Review Category : Local News

Three Teens Injured In Three Car Crash West Of Findlay

8/1/14 – 5:19 A.M.

Three teenagers were hurt in a three-car crash east of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened around 4 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 224 and Township Road 237.

Investigators say 16-year-old Kendra Konecny of Findlay turned her car from Road 237 onto U.S. 224. She then slowed down to make a left hand turn. As she did, a pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Alexander McKee of Findlay slowed down to stop behind the first car. A third car driven by 17-year-old Saffron Florea of Tiffin failed to stop, causing a chain reaction crash.

Florea and her passenger, 16-year-old Olivia Fenton of Findlay, were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Konecny was also hospitalized. McKee avoided injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Missing Putnam County Teen Found Safe

8/1/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A missing Putnam County teenager has been found, and is safe. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported around 6:45 p.m. Thursday that Brittany Cross had been located and was speaking with investigators.

Cross had gone missing Tuesday night. Investigators say an unknown man picked her up at her home.

No other details have been released.

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Army Corps Unable To Provide Simplified Data For Information Request

8/1/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Getting information about flood control studies from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proving to be difficult. The Courier reports the Corps responded to a request to provide simplified, uncoded documents by saying they don’t have anything like that.

Last July, the Courier requested an itemized list of expenses for the Blanchard River flood study. The Corps responded this January. The agency sent a 64-page document that itemized everything by code.

That made it impossible to accurately report on the expenses. In April, the newspaper asked for a simplified version of the document. The response received yesterday said no such uncoded documents are maintained.

Corps public affairs specialist Andrew Kornacki did offer to work with the newspaper to try and answer questions about the documents.

MORE: The Courier

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Accident on Southbound I-75 Halts Traffic

7/31/14   1:40 p.m.

An accident on I-75 has the right lane shut down and traffic almost at a standstill in Wood County.

According to the Ohio Deptartment of Transportation the accident occured around 12:30 p.m. just south of US-6 near mile marker 177.

There is no expected time for re-opening yet.

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Children’s Mentoring Connection Seeking 40 Volunteers to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

7/31/14   12:55 p.m.

In October the Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County will celebrate its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this, they are hoping to recruite 40 new volunteers for the program.

Executive director Jennifer Swartzlander told Chris Oaks on Good Mornings that volunteer numbers have decreased but the need has not.

Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander

Becky Baratta, case manager at CMC, said the times slots have been adjusted in hopes that more people will be able to volunteer.

Audio: Becky Baratta

Volunteer opportunities are available at Jacobs Primary, Bigelow Hill Intermediate and Glenwood Middle Schools in Findlay as well as Cory-Rawson at various times of day. To volunteer, call CMC at 419-424-9752 to get an application as soon as possible to be ready for the start of the school year.

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Methane Gas Extraction At Hancock County Landfill Helps Shrink Trash Mound

7/31/14 – 12:19 P.M.

The Hancock County landfill is shrinking; in a manner of speaking. Assistant landfill manager Don Moses told the Hancock County Commissioners today that methane gas extraction helps compact the trash mound at the facility…

Audio: Don Moses

Moses says new methane wells were added about a month ago, and the trash mound near the wells has shrunk already. He added the methane extraction helps extend the life of the landfill.

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Fugitive From Pennsylvania Arrested In Wood County

7/31/14 – 12:08 P.M.

The suspect in a violent crime in Pennsylvania was arrested in Wood County recently. The Pittsburgh Tribune reports the State Patrol took 35-year-old Jerrod Burford into custody near Bowling Green Sunday night.

Authorities say Burford was invloved in a shooting incident in a McKeesport, Pennsylvania, early Sunday morning.

The newspaper reports Burford waived his extradition hearing.

He’s charged with conpiracy to commit homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.

MORE: Pittsburgh Tribune

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Gas Monitoring More Important Now Than Ever

7/31/14  11:13 a.m.

In the winter, carbon monoxide is a popular topic with generators running and affecting homes. But year-round, gases such as carbon monoxide affect the workplace, especially industrial.

Rick Hoffman, a retired fire captain and current instructor at the University of Findlay’s All Hazard Training Center, will present on the importance of industrial gas monitoring at the Findlay County Club August 7. Hoffman said monitoring is important for everyones’ safety.

Audio: Rick Hoffman

Hoffman said with industrial changes it’s more important now than ever to understand monitoring air quality.

Audio: Rick Hoffman

To register for the presentation, call the Findlay Hancock Chamber at 419-422-3313 or visit

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Marathon Petroleum Reports Increased Earnings In Second Quarter

7/31/14 – 7:25 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is reporting a solid second quarter. The company’s second-quarter earnings report was released this morning, and shows earnings of $855 million. That’s compared to $593 million during the second-quarter of 2013. One big reason for the increase is because the company paid $55 million less for pretax pension settlement expenses.

Income from the refining and marketing segment of Marathon reached more than $1.2 billion last quarter. During the second-quarter of last year that number was $903 million. The company says the increase was due to “more favorable net product price realizations.”

Income from Speedway was $94 million. That’s down from $123 million for the same time last year. That’s despite merchandise sales being higher for the same time frame. The company says Speedway had a lower gross margin on gas, plus higher operating expenses as a result of adding new stores.

MORE: Marathon Earnings Report

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