Review Category : Local News

Registered Sex Offender Arrested In Connection To Bettsville Sexual Assault Case

7/3/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Seneca County authorities arrested a man wanted in a mid-June sexual assault this week. The Review-Times reports 58-year-old Dale Powell is now facing charges of kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, and abduction. Powell is a registered sex offender in Ottawa County.

The incident in question happened June 16 in Bettsville. A 16-year-old girl was walking along Union Street when a man wearing a knee brace and using crutches groped her. The girl got away, and when the suspect saw her calling for help, he ran away.

Investigators used security footage from a nearby gas station to identify Powell as the suspect in the case.

MORE: Review-Times

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Facebook Post Lands Findlay Waitress in Hot Water

07/02/14   2:12 p.m.

A Facebook post has landed a former Texas Roadhouse waitress in hot water.

According to WTOL, Kirsten Kelly was laid off from the Findlay restaurant Monday after posting a Facebook status about customers not tipping appropriately. The customer who got screen shots of the post and approached Kelly’s manager was a former classmate of Kelly’s whom she was friends with on Facebook.

Kelly said she kept her post vague, not mentioning any names in particular. In fact, she said she had multiple customers that Friday night who hadn’t tipped her well, leaving her with 60 dollars in profits for the whole night.

Texas Roadhouse told WTOL Kelly was fired for using a derogatory name to refer to the customer in her Facebook post, which has since been removed. Texas Roadhouse said employees making mention of the restaurant on social media is against company policy.

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UPDATE: Findlay Closes Skate Park On Temporary Basis

7/2/14 – 4:49 A.M.
Update – 9:47 A.M.

After last night’s city council meeting, officials have decided to temporarily close the city’s skate park.

Repairs are needed at the facility, and some officials are wondering if they’re worth making. Findlay City Council talked about the Eagle Creek Skate Park during their Tuesday meeting. A few council members wondered if the facility on Park Street was worth trying to renovate or possibly move to another location.

Councilman Bob Nicols said the park was becoming dangerous, and that there was a lot of vandalism. Councilman Grant Russel said one of the reasons his son doesn’t use the park is because of upkeep. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has talked about moving the skate park to Riverside Park.

Council also talked about liability concerns with the park. Russel asked if the city could be sued if someone got hurt skateboarding. Law Director Don Rasmussen said the city could be sued, but would probably be protected by its “recreational user statute.”

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Cooper Tire Makes Changes In International Leadership

7/2/14 – 8:37 A.M.

Findlay based Cooper Tire & Rubber is shaking up its international management. The company announced today that Brad Hughes is taking over as the President of International Operations. Hughes had been serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Cooper. His new duties will include leading all Cooper operations outside of the U.S.

Hughes replaces Hal Miller, who is taking a new role in the company. Miller will now be an Executive Advisor to CEO Roy Armes. His job duties will include determining the future owner of the Cooper-Chenghsan joint venture in China.

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Fostoria Train Jumper Not Facing Charges

7/2/14 – 6:46 A.M.

A man who lost his foot jumping from a train in Fostoria isn’t facing charges. The Fostoria Police Department says Benjamin Tidmore of Alabama hitched a ride on a CSX train. He tried to jump off the locomotive in Fostoria Monday, but got his foot stuck and cut off in the process.

Tidmore was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says while city isn’t pressing any charges against Tidmore. CSX could still press trespassing charges against him though.

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North Baltimore Council Considers Lower Sewer Rates

7/2/14 – 5:23 A.M.

North Baltimore residents haven’t been happy about new sewer bill rates, and the village council has taken notice. The Courier reports the group was set to give a first reading to an ordinance that would lower the rates last night. No action was taken as council members want to get more details before moving forward.

Many residents say their bills went through the roof when the rates changed this spring. Rates were raised to help pay for an EPA mandated storm sewer/sanitary sewer separation project in the village.

Council will talk about the rates more during a special session next Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

MORE: The Courier

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Traffic Light To Be Removed From Fostoria Intersection

7/2/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Fostoria drivers will see changes at an intersection in the city. The Courier reports a traffic light will be removed at the intersection of North Wood and West North Streets. A four-way stop will be put in its place. City Engineer Dan Thornton says his office has been studying many intersections in the city to see where there are unnecessary stop lights.

Thorton added that traffic flow seemed the same in all directions at the intersection. The changes should be made in the next few days.

Drivers have had time to make adjustments already. The light was inactive and temporary stop signs had already been put up.

MORE: The Courier


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Former Ottawa Mayor Makes Court Appearance

7/2/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The former mayor of Ottawa made a court appearance in Lima Tuesday. The Lima News reports 64-year-old Kenneth Maag pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to solicit a prostitute. He was arrested last Friday in a sting operation ran by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Sam Crish says Maag made arrangements to meet a woman he thought was a prostitute to meet her in her house.

Maag pleaded no contest to a similar charge in 2011. The arrest led to his resignation as Ottawa’s mayor.

MORE: Lima News

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NEAT in Need of Council Attention and Assistance

07/01/14    9:31 p.m.

After a long winter, yard work is always a hot topic the following summer. That is no different for the city’s Neighborhood Enhancement and Abatement Team, otherwise known as NEAT, who’s purpose is to handle all forms of neighborhood complaints and issues, everything from tall grass to junk cars.

Councilman Grant Russel and Councilwoman Anne Spence both made mention about NEAT”s need for assistance, noting they had been getting a lot of calls for help in that department recently.

Russel said council is looking at all the angles to try to figure out how to effectively assist NEAT.

Audio: Grant Russel

Russel said it’s not possible to add more employees, but council members, headed by Thomas Klein, are looking at all the ways to assist the process.

Council’s ultimate goal is streamlining the process to make NEAT more effective, but things are still in the brainstorming phase.

 

Full interview: Grant Russel

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Safety Tips from the Red Cross for the Holiday

07/01/14    6:10 p.m.

Though the this holiday weekend is intended to be fun-filled, it can also be dangerous.

In order to prevent any problems, the American Red Cross says the overall number one safety tip is to be aware of your surroundings, whether that’s driving, grilling or setting off fireworks.

For holiday travelers, buckle up, don’t drink and drive and clean the vehicles lights and windows for clear lines of vision.

For grilling, keep the grill attended at all times, never grill indoors and keep the grill in the open away from anything flammable like trees or decks.

For fireworks, it’s best to attend shows put on by professionals. However, if you’re interested in setting them off yourself, wear eye protection, keep them away from children and animal and keep water nearby just in case.

If you do run into an emergency, use the Red Cross’ free app called the First Aid App on your smartphone for access to everyday emergency information.

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