Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Couple Dies Hours Apart After Being Married 69 Years

01/07/15     4:58 p.m.

A Fostoria couple died just hours apart on Dec. 27 at Birchaven Village in Findlay after being married for 69 years.

Gene and Patricia Warrington were married Feb. 19, 1945 as teenagers and passed away at ages 88 and 86. Their son Phil Warrington told the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune his father pulled out his own intravenous tubes after visiting his wife Dec. 26 and realizing she was critically ill.

Gene told his son, “…it wouldn’t be fun without her.” Gene and Patricia’s obituaries were in Wednesday’s edition of the Courier. A joint memorial service for the couple will be held in March.

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Flu Causing Several Findlay and Hancock County Residents to be Hospitalized

01/07/15     4:00 p.m.

The flu continues to send Findlay and Hancock County residents to the hospital. So far this season, the Hancock County Health Department has 16 reported hospitalizations and the Findlay Health Department reported an additional 14.

Leanna McGuire, nursing director at the Hancock County Health Department, said last year the county did not have any reported hospitalizations due to the flu while the city only had seven.

This season a new strand of Influenza A vaccines do not protect against is to blame. McGuire said to be sure to sanitize surfaces in your home and office and wash your hands frequently to fight off germs. She also suggests getting a flu vaccine, because in her eyes some protection is better than none.

McGuire said a conference call with the state health department said flu numbers are beginning to level off so they are hopeful the number of hospitalizations will soon decline as well.

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Shooting in Departure Area Puts Columbus Airport on High Alert

01/07/15     3:30 p.m.

Port Columbus International Airport remains on high alert following a shooting at the airport.

10TV in Columbus reports one man was shot and killed by police officers just before 1 p.m. The man was reportedly involved in a confrontation with a tow truck driver outside of the airport’s departure area. Officers were called to the scene and following a confrontation with authorities, police open fired on the man. No officers were hurt.

Port Columbus was briefly shut down following the shooting, but air traffic has been reopened. The Columbus Police Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the incident.

More – 10TV Columbus

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Load Control May Affect Hancock-Wood Electric Customers Thursday

01/07/15     1:55 p.m.

Hancock-Wood Electric Co-Operative says it expects to conduct load control measures on members during peak demand times Thursday. Load control switches on heat pumps, geothermal units and water heaters may be activated across the state between 6 and 9 a.m. to keep rates steady for customers.

Users are encouraged to cut back on usage of high-energy appliances like washers and dryers, dishwashers and hair dryers

If the switches are activated it will affect all 10 districts in the Hancock-Wood service area located in portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Hardin, Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

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Despite Rumors, LB High School Has Heat Today (Sort Of)

1/7/15 – 9:27 A.M.

An issue with a heating system has things a little chilly at Liberty-Benton High School today. However, despite what social media rumors have claimed, Principal Brenda Frankart says the building is not without heat. The issue is that some classrooms are not heating up to their normal temperature.

Frankart says some of the classrooms are in the 50-degree range. Students are allowed to wear their coats to class as a result. Frankart reminds students and parents its a good idea to wear layers to school when it’s cold out.

An HVAC technician is looking into the issue.

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Jail Escapee Sentenced In Wood County

1/7/15 – 7:14 A.M.

A man who escaped a jail near Bowling Green was sentenced this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 25-year-old Jhon Rosado will spend more than three-and-a-half years in prison. Rosado was able to flee the Northwest Community Corrections Center on September 17 after he jumped over a fence.

He was discovered in Bowling Green the next night at his girlfriend’s home. Rosado was already in the correctional facility as part of his sentence on a domestic violence charge involving the same woman.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Fostoria Man Sentenced For Attacking Police Officer

1/7/15 – 5:26 A.M.

A Fostoria man has admitted to attacking a police officer. The Review-Times reports 45-year-old Peter Goldsmith was recently sentenced to two years of community control for the July incident. Goldsmith had been charged with assault in the case.

The attack happened on July 19 at the Fostoria jail. Goldsmith had been arrested following a fight, and used his knee to hit Officer Brett Bethel while at the lock-up.

MORE: Review Times

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Former Fostoria Official Beats Cancer, Re-Enters Political Fray

1/7/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A former Fostoria city official is attempting to make a comeback. The Courier reports former council clerk David Clark is going to run for city council president. It’s not just a political comeback for Clark, but a comeback from cancer.

Clark stepped down from his former post in July so he could fight the disease. Now, with a clean bill of health, he intends to re-enter the political arena.

Clark will be pitted against current council president Douglas Pahl. Despite that, Clark calls Pahl his longtime friend.

MORE: The Courier

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North Baltimore Considers EMS Funding Options

1/7/15 – 5:08 A.M.

North Baltimore residents could be asked to help pay for staffing the emergency medical service squad. The Courier reports the village council is considering putting a levy on the May ballot to fund the operation. North Baltimore began transitioning from a volunteer squad to a paid staff in 2014. The goal was to provide quicker help to area residents.

Village Administrator Donna Dettling presented council members with a worksheet explaining various funding methods at Tuesday’s meeting. A special meeting on the subject will be held on January 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Voters Will See Two Renewal Levies In May

1/7/15 – 5:00 A.M.

Hancock County voters will see two renewal levies on the May ballot. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and Blanchard Valley Center are both approaching residents with five-year operating levies.

The library operating levy is for one-half of one-mill. It brings in around $725,000 a year. It was first approved in 2010.

The BVC’s 1.9-mill operating levy generates around $2.3 million a year. Voters first approved the levy in 2005.

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