Review Category : Local News

Candidate Profile: Robert Sprague

2/24/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our preview of the upcoming March primary election shifts its focus to the race for the Republican nomination in the Ohio 83rd House District.  Today we talk to incumbent Robert Sprague.

Ohio’s ongoing heroin epidemic remains front and center in Sprague’s campaign.  He says he believes a “good samaritan” law will help cut down on overdose deaths…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says that still allows dealers to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill that defund Planned Parenthood.  Sprague says he supports the move…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague added there are a lot of women health services available through the traditional health system, including through federal qualified health centers.

Sprague says one of the biggest issues facing Ohio aside from the heroin epidemic is not having enough qualified candidates for jobs…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Tomorrow our candidate profile will feature Sprague’s opponent in March, Kevin Rettig.

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Former Lima Police Officer Convicted Of Raping Teen

2/24/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A former Lima police officer has been convicted of raping a teenage girl. The Lima News reports Justin Bentz was convicted on multiple charges Tuesday. He now faces up to 22 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 14.

The victim in the case was staying with her older sister, which is also where Bentz was living. Testimony showed Bentz got the then-16-year-old girl drunk and raped her. Bentz had claimed he didn’t know the girl was a minor and that she had come on to him.

MORE: Lima News

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Alcohol Suspected In Crash That Injured A Findlay Man And His Grandson

2/24/16 – 5:08 A.M.

Alcohol is suspected as the cause of a crash that injured a Findlay man and his grandson Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 53-year-old Joseph Yambor was driving west in the 500 block of Clifton Avenue around 8:20 p.m. when he hit a parked car. The impact of the collision caused Yambor’s car to flip.

Yambor and 3-year-old Bryson Yambor were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Joseph Yambor was arrested and charged with OVI. Other charges could be filed once the investigation is completed.

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Meyer To Be Sworn In As Putnam County Sheriff Today

2/24/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Tim Meyer will officially become Putnam County’s sheriff today when takes the oath of office at 10:30 a.m. The Putnam County Republican Central and Executive Committees appointed Meyer to complete the unexpired term of Michael Chandler, who passed away last month. The term ends on January 1 of 2017.

Meyer has been with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office since 1978.

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Bill Aimed To Help Terminally Ill Patients Passes Ohio House

2/24/16 – 4:53 A.M.

Ohio residents are a step closer to being able to try experimental drugs not approved by the FDA for treatment of terminal illnesses. The Courier reports House Bill 290, dubbed “right to try,” was passed by the Ohio House Tuesday. The medication will still need “Phase One” approval, meaning doctors are sure it won’t kill a patient.

State Representative Robert Sprague helped write the bill. He tells the newspaper it’s “designed to give people hope who may not have it.” The Ohio Senate is expected to debate the bill in April.

The bill excludes Schedule I drugs like marijuana.

MORE: The Courier

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Body To Be Exhumed In Wood County Cold Case

2/24/16 – 4:21 A.M.

The body of a woman killed more than 30 years ago will be exhumed again before her accused killer’s retrial. Wood County prosecutors and Russell Adkins’ attorneys agreed to examine Dana Rosendale’s body in an effort to collect as much evidence as possible. Adkins is accused of beating Rosendale to death in 1982 and dumping her body along a road outside Bowling Green. Adkins maintains the young mother fell out of his moving car. His first trial last month ended with a hung jury.

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Owens Community College Plans College Night Event For Findlay Campus

2/23/2016 – 1:12 pm

The Findlay Campus of Owens Community College is planning a College Night event. The college announced that more than 80 colleges and universities from Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, as well as representatives from the military will be on hand to answer any questions about admission requirements, academic programs, student activities, scholarships and other questions about what they can offer.

There will also be presentations about financial aid, planning for college, preparing for the ACT and career trends. College Night will be held on the Findlay Campus of Owens Community College on Monday, March 7th from 6:30 to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information you can call 567-429-3509 or visit Owens Online.

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City & ODOT Seeking Public Comment On Street Improvements

2/23/2016 – 12:30 pm

The City of Findlay and ODOT will be seeking public comment on proposed plans for improvements along city streets. In a statement, the plans call for sidewalk repairs, curb extensions, ADA compliant curb ramps and mid-block pedestrian crossings along Main Street from Lima north to Center Street.

Other plans call for the placement of bicycle lanes and pedestrian corridor improvements along Cory Street from Lima north to Frazer Street which would establish a shared lane for vehicular and bicycle traffic northbound on Cory.

If you would like to comment, you can submit written comments on the project to City of Findlay, ATTN: Main Street/Cory Street Improvements, 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 310 Findlay OH, 45840. People will have 30 days to submit comments and comments without contact information will not be responded to.

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Cooper Tire CEO To Retire This Year

2/23/16 – 9:07 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber CEO Roy Armes will retire this year. An announcement from the company says Armes will step down on August 31. The board of directors of the company plans to elect Brad Hughes as his replacement at that time. Hughes has been with Cooper for more than six years and currently serves as its Chief Operating Officer.

Armes became the CEO of the company in 2007. A year later he was named the Chairman of the Board. Current Lead Independent Director Thomas Capo is expected to become Non-Executive Chairman of the Board when Armes retires.

In a statement released this morning, Armes said, “I am privileged and honored to have led Cooper for nearly a decade through good times and challenging times.” He added, “Brad has been a positive and influential force at Cooper for more than six years now, and he will be tremendously effective at leading Cooper to even greater success in the years to come.”

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Cooper Tire Reports Profitable 2015

2/23/16 – 7:32 A.M.

A major Findlay employer had a record operating profit in 2015. In a report issued this morning, Cooper showed operating profits of $354 million in 2015, up 59 percent over 2014. Net sales for the year increased 3.3 percent to $2.97 billion. Unit volume increased in all regions, up 6.8 percent.

In a release, Cooper CEO Roy Armes said, “we took numerous steps around the globe to continue to transform and enhance our business.” He added, “our full year operating margin of nearly 12 percent exceeded the 8 to 10 percent that we established as a mid-term goal for Cooper.”

For 2016, the company is expecting unit volume growth in all of its segments. Raw material costs are expected to decline in the first quarter of this year.

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