Review Category : Local News

Heroin Meeting Set To Take Place In Risingsun This Weekend

5/13/16 – 6:42 A.M.

A discussion about the region’s heroin epidemic will take place in Risingsun this weekend. “Fighting Heroin” will be presented by The Prevention Partnership of Sandusky County and Lakota Local Schools. It will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Risingsun First Church of God.

Topics to be covered will include how to reach out to people who need help, the effects of addiction on the family, and prevention efforts among others.

For more information you can call (419)561-5433.

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Fostoria Could Eliminate Police Dispatcher Positions

5/13/16 – 5:30 A.M.

An effort to correct a budget deficit in Fostoria could mean letting the city’s police dispatchers go. The Review-Times reports the city is considering the move to help reduce an $800,000 shortfall. Mayor Eric Keckler told the newspaper it’s one option that’s been explored, but nothing is set stone. Fostoria has four full-time dispatchers for its police department.

Keckler said that the potential savings for the city could be between $250,000 and $300,000. He added, “That’s pretty significant.”

If the city eliminates the positions, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office could be asked to handle dispatching duties for the Fostoria Police Department. Keckler said it’s not the only option.

The dispatchers and a union representative met with the mayor recently to talk about the issue.

MORE: Review-Times

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Putnam County Commissioners Talk About $600,000 Attorney Fees Ruling

5/13/16 – 5:17 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners have a big decision to make. The Lima News reports two of the three commissioners met with an attorney Thursday to talk about whether or not to appeal a ruling about attorney fees in an open records case. A judge recently ruled the county must pay more than $600,000 in fees associated with the Road 5 widening project.

The commissioners will hold a public meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday to decide whether they will file an appeal or not.

Following the Thursday meeting, Commissioner Travis Jerwers told the newspaper, “This is what happens when the government gets heavy handed.” He added it was one of the reasons he voted against the project. Commissioner Vince Schroeder was also in the meeting. He declined to comment afterward.

Commissioner John Love was attending to other county matters and was not at the Thursday meeting.

MORE: Lima News

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Two Findlay Roads Closed Today

5/13/16 – 5:01 A.M.

A couple of Findlay roads will be closed today. Blanchard Street will be shut down between Walnut Street and McConnell Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The city’s engineering department says a new storm line and manhole will be installed in that area today.

Curb and sidewalk replacement will also begin on Liberty Street. As a result, the road will be closed between Elm Street and Sandusky Street from 7 am. until 7 p.m. today through next Friday.

You’re asked to avoid the areas if possible.

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Hancock County Jail Passes State Inspection

5/13/16 – 4:53 A.M.

A recent inspection of the Hancock County jail found it to be in compliance with all standards. Hancock County Jail Administrator Lt. Ryan Kidwell tells the Courier inspectors from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction visited in January.

There are 115 standards that jails are rated against. Fifty-four of the standards account for the health and safety of inmates. Sixty-one standards rate the jail for good correctional practices.

Kidwell told the newspaper the inspection showed the dedication and professionalism of the corrections staff and supervisors.

MORE: The Courier

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Ag Talk: Reduction In Production Livestock Would Do Little To Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

5/12/2016 – 5:00 pm

One of the many types of operations targeted by certain groups as contributing to greenhouse gas emissions are livestock farms. Hancock County Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that some groups have claimed that livestock operations can account for as high as 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions. A claim that Lentz notes is completely absurd, citing a study from the University of California at Davis.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said that the EPA has noted that transportation services (cars, planes, etc) accounts for 27% of emissions, and the energy services account for 31%.

To counter this, one of the ideas put forth was to promote the idea of not eating meat products one day a week. Meatless Monday’s have been promoted as a way to cutback on greenhouse gas emissions, but Lentz says the research indicates such activities are merely drops in a rain barrel. He notes there are actually fewer livestock in production today than in the past.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said that if all Americans would participate in activities such as a “Meatless Monday” it would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.6%.

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Health Department Names New Health Commissioner and Medical Director

5/12/2016 – 3:37 pm

The Hancock Health Department has named a new Health Commissioner and Medical Director. According to a release, Karim Baroudi MPH has recently accepted the position of Health Commissioner and Nathaniel Ratnasamy MC will serve as the Medical Director.

Baroudi has worked as a program specialist for the Northwest Ohio Food Safety Program and worked for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department for more than ten years. He attended John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health in Baltimore and studied program management for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Ratnasamy is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease and is a current member of the medical staff of Blanchard Valley Hospital.

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UPDATE: Endangered Child Missing From Lima FOUND

5/12/2016 – 1:06 pm
5/12/2016 – 3:05 pm

Residents are advised to be on the lookout for a child missing out of Lima. According to a release, the child is autistic and may or may not be in need of medical attention. His name is Steven J. Engle and as last seen on Boyer Avenue in Lima this morning.

He’s described as a white male, 17 years old, around 5’6″ and weighing around 120 lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes. Wearing blue windbreaker pants, possibly no shoes. If you have any information, contact the Lima Police at 419-227-4444.


Per the Lima Police Department the missing child was located safely in Hancock County.

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Commissioners To Travel To Buffalo To Meet With Army Corps.

5/12/2016 – 12:16 pm

Though local entities have said that they’re exploring other options, the US Army Corps of Engineers is still working on a flood mitigation plan for Findlay and Hancock County. County Commissioner Brian Robertson said that there was previous funding that is still paying the Corps, but the Commissioners will be meeting with them next week on the next step.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says that one of the issues moving forward is that local representatives were told that all the data has been collected and was being compiled. Given delays that pushed the publication of the report back another year with no explanation has caused many of the concerns and has frustrated the public. Robertson says that the Corps needs to account for the delays.

Audio: Brian Robertson

You can hear the complete interview with Commissioner Robertson tomorrow morning on Good Mornings! airing in the 7am hour on 1330 WFIN AM.

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Local Services This Weekend To Honor Law Enforcement Officers

5/12/2016 – 11:40 am

May 15 is National Police Memorial Day. Established in 1962, the day and the week around it are set aside to honor the men and women in law enforcement as well as those who have fallen in the line of duty as well as the families left behind. Local coordinator Terry McBeth says that over the past year a significant number of men and women officers have fallen in the line of duty.

Audio: Terry McBeth

There will be a number of local events, including a memorial service this Sunday which will honor local officers that have fallen in the line of duty over the years.

Audio: Terry McBeth

The service will be at 2pm Sunday afternoon at St. Michaels Church East in their auditorium. The public is welcome to attend. There will be other events for law enforcement officers held throughout Findlay and Hancock County during the week as well.

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