Review Category : Local News

Grants Are Available Through The Hancock County Convention And Visitors Bureau

01/09/17 – 5:25 P.M.

The Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering some grants for 2017. Event Coordinator Danielle Wilkin said that there are various programs that organizations can apply for.

Danielle Wilkin

She said that there are some stipulations for applying to the grant programs.

Danielle Wilkin

The events must also be held in Hancock County. You can learn more about the grant programs at informational meetings hosted at the Findlay-Hancock Alliance Board Room. The first meeting is Wednesday at 9 am and the second meeting is on Thursday at 3 pm.

You can apply online at visitfindlay.com

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University Of Findlay Graduate Student And Local Author Will Give Two Presentations In Findlay

01/09/17 – 2:49 P.M.

A University of Findlay graduate student will give two free local presentations on cyberbullying this month. Bailey Poland will be giving a presentation at the University’s Ritz Auditorium on January 25. The talk will start at 8 p.m. and she will read from her book, “Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online. She will also give a talk at Owen’s Community College Findlay Campus on January 30. This will start at 11 a.m. and focus on cyberbullying in grades K-12.

Poland will also be the keynote speaker for GitHub’s first Bridge Keeper’s Conference. That conference is January 18 in San Francisco, California.

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Local Gas Prices A Little Lower To Start The Week

1/9/17 – 7:39 A.M.

Local gas prices are down from last week’s highest prices. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.36 today. That’s down eight cents from its highest point last week. A month ago we were paying $2.06 per gallon.

In Ottawa, drivers report paying $2.33 for a gallon of regular.

The average price across the state is $2.37 today.

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Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Warns About Phone Scam

1/9/17 – 7:32 A.M.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about another scam making the rounds. A post on the office’s Facebook page says a resident recently contacted the Seneca County Commissioner’s Office about a call they received about an unpaid parking ticket. The caller told the resident the fine was only $10 and they could pay over the phone by credit card.

The commissioner’s office does not make calls to collect parking ticket fines.

The sheriff’s office reminds residents that while $10 might not seem like a big deal if you pay the fake fine the scammer now has your credit card information.

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Teen Uses Mace On Police Officers In Fostoria

1/9/17 – 7:23 A.M.

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy in Fostoria Friday night after he sprayed officers with mace during a brief chase. The Review-Times reports the incident happened just after 11 p.m. in the 800 block of North Countyline Street. The teenager jumped out of the passenger seat and ran away during a traffic stop.

The teen sprayed mace at the two officers who chased him. Officers arrested the boy a short time later. He faces two counts of assaulting a police officer and two counts of retaliation.

An EMS crew treated one officer at the scene of the incident.

Police have not publicly identified the teenager.

MORE: Review-Times

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Fostoria Woman Robbed At Gunpoint In Her Home Early Saturday

1/9/17 – 6:54 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department is investigating a weekend home invasion. Police Captain Dan Dell says a woman called officers to her home in the 200 block of South Cadwallader Street early Saturday morning. The woman said she answered a knock on her door at 1:45 a.m. When she answered the door, three men allegedly pushed their way into the home and held the woman at gunpoint.

The men took cash and other items. The victim said two of the suspects were black man. The third man was wearing a mask.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the crime to call the police department at (419)435-8573.

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Home Safety Seminar Offered In Van Buren Tuesday Night

1/9/17 – 6:46 A.M.

If you’re interested in home safety you might want to attend a seminar in Van Buren Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the village are holding a forum to talk about residents’ rights to protect themselves in and outside of their homes. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Topics will include self-defense in public and in your home, home safety action plans, and ways to improve the security of your home.

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Putnam County Budget Set For 2017

1/9/17 – 5:39 A.M.

Putnam County’s budget is staying roughly the same in 2017. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the $10.3 million budget is only $25,000 more than last year. The county is expecting a slight bump in revenue this year.

The county is losing some revenue since Paulding County isn’t going to send jail inmates to Putnam County anymore. However, officials believe that will be offset by other counties sending their inmates to the facility.

County Administrator Jack Betscher says the commissioners will have to consider some maintenance projects this year. The Putnam County Courthouse and the courthouse annex both have roofing issues. Betscher says the annex also needs its heating and cooling system replaced.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay-Hancock Public Library Focused On Children In 2017

1/9/17 – 5:27 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is rolling into the final year of its three-year strategic plan. This year the plan focuses on children. Director Jeff Winkle tells the Courier one goal is to increase the number of people taking part in the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.” The library wants at least 450 children taking part by the end of the year. Winkle admits it’s an aggressive goal since it would double the number of people taking part.

The second goal is to organize most children’s picture books by subject rather than by author. Winkle says, “If a child really loves dinosaurs, all of the dinosaur picture books will be together.”

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Municipal Court Owed $11.7 Million In Outstanding Fees And Fines

1/9/17 – 5:17 A.M.

The Findlay Municipal Court is looking to crack down on unpaid fines and fees. The Courier reports defendants owe the court $11.7 million in outstanding fees as of December 21 of 2016. The number has increased nearly $9 million over six years.

Delinquent accounts are typically turned over to a collection agency. However, Findlay Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Starn tells the newspaper, “We’ve gotten back to the point where just doing the collection agency isn’t enough to get it done anymore.”

Starting this month, probation officers will hold weekly fines and costs hearings every Monday. The municipal court phased out a similar program five years ago when dockets got too full.

Of the $11.7 million owed to the court, $2.7 million comes from defendants who haven’t paid their jail costs. Since 2013, defendants who serve time in the county jail have to pay an $84 per day fee.

Starn says around 30 percent of people pay the fines issued by the court. He adds he’d like to see that come up to at least 40 or 45 percent.

MORE: The Courier

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