Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Pleads Guilty To Gross Sexual Imposition Charges

10/25/16 – 3:05 P.M.

A Findlay man pleaded guilty this morning at the to inappropriately touching a woman last year. The Courier reports that 46-year-old Gerald Middlebrooks pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition. Middlebrooks could face up to 36 months in prison for both counts. The prosecution will recommend a recognizance bond if he remains law abiding and drug-free. Judge Joseph Niemeyer will sentence him on December 15th.

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Army Veteran And Findlay Citizen Receives Service Dog Through K9s For Warriors Program

10/25/16 – 1:20 P.M.

A US Army Captain and citizen of Findlay received a service dog after completing the K9’s for Warriors Program. Louis Belluomini said his dog Star has been very helpful.

Star Helps

Belluomini said that Star wakes him from nightmares and warns him when people are coming near when he isn’t aware. The program the matched the two through Belluomini’s personality, lifestyle, and needs.

Matched With Star

Belluomini said that the program can really change the lives of veteran’s when they return home. He added that these dogs can even save the lives of veteran’s facing a difficult path.

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Commissioners Will Clarify Resolution Regarding Stantec Contract

10/25/15 – 11:22 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will clarify a resolution that authorizes payment for flood mitigation efforts. Commissioner Brian Robertson says resolution 494-16 appropriates $20,000 to get the ball rolling with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. He said the issue is that it doesn’t mention how much the overall contract is for…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The commissioners agreed to amend the resolution so that it also includes the scope of the entire contract with Stantec.

Robertson says that future resolutions that pay a part of the contract will state they are part of the deal with Stantec Consulting.

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Hardin County Gets Grant For Underage Drinking And Drug Abuse Prevention Effort

10/25/16 – 7:29 A.M.

Hardin County is getting money from the state to try and prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. The Lima News reports the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services gave $80,000 to nine Ohio counties to support the initiative.

The Partnership for Violence Free Families will administer the grant in Hardin County. The agency will spend the money on evidence-based programs to reduce underage drinking and prescription drug abuse.

MORE: Lima News

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Michigan Senator To Rally Support For Clinton Campaign In Findlay Later This Week

10/25/16 – 7:21 A.M.

Campaign surrogates are hitting the Findlay area this week, encouraging supporters to get out and vote. Michigan Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters will be in Findlay Wednesday to stump for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Peters will be at the Clinton campaign headquarters at 830 North Main Street at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Peters is making a couple of other campaign stops in our area. He’ll go to Lima from Findlay. Later in the day, he’ll be in the Wyandot County village of Nevada. That stop is set for 5:15 at 1727 Grove Street.

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Funds Raised For Seasonal McComb Ice Rink

10/25/16 – 6:59 A.M.

The funds for an outdoor ice rink in McComb are in place. The Courier reports $6,200 in donations will make the rink a reality for the village this winter. The village will build the temporary structure on baseball diamond number 1 in the village park. Officials tell the newspaper the ball diamond is a better fit for the rink than the tennis courts.

Hearthside Food Solutions in McComb donated $3,100 for the project. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will donate the plastic that goes underneath the rink, as well as water for the ice.

MORE: The Courier

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Free Shuttle Service In Downtown Findlay Friday Night

10/25/16 – 5:32 A.M.

A free downtown shuttle will be available in Findlay Friday night. Downtown Coordinator Carla Treadway says the trial run will help find out if there is a need for shuttle service in the downtown area. The shuttle will take 15 minutes to make a loop around several blocks, making 10 stops along the way. The service will run from 5:30 p.m. until midnight.

We have a list of the stops on our website.

The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development is partnering with Hancock Area Transportation, or HATS, on the effort. The service will cost $46 an hour to operate. Treadway says she hopes to attract sponsors to the service to keep it going.

Shuttle Stops:

• The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
• North Main Street at Front Street.
• In front of the Hancock County Courthouse.
• South Main Street at Sandusky Street.
• South Main Street at Hardin Street, across from Marathon Petroleum Corp. headquarters.
• East Crawford Street parking garage.
• East Sandusky Street, between South Main and Beech streets.
• South Main Street between East Main Cross and East Crawford streets.
• Main Street at Main Cross Street.
• Findlay Inn and Conference Center, on East Main Cross Street.

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Candidate Profile: Dennis Cupp

10/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look at the Putnam County Sheriff’s contest continues today. Dennis Cupp is Leipsic’s police chief and has worked in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. Cupp says opioid addiction is the biggest issue in the county, and adds he is leading an education effort on the issue…

Audio: Dennis Cupp

Cupp says he would also like to see the D.A.R.E. program brought back in the county.

Cupp says he believes there can be a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies in the county…

Audio: Dennis Cupp

Cupp adds he believes a mentorship role between deputies and officers in smaller communities can be beneficial.

You can listen to the full interview on our website.

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Open Arms Helps More Than 10,000 In 2015

10/25/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Service center saw a 26 percent increase in people helped in 2015. The Courier reports the agency recapped the previous year during its annual meeting Monday. Executive Director Ashley Ritz says the center helped more and 10,400 people last year.

Ritz says the crisis hotline took 485 calls in 2015. It also housed 80 people at the emergency shelter and supported 1,320 people through court accompaniment and medical advocacy. More than 5,700 children received education about domestic violence prevention through the agency.

Ritz says Open Arms has 10 full-time employees, eight part-time employees, and several volunteers. The center is open 24 hours a day.

MORE: The Courier

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