Review Category : Local News

Kenton School Building Vandalized

3/19/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A Kenton school was vandalized this week. Kentontoday.com reports five windows and a security light were broken at the Northwood School building Monday afternoon. Several rocks were found inside a classroom where the windows were broken.

The incident remains under investigation.

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No Charges Filed In Crash That Killed Ada Woman

3/19/15 – 5:22 A.M.

No charges will be filed in a crash that killed an Ada woman last November. The Lima News reports the chief prosecutor at the Lima Municipal Court says roads were slick on the morning of November 17, and 30-year-old James Britt was driving 10 mph below the speed limit at the time of the crash. Britt did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.

The crash on State Route 81 in Allen County took the life of 56-year-old Carla Dysert.

Dysert’s son Zac is a quarterback on the practice squad of the Denver Broncos.

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Drug Charges Pending Following Fostoria Drug Raid

3/19/15 – 5:06 A.M.

For the second time in the last year, a Fostoria home was the subject of a drug raid. The Review-Times reports authorities executed a search warrant at 300 East Tiffin Street Wednesday morning. The search turned up suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, cash, criminal tools and evidence of drug trafficking.

30-year-old Dina Williams and 33-year-old Anthony Williams are facing a variety of charges including trafficking cocaine and possession of heroin. The charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the same residents were in the home the last time officers raided the house. Children were present at the time.

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Flood Mititgation Plans Move Forward In Ottawa

3/19/15 – 4:52 A.M.

Plans are moving forward for flood mitigation in Ottawa. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District met recently to discuss the latest developments. Organizers say a preliminary set of plans have been created for the reconstruction of the Road I-9 bridge. Preliminary plans for a diversion channel are also being worked on.

Engineer Greg Bockrath told the group he has looked into a flood warning system for Road I-9. A fully automated system could include flashing lights and a crossing arm to block traffic when the road is flooded. Bockrath said it can also be scaled back so that it can be manually operated.

Not everyone is on board with rebuilding the I-9 bridge. The Sentinel also reports the Ottawa Township Trustees debated the project during a special meeting. Steve and Jim Leopold say they want to see more information about how changing the bridge approach would affect flooding in the township. Don Croy is in favor of moving forward with the plans.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel (Meeting Notes)
MORE: Putnam County Sentinel (Ottawa TWP Trustees)

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Salaries for Elected Findlay Officials Being Reconsidering for Next Term

03/18/15     10:22 p.m.

Findlay City Council turned down a raise in 2013 during difficult financial times, but they may be getting one next term. At an Ad Hoc Committee meeting Wednesday, city council members talked about salaries for the mayor, law director, auditor, city council and treasurer.

Council members currently make $6,086 per year. The most recent raise was for the mayor in 2011 for $1,100 bringing that salary to $69,500. Councilman Ron Monday said the rationale behind upping the mayor’s salary was to keep that position the highest paid in the city, other than the law director and service-safety director.

The auditor’s earnings stayed the same at $69,418 in 2011, but the law director saw a $6,000 decrease to $100,312.

Councilman Grant Russel said the salaries needs addressed to keep the positions attractive for qualified candidates.

Monday suggested a 1 percent increase each year of the term for the mayor, auditor and council. As for law director, he said the $6,000 hit needs to be addressed as well.

While no decisions were made at the meeting, the committee will have to have an ordinance approved by council by Oct. 31.

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Veterans Career Workshop in Findlay Thursday

03/18/15     3:20 p.m.

A workshop to help veterans with career questions will be held Thursday. The workshop will take place at the Findlay AmVets at 423 Trenton Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch included.

Audio: Abby Reynolds

Abby Reynolds is communication officer for the Military Veterans Resource Center. She said each workshop serves a wide variety of veterans.

Audio: Abby Reynolds

Reynolds said a veterans service specialist will sit down with the vet, discuss their interests and figure out how their skills will translate to the civilian world. Then they will construct a resume that tailors their skills to a new career.

Anyone interested in attending the workshop should register ahead by calling 419-516-0411.

More event information

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ADAMHS Board Reaching Out to Community to Work Toward Education

03/18/15     12:30 p.m.

A special edition of the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board’s newsletter “The Highlighter” focuses on recovery housing this month. ADAMHS Wellness and Education Director Zach Thomas said the newsletter is just one piece of the puzzle.

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas said the hope is the new strategic communication plan will help ADAMHS reach the community in the most effective way.

Audio: Zach Thomas

They’re also working to let people know that just like when a friend is sick with cancer or the flu, there are things people can do to help those in recovery.

One of the other outreach opportunities is the opioid task force and community partnership, which Thomas said makes presentations to groups and at meetings by request.

ADAMHS April newsletter

Additional recovery house information

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Dog Shot During Allen County Drug Raid

3/18/15 – 5:33 A.M.

A pit bull was shot in a Lima home during the course of a “no-knock” drug raid. The Lima News reports Allen County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the dog as they were executing the search warrant. The dog’s owner and resident of the home says officers demanded the dog be caged. Susan Smith tells the newspaper a deputy then kicked the cage, releasing the dog and leading to the shooting.

Smith told the newspaper, “All they got was a pound of weed.”

James Everett is a chief deputy with the sheriff’s office. He says the raid is still pending investigation. Everett added no complaint has been filed, and that incident like this are rare.

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