Review Category : Local News

Health Department Reports Zika Case In Hancock County

6/3/2016 – 3:45 pm

Hancock Public Health has received a report of a lab-confirmed case of Zika virus in county. The virus came in with a 50-year-old male who had recent travel history in the Caribbean. According to a release, the virus was acquired from travel outside of the US and the likelihood of the virus being transmitted locally is minimal. However, the health department is reaching out to the individual to prevent further transmission.

There have been no reported cases of Zika through mosquito bites in Ohio or anywhere else in the continental US at this time. The primary mosquito type that transmits the virus is found in tropical climates and southern US but it is not known to be established in Ohio.

The CDC and the health department have guidelines to help you when you travel to Zika infected countries.

  • Upon return, people are encouraged to use insect repellent for three weeks following travel to prevent possible spread among mosquito populations
  • Couples should abstain from sex or use condoms for a period of eight weeks following travel
  • Symptoms of Zika, (fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headache) found in males who have been diagnosed with Zika should abstain from sex or use condoms for a period of six months following travel.
  • Eliminate standing water sources around your home
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET.

If you have any questions regarding the virus and ways to keep it from spreading, contact Hancock Public Health or visit them online at Hancock Public for more information.

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One Injured In Two Car Crash On North Blanchard

6/3/2016 – 1:18 pm

At least one person was hurt following a two-vehicle crash that closed North Blanchard Street at the East Main Cross intersection this morning. The crash happened around 10:50am. The driver of one of the vehicles had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Findlay Fire Department. He was transported from the scene by Hanco EMS.

No further details are available at this time.

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Forecasters Attribute Quiet Spring Weather To El Niño

6/3/2016 – 11:12 am

By and large, the weather has been quiet in our area this spring. An unusual pattern which forecasters are attributing to the after effects of El Niño. Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Cleveland, which covers Hancock County spoke to WFIN Radio today saying that thus far this year they’ve issued only seven severe weather warnings, the lowest number issued in 20 years. Most of the severe weather patterns went further south and southeast of the area.

For Hancock County, there have been no thunderstorm warnings issued thus far this year, which is considered to be unusual for the area. Meteorologists noted that there has been some strong weather in the area, mostly around I-75 and at times strong winds but no thunderstorm warnings.

As to if we can expect a major storm, given the quiet weather thus far, meteorologists say that the patters appear to be more random, with no correlation between quiet and active weather. Though given conditions, pop-up storms are possible. Forecasters note though that right now the area is transitioning out of the El Nino weather systems so as the summer continues we could begin to see a normalization of the weather and a return of traditional patterns.

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Bluffton Man Injured In ATV Crash

6/3/16 – 7:46 A.M.

A Bluffton man was injured in an ATV crash earlier this week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports Dennis Boyd was riding the vehicle near Orange Township Road 51 around 10:30 p.m. Monday night when he hit a tree stump in a ditch.

Boyd was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for not having the required registration for an ATV.

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Accused UCLA Shooter A Former Employee Of A Findlay Company

6/3/16 – 7:35 A.M.

The accused shooter on the UCLA campus has a connection to Findlay. Media partner WTOL-11 reports Mainak Sarkar is a former employee of Eudurica LLC, a Findlay-based software company. An employee of the company who did not wish to be identified confirmed that Sarkar had worked there at one time.

Sarkar is accused of shooting a UCLA professor and then turning the gun on himself. Investigators say they think Sarkar thought the professor gave another student a program designed by Sarkar.


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OVI Checkpoint Scheduled For Allen County Tonight

6/3/16 – 5:25 A.M.

An OVI checkpoint will be held in Allen County tonight. The State Highway Patrol reports it will take place on State Route 81 near North Dixie Highway just outside of Lima. Officers from the State Patrol and Allen County Sheriff’s Office will be working at the location from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The checkpoint is being held in connection with increased patrols in the area to combat drunk driving.

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Fostoria Rail Preservation Society Buys Historic Caboose

6/3/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society is bringing another piece of railroad history back to the city. The Review-Times reports the organization recently bought a metal caboose to put on display at the Iron Triangle Visiting Center and Viewing Area.

Ellen Gatrell is with the organization and says the caboose was built in 1965 by the International Car Company of Kenton for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It has bunks, closets, a bathroom, and other amenities for the time. It even is coming with its original floor and colors.

The caboose currently is in Alvada. A donated section of track has to be laid down before the rail car can go on display. Arrangements to move it to Fostoria also have to be made.

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Structure Fire Reported Near Mount Blanchard

6/3/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Some area firefighters have already had a busy day. Fire departments from Delaware Township and Arlington were called to a structure fire south of Mount Blanchard around 3:20 a.m. The blaze was reported at 15656 Delaware Township Road 149 near the Blanchard River.

No other details were immediately available.

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Questions About Bonds Asked Following Last Two Murders In Findlay

6/3/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Several people have been asking questions about bonds following the last two murders in Findlay. The Courier reports in both instances the defendants were out of jail on bond or a medical furlough in other cases. Both of Hancock County’s Common Pleas Court judges tell the newspaper unless it is a capital case, everyone has a right to bond.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer says, “Everybody’s entitled to a reasonable bail.” Judge Reginald Routson adds, “There’s a presumption of innocence. That is the basis of our constitutional system.” Both say a variety of factors are considered when setting the bail amount for a suspect. They can include the severity of the crime, prior criminal records, and employment among others.

28-year-old Brent Houdeshell is accused of killing 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell on March 31. Houdeshell was serving a one-year sentence for an OVI conviction but was released for a medical furlough. He was supposed to see a doctor on May 4 and have surgery on May 27. If he had the procedure done while in custody, the county would have had to pay for it.

34-year-old Joel Drain is accused of killing 56-year-old Randy Grose last month. Drain was out of jail on bond in a case that accuses him of stabbing his father in the neck. Bail in the stabbing case was $45,000. That’s double the scheduled amount for a second-degree felony. His bond was posted on May 2 by Allstate Bail Bonds.

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North Main Street Building Demolition Could Start Later This Month

6/2/2016 – 5:09pm

The demolition of several buildings on North Main in Findlay could begin later this month. The Courier reports that the Hancock County commissioners opened bids on the project today and ALL Excavation & Demolition of McComb was the apparent lowest bidder with a bid on the project of $90,350. The company says it can start on June 17th.

The buildings slated to be demolished are 201-203, 202-204 and 205-207  North Main just north of the Clinton Court intersection.

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