Review Category : Local News

Areas Of Black Ice Reported Around The Region This Morning

1/11/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Strong overnight winds and below freezing temperatures have created spots of black ice on area roads this morning. While no roadway advisories are in place, area law enforcement officials are urging you to be careful. A Nixle alert from Wood County says there are large amounts of black ice on the road there.

Bridges and overpasses freeze before surface streets. You might also want to give yourself some extra space to stop for the time being.

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Putnam County Home

A fire destroyed a Putnam County home early this morning. Firefighters in Continental responded to a house fire at 310 West Rice Avenue just after midnight. One of the home’s residents reported a fire inside a wall. The blaze destroyed the house, but everyone was able to escape safely.

Investigators are working to determine what started the fire. No other details are available just yet.

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Seneca County Reviewing Rural EMS Coverage

1/11/17 – 5:39 A.M.

Seneca County officials are reviewing EMS coverage in villages and rural areas. The Review-Times reports nearly 30 township trustees from around the county talked about the issue Tuesday morning. The group noted that there are EMS units in the county that are out of service for several hours because they don’t have enough volunteers.

The group talked about a possibly paying a small stipend to the EMS crews. That could mean trying to pass a levy to drum up funding.

The trustees also talked about Sandusky County’s EMS system. It covers the whole county with four fully-paid paramedic units. However, the cost to operate a system like that in Seneca County could be around $2.5 million.

MORE: Review-Times

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Mount Cory Teen Injured In Crash On Icy Road

1/11/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A crash on an icy road injured a Mount Cory teen Tuesday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on County Road 313 around 6:15 a.m.

17-year-old Zoe Benroth was driving north when she slid left of center and hit a car driven by 47-year-old Robert Bartenschlager of Findlay. Hanco Ambulance took Benroth to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Bartenschlager wasn’t injured.

Deputies cited Benroth for driving left of center.

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Spotty Power Outages Reported Following Strong Winds In The Area

1/11/17 – 5:23 A.M.

There are pockets of small power outage across the area after strong winds blew through last night. American Electric Power reports just under 30 outages in Findlay this morning. AEP’s website says they expect restoration around 7 a.m.

Elsewhere, the company says there are around 15 outages in Fostoria, seven in the Ottawa area, and a handful near Bluffton. The company lists 7 a.m. as the estimated restoration time for all the reported issues.

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Whirlpool Wins Long Battle For Tariffs On Chinese-Made Washing Machines

1/11/17 – 5:09 A.M.

The U.S. will impose tariffs on washing machines imported from China. The Courier reports the International Trade Commission voted in favor of the move Tuesday. The commission and the U.S. Commerce Department say Samsung and LG are selling their Chinese-made washing machines below fair value in the U.S.

Whirlpool Corporation filed a complaint about the practice in December of 2015. Jeff Fettig is the CEO of Whirlpool. He says, “This is a gratifying win for American manufacturing, particularly our more than 3,000 employees at our factory in Clyde, Ohio, who make clothes washers for American consumers.”

The U.S. could put tariffs as high as 52.5 percent on the imported washers. Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman both lobbied in favor of the tariffs.

Whirlpool makes dishwashers at their plant in Findlay, and freezers at an Ottawa facility.

MORE: The Courier

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Jenera Woman Hurt in State Route 698 Crash Tuesday Morning

01/10/17 – 8:36 P.M.

A Jenera woman was injured in a car accident Tuesday morning on State Route 698. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that 28-year-old Nicole White was driving south on 698 around 6:20 a.m. She went off the road and hit a utility pole. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Appropriations Committee Prepares Appropriations Report Of 2017 For Findlay City Council

01/10/17 – 8:22 P.M.

Findlay City Appropriations Committee heard from all of the department heads about incoming projects on Tuesday. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that there could be some big projects coming to Findlay.

Paul Schmelzer

He also mentioned some of the less glamorous projects such as improving roadways and neighborhoods. He also said that there will be several sewer related projects on the agenda this year.

The committee report will be put in front of city council next week. Schmelzer said that once council approves the report, appropriations can start.

Paul Schmelzer

He added that some of the vehicle requests will probably be added to the ordinance right away. It takes awhile for the vehicles to be built so it is best to get them funded as soon as possible.

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State Highway Patrol Stepping Up Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking

01/10/17 – 3:10 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is stepping up measures to crack down on human trafficking. Lt. Matt Crow of the Findlay Post said that they are training more people to help spot potential human trafficking violations.

Matt Crow

He added that they are working with Truckers Against Trafficking since the majority of the violations happen at rest areas and truck stops. Crow said that they are working hard to combat human trafficking since it devastates so many lives.


You can also help combat human trafficking if you’re traveling the interstates by keeping an eye out. Crow said that the biggest thing is how victims look and behave.

Matt Crow

Crow said that most trafficking victims are young girls around the age of 18. He added that they might also look malnourished, show signs of abuse, and be walking from truck to truck. If you notice strange behaviour or think something is wrong he recommends contacting the local law enforcement.

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