Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Arrested On Drug Charges

7/31/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested Thursday for allegedly selling drugs. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 1800 block of Tiffin Avenue. 48-year-old Fred Armstrong has been charged with trafficking drugs. He faces more charges pending laboratory results.

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County To Take Over Admin Duties For Family First Council

7/31/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Hancock County will now serve as the administrative agent for the county’s Family First Council. An agreement between the county and the agency was approved during the commissioner’s Thursday meeting. The council had been looking for a new administrator since February. That’s when the Hancock County Educational Service Center resigned the duties.

No other county agencies agreed to take on the responsibilities, meaning they fell to the commissioners. The duties are mostly fiscal tasks.

The Family First Council helps streamline services for children and families from government agencies.

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Hancock County Having A Garage Sale Next Month

7/30/15 – 11:25 A.M.

Hancock County is having a garage sale of sorts. The county commissioners authorized the sale of things not longer usable by various offices during their Thursday meeting. To dispose of the unwanted items, a sale will be held at 222 Broadway on August 21 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Items listed for sale include standard things like cabinets, office chairs, and desks; to more unique items like SCUBA Air Packs, surveillance cameras, and radar units. And if you’re feeling nostalgic, several typewriters will be for sale.

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Form From Auditor’s Office Causes Confusion For County Commissioners

7/30/15 – 10:55 A.M.

A letter sent from the Findlay auditor’s office to several Hancock County officials has caused some confusion. Assistant Prosecutor Cindy Land says the city sent out forms about political contributions to vendors…

Audio: Cindy Land

Land says the form doesn’t apply to county offices because county offices can’t contribute to political campaigns. She added she believes the letters were sent out in bulk to all vendors, including county offices. Land said she’d check to make sure that was the case.

Land told the commissioners that as an attorney she didn’t like the idea of signing a document that doesn’t apply to them, but also said she didn’t believe it would cause an issue because it doesn’t apply to the county offices.

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Findlay Mayor Talks About Downtown Parking And Sign Rules

7/30/15 – 10:35 A.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik talked about several issues in the city during an appearance on WFIN radio Thursday. On the subject of making the Dorney Plaza area in downtown more of a public space, Mihalik said she absolutely believes it can coexist with the courts…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Courthouse officials have said they are concerned about taking unruly prisoners through the area to get them from the court back to the jail.

Downtown parking has been a sore spot for some with the ongoing Marathon Petroleum expansion project. Mihalik also addressed that issue…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that’s one of a few ideas being looked at. She added the city is trying to balance the need for customer parking, employee parking, and space for a growing number of apartments in the downtown area.

Mihalik says she is willing to talk to downtown business owners about their concerns.

Recent discussion about new signage requirements in Findlay have been met with mixed reviews. Mihalik says she is not in favor of forcing businesses to change their existing signs unless they are planning to make changes on their own…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says that one of the reasons they want businesses to change to low-profile signs is to make the area more attractive to businesses looking for new locations. She added that the city would also encourage utilities like AEP and AT&T to put their cables underground in the Tiffin Avenue cooridor in the future.

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Marathon Petroleum Q2 Earnings Down Slightly

7/30/15 – 8:40 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s second-quarter numbers were down slightly compared to 2014. The company reported earnings of $826 million for April, May, and June. That’s compared to earnings of $855 million a year ago. Despite the slight decline, CEO Gary Heminger said the second-quarter numbers, “reflected a solid performance across our operating platform.”

Some of the highlights from the second quarter include a strong showing by the Speedway retail segment. The convenience store chain’s income was $127 million in the second-quarter of this year, compared to $94 million last year. Half of the more than 1,200 Hess retails stores bought last October have now been rebranded as Speedway stores.

The second-quarter also saw Marathon return $544 million of capital to shareholders, including $408 million in share repurchases. Marathon also recently announced a move that will see MPLX take over operations of MarkWest Energy Partners.

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Person Of Interest In Fatal Crash Returned To Lima

7/30/15 – 7:20 A.M.

A second person listed as a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Lima is on their way back to Ohio. WLIO-TV reports 27-year-old Catherine Wilson is being transported back to the area from Florida. Wilson was arrested for a traffic violation in Florida, and held on a bench warrant from Putnam County.

She was also named as a person of interest in the May 31 crash that killed Aaron Ehrnsberger. 31-year-old Robert Catlett III was also found in Florida. He has already been returned to Lima and has talked to police.

So far no charges have been filed in the case.


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Marathon Petroleum Names New Board Member

7/30/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum has named a new member to the company’s board of directors. Charles Bunch will join the organization September 22. Bunch currently serves as the chairman of the board and CEO for PPG Industries. His last day with PPG will be September 1.

The election of Bunch increases the size of Marathon’s board to 11 directors.

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Two Rail Crossings Closed North Of Findlay

7/30/15 – 6:42 A.M.

A pair of railroad crossings will be closed near the Whirlpool plant north of Findlay today. The Hancock County Engineer’s office says the crossing on County Road 216 between County Road 220 and Township Road 230, and the crossing on Township Road 215 between Road 220 and Township Road 228 will be closed for repair work until August 12.

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