Review Category : Local News

Diversion Channel Update Given In Ottawa

7/13/16 – 9:54 A.M.

Work is underway to buy land needed for a Blanchard River diversion channel in Ottawa. At an update meeting in Putnam County Wednesday, Maumee Watershed Conservancy District Director Clark Lynn Army said two property owners have been sent notices that the conservancy plans to buy parts of their property…

Audio: Clark Lynn Army

If a deal can’t be reached, the eminent domain process would likely be used to buy the land.

At a previous meeting, officials said it would only take three to four months to build the channel once the needed property is bought.

The diversion channel plan in Ottawa would help the river take a straighter path around an oxbow in the river near Ottawa-Glandorf High School. The channel is expected to reduce flooding by six to eight inches in downtown Ottawa.

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Seneca County Commissioner Lobbies For More Highway Funding

7/13/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A Seneca County Commissioner thinks the county is getting short changed when it comes to funding for roads. The Review-Times reports Mike Kerschner took ODOT to task over the issue Tuesday. Kerschner said there are four-lane highways in adjoining counties, but none in Seneca County.

Seneca County is a part of ODOT District 2. Kerschner said the district has a population of around 835,000 people. He added 6.8 percent of that population is in Seneca County, but they get less than 4.3 percent of state highway funds.

An engineer with ODOT said the agency uses a funding formula that includes a variety of factors like the number of accidents, road and bridge conditions.

MORE: Review-Times

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Gazebo Construction Set To Begin In Mount Blanchard

7/13/16 – 6:34 A.M.

A community revitalization effort in Mount Blanchard will continue this week as construction on a gazebo at the former site of the Mount Blanchard School. The gazebo is being built at Hurricane Park, and is being paid for by a grant from the Hancock Regional Planning Commission.

The project is part of a larger effort taking place in Mount Blanchard. The grant has also paid for waterline work, streetlight replacement, and road paving. There has also been sidewalk replacement efforts made in the village.

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Bowling Green Woman Injured In Hancock County Crash

7/13/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A two-car crash near Van Buren injured a Bowling Green woman Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 27-year-old Natalia Razgoniaeva was driving on Allen Township Road 229 when she stopped at the intersection with State Route 613. She then pulled into the path of a van driven by 47-year-old Joseph Nero of Woodville.

Razgoniaeva was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for failure to yield. Nero was not taken to the hospital.

Traffic was heavier than normal in that area at the time due to traffic being diverted from a crash on I-75.

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Two Injured In Crash South Of Findlay Tuesday Night

7/13/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Two people were hurt in a two-car crash south of Findlay on U.S. 68 Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old Nico Maldonado was driving north on the highway near Jackson Township Road 168 around 9:20 p.m. when he stopped to turn left into a driveway. He was hit from behind by a car driven by 53-year-old Anthony Lahey of Findlay.

Maldonado and a passenger, 19-year-old Matthew Foust of Bluffton, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Lahey was cited for driving while intoxicated and for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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Findlay Police Train For Crowd-Control Scenarios

7/13/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Members of the Findlay Police Department are learning crowd-control techniques designed to keep incidents from escalating. The Courier reports police officers from Columbus are working with Findlay officers as part of the civil disorder training program. Columbus Police Lt. Steve Wilkinson tells the Courier the goal is to teach Findlay police personnel small-squad tactics. He said, “if they have an incident that kicks off here in Findlay, they’ll be prepared to take care of everything by trying to use the least amount of force by using a big show of force.”

Wilkinson says that means officers must be organized and must quickly move together. He added that the technique is used when a crowd refuses to respond to verbal commands to move.

Crowd control can be done with officers on foot, bike or horseback. Officers also are being trained in the use of nonlethal equipment, like tear gas, smoke, wood batons, and bean-bag rounds.

MORE: The Courier

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Testimony Continues In Wood County Cold Case Retrial

7/13/16 – 4:24 A.M.

Testimony will resume today in the Russell Adkins retrial as prosecutors try to prove to a jury that he killed a young mother nearly 35 years ago. A firefighter who treated Dana Rosendale along Tracy Road in 1982 and the woman who was with Rosendale were on the witness stand yesterday. They’re on the side of Wood County prosecutors, who say Adkins beat Rosendale to death and dumped her body. Adkins’ attorneys say she fell out of a moving car.

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Ohio Democratic Party Chair Speaks On Upcoming Elections At Dinner

7/12/16 – 10:51 P.M.

The chair of the Ohio Democratic Party was one of many speakers at a dinner party Tuesday night in Findlay. David Pepper said the message of his speech was the importance of the upcoming elections. He does not think Donald Trump is a good fit for the presidency.

Audio: David Pepper on Trump

With the elections around the corner, Pepper said he is confident in his party. He added the democratic party hasn’t done as well in statewide elections in the past as it would like. After much work, he believes that this year could be a turning point for the party.

Audio: David Pepper on Party Success

Pepper thinks this time around could set forth great changes for Ohio and the nation. Many of the speakers at the event were concerned with issues in education. Pepper said he agrees that this a major topic of discussion.

Audio: David Pepper on Education

Pepper said was glad to speak at the dinner and looks forward to the elections. He was elected to the position of state chair in December of 2014.





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UPDATE: Four Commercial Vehicles Involved In Crash On I-75 Southbound Near North Baltimore

7/12/16 – 11:12 A.M.
Update – 1:48 P.M.

The southbound lanes of I-75 are open again following a crash involving multiple vehicles just south of North Baltimore. The State Highway Patrol says four commercial vehicles and a car were involved in the crash, but no one was injured. Traffic is still moving slow in the area as a result of the closure, which lasted several hours.

We’ll have more details on the crash as they become available.

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Plans Put In Place For County Operations While Two Commissioners Are Out Of Town

7/12/16 – 1:39 P.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson is tending to his injured wife, and Commissioner Mark Gazarek scheduled to be out of town for the next several days. That meant the commissioners had to take action Tuesday to make sure county business can continue to get done…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle says he’ll be in contact with Gazarek and Robertson as well as other county officials to make sure operations are running smoothly.

Riegle adds that resolutions that typically appear on the commissioner’s agenda likely won’t be up for approval again until July 26.

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