Review Category : Local News

Pandora Must Continue To Monitor For Phosphorus Levels

5/9/16 – 7:45 A.M.

The village of Pandora will continue to be required to monitor for phosphorus levels in its lagoon system. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council was informed at a recent meeting that the Ohio EPA expects Pandora to continue to monitor the levels. That’s despite a request from officials to remove the requirement.

Mayor John Schlumbohm told the EPA the lagoon system at the sewage treatment plant is effective but was never intended to remove phosphorus. He also argued that other villages with similar systems are not requited to test for phosphorus. He has suggested a possible aeration system for the treatment plant.

In 2009, Pandora switched from a continuous discharge system from the lagoons to a controlled release system. Ferric chloride is added to water in the lagoon to reduce phosphorus going into the watershed.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Upper Sandusky Woman Injured In Findlay Crash

5/9/16 – 7:10 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky woman was injured in a crash in Findlay Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 64-year-old Susan Harbour was trying to turn left from Bright Road onto Tiffin Avenue around 5:30 p.m. when she was hit by an eastbound car driven by 83-year-old Harold Long of Findlay. Police say Long ran a red light, causing the collision.

Harbour was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a possible head injury. Long was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the crash. He was also cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

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Leipsic Man Injured In Crash Near McComb

5/9/16 – 6:55 A.M.

A Sunday night crash in Hancock County injured a Leipsic man. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year-old Samuel Santana was driving on State Route 613 east of Pleasant Township Road 123 when he went off the road and hit two signs and a utility pole.

Santana was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Gas Prices Down To Begin The Week

5/9/16 – 6:46 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start a new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.16 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 15 cents from last Monday. Prices are only six cents higher than they were one month ago.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.15 a gallon today. That’s in line with the state average, which is also $2.15 for a gallon of regular. That’s a 14 cent drop over the last seven days.

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Busy Week Ahead For Findlay Street Crews

5/9/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Findlay road crews will be busy this week. Several projects are on the schedule, which means there will be closures at times. Blanchard Street will be closed to all traffic between Walnut Street and McConnell Street today between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. A new storm line is being installed in the area.

Osborne Street will be closed to all traffic between Sandusky Street and East Main Cross starting today. A new gas line is being installed in that area, meaning the road will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through May 27.

Curb replacement is also taking place this week on Marilyn Drive, Lilac Lane, Goldenrod Lane, Orchard Lane, Elm Street, and Coventry Drive. You’re asked to avoid the areas if possible.

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Plenty Of Road Work On Area Highways This Week

5/9/16 – 5:15 A.M.

A switch in traffic could reduce parts of I-75 to one lane in Hancock and Wood Counties this week. ODOT reports traffic could be restricted between Hancock County Road 99 and State Route 18 in both directions either Wednesday or Thursday. The lane restrictions would take place in the overnight hours. The work is weather permitting.

Other spots to look for road work this week include State Route 103 between Arlington and the Wyandot County line, State Route 37 between Findlay and the Hardin County line, and U.S. 224 between Findlay and the Seneca County line. Berm work could cause some delays in those areas.

In Putnam County, pavement repair will take place on State Route 694 between State Route 114 and State Route 115, State Route 696 from the Allen County line to State Route 12, and State Route 109 from State Route 613 to the Henry County line.

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Ottawa Man Shoots Himself Following Police Standoff

5/9/16 – 5:02 A.M.

An Ottawa man was hospitalized following a standoff with police early Saturday morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports officers were called about a man with a gun at 6707 U.S. 224 around 3:35 a.m. Saturday. They found 25-year-old Matthew Mullins barricaded inside the home with a gun. Officers attempted to negotiate with Mullins for around two hours before Mullins turned the gun on himself.

Mullins was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment. He was listed in critical condition over the weekend.

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Several Arrested Following Armed Robbery On East Lincoln Street

5/9/16 – 4:52 A.M.

A Findlay teenager is facing an armed robbery charge following a weekend incident. The Findlay Police Department reports 19-year-old David Adams was arrested early Sunday morning following a fight in the 300 block of East Lincoln Street. The victims of the incident say they were robbed of $45 at gunpoint and also beaten with a baseball bat.

Officers were called to the area for the report of a fight around 12:45 a.m. No one was located at the time, but the victims then called the police from the hospital. Adams was then found walking along East Lincoln along with several juvenile boys. The juveniles were also arrested and are facing charges.

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Monday Interview – Where Are The Honeybees?

5/9/2016 – 4:00 am

Honeybees can be many things to people. To some, like beekeepers they can be a source of income. And to others, they may be a pest. But honeybees, like many insects that pollinate plants serve a purpose that extends beyond what humans can see. Denise Ellsworth, an Educator with the Ohio State University Bee Lab says that over the past few years scientists have noticed a reduction in bee populations in Ohio.

Audio: Denise Ellsworth

Ellsworth says that the losses, particularly in Ohio have been slowly increasing. As to what might be contributing to the reduction in honeybee populations, Ellsworth notes that there is no one root cause as to why the populations are decreasing but there are some significant leads.

Audio: Denise Ellsworth

Honeybees play a significant role in the growth of plants as they pollinate all kinds of plants, from gardens and even agricultural crops. Ellsworth noted that there were some things that people can do to eliminate outside factors and encourage growth of honeybee populations.

Audio: Denise Ellsworth

The Ohio State University Bee Lab continues to do research into the behavior of honeybees and the causes of decreasing populations. Visit their website for more information on the research. To hear the complete interview with Denise Ellsworth, visit our Soundcloud Page below.

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Plans For Ottawa Diversion Channel Near Completion

5/6/16 – 9:07 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District was given an update on flood mitigation efforts for the Lower Blanchard River Friday morning. Project Manager Steve Wilson told the group the “90%” drawings for a diversion channel are almost finished.  He hopes to be able to present them at a meeting next week in Ottawa.

That meeting will take place at the Putnam County Educational Service Center at 8 a.m. on May 11.

Conservancy Director Clark Lynn Army says meetings have been held with land owners near where the channel is proposed. Negotiations to buy land won’t happen unless the project is approved.

Once plans for a diversion channel are finalized a cost/benefit ratio will be established. Following that a decision on whether to move forward will be made.

No action was taken on any issues regarding to the Blanchard River in Hancock County.

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