Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Sentenced On Burglary Charge

8/22/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A Findlay man was sentenced for his role in a March armed burglary. The Courier reports 22-year-old Nicholas Rarey will spend three years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court. The incident happened on March 24.

Rarey and three other people took several items from the home. While Rarey didn’t have a weapon at the time, others involved in the crime did. Police were able to located the suspects by using a stolen computer’s GPS.

Co-defendants Adrian Castillo, Cayd Burton, and Zachary Montgomery, have pleaded guilty to the same charge as Rarey. They’ll be sentenced over the next two months.

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Parking Lot Change Cuts Down On Traffic Congestion At Findlay High School

8/22/14 – 4:52 A.M.

A simple change in the parking lot in front of Findlay High School is making a big difference in traffic on Broad Avenue. The Courier reports buses are now exiting to Howard Street when they leave the high school, cutting down on congestion in the area. The buses that do exit to Broad are only going straight or turning right.

Jerri Strait is the district’s transportation coordinator. Strait says departure time for buses is down to five to 10 minutes, compared to 15 to 20 the year before.

The driveway from FHS and the Millstream Career Center was extended around the former Washington Elementary School building. That allows vehicles to pull out to Howard Street.

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Downtown Mural Dedicated During Findlay’s New Third Thursday Event

8/21/14   10:10 p.m.

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After exactly two months of detailed work, Oscar Velasquez and many Findlay community members celebrated his new University of Findlay mural downtown tonight.
Velasquez said everytime he visits a town and sees an empty wall, he imagines what he could create there just as he did on the south wall of the First Federal Bank building in downtown Findlay.
The mural was officially dedicated at a ribbon-cutting during a new downtown Findlay event.

Working the normal 9 to 5 is usually pretty convenient, unless you’re trying to shop in downtown Findlay.

Audio: Maria Reza
In an effort to help shoppers, many downtown Findlay businesses are joining Maria Reza, downtown Findlay coordinator, to host Third Thursdays. The third Thursday of every month downtown businesses stay open until 8 p.m. and have special promotions exclusively for that evening.
Since it’s conception in May, Reza said Third Thursdays has grown from eight businesses to more than 30. The special shopping day often includes events, such as tonight’s mural celebration at First Federal Bank.
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Gluten Free Labeling Now Regulated by FDA

8/21/14    12:45 p.m.

If you are at the grocery store or a restaurant you are bound to see gluten free labels on many food items. But until now, none of that labeling has been regulated. The FDA just announced the standard must be less than 20 parts of gluten per million for food to be labeled gluten free.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said the gluten-free craze began with people who have celiac disease. Celiac is an allergic reaction to gluten that causes small intestine and digestive issues as well as anemia and fatigue. Gluten itself is just a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Lentz said marketers used the idea that all gluten is bad and took advantage of that by labeling things gluten-free.

Audio: Ed Lentz

About one percent of population in the United States has celiac disease and is therefore allergic to gluten. That is the same amount of people in the U.S. that are allergic to peanuts.

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Fostoria Police Want More Attendance At Block Watch Meetings

8/21/14 – 5:28 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department wants to see more people taking part in its Block Watch meetings. The Review-Times reports only three people showed up at the latest get together. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper that the meetings are an opportunity to get to know police officers on a more personal level.

Loreno says he would like to hear what Fostoria residents would be interested in learning about. If you have a suggestion you’re asked to call (419)435-8573.

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Arcadia School Board Considers Window Upgrades

8/21/14 – 5:20 A.M.

The Arcadia school board is considering upgrading the school’s windows. The Courier reports board members were given a presentation on the benefits of replacing their windows during a Wednesday meeting. Capitol Window representative Dave Burns told the group the wooden frames around the windows are warped, letting out heat in the winter.

Burns said the summer or spring would be the best time to replace the windows. But work could be done during the winter by moving kids into other classrooms.

No decision was made Wednesday.

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Seneca County School Merger Becomes A Reality

8/21/14 – 5:12 A.M.

A new era in education began in Seneca County Wednesday. The merger of Bettsville schools into the Old Fort School district became a reality. The Review-Times reports the merger between the once rival districts was signed on June 24.

Bettsville’s former school building now serves as the home for Old Fort’s kindergarten through sixth grade classes. The Old Fort building now houses grades seven through 12.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Former Ottawa Council Member

8/21/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a former Ottawa council member. The Courier reports the suit against Alan Ducey is seeking more than $50,000.

On June 6, Ducey went left of center to avoid stopped traffic on State Route 65, hitting another car in the process. 62-year-old Christine Hayden and 85-year-old Joan Beam were killed. Ducey was seriously injured.

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities is also named in the suit. Ducey was driving for the agency when the crash happened.

The crash resulted in Ducey resigning his council seat.

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Maumee Watershed Conservancy District Asked To Take Over Blanchard Projects In Ottawa

8/21/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Ottawa Village Council has asked for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to take over a proposed flood reduction project. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition has also asked the Maumee group to take the reigns.

Now both groups wait as Maumee District members decide if they want to take over leadership of the Lower Blanchard project. The plan calls for altering a the Road I-9 Bridge and a diversion channel for the river. If approved, an engineering firm could be selected to do the work.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Mike Pniewski tells the newspaper the conservancy district can consider more cost benefits compared to what the Corps can do. That includes items like reductions in property value, the cost to safety services, and the expense of road closures.

Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips says if the Maumee Conservancy decides to take on the plan, work on the I-9 bridge could start next year.

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Liberty-Benton Student with Whooping Cough First in County in 2014

8/20/14    3:10 p.m.

Liberty-Benton Elementary School sent a letter home Tuesday with its students after one student was recently diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

It is recommended to be vaccinated for pertussis at two, four, six and fifteen months of age, along with boosters before kindergarten and seventh grade. But by the time we reach adulthood, the vaccine is worn off.

Audio: Frances Meeks

Frances Meeks, director of nursing at the Hancock County Health Department, said pertussis in adults is less severe and may seem more like a bad cough or bronchitis. Despite this, the disease can still be spread to children who are unvaccinated or in the process of receiving all their immunizations.

Meeks said Ohio is third in the nation for number of pertussis cases, and the best way to prevent it is vaccainations. Last year there were six reported cases in Hancock County, but so far this is the first case for 2014.

Symptoms vary by age, but are magnified in babies because of their smaller airways. With adults, it may appear more as a bad cough or bronchitis. Pertussis in a child can start as a mild upper respitory infection and appear as a cold with a runny nose and low grade fever, but the cough becomes more severe. Coughing episodes which sound like crowing or high-pitched “whoops.”

In order to contract the diease, it usually requires two to three hours of face time with the infected person, and coming in contact with any fluids from the nose or throat. Once contracted, quarantine is advised and antibiotics are administered. The person is no longer contagious after approximately five days or continuous antibiotics, but the symptoms can last for up to a month.

As for the student at Liberty-Benton, according to Superintendent Jim Kanable the student is not in classes, and was only exposed to other students at the school’s open house last week. Kanable said the school was notified of the diagnosis Monday after school and sent information home with students immediately on Tuesday.

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