Review Category : Local News

Investigators Searching For Suspect In Pike County Murders

4/22/2016 – 5:20 pm

Police are looking for an armed suspect in the murders of eight family members in southern Ohio. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader called it “a strong possibility” that one or more people may still be at large after the execution-style killings. The bodies of seven adults and a 16-year-old were found today at four different crime scenes in Pike County, about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called it a “horrible tragedy.” He also asked for anyone with information about the case to call 1-800-BCI-OHIO.

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Stacy Steps Down As Marketing Director of MCPA

4/22/2016 – 4:02 pm

Kathleen Stacy has resigned as the marketing director for the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The Courier reports that her resignation is effective May 6th citing a death in the family. For the next several months, the center has retained Arts Consulting Group (ACG) to provide interim marketing leadership, and Ronda Helton from ACG has been tapped to guide the packaging announcement and roll-out of the center’s second season.

Stacy joined the performing arts center in June 2015 to establish its marketing effort and to launch its inaugural season. She said that she’s grateful for having met and worked with many remarkable people in Findlay and Hancock County.

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Feature In Saturday’s Findlay Courier To Look At Prostitution In Findlay And Hancock County

4/22/2016 – 12:53 pm

At a glance, the notion of active prostitution in Findlay might seem unbelievable, but Allison Reamer from the Courier says that isn’t the case. In a Courier Saturday Special, Reamer is quick to note that the reason many may not think that prostitution is a problem is because much of the activity has long since moved online.

Audio: Allison Reamer

The City of Findlay, being located along the I-75 highway, Reamer says makes it an ideal location for prostitution activity, and in many cases people from Bowling Green and Lima come into Findlay to engage in prostitution. While some may link the activity to human trafficking cases, Reamer says that local law enforcement has found that the majority of cases they’ve encountered has been people engaging in prostitution who were not trafficked.

Audio: Allison Reamer

Reamer says that if residents see suspected prostitution in action or if they should suspect something, they need to contact law enforcement right away to report it. The article will be featured in Saturday’s edition of The Courier on sale tomorrow morning.

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Update: North Main Fire Investigated As Possible Arson

4/22/2016 – 11:27 am

One person was hurt in an apartment fire on North Main Street in Findlay Thursday. According to Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle at the scene, crews arrived to the apartment at 708 North Main shortly before noon.

Audio: Fire Chief Josh Eberle

The Courier reports that the man has been identified as 40-year-old Laron Trice of Findlay. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital and later transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center. The fire caused more than $50,000 worth of damage and both the Findlay Fire Department and Findlay Police are investigating for possible arson.

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Sears Announces Closing 78 Sears And Kmart Stores Including One In Lima

4/22/2016 – 10:50 am

Sears Holdings has announced that it will be closing 78 unprofitable stores in operation across the country including three in our area. According to the company, the Kmart Store at 2250 Hardin Highway in Lima will be closed, as well as the Kmart store at 1825 North State Route 19 in Fremont and the Sears Store at 1377 Marion Waldo Road in Marion.

In all, seven stores will be closed in Ohio and the company said that the closings were prompted by dropping sales in the affected markets. The closings are expected to happen in late July.

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UPDATE: Power Restored In Rawson

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Power was restored to more than 700 AEP Ohio customers in Hancock County just after 9 a.m. today. The issue was centered in the Rawson area. Several hundred Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative members were also affected, but they were reconnected a short time after the outage began.

As a result, the Cory-Rawson school district cancelled classes today.

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Two People Hurt In Crash Near Fostoria

4/22/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Two people were injured in a crash west of Fostoria Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 62-year-old Ann Barth was driving a van north on Washington Township Road 262 when she stopped at the intersection with Hancock County Road 226, and then pulled into the path of an SUV driven by 63-year-old Jeffery Hooper of Fostoria.

Barth and her passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Hooper was not hurt. Barth was also cited for failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign.

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Sanoh America Accused Of Safety Violations At Findlay Plant

4/22/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A company in the Tall Timbers Industrial Park in Findlay could be facing a large fine for safety issues. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Sanoh America exposed workers to fall and amputation hazards. That could lead to a fine of up to $82,500.

The findings issued this week said Sanoh failed to disconnect equipment from a power supply and install safety guards on certain equipment.

Sanoh manufactures brake lines. The company was cited for similar hazards in 2009 and 2012 at plants in Findlay and Mount Vernon.

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Donnell Stadium Turf To Be Repaired

4/22/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The field at Donnell Stadium will be repaired at no extra cost to the Findlay City School district. The Courier reports the company that installed the artificial turf last spring has agreed to fix the issues. Problems with diagonal drains underneath the field made for an uneven playing surface in 2015. Once the work is completed, the Donnell Foundation will pay the bill for the new field, which is around $516,000.

Findlay Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt said another issue was uneven lettering in the endzone.

The repairs should be finished by June 1.

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Treatment Court Could Help Hancock County Families Dealing With Addiction

4/22/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Plans to create a special court to work with families dealing with addiction issues are moving forward in Hancock County. The Courier reports Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson asked the county commissioners to help pay for a coordinator of a Family Dependency Treatment Court Thursday. The position would be responsible for coordinating treatment for addicts and ensuring the entire family is getting help.

Johnson told the commissioners family treatment courts have a positive effect in child welfare cases. She added 30percent more children able to remain in their homes when involved in a family court.

A grant from the Ohio Supreme Court for $130,000 over four years will help pay for the position. The commissioners agreed to provide county benefits.

Johnson said addiction is a growing issue for families in the county. In 2015, the number of children removed from a parent’s home for drug issues was greater than removals due to neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse combined. That’s the first time that’s ever happened.

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