Review Category : Local News

Two Hurt In Tuesday Findlay Crash

4/22/15 – 5:33 A.M.

Two people were hospitalized following a two-car crash in Findlay Tuesday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash took place just before 9 a.m. in the 500 block of South Main Street.

59-year-old Kathleen Pahl was slowing down to let a car parallel park when she was hit from behind by a truck driven by 47-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Arlington. Pahl and a passenger, 83-year-old Dorothy Chaskel of Findlay were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

Wilhelm was not hurt. He was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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Candidate Profile: Tom Shindledecker for Findlay City Council-At-Large

04/22/15     5:30 a.m.

Tom Shindledecker is finishing up his first term as a Findlay councilman-at-large and is seeking re-election. We continue our candidate profile series with Shindledecker who said he is running because of unfinished business.

Audio: Tom Shindledecker

Between flood mitigation, seeing the health department merger through and downtown redevelopment, Shindledecker said there is plenty to work on. He said the progress that’s been made should be taken into consideration at the polls as well.

Audio: Tom Shindledecker

Shindledecker said the cooperation goes beyond council to include the city administration, Hancock County commissioners and more. It is that communication that Shindledecker said makes projects and progress possible.

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Fostoria Passes Ordinances To Fight Blight

4/22/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Fostoria City Council took aim at blighted properties during their Tuesday meeting. The Review-Times reports two ordinances regarding the issue were passed last night.

The first ordinance requires property owners in the city to register vacant buildings every 12 months to weed out abandoned buildings. The second measure requires residents to keep their lawns trimmed to help improve the look of the city.

The vacant buildings list is expected to help the city keep track of buildings that need torn down. Owners of structures that aren’t abandoned will have to keep tabs on their property or face fines. The responsibilities include maintaining lawns and securing buildings.

The lawn care ordinance states that grass and weeds can’t grow over a foot tall. Failure to mow means the city will do the work, and could assess the costs on a resident’s real estate taxes.

MORE: Review-Times

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Fire Destroys Barn Near New Riegel

4/22/15 – 5:09 A.M.

Four fire departments battled a barn fire near New Riegel last night. The blaze reportedly started around 10:30 p.m. at 7615 West Township Road 96. Farm equipment and livestock was lost in the fire.

No other details were immediately available.

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Lawyer Wants Media Blocked From Covering Teenager’s Robbery Case

4/22/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The lawyer for a 14-year-old charged with aggravated robbery wants the media blocked from covering the case. The Courier reports attorney Abigail Hefflinger filed paperwork this week. The filing claims the trial should be closed to “protect the nature of the juvenile court process and the rights of the alleged delinquent child.”

Hefflinger’s client, Isaiah Oliver, is accused of taking part in two robberies in Findlay on March 25. He allegedly used a knife to cut a 15-year-old boy in the abdomen in the Tiffin Avenue Kroger parking lot. A little later the teen and 21-year-old Joe Vera III of Arcadia allegedly tried to steal a car from the Tiffin Avenue Circle K.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Providing Dumpsters for Residents to Use for Free Saturday

04/21/15     11:00 p.m.

One of the complaints the City of Findlay often receives when dealing with owners who have junk on their property is lack of finances to get rid of it. In order to help with that, the city will be providing a number of dumpsters free to use for the day on Saturday.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the city will pay around $200 per dumpster to help those residents who can’t afford to get rid of waste otherwise. The dumpsters will be at 330 N. Cory Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For those wanting to get rid of yard clippings, branches or other green waste, the city’s Green Waste Site from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, or 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

If you have any questions, contact the mayor’s office at 424-7137.

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Board Asking Findlay City Council to Reconsider Water Shut Off Policy

04/21/15     10:15 p.m.

The Heartland Board of Realtors is asking the City of Findlay to reconsider its water shut off policy.

The city’s policy allows it to turn off the utility for residents who do not comply with the Neighborhood Enhancement and Abatement Team department standards. In a letter to council the board says though they support the efforts to keep a clean and safe community, they have concerns regarding property owners’ rights and the authority given to the city by the Ohio Revised Code.

The board asked the city to remove the rule, hold community meetings on the issue and clarify the logistics of the policy.

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Ohio Farmers Dedicated to Doing Their Part to Improve Water Quality

04/21/15     6:15 p.m.

Less than a year after the Toledo water crisis, two laws have been put into action to help the agriculture industry decrease any negative effects they may be having on water quality. Hancock County Farm Bureau President Gary Wilson said while they did come after the water crisis, this legislation has been in the works for some time.

Audio: Gary Wilson

Wilson said it may seem like farmers are the villains, but they are trying to be the best stewards of the land possible. He added that losing nutrients in runoff that causes the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie is wasted money for farmers who are trying to retain those in their soil. Wilson said the growing disconnect between farmers and the general public is driving those misconceptions.

Audio: Gary Wilson

The bills require licensure for fertilizer application as well as limit when certain fertilizer can and cannot be applied to fields. Wilson said this demonstrates the farm community’s willingness to adapt and continue their education on the issue.

So far, the Ohio Farm Bureau has committed $1 million to improving water quality. For more information on the action plan put in place for Ohio farmers, see farmersforwater.org.

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Army Corps Expected Backlash While Engaging Public for Flood Mitigation Plan

04/21/15     4:40 p.m.

Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers will be in Findlay Wednesday and Thursday this week gathering input on the draft of the flood mitigation project from county residents. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the Army Corps of Engineers spoke with WFIN’s Chris Oaks about the plan and what the public can expect at the presentation.

Audio: Karl Jansen

According to Jansen, the backlash received thus far was expected and is typical with any civil works projects. He said because the projects impact people on a personal level, engaging and meeting with the public is important to serving the citizens and finding that balance.

Jansen said the plan made public last week is not finalized but is getting close.

Audio: Karl Jansen

Jansen said currently the benefit-to-cost ratio is just over 1.2. Anything over 1 qualifies a viable project for the government, but to compete with other project the ratio should be about 2. That number will be improved during the coming phases to hopefully reach that benchmark by study completion next spring.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay High School. There will be a poster session followed by a presentation from the Corps. After the presentation, project team members will be taking written questions only from the public and answering them for attendees.

On Thursday, project team members meet with citizens  from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hancock County Engineer’s Office at 1900 Lima Ave.

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