Review Category : Local News

United Way Of Hancock County Looking For People To Join VISTA

03/08/17 – 4:41 P.M.

The United Way of Hancock County is accepting applications for Americorps Volunteers in Service to America. Program Coordinator Heather Heilman said that the program is a wonderful experience.

Heather Heilman

Heilman said that if accepted you’ll get to engage the community.

Heather Heilman

To apply you must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years old. You can apply online at liveunitedhancockcounty.org

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Chicago Man Pleads Not Guilty To Findlay Murder Charges

03/08/17 – 2:50 P.M.

The Chicago man charged with the murder of a Toledo man in Findlay pleaded not guilty this morning. The Courier reports that 36-year-old Husam Coleman appeared before Judge Reginald Routson in the Hancock County Pleas Court. He responded to a three-count indictment in connection with the death of 31-year-old Marcus Alexander.

Coleman is being held on a $1 million bond. A pretrial hearing is set for March 17.

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I-75 Work In Hancock County Scheduled To Begin This Month

03/08/17 – 1:08 P.M.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week on I-75 projects in Hancock County. The meeting will be in the main ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn in Findlay on Monday. A presentation will start at 5:30 p.m. with time for questions afterward.

Work is expected to start on March 20th. The project will reconstruct pavement on I-75 and add a third lane of travel in both southbound and northbound directions. They will also reconstruct the interchange between U.S 68/state route 15 and I-75.

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Wyandot County Authorities Looking For Missing Teen

3/8/17 – 7:22 A.M.

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding a missing teenager. A post on the office’s Facebook page says Carmen Holloway left her home in the southern part of the county around 9 p.m. Monday night. Authorities initially believed she went to Kenton or Dunkirk.

Holloway is 5’9″ with dark hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

If you see her call the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office at (419)294-2362.

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Cygnet Man Facing Rape Charge

3/8/17 – 6:53 A.M.

A Cygnet man is facing a rape charge in Wood County. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the grand jury recently indicted 25-year-old Alan Hoffman on a count of rape and a count of sexual battery. The indictment says the victim in the case, “was unaware that the act was being committed.”

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North Baltimore Getting State Funding For Waterline Project

3/8/17 – 6:49 A.M.

North Baltimore is getting more funding for a waterline replacement project. The Courier reports the Ohio Public Works Commission is granting the village more than $132,000. North Baltimore is also getting a low-interest loan for more than $132,000 from the agency.

The village will use the money to replace waterlines on Main Street from Broadway to Walnut Streets. Work will start in 2018.

Village officials say they’ll keep downtown businesses informed about when they can connect to the new lines. Village Administrator Allyson Murray said, “there’s no reason they should have to close.”

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Findlay Woman Injured In Two-Car Crash

3/8/17 – 5:36 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Tuesday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just before noon at the intersection of West Trenton and Morey Avenues.

51-year-old Gregory Nye of Findlay was driving east on Trenton Avenue when he failed to stop for a red light and hit a car driven by 69-year-old Patricia Mcaran. A private vehicle took Mcaran to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Police cited Nye for disobeying a traffic control device.

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Fostoria Officials Decide On Fiscal Recovery Plan

3/8/17 – 5:30 A.M.

Elected officials in Fostoria have decided on a fiscal recovery plan. The Review-Times reports city council voted 5-1 to put a 4-mill property tax levy in front of voters in November. If approved, council expects the general fund to have a positive balance of more than $780,000 by 2021. The plan still falls short of a three-month carryover recommended by the state.

The 4-mills option was the lowest tax millage levy presented to council. Officials had also talked about 5-mill and 6-mill options to get the city out of the red. Auditor Steve Garner told council the city had a negative balance of more than $918,000 at the end of February.

A Fostoria resident with a home valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $140 per year if the levy passes in the fall.

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Findlay Council Hears First Reading On Dorney Plaza Renovations

3/8/17 – 5:17 A.M.
Update – 10:03 A.M.

Findlay City Council heard a first reading of an ordinance to fund the city’s share of the Dorney Plaza renovation project during a Tuesday meeting. the legislation calls for paying $215,000 for the capital improvement project.

A report from Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says the project is still in the design phase.

Earlier this year the Hancock County Commissioners scaled their investment back from $200,000 to $75,000. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation said it would donate $200,000 if the project finishes by October 1. They plan to honor the 30th anniversary of Dorney Plaza in the fall.

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Elected Officials Want Answers From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

3/8/17 – 5:00 A.M.

Elected officials have several questions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the agency’s flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River in Hancock County. The Courier reports both Ohio Senators and Congressman Bob Latta want the Corps to explain “several gaps and discrepancies” in its flood study.

Latta and Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown sent the letter to the Corps on February 22. That’s the same day Stantec Engineering said it would not recommend the Corps’ Eagle Creek diversion channel plan. Stantec has proposed improving the river channel as it flows through Findlay. The engineering firm also suggests building dams upstream of Findlay to create large dry storage basins.

Portman plans to meet with the commander of the Buffalo district of the Corps soon. He said, “I will ensure the corps reviews any permit applications fairly and in a timely manner.” Brown added, “I’ll continue to work with local officials and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that the community has the information it needs to guard against flooding and boost the region’s economy.”

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