Review Category : Local News

Local Schools Stand To Lose Some State Funding In State Budget Proposal

2/27/17 – 5:08 A.M.

Several area school districts stand to lose some degree of funding under Governor John Kasich’s proposed budget. The Courier reports the only Hancock County schools in line for a funding increase are Findlay and Van Buren. The plan calls for Findlay to get a more than $109,000 increase over two years. Van Buren could see a more than $90,000 increase.

Findlay Treasurer Mike Barnhart tells the Courier he isn’t thrilled about the size of the potential increase. Barnhart said the 2018 increase of more than $79,000, “hardly covers the salary and benefits of one teacher.” He added that doesn’t help much given the size of the district.

Under Kasich’s proposal, districts whose enrollment has decreased by 5 percent or more since the 2011 fiscal year could lose up to 5 percent of their state funding. The budget proposal doesn’t include explanations for funding cuts, but officials at some county schools believe that could be why they may get less money from the state over the next two years.

The proposed budget McComb, Arlington, and Arcadia would lose more than $100,000 over two years. Cory-Rawson, Liberty-Benton, Riverdale, and Value would lose less than $10,000 each.

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The Argyle Fire Is Over 5 Years Old Now

02/27/17 – 5:30 A.M.

The Argyle Fire took about 20 housing units just over 5 years ago. Hope House’s Angela Crist said that the building was helpful to those in need.

Crist said that the Argyle helped those who were trying to start over after a felony or bad rental history. She added that it’s difficult to find housing for people with felonies, poor rental histories, or low credit scores.

The Argyle Fire took housing units from Findlay just a few years after the 2007 flood destroyed many units as well.

Though nobody was hurt it did create an imbalance of the supply and demand of housing in Findlay. Crist said that the city will need to build more housing options.

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Bowling For Kids Event Raising Money To Support Children’s Mentoring Connection

02/24/17 – 5:01 P.M.

The Children’s Mentoring Connection will be hosting its Bowling For Kids fundraiser soon. Mentor Eric Ferguson says that the event was well attended last year.

Eric Ferguson

Executive director Stacy Shaw said that this is their biggest fundraiser of the year for Hancock County.

Stacy Shaw

The Bowling For Kids event will be March 11-12 at Sportsman Lanes. There will be food and prizes available. You can sign up your team of five at hancockmentors.org.

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Ohio BCI Investigated A Member Of The Findlay Police Department

02/24/17 – 10:57 P.M.

Last week the Hancock County Sheriff asked Ohio BCI to investigate a member of the Findlay Police Department. The investigation was into the allegations of domestic violence of the member. The BCI cannot identify an uncharged suspect. Because of this, they were unable to confirm who they were investigating.

The BCI completed the investigation last week and turned it over to the Findlay law director. They report the law director then requested a special prosecutor from Hardin County Municipal Court to review the findings. The prosecutor will determine if charges should be filed.

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Joint Justice Center Construction May Not Need All Contingency Funds

2/24/17 – 7:30 A.M.

Seneca County stands to get back some of the money set aside for construction of the Joint Justice Center in Tiffin. The Review-Times reports Gilbane Construction believes they won’t need all the money for contingency costs. There’s currently more than $214,000 left in the account. Gilbane officials say the should be able to give the county back around $50,000 once all the steel for the project is in place.

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Fostoria Man Sentenced For Stealing From Union

2/24/17 – 6:50 A.M.

A Fostoria man will spend 16 months in prison for stealing from his union. The Review-Times reports U.S. District Court Judge James Carr sentenced 34-year-old Aaron Contreras this week. Contreras pleaded guilty in October to embezzling more than $42,000 from the IUE-CWA Local 84749.

Michael Kroetz is the union president. He says Contreras had been the financial secretary of the group. Kroetz says he discovered the missing money in December of 2015 after Contreras stopped showing up for work.

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OSHA Fines Findlay’s Ball Metal Facility

2/24/15 – 5:33 A.M.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a Findlay factory exposed employees to dangerous conditions. The agency is fining Ball Corporation more than $82,000 as a result. OSHA says Ball didn’t properly guard some equipment, exposing employees to amputation hazards.

The government fined Ball more than $69,000 for the violation and another $12,000 for not training Findlay workers to use lockout procedures on equipment in the facility.

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Lengthy High-Speed Chase Ends With Crash In Findlay

2/24/17 – 5:17 A.M.

A high-speed chase that spanned three counties ended with a crash in downtown Findlay Thursday evening. The Findlay Police Department says several law enforcement agencies tried to stop a truck driven by 45-year-old William Milliron Sr. The chase started in North Baltimore, went through Fostoria, and ended at the intersection of South Main and Sandusky streets around 6 p.m. Authorities kept the intersection closed until around 11 p.m. because they believed Milliron was using the truck as a mobile meth lab.

Federal officers tackled Milliron when he tried to get out of the truck following the crash. They took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment and then to the Hancock County jail. Milliron had several outstanding warrants. Several charges are pending in the case.

A Findlay Police Department officer wearing a hazardous material suit removed items from the bed and cab of the truck. Investigators collected several containers of liquid.

Before slamming into a brick wall at the Millstream Art Plaza Milliron hit two other cars in Findlay. The collisions didn’t cause any injuries. Milliron’s passenger also wasn’t hurt.

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Latta Protested in Bowling Green

2/24/17 – 4:26 A.M.

Congressman Bob Latta is being targeted by constituents who say he’s dodging face-to-face meetings. Dozens of people protested last night’s Wood County Republican Party dinner, demanding Latta hold a town hall meeting. Organizers say they want the Bowling Green Republican to answer questions about the environment, health care reform and national security. Latta told WTOL-TV he’s already holding one-on-one meetings with constituents throughout his district.

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