Review Category : Local News

Committee Recommends Minimum Payout for Former Findlay Fire Chief

06/10/15     5:50 a.m.

Findlay City Council’s appropriations committee has approved a recommendation for partial payout for former Fire Chief Tom Lonyo.

According to The Courier, the committee recommended the city pay $10,360 for Lonyo’s accrued sick time, the minimum the city could pay by the Ohio Revised Code. Lonyo had accrued more than $64,000 of sick time before leaving the fire chief position to take a job at Marathon Petroleum Corporation earlier this year.

City Law Director Don Rasmussen said Lonyo is entitled to the pay and the state auditor’s office told him they would not dispute his legal opinion if the city did pay Lonyo.

The recommendation will now have to be approved by city council as a whole.

More: The Courier

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Officials Say Cameras Would Not Have Affected Tuesday’s Shooting

06/10/15     5:48 a.m.

Local officials said that dashboard cameras and body cameras would not have made a difference in Tuesday’s shooting that killed 30-year-old Jeremy Linhart.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik told The Courier in addition to being cost prohibitive, it would not have affected the outcome of the incident. She said she’d rather spend the money that would otherwise be spent on cameras on additional officers, as incidents like Tuesday’s shooting are uncommon in the city.

As far as other local authorities, The Courier reports the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has dash cams in about half of their cruisers. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has cameras in all of their vehicles as well.

More: The Courier

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Boil Water Advisory Issued for Three North Findlay Streets

06/09/15     3:16 p.m.

Water main repair work has prompted a boil water advisory for three streets on Findlay’s north side.

A release from the water distribution department says the advisory is in effect for 3024, 3100 and 3112 North Main Street. It is also in place for all of Alpine Drive and Lotze Street.

The advisory will be in effect until further notice.

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Runaway Wyandot County Teen Facing Several Charges in Pennsylvania

06/09/15     12:57 p.m.

One of the two runaway teens from Wyandot County is facing several charges in Pennsylvania.

16-year-old Triston Kindle is facing charges of aggravated assault, robbery, possession of a firearm by a minor and two counts of endangering another person.

Kindle and 15-year-old Rose May were reported missing June 1 when they reportedly stole a vehicle from Wyandot County. They were then allegedly involved in several other crimes in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Authorities in Pennsylvania and Ohio are working together to figure out how to handle the teen’s prosecution. Both Kindle and May will be treated as adults by the courts due to the seriousness of the charges, the fact that weapons were involved and a police officer was injured.

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Update: Findlay Man Shot by Police During Traffic Stop This Morning

06/09/15     8:05 a.m.

UPDATE: 10:05 a.m.

A Findlay man was killed following a traffic stop on West Sandusky Street this morning.

At a press conference, Police Chief Greg Horne said 30-year-old Jeremy Linhart was shot by an officer. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he later died.

The chain of events started with what Horne said was a routine traffic stop for a violation just after 3 a.m.

Audio:  Greg Horne

Horne said a gun was later found in the vehicle.

Per the department’s policy, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is investigating the incident.

Audio:  Greg Horne

While they have not yet released the officer’s name, Horne said a male officer is on paid leave pending the investigation.

Audio:  Greg Horne

Horne said this is the first officer-involved shooting incident in Findlay since 1999.

Court records show Linhart was convicted of trafficking marijuana in 2003 and heroin in 2009. He pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin in 2013 and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Linhart was scheduled to go to trial on a cocaine possession charge on July 27. He was wanted by police for failure to comply with conditions of his bond on that charge.

Jill Del Greco, a public information officer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, said from here, BCI&I will do a complete investigation. They will conduct interviews, gather evidence, etc. They will then produce a report of the facts for the Hancock County prosecutor, who will decide how to move forward.

Del Greco said as far as timing, due to the complex nature of the incident it may be months. At the very least, she said they will wait to get Linhart’s toxicology and autopsy report back from the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, which usually takes about eight weeks.

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Carey Proposes Tax Abatement for Company Should They Relocate

06/09/15     7:10 a.m.

A Michigan company may get a 100 percent tax abatement if they choose to relocate to Carey.

The Courier reports that the Carey School Board approved an enterprise zone agreement between the village and Halla Visteon Climate Control if they move into the new industrial park on the village’s east side, bringing in about 140 jobs.

Halla Visteon is reportedly considering three sites in the U.S., Carey being one. The tax abatement would be for new construction and machinery for 10 years. The agreement will now move to the Carey village council and the Wyandot County Commissioners for approval.

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Military Artifacts Sought for Fort Fest in Fort Jennings

06/09/15     7:03 a.m.

Fort Jennings is seeking military artifacts for its annual military festival and veteran’s weekend.

The annual Fort Fest will be held August 14, 15 and 16. The Fort Jennings Historical Society assembles a temporary military museum for the occasion at the Jennings Memorial Hall. The one-weekend display features items on loan from local families and veterans.

Residents who have items they would be interested in loaning for the weekend should contact Fort Fest Co-Chairman Wes Klir at 419-286-2257.

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Putnam County Seeking Nominators for Veteran of the Year

06/09/15     7:01 a.m.

A new event in Putnam County will honor a veteran in the area.

The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County will be hosting the county’s first Veteran of the Year Recognition Dinner Oct. 24, 2015 at the VFW in Ottawa.

They are now accepting nominators for the Veteran of the Year. The nominee must be an honorably discharged veteran of any era, age, race or gender. The person nominated also has to reside in Putnam County and be involved in veterans’ outreach efforts or other volunteer service.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Veterans Office.

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Lima Planning Housing Improvements with CDBG Grant Money

06/09/15     6:45 a.m.

Lima officials are hoping to improve housing in the city with grant money in the next year.

The Lima News says city administrators met Monday to discuss their five-year plan for Community Development Block Grant money. Department Director Amy Sackman Odum said this year the city worked on expanding its outreach to the city with surveys.

Next year, the goals include improving and expanding affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, combating poverty and increasing economic opportunities in the city.

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Pink Elevator at Marathon Petroleum to Raise Money for Race for the Cure

06/09/15     6:43 a.m.

Findlay’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is getting a lift from Metro Elevator Company to help launch the Ride the Pink Elevator Campaign.

The launch will take place this Thursday with Charles Construction and Gilbane Construction at Marathon Petroleum on Main Street. A pink elevator in the construction zone at Marathon, specifically on the soon-to-be MPLX office building.

Metro Elevator installed the very first national pink elevator in January of this year. The campaign is to help raise awareness as well as funds to fight breast cancer.

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