Review Category : Local News

UF Students Urged To Get Meningitis Vaccines

10/31/14 – 5:19 A.M.

University of Findlay students were urged to get meningitis vaccinations Thursday night. The Courier reports several people spoke about the dangers of bacterial meningitis during a forum on the subject. State Senator Cliff Hite was one of the people on hand. He was a sponsor of “Tess’ Law,” which makes March 9 an awareness day for bacterial meningitis.

Hite was also 5-year-old Tess Wilson’s uncle. Bacterial meningitis took her life on March 9 of 1999. Her father spoke at the event, as did the mother of a 19-year-old who died from the diseases in 1997. Cindy Krenjy told the students on hand that parents never get over the death of a child as she urged them to get vaccinated.

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Campaign Finance Reports Indicate Quiet Local Races

10/31/14 – 5:09 A.M.

There are only a handful of local contested races on the ballot next Tuesday in Hancock County. Campaign finance reports show that one of those races has been fairly quiet. The Courier reports that Robert Sprague is the only candidate to have filed a finance report in the Ohio 83rd House District race.

Sprague has received more than $50,000 in campaign donations so far. $45,000 of that has been spent, but two-thirds of the expenditures were for a contribution to the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee. That group campaigns for various GOP candidates.

Neither Kevin Rettig or Greg Norris filed reports. Campaigns that receive less than $1,000 are not required to report.

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Hancock County Budget Revenues Increasing

10/31/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The economic outlook in Hancock County continues to improve. Budget estimates for Hancock County now show revenues increasing by about $700,000 in 2015. Numbers put forward by the budget commission show revenues of $21.6 million this year, and $22.3 million next year.

Tax receipts for this year will end up being around $13.3 million. Next year that total could reach $14 million.

The expense side of the county budget will be put together in November.

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Part of Bluffton Precast Concrete Building a Total Loss After Fire

10/30/14     4:37 p.m.

Part of Bluffton Precast Concrete Company is a total loss after it caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

The Bluffton Fire Department was dispatched at 3:20 p.m. and had the fire under control by 6 p.m. according to Bluffton Fire Chief Jon Kinn.

Kinn said the southern part of Bluffton Precast Concrete’s main building was a total loss and the northern part of the building had smoke and heat damage.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and Kinn said there is “nothing suspicious” about the fire.

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Findlay Student Reportedly Chased By Unknown Man at Bus Stop

10/30/14     3:18 p.m.

Findlay Police are investigating a report of bus stop stranger danger that happened this morning. A 10-year-old girl told Findlay City School staff a male chased her near her bus stop in the 200 block of Monroe Ave. around 8 a.m. this morning.

Police say the girl saw the male looking at her and he began running toward her. The girl hid behind a parked car in the area until he was gone. When she arrived at school she told staff, who then reported the incident to police.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with a medium build, shorter than 5 ft. 9 in. He had a shaved head and was wearing a black jacket with a black hood. Anyone with information should call Findlay Police at 419-424-7150.

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Sheriff Seeking Info on Burglaries in Liberty Township Neighborhoods

10/30/14     3:02 p.m.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is asking Liberty Township residents to keep an eye out after a string of burglaries over the last week.

Since Oct. 22, the Sheriff’s Office has received eight complaints of breaking and entering burglaries in mostly residential areas. The crimes are being committed during the overnight hours. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.

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Bluffton Chamber Looks To Take Advantage Of Dual County Status

10/30/14 – 12:09 P.M.

Bluffton business leaders want residents from Hancock and Allen Counties to get a better look at what the village has to offer.

Fred Steiner is the director of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and says Bluffton is on a bit of an island being on the county line, and in the middle of Findlay and Lima…

Audio: Fred Steiner

In order to take advantage of the dual county status, the chamber has invited the commissioners from both counties to an upcoming meeting…

Audio: Fred Steiner

The hope is the commissioners will get more familiar with the business climate in Bluffton.

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Frustration Mounts As Gas Meter Still Not Installed At County Garage

10/30/14 – 11:33 A.M.

While the new Hancock County Engineering garage is open, it’s not fully operational yet. County Commissioner Brian Robertson says Columbia Gas continues to delay the installation of a gas meter, which is causing mounting problems…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson adds he’s been trying to nail down a date, but hasn’t had any luck…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says initially the meter was supposed to ship early this month. Now it looks like it will be early November before it can be installed at the earliest.

Until the meter is installed, the garage is operating without a generator, and without heat.

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Harris Sentenced to 20 Years to Life For Murder of Joe Gutierrez

10/30/14     10:15 a.m.

A Findlay man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing Joe Gutierrez III.

21-year-old Ralph Harris III admitted to shooting Gutierrez multiple times Nov. 8 at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal Avenues in Findlay. Courier reporter Ryan Dunn was in court this morning.

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Harris is facing 15 years to life for the murder charge, three for a gun specification and two years for various drug charges. His co-defendant Montre Robinson, who was also found guilty of murder for his role in driving the getaway vehicle, will be sentenced in December.

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Marathon Reports Solid Third Quarter Of 2014

10/30/14 – 7:33 A.M.

Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum Company’s earnings in the third quarter of 2014 dwarfed last years numbers. Figures released by the company this morning show the company earned $672 million between July and September. During the same time period in 2013, Marathon earned $168 million.

Today’s quarterly report also shed some light on the future of the company. A statement from CEO Gary Heminger said Marathon plans to accelerate the growth of MPLX LP. Heminger added, “We believe MPLX’s long-term growth profile represents substantial value to MPC shareholders through our general partner interest, the incentive distribution rights and the potential for meaningful proceeds from asset sales to MPLX.”

Another Marathon Subsidiary, Speedway, showed record earnings. The convenience store chain earned $119 million during the quarter, up from $102 million in 2013. The increase was credited to higher margins on light product and merchandise. Speedway also closed its buyout of Hess retail stores on September 30.

MORE: Marathon Investor Site

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