Review Category : Local News

Year In Review: Harsh Winter Puts Residents In The Deep Freeze

12/31/14 – 5:30 A.M.

There were plenty of high-profile news stories in 2014, but only one that every single person you know talked about at some point. The unrelenting, brutal winter is our story of the year in Hancock County.

Findlay’s Water Pollution Control Center recorded more than 38 inches of snowfall from January through April. That’s more than three times the snow we saw in 2013.

On top of the snow, there was the bitter cold. Wind chills stayed below zero for long stretches of the first quarter of the year. For people heating their homes with propane, things got dicey at times…

Audio: Bob Latta

The propane shortages led Congressman Bob Latta to sponsor legislation that would make it easier to get the heating fuel to where it is needed during harsh winters.

The seemingly constant snowfall wasn’t cheap either. The harsh weather cost Findlay more than $130,000 for extra utility costs, vehicle repairs, and overtime.

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Snow Fence Installed Along I-75 In Wood County

12/31/14 – 4:37 A.M.

A snow fence is being installed along one of the most dangerous sections of I-75.  The Ohio Department of Transportation says the permanent fence will stretch 32-miles from I-275 in Perrysburg to State Route 582 in Wood County.  It’s meant to act as a shield from the westerly winds and break up snow that blows across the exposed farm fields.

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Peeping Tom Reaches Settlement with One Victim

12/30/14     10:32 a.m.

The man who photographed tanning women in the Findlay area has agreed today to pay one of those women $25,000.

Casey Miller approved the settlement in Hancock County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.

Last year Miller photographed women at Tan Pro locations in Findlay, Bowling Green and Fremont. He was convicted in all three cities of misdemeanor voyeurism.

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Year In Review: Army Corps Releases Tentative Flood Mitigation Plan

12/30/14     5:30 a.m.

A plan seven years in the making started to take shape this year. As part of our year in review, we look back at the progress made in flood mitigation this year. At a meeting in November, Army Corps Lt. Col. Karl Jansen said the Corps is working toward releasing a project report this spring.

Audio: Karl Jansen

The tentative plan includes a levee south of the Findlay Reservoirs and a large diversion channel on the west side of Hancock County and will cost an estimated $87 million.

Jansen said after the report is released in the spring there will be a series of public meetings for questions and comments, followed by optimization of the project. The goal is to have the feasibility and environmental impact reports by the end of 2015, then a chief’s report to be submitted to Congress in the spring of 2016.

But while some saw the plan as progress, many in the agriculture community saw it as a threat.

Audio: Gary Wilson

Hancock County Farm Bureau President Gary Wilson said the recent meetings with the Corps have been helpful and he is in favor of continuing discussion.

Jansen was invited out to visit farms in the area while in Findlay in November. He said the visit gave him a better understanding of the complexity of the project and the need for more open communication between the Corps and the public.

The Corps’ informational web page on the project can be found here.

Click on each image to see a larger version. Images provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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AEP Installing New Meters In Our Area

12/30/14 – 5:22 A.M.

AEP will be upgrading electric meters around the state over the next few months. The company says work will begin on the project this week. The company is expanding the use of automated meter reading technology to 105,000 more customers.

The technology allows AEP employees to read meters remotely. The company stresses the new meters only send information and can not receive info. That means they aren’t the same as smart readers, which have been the cause of some controversy.

AEP hopes to have the work done by the end of May. Work will take place Mondays through Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. You’ll get a notice if any work is scheduled on your property.

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Fostoria Police Searching For Rail Park Thieves

12/30/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department needs your help in identifying a pair of thieves. A post on the department’s Facebook page says two men were caught on security video taking several items from a vending maching at the Iron Triangle Visitor Center and Viewing Area last week.

The thefts allegedly took place around 8 p.m. on December 22.

You can see a picture of the suspects on our website. Anyone with information is urged to call (419)435-8573.

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Supreme Court Will Not Hear Putnam County Road 5 Case

12/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A dispute over the widening of a Putnam County Road will not be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the court decided it would not accept an appeal from the county commissioners. The case was taken to the Supreme Court after an appeals court found the commissioners acted improperly in the widening of Road 5.

The case now goes back to the Putnam County Common Pleas Court. That means there could be hearings about damages. An attorney working for residents on Road 5 tells the newspaper the commissioners could be fined $500 for sunshine law violations.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Toledo Couple Admits To Killing Man, Leaving Remains In Putnam County

12/30/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Toledo couple accused of killing a man from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and leaving the remains in Putnam County, has pleaded guilty. Yesterday, Robert Strauss and Desirae Strauss admitted to beating Brian Martin, then using a plastic bag to suffocate him.

They say Martin was killed because he wanted a paternity test to determine if he was the father of Desirae’s twins. Robert was sentenced to life in prison while Desirae was sentenced to 15-years.

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Bowling Green Police Investigate Rash Of Burglaries

12/30/14 – 4:28 A.M.

Police in Bowling Green are reminding people to lock their doors. The warning comes as officers are investigating ten burglaries that have all taken place over the past several weeks. A spokesman says there is usually an increase in burglaries this time of year because BGSU students are out of town and their personal items are left alone. They say thieves are also after Christmas presents.

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