Review Category : Local News

Two Injured In U.S. 30 Crash

2/13/17 – 5:14 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two people in Hancock County Sunday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on U.S. 30 around 4:20 p.m. near Delaware Township Road 186.

37-year-old Stephanie Batterman of Rineyville, Kentucky, was driving east when she lost control and hit a cement barrier. Forest EMS took Batterman and her 3-year-old daughter to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Their conditions were not listed Sunday night.

Deputies cited Batterman for operating a motor vehicle without reasonable control.

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Fostoria Man On The Loose Following Weekend Chase

2/13/17 – 5:08 A.M.

Authorities are still looking for a Fostoria man who led them on a police chase over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department says an officer pulled over 37-year-old Joshua Fox for a traffic violation early Saturday morning at the intersection of Elm Street and Lima Avenue. Officers arrested Fox’s passenger, 35-year-old Micki Delarosa, after she lied about her identity. As officers were arresting Delarosa, Fox sped away.

The chase spanned 27 miles and hit speeds of up to 85 miles-per-hour. Officers cut off the pursuit near Rawson around 1:42 a.m. Authorities were not able to arrest Fox.

A release from the Findlay Police Department says Fox will face a charge of eluding a police officer once authorities catch him.

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UPDATE: Two Republican Council Candidates Out Of Race In Findlay

There are now only three candidates in the race for Findlay Council-at-large seats on the Republican side. Dave Morrow posted on Facebook that the Board of Elections could only confirm 42 of his 61 signatures. To run for the position 50 signatures are required. He said, “I am saddened but thank you for all your support”.
BOE Directory Jody Beall O’Brien says Barrett Brooks Jr. also failed to get 50 confirmed signatures.
 
Incumbents Grant Russell, Jeff Wobser, and Tom Shindledecker remain on the ballot.
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Acting Police Chief Allegedly Threw Camera At Wife’s Head

02/10/17 – 5:59 P.M.
The Acting Findlay Police Chief is on Paid administrative leave after his wife was issued a civil protection order. Court documents say that Acting Chief Sean Young allegedly threw a video camera at his wife, Toni’s, head on Saturday. She sought medical treatment at Bluffton Hospital where she got 5 stitches.
 
Toni Young also alleges that her husband grabbed and squeezed their 5-year-old daughter’s neck. She said that their son saw the incident.
 
The Hancock County Common Pleas Court issued the protection order on Wednesday. Sean Young went on the administrative leave on Thursday.
 
Authorities have not pressed charges against Young. Law enforcement hadn’t filed a criminal report against Young as of Thursday.
 
The city has installed Lt. John Dunbar as the acting police chief for the time being.
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Kan Du Studios Set To Open New Downtown Headquarters Later This Month

02/10/17 – 5:23 P.M.

A brand new art studio will open its headquarters in Downtown Findlay this month. The grand opening of the Kan Du Art Studio is set for February 24 from 5-7 p.m. The site is the former Rocking U Building at 318 West Main Cross. The Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities bought the property two years ago. It was renovated through the use of two grants.

Kan Du Studio has supported Hancock County artists with developmental disabilities since 2007. It is a division of Blanchard Valley Industries.

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Putnam County Flood Mitigation Heading For Eminent Domain Cases

02/10/17 – 11:01 A.M.
Putnam County flood mitigation efforts for the Blanchard River will result in eminent domain cases. According to a release, 2 property owners declined the offers to sell their land. The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District filed a complaint for eminent domain proceedings. The court did not grant a motion to dismiss the case late last month and property owners were given 2 weeks to respond.

MWCD manager Lynn Army said that the owners could respond by requesting mediation or by going to trial. A tentative trial date was set for this June. The MWCD would prefer an earlier date. The court will establish if there is a public need for the project and what a fair price for the land is.

The project will create a diversion channel through an oxbow in the Blanchard River. This will give a place for the water to go in the slower moving part in the river.

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State Senator Cliff Hite Introduces Water Quality Bill

2/10/17 – 6:43 A.M.

A bill introduced by State Senator Cliff Hite aims to fight toxic algae and protect drinking water. Hite’s Senate Bill 2 would increase the role of the Lake Erie Commission in reducing phosphorus runoff. Hite says the bill would also ensure thorough management of privately-owned water systems. It would also mandate ongoing improvement by public water systems to address issues.

The proposed legislation also aims to strengthen the state’s ability to enforce the cleanup of landfill facilities and properties.

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Drug Court Graduate Facing Drug Charges

2/10/17 – 5:30 A.M.

The first graduate of the Hancock County Common Pleas Drug Court is facing drug charges again. The Courier reports a recently unsealed secret indictment charged 25-year-old Devin Davis with three counts of aggravated trafficking drugs. County Prosecutor Phil Riegle says two of the offenses took place with a juvenile present.

Davis isn’t the first drug court graduate to allegedly land back on the wrong side of the law. Police arrested 36-year-old Shad Noblit on Christmas after they found a large amount of crystal meth in his car.

The drug court is a voluntary program. It diverts people from the traditional court system in favor of treatment and close supervision. They also undergo drug screenings and meet with support groups. There are more than 20 active participants in drug court.

MORE: The Courier

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ODOT Awards I-75 Widening Contract To Canton Company

2/10/17 – 5:18 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is a step closer to starting the widening of I-75 through Findlay. ODOT says Beaver Excavating of Canton was the low bidder for the project. The winning bid was $113.2 million.

The widening effort will expand I-75 to three lanes from Hancock County Road 99 to an area south of Harrison Street. It also includes rebuilding the I-75 interchange with U.S. 68 and State Route 15.

ODOT expects construction to start early this spring.

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