Review Category : Local News

Area Road Projects Winding Down For The Season

11/21/16 – 5:33 A.M.

We saw snow fly over the weekend, which among other things means road projects in our area are wrapping up for the year. ODOT says only one project other than the I-75 widening work is taking place in our area this week. State Route 18 and 613 between Baird Road and County Road 75 near Fostoria remains closed for a railroad crossing repair project.

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Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Celebrate Community Read With Self-Help Book

11/21/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is celebrating its community read with a different kind of book this year. Director Jeff Winkle said they are focusing on the self-help book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Winkle said that the self-help book focuses on the 7 habits that are shared among productive people. The book breaks them down and explains how o implement the habits into your life.

Winkle added that the book has transformed lives and helped people become more effective workers. He added that the book is being used throughout the county by several organizations. He said that his hope is that this self-help book can change the lives of people in Hancock County. According to Winkle, the students have the most to gain through learning these habits now.


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Record High Temp Set Friday In Findlay

11/21/16 – 5:28 A.M.

It seems like a distant memory now, but we saw a record high temperature in Findlay last Friday. The Findlay Water Pollution Control Center says the high on Friday was 74 degrees. That tied a record set 120 years ago.

Of course, Saturday saw more winter-like weather move in. The WTOL First Alert Forecast says temperatures won’t get above 40 degrees for the next couple of days.

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Gas Prices Up To Start Thanksgiving Travel Week

11/21/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Local gas prices are up as we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday week. reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.01 today. That’s up nine cents from last Monday. Prices are 22 cents higher than they were the Monday before Thanksgiving last year.

Drivers in Ottawa are paying $2.04 a gallon today. That’s up six cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is up as well. Around Ohio, drivers are paying $2.08 for a gallon of regular. That’s an 11 cent increase over last week.

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Delphos Man Wanted In Connection To Toddler’s Death Arrested In Hancock County

11/21/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Fostoria Police arrested a wanted Delphos man in Hancock County late last week. According to the Lima News, investigators in Van Wert County were looking for 26-year-old Christopher Peters in connection to the death of a 15-month-old boy last Tuesday. Officers arrested Peters on an unrelated failure to appear warrant in Hancock County.

Peters faces charges of child endangerment and felonious assault. He’s expected to be extricated to Van Wert County to face the charges.

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Teenager Arrested After Sunday Shooting In Findlay

11/21/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Findlay police arrested a 16-year-old Sunday afternoon following the shooting of a 17-year-old in the city. The Findlay Police Department says the shooting happened in the parking lot of the Family Center at 1800 North Blanchard Street just after 5:30 p.m. Investigators are not publicly identifying either of the teens involved.

Officers arrested the suspect around 8:30 p.m. They took the 16-year-old to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. The boy faces a felonious assault charge.

A release from the department says investigators found the gun allegedly used in the incident as well.

The victim is undergoing treatment at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

A release from the Family Center says the facility wasn’t open when the shooting happened. It adds the Family Center will have normal operating hours today.

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Mayor Lydia Mihalik Named To The Board Of A New State Organization

11/18/16 – 5:31 P.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was elected to serve on the board for a new bipartisan coalition. The Ohio Mayors Alliance consists of 30 mayors from Ohio’s 30 biggest cities. According to a press release, the alliance was formed Friday to help strengthen Ohio’s cities. This will be done through collaboration, improved advocacy, and stronger partnerships with state and federal policymakers.

Mihalik said, ” By coming together and speaking with one voice about the issues that impact our communities and our constituents, we will demonstrate the important role that Ohio cities play in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.”

Roughly one-third of Ohio’s population lives in the 30 biggest cities by population. Other cities being represented include Toledo, Lima, and Dayton.

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Hancock County Jury Starts Deliberations In Arlington Teenager Rape Trial

11/18/16 – 4:08 P.M.

A Hancock County Jury began deliberating around 11:30 a.m. Friday for the rape trial of Arlington teenager Kyle McDowell. The Courier reports that the defense’s closing statement painted the alleged victim as a liar. The prosecution called McDowell’s story “smoke”.

Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said, “When you look at the concrete evidence against ‘smoke,’ there’s no other verdict than guilty.” McDowell’s attorney, Lorin Zaner, disagrees claiming that the sex was consensual. She said that the girl made up the rape story to avoid getting in trouble for coming home late.

Special prosecutor Micah Ault said that the physical evidence of the girl’s bruising and the testimony from witnesses back the girl’s version of what happened. A Blanchard Valley Hospital nurse testified that the girl had a bruised cervix two days later. She said that this could be consistent with a rape injury. McDowell had also sent several apologetic text messages in which he asked how he could make things right.

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Ottawa Man Arrested For Threatening A Teacher

11/18/16 – 3:29 P.M.

An Ottawa man was arrested after making threats to a teacher this morning at Glandorf Elementary School. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that 27-year-old Johnathon Gillette is charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing. The charges follow a phone call around 9 a.m. to St. John the Baptist Church in Glandorf in which he made the threats.

The threats caused a teacher to be concerned for her safety. Both the school and the church were placed on lockdown. Putnam County Sheriff Tim Meyer and deputies were sent to the church where Rev. Tony Fortman called Gillette back. He kept Gillette on the phone until deputies arrested him without incident.

Gillette is being held in the Putnam County Jail with a $3,000 bond per charge.

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Christmas Is Coming To Findlay Next Friday

11/18/16 – 2:47 P.M.

Christmas will be coming to Findlay the day after Thanksgiving. According to a release, Mayor Lydia Mihalik will be joined by Santa Claus on Friday, November 25 at 6 p.m. Together they will officially light the City of Findlay’s Christmas Tree in Dorney Plaza.

Afterward, Santa will lead children and their families to Findlay’s Kiwanis Santa’s House at St. Andrews United Methodist. There the children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

All are welcome to come and take part.

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