Review Category : Local News

Findlay Woman Arrested Following Drug Bust

06/17/15     10:30 a.m.

A Findlay woman was arrested following a drug bust early Wednesday morning.

32-year-old Lydia O’Brien was charged with possession of heroin when the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at midnight at her home at 835 Liberty Street in Findlay. A search of the home found heroin, crack cocaine, hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Additional charges and arrests are expected pending laboratory results.

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Roads Closed By High Water In Putnam County

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Roads Closed By High Water In Findlay

6/17/17 – 8:02 A.M.
Blanchard St from E Main Cross St to E Sandusky St
E Main Cross St from Marcelle Ave to Bright Rd
Smith St from Clinton to Cross Ave
Cross Ave from Clinton to Dunn Ave
Meadowbrook  from  Graceland to Brookhaven
Brookhaven, Meadowbrook & Sunhaven
Sunhaven from Graceland to Brookhaven
Central Ave  from Clinton to Hemphill Blvd
Carnahan Ave from Clinton to Hemphill Blvd
Hemphill Blvd from S Blanchard St to Riverside Park
River St @ Hurd Ave
Liberty St @ Apple Alley
Findlay St  @ N/S alley to River St
Howard St  from rear of Walmart to Broad Avenue
S River Rd from CR 140  to Broad Ave
Stanford Pkwy  from Westfield to S River Rd
E Main Cross St  from S Blanchard St to Osborn bridge
Eastowne & Wedgewood to E Main Cross St
Brookside from 6th St to Blanchard Ave
Stall Drive  from Brookside to 5th St & Amelia Ave
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Two Injured In U.S. 68 Crash

6/17/15 – 7:12 A.M.

Two people were injured in a crash in southern Hancock County Tuesday morning. reports the accident happened on U.S. 68 south of U.S. 30.

A semi driven by an Akron man left the road and overturned, flipping the trailer into the northbound lane of traffic. The trailer was hit by a car driven by 61-year-old David Ruhlen of Dunkirk. Ruhlen and his passenger, 28-year-old Stephanie Ruhlen, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Fostoria Looks To Renew City Income Tax

6/17/15 – 7:06 A.M.

Fostoria residents will likely see a tax renewal on the ballot when they head the polls this fall. The Courier reports Fostoria City Council gave first reading Tuesday to an ordinance that would place a renewal of a 5-year, 1 percent income tax on the ballot.

$600,000 from the tax is automatically set aside for capital improvement projects in the city.

Mayor Eric Keckler said the money raised by the tax accounts for roughly half of the city’s budget.

MORE: The Courier

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UPDATE: Blanchard River Recedes, Will Crest Again Tonight

6/17/15 – 5:03 A.M
Update – 7:46 A.M.
Update – 8:16 A.M.
Update – 12:20 P.M.

The Blanchard River has receded, but will likely be back on the rise soon. In Findlay, the Blanchard stood at 13.02 feet at 6:30 this morning but has dropped to 12.54 feet. The National Weather Service revised their crest prediction from 14 feet at 8 p.m. to 13.7 feet. That is still above the major flood stage mark of 13.5. The river is expected to drop below flood level tomorrow afternoon. At 14 feet as much as half of Findlay is impacted by flood water.

Sandbags have been made available for Findlay residents at the northeast corner of West Crawford and South West Streets.

As for Eagle Creek, it is rapidly falling. The creek crested in major flood stage at over 11.3 feet Thursday afternoon. It has since dropped below flood level to the 6-foot range.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard has gone down as well. There the river was 25.88 feet at 6:30 a.m. but has dropped to 25.7. The river is expected to crest at 26 feet sometime tomorrow. At that level the river nears the point where it hits the bottom of the bridge at the county garage site. Flooding is also taking place along south Walnut and west Second Streets on the south side of Ottawa.

The Blanchard in Ottawa isn’t expected to exit flood stage until Friday.

Elsewhere in Putnam County the Auglaize River is projected to crest in the moderate flood stage at 19 feet later this morning. The river is predicted to exit flood stage late Thursday afternoon.

With the high water, several area roads near the Blanchard River are closed. We have a list of closures on our website. Notably in Putnam County, the Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid Kalida, saying all state routes in the village are closed. U.S. 224 west of State Route 65 in Ottawa is also closed.

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Conservancy District Approves Blanchard River Project

6/17/15 – 6:44 A.M.

A flood mitigation project for the Blanchard River in Ottawa has been approved. The Courier reports the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District voted to move forward during their Tuesday meeting. The plan calls for rebuilding the Road I-9 bridge. The structure has been blamed for acting like a dam and slowing down the river when water is running high.

The plan also calls to a diversion channel to be built near Ottawa. Some structures in the flood plain would also be torn down.

A group of residents opposed to the diversion channel voiced their opposition during the meeting.

A total of $8 million has been approved by the Ohio legislature for flood mitigation projects along the lower Blanchard River.

MORE: The Courier

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Three Toledo Men Charged In Findlay Jewelry Theft

6/17/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Three Toledo men are accused of stealing jewelry from a Findlay jewelry store. The Courier reports 23-year-old Ceatreon Phillips, 24-year-old Domonique Phillips, and 26-year-old Christopher Snow-Veley were all indicted by the Hancock County grand jury Tuesday. The men allegedly took two diamond rings from Michael Eller Diamonds last month.

According to the Findlay Police Department, the men distracted an employee to take the items. The store surveillance system picked up the license plate number of the car the trio left in.

MORE: The Courier

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McComb Man Dies While Servicing Septic Tank

6/17/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A McComb man died Tuesday while working on a septic tank in the eastern part of the county. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old James Bradley Brown lost consciousness after crawling into the tank at 6210 Biglick Township Road 254. Another plumber working on the site was unable to get Brown out of the tank.

The sheriff’s office was alerted to the situation just before 2:30 p.m. Emergency responders were unable to revive Brown.

The incident remains under investigation.

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