Review Category : Local News

Work Continues On Water/Sewer District In Putnam County

7/18/14 – 6:50 A.M.

A regional water and sewer district serving all of Putnam County continues to move forward. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the steering committee settled on a name for the district this week. Once the district is completed, it will be known as the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District. Members wanted a name that would still apply if it ever expanded beyond Putnam County.

Putnam County was given $100,000 from the state last year to do the ground work to form the water and sewer district. Now that the name has been established, the steering committee will find out what water services the towns and villages in the district offer.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Fire Reported At North Baltimore Factory

7/18/14 – 5:28 A.M.

At least four fire departments battled a fire in a North Baltimore factory Thursday night. North Baltimore, McComb, Allen Township and Liberty Township firefighters were all called to HPJ Industries at 510 West Broadway. The blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m.

There is no word of any injuries. The Hancock County fire departments that responded returned to their stations around 3 a.m. No other details were immediately available.

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Missing Findlay Man Found Safe In Toledo

7/18/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay man was found safe in Toledo after state authorities issued a missing adult alert for him Thursday night. 75-year-old George Bigelow went missing from his South Main Street home around 2 p.m. Authorities were concerned because Bigelow suffers from Dementia, and there was fear he could have been confused about where he was.

Fortunately authorities were able to cancel the alert about an hour after sending it out.

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Findlay Man Injured After Bike Hit By SUV Thursday Night

7/18/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when a car hit a bike south of McComb Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. on Pleasant Township Road 235.

56-year-old Roger Fry was riding his bike north on Road 235 when he was hit from behind by a Honda CRV driven by 54-year-old Peng Chailee of Carey. Fry was wearing a helmet and had working lights on his bike. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.


Chailee was cited for not maintaining an assured clear distance.

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Putnam County Commissioners Will Appeal Road 5 Ruling

7/17/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners will appeal an appeals court ruling about the expansion of Road 5. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a 2-1 vote means the matter will now be taken to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Residents along Road 5 said meetings about the proposed expansion violated Ohio open meeting laws. The Putnam County Common Pleas Court ruled against them. That allowed construction to move forward. But the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals overturned that decision last month.

Commissioner Travis Jerwers voted against the appeal. He said it would only cost the county more money in legal fees. Commissioner Vince Schroeder tells the newspaper it’s possible they’ll try and negotiate with the plaintiffs while the appeals process moves forward.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Some Progress Being Made In Getting Inmates In To Serve Short Sentences

7/18/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Hancock County jail officials say some headway is being made in getting people in to serve their sentences. The Courier reports a new agreement between Findlay and the county is expected to help. Under terms of the deal, Findlay will pay to have city inmates housed in the jails of neighboring counties. No deals are in place for that yet, but Putnam County is expected to sign on.

A dip in the male population at the jail helped clear room for female inmates trying to serve their sentences. Early this month the jail was able to temporarily convert one unit into female housing. That allowed seven more women to serve their short sentences.

Earlier this month, the Courier reported that jail overcrowding was so bad that convicts were being turned away from serving their sentences multiple times. Some have had to wait for more than a year to serve their sentence.

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Latta To Meet With Residents In Wood County Friday

7/17/14 – 12:12 p.m.

Congressman Bob Latta will be meeting with area residents tomorrow. One-on-one session will be held in Bowling Green in the Wood County courthouse. Representatives from Latta’s office say the meetings will run from 9 a.m. until noon. You don’t have to RSVP to attend.

If you have any questions, call (800)541-6446.

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Hanco Reports Emergency Run Times Down Since Opening New Station

7/17/14 – 12:02 P.M.

Hanco EMS opened a second station on Findlay’s east side a little over a month ago, and it’s already making an impact…

Audio: Rob Martin

Rob Martin is with Hanco and gave the Hancock County commissioners an update on operations today.

Martin says Hanco is improving in other ways too…

Audio: Rob Martin

Martin says they’ve also added new equipment and more personnel.

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Crash On I-75 Near Cygnet Backing Up Traffic

7/17/14 – 11:18 A.M.

A rollover crash on I-75 is tying up traffic north of Findlay. The crash happened in the northbound lanes near the State Route 25 exit near Cygnet. Google traffic shows a back-up stretching all the way to Van Buren. Only one lane of northbound traffic is open in the area.

No one was injured in the crash.

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Several Homes On W. Melrose In Findlay Under Boil Water Advisory

7/17/14 – 9:27 A.M.

A boil water advisory has been issued for several homes in Findlay. The Water Distribution Department reports 21 houses in the 600 and 700 blocks of West Melrose Avenue are affected.

Residents in that area are advised to boil any water used for drinking or cooking for at least a minute until further notice.

If you have any questions you can call the water department at (419)424-7192.

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