Review Category : Local News

Second Version Of Fostoria Fiscal Recovery Plan In The Works

2/8/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Fostoria officials won’t have a second version of a fiscal recovery plan in their hands until February 21. The Courier reports Mayor Eric Keckler says council members should be able to check out the draft during a work session following a council meeting that night. A vote on the new plan could come at the March 7 council meeting

Fostoria’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission rejected the first plan. The group said it relied too much on raising taxes and didn’t cut enough spending.

State Auditor David Yost placed the city in fiscal emergency last May. A projected budget shortfall could exceed $1 million this year.

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Area Rivers Running High, No Flooding Expected

2/8/17 – 6:54 A.M.

Area rivers are running high following a wet start to the week, but the National Weather Service isn’t calling for flooding. The Blanchard River entered the action stage at 8 feet in Findlay around 11 p.m. Tuesday. At last check the river was leveling off at 8.5 feet, which is well short of minor flood stage at 11 feet.

Eagle Creek entered action stage around 3 p.m. Tuesday, but crested below minor flood stage and has since receded back below the 8 foot mark. Lye Creek briefly entered minor flood stage at 6 feet around 6:30 p.m. It dropped below flood stage around three hours later.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard continues to rise. Projections show it cresting at 19.8 feet tonight, keeping it below action stage.

To our east, the Sandusky River in Tiffin is running high. The river entered action stage at 6 feet Tuesday night. It’s expected to drop below that mark this evening.

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Fostoria Man Indicted On Charges Stemming From High Speed Chase

2/8/17 – 5:32 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Fostoria man who allegedly led police on a 40-mile car chase on two charges. The Courier reports 36-year-old Sir Lawrence Payne faces a count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, and a count of having weapons while under disability.

Police say they tried to pull Payne over on Tiffin Avenue on January 27. Payne allegedly sped away, leading officers on a chase that ended when he crashed northeast of Tiffin.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is handling Payne’s case due to a conflict of interest with the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office. Assistant prosecutor Steven Powell once represented Payne in a case.

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Hancock County Grand Jury Indicts Man On Child Porn Charges

2/8/17 – 5:23 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury handed up several charges against a man accused of having child pornography on his computer. The Courier reports Ronald Hoke faces 13 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

Investigators say Hoke had 13 videos of children engaging in sexual activity on his computer. Prosecutor Phil Riegle says the children in the videos ranges from infants to 15-years-old.

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Vanlue Woman Charged In Fiance’s Overdose Death

2/8/17 – 5:17 A.M.

Authorities have charged a Vanlue woman in connection to her fiance’s overdose death. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury indicted Ashton Shull on a charge of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday. She allegedly caused the death of 27-year-old Tony Buxton of Mount Blanchard on August 20.

County Prosecutor Phil Riegle says Shull gave Buxton Carfentanil and a synthetic opioid. Carfentanil is reportedly 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

Shull is also facing one count of corrupting another with drugs and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

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Liberty-Benton Names New Superintendent

2/8/17 – 5:07 A.M.

The Liberty-Benton school board has decided who the district’s next superintendent will be. The group will name Mark Kowalski to the position at their February 20 meeting. Kowalksi is currently the the director of operations for Harrison Hills City School District in Cadiz, Ohio.

Board president A.J. Granger says, “We believe Mark has the expertise to work with the board, the staff, the students and the community to establish an exemplary vision and direction for our future.”

Kowalski will replace Larry Cook, who is serving as the interim superintendent. Cook stepped in for Jim Knable, who retired at the end of 2016.

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WORC Program To Be Cut By The End Of March

02/08/17 – 1:20 A.M.
The City of Findlay will be closing the WORC program at the end of March. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the program isn’t being advantageous.
Schmelzer said that the city would have saved over $190,000 if the program was cut last year. Cutting it in March will save the city over $200,000 He added the program will be reinstated once the courts start a mandatory sentencing option for criminals.
The WORC program allows people with certain offenses to continue working while serving their sentence.
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Findlay City Council Okays Pavement Study

02/08/17 – 12:22 A.M.
Findlay City Council passed the ordinance allowing the pavement study at their Tuesday meeting. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the study will show the conditions of all the streets the city owns.
The ordinance was opposed by Councilwoman Holly Frische. She said that the city should spend the $98,000 on the many pages of roads that need done.
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An Open House Is Offered At Riverbend Park To Talk About Gypsy Moth Treatments

02/07/17 – 6:46 P.M.

There is an open house coming to the Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Park this Thursday. Department of Agriculture spokesman Brett Gates said they’ll discuss the aerial treatments to combat the gypsy moth.

Brett Gates

The open house will welcome everyone interested and is this Thursday from 6-8 p.m. According to Gates, that the treatments will be later this year.

Brett Gates

Gates said that the first treatment will attack the moth in its caterpillar stage. The second treatment will disrupt its mating practices. You can learn more about this at the open house this Thursday at the Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Park. It will be held from 6-8 p.m.

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Water Litigation Could Affect Farmers

02/107/17 – 5:47 P.M.

Farmers could face some upcoming issues regarding water ligation around the Water of the United States. OSU extension educator Ed Lentz says that the there are new jurisdictions being fought for.

Ed Lentz

This has affected the way courts handle issues on the waterways. The supreme court has to decide if the district courts or the appellate courts have jurisdiction.

Lentz said that a case in Iowa could change how farms are classified in regards to pollution.

Ed Lentz

The Supreme Court’s decision will impact the status of farms as a source of pollution. Farms are currently listed as a non-point source, which means their pollution comes from run-off over a wide area. If labeled as a point source then farms will become a single and identifiable source of pollution.

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