Review Category : Local News

Gas Fumes In Fostoria Traced Back To Leaky Truck

2/9/15 – 6:41 A.M.

Gas fumes caused concern for some Fostoria residents Sunday night. The Review-Times reports people living along Fremont and North Countyline Streets noticed the smell and contacted the fire department. An investigation led firefighters to a truck leaking gasoline in the area.

The driver of the truck had pulled over to examine the cause of the leak. The gas mixed with melting snow and drained into the city’s sewer lines. The street department poured sand over the area where gas had spilled to stop the leak.

It’s not known how much gas leaked into the sewer before the problem was discovered.

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Leipsic Village Council Looks At Water Treatment Options

2/9/15 – 5:29 A.M.

Leispic’s water was a big topic of conversation at last week’s village council meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village is working to deal with new Ohio EPA regulations regarding trihalomethanes. The compound is common when chlorine is used to treat water. Leipsic’s water also contains bromide, with contributes to the amount of trihalomethanes.

Water Superintendent Eric Steingass told council a pilot study on how to deal with the issue could cost around $43,000. If the study shows a pretreatment system for the village’s water would be effective, then they would have to talk about construction. That could cost between $500,000 and $750,000.

Leipsic gets its water from six underground wells.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Monday Interview: Save Our Neighborhoods

02/09/15     5:30 a.m.

The Hancock County ADAMHS Board has dealt with strong criticism following a January meeting about a proposed addiction recovery home at 1900 Greendale Ave. in Findlay.

The ADAMHS Board will be holding a public forum tonight. Though the structure of the forum will be different from that of last month’s meeting, there will be plenty of opposition at this meeting as well.

Tom Drake is a resident of the neighborhood as well as a local attorney. Drake is the spokesperson for the “Save Our Neighborhoods!” group who has organized in resistance of the home. He said now is the time for residents to take a stand.

Audio: Tom Drake

The City of Findlay’s zoning code defines a boarding house as, “A building other than a motel or hotel with three (3) or more guest rooms used as permanent (more than four (4) weeks) lodging for compensation.” The code does not define a group home, but says each resident of a group home must have their own bedroom.

According to Drake, what the ADAMHS Board is planning fits the definition of a boarding home more accurately based on the zoning code.

Audio: Tom Drake

Drake said the group’s position is straightforward. They are not opposed to recovery homes in Findlay, they just don’t belong in single-family neighborhoods as the residents of the home are not a single family.

Audio: Tom Drake

As far as a solution, Drake it is simple. The group believes the city should step in and tell ADAMHS they may not have a boarding house in a single-family neighborhood. Either that or the board should realize they made a mistake on their own and relocate to a neighborhood where this type of home would be zoned appropriately.

According to Drake “Save Our Neighborhoods!” has given the board more than a month to realize their mistake and find a solution. He said after his meeting with them on three separate occassions, they have given no intention of relocating. The group would like a decision by ADAMHS’ Feb. 24 board meeting. Should ADAMHS decide against relocation Drake said the group is considering options, one of which is legal action.

Recovery Housing Program Agreement and Rules

Recovery Housing Application

Recovery Residences FAQ

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Chimney Fire Causes Minor Damage To Hancock County Home

2/9/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A Hancock County home suffered minor damage following a chimney fire over the weekend. Allen and Washington Township firefighters were called to 12320 Allen Township Road 109 around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The fire caused some light smoke damage to the home. Damage to the house was under $500. The fire was under control in under 45 minutes.

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Oil Strike Hit Marathon Facilities, Toledo BP Plant

2/9/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The first nationwide oil strike in 35 years is affecting Marathon refineries and has spread to other refineries in our region. The Courier reports workers in 11 refineries are participating in the strike, which began last week. Workers at Marathon facilities in Texas City, Texas and Catlettsburg, Kentucky walked off the job when the strike began.

Over the weekend workers left their posts at the BP refinery in Toledo, as well as a BP refinery in Indiana. A BP spokesperson said the company will continue to operate with replacement workers.

The United Steelworkers represents around 30,000 refinery workers in the nation. The strike started on February 1 after negotiations with the Shell Oil Company broke down. Shell is serving as the lead company for the negotiations. Any agreement made by Shell would then be used as a template for other companies.

The USW says workers are looking for safety improvements, better health care benefits, and limits on the use of contractors to replace union members in maintenance jobs. Wages have not been mentioned as an issue.

MORE: The Courier

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Cancer Patient Services Planning 17th Chili Cookoff Feb. 14

02/06/15     2:58 p.m.

The 17th annual Cancer Patient Services Chili Cookoff is coming up on Valentine’s Day. There are 25 different chilis to try and vote on this year. While the event is fun for the whole family, the proceeds all go to a good cause.

Audio: Carol Metzger

There are no income requirements to benefit from CPS, other than to have a diagnosis and live in Hancock County.

Audio: Carol Metzger

Twenty-five teams will serve chili in hopes of winning people’s choice, judge’s choice or best booth awards. In addition to 625 gallons of chili available, there is also a kids zone, live and silent auctions and Coldstone Creamery for when you’re warmed up.

Pre-sale tickets are available at a number of local business:

Cancer Patient Services office, Coffee Amici, Readmore, Hancock Federal Credit Union (East Melrose and Trenton locations), Millstream Credit Union, Impact Credit Union (Allen Twp. 100 and State Route 12 locations), First Federal Bank (South Main, North Main and Patriot Dr. locations), Commercial Savings Bank, Main Street Deli, Advanced Drainage System (Olive Street location)

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Recovery Home Public Forum Set for Monday Night

02/06/15     2:08 p.m.

The highly anticipated addiction recovery home public forum will be held Monday at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Larry Kreps from the Findlay Ministerial Association is helping host the meeting. With the help of a professional facilitator, Kreps said this meeting will be very different from the last.

Audio: Larry Kreps

ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby said they don’t have any set expectation for the meeting. She said the board is just looking for specific concerns they can address in regard to the home.

Audio: Precia Stuby

The meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus. With the help of Steve Cady, Organizational Development Professor at BGSU, attendees will be divided into small groups to discuss their concerns. Host group Findlay Ministerial Association will then collect the feedback and give it to the ADAMHS Board for further consideration.

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No One Injured In Upper Sandusky Fire

2/6/15 – 7:27 A.M.

Fire damaged a house and two condos in Upper Sandusky Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to 723 Chesnut Drive around 5:20 a.m. The flames spread from the kitchen and living room of the home to condominiums next door at 725 and 727 Chesnut Drive.

Nobody was injured in the blaze. The cause remains unknown, but it’s believed an electrical problem may have sparked the flames. No damage estimate was available.


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Drug Raids Conducted In Fostoria

2/6/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Three Fostoria homes were raided as part of a drug sweep this week. WNWO Toledo reports that Seneca County Drug Task Force- METRICH Enforcement Unit officers executed search warrants on Tuesday and Wednesday. Drugs and other items were taken from 711 Berkshire Drive, 145 East Tiffin Street, and 203 Independence Avenue.

The searches turned up marijuana, suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin residue, cash, and criminal tools.

Charges are pending in the case.


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Thursday Crash Kills Fostoria Man

2/6/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A Fostoria man was killed in a crash near Fremont Thursday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 53 just before 9 a.m.

27-year-old Paul Taylor was driving north on the highway when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and went left of center, into the path of a semi driven by a Toledo man. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his SUV, 51-year-old David Hughes of Fostoria, was taken to Toledo Hospital by medical helicopter.

The driver of the semi, 64-year-old Robert King, was taken to Fremont Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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