Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Man Facing Drug Charges Following Thursday Raid

3/3/17 – 5:10 A.M.

A Hancock County man is facing drug charges. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force raided a home near Jenera Thursday afternoon. Officers served a search warrant at 7697 Van Buren Township Road 29 around 1:30 p.m. Investigators say they found around 100 grams of ecstasy, suspected LSD, and marijuana. The also collected drug paraphernalia, criminal tools, and cash.

21-year-old Forest Adams faces a charge of possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Additional charges are pending.

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Sales Tax Renewal Effort Planned In Hancock County

3/3/17 – 5:03 A.M.

Voters in Hancock County will see a renewal option for a half-percent sales tax in the near future. The 10-year sales tax generates around $5 million for flood mitigation each year. The tax is set to expire in 2018.

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says even with the half-percent sales tax in place, Hancock County’s sales tax is the fifth lowest in the state. It currently stands at 6.75 percent.

Commissioner Brian Robertson added, “I think everyone understands the sales tax produces benefits to us locally.”

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Reward Available For Information On McComb Arson

03/02/17 – 5:35 P.M.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for any information you might have ona McComb fire. The fire was set to the watershed dispensary building at 103 Park Drive South in McComb. The fire happened around 7:00 a.m. on February 28. The Northwest Hancock Joint Fire District found that the watershed had been broken into. An undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. If you have any information you can call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 800-589-2728. You can also call the McComb Police Department at 419-293-3667.

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Colorectal Cancer Can Be Screened For

03/02/17 – 5:09 P.M.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and there are things you can do to avoid it. Registered Nurse for Blanchard Valley Health Systems Shannon Kohls suggests a healthy lifestyle.

Shannon Kohls

She said that being healthy willhelpbut it is still better to stay safe and get check ups. She said that you should consult your doctor to see if you should get colonoscopies to check for any negative growths.


Shannon Kohls

She said your doctor will know if and when you will need a colonoscopy. There are virtual colonoscopies that are less invasive available to people. Kohls added that a colonoscopy isn’t a yearly thing if you take care of yourself. It could be every 5 or 10 years.

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Bluffton Honors Those Affected By The 2007 Bus Crash

Bluffton University held a service this morning remembering those that were affected by the 2007 bus crash. President James Harder said that it was important to the community to honor the baseball team.

James Harder

Harder said that the baseball was particularly affected by the crash. Every season the student-athletes are made aware of what happened and why there is a memorial by the field.

James Harder

The five jerseys represent the five players that were lost in the bus accident. Since then the baseball team has implemented honoring the ’07 team into their practices. Before practice, they take a lap around the memorial.

On March 2, 2007, the team’s charter bus slammed into a wall on an I-75 overpass and fell to the interstate below in Atlanta. The crash killed five players, the bus driver, and his wife. Head coach James Grandey and 28 others suffered injuries in the crash.

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County Commissioners Oppose Ending Sales Tax On Medicaid Managed Care Organizations

3/2/17 – 11:28 A.M.

Hancock County is opposing a proposal in governor John Kasich’s budget plan. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says ending sales taxes on Medicaid and Medicare services would have a negative impact on county finances…

Audio:Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the commissioners are urging elected officials to vote against ending sales taxes on Medicaid and Medicare services…

Audio:Mark Gazarek

Several other counties have signed similar resolutions opposing the end of the sales tax.

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Update Given On Carey “Safe Route To School” Plan

3/2/17 – 7:27 A.M.

Estimates for safety upgrades near the new Carey school building have increased. The Courier reports more detailed plans for a “Safe Route to School” grant increase the cost by around $100,000. The new estimate for the project is more than $498,000.

The project includes connecting sidewalks near the school and upgrading traffic signs. The goal is to provide safer access to the school building. The maximum amount of grant money available from the state is $400,000. Officials could move Memorial Park lighting and a sidewalk connector on Crabapple Drive to a secondary project to keep the plan under the amount available from the grant.

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Fire Destroys Fostoria Mobile Home

3/2/17 – 7:13 A.M.

Fire destroyed a mobile home in Fostoria Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded to Lot 108 of Nye’s Trailer Park at 1521 North Countyline Street around 12:30 p.m. Captain Warren Digby tells the Review-Times the blaze started in the home’s bathroom.

No one was at home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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Marathon Makes Moves To Boost Stock Price

3/2/17 – 6:47 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is working to boost its stock price. The Courier reports the company contributed more than $2 billion of assets to its energy and logistics subsidiary, MPLX, Wednesday. The assets include terminal, pipeline and storage facilities.

Senior Oppenheimer energy analyst Fadel Gheit tells the Courier refiners are doing everything they can to raise stock value in a less profitable environment. He says expanding refining won’t work because it’s too expensive and there are already plenty of refiners. Gheit added the transportation and logistics of MPLX is a faster-growth business.

Marathon is contributing to MPLX 62 refined fuels terminals with about 24 million barrels of storage capacity; 11 pipeline systems consisting of 604 miles of pipeline; and 73 tanks with about 7.8 million barrels of storage capacity. The move also includes a crude oil truck unloading facility at Marathon’s refinery in Canton; and eight natural gas liquids storage caverns in Woodhaven, Michigan, with about 1.8 million barrels of capacity.

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School Budget Plan Would Take Money From All Putnam County Districts

3/2/17 – 5:35 A.M.

Every school district in Putnam County stands to lose money under Governor John Kasich’s proposed budget. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the amount that each district loses varies. The budget only takes away $215 from Ottawa-Glandorf over a two year period. However, Ottoville could lose more than $121,000.

Ottoville Superintendent Scott Mangas tells the newspaper the funding formula is entirely based on enrollment. He believes the funding model is for large urban districts and not small rural schools.

Ottoville and Ft. Jennings are the only districts in Putnam County set to lose more than $11,000 over two years.

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