Review Category : Local News

Flooding In Ottawa Very Unlikely Following Wednesday Rain Showers

2/25/15 – 7:19 A.M.

It didn’t rain as much as expected on Wednesday, which has virtually eliminated any chance of minor flooding along the Blanchard River. While forecast models from the National Weather Service never indicated Findlay would see any minor flooding, there was a chance downstream in Ottawa.

However, revised forecasts now show the river cresting below minor flood stage in Putnam County. There’s only about a 5 percent chance of the Blanchard River hitting the minor flood stage threshold in Ottawa over the next couple of days.

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One Person Injured In Three-Car Crash Wednesday

2/25/15 – 6:55 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a Tiffin woman in Findlay Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports 25-year-old Katherine Brownfield was driving west on Industrial Drive around 7:30 a.m. when she tried to turn left onto Bright Road. An SUV driven by 44-year-old Charles Hanner of Findlay tried to do the same thing, and both drivers were hit by a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Brandon Kugler of Kenton.

Brownfield was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Kugler reportedly had minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

Hanner and Brownfield were cited for failure to yield, and Kugler was cited for driving with a suspended license.

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Candidate Profile: Kevin Rettig

2/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our focus on the race for the Republican nomination in the Ohio 83rd House District today with our candidate profile series. Kevin Rettig is challenging Robert Sprague in March.

On the subject of Ohio’s heroin epidemic, Rettig says a hard line must be taken against drug dealers…

Audio: Kevin Rettig

Rettig says taking out dealers will raise the price of the drug, which will help make it less available.

When it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood. Rettig says he supported it, but thinks there should have been an alternative as well…

Audio: Kevin Rettig

Rettig said the medical system is overloaded as it is, so a reformed Planned Parenthood would reduce that.

Rettig says he has an issue with Ohio’s growing budget…

Audio: Kevin Rettig

Tomorrow we’ll have details on the Arcadia school district renewal levy.

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Findlay Woman Sent Back To Jail Just Hours After Release

2/25/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay woman ended up in the Seneca County Jail, just hours after she was released from the same facility. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 59-year-old Cynthia Stevens was charged with theft after she allegedly tried to take a bottle of liquor from the gas station across the street from the jail Tuesday afternoon.

Stevens had spent two days in the Seneca County lock-up on a failure to appear charge, but was released after the court dropped the warrant. She left the jail around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the theft was reported just after 2 p.m.

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Alleged Heroin Dealer Arrested In Truck Stop Sting Operation

2/25/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A Hancock County man has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin at a Wood County truck stop. 28-year-old Justin Hepperly of rural McComb is charged with aggravated trafficking of heroin and possession of drugs. He’s accused of trying to sell heroin at the Love’s Truck Stop in North Baltimore. A sting operation in the parking lot of the business led to the arrest.

Hepperly was being held in the Wood County Justice Center on a $30,000 bond following his Wednesday court appearance.

North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer says Hepperly is also facing misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and obstructing justice.

MORE: The Courier

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Budget Impact Of Extended Voting Hours Discussed In Putnam County

2/25/16 – 5:06 A.M.

The effect of extended voting hours on the Putnam County Board of Election’s budget was addressed this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the BOE were concerned about “comp time,” or mandated hours worked past the standard 40-hour work week.

Under current rules, the director and deputy director of the board aren’t allowed any more than 160 hours of comp time each. But due to mandates from the state, there’s a chance they exceed that limit this year. The state requires extended voting hours in the lead up to the election. There must also be a Democrat and Republican on hand during the extended hours.

The county commissioners agreed to make restitution to the board for any comp time cash-ins by using the county’s general fund. Commissioner John Love said, “They’ll pay it out and we’ll refill their bucket.”

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Three More People Indicted For October Robbery

2/25/16 – 4:50 A.M.

Three more people have been indicted for an October robbery in Liberty Township. The Courier reports Columbia City, Indiana residents Mykel Barciz and Ashley Coltrinari, as well as 29-year-old Zane Rose of Findlay are facing robbery charges. The group is accused of attacking a man on October 28 during a theft.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Alex Treece says the victim suffered minor injuries in the attack.

29-year-old Spencer Pickett of Findlay was indicted in the same case in November. He’s scheduled to have a trial on March 28.

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon Chairman To Retire In April.

2/24/2016 – 5:51 pm

The chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corporation is planning to retire. CEO Gary Heminger will replace him. The Courier reports that Heminger will replace current Chairman Thomas Usher when he retires following the companies annual meeting of Shareholders on April 27th. Heminger will succeed him as chairman while maintaining his position as CEO.

Usher has served as the chairman of Marathon for more than ten years. It was also announced that David A. Daberko has been elected to the new position of lead director. He will chair meetings of the non-management directors, approve the board meeting agendas and serve as a liaison.

More: The Courier

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BREAKING: Bomb Threat Investigated At Ada High School

2/24/2016 – 4:08pm

2/24/2016 – 7:01 pm (UPDATE)

Ada High School had to evacuate late in the day on Wednesday due to a suspected bomb threat. The Ada Schools announced that a suspicious call was made around the time of dismissal. All students were safely evacuated from the premises.

The Ada Police Department is leading the investigation into the threat. All evening activities at Ada schools on Wednesday were cancelled.

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University of Findlay Unveils New Logo And Brand Identity

2/24/2016 – 3:09 pm

The University of Findlay unveiled a brand new logo and campaign on Wednesday. Rebecca Butler VP of Enrollment Management at UF said that it’s been 27 years since the University rebranded itself and it was time to adapt to the changing times.

Audio: Rebecca Butler

The logo features a graphic representation of the cupola of Old Main, the oldest and most iconic building on campus. Six slats in the cupola are intended to reflect the six colleges within the University and a gentle arch is reminiscent of the Griffith Arch on the University’s front lawn.

Changes around the UF campus and throughout the Findlay community will take time. Butler said that people will start to see the changes over the next several months with the new brand taking off by the Fall semester of this year.

Audio: Rebecca Butler

The University of Findlay last updated its brand identity in 1989 when it changed its name from Findlay College. Since then, the institution has added programs, increased enrollment and has flourished amidst significant changes in the world of higher education.

More: UF Newsroom

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