Review Category : Local News

Fire, Vehicle Vandalism Near New Riegel Could Be Connected

7/5/16 – 6:31 A.M.

Authorities believe a barn fire and a rash of vehicle vandalism near New Riegel could be connected. The Review-Times reports firefighters were called to 4365 South Township Road 85 for a barn fire Sunday morning. The structure was completely destroyed. The fire is being called suspicious because there is no electricity in the barn.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wilkinson tells the newspaper that the office received at least nine reports of windows being broken out of cars in the same region. It doesn’t appear anything was stolen from the cars.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office will be looking into the barn fire. Investigators are trying to drum up leads related to the car vandalism.

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North Baltimore Home Destroyed In Weekend Fire

7/5/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A North Baltimore home was destroyed by a fire late Sunday night. The North Baltimore Fire Department was called to 238 Central Avenue around 10:15 p.m. Fire Chief Ted Francisco says the upstairs was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

No one was home when the fire broke out. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

More than 30 firefighters from five area departments helped bring the flames under control.

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Two Injured In Monday Morning Crash In Findlay

7/5/16 – 5:18 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two Findlay residents Monday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 9 a.m. at the intersection of Blanchard and Fishlock avenues. Police say 68-year-old Audrey Hicks of Findlay was driving south on Fishlock Avenue when she failed to yield and hit a car driven by 44-year-old Donna Brumley of Findlay.

Two passengers in Brumley’s car, 44-year-old James Wortman and 71-year-old Grace Fenstermaker, were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Hicks was cited for failure to yield.

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Teenage Bicyclist Hit By Car Over Holiday Weekend

7/5/16 – 5:07 A.M.

A teenager was hit by a car while riding a bike in Marion Township over the holiday weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports Jeffery Wingate of Jenera was driving north on County Road 180 around 10:30 a.m. Saturday when he stopped at the intersection of Township Road 201. He didn’t see two bicyclists ahead of him and hit one.

The 16-year-old, who was not publicly identified, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Wingate was cited for failure to yield.

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Ottawa Staying The Course On Proposed Water And Sewer District

7/5/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Putnam County villages have been pulling out of a proposed water and sewer district, but it appears Ottawa will stay the course. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council members recently discussed the issue, after Dupont dropped out of the group petitioning for the district.

Mayor Dean Meyer told the group he doesn’t want it to look like Ottawa is ramming this through. Councilman Troy Yant said he believed the proposal would die without Ottawa’s participation. Councilman Jeff Ducey countered that the district can move forward with only one petitioner if it comes down to it.

Ultimately no action was taken.

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Weekend Fire Takes The Life Of A McComb Woman

7/5/16 – 4:43 A.M.

A weekend fire claimed the life of a McComb woman. The Courier reports firefighters were called to 203 North Liberty Street around 5:40 a.m. Sunday. McComb Fire Chief Anthony Stateler said 71-year-old Barbara Bovee was found in her bedroom. Bovee was the only person living in the home. The fire also killed two dogs.

Stateler says the blaze began in an interior wall between a bedroom and the kitchen. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is helping investigate the cause of the fire.

No firefighters were injured battling the flames.

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North Baltimore Woman Accused Of Having Sexual Contact With A Minor

7/1/16 – 12:36 P.M.

A North Baltimore woman is accused of having sexual contact with a minor, and investigators think there may be more than one victim. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 31-year-old Kimberly Telles has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and disseminating materials harmful to a juvenile.

Police Chief Allan Baer tells the newspaper Telles may have had contact with more than one minor. Anyone with information is urged to call the North Baltimore Police Department.

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VIDEO: Blanchard Valley Hospital Uses Robot To Fight Germs

7/1/16 – 12:31 A.M.

The war against germs and bacteria in hospitals has gone high tech. A couple of months ago Blanchard Valley Hospital started using a “germ-zapping” robot to help disinfect patient rooms…

Audio: Brianne Herron

Brianne Herron is an environmental technician at the hospital. She says the robot essentially uses an advanced strobe light that uses an intense UV light…

Audio: Brianne Herron

Herron says the robot, affectionately dubbed “Blanche,” is especially good at destroying tough bacteria like MRSA.

The robot has been in operation at the hospital since May. Herron says the goal is to use it in 20 rooms per day.

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Lentz: Get Rid Of Standing Water To Reduce Mosquitos

7/1/16 – 7:59 A.M.

You’re probably planning on spending some time outside this holiday weekend. If you’re hosting a July 4th get-together, you’ll want to make sure you get rid of mosquito habitats…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz of the Hancock County OSU Extension Office says it only takes a little bit of standing water to form a good breeding ground for the pests. Lentz says one place people don’t think about is inside downspouts that aren’t draining correctly.

Aside from getting rid of areas of standing water, you want to make sure you have insect repellent as well.

Concerns about mosquitos are elevated this year with the rise of the Zika virus. There are also concerns about the West Nile virus once again as well.

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Independence Day Celebrations Set For This Weekend In Findlay

7/1/16 – 7:13 A.M.

There will be plenty of events marking Independence Day in Findlay this weekend. Festivities get underway Saturday with a picnic at Riverside Park. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will feature the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors and the Findlay High School Marching Band.

Sunday’s events will take place at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Family activities, food vendors and live music will start at 4 p.m. with the fireworks at 10 p.m. Music for the fireworks will be broadcast on 100.5 WKXA.

On the 4th of July there will be a parade in downtown Findlay. It will start at 11 a.m.

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