Review Category : Local News

Teenager Arrested After Sunday Shooting In Findlay

11/21/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Findlay police arrested a 16-year-old Sunday afternoon following the shooting of a 17-year-old in the city. The Findlay Police Department says the shooting happened in the parking lot of the Family Center at 1800 North Blanchard Street just after 5:30 p.m. Investigators are not publicly identifying either of the teens involved.

Officers arrested the suspect around 8:30 p.m. They took the 16-year-old to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. The boy faces a felonious assault charge.

A release from the department says investigators found the gun allegedly used in the incident as well.

The victim is undergoing treatment at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

A release from the Family Center says the facility wasn’t open when the shooting happened. It adds the Family Center will have normal operating hours today.

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Mayor Lydia Mihalik Named To The Board Of A New State Organization

11/18/16 – 5:31 P.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was elected to serve on the board for a new bipartisan coalition. The Ohio Mayors Alliance consists of 30 mayors from Ohio’s 30 biggest cities. According to a press release, the alliance was formed Friday to help strengthen Ohio’s cities. This will be done through collaboration, improved advocacy, and stronger partnerships with state and federal policymakers.

Mihalik said, ” By coming together and speaking with one voice about the issues that impact our communities and our constituents, we will demonstrate the important role that Ohio cities play in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.”

Roughly one-third of Ohio’s population lives in the 30 biggest cities by population. Other cities being represented include Toledo, Lima, and Dayton.

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Hancock County Jury Starts Deliberations In Arlington Teenager Rape Trial

11/18/16 – 4:08 P.M.

A Hancock County Jury began deliberating around 11:30 a.m. Friday for the rape trial of Arlington teenager Kyle McDowell. The Courier reports that the defense’s closing statement painted the alleged victim as a liar. The prosecution called McDowell’s story “smoke”.

Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said, “When you look at the concrete evidence against ‘smoke,’ there’s no other verdict than guilty.” McDowell’s attorney, Lorin Zaner, disagrees claiming that the sex was consensual. She said that the girl made up the rape story to avoid getting in trouble for coming home late.

Special prosecutor Micah Ault said that the physical evidence of the girl’s bruising and the testimony from witnesses back the girl’s version of what happened. A Blanchard Valley Hospital nurse testified that the girl had a bruised cervix two days later. She said that this could be consistent with a rape injury. McDowell had also sent several apologetic text messages in which he asked how he could make things right.

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Ottawa Man Arrested For Threatening A Teacher

11/18/16 – 3:29 P.M.

An Ottawa man was arrested after making threats to a teacher this morning at Glandorf Elementary School. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that 27-year-old Johnathon Gillette is charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing. The charges follow a phone call around 9 a.m. to St. John the Baptist Church in Glandorf in which he made the threats.

The threats caused a teacher to be concerned for her safety. Both the school and the church were placed on lockdown. Putnam County Sheriff Tim Meyer and deputies were sent to the church where Rev. Tony Fortman called Gillette back. He kept Gillette on the phone until deputies arrested him without incident.

Gillette is being held in the Putnam County Jail with a $3,000 bond per charge.

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Christmas Is Coming To Findlay Next Friday

11/18/16 – 2:47 P.M.

Christmas will be coming to Findlay the day after Thanksgiving. According to a release, Mayor Lydia Mihalik will be joined by Santa Claus on Friday, November 25 at 6 p.m. Together they will officially light the City of Findlay’s Christmas Tree in Dorney Plaza.

Afterward, Santa will lead children and their families to Findlay’s Kiwanis Santa’s House at St. Andrews United Methodist. There the children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

All are welcome to come and take part.

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Presentation Happening Saturday On Cultivating Genuine Happiness In Recovery

11/18/16 – 1:32 P.M.

Focus on Friends has partnered with the ADAMHS Board and Hot Yoga to bring a recovery speaker to Findlay. Focus on Friends Executive Director Wayne Ford says they are Bringing in John Bruna.

Wayne Ford

Ford said that John Bruna will share insight on recovery.

Wayne Ford

Bruna’s presentation will be held this Saturday at the Dock at St. Marks United Methodist Church. The presentation is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Bruna is a Tibetan monk and a certified Cultivating Emotional Balance Mindfulness Teacher. He has the current bestselling book The Wisdome of a Meaningful Life.

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Labor Statistics Show A Slight Rise In Unemployment In September

11/18/16 – 11:02 A.M.

The Civilian Labor force estimates were released for September. Hancock county saw a slight increase in unemployment. Of the estimated 42,000 people in the workforce, 1,500 are unemployed. That’s 3.6% unemployment for September 2016 compared to 3.5% that we saw in August.

Putnam County saw a similar rise in unemployment. Of their estimated workforce of 19,000 people, 700 are unemployed. That’s 3.5% in September compared to the 3.2% they say in August.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Thursday Crash On Howard Street

11/18/16 – 9:00 A.M.

A two-car crash in the 800 block of Howard Street injured a Findlay woman Thursday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports a 17-year-old girl was driving east on Howard Street around 9:30 a.m. when she tried to turn left onto Waite Avenue and hit a car driven by 43-year-old Barbara Walls.

Hanco Ambulance took Walls to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police did not publicly identify the teenage driver. They did cite her for a juvenile traffic offense and failure to yield on a left turn.

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Toledo Company Buys Keneco Distributors of Findlay

11/18/16 – 8:53 A.M.

A Toledo company has bought a Findlay business. Shrader Tire & Oil Company has assumed all the lubricant operations of Keneco Distributors. A representative from Shrader said, “Key Keneco personnel in management, sales, and operations have decided to join Shrader, providing business continuity.”

Mary Beilharz-Miller and her late husband Brad started Keneco in Findlay 35 years ago.

Shrader owns 13 commercial tire and fleet service centers and four bulk oil plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The company employs 200 people.

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