Review Category : Local News

Findlay Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

11/18/2015 – 4:48 pm

Findlay police are warning of an Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Treasury phone scam. Police report that multiple city residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to be a U.S. Treasury agent. The scammer then attempts to get the potential victim to send in payment for a debt that that citizen owes to the government. The caller threatens that noncompliance will result in arrest and trial.

Those receiving this call are advised to hang up the phone and to not give any information. The U.S. Treasury or IRS will not contact a person by phone or email. The IRS will generally contact people by mail regarding unpaid taxes, and the IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, police said. The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The following suggestions were also made:

  • If you owe federal taxes or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s website, or call 800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.
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Services Made Available In Wake Of ONU Student Suicide

11/18/2015 – 4:34 pm

A student at Ohio Northern University in Ada was found dead this morning. Indications are that the student committed suicide in one of the campus dorms. Ohio Northern University President Daniel A. DiBiasio issued a statement this morning indicating that support services from both counseling services and religious life were made available to all University students today in the McIntosh Center.

University Chaplin David McDonald also organized a prayer service for all students as well as community members Wednesday afternoon.

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State Legislature May Change Farmland Value Calculations

11/18/2015 – 4:03 pm

The State Senate is working to change and update the way that agricultural property values are calculated to reduce the financial burden on landowners using the land for conservation purposes. According to a release from State Senator Cliff Hite, a proposal will modify the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) formula which determines the value of land for tax purposes.

CAUV is a property tax relief program for agriculture land in Ohio. It allows farmland to be taxed according to its agriculture use rather than at full market value. The proposed changes would mean land set aside for soil preservation, water quality protection, and other environmental management efforts would no longer be valued as though it were producing crops.

Both the House and the Senate have introduced bills on the subject and both chambers will refer the proposals to committees for further review.

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State Patrol Reminds Drivers That Safety Belts Save Lives

11/18/2015 – 2:24 pm

During the holiday season with more motorists being on the roadways, drivers and passengers need to remember to buckle up. Lt. Matt Crow from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol says that the Thanksgiving holiday in particular sees the greatest amount of holiday drivers.

Audio: Lt. Matt Crow

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that around 361 lives were saved in Ohio in 2013 as a result of drivers using seat belts. And Lt. Crow says that buckling up isn’t just a safety measure, but it is state law.

Audio: Lt. Matt Crow

Troopers wrote over 121,000 citations last year for failure to wear a safety belt. When out on the roadways this holiday season, remember to buckle up.

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Lima Man Pleads Guilty On Robbery Charges

11/18/2015 – 1:12 pm

A Lima man has pled guilty to multiple charges of breaking and entering after a crime spree that stretched across northwest Ohio, including Findlay. The Courier reports that 77-year-old Robert Tackett of Lima pled guilty to 11 counts of breaking and entering in Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Tackett also pled guilty to possession of criminal tools, safecracking and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Tacket and 51-year-old Roger Hemry, also of Lima, were arrested on Aug. 16th after breaking and entering the New Riegel Moose Lodge and stealing various items from inside, including liquor. They also were charged for several other break-ins, including one from May at the Old Stoney Lodge on Howard Street in Findlay.

More: The Courier

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BG Police Searching For Attempted Robbery Suspect

11/18/2015 – 12:54 pm

Bowling Green police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in an attempted robbery. According to a release from the police, the suspect appeared to be in his mid to early 20’s, entered the Fifth-Third Bank at 275 S. Main Street in Bowling Green this morning at 11:15. He handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect did not receive any money from the teller and left the bank. He was seen walking on Washington St toward S. Prospect.

If you have any information on this suspect, contact Bowling Green Police at 419-352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.

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North Baltimore Man Accused Of Rape

11/18/15 – 7:11 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is facing a rape charge. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 40-year-old Stephen Rock was indicted by the Wood County grand jury this week on several charges; including rape, kidnapping, and sexual battery.

The kidnapping and rape charges stem from a 2013 incident that allegedly involved a juvenile female. The other charges against Rock come from an incident that investigators say happened April 4 of this year.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Income Tax Credit May Be Eliminated In Fostoria

11/18/15 – 6:56 A.M.

Paying for firefighters might mean the elimination of an income tax credit in Fostoria. The Courier reports Mayor Eric Keckler introduced new legislation Tuesday night that would get rid of the tax credit given to Fostoria residents who live in the city and work elsewhere.

The move is being made because a SAFER grant that helps pay for firefighters is expiring next year. The grant has paid more than $1.1 million for salaries and benefits over the last two years. Keckler believes the elimination of the credit will be enough to raise the money needed to pay for the firefighters.

As it stands now, anyone who lives in Findlay but works out of the city pays their income taxes where they work, and only pays Fostoria the difference. If the ordinance is passed, residents would have to pay the full amount taxed by both cities.

MORE: The Courier

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Shots Fired Into Fostoria Home This Week

11/18/15 – 6:44 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a Monday shooting incident in northern Fostoria. The Review-Times reports deputies were called to the 7000 block of Fostoria Road around 8:20 p.m. Monday after witnesses reported multiple gunshots were fired into a home. Investigators say the building was hit with six bullets, but no one was injured.

A red Dodge sedan was allegedly involved in the shooting. It was spotted by a caller around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of West County Road 28 and North County Road 5. The caller attempted to follow the car, but lost it in the Amsden area.

The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Review-Times

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Bluffton Woman Injured In Tuesday Crash

11/18/15 – 5:25 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Bluffton woman Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on County Road 313 near Township Road 51 just before 4 p.m.

58-year-old Diana Ludwig was driving southwest when she lost control and ended up in a ditch. Ludwig was treated at the scene of the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.

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