Review Category : Local News

Candidate Profile: Jeff Wobser for Findlay City Council-At-Large

04/20/15     5:30 a.m.

As one of the five Findlay City Council-At-Large candidates, political newcomer Jeff Wobser said though things are going well right now in Findlay there are ways to improve. Wobser said if elected, his goal would be to maintain financial conservatism.

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Right now, the city’s rainy day fund is about $5 million. Wobser said he’d like to continue to build on that to get it closer to $10 million to feel confident.

One of the major issues Wobser said he’s looking forward to tackling is flood mitigation.

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Wobser also said he’d like to work on revamping the Tiffin Avenue area to make it more attractive to potential businesses.

Our candidate preview series starts today and will feature one candidate or levy on the ballot today through election day.

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Two Injured In Crash West Of Findlay

4/20/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A two-car crash west of Findlay injured two people Saturday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of Hancock County Road 139 and Liberty Township Road 95 around 5:20 p.m. in the afternoon.

83-year-old Melville Silver of Leipsic was driving west on Township Road 95 when he ran a stop sign and pulled into the path of a car driven by 38-year-old Jack Marshall of McComb. Silver was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Marshall was treated at the scene of the crash.

Silver was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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One Person Arrested Following Fostoria Injury Crash

4/20/15 – 5:11 A.M.

A Fostoria woman was arrested following an injury crash over the weekend. The Fostoria Police Department reports the accident happened in the 600 block of Maple Street Saturday morning.

32-year-old Aline Waltermyer was driving south when she lost control and hit a tree. Her passenger, 25-year-old Nathan Sheeran, suffered injuries and was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment.

Waltermyer was cited for drunken driving and failure to maintain control.

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Experts Say Dredging Blanchard River Would Do More Harm

4/20/15 – 5:00 A.M.

While many in the local agriculture community have called for dredging the Blanchard River to fight flooding, it may have done more to cause problems in the long run. That’s according to Jeromy Applegate, a fish and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Applegate tells the Courier that dredging weakens the banks of a river. He says that causes more sediment to get in the waterway.

Applegate added that trees often have to be removed to allow for dredging, which further weakens the river banks. The erosion of banks can allow the river to change its course. That could mean the river would cut into farmland along its banks.

Another reason the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opted against the dredging was the impact on wildlife. While we heard about endangered mussels that live in the river, Applegate says fish and other wildlife would have been harmed in adverse ways. He added there would be an impact on sport fishing because the food supply for the fish would have been disrupted.

MORE: The Courier

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BGSU Students Hold Dance-A-Thon For Charity

4/20/15 – 4:33 A.M.

Bowling Green State University students are heading back to class today, having recovered from the school’s annual Ziggython. As many as 300 people danced for 32 straight hours this past weekend to raise money for Mercy Children’s Hospital. The event raised 50-thousand dollars.

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NW Ohio Fatal Crashes Increase in First Four Months of 2015

04/17/15     1:23 p.m.

The number of fatal car accidents in northwest Ohio has jumped significantly in 2015.

The State Highway Patrol reports that in the Findlay district, which includes 12 counties in northwest Ohio, there have been 36 crashes and 43 deaths. That’s 19 more accidents than the first four months of 2014.

“This spike in fatalities is concerning. We need motorists to remember the potential consequences when they drive recklessly or neglect to wear a safety belt,” said Captain Gary Allen, Findlay District Commander. “The Patrol will continue to be out on the roads removing unsafe motorists and promoting traffic safety to reverse this trend.”

There were four quadruple-fatals, two double-fatals and four days with more than one deadly accidents per day. Fifty percent of those who died were not wearing seatbelts and alcohol was a factor in more than a third of the crashes.

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ODOT Spent $4 Million Picking Up Litter Along State Highways in 2014

04/17/15     10:33 a.m.

In 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation spent $4 million picking up litter. ODOT crews picked up about 43,000 bags of trash last year.

It’s an expensive problem and one that takes away crews from road work. The $4 million spent of litter is enough to buy 28 new snow plow trucks, pave 28 miles of roadway or install 160 culverts.

Adopt-A-Highway groups picked up 20,000 bags of trash last year saving the state $130,000. If your group or organization is interested in signing up to adopt a highway, see the ODOT website.

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ODOT Working In Wood and Hancock Counties Next Week

04/17/15     10:20 a.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be working on state routes in the area next week. As a result, two of those highways will have some closures.

As part of the I-75 widening project, State Route 18 south to Hancock County Road 99 may be closed at night starting Monday.

State Route 12 east of Arcadia will be closed all week next week for culvert replacements. Traffic will be detoured to U.S. 224.

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Putnam County Judge Overseeing High-Profile Allen County Case

4/17/15 – 5:41 A.M.

A Putnam County judge will preside over a high-profile case in Allen County. The Lima News reports a former Allen County Sheriff’s sergeant has been accused of stealing property from the evidence room of the department. Frederick DePalma was arraigned Thursday on numerous charges. Judge Randall Basinger will serve as a visiting judge in the case.

DePalma is accused of taking things from the evidence lock up over the course of four years. The newspaper reports authorities haven’t said what the former sergeant allegedly took. However, DePalma is facing 33 counts of grand theft or theft of a firearm.

DePalma posted bond following Thursday’s hearing. He worked for the Allen County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years.

MORE: Lima News

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Opiate Addiction Meeting Set For North Baltimore

4/17/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A meeting about opiate addiction will take place in North Baltimore next week. The Wood County Opiate Task Force will host a discussion on the issue at 7 p.m. Thursday night at North Baltimore High School. The event is free and open to the public.

Several members of state coalitions to battle the heroin epidemic will be on hand. Also scheduled to speak is Luckey Mayor Belinda Brooks, who will talk about a family member’s struggle with addiction.

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