Review Category : Local News

Sinkhole Damages Cars In Upper Sandusky

3/16/15 – 6:53 A.M.

A sinkhole damaged two cars in Upper Sandusky over the weekend. The Courier reports the sinkhole opened up on East Wyandot Avenue early Sunday morning. It measured around 8 feet by 8 feet, and is about 4 or 5 feet deep. So far there’s no word on what caused it to develop.

The sinkhole swallowed a Ford Focus. Heavy rain at the time obscured vision, causing a police cruiser to drive into it as well. No injuries were reported.

East Wyandot Avenue remained closed between Third and Fourth streets Sunday.

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall

3/16/15 – 6:46 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing their March slide. The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.20 as we start another work week. That’s down 12 cents from a week ago, and down 23 cents from the beginning of the month.

Local prices are below the state average for the most part. Ohiogasprices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying around $2.13 a gallon today. Drivers in Ottawa report prices at $2.15 a gallon.

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Former Findlay Resident Honored For WWII Service

3/15/16 – 5:34 A.M.

A former Findlay resident has been honored for his military service during World War II. The late Stephen Michael Pasztor has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. His entire unit, nicknamed the Devil’s Brigade, received the honor on February 3.

The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian awards in the United States. The medal is displayed at his son Michael’s home in Findlay. Pasztor was also awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service to the military.

Michael Pasztor tells the Courier, “The things that happened during the war haunted him his whole life. He didn’t find it easy to kill people. I want my kids to know what he sacrificed.”

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Monday Interview: Human Trafficking Seminar Coming to Findlay

03/16/15     5:30 a.m.

Could human trafficking happen in Findlay? It can and it does according to Tom Blunk, executive director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Children. Because of this, the Center is brining a human trafficking seminar to the University of Findlay next week.

Audio: Tom Blunk

Blunk said because of Ohio’s unique highway system human trafficking is prominent here, even in Findlay. Ohio ranks fifth of all the states for amount of trafficking. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, $9 billion per year is generated from trafficking and it’s quickly becoming the most profitable criminal enterprise.

Audio: Tom Blunk

Part of what the state is doing to combat the trafficking is holding seminars to educate communities on the issue. The Northwest Ohio regional seminar will be held at UF’s Ritz Auditorium March 24, but registration closes tomorrow.

Human Trafficking seminar registration (ends Tuesday, March 17)

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Findlay Domestic Dispute Leads To Assault

3/16/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing charges after a domestic dispute late Friday night. The Findlay Police Department reports Joshua Anders was taken into custody early Saturday.

According to a police report, Anders and Katie Thrush were in a car in the 1200 block of South Blanchard Street around 11 p.m. Saturday when an argument led to Anders assaulting Thrush. She escaped the car on foot. Thrush was later treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anders faces a felonious assault charge.

 

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Pothole Repairs Underway In The Area

3/16/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay and Hancock County road crews are busy trying to fix as many potholes as they can now that the weather is warming up. The Courier reports crews are using a temporary fill of stone and oil. Permanent patches will be placed once asphalt plants begin ramping up production in April.

Mark Drerup is the manager of Findlay ODOT garage. He says the deep freeze this winter did a lot of damage. While we didn’t get as much snow as we did last year, the cold temperatures were just as harmful. ODOT’s website has a link to help you report potholes.

Findlay has $400,000 set aside for street maintenance. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says it’s important to repair the roads to extend the life of the pavement. Hancock County Engineer Chris Long says county crews are running daily to make repairs.

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Mount Blanchard Home Destroyed By Fire

3/16 /15 – 4:53 A.M.

A Mount Blanchard home was destroyed by a fire Friday afternoon. Vanlue firefighters were called to 19724 State Route 103 Friday afternoon. No one was at home at the time.

Vanlue Fire Chief Bill Drown says an electrical issue may have started the fire. The blaze started in the home’s laundry room. The home was a total loss and was not insured.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, and comfort kits with personal hygiene items to the family.

 

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Hog Creek Wind Farm Gets Wind Turbine Building Extension

03/13/15     4:55 p.m.

A Hardin County farm will have more time to install dozens of wind turbines.

The Lima News reports that Hog Creek Wind Farm’s Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need was extended until 2018, giving them more time to construct the turbines. The Ohio Power Sitting Board originally approved the plan to install 31 turbines on 3,400 acres in 2010 and granted the extension Monday.

The farm requested the extension so they could have more time to secure financing and complete design and engineering plans.

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Agency on Aging Warning Seniors of New Scam Making the Rounds

03/13/15     12:14 p.m.

A new scam targeting seniors is affecting Findlay-area residents. Hancock County Agency on Aging Community Relations Director Beth Wilkins said seniors are being called anywhere from four to 10 times by a group of people trying to meet with them.

Audio: Beth Wilkins

Wilkins said the Agency was alerted to the scam by seniors asking them why they kept calling and asking when they started selling burial plots, which the Agency does not do.

If you think you’ve been targeted by the scam Wilkins asked that you let either the Findlay Police or Hancock County Sheriff’s Office know as well as the Agency on Aging so they can alert other seniors to the scam. If you do receive a call you should hang up and not give the caller any personal information.

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