Review Category : Local News

Parent Claims Van Buren Admins Ignored Escalating Bullying

3/13/15 – 5:00 A.M.

The mother of a Van Buren High School student has accused the district of ignoring sexual assaults endured by her son. The Courier reports the claims were made during Thursday’s school board meeting. The woman read a statement outlining several bullying incidents and told the board they have until April 9 to fix the problem.

The claims made in the statement say administrators including Superintendent Tim Myers have been aware of continuous bullying that led to a sexual assault in August of 2014. Myers said he was aware of the issues and believes he has followed board policy regarding student discipline. He added the school would continue to work with the parent to fix the situation. The Ohio Department of Education will supply a moderator to help come up with a solution.

Among the parent’s other claims were accusations that football coach Kevin Shoup hadn’t dealt with the allegations. The woman said Shoup was “privy to a multitude of sexualized behaviors in the football locker room and turned a blind eye to the inappropriate behavior of his players while refusing to protect my son.”

MORE: The Courier

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UF Grad Becomes First Female Army Drill Team Commander

03/12/15     4:05 p.m.

A University of Findlay graduate is making waves in the military on her way to becoming a psychologist.

Lauran (Young) Glover graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Her career goal is to be a counselor for military personnel and their families. Glover decided she wanted to live the military experience first in order to best treat her clients.

While serving in the Army, Glover joined the U.S. Army Drill Team. She has now become the first female Drill Commander in the more than 50-year history of the team.

“I want for there to be no question of if a woman can lead the US Army Drill Team,” said Glover. “And that anyone considered should be considered on the basis of their work performance, not their gender.”


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Flood Watch in Effect for Seneca and Wood Counties Through Sunday

03/12/15     3:35 p.m.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Seneca and Wood Counties until Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said ice on rivers and creeks is starting to jam, causing flooding in the area. The flood threat will increase Saturday as rain runoff will cause river levels to rise and could cause additional ice jams.

The NWS encourages those who live near rivers prone to ice jams to be prepared to act quickly if water starts to rise.

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SBIRT Training to be Held March 27

03/12/15     3:35 p.m.

A training at the end of the month will provide information to implement screening, intervention and referral to treatment for alcohol and substance abusers.

SBIRT is geared toward medical professionals as well as people like counselors and clergy who are often called on in times of need.

The training will be held at the University of Findlay Diagnostic Services Building at 401 Trenton Ave. March 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be broken up into two sessions, one for tools for SBIRT the second for activating a program.

For more information or to sign up click here

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Proposed Findlay Zoning Code Changes Reviewed

3/12/15 – 11:44 A.M.

Several changes are being proposed for Findlay’s zoning code.  The city planning commission heard the suggested changes during a Thursday meeting.  While several topics were addressed, one recent high profile issue was not.  Hancock Regional Planning Commission Director Matt Cordonier says group or transitional homes aren’t covered in the proposed zoning changes. Any discussion about group homes would be done separately.

One possible change would revise how the city’s zoning commission operates.  Two alternate members could be added so that when businesses from outside of the area come to make requests, they don’t have to come back again if the commission doesn’t have enough members for a quorum.  The revision could also cut down on conflicts of interest.

Another proposal would remove a required review by the city’s historic commission if changes were going to be made in a historic district.  The reasoning behind the request is because Findlay doesn’t have an active historic commission.  A placeholder could be left in the code if the city were to reestablish a commission to look at changes in historical areas.

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Carey Reverend Named Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky Diocese

03/12/15     10:33 a.m.

Pope Francis has appointed a Carey priest to be Bishop of the Lexington, Kentucky Diocese.

The Reverend John Stowe has been rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey since 2010. He is a priest in the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.

Fifty-year-old Stowe was born in Lorain. He attended Roman Catholic school in the Cleveland area. He earned a master of divinity and a licentiate in sacred theology in church history from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California.

Stowe will be the third Bishop of Lexington and will serve about 42,000 Catholics in the Lexington Diocese.

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Fatal Crash Reported Near Bradner Thursday

3/12/15 – 5:29 A.M.

One person was killed in a crash on U.S. 23 in Wood County Wednesday morning. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 9:45 a.m. near Bradner at the intersection with U.S. 6.

23-year-old Jacob Byington of Walbridge was driving north on U.S. 23 when he hit the back of a semi trailer. The semi was stopped at the intersection. The truck driver was not injured.

The crash closed the highway for several hours.

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Safe Ride Home Active This Weekend

3/12/15 – 5:21 A.M.

St. Patrick’s Day is next week, but this weekend will likely be when many do their celebrating. With that in mind “Safe Ride Home” will be active for Hancock County residents. Organizers say they’ll be giving people who have had too much to drink a ride home Saturday night. They’ll also be working Tuesday into Wednesday.

If you need a ride home you can call the organization at (419)425-3908. There’s also a smartphone app called “Iridehome” that can connect you to the service.

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Medical Waste Found In Putnam County Recycling Center

3/12/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Medical waste was recently discovered in a recycling container in Ottawa. The Putnam County Sentinel reports workers sorting materials at the recycling center last Thursday ran across the material. County officials found dialysis bags, needles, tubing systems, and lancets among other items. Fluids were also found in the material.

Putnam County administrator Jack Betscher said while no personal information was found in the items, they did find serial numbers. Ottawa police officers are working to track down where the materials may have come from.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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State Audit Finds Van Buren School Overpayments

3/12 – 4:59 A.M.

A state audit of the Van Buren school district’s books has found some mistakes. The Courier reports Ohio Auditor David Yost issued findings for recovery against the district treasurer and three board members.

The audit noted Treasurer Cheryl Swisher overpaid herself $2,748 for her 2011-2012 contract. Swisher was not employed by the district for the first pay period of the year, but paid herself for it anyway. The money was paid back to the school’s general fund last November.

The audit also found that in 2012, board members Kenneth Rowles, Edward Van Horn, and Jeff Salisbury were paid for going to 13 meetings. Rowles and Van Horn only attended nine meetings, and Salisbury attended 11 meetings. They have paid the money back to the general fund as well.

The audit examined finances from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

MORE: The Courier

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