Review Category : Local News

Two Arrested Following High Speed Chase That Started In Findlay

8/8/14 – 4:53 A.M.

A high speed chase in Hancock and Wyandot Counties led to the arrest of two Columbus women Thursday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the chase started around 7:10 p.m. in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue. Police officers recognized a car that matched the description of a car used in a theft at the Tiffin Avenue Radio Shack.

The driver fled, speeding down Main Street and West Main Cross before turning onto the interstate. The chase continued on State Route 15 and U.S. 23 before Wyandot County Sheriff’s Deputies used spike strips at the county line. Another set of spike strips had to be used near the U.S. 23 / U.S. 30 interchange before the driver finally pulled over.

22-year-olds Jolisha McDonald and Danielle White were both taken into custody. The chase lasted nearly 30 minutes.

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Columbia Gas To Raise Budget Rates This Winter

8/8/14 – 4:33 A.M.

Columbia Gas customers in Ohio will be paying more to heat their homes this winter. The utility will raise its budget rate to around 80-dollars a month, a nearly 20-percent hike over last year’s winter rate. Columbia Gas officials say natural gas prices are expected to be higher this winter after last year’s brutally-cold weather.

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Maintaining Water Quality Priority for Blanchard River Watershed Partnership

8/8/14   12:20 a.m.

Hancock County Commissioners met with officials from the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership yesterday afternoon to get an update on river conditions.
Phil Martin, coordinator for the partnership, said his main concern for the river right now is water quality.
Audio: Phil Martin
Martin explained that phosphorous from fertilizers and animal waste can run in the river and empty into Lake Erie. Phosphorous feeds harmful algae and then creates toxins, like the microcystin that affected Toledo’s drinking water.
Sixty percent of the tributaries of the Blanchard River don’t meet EPA standards, and those poor tributaries eventually feed Lake Erie.
Martin told the Commissioners that taking care of these issues is essential to our economy.
Audio: Phil Martin
Martin compared losing Lake Erie’s revenue to Findlay losing Marathon.

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Study on GMOs to Demystify Controversial Topic

8/8/14 12:15 a.m

The National Academy of Sciences is planning a study to help decode the pro’s and con’s of the controversial Genetically Modified Organisms, better known as GMOs.

Ed Lentz from OSU extension said GMOs are not a new concept, but the hysteria surrounding them is.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said he hopes the study will help people understand GMOs are nothing new.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said GMOs are not causing the hysteria, but the increase in allergies to gluten, a protein found in wheat products is.

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Motorist Leads Police on Chase Through Hancock and Wyandot Counties

8/7/14   7:45 p.m.

A motorist led police on a chase through Findlay about 7:15 p.m. tonight. The chase traveled west on Tiffin Ave., west on Main Cross St., southbound on I-75, and onto U.S. 23/Ohio 15. By 7:35 p.m., the fleeing car had left Hancock County and was in Wyandot County.

Authorities put spikes on Ohio 15, and the fleeing car reportedly hit the spikes and flattened one tire. By 7:45 p.m., the fleeing car had stopped and the driver was reported to be in custody.

No other information is available at this time.

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Work Continues On Health Department Merger Process

8/7/14 – 11:29 A.M.

Representatives from the Findlay and Hancock County Health Departments are continuing to work toward a possible merger agreement. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle attended a meeting between the two sides earlier this week. He says both the city and county have good ideas…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the group is waiting for a consultant group to come up with recomendations on the plan…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Once the consultants deliver the info, both departments will review the findings before meeting again.

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Flag City Balloon Fest to Launch Tomorrow at Emory Adams

8/7/14   11:18 a.m.

This weekend 49 hot air balloons will fill the skies in Findlay for the 15th annual Flag City Balloon Fest at Emory Adams Park. The Fest will kick off tomorrow afternoon with the first official flight at 6:30 p.m.

Bruce Baker of the fest’s committee said though the balloons are a sight to see, they’re actually in competition.

Audio: Bruce Baker

Rich Dougherty, president of the fest’s committee, said the balloons may be a nice sight to see, but there’s a greater purpose behind the event.

Audio: Rich Dougherty

There will be balloon flights in the mornings and evenings, as well as a classic car show, 1860’s style baseball game, appearance by Miss Ohio, food and games, rides and more. To see a full schedule of events, visit

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UPDATE: Cooper Tire & Rubber Posts Increases In Second Quarter

8/7/14 – 7:47 A.M.
Update – 10:07 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s second quarter numbers were released this morning. The Findlay-based company reports net sales for the quarter were $889 million, up 1 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Cooper also reported operating profit rose to $77 million. That’s an $8 million increase over last year.

CEO Roy Armes says the numbers reflect a strong performance. Armes said 10-percent global unit growth, along with a focus on cost reductions, helped increase numbers over 2013.

Cooper also announced plans to buy back $200 million worth of common stock. An accelerated share repurchase program is backed by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The buyback will start this month and run through February. Cooper has around 63.6 million outstanding shares of common stock.

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Fish Kill Reported In Allen County Waterway

8/7/14 – 6:42 A.M.

More than 6,000 fish were killed in an incident in Allen County. The Lima News reports the dead fish were discovered in the Little Ottawa River last weekend. The Ohio Division of Wildlife found the dead fish near the intersection of Breese and McClain Roads just south of Lima.

An investigation showed turkey manure that was spread on a field near the river ran off into the water following rain showers in the area.

The Ohio EPA was notified. Sanctions could be levied against anyone found responsible for the problem.

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One Injured In Allen County I-75 Crash

8/7/14 – 5:23 A.M.

One person was injured in a crash on I-75 in Allen County Wednesday. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 8:17 p.m. in the southbound lanes near milepost 129 in Bath Township.

A flatbed truck driven by 28-year-old Andrew Yoder Jr. of Millersburg, Ohio, was southbound when it drifted off the right side of the road and down an embankment. The truck hit a concrete barrier and a large tree before coming to a stop.

Yoder was trapped for a short time. He was taken to a Lima hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The patrol says Yoder wasn’t wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt.

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