Review Category : Local News

Two Injured In Putnam County Mototcycle Crash

9/2/14 – 5:01 A.M.

Two people were injured when a motorcycle collided with a car in Putnam County over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened Sunday afternoon at the intersection of State Route 634 and U.S. 224 near Ottoville.

75-year-old Anna Landwehr of Ottoville pulled out of a private parking lot and into the path of a Harley-Davidson ridden by John Fickel of Nebraska. Fickel was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Landwehr’s family members took her to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Hancock County Fair Attendance Up In 2014

9/2/14 – 4:53 A.M.

Hancock County residents turned out in droves for the fair this year. Ticket Chairman Aaron Smith says 116,500 came through the gates this year, compared to 110,000 last year. Only one day was down from 2013. The threat of rain Sunday dropped attendance by 7,000 compared to the Sunday numbers from 2013.

There was only one weather related issue at the fair this year. Windy conditions forced the cancellation of the motocross exhibition Saturday night.

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Plenty of Entertainment Options at the Fair this Weekend

8/30/14  10:00 a.m.

The Hancock County Fair is well underway and there will be plenty events to keep you busy this long weekend. Tonight’s events include the University of Findlay western equestrian exhibition at 5 p.m. followed by the horse pulls at 7:30.

Tonight’s events also include the Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow during the day there will be a number of animal showings and judgings. The main event tomorrow night will be the ever popular truck at tractor pulls at 6 p.m.

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Coroner: Russo Died of Multiple Blunt Trauma from Crash

8/29/14  4:20 p.m.

The Erie County Coroner’s Office ruled that multiple blunt trauma was the cause of death for Hancock County attorney Ralph Russo.

63-year-old Russo and his wife Nancy Moody-Russo were in a car accident July 9 in Margaretta Township near Sandusy. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Russo was driving on U.S. Route 6 when he went left of center, off the road and crashed into two trees.

Russo was pronounced dead at the scene. Moody-Russo was critically injured.

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Fair Gallery: Animals of the Hancock County Fair

8/29/14   4:05 p.m.

Sure there may be rides, food, entertainment and more food, but the focus of the Hancock County Fair is the animals.

The fair board estimates there are 2,189 animals and 963 animal handlers participating in this year’s fair.

Some of the animals you may see at the fair include pigs, horses, cows, rabbits, chickens, goats and more.

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Travelers Reminded to Drive Safely Over the Holiday Weekend

8/29/14   12:02 p.m.

Last Labor Day weekend 16 people died on Ohio roadways, 8 of those because of impaired drivers.

The State Highway Patrol said last year was actually one of the safest Labor Days on Ohio roadways, and they hope there will be even fewer this year.

The patrol reminds those traveling to buckle up, stay focused on the road and do not drive impaired. Motorists are also encouraged to use #677 to report impaired drivers.

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Seneca County Commissioners Want Residents To Get A Feel For The Size Of Proposed Justice Center

8/29/14 – 6:51 A.M.

A Seneca County Commissioner is looking to stamp out controversy about a proposed justice center. The Courier reports Fred Zoeller has asked that stakes be put in the lawn where the county courthouse once stood. The stakes would mark off where the building could be constructed.

Zoeller says he wants people to see that if the 9,000 square foot justice center is built, it would still leave plenty of green space. In fact, Zoeller says around 60% of the lawn would still be intact.

Plans for a new justice center include building a multi-story building for two common pleas courts, the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, and possibly other county offices.

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Major Putnam County Employer Under New Ownership

8/29/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A big Putnam County employer is under new ownership. Mars, Inc. has bought the Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura pet food brands. There is an Iams plant in Leipsic.

The Putnam County Sentinel reports the facility employs 150 people. There are also an additional 150 people working for the Excel Company, which is a third-party logistics company that works with Iams in Leipsic.

The Iams facility has expanded four times since opening in 1998.

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Findlay Man Sentenced For Scissor Stabbing

8/29/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay man who stabbed someone with a pair of scissors has avoided jail time. 33-year-old Dustin Lanagan was sentenced to five years of community control for the May 3 incident on Blaine Street. Lanagan had entered an Alford plea, which acknowledges the prosecution’s strong evidence without admitting guilt.

Lanagan’s attorney cited his client’s past substance abuse and mental health problems during the hearing. The victim of the stabbing, Donald Collins, said that Lanagan had been like a son to him.

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Ottawa Looks To Buy Additional Water Monitoring Equipment

8/29/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Ottawa could buy additional equipment to track water quality in the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports The Ohio EPA has encouraged village leaders to apply for a grant to upgrade their facilities. If the grant is approved, the village would buy equipment that monitors for cyanotoxin. The grant would also pay for training on how to work the equipment.

Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips told council this week the Ohio EPA is releasing the money because of the problems with Toledo’s water. The grant is capped at $10,000. The cost of the new equipment would be around $8,000.

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