Review Category : Local News

Zika In Hancock County: What You Need To Know

6/13/16 – 12:12 P.M.

The Zika virus was recently diagnosed in a Hancock County resident. Dr. Bill Kose is the chief quality officer at Blanchard Valley Health System and says health professionals in the area are prepared for insect-borne illnesses like Zika…

Audio: Bill Kose

Kose tells WFIN’s Chris Oaks there’s no reason to believe there will be a local outbreak…

Audio: Bill Kose

While Zika isn’t a giant concern locally, West Nile virus usually finds its way into Ohio every summer. Kose says because of that it’s still important to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses. That means using a mosquito repellant when you’re outside.

As far as Zika goes, Kose says the people who should be most concerned are pregnant women and women thinking about getting pregnant because the disease has been linked to birth defects.

Kose adds the county has been closely monitoring health issues that can be spread through travel to other countries.

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Monday Interview: Senior Art Show To Be Held Tuesday

6/13/16 – 7:39 A.M.

Maple Crest in Bluffton will host seniors from across northwest Ohio tomorrow. The senior living facility is the site of LeadingAge Ohio’s northwest regional Art and Writing Show. The event is open to the public and will feature a variety of artistic categories.

Debbie Mohr is activities director at Maple Crest says the event has drawn participants of all experience levels:

Audio: Debbie Mohr

Entries will be judged between 10am and 3pm in the Patio Room at Maple Crest.

Winners at the regional will advance to the statewide competition in Columbus in September.

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Handcuffed Suspect Arrested By Lima Police A Day After Escaping Custody

6/13/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A Lima man was arrested Saturday night, a day after he escaped police custody while in handcuffs. The Lima News reports 32-year-old Derrick Williams was found hiding in a vacant building around 10 p.m. Saturday. He was arrested without further incident.

Williams was being arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday night when he was able to escape from an officer and run away after he had been handcuffed.

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Local Gas Prices Continue To Climb, Still Cheaper Than A Year Ago

6/13/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Gas prices are up from a week ago, but coming down from last week’s highest prices. reports Findlay drivers are paying an average of $2.63 a gallon for regular today. That’s up six cents from last Monday but down 10 cents from Friday. Today’s prices are 16 cents cheaper than they were a year ago this week.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.69 a gallon today, up 10 cents from last Monday.

The average around Ohio is $2.68 a gallon, a nine cent climb over the last seven days.

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Four Findlay Roads Closed This Week

6/13/16 – 6:37 A.M.

Four Findlay roads will be closed this week for construction projects. The city’s engineering department says Elm Street, from Main Street to Lima Avenue; Liberty Street, from Elm to Sandusky streets; and Washington Street, from Western to Hurd avenues, will be closed for curb replacement work.

Wedgewood Drive will be closed for gas line installation. That closure will be from East Main Cross Street to Osborn Avenue.

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Putnam County Habitat For Humanity Looks For Next Family

6/13/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is looking for their next homeowner. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there are three qualifications to apply for the program. Potential habitat families must have a current need for decent housing, meet income guidelines, and be willing to assist volunteers in the construction of the home. They must also take basic home ownership classes along with the last qualification.

The deadline to apply is June 30. The goal is to have a family selected by September and to break ground next spring.

For more information call (419)523-9621.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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One Car Crash Injures Two People In Southern Hancock County

6/13/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two women from Bluffton Sunday afternoon. The State Patrol reports 61-year-old Cheryle Sawmiller was driving a PT Cruiser west on Hancock County Road 304 near Van Buren Township Road 65 around 3:30 p.m. when she lost control. The car went off the road, hit a utility pole, and overturned.

Sawmiller and her passenger, 25-year-old Tiffini Mitchell, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The patrol says Sawmiller and Mitchell were not wearing seatbelts. Sawmiller was cited for failure to control and a seatbelt violation.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Crash

6/13/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy was among three people injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Hancock County Road 99 and North Main Street. The Findlay Police Department reports Deputy Rodney Griffin was responding to an alarm call at Van Buren Schools around 1 p.m. when he was involved in the collision. The crash report says Griffin’s lights and sirens were on when a westbound car driven by 36-year-old Jeffery Todd of McComb entered the intersection.

Griffin and Todd were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Todd’s passenger, a 9-year-old girl, was also taken to the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Two Semis Collide On I-75 Near Findlay

6/13/16 – 4:54 A.M.

A truck driver was injured when two semis collided in the southbound lanes of I-75 Sunday night in Hancock County. The State Patrol says 50-year-old Michael Walker of Newport, Michigan was headed south when another truck driven by 47-year-old William Lovelace of Austin, Texas drifted into the left lane and caused the collision. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. just north of the County Road 99 exit.

Walker was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Lovelace was cited for a marked lanes violation.

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