Review Category : Local News

Record High Temperature Falls Over The Weekend

2/22/16 – 6:50 A.M.

If you thought Saturday felt like a nice spring day, you weren’t wrong. A record high for February 20 was set, as the temperature topped out at 68 degrees Saturday. That topped the former record of 67, which was set in 1930.

The Findlay Water Pollution Control Center keeps track of city’s weather records.

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Gas Prices Up For Second Straight Week

2/22/16 – 6:45 A.M.

You’ll pay more at the gas pump for a second straight Monday. OhioGasPrices.com reports most Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.65 today. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high of $1.79 a gallon.

In Ottawa, drivers report prices are at $1.64 a gallon, up 15 cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $1.68 for a gallon of regular, which is up 13 cents from last Monday.

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Fire Destroys Fostoria Home

2/22/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A Fostoria home had to be torn down after it was damaged by a weekend fire. The Courier reports firefighters responded to a call at 151 East Fremont Street Friday afternoon, and they were called back around 6 a.m. Saturday. Fire Chief Kenneth Chapman tells the newspaper the home was “fully enveloped” in flames when crews arrived Saturday.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is not considered suspicious. The home was a rental property valued at $80,000.

Several pets were killed in the Friday fire, but all four family members escaped safely. They’re being helped by the American Red Cross.

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Candidate Profile: John Harrington

2/22/15 – 5:30 A.M.

The primary election is less than a month away and today we begin looking at some of the candidates and issues you’ll see on the local ballot. Today we start with Hancock County Commissioner candidate John Harrington.

Harrington has been vocal in his criticism of Incumbent Brian Robertson’s business practices during his campaign…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Harrington did say he didn’t blame Robertson for using the tax incentive. He added he thought as a commissioner he should have attempted to find facilities in Hancock County.​

On the subject of flood control, Harrington says while the pace as been frustrating we need to stay the course…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Harrington adds he believes that includes funding for a mitigation project.

A half-percent sales tax will expire during the next four-year term. Harrington says he’d love to find a way to cut taxes, but doesn’t think it would work in this case…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Tomorrow’s profile will focus on Brian Robertson.

FULL INTERVIEW:

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Five People Hurt In Findlay Crash Saturday Afternoon

2/22/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured five people in Findlay Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of Crystal and East Melrose avenues around 1:10 p.m. 69-year-old Annette Dove was driving east on East Melrose Avenue when she ran a stop light and hit a van driven by 23-year-old Brittany Grer.

The five people taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital suffered minor injuries in the crash. Dove was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

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Fire Damages Putnam County Barn

2/22/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A barn fire in Putnam County injured two people over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the blaze broke out near Continental early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to 2154 Putnam County Road 23 to fight the flames. They remained on scene until just after 2:30 a.m.

The two who were injured were not publicly identified. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The barn suffered moderate damage.

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Brush Fire Spreads To Camper Near Vanlue

2/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Saturday’s high winds turned a brush fire into a property fire near Vanlue. Firefighters were called to 20544 State Route 568 around 6:40 p.m. The flames from the brush fire spread to a 28-foot camper according to Vanlue Fire Chief Bill Drown.

Ten firefighters responded and were on scene for around an hour-and-a-half.

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Weekend Heroin Overdose Rumors Untrue

2/22/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Chalk it up as another reason why you shouldn’t believe everything you read on social media – rumors about a rash of heroin overdoses in Findlay over the weekend turned out to be untrue. The posts in question said the police and the hospital were bracing for a “rough weekend.” It also said there were two fatal overdoses on Thursday. The Findlay Police Department reports both rumors were incorrect.

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Monday Interview – Strong Need For Foster Parents In Hancock County

2/22/2016 – 4:00 am

In Hancock County, there is a strong need for qualified foster parents. Angie Rader with the Hancock County Department of Jobs & Family Services says that the need exists because authorities try to place children in foster care as close as they can to their home communities.

Audio: Angie Rader

In placing children locally, Rader says that not only are the children not displaced from their friends, their school, and their community surroundings but given the nature of the foster parent program, with regular visits from child care workers, local placement helps to alleviate manpower issues and reduce costs for the program.

Audio: Angie Rader

So how does one become a foster parent? Rader says that they screen all candidates and there is training involved when it comes to taking on a foster child. The first place to go though would be to contact the Hancock Department of Jobs & Family Services.

Audio: Angie Rader

To begin, you can visit the services online at www.fosterlocal.org or www.hancockjfs.org. You can call the office too at 419-424-7022. You can listen to the complete interview with Angie Rader on our Soundcloud page below.

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