Review Category : Local News

REPORT: Documents Provide More Details On Riverdale Teacher Incident

5/16/14 – 11:56 A.M.

The controversy surrounding a Riverdale teacher caught on tape roughly handling a kindergartner continues to grow. Media partner WTOL-11 reports documents provided by the school include statements by several staff members including the teacher in question, Barb Williams. Three cooks wrote they heard yelling in the hall and went to examine. They heard Williams say, “I’m sick of you. I am sick of your parents.” The incident was reported to the elementary school principal and the school nurse.

Williams also spoke with school officials. She said the boy had been asking to use the restroom, but instead was just walking in and out of them. A report by principal Julie Spade says Williams admitted touching the boy and that she was “loud and in his face.”

Video surveillance shows Williams shoving the boy and grabbing him by his face. She was suspended for 10 days.

MORE: WTOL-11

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Mike DeWine Talks About Combating Elder Abuse

5/16/14 – 9:45 A.M.

The state of Ohio is taking aim at those who take advantage of the elderly. Attorney General Mike DeWine talked about the Elder Justice Task Force on WFIN this week. DeWine says elder abuse is still under reported, but they’re trying to change that by making people more aware of the issue…

Audio: Mike DeWine

Elder abuse can be either physical or mental, and often times involves stealing money. DeWine says the state is making resources available to better target these types of crimes…

Audio: Mike DeWine

Ohio BCI is helping get to the bottom of those cases.

DeWine says the most critical part of combating the problem is getting people to report the crime to begin with. Often times the seniors don’t know they are being scammed, or are too embarrassed to report it.

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Donations Needed For McComb Fireworks Display

5/16/14 – 8:43 A.M.

Donations are being sought for McComb’s Independence Day fireworks celebration. The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9231 is collecting money for the July 5 show. If you’re interested in donating you can drop off a check, or mail it to 204 E. Main St., P.O. Box 219, McComb, 45858.

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Counterfeit Money Used In Putnam County

5/16/14 – 7:44 A.M.

Counterfeit money has turned up in another area county. Putnam County businesses have been put on alert. The Chamber of Commerce informed members that fake $50 and $100 bills were used at a business in the county last week.

The news comes after police warned people had used fake $20 bills in Findlay, Fostoria, and Tiffin last month.

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Woman Escapes Car Fire Unharmed

5/16/14 – 6:39 A.M.

A Fostoria woman escaped a car fire without injury Thursday. The Fostoria Fire Division says Melissa Gonzales was driving on Jones Road just before noon when she heard a loud pop. Smoke began to pour into her Buick Regal, driving Gonzales from the car.

So far no cause has been determined.

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Two Injured In Crash On I-75 Thursday Afternoon

5/16/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Two Lima residents were hurt in a crash on I-75 south of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes near a rest area. 33-year-old Shaun Berry’s Ford Taurus was hit from behind by a semi driven by 53-year-old Michael Cuevas of Elmore. Cuevas was entering the interstate from the rest stop.

Berry and his passenger, 36-year-old Amanda Slager, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Cuevas was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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Businesses Honored For Safe Workplaces

5/16/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Businesses in our area were recognized for their commitment to safety Thursday. The 68th annual Hancock County Safety Council Awards were held at the Findlay Country Club. More than 40 businesses were honored. That included 14 businesses with at least 500,000 hours worked and at least six months without a lost-time injury.

Businesses that went an entire year without a lost-time injury or illness were awarded the 100% Award.

You can see a list of the award winners on our website.

500,000 hours worked and at least six months without a lost-time injury:
• ADS/Hancor-South Plant, 1,193,170 hours worked.
• Ball Metal Container Group, 1,349,633 hours worked.
• Dow Chemical Co., 2,769,990 hours.
• Findlay City Schools, 2,207,887 hours.
• Findlay Country Club, 671,338 hours.
• Findlay Warehousing Co., 508,790 hours.
• Fresh Encounter, 814,109 hours.
• G.S.W. Manufacturing, 1,001,968 hours.
• Magnesium Elektron North America, 709,573 hours.
• Marathon Petroleum Corp., office, 20,286,030 hours.
• Nissin Brake Ohio, 2,602,488 hours.
• Roki-America Co., 1,403,730 hours.
• Upper Sandusky Village Schools, 607,976 hours.
• Wyandot Memorial Hospital, 506,265 hours.

Others honored:
ACI Construction Co.; AMRI Findlay; Charles Construction Services; City Dry Cleaning; City Uniforms and Linen; Custom Staffing-Findlay; Ennis Inc.; Findlay Products Corp.; Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce; Friends Business Source; G2 Revolution; Great Scot; Good Samaritan of Arlington; H&O Services; Hancock County Agency on Aging; Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative; HG Handling Co.; Hyway Trucking Co.; Kirk Bros.; Kirk Bros. Masonry; Legacy Farmers Co-op; Liberty-Benton Schools; Marathon Petroleum Corp., aviation; Pride Transportation Co.; Primrose Retirement Community; Prism Propane; RCM Architects; Doepker Group; TJD Industrial Cleaning & Maintenance; Village of North Baltimore; and Wood County Hospital.

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Hancock County Veterans Commission Members Want Raises

5/16/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Members of the Hancock County Veterans Commission want raises. Four members spoke to the county commissioners Thursday asking for the pay increase. Veterans Service Director Nichole Coleman says Hancock County veterans board members are among the lowest paid in the state in counties with similar veteran populations.

The board members currently get $400 a month. They’re asking for a $100 a month raise.

Hancock County has a veteran population of 5,607. Marion County has 5,481 veterans, and their board members make $640 a month. Lawrence County also has a smaller veteran population, but better paid board members.

The raises wouldn’t kick in until next year. That would mean they would apply only to new or reappointed members.

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Findlay Industrial Park To Add Compressed Natural Gas Station

5/15/14 – 11:35 A.M.

A Findlay business park will be outfitted with a compressed natural gas facility. CNG Fuel Inc. announced a partnership with Ohio Logistics today. CNG will build the facility at 5343 Distribution Drive. The fueling station will have four covered fast-fill bays and easy access to I-75.  It should be up and running by August of this year.

Chuck Bills of Ohio Logistics said, “the location and resources provide the opportunity to run an effective business, it is a win-win situation.”

Many businesses have been converting trucks to run on natural gas. Rising prices for diesel fuel have pushed demand for alternative fuels for business fleets.

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