Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Indicted For Christmas Day Meth Bust

12/29/16 – 5:06 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing several charges after police reportedly found a “large amount” of crystal meth is his car on Christmas. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury indicted 26-year-old Shad Noblit on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin and two counts of possession of drugs.

Police say they pulled over Noblit in the 1200 block of South Blanchard Street around 1 a.m. Sunday. A K9 unit alerted to the car. Investigators say that led officers to find crystal methamphetamine, other drugs, drug paraphernalia, and money in Noblit’s car.

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Fostoria Man Indicted For July Fatal Crash

12/29/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted a Fostoria man for allegedly causing a fatal crash in July of this year. The Courier reports 22-year-old Jacob Woodruff faces a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of 20-year-old Corrine Odoms of Fostoria.

The crash happened on U.S. 224 east of Findlay on July 15 in front of the Red Hawk Run Golf Course. At the time of the crash, Woodruff was driving under suspension. Investigators say Woodruff was under the influence of marijuana.

Proseuctors have also charged Woodruff with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed controlled substance or listed metabolite of a controlled substance.

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Seneca County Commissioners Approve 2017 Operating Budget

12/28/16 – 5:30 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners approved a general fund budget over $16.2 million Tuesday morning. The Review-Times reports that the final draft of the budget was adopted with the consent of all three commissioners. The budget is in line with the $16.35 million the county’s Budget Commission certified in general funds revenue. This gives the county about an extra $77,000 for wiggle room in the budget. The operation of the county jail was the leading expense outlined in the budget at $3.4 million. Operations of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is at $1.8 million.

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Year In Review: Flood Mitigation Changes Course

12/28/16 – 6:00 A.M.

It’s the last week of 2016 and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

It’s not a year-in-review in Findlay without an update on flood mitigation. The big news in that department this year came in the spring. Frustrated with ongoing delays, the Hancock County Commissioners voted to have a private engineering firm take the reigns of the project…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The commissioners approved a contract with Stantec Consulting. Scott Peyton is with Stantec and said in July his company would review all the Army Corps of Engineer’s data…

Audio: Scott Peyton

Stantec has said it will give a report of their findings in early 2017.

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Two Car Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital

12/28/16 – 5:18 A.M.

A two-car crash sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports that the accident happened on West Trenton Avenue around 3 pm. 28-year-old Andrew Still of Tennessee was stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn onto the I-75 southbound ramp. He pulled into the path of 19-year-old Youssef Elkhechen of Sylvania.

Hanco Ambulance took Elkhechen to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Still was cited for failing to yield for a left turn.

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Hancock County Operating Budget Looking To Climb For 2017

12/28/16 – 5:08 A.M.

The Hancock County operating budget is expected to climb in 2017. The Courier reports that the budget is expected to reach $24.3 million which is an increase of over $824,500. The County Commissioners approved appropriations for the upcoming year at their Tuesday meeting. They budgeted a total around $23.5 million for this year. The paper reports that while expenses were up, so was the county’s sales tax collection, which is on track for a record-breaking year. Over half of the county’s budget is spent on crime and punishment.

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Judge Joseph Niemeyer Honored During Open House

12/28/16 – 4:47 A.M.

There wasn’t much room in Court Room 1 in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court Tuesday afternoon. The Courier reports that this was because people came to recognize Judge Joseph Niemeyer for his service. He served over 40 years in the legal community, the past 25 as a judge in the common pleas court. During the open house, city, county, and state officials and organizations recognized Niemeyer.

Niemeyer thanked those in attendance and said that looking into the crowd brought back a lot of memories. He will be retiring from his seat this week.

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North Baltimore School District Hires New Treasurer

12/28/16 – 4:35 A.M.

North Baltimore School district has hired a University of Findlay graduate as their next treasurer. The Courier reports that the school board awarded Steven Stewart a two-year contract with an annual salary of $69,500. Stewart will be replacing Eve Baldwin, who is retiring at the end of this week after serving the district for 26 years. Stewart’s first day will be January 3.

Stewart was an Elmwood High School graduate. He graduated from the University of Findlay in 2014 and has been employed with NWO Beverage.

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President Signs Deal Approving Funding For Lima Tank Plant

12/27/16 – 10:33 A.M.

Lima will have some job security after President Barack Obama signed off on funding for two military vehicles. The Lima News reports that Obama has approved funding for the Abrams tank and the Stryker armored vehicle. Both vehicles are produced at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. Funding has been set at $1.2 billion for the two vehicles due to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Fostoria Man Indicted In Connection With Bowling Green Robbery

12/27/16 – 8:30 A.M.

A third person was indicted by the Wood County grand jury in connection to a drug-related robbery. The Sentinel-Tribune reports that 27-year-old Alexander Nuzum of Fostoria was indicted in connection with a robbery on Sixth Street in Bowling Green.  He reportedly assisted the co-defendants 26-year-old Raymount Moore of Hicksville and 22-year-old Brittany Hamilton of Archbold. According to the indictment, Nuzum was allegedly carrying a firearm. The three reportedly stole 7 grams of marijuana from the home.

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