Review Category : Local News

Children’s Protective Services Facing New Obstacles in Hancock County

04/08/15     5:10 p.m.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Hancock County Children’s Protective Services Administrator Jill Stonebraker said last year the number of families investigated was down, but there are other problems on the horizon.

Audio: Jill Stonebraker

Stonebraker said thankfully there is a great support system for children facing abuse in the county. She said the unique multidisciplinary team approach helps limit the trauma for children in the system.

But despite having an advanced team, they still face the stigma of taking children every day.

Audio: Jill Stonebraker

Stonebraker said the CPS office is in great need of foster families for children in need of a temporary home. She said the teenage age group is particularly hard to find foster homes for.

For more information, see the Foster/Adopt or Protective Services link on the Hancock County Job and Family Services website.

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Guilty Plea in Sink’s Flower Shop Arson Case

04/08/15     3:30 p.m.

A Findlay man appeared in court today for hearing on charges stemming from the August fire at Sink’s Flower Shop. 20-year-old Bryant Smith faces three charges of arson and one charge of vandalism for setting the fire.

Audio: Allison Reamer

Courier reporter Allison Reamer was in court for the hearing today. She said the prosecution recommended eight year in prison and registration for the crime.

Audio: Allison Reamer

In addition to a sentencing, Smith will also have a hearing for restitution for the more than $100,000 in damage caused by the fire.

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University of Findlay Planning Upgrades for Croy Gymnasium

04/08/15     2:30 p.m.

The University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium is getting some upgrades ahead of next year’s sports season.

According to UF campus newspaper the Pulse, the gym will be painted and get new bleachers. The bleachers will have hand railings for upgraded safety, wider aisles and some seats with chair backs. Moving the bleachers back a few feet will give fans room to walk behind the team benches unlike before, but will force the loss of about 300 bleacher seats.

The renovation work will get under way in just a few weeks so the changes are complete before summer basketball and volleyball camps start in June.

Associate Athletic Director Jim Givens told the Pulse the upgrades will modernize the gym and make it one of the best facilities in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

More: The Pulse

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Lima Music Teacher Accused Of Sex Crime

4/8/15 – 9:31 A.M.

A Lima City Schools teacher and former Elida school board member has been accused of having sexual contact with a minor. The Lima News reports Brian Anders, an elementary school music teacher, faces a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He’s been placed on administrative leave by the school.

Investigators tell the newspaper the alleged crime did not involve a student. It appears the crime involved a 15-year-old boy Anders is accused of meeting on the internet.

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Changes Being Made To How North Baltimore Emergency Calls Are Handled

4/8/15 – 9:23 A.M.

There will be a slight change in how some emergency calls are handled in North Baltimore later this month. The Courier reports some calls in the village will be routed to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center.

The sheriff’s office has pushed for the village to allow 9-1-1 and fire calls to go through the dispatch center to provide more uniform response. Calls to the North Baltimore Police Department won’t be affected.

The change will by made April 20.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Budget Numbers Improve

4/8/15 – 8:19 A.M.

Fostoria finances are looking better. That’s according to city officials, who say general fund revenue increased almost 16 percent from February of 2014 to February of 2015. The Review-Times reports that at the same time, expenses dropped by around 22 percent.

However Auditor Steve Garner cautions that it’s going to be tough to maintain those types of numbers. Revenue they were waiting on at the end of 2014 came in during the first two months of this year.

MORE: Review-Times

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Findlay Woman Injured In Tuesday Crash

4/8/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A Findlay woman suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened around 3:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of Tiffin Avenue.

28-year-old Rachel Perkins was slowing to stop when she was hit from behind by a car driven by 24-year-old Ashley Rodriguez of Findlay. Perkins was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution. Rodriguez was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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Arcadia Man Indicted For Attempted Robbery At Gas Station

4/8/15 – 5:33 A.M.

An Arcadia man has been indicted for allegedly trying to steal a car from a Findlay gas station. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up indictments against 21-year-old Joe Vera III Tuesday. He faces an aggravated robbery charge.

Vera is accused of using a knife to try and steal a car from the Circle K location at 1220 Tiffin Avenue on March 25. Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece says Vera told a 60-year-old man to give him the keys to his car. The man fought back by throwing a large fountain drink at his attacker. Vera then allegedly hit the victim and fled the area on foot.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Man Indicted For Weekend Bar Assault

4/8/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of attacking another man inside a bar Easter Sunday was indicted by the Hancock County grand jury Tuesday. The Courier reports 29-year-old Antonio Johnson is charged with aggravated assault and felonious assault.

The indictment accuses Johnson of assaulting a man at Nicki’s Night Club at 139 North Main Street. Johnson allegedly took $300 from the victim and caused serious physical harm. The victim was treated at the hospital for multiple injuries to his face and body.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Auditor Candidate Forum To Be Held Tonight

4/8/15 – 5:16 A.M.

The candidates for Findlay city auditor will take part in a forum this evening. Auditor Jim Staschiak is being challenged by councilwoman-at-large Anne Spence. The race will be decided in the May primary as there is no Democratic challenger.

You can hear the candidates discuss the issues at 6 p.m. on 1330 WFIN. There will be limited seating available in the University of Findlay TV studios as well. The forum is also being broadcast on UFTV and the university’s radio station, WLFC.

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