Review Category : Local News

Robbery Suspects Arrested In Putnam County

12/17/13 – 5:13 A.M.

The suspects in a pair of robberies in western Ohio were found hiding in Putnam County Monday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports 34-year-old James Reynolds of Ft. Jennings and 49-year-old Trent Webster of Van Wert were suspected of robbing homes in Paulding and Van Wert Counties over a two month period.

Investigators say they were given information on where Reynolds and Webster could be found Monday. Deputies from Putnam, Paulding, and Van Wert Counties executed a search warrant at 25751 U.S. Route 224 in Ft. Jennings, finding the two men hiding in a small space in the home. They were arrested without incident.

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Findlay Man Sentenced For Fatal 2011 Motorcycle Crash

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12/17/13 – 5:04 A.M.

A Findlay man will spend four years in prison for a motorcycle crash that took the life of his passenger. The Courier reports 34-year-old Jeremy Albrecht pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence charges stemming from a June 18, 2011 crash that took the life of 32-year-old Angela Cook near Bairdstown.

Albrecht failed to stop for the stop sign at Leathers Road and skidded into a field, ejecting both himself and Cook. Neither of them was wearing a helmet.

MORE: The Courier

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School Budget Picture Looks Good Going Into Next School Year

12/16/13 8:35 p.m.
Findlay City Schools are beginning the budget process for the 2014-2015 school year. School treasurer Mike Barnhart explained the preliminary process..

Audio:  Mike Barnhart

Barnhart explained that the process is a legal requirement for the county auditor to demonstrate the need to collect taxes. Barnhart said the financial picture looks good going into next school year..

Audio:  Mike Barnhart

The figures are also based on the assumption that voters approve a 5.9 mill renewal levy in May which generates about $4.5 million a year.

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New Findlay City Council Sworn In

12/16/13 7:30 p.m.
The new Findlay City Council was sworn in Monday afternoon and is set to take over in January of 2014. Six new members and the five, incumbents, only three of which maintain their current seat, represent the most significant change in Findlay’s legislative body in recent memory including a new ward..

Audio:  Tom Shindledecker

New At-Large Councilman Tom Shindledecker sees restoring some eliminated positions in the city while carefully monitoring the budget situation and flooding as the major issues going into the new year. Andy Douglas, who will take over the Sixth Ward is eager to begin his term..

Audio:  Andy Douglas

Newcomers John Harrington, Tom Klein, Holly Frische (Frish’ ee), Tom Shindledecker, Andy Douglas and Grant Russel will join veterans Bob Nichols, Ron Monday, Randy Van Dyne and Anne Spence in January. Nichols will represent Findlay’s new Seventh Ward. Jim Slough will continue as Council President and Susan Hite was sworn in again as Findlay City Treasurer.

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Patrol Urges Drivers To Move Over, Slow Down For Emergency Vehicles

12/16/13 3:25 p.m.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers about giving emergency vehicles room if you see them along side of the road. Lt. Chris Kinn of the Findlay Post talked to us about, “Move Over, Slow Down – It’s the Law..

Audio:  Lt. Chris Kinn

Lt. Kinn says any vehicle with their four-ways on and parked on the berm should be given a lane and at the very least slow down because you never know what’s going on inside that vehicle. Lt. Kinn experienced a situation first hand as he was investigating a crash along I-75..

Audio:  Lt. Chris Kinn

Lt. Kinn did not return to uniformed duty for nine months after the accident. You are reminded to give emergency vehicles, ODOT workers, tow trucks or any vehicles with their four-ways on, at least a lane and slow down.

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Bridge Home Health & Hospice Ranked In Top 25 Percent

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Bridge Home Health and Hospice has been named a Top Agency of the 2013 HomeCare Elite. Bridge has been identified as ranking in the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies in the U.S. Winners are ranked by an analysis of quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance. This is the sixth consecutive year Bridge has been featured in this ranking. Bridge Home Health and Hospice is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System.

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Chopin Hall In Need Of Donations

12/16/13 – 12:13 P.M.

As we continue our look at area charities that can use extra donations this time of year, today we look at the needs of Chopin Hall. Director Marti Price says that in addition to food, they really would like to drive up toy donations…

Audio: Marti Price

One important distinction; while Chopin Hall is accepting gently used toys – Toys for Tots does not, so if you plan on donating that way you need to drop the items off at Chopin Hall’s office at 1800 N. Blanchard Street.

Price says winter coats and canned fruits are also in short supply right now. She adds demand has been up for Chopin Hall services…

Audio: Marti Price

Price says you can also volunteer your help if you’d like. For more information, call (419)422-6401.

Listen to the full interview from today’s WFINat10:

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Apartments Damaged By Fire In Forest

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12/16/13 – 5:32 A.M.

A Forest home was damaged by a fire late last week.  Kentontoday.com reports firefighters were called to an apartment complex at 612 Chesnut Street Friday morning.  There were no reports of any injuries, and a damage report was not available.

MORE: Kentontoday.com


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Holiday Enforcement Blitz Underway In Wood County

12/16/13 – 5:28 A.M.

If you saw more sheriff’s cruisers on the road in Wood County this past weekend it wasn’t by accident. The sheriff’s office kicked off a holiday season enforcement blitz on December 13, and it will continue through January 2. The increased patrols are being paid for with a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

A release from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office says there will be zero tolerance for traffic violations.

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Findlay Man Sentenced For Fatal Crash

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12/16/13 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man has avoided jail time for a crash that killed his fiance and two of their three children last year in Seneca County. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 28-year-old Terry Bryant Jr. pleaded no contest last week to a charge of vehicular manslaughter. He was given a 90 day suspended jail sentence and three years of probation.

Bryant was at the wheel on November 28 of last year when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Seneca County Road 7 and Township Road 112; colliding with a car driven by 28-year-old Kristopher Stafford. The crash killed 25-year-old Bethany Garner, 7-year-old Skylar Bryant, and 4-year-old Angel Bryant.

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