Review Category : Local News

Fired LB Teacher Will Run For School Board Seat

8/6/15 – 4:49 A.M.

The Liberty-Benton School Board race is shaping up to be an interesting one. The Courier reports fired teacher Mark Badertscher will run for a seat on the board. He was among seven people in the district to file to run for two open seats. Wednesday was the filing deadline for school board candidates.

Badertscher served as an agriculture teacher for LB before he was fired in 2013. A student choked another student while Badertscher was out of the classroom. He appealed his firing and won the case. Badertscher tells the newspaper he hasn’t settled financially with the district, but that he likely would before the November election.

The other candidates include Shawn Lyon, Stephen Benson, Kevin Schoonover, Gene Stump, Justin Terry, and Brody Yingling.

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One Injured In Wednesday Morning Crash

8/5/15 – 11:24 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash on the east side of Hancock County Wednesday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened just after 6:30 A.M. at the intersection of State Route 569 and County Road 330 in Big Lick Township.

27-year-old Aaron Hensley of Crestline was stopped at the intersection, and then pulled into the path of truck driven by 36-year-old Kevin Kohl of Alvada. Hensley was treated at the scene of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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NeighborWoods Program Continues To Grow In Findlay

8/5/15 – 10:44 A.M.

A tree planting initiative continues to spread its roots in Findlay. Tim Bruggeman is a member of the Findlay Shade Tree Commission and says the NeighborWoods program started three years ago and has phased out the Adopt-a-Tree program…

Audio: Tim Bruggeman

Bruggeman says the NeighborWoods program focuses on specific a neighborhood each year. He added having neighbors working together on a project leads to more long-term success.

NeighborWoods started in 2013 in the Mound Park neighborhood. Last year it focused on the Sherman Park neighborhood and this year planting will take place in the South Main Street Neighborhood Association area.

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Cooper Tire Issues Sustainability Report

8/5/15 – 10:20 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber is outlining its efforts to have less of an impact on the environment. The company released its third annual sustainability report Wednesday. Cooper reports cutting energy usage intensity by 12 percent since 2009. Water usage has declined 8 percent across the company over the same period. As a whole, Cooper has reduced landfill usage by almost 40 percent since 2009.

Cooper may have trouble hitting goals set in 2013 though. The report says even though 2014 performance trends were good, it will be difficult to hit landfill, water, and energy usage goals for 2015.

In a statement, Cooper CEO Roy Armes said, “topics such as corporate social responsibility and sustainability are increasingly important.” He added, “Cooper is making progress on these initiatives and is committed to continuing to work on and report on our progress to key stakeholders.”

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Part Of Washington Street Closed For Curb Replacement

8/5/15 – 9:55 A.M.

Another Findlay street is closed for curb replacement. The city’s engineering department says work will take place on Washington Street between Cory Street and the railroad tracks in that area until August 12. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible as short delays are possible.

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Putnam County First Responders Get Pet Oxygen Masks

8/5/15 – 7:18 A.M.

First responders in Pandora and Gilboa have new equipment that will help them save pets in an emergency. The Putnam County Sentinel reports both village EMS departments have received pet oxygen masks. The equipment was made available for free through Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe program.

Chief of Pandora EMS Chad Blue tells the newspaper he had looked into buying the equipment, but was then informed about the equipment donation program.

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Fostoria Road Program Approved

8/5/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Fostoria is moving ahead with some road construction projects for 2015. The Courier reports city council approved the street program during their Tuesday meeting. Sections of eight streets will be resurfaced for at a cost of $200,000.

Bids for the project will be advertised on Augst 12 with the openings on August 27. Work would begin around four weeks later.

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Paternity Test Sought For Hartman Baby

8/5/15 – 5:11 A.M.

An Arlington man claims to be the father of a baby recently born to Jerrod Hartman and his wife, Cierra Carpenter. The Courier reports 26-year-old Stephen O’Rear filed a complaint in June to establish parentage of the child. He claims to have had relations with Carpenter around the time of conception.

An attorney for Carpenter has moved to block the paternity test.

Hartman recently pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the death of he and Carpenter’s son James Hartman in October of 2013. He could face up to 19 years in prison when sentenced.

Carpenter and Jerrod Hartman were married in April.

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Raises Approved For Findlay City Officials

8/5/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Pay raises have been approved for three Findlay city officials. City Council approved the increases for the mayor, auditor, and law director during their Tuesday meeting. The raises won’t take effect until January, when the new terms for the offices begin.

Law Director Don Rasmussen will see an 8 percent increase in 2016, and 2 percent raises annually from 2017 through 2019. That will bring his salary to around $115,000 a year. The raises for the law director put the salary more in line with what the previous law director was paid.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik makes $69,500 a year after a 2 percent cut in 2012. Her salary will increase by a little more than $5,700 by 2019. Auditor Jim Staschiak currently is paid a little more than $69,400. He’ll be given a raise of a little over $5,700.

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Findlay Police Receive Linhart Toxicology Report

8/5/15 – 4:45 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has received the toxicology report on a man shot and killed by an officer in June. While authorities are in possession of the information, the Courier reports they can not comment on the specific nature of it. A copy of the report is now being sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is leading the probe into the death of Jeremy Linhart.

BCI spokesperson Jill Del Greco tells the newspaper the agency is still waiting for the final autopsy report.

Findlay Police Lt. Robert Ring says that once BCI has that information, they’ll present their findings to the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

In the meantime officer Aaron Flechtner remains on administrative leave. Another officer involved, Andrew Rudnik, has returned to work.

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