Review Category : Local News

Mother Of Findlay Murder Victim Urges People To Fight Killer’s Potential Parole

5/9/14 – 5:27 A.M.

The mother of a Findlay murder victim wants the public to help keep her daughter’s killer in prison. The Courier reports Becky Potter is hoping people will write letters to the state parole board; asking them to deny Christopher Cooper his release. Cooper raped and killed 9-month-old Monica Sue Williams in August of 1979. He has a parole hearing in June.

Cooper was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in May 1980. He was Potter’s brother-in-law at the time. She said she left her daughter with Cooper for only about a half hour.

If you send a letter, address it to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 W. Broad St., Columbus 43222.

The envelope and letter should refer to Cooper’s name and inmate identification number, A158707.

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Findlay Settles Suit With Resident

5/9/14 – 5:01 A.M.

A settlement was recently reached between Findlay and a resident stemming from a 2012 police call. The Courier reports the city will pay Carla Reeg $15,000. Reeg sued after an incident involving former police officer Scott Nungester’s actions during a routine call.

Reeg and her then-roommate Sue Johnson were having a dispute. Johnson called Nungester to the home, where he proceeded to let Johnson break the front door down after Reeg wouldn’t let him in. According to Reeg, Nungester shoved her out of the way and allowed Johnson and her family to rifle through the house.

Nungester was disciplined for the incident with a 10-day unpaid suspension. But he never served the suspension after resigning in 2012. In his report, Police Chief Greg Horne said “The fact that no report was generated also gives the appearance that he was doing a personal favor for a longtime friend.”

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Fashion Retailer Gabe’s Will Open In Former Findlay Home Depot Location

5/8/14 – 11:11 A.M.
Updated – 12:04 P.M.

We now know who one of the tenants of the old Home Depot store will be. Gabe’s, a fashion retailer based in West Virginia, announced today it will open a Findlay location in July. The store will be located in the Eastown Plaza Shopping Center on Tiffin Avenue.

Company CEO Ken Seipel said in a release, “Findlay is a vibrant center that boasts a healthy economy and strong employment base and we are honored to have an opportunity to be a part of that.” The typical Gabe’s location employes between 80-120 people.

A Gabe’s store had been rumored in the city for the last few weeks. Employment websites have been advertising for positions at a Findlay Gabe’s location.

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Railroad Repair Set To Begin Next Week In Findlay

5/8/14 – 10:03 A.M.

The good news is that some of Findlay’s worst rail crossings are going to be fixed over the next couple of weeks. The bad news is that busy roads will be shut down so the work can be done.

The city’s engineering department says the work will start next Monday. Lima Avenue just west of Western Avenue will be closed. N. Blanchard Street will also be closed between Tiffin and Crystal Avenues. The closures will last about a week.

On May 19, Norfolk and Southern will close the intersection of Sandusky and Western Avenue for track repairs. That project should take about a week as well.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Wednesday Crash

5/8/14 – 6:58 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. Police say 34-year-old Laura Sondergeld was stopped in traffic in the 100 block of West Front Street around 3:45 p.m.. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 61-year-old Rick Beach of Findlay.

Sondergeld was treated for her injuries at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Beach was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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Fostoria Residents Given Update On Gas Line Project

5/8/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Columbia Gas gave Fostoria residents an update on a pipeline replacement project this week. The Review-Times reports work has been taking place along a stretch of North Countyline Street. The work began April 16, and should wrap up in early August.

Cast iron lines are being replaced with specially designed plastic lines. The new gas pipes can flex with changing soil conditions. Columbia will also be working on gas meters. Fostoria residents who have gas meters in their basements will have them moved outside.

The project is part of a 25-year, $2 billion investment across the state to upgrade all Columbia Gas pipelines.

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Sentence Handed Down In Tanning Salon Voyeurism Case

5/8/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A Wood County man pleaded no contest to six voyeurism charges in Hancock County Wednesday. Judge Jonathan Starn ordered 27-year-old Casey Miller of Gibsonburg to serve 30 days in a Findlay work-release program as a result. Miller illegally photographed women at a Findlay tanning salon last spring. Six other charges were dropped.

Miller will be labeled a Tier I sex offender, and will be required to register with a local sheriff’s office for 15 years. He already has convictions for similar crimes at other tanning salons in Bowling Green and Fremont.

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Conservancy District Gets Update On Blanchard River Project

5/8/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy Court is still keeping a close eye on Blanchard River issues. The Courier reports the court met last week. Members were given an update on the Blanchard River flood mitigation process.

Hancock County officials have long said they would like to hand off the Blanchard River project to the conservancy district. That won’t happen until the Army Corps of Engineers makes its recommendations on flood control measures.

The Corps attended the meeting but didn’t talk much about the project. Officials did say mitigation efforts could cost between $125 and $200 million to build.

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Findlay Teenager Killed In Wednesday Crash

5/8/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay teenager was killed in a Wednesday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Nathan McKee was killed when the Jeep he was driving hit a deer and rolled over. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Liberty Township Road 67, near Township Road 80.

Investigators say McKee was driving south when he hit the deer and lost control. The Jeep went off the side of the road and rolled in a field. McKee was wearing a seatbelt, but was ejected anyway. His passenger, 17-year-old Leon Lopez of Findlay, was also injured. EMS crews rushed Lopez to Blanchard Valley Hospital. His condition has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation.

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