Review Category : Local News

Ralphie’s Moving from Current Location to Former Ponderosa Building

12/09/14     11:38 a.m.

Ralphie’s Sports Eatery will be moving from its current location on Broad Ave. around the corner to the former Ponderosa Steak House on Trenton Ave. in March.

According to Rob Armstrong, a spokesman for Bennett Enterprises which owns and operates Ralphie’s, Ralphie’s will close the sale of its Broad Avenue property to Speedway by the end of December.

Speedway plans to demolish its store at 752 Trenton Ave. and the Ralphie’s restaurant next door on Broad Ave. to build a bigger, 4,000-square-foot store.

Armstrong said Ralphie’s will soon start making $300,000 in renovations to the former Ponderosa restaurant, about $20,000 of the which will be for upgrading television and sound systems.

Ralphie’s expects a higher volume of customers at their new location and will keep its 25 employees and add 15 more.

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Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged Assault At Church

12/9/14 – 7:32 A.M.

Fostoria Police are investigating a possible assault that may have taken place at St. Wendelin Catholic Church. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported just after 10 a.m. Monday. A woman reported her niece was assaulted at the church on North Wood Street.

The complaint was filed under a “rape/sexual assault” specification. Police Chief Keith Loreno told the newspaper that interviews are still taking place. He added that the alleged incident happened sometime in the past, and may have involved another juvenile.

No other details are available in the case.


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Putnam County Woman Killed In Paulding County Crash

12/9/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Putnam County woman was killed in a Monday traffic crash in Paulding County. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 637 near Grover Hill around 3:45 p.m.

53-year-old Jane Deken of Continental was driving north when her Chevy Impala went left of center and hit a southbound semi driven by 23-year-old Brandon Appel of Edgerton. The crash caused the semi to catch fire before it came to rest in a nearby field.

Deken was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Appel was not injured. The accident closed the highway for about four hours.


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Report: Arrest Made In Fostoria Stabbing

12/9/14 – 5:17 A.M.

An arrest has reportedly been made in an alleged stabbing incident in Fostoria. The incident was reported a little before 10 p.m. at the Portage View Apartments on Perrysburg Road. According to reports one person was arrested and charged with felonious assault.

No other details were available.


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UPDATE: Findlay Police Say Dogs Acted Aggressively Before Shooting

12/9/14 – 4:55 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has released more information about an incident where a dog was shot and killed by an officer last week. Captain Sean Young’s report on the incident says he was driving in the 1000 block of West Sandusky Street last Wednesday when he saw a boxer and a pit bull mix approach a UPS driver.

Young followed the dogs to an alley near 910 Putnam Street. According to his report, the dogs barked and ran toward him. The report goes on to say, “Their heads were held low and they began to spread out as if to attack from two sides.” Young reports he saw no traffic or pedestrians behind the dogs when he pointed his gun at them. He shot the boxer when it got about 8 feet from him. The report says the dog got up on its hind legs and growled before Young shot again.

Pat Lammers owns the dogs. She said the boxer was gentle and played with her grandchildren. She says she doesn’t understand why she wasn’t issued a citation instead of deadly force being used on the animal.

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Winter Car Accidents Mostly Related to Speed According to Highway Patrol

12/08/14     6:15 p.m.

The winter of 2013-14 proved to be a dangerous one on the roads. The state highway patrol reports there were over 33,000 crashes, killing 38 people and injuring about 9,000.

The patrol says speed was a factor in 49 percent of those crashes and urges people to drive slowly and cautiously during the winter months.

In our area, Wood County had the most crashes last winter with more than 750. Hardin County suffered the least at only 29. Hancock County saw just under 500 accidents last winter, Allen had about 540, Seneca was just under 300 and Wyandot and Putnam were each just over 100.

In addition to slowing down, the patrol suggests having an emergency kit in your car at all times. In this kit they recommend keeping: a cell phone with car charger, road flares or reflectors, “help” or “call police” signs, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket/sleeping bag, small shovel, bottled water and energy foods, candles and matches and a tow strap/chain.

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Nutrient Certification Aiming to Help Preserve Water Quality in the Area

12/08/14     3:58 p.m.

Following Toledo’s water quality crisis this summer, the agriculture community has been looking at what it can do to reduce its negative impact on water. At today’s

At today’s Rotary Club meeting Mark Sunderman, the CEO of Legacy Farmer’s Cooperative in Findlay, said the new 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program should help farmers communicate that they’re doing what they can.

Audio: Mark Sunderman

The 4 R’s stand for right source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. This program assists farmers with soil testing as well as educates and helps to further research.

Audio: Mark Sunderman

Sunderman said the goal of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is to have maximum crop yield with minimum negative effects on water. He says the program helps achieve that by sharing up-to-date information with those involved and continuing education and research.

For more information on the program see

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Ed Lentz: Cold November May Have Been A Good Thing

12/8/14 – 7:37 A.M.

Most of us are a little apprehensive about the coming winter months after last year’s brutally cold temperatures. And the arctic chills we saw last month haven’t done much to ease fears of another awful winter. However, OSU Extension Agent Ed Lentz says the cold we saw in November could have been a good thing…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says a little bit of snow wouldn’t be a bad thing right now either. Snow is actually good for the wheat crops still in area fields.

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ODOT Says Right Of Way Issues Increasing

12/8/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is cracking down on right of way issues. A release from the agency says encroachments have been happening more often, and they could mean serious legal issues for property owners.

ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher says he would like to see people work with ODOT before they take on a project near a right of way. That could help prevent you from having to reverse work you’ve already done.

With winter on the horizon, you should know plowing snow from your driveway onto a highway can carry a hefty $1,000 fine. It’s considered a first-degree misdemeanor and can also result in a six-month jail sentence.

Slusher says mailbox placement, ditch cleaning, and drainage work can all interfere with right of way as well. If you plan on doing any work near a highway, he urges you to call his office first.

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