Review Category : Local News

Veterans Agency Drops Suit Against Hancock County

11/18/14 – 4:56 A.M.

A suit filed against the Hancock County Commissioners by the Hancock County Veterans Service Commission has been dropped. The Courier reports a pretrial hearing was held Monday morning before the case was dismissed. Neither side has said if concessions have been made, but Veterans Services Director Nichole Coleman told the newspaper things ended on a positive note.

The dispute centered on a modified budget for the Veterans Service Office. The commissioners had issued the office a charge of more than $38,000 for “indirect costs.” Coleman said the commissioners have no legal authority to change her office’s budget. Her agency gets operating funds from a half mill of the property taxes collected in the county. The office has never claimed all the millage they are due, sending the rest of the money back to the county’s general fund.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle told the Courier the commissioners have typically paid for the veterans offices indirect expenses since all the millage wasn’t claimed. Riegle says other offices are typically billed by the commissioners for similar costs.

The Veterans Service Commission has requested a budget of $811,000 in 2015. That’s roughly 94 percent of the millage the office can claim. It’s also around $58,000 more than this year’s budget.

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Findlay City Schools Looking Toward Technology Upgrade

11/17/14     11:52 p.m.

Findlay City Schools may soon be updating its technology infrastructure. At last night’s board meeting, director of technology Martin White presented the board with the district’s current technology situation. Under the current lease with AT&T, which is in contract until 2016, only the high school and Donnell Middle School receive have workable connection speeds and the bandwidth does not meet building needs.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt said in order for Findlay to keep up technology-wise and allow for new opportunities, an upgrade is necessary. At this point, the district is considering a contract with Buckeye Telesystem. Findlay is currently paying $132,000 per year with AT&T and would save more than $101,000 per year by switching to Buckeye.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Another influence pushing the district toward the switch is state testing requirements. Currently the state allows the option of computer or pencil and paper testing, but beginning next year all tests will be standardized. According to the administration, the current infrastructure would allow for no more than two classrooms and two computer labs of testing to take place at once. With so few students able to test at once, the district would have to extend its testing schedule even further which would take away from classroom time.

The new system would be run on Dark Fibers, two per buildings, which would allow the district to control the bandwidth. The district is now gathering additional Dark Fiber proposals and make a recommendation to the board for further action by the Dec. 15 meeting.

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Highway Patrol Finds 200 Grams of Heroin During Traffic Stop Friday

11/17/14     4:14 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized 200 grams of heroin during a traffic stop in Hancock County on Friday.

Troopers pulled over a pick-up truck just before 7 p.m. Friday for a marked lanes violation on I-75. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers smelled marijuana.

During a pat down, they found 200 grams of heroin, worth an estimated $30,000, and a gram of marijuana inside the pants of the passenger, 35-year-old Davell Smith of Toledo. Smith was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking heroin.

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Ada Women Killed in Allen County Crash

11/17/14     3:30 p.m.

The mother of a local NFL recruit was killed in a car accident this morning in Allen County.

56-year-old Carla Dysert of Ada was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. She was the mother of Ada High School graduate Zac Dysert, a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Dysert was driving west on State Route 81 around 8:45 a.m. when 30-year-old James Britt, also of Ada, went left of center hitting Dysert head-on.

Britt was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment.

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City and County Officials Reflect on Flood Mitigation Press Conference

11/17/14     1:24 p.m.

Following Friday’s Army Corps flood mitigation press conference, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said she’s pleased with the progress that has been made though it’s still going to take more time.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that when the process started there were many options on the table that the Corps has narrowed down to the most effective. Mihalik said she believes the project is definitely worth it, despite all the time and effort it is taking.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson has been working with the agricultural community during his time in office to work out an agreeable plan for flood mitigation. Following the press conference, the ag community was not happy about the plan. But Robertson said at this point the reality is sacrifices have to be made for the greater good.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson said he’s disappointed the compromise the ag community proposed to use Aurand Run for the diversion channel instead of the glacial groove was not implemented. Despite this, he said all parties need to continue to work toward a balance between development and farming.

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UF Students Driven From Off-Campus Home By Sunday Fire

11/17/14 – 10:27 P.M.

Some University of Findlay students were displaced by a Sunday fire at an off-campus home. The Findlay Fire Department reports firefighters were called to 331 Midland Avenue just after 7 p.m. An electrical overload in the attic of the home caused smoke to fill the house, forcing five people out.

Damage to the house was estimated at $50,000, and AEP had to disconnect electricity to the home. UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Emsweller says the school offered the students housing, but they opted to stay at a friend’s house.

 

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Gas Prices Up From Last Monday

11/17/14 – 7:39 A.M.

Gas prices are a little higher as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.86, which is up three cents from last Monday. However, a month ago we were paying $3.11 a gallon.

In Findlay, the average price for regular is $2.86. That’s down from a midweek high of $2.99 a gallon last week. In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.82 a gallon.

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Fostoria Shooting Incident Under Investigation

11/17/14 – 5:29 A.M

A weekend shooting incident is under investigation in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports an alleged armed robbery at Nye’s Trailer Court is at the center of the case.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers were called to Lot 111 of the trailer court around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. A caller said several people were trying to break into the home. A shot was fired, but no one was injured and no property was damaged. A shotgun shell was found in the area.

Loreno says the incident might be related to a “previous altercation amongst several individuals.” The case remains under investigation.

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Empty Council Seat Filled In Columbus Grove

11/17/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The Columbus Grove village council has filled a vacant seat. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Brian Schroeder will fill the unexpired term of Gary Zeisloft. Zeisloft resigned his position in late September. Schroeder and three others had expressed interest in the council seat.

Mayor Ken Wright said the village couldn’t have gone wrong with the choices they were presented. He encouraged the others to throw their hat in the ring and run for council in 2015.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Leipsic Man Killed In Weekend Crash

11/17/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A Putnam County man was killed in a one-car crash Saturday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the 30-year-old Abraham Saldana lost his life in an accident on Road Y near Belmore around 5 a.m.

Saldana was driving east when he failed to make a turn in the road. His car went into a cornfield, hit a ditch, and overturned. Saldana was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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