Review Category : Local News

Four Options Suggested For Court Security Upgrades

5/24/16 – 2:33 P.M.

Four options have been proposed to upgrade security at the courts on Dorney Plaza in Findlay.

Of the four plans recommended by the National Center for State Courts, “Option 1” would create one secure entrance for all three buildings. It would then have corridors connecting the security entrance to the courts. The second plan would be nearly the same as the first, but would also feature a graded pedestrian path to get over or under the corridors. Another plan would connect the municipal building and juvenile/probate court. It would also create a new security entrance for the county court. The fourth plan would see a screening location built for the juvenile probate court, with the county court and the municipal building getting upgrades to security at their respective entrances.

As far as cost goes, depending on the options selected the project could anywhere between $683,000 and $2.9 million. The report from the National Center for State Courts notes that the options that don’t connect all three buildings are not as cost-effective in the long-run as having one security entrance.

All the plans also feature secure parking lots.

Officials from the city, county, and courts met today to discuss the next step in the security upgrade process. The group decided that committees representing the Findlay Municipal Building, Hancock County Courthouse, and the Juvenile/Probate court will all review the proposals. They’ll then come back to the larger group to express any concerns about the plans they might have.

Option 1*:

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“Option 1” would create a security entrance between the county courthouse and the juvenile/probate building. A 4,600 square foot corridor would then connect the buildings. The drawback is that it would prevent people from walking through Dorney Plaza. Instead, pedestrians would have to go to Main Street to walk north or south through the area. “Option 1” would cost between $1.8 and $2.4 million to build.

Option 2*:

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“Option 2” would be nearly identical to “Option 1” but would include a graded pedestrian bridge over or under the corridor connecting the buildings. It would cost between $2.1 million and $2.9 million.

Option 3:

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“Option 3” leaves Dorney Plaza open to pedestrians. It would connect the municipal building and the juvenile/probate court. A new security entrance would also be build for the county courthouse. This proposal is estimated to cost between $922,500 and $1.2 million.

Option 4:

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“Option 4” doesn’t connect any of the buildings, instead upgrading security at the entrance to all three courts. Its projected costs would be between $683,000 and $915,000.

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Findlay Mayor To Brief Council On Army Corps Meeting

5/24/2016 – 2:00 pm

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will be meeting with the members of the Findlay City Council to provide them with an update on the meeting she attended last week with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

That meeting will be held Wednesday morning at 8:30am in the third-floor conference room at the Findlay Municipal Building.

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Ag Talk: High Soybean Prices May Determine Spring Planting

5/24/2016 – 12:52 pm

Given the predictions for the weather this spring, crop prices in the United States were thought to be on a low end by this time. However, there has been some serious fluctuating in the crop prices over the last few weeks. Ed Lentz from the Hancock Extension Office says that two reports, recently issued have had a significant impact on the changing crop prices. The first report was from South America.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz also pointed to the ever changing China markets as another cause to the rapidly changing crop markets in the United States.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said that on the domestic front analysts are predicting a large soybean crush on the markets again this year, much like last year, as well as increased demand from livestock producers and ethanol companies. All factors which also contribute to the fluctuating crop prices. Given that many farmers out west have already planted corn for the year, Lentz predicts Ohio farmers, delayed due to weather, may be pushing soybeans this year less than corn due to the continued high market prices.

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Group Aims To Help Those Rescued From Human Trafficking In Recovery

5/24/2016 – 12:14 pm

Combating Human Trafficking involves more than just simply arresting those involved in the crime. It also includes providing treatment and recovery services to those involved, the vast majority of which are young girls. Jeff Wilbarger started the Daughter Project in Perrysburg which opened the first recovery home for young women rescued from human trafficking operations in the State of Ohio.

Audio: Jeff Wilbarger

Wilbarger says that human trafficking has become the most profitable enterprise for organized crime, just behind drugs. In the last year, human trafficking, prostitution, and pornography accounted for over $30 billion for crime syndicates. He also says what types of girls the traffickers are generally looking for.

Audio: Jeff Wilbarger

Wilbarger says that the average age of the girls targeted for human trafficking is 13. And generally, they will get hooked on drugs and then be coerced into working in strip clubs or other places to earn money to feed their drug addictions.

So, if people want to learn more about human trafficking and want to get involved in the efforts to combat it, Wilbarger says that this Saturday there will be a four-hour session in Toledo on the different aspects of trafficking and ways to get involved.

