Review Category : Local News

Deshler Man Killed In Lawn Mower Accident

4/20/17 – 5:36 A.M.

A Deshler man died in a lawn mower accident Wednesday afternoon. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened in a ditch in Jackson Township around 2 p.m.

Deputies responded to the 1600 Block of Weston Road for a report of an overturned lawnmower. EMS responders found 75-year-old Kenneth Peterson pinned underneath the machinery.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Arcadia Board Sees Updated School Renovation Plans

4/20/17 – 5:32 A.M.

The Arcadia school board looked over updated plans for potential building renovations during a Wednesday meeting. The Courier reports Jerry Murray of RCM Architects of Findlay presented revisions to the board. The revisions include a new gym and adding a canopy outside the school to protect people from the elements while they wait on buses.

Plans also call for renovations to the elementary wing.

RCM will have detailed cost estimates by June.

MORE: The Courier

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Candidate Profile: Barb Lockard

4/20/17 – 4:48 A.M.

We continue our look at the candidates running in contested Findlay primary races today. Barb Lockard is one of four Democrats running for a Council-at-Large seat. Lockard says she’s running because she has experience in helping people who need a voice…

Audio:Barb Lockard

Lockard says serving on the Findlay City School board helped form her perspective as well.

She says when it comes to the budget the city should work to get more grant money…

Audio:Barb Lockard

Lockard adds the city needs to keep investing in resources like downtown to make sure it stays a draw for the community.

She says there are common sense solutions to allowing bikes in downtown Findlay…

Audio:Barb Lockard

Lockard also thinks bike lanes in downtown are a good idea.

Next week we profile the candidates running in contested Republican races.

Full Interview:

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Putnam County Murder Case Doesn’t Meet Double Jeopardy Standards

4/20/17 – 5:25 A.M.

Double jeopardy won’t apply to the case of a man accused of killing a child in Putnam County more than a decade ago. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Judge Randall Basinger denied a motion in Travis Soto’s case last week. Basinger said information provided by Soto in 2006 was consistent with an accidental death. At the time Soto said he accidentally ran over 2-year-old Julio Soto-Baldoza while riding an ATV.

However, Soto allegedly told deputies he had a more direct role in the child’s death last July. Soto reportedly admitted to beating his son to death and staging the ATV accident.

Soto served five years in prison for felony child endangering. His lawyer had argued new charges in the case amounted to double jeopardy.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Police Department Launches Interactive Crime Maps

4/20/17 – 5:08 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is making it easier to see where crimes are happening in the city. The Courier reports the department set up a Google Map to show where incidents happen. Officer Brian White says, “It’s another way to get information to the public.”

Different icons represent several types of incidents. Clicking on the icon shows details like the time the incident happened, the address where it happened, and the case number for the event. White says information that could identify the victims of crimes like sexual assault is closely guarded.

We have a link to the map on our website.

MORE: The Courier

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Naloxone Training Available Next Monday

04/19/17 – 3:12 P.M.

Naloxone is an anti-overdose drug to help people survive an overdose from heroin. ADAMHS board’s Zach Thomas said that it will take more than naloxone to get a person into recovery though.

Zach Thomas

 

He added that there are ways to give more people the ability to administer Naloxone.

Zach Thomas

Thomas said that there will be Naloxone community training held this coming Monday at the University of Findlay. It will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. You can receive training in administering naloxone and at the end, you will get your own naloxone kit.

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Mayor Mihalik Explains Findlay’s Opposition To State Budget

04/19/17 – 2:33 P.M.

The proposed state budget will allow the state to collect business profit taxes. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik says that this is a bad idea.

Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik added that Findlay isn’t alone in its objections to the proposed budget. There are many communities that will be affected by this aspect of the budget.

Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that thestate will charge a 1% fee for collecting the business profit tax and affect the revenue stream.

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National Weather Service Working On Changing Alert System

04/19/17 – 2:01 P.M.

The National Weather Service is looking to simplify it’s watches, warnings, and advisories. Eli Jacks is heading up the project and told our Chris Oaks that the terms can be misleading.

Eli Jacks

Jacks said that the terms can alter the way people think about the message. A watch can sound like it’s already here and you need to take actions. A warning can sound like it is a possibility but not certain. He said that this needs to change.

You can help by taking an online survey.

Eli Jacks

You can find the survey at weather.gov/hazardsimplification/revamp

Jacks said that they hope to have the new alerts in place by this winter.

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Proposed Bike Restriction On Downtown Findlay Sidewalks Tabled

04/19/17 – 1:02 P.M.

Findlay City Council tabled the proposed restriction on bicycling in downtown Findlay. Councilman Grant Russell said that council should table the ordinance while the roads and alleys are being worked on. Councilman Ron Monday agreed adding that he thinks there needs to be more research done.

Charles Ramirez addressed council criticizing the ordinance. He said that as a Blanchard Valley Center client, he and other clients use their bicycles to get around and run errands. He added that using alleys could be dangerous as well due to truck traffic. He requested that city officials look at how many pedestrian-bicyclist crashes happened over the past one or two years.

The legislation came from complaints about bicyclists having near misses with pedestrians. There was talk about local restaurants offering sidewalk dining adding to the hazard.

 

 

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North Baltimore To Continue Waterline Replacement Project

04/19/17 – 12:32 P.M.

North Baltimore continues with waterline replacement despite striking two unmapped lines last week. The Courier reports that lines built in the 1890’s are being replaced with the help of state funding. It has caused issues for residents to access businesses in the downtown area. Village administrator Allyson Murray apologized for the inconvenience.

The waterlines that were struck weren’t on any existing maps. The struck lines caused residents and businesses in the area to be without water for about an hour. Murray said that they are scheduling more lines to be done downtown.

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