Review Category : Local News

Sister Of Findlay Murder Victim Goes Missing

3/4/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The sister of a Findlay murder victim is missing and hasn’t been seen for several weeks. The Findlay Police Department says Lisa Gutierrez was reported missing February 25. Authorities say foul play is not suspected. They also don’t believe the disappearance has anything to do with the shooting death of Joe Gutierrez III.

Lisa borrowed her father’s car and never returned it. It’s believed she could be with a boyfriend in Toledo.

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DLZ Consultants Chosen to Design Downtown Findlay Traffic/Parking Plan

03/03/15     11:23 p.m.

The City of Findlay has chosen a company to help flush out the details of its downtown traffic and parking plan. DLZ Consultants was hired for $340,000 to design the scope of the project. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said part of the reason DLZ Consultants was chosen is because they worked with Marathon Petroleum on their expansion.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said they felt DLZ was consistent with the city’s Transportation Alternative Plan.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said DLZ’s work for Marathon gave them prior knowledge of the area and of the downtown Transportation Alternative Plan.

Money for DLZ’s fee will come from a donation from Marathon Petroleum designated for the downtown project.

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City Council Denies School District Bus Garage Plan

03/03/15     10:00 p.m.

The Findlay City School District will have to find a new location for its bus garage. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council members voted 7 to 3 to deny the request to rezone the property at the corner of Broad and Bigelow Avenues from residential to industrial.

Councilman Randy Van Dyne said there are concerns with traffic, fumes, noise and more. He said there is no way for the school system to overcome the concerns to the satisfaction of the neighbors.

In the contract, Superintendent Ed Kurt said the school district stated that the $160,000 purchase could be voided if there were any issues with the property itself or the zoning. The current bus garage is located on Blanchard Ave. and is being relocated because it is in the flood plain.

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Marathon Petroleum Announces Executive Team Changes

03/03/15     5:32 p.m.

Marathon Petroleum, headquartered in Findlay, announced a series of management changes Tuesday.

Donald Templin was named Executive Vice President of Supply, Transportation and Marketing. Timothy Griffith has been appointed to Templin’s former position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Both Templin and Griffith will report to CEO Gary Heminger.

Additionally, George Shaffner has been named Vice President of Health, Environment, Safety and Security; John Swearingen will be Senior Vice President of Transportation and Logistics; and James Heintschel will be in the newly created role of Vice President of Business Development.

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United Way Accepting Community Garden Applications

03/03/15    4:30 p.m.

While it seems like this winter is neverending, the United Way of Hancock County is gearing up for spring by accepting Community Gardens applications.

Audio: John Urbanski

United Way CEO John Urbanski said everyone is welcome to apply, but those with financial instability will be given priority.

Garden Coordinator Heather Heilman said typically about half of the gardeners are on some type of food assistance. She said the goal is for the gardeners to have access to fresh, wholesome foods. For those who are confined by small spaces like apartments but have a love of gardening, the chance to man a plot in spite of their habitation is a plus.

Audio: John Urbanski

This is the fifth year for the community garden project. The garden plots are located next to the Family Center at 1800 N. Blanchard St. in Findlay

More information, garden applications and garden guidelines

Find Community Gardens of Hancock County on Facebook

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Blanchard Valley Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Top 100

03/03/15     3:23 p.m.

Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

This is the third time Blanchard Valley has been named to the list. Truven Health evaluates about 3,000 hospitals for their patient care, operational efficiency, financial stability and more for its Top 100.

This year’s winners were announced in Tuesday’s edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information on the study and other top 100 hospitals, see their website.

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Hancock County Residents Invited To Join Sheriff’s Association

3/3/15 – 11:20 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants area residents to help in the fight against crime. Sheriff Mike Heldman says an increasing number of people have asked about how they can assist law enforcement. With that in mind, Hancock County residents are being invited to become associate members of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.

Membership information will be mailed soon. The Sheriff’s Office will not make calls about membership. Joining the association can cost as little as $20. Heldman says the contribution helps fund things like training and legislative support on criminal justice issues.

For more information you can call (419)424-7098.

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Update: Accidents Reported On I-75 Between Bluffton And Lima

3/3/15 – 8:11 A.M.
UPDATE: 9:38 A.M.

Listeners tell us I-75 is very slick between Bluffton and Lima. Several slide off accidents are reported on that stretch of the interstate, and traffic is backed up or even stopped in spots in both the north and southbound lanes.

You’re urged to drive with caution as freezing rain is expected to make roads across the entire region slick this morning.

UPDATE: All accidents have cleared and the interstate is running smoothly in the area.

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Carey Looks To Buy Former Bosserman Property

3/3/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Carey village council has approved moving forward with buying property just west of the village. The Courier reports the village will make an offer on the former Bosserman Aviation Equipment Property at 2327 State Route 568. Council also approved an emergency authorization to fund the deal.

If the sale goes through the village will move the electric and public works department into one building at that location.

The Bosserman property was appraised for more than $989,000. The village has negotiated the sale price down to $740,000.

MORE: The Courier

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Arlington Council Reminds Residents About Snow Removal Policies

3/3/15 – 4:58 A.M.

Arlington Village Council reviewed its snow removal policies during their Monday meeting. Residents are being urged not to shovel snow into the streets. The Courier reports Street Commissioner Kyle Crist said the snow freezes and can damage snow plows. Crist added, “it’s like hitting manhole covers.”

Arlington residents were also asked to clear their sidewalks and areas around fire hydrants.

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