Review Category : Local News

State Route 53 Safety Plans Making Headway

8/7/14 – 5:16 A.M.

The process to make improvements to State Route 53 in Seneca County continues to make progress. The Advertiser-Tribune reports the county commissioners were given an update on progress during a meeting this week. Commissioner Fred Zoeller attended a recent stakeholders meeting on the issue. He said some Seneca County projects ranked as high priorities after discussion.

Zoeller added that ODOT will have a public meeting on the subject in early October. He also said that money set aside by Seneca County to help pay for upgrades will make it easier to get funding from the state.

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Wood County Man Sentenced For 2013 Assault And Arson

8/7/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Wood County man was sentenced for a violent rampage in March of last year. The Review-Times reports 35-year-old Christopher Egbert will spend 14 years in prison for assaulting his wife and another man, and then setting fire to his own home. Egbert was convicted of aggravated arson and felonious assault among other charges.

Investigators say Egbert attacked his wife in a bar on Route 6 on March 26 of 2013. Two men tried to stop him, and one of them was assaulted for his efforts. Egbert then left the bar and set fire to his home on County Road 1.

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Cooper Tire Declares Dividend

8/7/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced another quarterly dividend Wednesday. The company says stockholders of record on September 2 will see a quarterly dividend of 10.5 cents per share. The dividend will be paid September 26.

Cooper’s second quarter financial statement will be released this morning.

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Future Of North Baltimore Movie Theater Up In The Air

8/7/14 – 4:54 A.M.

North Baltimore residents are pushing to save the village’s movie theater. The Courier reports the owner of Virginia Motion Pictures held a meeting in the downtown building last night to talk about the future of the business. Doug Wickard told a crowd of around 50 that his theater needs to go digital to survive, and that’s not cheap. Wickard announced a fundraising campaign to raise the $42,000 needed to buy a new projector.

The theater has been closed since July 31. Donations are being collected at the North Baltimore branch of the Huntington Bank.

Some people in attendance thought creating a “friends of the theater” organization could held the cause. Others suggested spreading the word via social media.

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Lt. Colonel Jansen Tours Blanchard River with Local and State Officials

8/6/14   4:45 p.m.

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(L to R) Congressman Bob Latta, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Lt. Colonel Karl Jansen and State Representative Robert Sprague discuss Findlay flooding at Emory Adams Park near Eagle Creek while a number of area residents listen in.

Lieutenant Colonel Karl Jansen of the US Army Corps of Engineers toured a number of places along the Blanchard River this afternoon with local and state representatives.

Congressman Bob Latta said that because there is a new lieutenant colonel every two years with the Corps, it was important for Jansen to see Findlay in more than just pictures.

Audio: Bob Latta

The Lieutenant Colonel, accompanied by Latta, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and State Representative Robert Sprague, visited areas near Eagle Creek and numerous places on the Blanchard to get a better idea of what the Corps is working with for flood mitigation.

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Findlay and Hancock County Leaders Planning Discussion on Water Crisis Procedures

8/6/14  11:55 a.m.

After last weekend’s water crisis in Toledo, Findlay and Hancock County officials will be holding a joint discussion to try to prepare in case something similar happened here.

Hancock County EMA Director Lee Swisher said the discussion will focus on Findlay and Hancock County’s plans for dealing with a similar scenario.

Audio: Lee Swisher

The goal of the discussion is to help leaders predetermine procedures and what resources would be needed in different scenarios.

Audio: Lee Swisher

Swisher said the officials are hoping to speak with Toledo area leaders to determine what worked well for them and what didn’t.

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LB School Board Sends Letter To Community Explaining Badertscher Firing And Appeal

8/6/14 – 8:52 A.M.

The Liberty Benton School Board is explaining their side of a controversial matter. In a letter to residents in the school district, the board outlines why they are appealing a court’s decision to overturn the firing of Mark Badertscher.

The letter states the board tried to avoid the expenses of a legal battle by offering Badertscher a separation agreement, which he did not accept. As a result the district tallied legal fees of more than $69,000 over two years. The letter also says the district will not have to pay for the appeal process. That money will come from the district’s litigation insurance.

The district’s lawyers believe the county court’s ruling was based on a procedural technicality that is not supported under the Ohio Revised Code.

The board says they were presented with “an abundance of evidence which clearly demonstrated that Badertscher needed to be relieved of his classroom responsibilities.”

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Allen County Investigators Trying To Identify Mystery Woman In County Jail

8/6/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Investigators in Allen County have a bizarre mystery on their hands. The Lima News reports sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify a woman so committed to hiding her identity she burned her fingerprints off. The woman has refused to give her real name, and fought six corrections officers who tried to get a DNA sample from her.

The woman was arrested last month. She allegedly used a fake birth certificate to get an ID card in Ohio. The woman is charged with tampering with records.

Allen County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Baker tells the newspaper, “At this point in the game, no one hides her identity like she does for an overdue speeding ticket. There’s something more serious here.”

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Findlay Man Injured In Tuesday Crash

A Findlay man was injured in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 3 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Avenue and South River Road.

22-year-old Nicole Unverferth of Columbus Grove was stopped at a stop sign on River Road when she pulled into the intersection, colliding with a car driven by 56-year-old Jeffery Taylor.

Taylor was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Unverferth was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

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Fostoria Council Approves Paving Projects

8/6/14 – 6:52 A.M.

Fostoria City Council signed off on two road paving projects during their Thursday meeting. Council entered into agreements with ODOT to mill and pave Van Buren Street and North Street. Both streets encompass parts of State Routes 18 and 613.

The project also includes paving work on parts of Ohio 613 and Ohio 12 outside the city limits. The city will only pay for the parts of the project done in the city.

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