Review Category : Local News

Findlay’s Yearly Budget Has Been Sent To The State Auditor’s Office To Be Reviewed

11/23/16 – 3:19 P.M.

It’s the time of year when the city’s budget gets reviewed. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said that the budget is in the hands of the state auditor’s office now.

Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that there might be an issue coming up but there is no need for concern.

Lydia Mihalik

She added that the strong financial position has allowed the city to provide the tools and training needed for its employees.

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Mayor Mihalik Elected To The Board Of New Organization

11/23/16 – 1:32 P.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was recently elected to the board of the Ohio Mayors Alliance. She said the alliance brings mayors together to talk about the struggles and benefits of cities.

Lydia Mihalik

She said that the bipartisan coalition wants to build stronger relationships with policy makers.

Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that they will discuss the benefits and struggles that cities are facing. Thirty mayors from Ohio’s 30 biggest cities make up the new coalition.

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Local Law Enforcement Trying To Combat Rising Fatal Crash Numbers

11/23/16 – 11:27 A.M.

Local law enforcement officials are stepping up efforts to reduce fatal crashes in the area, but they say they need your help. Lt. Matt Crow is with the State Highway Patrol and says distracted driving continues to be a big issue…

Audio: Matt Crow

Crow says law enforcement is seeing an increase in people driving off the road and rear-ending people. He adds those types of crashes are usually caused by a distraction.

With the holidays approaching, local law enforcement agencies are working together to try and keep people safe on area roadways…

Audio: Matt Crow

Lt. Matt Crow is with the State Highway Patrol and says officers are also looking for impaired and distracted drivers.

There have been 15 fatal crashes on roads in Hancock County this year. That’s compared to 10 last year and eight in 2014.

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Hardin County Commissioners Race Decided By Two Votes

11/23/16 – 5:46 A.M.

If you think your vote doesn’t matter, a political race in Hardin County might change your mind. WKTN Radio reports Roger Crowe defeated Robert Carder by two votes in a county commissioners contest. The Hardin County Board of Elections met Monday to count 215 provisional votes and 35 absentee ballots.

The newly announced two vote margin triggers an automatic recount.

MORE: WKTN Radio

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Fire Damages Upper Sandusky Home

11/23/16 – 5:32 A.M.

A Tuesday morning fire severely damaged an Upper Sandusky home. The Upper Sandusky Fire Department reports firefighters saw flames coming from a garage at 410 West Spring Street as they arrived around 9:45 a.m. One person was home and was able to escape safely.

The fire department says an electrical issue likely sparked the blaze.

Upper Sandusky EMS took one firefighter to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of health issues.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family who lived in the home.

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One Person Injured In Crash South Of Findlay

11/23/16 – 5:23 A.M.

A two-car crash south of Findlay injured a Rossford woman late Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened near the intersection of U.S. 68 and Eagle Township Road 168 around 5:45 p.m. Investigators say 43-year-old Malia Homer was driving on U.S. 68 when she hit the back of an SUV driven by 33-year-old Shelby Bower of Findlay. Bower had stopped for traffic.

Hanco Ambulance took Homer to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Deputies cited her for an assured clear distance violation.

Bower was not injured.

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Local Unemployment Rates Continue To Decline

11/23/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Unemployment rates remain low in the area. Numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County’s jobless rate dropped to 3.4 percent in October. That’s down slightly from 3.6 percent in September.

Only Putnam County has a lower rate locally. The unemployment rate in Putnam County stands at 3.3 percent, down from 3.5 in September.

Rates for other counties: (September numbers in parenthesis.)

Allen, 4.7 percent (5 percent); Hardin, 4.7 (5); Henry, 4 (4.4); Putnam, 3.3 (3.5); Seneca, 4.3 (4.6); Wood, 4 (4.3); and Wyandot, 3.4 (3.6).

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Several Hancock County Residents Facing Drug Charges

11/23/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Several Hancock County residents are facing drug charges. The Courier reports the grand jury handed up a secret indictment against 24-year-old Kirbi Clark of Findlay on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in heroin. Investigators say Clark sold fentanyl within 100 feet of a juvenile last month.

The grand jury also handed up an indictment against 53-year-old Andrea Shellenbarger on two charges of permitting drug abuse. Investigators say Shellenbarger heroin out of her car in August and September in Findlay.

You can see the full list of indictments in today’s edition of the Courier.

MORE: The Courier

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New Leaf Pickup Day Scheduled For The City Of Findlay

11/22/16 – 5:06 P.M.

Since there are still leaves on many trees, the city of Findlay has scheduled another leaf pickup day. According to a release, the next leaf pickup will be December 5 beginning at 7 a.m. City employees will only pick up leaves placed in biodegradable bags and placed at the curb.

You can also drop your leaves off at the green waste site located at 350 West High Street at no charge. They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. They will be closed this Thursday for Thanksgiving.

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Safe Ride Home Offers Free Rides Over The Holidays

11/22/16 – 3:20 P.M.

Safe Ride Home is offering free rides to people over the holidays to cut back on impaired drivers. Vice President Erik Stearns said that the rides won’t take you anywhere but home.

Erik Stearns

Rides are available for Thanksgiving eve from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The rides are also available anytime between December 20 and January 1. You can call for a ride at 419-425-3908.

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