Review Category : Local News

Findlay School Board OKs Purchase for New Bus Garage on Romick Pkwy

05/18/15     8:43 p.m.

After one unsuccessful attempt, the Findlay City School district is on its way to buying property for its new bus garage. At Monday’s meeting, the school board approved buying the former Northwest Ohio RV location at 1710 Romick Parkway in Findlay for $600,000.

Audio:Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt said the district will also be buying the lot next door for bus parking. Kurt said because they are not expecting to add on to any of the facilities there will be cost savings with this property, although the exact dollar amount is not yet known.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the Romick Parkway location is centrally located within the school district, out of the flood zone, closer to fueling stations and will help the district take better care of its transportation fleet.

The district will be able to purchase the property with grant money given to them by Marathon Petroleum last February.

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Bus garage map

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ONU College of Pharmacy Gets Grant to Create Mobile Health Clinic

05/18/15     4:05 p.m.

Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy is working to start a mobile health clinic to serve rural residents of Hardin County.

ONU received a three-year grant totalling about $573,000 from the Health Resources and Service Administration to start the clinic. It will be staffed with faculty and students from ONU and other health care specialists. The clinic will travel to churches, schools and other community gatherings a few times each week.

The goals of the community clinic are to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and connect patients to primary medical care when possible. The clinic is expected to be in operation by fall 2015.

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Findlay Man Pleads No Contest to Sexual Battery Charge

05/18/15     4:02 p.m.

A Findlay man pleaded no contest to sexual battery in Hancock County Common Pleas court this morning. 32-year-old Alberto Garcia was originally indicted on a rape charge for an incident from last December.

Judge Reginald Routson sentenced him to 30 months in prison, with credit for 163 days served, and five years community control.

Routson said that because Garcia is not a U.S. citizen, he could face deportation, exclusion from the U.S. or denial from the naturalization process.

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Boil Advisory Issued for Parts of Longmeadow Lane and Lonetree Drive

05/18/15     12:25 p.m.

A boil water advisory has been issued for parts of Longmeadow Lane and Lonetree Drive in Findlay. A release from the City says the 800 block of Longmeadow and the 2000 block of Lonetree are under the advisory due to water main repair work.

On Longmeadow Lane: 817, 821, 824, 825, 828, 829, 833, 837, 838, 841, 842, 843

On Lonetree Drive: 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2029

That alert is in effect until further notice.

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Highway Patrols Starting Week-Long Seat Belt Enforcement Blitz

05/18/15     12:15 p.m.

Six state law enforcement divisions are joining a week-long seat belt enforcement blitz. Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana State Police and State Highway Patrols are teaming up now through Memorial Day to catch people not wearing seat belts while traveling.

In 2014, 450 people died in crashes on Ohio roadways while not wearing a seat belt, about 60 percent of all traffic deaths.

Ohio Patrol Superintendent Colonel Paul Pride said wearing a seat belt is a nearly effortless way to stay safe on the road and “all motorists should buckle up every trip, every time.”

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Area Gas Prices Continue Up-And-Down Routine

5/18/15 – 8:57 A.M.

Gas prices continue to follow an up-and-down pattern. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is around $2.48 in Findlay today. That’s up nine cents from last Monday, but down 21 cents from last Wednesday.

Ottawa drivers reported prices around $2.59 a gallon this morning.

Around the state, the average price is $2.60 a gallon. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down three cents from the highest prices we saw last week.

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More Road Work Slated For The Area This Week

5/18/15 – 8:49 A.M.

There’s just one new road project for you to look out for this week in Hancock County. State Route 15 northbound has been reduced to one lane just east of the U.S. 68 interchange. A repair project in that area is expected to last through July.

In Putnam County State Route 190 between U.S. 224 and State Route 634 will be reduced to one lane for pavement repair. Restrictions will also be in place on State Route 115 near County Road L, and on Route 115 between State Routes 695 and 15.

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Two Injured In Sunday Crash In Findlay

5/18/15 – 8:39 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people in Findlay Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened near the intersection of West Trenton and Broad Avenues around 11:15 a.m.

49-year-old David Otte of Findlay was westbound on Trenton when a car driven by an unnamed female juvenile pulled in front of him from Broad. Both Otte and the juvenile girl were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed yet but the girl will likely be cited for failing to yield.

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Two Findlay Residents Facing Drug Trafficking Charges

5/18/15 – 7:33 A.M.

Two Findlay residents are facing drug charges. 41-year-old Eugene Porter is charged with three counts of trafficking in cocaine. 49-year-old Sharon Blasius faces two counts of trafficking in drugs. The indictments against the two were made public recently after a secret indictment was unsealed.

Porter is accused of selling less than five grams of cocaine on August 20 and October 11 of 2006. He also allegedly sold between one and five grams of cocaine on November 11 of the same year.

Blasius is accused of selling a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders on January 28 and February 18 of last year.

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Columbus Grove Expected To Be Water District Petitioner

5/18/15 – 7:21 A.M.

It looks like Columbus Grove will be on board when petitions are filed for the proposed Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the matter was talked about during last week’s village council meeting. Members of the water and sewer district were on hand to answer council member’s questions.

Even if the village is a petitioner for the district, they aren’t required to join if it is formed.

Mayor Ken Wright expressed concerns that joining the district would kill the incentive for new industry to be annexed into the village to use the existing water system. County Commissioner John Love said the having the district would make it easier to get grants to deal with EPA compliance on a continuing basis.

The petition could be ready to file by July 1.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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