Be Filed Against Parents Of Cygnet Boy Who Wondered Away From Home

6/30/16 – 4:22 A.M.

Charges are not being filed against the parents of a Wood County boy who was found wandering along railroad tracks. Sheriff’s deputies say the four-year-old boy let himself out of his family’s Cygnet home early yesterday while his parents slept. A couple living nearby heard the boy’s footsteps and brought him to safety while calling 911.

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Mihalik: Mayors Across The U.S. Want More Action On Workforce Development

6/29/16 – 10:33 A.M.

Mayors across the Unites States, including Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, want Congress to do more for workforce development. Mihalik says that was one of the takeaways from the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says that means funding good programs. She adds it also means getting rid of policies that limit a city’s ability to work with the federal government in designing different programs.

Mihalik says the event was a good chance for mayors across the country to get the attention of the federal government…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said big topics of conversation included workforce development and international trade.

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Findlay Police Seek Men Accused Of Damaging Downtown Businesses

6/29/16 – 9:34 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is looking for two men who investigators believe are responsible for damaging several downtown businesses and some cars last weekend. A tweet from the department says the men were seen leaving Alexandria’s on East Crawford Street and walking toward South Main Street early Saturday morning. A short time later the damage was discovered between the 400 and 600 blocks of South Main.

One suspect was wearing a blue Under Armour t-shirt and white baseball hat. The other man was wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt. We have a picture of the men on our website.

If you have any information you’re asked to call (419)424-7150.

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Former Findlay Business Owner Accused Of Not Paying State Taxes

6/29/16 – 9:07 A.M.

A Lima businessman and former Findlay business owner has been indicted on charges that accuse him of not paying his state taxes. The Lima News reports 70-year-old Tim DeHaven pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. The report says DeHaven doesn’t dispute owing the state money and plans to pay everything he owes.

During the hearing, DeHaven said he is having financial problems. His wife, JoAnn, has been battling cancer in recent years. DeHaven also suffered from major complications following heart surgery and nearly lost his life.

The charges filed against DeHaven include selling without a license, failure to make and file a monthly return by a vendor, grand theft, filing incomplete, false and fraudulent returns, and failing to remit state income taxes withheld from an employee.

A pretrial hearing has been set for July 18.

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North Baltimore School Board Member Steps Down

6/29/16 – 8:55 A.M.

A North Baltimore school board member is stepping down. The Courier reports Russell Bretz submitted his resignation during a Tuesday meeting. Bretz is moving to Columbus.

The board will fill the vacant spot during their July meeting. Jaiyme Bushey was appointed to take over as the vice president of the school board.

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Sewer Line Work Continues On Trenton Avenue Today

6/29/16 – 8:38 A.M.

Work on a sewer line will reduce lanes on Trenton Avenue in Findlay again today. A release from the city says north and southbound traffic will be shifted into the two southbound lanes of the road between Broad Avenue and Fox Street. The lane reductions are expected to remain in place until 6 p.m.

Short delays are expected in the same area for the next few days.

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UPDATE: Trains Blocking Several Rail Crossings In Putnam County Due To Disabled Semi

6/29/16 – 7:45 A.M.
Update – 8:18 A.M.

A disabled semi caused some issues in Putnam County this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a semi broke down on a railroad crossing on Road P, south of Ottawa. That, in turn, backed up trains all the way north to Leipsic. Several rail crossings in the county were closed as a result. The sheriff’s office reports the truck has been towed away and trains are now moving through the county again.

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UPDATE: Parents Of Child Found Wandering In Cygnet Located

6/29/16 – 5:05 A.M.
Update – 7:35 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has found the parents of a child found in the Cygnet area early this morning.  Media partner WTOL-11 reports the 4-year-old was found in the street near railroad tracks around 3 a.m.  The boy is currently with child protective services and officials are working to reunite him with his parents.  The boy’s parents say he wandered out of the house overnight.

A Nixle alert was released just before 5 a.m. that said, “VERY YOUNG CHILD FOUND IN CYGNET AREA. PLEASE CHECK AND MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS HOME.”

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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Renovations At Fostoria Municipal Building Moving Forward

6/29/16 – 7:28 A.M.

A first-floor bathroom in the Fostoria Municipal Building is closer to coming into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The Review-Times reports a bid for the project was opened Tuesday, and the lone bid was within acceptable ranges. The project is estimated to cost $80,000. The bid from Studer-Obringer Construction in New Washington was for a little more than $87,000. That’s within the 10 percent difference allowed by state law.

In May the lone bid for the project had to be thrown out because it was more than 10 percent above the project estimate.

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