Audio: Jeff Wilbarger

The training will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Emmanuel Christian High School in Toledo. You can register online now at The Daughter Project.org.

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Federal Funding For Mitigation Isn’t Likely, Commissioners Say Project Still Benefits The Area

5/25/16 – 11:12 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners talked more about their recent meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday. The consensus the commissioners came to is that even if the Corps uses a different computer model to determine a cost/benefit ratio, the project isn’t likely to qualify for federal funding…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Project manager Steve Wilson says the federal ratio only considers a narrow scope.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says while the project likely won’t fit a federal cost/benefit ratio, it would still have local benefits…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek adds the federal cost/benefit ratio only considers national economic impacts, not local or regional.

While the Corps has estimated the diversion channel plan would cost $80 million, Commissioner Brian Robertson says the Ottawa mitigation plan has come in well under initial Corps estimates…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The lowering of Road I9 is finished for the most part. Final plans for a diversion channel in Ottawa are due soon.

The commissioners also disagree with any notion they owe the Corps $160,000 for work done on the mitigation study…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The commissioners have talked to engineering firms about handling the project locally. They are now reviewing the applicants.

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Hancock County Continues To See Low Unemployment

5/24/2016 – 10:42 am

Hancock County continues to see low unemployment numbers in the latest listing from the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services. According to the latest numbers, Hancock County has an unemployment rate at 3.4 percent.

Other counties in the area also continue to see low numbers. Allen County has 4.4 percent, Putnam at 3.5 percent, Henry County is at 5.8 percent, Hardin County is at 4.3 percent, Seneca at 4.7 percent, Wood County is at 3.8 percent and Wyandot is at 3.5 percent.

Statewide, the highest numbers fell in Monroe County in southeast Ohio at 12.3 percent, and Mercer County saw the lowest rate at 3.0 percent.

More: Ohio Labor Market Information

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Former Findlay PD Chief Named To Head UF Police & Security Department

5/24/2016 – 10: 19 am

The University of Findlay has named William Spraw as its first Police Chief. The University announced Tuesday that Spraw will be in command of the University’s hybrid police/security department. Spraw worked in the Findlay Police Department for 29 years and served as the Findlay Police Chief from 2005-2009.

This summer, the Office of Security will begin transitioning to the University of Findlay Police and Security Department, with some security personnel becoming campus police officers in time for the start of the fall semester. Over the next several months, the department will change to include between 18 and 20 officers and security personnel.

Spraw will begin serving June 1 as UF’s chief of police and director of security.

More: UF Newsroom

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Wood County Arson Suspect Gets New Lawyer

5/24/16 – 5:29 A.M.

One of the suspects in a string of Wood County arsons is getting a new lawyer. The Review-Times reports 19-year-old Santana Diliberto of Port Clinton appeared in court Monday to withdraw Christopher Marcinko as his attorney. Bowling Green attorney Steven Spitler will now take over as the defense lawyer for Diliberto.

Last month saw Diliberto plead not guilty to charges of aggravated arson, arson, breaking and entering, and possessing criminal tools.

Diliberto is accused of setting four fires in Wood County between March 22 and March 27. Nicholas Hackworth, Todd Bollett and Bret Phillabaum are also charged in the case, along with five juveniles.

MORE: Review-Times

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Columbus Grove Will Not Add Girls High School Soccer To Athletics

5/24/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Columbus Grove will not be adding girls soccer as a high school sport. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a motion was made by the school board to add the sport starting next fall, but there was no second. 12 residents came to the board meeting to support the measure, with four speaking in favor of it.

Paul Shank told the board 57 high school girls were surveyed on the subject. The survey showed 23 of the girls surveyed play a fall sport while 27 do not. Those not playing a sport were interested in playing soccer.

Crystal Dunlap also supported adding soccer. She told board members the program wouldn’t have taken away from the marching band, as soccer players could take part in both.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Two Teens Injured In Crash Near Van Buren

5/24/16 – 5:08 A.M.
Update – 5:55 A.M.

A two-car crash near Van Buren injured two teenagers Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 18-year-old Jacob Badertscher was driving east on Allen Township Road 108 around 1:10 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by 58-year-old Pamela Nelson. Nelson was trying to turn left from Allen Township Road 230 onto Road 108.

Badertscher and a 17-year-old passenger were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The juvenile passenger was not publicly identified.

No citations were listed on the accident report.

(Previous version of story incorrectly listed the crash as being near McComb)

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