Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Joins Safe Neighborhoods Initiatve Targeting Repeat Offenders

01/16/15     3:32 p.m.

Fostoria announced it is joining seven other Ohio communities in the Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.

According to the Toledo Blade, cities in the program work with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to identify the people responsible for the most crime in each area. The offenders on probation or parole attend meetings about consequences of violent crime.

About two dozen people attended the first meeting in Fostoria last month. Other cities in the program include Lima, Fremont and Akron.

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North Baltimore Council Decides Against EMS Levy for May Ballot

01/16/15     12:50 p.m.

North Baltimore voters won’t see a levy to support emergency medical services on the May ballot.

According to the Courier, the village council decided to look at other budget options for funding for the EMS during a special meeting Thursday.

Once the council comes up with options, they will be presented to the public for more input.

Last year the village switched from a volunteer squad to a paid staff. Council members said this change has greatly improved EMS response times.

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Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Celebrating 125 Year This Month

01/16/15     12:25 p.m.

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will celebrate a big anniversary later this month.

The library will turn 125 Jan. 27 and will have a party to celebrate. A post on the library’s Facebook page said the celebration will take place all day.

There will be two special story times at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., along with giveaways, prizes, a photo booth and more. There will also be historic photos of library memories throughout the building.

For more information, contact the library at 419-422-1712.

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One Person Injured In North Main Street Crash

1/16/15 – 9:13 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash on North Main Street in Findlay Monday morning. The Findlay Police Department says the crash happened around 8:43 a.m.

22-year-old Coletta Cunningham of Sheffield Village was driving north when a car driven by 22-year-old Jacob Miller of Mansfield turned into her path. Miller’s windshield was covered in frost and he didn’t see the other vehicle.

Cunningham was treated at the scene of the crash. Miller was cited for failure to yield and having an obscured windshield.

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Seneca County Man Arrested Following Incident At His Home

1/16/15 – 7:35 A.M.

Seneca County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Wednesday morning after surrounding his house with their guns drawn. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office received a call that said 35-year-old Jonathon Rice is bipolar, and had “snapped.” The caller also said the man’s wife had locked herself in the bedroom of the house.

Deputies arrived at 8399 West State Route 12 around 10 a.m. An incident report says that though Rice was “fairly combative,” he was detained and taken to the Seneca County Jail.

MORE: Review-Times

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Two Injured In Crash West Of Fostoria

1/16/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people west of Fostoria Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on State Route 12 near Washington Township Road 218 around 9:30 p.m.

34-year-old Josey Holman was driving west on Route 12 when she slowed to turn onto Road 218. She was hit from behind by a van driven by a 17-year-old girl. The teenage driver, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. A passenger in Holman’s vehicle also suffered minor injuries.

The 17-year-old girl was cited for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.


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Location Of New Seneca County Justice Center Could Be Decided Soon

1/16/15 – 5:30 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners could have a better idea where a new courthouse should be located by the end of the month. The Review-Times reports the results of a private study on the location of a joint justice center should be available by January 28. By February 10, the commissioners could then decide if the facility will be built on the site of the old Seneca County Courthouse in Tiffin, or on the site of a former junior high school on Jefferson and Market Streets.

The new justice center is expected to house two common pleas courts, the clerk of courts, the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, and possibly other county offices. The project is expected to cost $8.5 million.

MORE: Review-Times

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Ottawa-Glandorf Teacher Disciplined For Threatening Student

1/16/15 – 5:18 A.M.

An Ottawa-Glandorf teacher has been disciplined for threatening a student. The Lima News reports Lori Radcliff was placed on paid administrative leave on December 19. A parent accused Radcliff of telling a student, “If I could get my hands around your neck, you wouldn’t be here.”

On January 6 Radcliff admitted threatening the student, and was given a written reprimand. In a statement put in Radcliff’s teaching file, Superintendent Don Horstman said there was no evidence Radcliff intended to carry out the threat. However, he added the statement showed poor judgement and was unacceptable.

Radcliff has returned to the classroom, but has to be assessed by a counselor. She also has to take anger ma management training.

MORE: Lima News

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Findlay Residents Take Part In Annual “Unity Walk”

1/16/15 – 5:01 A.M.

Several Findlay residents honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday night. The Courier reports around 20 people took part in the annual “unity walk” from First Lutheran Church to Dorney Plaza. Roughly 50 people were on hand for a church service following the walk.

The featured speaker was Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn. He talked about approaching racial issues with a “sense of civility and love.” Strahorn also said people are still dealing with racism today, although much of it is unintentional.

The event was organized by the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center, and the University of Findlay.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Police Hoping City-Wide Block Watch Will Get Community Involved

01/15/15     11:20 p.m.

The Findlay Police Department is hoping a new program will help deter crime in the city. To supplement neighborhood block watch programs, they have started a city-wide block watch to help the neighborhood programs communicate with one another. Crime Prevention Officer Chris Huber said it is as simple as saying hello.

Audio: Chris Huber

The city-wide group met for the first time tonight. Huber told the 20 people in the audience that having meetings both city-wide and neighborhood specific allow the residents to get information and police to get tips. He said the key to deterring crime is community involvement and increased communication.

Huber explained that most on-duty officers spend most of their shifts responding to calls instead of patrolling their assigned areas.

Audio: Chris Huber

Police Chief Greg Horne said a newly created Special Assignment Unit comprised of four officers will help fill that gap. The SAU will be able to respond to calls about crime and follow up with an investigation. Horne said these officers will not be doing regular patrols, but concentrating on suspects to eliminate the crime. Horne said he hopes the block watch captains will communicate with Huber to inform the SAU even more now with the expanded community watch program.

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