Review Category : Local News

I-75 Southbound Backed Up In Wood County Following Crash

1/17/15 – 6:39 A.M.

A crash in the southbound lanes of I-75 is causing a major backup near Bowling Green this morning. An incident near mile marker 181 has the right lane closed. Traffic is backed up to just south of Dunbridge. You’re advised to avoid that area if you can for the time being.

So far there are no details available on the crash.

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Sonar Scan Of Bluffton Cemetery To Be Taken

11/17/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A sonar survey of Bluffton’s Shannon Cemetery will be done soon. The Courier reports village council passed a resolution to have a Toledo Company scan the cemetery before moving forward with a plan to build a memorial there. The survey will be paid for with $650 worth of donated money.

Councilman Roger Warren was the only member of council to vote against the resolution. He said the sonar scan was a waste of money and that the village should move forward with the memorial project.

The issue has been the topic of controversy. A community group has argued the cemetery should be returned to its original state.

MORE: The Courier

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Pay Rate Set For Carey Employee

11/17/15 – 5:11 A.M.

The issue of a Carey employee’s pay was settled during a Monday night village council meeting. The Courier reports an ordinance to pay Executive Secretary Dixie Risser $16.51 an hour was passed. The ordinance specifies Risser will not have to pay back between $250-$300 she was overpaid when her pay rate was initially set at $16.77 an hour. The amount was 26 cents more than the top pay for the position’s pay range.

Councilman Mike Blair voted against the measure, saying Risser’s pay should have been left alone. Mayor Steve Smalley says a new pay range will be set at a later date.

MORE: The Courier

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Former Putnam County Jail Set For Demolition

11/17/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The former Putnam County Jail will be torn down soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports demolition will begin this week. A fence has been installed around the site and heavy equipment has been moved in.

The site will be used for extra parking once the demolition is complete.

The old jail was built in 1898, and housed prisoners until 2002.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arlington Shelter House At Center Of Controversy

11/17/15 – 4:56 A.M.

A proposed shelter house was the center of controversy at the Arlington Village Council meeting Monday night. The Courier reports the dispute was over how price quotes to build a new shelter were received. Some council members wondered if construction firms gained an advantage by putting in their bids after other estimates had already been turned in.

The estimated cost is $49,820. Because the price is below $50,000; it doesn’t need a formal bidding process. Councilman Brian Essinger called the process, “bull crap.” Mayor Ed Solt took issue with Essinger questioning his honesty. Councilman Tom Blunk said the Parks and Recreation Committee will review the issue.

Bids for the project were between $38,000 and $49,000 depending on the scope of work. The village is expecting to get a grant from the Hancock Park District to help pay for the project.

MORE: The Courier

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Lawsuit Returns To Putnam County Common Pleas Court

11/16/2015 – 10:06 pm

A decision on Putnam County Administrator Jack Betscher’s lawsuit against a former employer for severance pay was returned to Putnam County Common Pleas Court. The Courier reports that the Third District Court of appeals in Lima issued the ruling Monday.The decision involves Betscher’s request to receive “statutorily-mandated paid vacation leave” from his former employer, Putnam County Educational Service Center after he was hired full-time by the county commissioners.

In his complaint, Betscher said common pleas court “was correct in finding that he was a non-teaching employee,” but the court said in the conclusion the service center “lacked legal authority to contract with the commissioners prior to enactment of a specific state law.

More: The Courier

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Fire Put Out At Sanoh America Monday Morning.

11/16/2015 – 10:01 pm

A fire damaged a paint booth line at Sanoh America in Findlay Monday morning. According to the Findlay Fire Department, the fire was first reported just before 8:40 am. Two sprinkler heads had been activated and the fire itself was brought under control just before 9:00 am.

The fire department reported no injuries. A damage estimate was not available Monday night, however, production in the area was shut down Monday.

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Humans Of Findlay Book Will Be Released Tuesday Morning

11/16/2015 – 5:25 pm

The Facebook sensation “Humans of Findlay” will debut a book on Tuesday. Humans of Findlay is a collection of individual stories from people around the community. Dave Morrow who heads up the project said that it began as a small effort to talk about people around town, and then grew from there.

Audio: Dave Morrow

Humans of Findlay grew so much that Morrow decided it was time to put together a permanent account of the stories. Working with the Hancock County Historical Museum and other partners, Morrow collected the stories documented from April of 2014 when the project began until April 2015.

Audio: Dave Morrow

The book will be officially released Tuesday morning at 8:30 am. A presentation will be held at Coffee Amici in Downtown Findlay. Afterward, Morrow will have an exhibit at the Hancock County Public Library. Signed copies of the book will be available for $20, t-shirts for $15 and mugs for $8. All proceeds go to support the educational programming at the Hancock Historical Museum.

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Latta: Radical Islam At War With The World

11/16/2015 – 4:45 pm

Since the attacks on Paris France last Friday, leaders around the United States have been commenting on US preparedness in the wake of a terrorist attack. Congressman Robert Latta said that the ISIS has declared war on any and all countries who oppose them.

Audio: Robert Latta

Intelligence since the Paris attacks has indicated that some of the terrorists were able to get into France by hiding among refugees from Syria. Latta says that the United States needs to step up border security and enforcement, but also the intelligence community as a whole needs to step up efforts to share resources to make sure that all security operatives are on the same page.

Audio: Robert Latta

Monday afternoon many of the nation’s governors, including Governor John Kasich announced that their states would not be accepting of refugees from Syria in the near future.

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Man Reported Waving Gun On Broad Avenue

11/16/2015 – 1:45 pm

Findlay Police Officers responded to a report of a male waving a handgun on Broad Avenue this morning. According to a release from the department, the man was described as a young white male, around 5’9″ and was waving the gun on the porch at 816 Broad Avenue. He was described as wearing black skin-tight jeans, a gray hooded shirt and a beanie cap.

Officers were unable to locate anyone at the residence and there were no reports of shots fired. The resident of the home could not be positively identified as the person involved by witnesses. No other individuals were found at the residence and no evidence was found. No injuries were reported and a suspect has not been identified or located. The incident remains under investigation.

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