Review Category : Local News

Findlay Murder Trial Rescheduled for April

11/20/14     12:15 p.m.

Jerrod Hartman’s murder trial has been delayed until next spring. Hartman is accused of the death of his 44-day old son James in November 2013 to which he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The 25-year-old appeared this morning in Hancock County Common Pleas Court with a pending request from his attorney to exhume the body of his deceased son for additional examination.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer said he would need more information before ruling. Attorneys will further debate the motion during a Jan. 20 hearing.

A new trial date has been set for April 13.

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Redevelopment Of Downtown Findlay Buildings Continues

11/20/14 – 10:46 A.M.

It appears a downtown Findlay building once set to be demolished is closer to being brought back to life. The Hancock County Commissioners did not exercise their first right of refusal on the sale of property at 322 South Main Street today…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the commissioners made a similar move last year when the property next to Coffee Amici was sold.

So far there’s no word on what is going in at what was referred to as the Rooney, Clinger, and Murray building.

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North Baltimore Reports EMS Improvements

11/20/14 – 7:37 A.M.

North Baltimore emergency medical services are improving. That was the message at the village’s council meeting this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports council member Janet Goldner said EMS response time has been reduced to five minutes and 41 seconds. In the past response times were reported in the 13 minute range.

North Baltimore has added part-time paid employees to the fire department to help bolster the volunteers there.

Goldner also reported EMS billing collections have increased. In 2012 the village only collected around $40,000 from what they billed. That number was up to more than $70,000 last year. This year collections are projected to hit $85,000.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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Cost Of Carey Insurance Plans Won’t Increase As Much As Previously Thought

11/20/14 – 7:23 A.M.

It looks like insurance increases for Carey village employees won’t be as painful as first thought. Earlier this month village council was informed employees could be looking at 30 percent increases in health insurance premiums. However, that number now looks more like 14 percent.

An alternative plan sets the single coverage deductible at $1,300 and family coverage at $2,600. Both include a co-pay. The single coverage plan is an increase of $50, while the family plan is up $100.

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Arcadia School Board Moves To Replace Windows

11/20/14 – 6:40 A.M.

The Arcadia school board moved to install new windows in the school building during their Wednesday meeting. The Courier reports the board is seeking bids on the project. Bids will be opened on December 9 in the school treasurer’s office. The estimated cost of the project is $455,000.

The work should be completed by next August.

MORE: The Courier

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Farm Runoff Addressed During Meeting In Hancock County

11/20/14 – 5:31 A.M.

An update on farm runoff was given during a meeting in Hancock County Wednesday. The Courier reports the Ohio Farm Bureau gave a presentation about new state regulations during a Blanchard River Watershed Partnership meeting. Senior director of policy development Larry Antosch told those on hand that farmers can do what they need to grow their crops and protect the environment. Antosch said those ideas aren’t in opposite directions.

Ohio now requires farmers to be certified to apply fertilizer on their fields. The law was passed this year and was cosponsored by State Senator Cliff Hite of Findlay. The Ohio Farm Bureau wants all of its members to be certified to apply fertilizer to their fields by April 22. By April of 2016, the goal is that all members have nutrient management plans in place.

Runoff from fields was given national attention after a toxic algae bloom cutoff Toledo’s water supply over the summer. Many blamed chemicals sprayed on crops for allowing the growth of algae. Farmers countered there were plenty of other sources of pollution in the water.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Given Flood Mitigation Report

11/20/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Findlay wasn’t the only Blanchard River community to get new information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Corps also met with Putnam County residents. A November 12 meeting detailed the results of a steady state model of mitigation in the Lower Blanchard part of the watershed.

Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips tells the newspaper the models show that in the worst case scenario, the proposed mitigation efforts near Ottawa would lower flooding by six inches. The model includes lowering the approach of the I-9 bridge and a diversion channel. Phillips says any data they see beyond this will show an even greater reduction in flooding.

A solid state model takes into account what happens if the entire Blanchard River watershed gets an equal amount of rainfall. The model indicates a four to six inch reduction in flooding during a 100-year flood event.

The results of the study will now be taken to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District for further consideration.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Grocery Chain Buys Defiance-Based Chief Super Markets

111/20/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay-based grocery store chain made a big move Wednesday. Fresh Encounter is buying the Chief Super Market chain of groceries. The Defiance-based company owns 11 stores in northwest and west central Ohio, including the Lima area. A release from Fresh Encounter says the Chief stores will continue to operate under their current brand. No sale price was disclosed.

The buyout of Chief means Fresh Encounter will now run 36 stores in Ohio and Indiana, and will employ around 2,200 people.

It doesn’t look like any stores will be closed. Fresh Encounter CEO Mike Needer Jr. says, “this is one of those rare instances when we can consolidate resources without sacrificing any retail operations.” Even though Chief Stores operate in the same region as Fresh Encounter, there is no overlap in retail locations.

Fresh Encounter brand stores include Great Scot, Community Markets, and Sack n’ Save.

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Confidence in Self-Defense for Women Presentation Thursday

11/19/14     12:50 p.m.

The Findlay and Hancock County Business and Professional Women will focus on self-defense at their meeting tomorrow night. Self-defense expert Gennifer Akroyd will present and demonstrate techniques against attackers.

Audio: Anita Montgomery

Anita Montgomery from BPW said the presentation will be more than just a how-to, but will also give attendees confidence in their actions. The seminar will take place from 5 to 6:30 Thursday night at College First Church of God. For more information or to RSVP, call Montgomery at 419-788-6397.

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Card Making for Holiday Mail for Heroes at Findlay Red Cross Thursday

11/19/14     11:41 a.m.

The Red Cross will be holding a card making party for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program at their Hancock County office tomorrow evening. Cards will be sent not only to troops, but also veterans and military family members.

Card making will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Red Cross office at 125 Fair St. in Findlay. All supplies will be provided. For more information see

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