Review Category : Local News

Three Arrested Following Fostoria Street Fight

1/22/15 – 7:14 A.M.

Three people were arrested and one person was taken to the hospital following a fight that involved a tire iron in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday night at 216 East Jones Street.

20-year-old Karah Leann Knezevich of Findlay, 24-year-old Benjamin Kuzma, and 19-year-old Bobbi Lane are all facing felonious assault charges. Lane was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

A man who was not publicly identified was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.

No other details were available.

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LaRocco Honored By Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association

1/22/15 – 6:52 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association honored an area attorney this week. The Courier reports Melissa LaRocco was given the 11th Jackson E. Betts Professionalism Award. It’s only the second time a woman has been given the honor.

LaRocco serves as the pro bono director for Legal Aid of Western Ohio. The organization provides legal assistance to low-income residents.

The last woman to be given the honor was Valerie Myers Roszman in 2010.

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Man Arrested For Stealing Credit Cards In Findlay

1/22/15 – 6:43 A.M.

A Toledo man is accused of stealing credit cards in several cities, including Findlay. Media Partner WTOL-11 reports Martin Gaines was recently arrested in Michigan. He faces several charges, including larceny in a vehicle and fraudulent use of credit cards.

Authorities say Gaines would break car windows and take credit cards out of vehicles. They believe he stole credit cards in Findlay, Sandusky, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Preliminary Plans For Putnam County Bridge Project Finished

1/22/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Preliminary plans for reconstructing the I-9 bridge near Ottawa are complete, but you can’t see them just yet.  The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District gave a report on the bridge at a recent meeting.  District Manager Lynn Army said the plans will be made public when a complete version is finished.

The I-9 bridge has been blamed for creating flooding issues along the Blanchard River in Putnam County.  Many say the bridge approach slows down the flow of the river.

Army said that the steady state model of water flow showed that changes to the bridge would reduce the river depth by four to six inches.  He believes that the unsteady state model will show even more reduction in river depth.

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Hancock County Sheriff Issues Scam Warning

1/22/15 – 5:22 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know about a scam that has popped up in the area. Sheriff Michael Heldman says potential victims have been targeted over email. The scammers will identify themselves as a family member or friend. They’ll go on to say they took a trip overseas, and their belongings were misplaced or taken. They then ask you to send them money so they can get home.

Heldman says not to send money and to ignore the email.

If you think you’ve been victimized by the scam, call the sheriff’s office at (419)424-7097.

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Inside Look At How McLane Was Recruited To Hancock County

1/22/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Economic development officials talked Wednesday about how McLane Company was encouraged to build a new distribution center in Hancock County. The Courier reports members of Findlay’s Kiwanis club were told how McLane’s interest in the area coincided with the creation of a new industrial park. McLane started looking at land near I-75 and County Road 99 during the same month Findlay-Hancock County Alliance members started talking about a new industrial park on Hancock County Road 212.

When a deal for the land right next to the interstate couldn’t be reached, McLane was approached about building in the new park. By February of last year, a letter of intent was signed by the company.

Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said once that happened, meetings were held with city, county, township, Blanchard Valley Port Authority, state transportation department and JobsOhio officials. Iriti said that convinced McLane to move forward with the nearly $119 million investment.

The McLane distribution center is expected to eventually employ around 425 people. The new facility will open next year.

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Findlay Schools Moving Forward With Modular Units, Washington Not an Option

01/21/15     9:08 p.m.

When Findlay City Schools announced it was struggling with being over capacity for kindergarten through second grade, many began suggesting reopening Washington School, which was closed in 2011 due to low enrollment.

Audio: Ed Kurt

At Wednesday’s strategic planning meeting, Superintendent Ed Kurt explained to community members that with the addition of Millstream there would be increased traffic congestion in the area on schools day if a full elementary school was added. He said there are also not enough elementary students living in that area to justify the change either.

Instead the strategic planning committee will pursue modular units attached to two current buildings. At the meeting community members told Kurt they support the idea of modular units at least for the time being. The modulars will likely be put at Jefferson Primary and Chamberlin Hill Intermediate Schools.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the next step will be to bring the decision to the board at their meeting Feb. 16. After that the district will decide which neighborhoods will move to different school zones.

All of the modular units would be paid for with permanent improvement funds and no levy would need to be passed to do so.

Kurt said he expects to be using modular units for three to five years, 10 at most. He said the strategic planning committee will have to decide how it wants to proceed after that.

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Tiffin Woman Who Lost Five Children in a Fire Sentenced on Drug Charge

01/21/15     5:08 p.m.

A Tiffin woman who lost her five children in a fire has been sentenced on drug charges.

31-year-old Anna Angel was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of community control after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. The Advertiser-Tribune reports Angel will also undergo substance abuse rehabilitation. Authorities say Angel was selling drugs from her home in the summer of 2014.

Angel’s boyfriend and five children died in their mobile home in September 2013 when cigarettes or burning candles sparked a fire. Angel was at work at the time of the blaze.

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Congressman Bob Latta Responds to State of the Union Address

01/21/15     2:38 p.m.

One of the most talked about subjects from last night State of the Union address was President Obama’s suggestion of two free years of community college. Ohio’s 5th District Congressman Bob Latta said while it may seem like a good idea, money is an issue.

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta said as far as cost the rough estimate is $60 billion. He said with the country being $18 trillion in debt, it’s a bill state’s would have to foot, which is not right to force on them. Latta said the country is past broke at this point, it’s broken.

President Obama laid a number of new agenda items on the table last, from Cuba relations to Internet regulation to tax credits. The president made it clear that he was not worried about another election because he is in his last term. Latta said the president needs to listen to the people.

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta said the people of the United States made it clear what they wanted by voting mostly Republicans into office in September.

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North Baltimore Council Upset By Snow Removal Efforts

1/21/15 – 6:52 A.M.

North Baltimore village council members took aim at snow removal efforts during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports several council members voiced their complaints, including criticism of plow crews moving snow to the middle of Main Street.

The village has a snow route ordinance on the books. It requires cars to be removed from certain streets to allow for plowing. Officials say the law is not enforced. Some signs have been removed or are unreadable.

Village Administrator Donna Dettling said the safety of North Baltimore residents is a priority.

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