Review Category : Local News

Putnam County Substitute Teacher Faces Charges Of Sexual Battery And Furnishing Alcohol

12/23/16 – 4:40 A.M.

A Putnam County substitute teacher was charged Wednesday for having sex with a Pandora-Gilboa student. The Courier reports that 28-year-old Jessica Storer, also known as Jessica Russell, was charged with sexual battery. She also faces six counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person. She was arraigned in Putnam County Municipal Court on Wednesday. She was not called to enter a plea for the sexual battery charge, but she did plead not guilty on the other six charges. Bond was set at $50,000 and she will appear for another hearing on Tuesday.

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Christmas Wrapping Paper Is Not Recyclable

12/23/16 – 4:30 A.M.

Litter Landing recycling center wants to remind you that Christmas wrapping paper isn’t recyclable. The Courier reports that the center does take Christmas cards and envelopes. Manager Mike Schroeder said that the facility won’t accept wrapping paper because of the dyes used in it. He also reminds residents to remove styrofoam from packages before recycling them.

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County Commissioners Approved Transaction For The Study That Was Done Of Dorney Plaza

12/22/16 – 11:21 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners talked a little more about the possible upgrades to Dorney Plaza. Mark Gazarek said they need more answers before moving forward.

Mark Gazarek

The commissioners did approve a transaction made months ago in partnership with the city. The transaction was $15,500 to study Dorney Plaza and get a general idea of the project. They approved the transaction during their meeting to make sure there was a paper trail.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Reminds You To Travel Safe This Holiday Season

12/22/16 – 10:48 A.M.

It’s that time of year where people are out traveling for the holidays and the state patrol wants you to stay safe. Lt. Matt Crow from the Findlay post said that being in a rush is the cause of a lot of problems.

Matt Crow

Crow said that they have joined the Lights for Lives program. He added that the program allows extra patrols to focus on distracted and impaired drivers as well as drivers not wearing their seatbelts.

Matt Crow

Crow added that when driving in colder weather it is best to make sure you are prepared. He recommends making sure your phone is charged and packing some blankets and candles.

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Year In Review: Fire Destroys Downtown Findlay Building

12/22/16 – 5:30 A.M.

2016 is rapidly winding down and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

On the night of January 22 and into the early morning hours the next day, Findlay firefighters battled a massive blaze and subfreezing temperatures. People were inside the Gibbs building in the 200 block of North Main Street when the fire erupted. Everyone was able to escape safely.

The fire completely destroyed the building. Demolition crews tore down what remained in April.

Star Pawn Shop ceased operations because of the fire. The blaze also forced American Loan Mortgage Corporation and the Findlay Brewing company to move.

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Budget Approval For Seneca County Postponed Until Next Week

12/22/16 – 5:15 A.M.

Seneca County Commissioners postponed the final vote on a proposed budget of over $16 million until next week. The Review-Times reports County Administrator Stacy Wilson to commissioners she continues to work on a final version. The county has $16.35 million in revenues for the general fund. The commissioners must pass a budget that correlates with those revenues. Last week, Wilson said she needed to talk to officials with the sheriff’s office. They had a budget request higher than previous years.

Wilson said on Tuesday that the sheriff’s office has revised their budget figures. She added that other numbers still need to be figured out before a final version of the budget is ready for consideration.

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Arcadia Schools Receive Maintenance Service Plan Proposal

12/22/16 – 4:57 A.M.

A heating company offered its services to the Arcadia school board on Wednesday. The Courier reports that Synergy Mechanical made a pitch to prepare a maintenance service plan for the school buildings. The firm handles venting, heating, and air conditioning. One of the needs the firm mentioned was the replacement of some piping with the school’s boilers. The board will consider the company’s offer.

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Two Superintendents Leave Hancock County School Districts

12/22/16 – 4:31 A.M.

Two more school districts will join Liberty-Benton in losing their superintendents in Hancock County. The Courier reports that the Ada school board voted to hire Meri Skilliter who served as the McComb superintendent. Skilliter served McComb School District since 2013. Her Contract with Ada will start on January 1st and she will be paid $98,000 a year.

Riverdale Superintendent Eric Hoffman will be retiring at the end of the year. He served as Riverdale’s superintendent since 2008. The Educational Service Center said that they will help both school districts find replacements.

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A Fostoria Woman Was Killed In A Wood County Crash Wednesday

12/21/16 – 5:44 P.M.

A Fostoria woman was killed Wednesday morning in a Wood County crash. The Wood County Sherriff reports that 32-year-old Stephanie Bishop of Fostoria was killed around 7:15 a.m. She was driving between Bradner and Dewitt roads on Ohio 199 when she crashed into a commercial vehicle driven by 65-year-old Daniel Gilliland of Napoleon. Gilliland was not injured in the accident. The Sheriff’s office said that charges are pending. Additional details about the crash have not been released pending the investigation.

 

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Depression Can Be Worse Around The Holidays But You Aren’t Alone

12/21/16 – 5:25 P.M.

The holidays can be a rough time for those suffering from depression. That’s according to Bridge Bereavement Services Director Nike Sidle.

Niki Sidle

She said that you don’t have to go through it alone.

Niki Sidle

She said talking about how you’re feeling will help make things better. If there’s nobody you want to confide in then there are services available to call over the holidays.

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