Review Category : Local News

Findlay Committee Outlines Water Shut Off Board

05/13/15     8:23 p.m.

An ordinance forming a water service shut off board is now heading to Findlay city council for approval. An ad hoc committee met to discuss the topic Wednesday.

Audio: Don Rasmussen

Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen said the board will include four mayor-appointment members and one city council person. The board will hear cases as needed and determine a course of action based on the situation.

The ordinance was left as-is, save for two changes. Some changes have been proposed to an ordinance concerning Findlay’s water shut off policy. Rasmussen said the changes just clarify the ordinance based on questions the city received.

Audio: Don Rasmussen

The changes identify water as the utility to be shut off as well as the need for three of the five board members to approve a shut off.

The ordinance will now go to city council for approval.

 

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More Needs Done for Suicide Prevention Than Just Raising Awareness

05/13/15     3:28 p.m.

You may have seen the hashtag #antisuicideday trending on social media today. In addition to raising awareness, Century Health’s Coordinator of Emergency Services Nancy Stephani said it’s important to talk to those you think may be considering suicide.

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani said often time the person is in so much mental distress they are beyond the point of being able to be cared for by friends and family and need professional help.

Audio: Nancy Stephani

If you know someone you think is in trouble, Century Health’s 24/7 emergency hotline is 888-936-7116.

 

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Brooks and Emmons Plead Not Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Are Released

05/13/15     3:14 p.m.

Two more Brooks family members have been released from jail on their own recognizance following not guilty pleas.

Fifty-two-year-old Cheri Brooks, her 56-year-old husband Kevin and 33-year-old son Scottie Emmons were all arrested last week for drug trafficking. Cheri pleaded not guilty and was released Monday. Kevin and Scottie also entered not guilty pleas and were released Wednesday. All three allegedly sold generic Xanax from their Washington Street home in August. Kevin is also accused of selling a seizure and panic disorder treatment drug.

All three will be back in court June 5 for pretrial hearings.

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Law Enforcement Memorial and Appreciation Week Observed in Findlay

05/13/15     12:55 p.m.

Next week is National Law Enforcement Memorial and Appreciation Week. During the week, there will be several opportunities to honor the different law enforcement agencies that serve Findlay and Hancock County.

On Sunday, May 17 there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s School auditorium. For retired officers, there is a Retiree’s Lunch Tuesday, May 19 at Golden Corral Restaurant in Findlay. And on Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. all officers and their families are invited to a Steak Out dinner at the Upper Room Church of God in Findlay.

If you have questions about any of next week’s events, contact the Findlay-Hancock Couty Chaplain’s Association.

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Marathon Sued By Kentucky Attorney General

5/13/15 – 11:56 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation is facing a lawsuit in the state of Kentucky. The state’s attorney general claims the company uses anti-competitive practices to keep gas prices high.

The lawsuit states, “Marathon owns and operates the only refinery in Kentucky, and it maintains its wholesale monopoly by making retailers and other potential suppliers enter into contracts that are outright anti-competitive. This conduct harms everyone who buys gas in Kentucky.”

The suit goes on to say Marathon violated state and federal antitrust laws when the company merged with Ashland Oil in 1998.

Marathon communication manager Brandon Daniels says the company disputes the allegations, and will “defend this judicial action vigorously in court.”

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New Allegations Surface In Allen County Stolen Evidence Case

5/13/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A former Allen County sheriff’s sergeant accused of stealing guns from an evidence lockup may have sold some of the weapons to other deputies. The Lima News reports the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation says several sheriff’s employees came forward to say they had bought guns from Fred DePalma Jr. Sheriff Sam Crish tells the newspaper there is no evidence the people who came forward knew the guns could have been stolen.

Crish also says not all the missing guns have been recovered. There is a chance other community members could have bought the stolen weapons. Anyone who bought a firearm from DePalma is urged to come forward.

DePalma is facing 112 criminal counts in a case that accuses him of stealing items from the county’s evidence locker. He is scheduled to go on trial in September.

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Joint Justice Center Discussed In Seneca County

5/13/15 – 6:42 A.M.

More groundwork was laid for a joint justice center in Seneca County Tuesday. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners met with North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments representatives to discuss the project. The goal was to get an update on a contract for the construction project manager.

During the session members talked about Tiffin’s role in the process. Commissioner Fred Zoeller added no construction would take place until they have a final cost in place. He added that the city is working on a memorandum of understanding, but also said “we need a commitment to provide some funds.”

When built, the justice center would house the county and city courts, the clerk of courts and possibly other county offices.

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Part Of Cory Street Closed In Findlay Today

5/13/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Gas line repair work will close a part of Cory Street in Findlay today. The city’s engineering department says the road will be closed between West Sandusky and West Main Cross streets. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You’re urged to avoid the area if possible.

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Rural Bluffton Man Killed In Apparent Farming Accident

5/13/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A rural Bluffton man was killed in apparent farming accident this week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 58-year-old Robert Cheney was found dead in a shed at his home at 1689 Orange Township Road 27 Monday evening. It appears an accident with a tiller may have caused the fatal injuries.

Cheney was found with lacerations on his leg and head. The tiller was found in gear and the brake had not been set.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

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Ditch Maintenance To Get Underway In Hancock County

5/13/15 – 5:09 A.M.

Hancock County officials talked about the future of ditch maintenance during a Tuesday afternoon meeting. The Courier reports bookkeeping was the topic of conversation when the commissioners met with representatives from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. Low balances in ditch maintenance funds have delayed work this year.

The conservation district has been asked to begin work on seven ditches where there are funds available to pay for the work. County Commissioner Phil Riegle said the county would be willing to pay for the work on the other ditches until special assessments could be collected from property owners.

Commissioner Brian Robertson suggested tracking the maintenance details on an easily shareable document. Robertson added that a similar system is in place with the Hancock Regional Planning Commission to track details on grant applications.

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