6/25/15 – 8:36 A.M.
McComb is under a boil water advisory until further notice. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd says low chlorine levels in the water system are to blame for the issue. The village is working to correct the problem.Read More →
6/25/15 – 6:58 A.M.
A Wyandot County child was found unconscious in a swimming pool Wednesday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports a 3-year-old boy was pulled from the water at a home south of Sycamore around 4 p.m.
The child was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital and then transferred by medical helicopter to another facility. Additional details were not available. The incident remains under investigation.Read More →
6/25/15 – 6:50 A.M.
The number of delinquent sewer bills is a cause for concern in Jenera. The Courier reports village council members talked about the problem in a special session. 14 accounts were reported past due recently. That might not seem like a large number, but there are only around 100 total sewer customers in Jenera.
Mayor John Honse tells the newspaper a letter is going to be sent to those with accounts that are delinquent. People with accounts that are overdue by six months are assessed on their property taxes. However, that sets their sewer bill back to zero. Jenera doesn’t provide water service, so turning off water to violators is not an option.
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6/25/15 – 6:40 A.M.
One person was injured when a semi rolled over west of Findlay. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on County Road 12 near Benton Ridge around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
35-year-old Chad McCarthy of Bloomville was driving the truck on Road 12 when he went off the road while driving around a curve. McCarthy lost control and the truck rolled over, blocking both lanes of the road.
McCarthy was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.Read More →
6/25/15 – 5:28 A.M.
A couple of area pools are set to reopen after then were closed due to recent flooding. The Mount Blanchard pool will reopen today at 1 p.m. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Columbus Grove pool is expected to reopen by this weekend. Neither facility suffered any structural damage. The pumps at the Columbus Grove pool required some repair work.Read More →
6/25/15 – 5:22 A.M.
The strike at Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay refinery in Texas will come to an end soon. Reuters reports local United Steel Workers officials say union members approved a new contract Tuesday. The strike will come to an end July 6, ending the five-month labor issue.
Marathon had been keeping the refinery running with temporary replacement workers. USW 13-1 Vice President Larry Burchfield told the news agency the contract narrowly passed. Two previous offer from Marathon had been rejected.
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6/25/15 – 5:14 A.M.
Several people could have had access to incoming Fire Chief Josh Eberle’s disciplinary files. The files were anonymously sent to the Courier and indicated Eberle served a 40-day suspension in 2007 following a drunken incident in Columbus. Charges from that incident were later dropped.
However, the disciplinary note was removed from Eberle’s personnel file after five years. That’s part of an agreement in the contract between the firefighter’s union and the city. Union president Matt Cooper tells the newspaper eight union officers would have had access to the safe where records are kept at Fire Station 1. Cooper added he didn’t think the leak came from the union, but they have launched an internal investigation.
The records could also have come from the city’s “red file.” That’s where disciplinary records are put after they are removed from a personnel file. Documents in the “red file” can’t be considered when someone applies for a promotion. Law Director Don Rasmussen says he’s not sure why the “red file” exists. The practice has been in place for years.
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6/25/15 – 4:54 A.M.
A new report is shedding some light on the impact of opioid addiction in our area. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office released county-by-county overdose figures for every Ohio County Wednesday. The numbers show that between 2008 and 2013, 229 people in the region died from unintentional drug overdoses.
In Hancock County, there were 38 deaths in that time frame. In Putnam County the number was 8. Allen County saw the highest number of overdose deaths in the six-year period, with 57 people losing their lives. You can see the county-by-county breakdown on our website.
Brown is currently co-sponsoring legislation to strengthen opiod prescription guidelines in the Veterans Affairs health system.
Allen County, 57.
Hancock County, 38.
Hardin County, 32.
Henry County, 4.
Putnam County, 8.
Seneca County, 29.
Wood County, 53.
Wyandot County, 8.
6/25/15 – 4:39 A.M.
A Lima man is in custody after he called in a phony bomb threat and hostage situation at Kalida Manufacturing. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports 23-year-old Thomas Hollingsworth called 911 just before 7 a.m. Wednesday and also claimed to be a “terrorist” before hanging up. Hollingsworth is charged with making terrorist threats.
Deputies and plant supervisors searched the factory for anything suspicious and found a padlocked lunch cooler. The Lima bomb squad investigated but found no explosives inside.
Investigators were given a list of possible suspects from factory supervisors. That led to the arrest of Hollingsworth. Authorities say that Hollingsworth also called 911 Tuesday morning with a false injury report at KMI.Read More →
06/24/15 5:03 p.m.
The Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run was in Findlay Wednesday. Findlay State Highway Patrol Staff Lieutenant John Altman ran in Wood County’s leg and the Hancock County leg Wednesday.
Audio: John Altman
Sgt. Dan Harmon organizes the torch run through the Findlay area every year. He said it’s important for the officers to get involved in the community.
Audio: Dan Harmon
The torch started at the Findlay State Highway Patrol post, stopped at the courthouse and the South Main Street Kroger. They then joined several area athletes at the fairgrounds to finish up the Findlay leg of the run at Blanchard Valley Center.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik also joined in on the run. She said this is a way for the law enforcement community to give back to the community that supports them.
Audio: Lydia Mihalik
The torch will now continue through several other counties on its way to Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus for the Olympics.
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