Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Hospitalized Following Sunday Standoff

5/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Findlay police were involved in a standoff on Bright Road Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the officers were called about a man with a gun driving a car in the 700 block of Bright Road around 8:10 a.m. Police found the car just south of Fostoria Avenue.

24-year-old Brandon Gipson was behind the wheel and refused to leave the car. He showed the handgun several times and indicated he would harm himself. While talking to police on a cell phone, he also told them he had a gunshot wound to his left arm. Officers were able to convince Gipson to leave his car. He was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter.

Investigators say a woman who identified herself as Gipson’s girlfriend first called police. She told them Gipson had shot himself in the arm and then left in his car. She followed him in her own car.

The case remains under investigation. Charges are being considered.

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Corps Of Engineers Releases Another Blanchard River Video

5/18/15 – 5:00 A.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a new video that comments on the Blanchard River flood mitigation plan. The Corps is taking public comments on the potential project until May 25.

In the video Lt. Col. Karl Jansen says he doesn’t expect the community to sign off on the plan right now. He added, “What we have put forth, through the draft report, is a recommended plan that still requires some additional study and optimization.”

In the video the Corps answers some more questions submitted by the community. Jansen said through the ongoing optimization process, the flood levels for the Scarlet Oak Drive will be reduced. Initially it looked like the area would see more flood water when the Blanchard spilled out of its banks.

More information on the project can be found here.

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Big Summer of Renovations Planned at the University of Findlay

05/15/15     1:05 p.m.

This summer will be a busy one on the University of Findlay campus. The university has six major renovation projects on the schedule, a few of which are already underway.

Croy Gymnasium will be getting new bleachers, having the floor refinished and updating paint work. Also in the sports realm, the indoor track at the Koehler Center is being replaced. And the tennis courts on campus, which UF says don’t see much use, are being removed. Tennis courts are still available for those who use them at the Armstrong Sports Complex on N. Blanchard Street.

UF is also converting its greenhouse in the Frost Science Center to classrooms and moving the greenhouse to the Davis Street building. The 12 modular units used as classroom and offices on campus are being removed, and Morey and Myers residence halls will get new heating and cooling units this summer.

Because of the Morey and Myers renovations, the marketing and communications department and admissions offices on the first floor of the building have been temporarily relocated. The marketing and communications offices are currently in Old Main room 212. The admissions offices are at 1315 N. Main Street, the site of the former Stately Raven bookstore.

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2015 Days of Caring Saves Local Nonprofits More Than $92,000

05/15/15     12:54 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County held its annual Days of Caring April 27 to May 1, yielding plenty of finished projects.

Days of Caring recruits local business to spend four hours helping a local nonprofit organization. This year, 1,075 volunteers completed 375 projects for 30 organizations. At Ohio’s volunteer hourly dollar value of $21.46, the volunteers saved the nonprofits more than $92,000 in labor.

Some of the projects taken on by Days of Caring volunteers included: inventory, agency mailings, landscaping, painting, cleaning, shredding and more.

See the United Way’s Facebook page for pictures of this year’s Days of Caring volunteers in action.

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Wilson’s Listed As An Iconic Ohio Burger Joint

5/15/15 – 8:48 A.M.

Findlay is home to one of the best hamburger shops in the state. That’s according to Onlyinyourstate.com, which lists Wilson’s Sandwich Shop as one of 12 “burger joints that’ll make your taste buds go crazy.”

Another well-known area sandwich shop that can trace its roots to Wilson’s made the list too. The Lima Kewpee locations were also included as some of the best places to get a burger in Ohio.

MORE: Onlyinyourstate.com

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Longtime Findlay Gift Shop To Close This Year

5/15/15 – 8:38 A.M.

A Findlay gift shop will close its doors this year. The Courier reports the Lily Bay Gift Company at 1100 Croy Drive will be closing soon. The store has been in operation for 32 years.

Owner Connie Hutchison told the newspaper that she and her husband are going into “retirement mode.” Hutchison says no potential buyers have come forward, although a few people have shown interest.

MORE: The Courier

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More Than 20 People Involved In Fostoria Brawl

5/15/15 – 7:29 A.M.

Investigators are still sorting out the details of a fight in Fostoria that landed five people in the hospital. The Review-Times reports a dispute between a group from Fostoria and another from out of town led to the Monday night incident in the 600 block of Hart Avenue.

One group showed up in an SUV. The second group showed up with around 20 people, some armed with baseball bats. An 18-year-old was pulled from the vehicle and into the fight. Another 18-year-old fled the scene on foot. The driver tried to get away but someone broke the windshield with a baseball bat, causing the SUV to hit a house at 620 Hart Avenue. The driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Fostoria Police Captain Patrick Brooks tells the newspaper the groups had been taunting each other with text and Facebook messages for a period of time. Charges are pending in the case.

MORE: Review-Times

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Interim Engineer Selected In Putnam County

5/15/15 – 7:19 A.M.

An interim Putnam County engineer has been selected. The Lima News reports Defiance County deputy engineer Mike Lenhart will focus his efforts on Putnam County until a new engineer can be hired.

Lenhart is an Ottawa resident and could be interested in the full-time gig. He tells the newspaper, “I’ve been trying to get a position in Putnam County, but there was never one available.”

Terry Recker is resigning from the engineer’s office. He agreed to step down as part of a settlement from an ethics investigation. Recker had hired two of his sons to work for the county before Ohio laws about hiring relatives changed in the mid 1980’s. However, he also approved their raises and promotions over the years. The commission said was a violation.

MORE: Lima News

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Ottawa Council Votes To Drop Insurance For Elected Officials

5/15/15 – 6:55 A.M.

Elected officials in Ottawa will no longer get insurance through the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council voted 5-1 to drop insurance eligibilities starting with the next group of officials to be sworn in. It was estimated that insurance coverage for one council seat was costing Ottawa $20,000 per year.

While councilman Dave Michel voted in favor of the ordinance, he did express concerns about the decision making process. Michel said he didn’t think council should be voting on compensation for themselves.

Gene Hovest was the lone no vote on the issue.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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New Trial Dates Set For Arcadia Man

5/15/15 – 6:46 A.M.

Trial dates have been set for an Arcadia man charged with sexual assault and aggravated robbery. The trials for 21-year-old Joe Vera III had to be pushed back after he changed lawyers this week. The sexual assault case will go in front of a jury June 1, while the aggravated robbery case will be heard July 20.

Vera is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old in April of 2014 in McComb. On March 25 of this year he allegedly used a knife to try and steal a car from the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay.

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