Review Category : Local News

Findlay Stabbing Remains Under Investigation

3/13/17 – 5:08 A.M.

Authorities continue to look into a Sunday morning stabbing in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports a resident called officers to an area near the intersection of Liberty and West Front streets around 5 a.m. Officers located a man in that area with a stab wound to his left torso. An EMS crew took the victim to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Authorities have not publicly identified the victim.

Police say the injury was “serious but non-life-threatening.” Investigators have talked to “persons of interest” in the case.

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Findlay Police Investigating Sunday Night Armed Robbery

3/13/17 – 4:57 A.M.

Findlay police are investigating a Sunday night armed robbery. Two employees of the Dollar Tree at 2641 North Main Street say they were closing the store around 8:15 p.m. when a masked man approached them in the parking lot. The man showed the women a gun and demanded money.

The victims handed over cash and the suspect ran away to the east on Harrington Avenue. The employees weren’t injured.

The suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The robbery remains under investigation.

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Michael Padula Named Winner Of The Jeri Bjorling Distinguished Volunteer Award

03/10/17 – 5:13 P.M.

The United Way of Hancock County has announced the recipient of the Jeri Bjorling Distinguished Volunteer Award. This year’s recipient is Michael Padula. He was selected due to his ongoing volunteer activities for the United Way and many other organizations.

Padula will be honored at the United Way of Hancock County annual meeting April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event is open to the public for $30 a person. You can register by calling 419-4223-1432 or online at

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I-75 North Reduced To One Lane Near Beaverdam Monday

03/10/17 – 4:55 P.M.

I-75 will be down to one northbound lane at U.S. 30 on Monday. ODOT reports that the interstate will be restricted during a cleanup of a diesel spill. The restriction will be in place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. near Beaverdam. The work is expected to take just one day.

You can call 419-999-6803 if you have any questions.

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Pancake Day Tomorrow Findlay High School

03/10/17 – 3:42 P.M.

The Kiwanis Club of Findlay’s 59th Annual Pancake Day is tomorrow at the Findlay High School Cafeteria. The event will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. The tickets gain you access to all you can eat pancakes and sausage.

There will be a Kids Zone featuring face painting, games, and a pancake decorating contest. There is also an aisle of silent auction items open for bidding until noon.

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Volunteers Raising Money For Fostoria Woman Who Needs Lung Transplant

03/10/17 – 3:21 P.M.

Volunteers in Fostoria are raising money for a Fostoria woman’s lung transplant. Kara King was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was born. Doctors at the University Hospitals Transplant Institute in Cleveland recommended the life-saving transplant.

The volunteers are working with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The goal is to raise $50,000 for King’s transplant and other related costs. If you’re interested in helping, contact community coordinator Stephanie Bradner at 419-619-2201.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Training To Catch More Impaired Drivers

03/10/17 – 2:12 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is adding a focus on OVI enforcement across the state. Findlay Post Lt. Matt Crow said that troopers are getting trained to spot more than just alcohol.

Matt Crow

Crow said that last year OVI violations played a major role in fatal accidents.

Matt Crow

According to Crow, OVI violations are not on the rise but troopers are catching more impaired drivers.

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Fire Destroys Home Near Forest

3/10/17 – 5:28 A.M.

Fire destroyed a home south ofForest earlier this week. Firefighters responded to a blaze at 17882 County Highway 76 just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Marseilles Fire Chief Steve Dickinson tells the Courier embers from an outdoor wood burner likely blew onto a wood pile, which then caught fire and spread to the house.

A mother and her two children were in the home when the fire started. They escaped safely. The Red Cross is assisting the family with things like food and clothing.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

3/10/17 – 5:16 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing several charges in a child pornography case. 32-year-old Ronald Hoke pleaded not guilty this week to 13 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Investigators say Hoke had 13 videos of children on his computer.

At the time of Hoke’s indictment, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle told the Courier the children ranged from infants to 15-years-old.

A hearing in the case is set for Tuesday at noon.

MORE: The Courier

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Buckland To Run For 83rd House District Seat

3/10/17 – 5:10 A.M.

Candidates are already lining up for a 2018 run for the 83rd Ohio House District seat. Cheryl Buckland announced her intentions to run for the position this week. Buckland is a Republican State Central Committee member from Findlay. In a statement, Buckland said “I’m running because I am a farm girl at heart and former small-business owner with political experience.” She added, “As a nurse it would be an honor to continue Robert Sprague’s leadership initiatives on the opiate crisis.”

Jon Cross is the president of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and Business Alliance and is also considering a run for the seat.

Robert Sprague current holds the position. He is running for state treasurer in 2018.

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