Review Category : Local News

Allen County Woman Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

9/25/14 – 5:15 A.M.

An Allen County woman has pleaded guilty to 30 sex crimes involving a child. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Tina Hill now faces up to 234 years in prison when she is sentenced. Hill pleaded guilty to rape, complicity to rape, and six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor among other charges. 26 other counts were dropped as part of the plea deal.

An assistant Allen County prosecutor tells the newspaper the crimes took place between January and July of 2013.

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Senator Brown To Stop in Carey Tomorrow

9/25/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Senator Sherrod Brown will be in Carey tomorrow afternoon. The Ohio Democrat will be talking about a recently passed jobs bill at Continental Structural Plastics.

Brown will meet with workers at the plant, and also talk about a bill he is co-sponsoring with Senator Roy Blount of Missouri. If passed, the legislation would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. The goal of the plan would be to bring businesses, higher education, and government agencies together to ramp up manufacturing innovation.

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Man Accuses Fostoria Officer Of Misconduct After He Is Arrested

9/25/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A man allegedly found stealing metal from a railroad company in Fostoria Monday night is accusing a police officer of misconduct. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the Review Times the claim was vague, and the man didn’t identify the officer by name. Loreno added, “We’re trying to determine exactly what the individual is accusing the officer of.” He also said it’s not uncommon for someone who is being arrested to accuse an officer of improper conduct.

A police report says 50-year-old Mark Barnett and 57-year-old Craig Zink were taken into custody after they were seen throwing items off of a train into a vehicle.

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Fostoria Arson Suspect Has Trial Date Set

9/25/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Fostoria man who allegedly help set a fatal house fire on Memorial Day is maintaining his innocence. The Courier reports 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer will stand trial October 27. His two co-defendants, Shey Weiker and Timothy Hall, have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Schaeffer is accused of showing Weiker how to use the railroad flare that was used to start the fire. During a brief court hearing Wednesday, Schaeffer’s lawyer said, “We are not accepting anything because my client has said from the beginning that he didn’t do it.”

The blaze killed Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. It also seriously injured Dana Weatherall.

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Findlay Will Spend Big Money For Road Salt This Winter

9/25/14 – 4:44 A.M.

Findlay could pay a hefty price for road salt this winter. The Courier reports the city will pay the state $105.25 per ton of road salt. Last winter the city paid $38 per ton. ODOT officials say Findlay could have saved money in May by buying salt at a rate of $56.50 a ton. However, Findlay’s public works supervisor Matt Stoffel says the city never got that notification.

Road salt prices have skyrocketed as salt companies try and replenish their supplies after this year’s harsh winter.

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Findlay Airport has Large Economic Impact with Room for Improvement

09/24/14     8:50 p.m.

In the state of Ohio there are 104 airports that generate over $13 billion in economic activity as well as supply over 120,000 jobs. The valuation of the Ohio airport system is $5.2 billion. An ongoing ODOT study analyzed each of these airports as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Officials from ODOT and the FAA presented the preliminary findings from the study at the Findlay Inn this afternoon.

For the Findlay Airport, the numbers are still impressive but on a smaller scale.

Findlay’s airport has a total of 28 jobs between airport management, operators, vendors and government personnel. But those 28 people generate almost $11 million in economic activity directly from the airport. If you include construction and visitor jobs as well as airport service and suppliers, the total economic impact comes to just under $20 million and 91 jobs.

As part of ODOT’s study, they analyzed the condition of the airport and made recommendations based on benchmarks. The biggest recommendation was repaving the 6,500 feet of runway, which would cost about $11.3 million.

A smaller recommendation was based on the Runway Protection Zone, or the area around the runway meant to keep people and property safe. At the Findlay airport, only 50 percent of the RPZ is owned and controlled by the airport posing a risk if an aircraft were too overshoot or veer off the runway.

ODOT estimates aquiring the other 50 percent of the land within the RPZ would cost about $500,000 bringing the total recommendations from the study to just under $12 million.

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Bridge Hospice Volunteer Named Hospice Volunteer of the Year

09/24/14     4:48 p.m.

Les Tesnow, a volunteer at Bridge Hospice, has been named Hospice Volunteer of the Year by the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice.

Tesnow began volunteering with Bridge in 1996. He has performed administrative duties, served as a home visitor and assembled wheelchair ramps. Tesnow also works with the Bridge Hospice Gift of Dreams program, which grants last wishes to individuals and families.

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Teen Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges in Connection with May Shooting

09/24/14     1:25 p.m.

Dallas Salaz, who was charged in connection to the late-May shooting death of a 20-year-old Jannelle Mauricio of Fostoria, pleaded guilty to several felony charges Wednesday morning.

The 19-year-old withdrew his former plea of not guilty and accepted a plea agreement to charges of complicity to aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and complicity to murder.

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University of Findlay to Launch New Sonography Programs

09/24/14     10:58 a.m.

Less than a week from now the University of Findlay will launch new programs in the medical sciences. UF will debut its sonography programs at its refurbished facility at the Diagnostic Services Department.

The programs will kick-off with an open house Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. A ribbon cutting will be followed by tours, equipment demonstrations and explanations of the programs, which will be offered to students beginning in January.

The new facility is located at 401 Trenton Ave. in Findlay.

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Findlay Council Members Focus on City Services/Infrastructure Instead of Non-Profits

09/24/14   10:45 a.m.

Findlay’s sixth ward councilman Andy Douglas said he’s long been a supporter of local non-profit organizations. But as a councilman, he doesn’t believe it’s the city’s job to do their fundraising.

Audio: Andy Douglas

For this reason, Douglas was one of the many council members who spoke out against allocating any bed tax dollars to non-profits. Douglas said he believes since the bed tax revenue is required by law to go into the city’s general fund, it should only be used for infrastructure and safety services.

Audio: Andy Douglas

Douglas said he believes it’s not the non-profits who create the majority of bed tax revenue either. He believes corporations, who bring people to hotels on a daily basis, produce the majority of that revenue whereas non-profits may only have an event every so often.

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