Review Category : Local News

Plan For Ottawa River Maintenance Approved

5/20/16 – 5:07 A.M.

A maintenance project will clear logjams from the Ottawa River in Putnam and Allen Counties. The Courier reports the Joint Board of County Commissioners approved the project Thursday. The joint board includes Hancock, Putnam, Allen, and Hardin Counties.

Work on the project will begin next month and will continue through next spring.

Rahrig Tree Company of Forest submitted the low bid for the project, at just over $91,500. The contract will be paid for by fees collected by landowners in the watershed.

MORE: The Courier

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Opioid Awareness Conference Set For Next Month

5/20/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A forum addressing Ohio’s opioid epidemic will be held in Findlay in June. Congressman Bob Latta says a panel discussion will take place June 27. It will focus on three areas; why and how opioid dependence is so prevalent, what resources are available to help those who are addicted, and how to stop opioid abuse.

A release from Latta’s office says the event will take place at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Latta is scheduled to be in attendance, along with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck.

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New Home Construction Spikes In Region

5/20/16 – 4:31 A.M.

New houses are springing up at an increasing rate in northwest Ohio. The Commerce Department released new data yesterday showing new home construction is especially spiking in Hancock, Wood and Putnam Counties. In Wood County, there have been 94 new home permits filed so far this year, up from 83 during the same period last year.

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ODOT Holds Public Forum On Sound Cancelling Wall Project

5/19/2016 – 9:21 pm

Caption: Residents voice concerns and ask questions at the public meeting at Chamberlin Hill Thursday night. 

Residents on the south side of Western Avenue got the chance to comment on a proposed wall that would reduce sound coming from US 68/15 Thursday. ODOT District 1 received a proposal to put the wall in place from area residents, and part of that process was to solicit public comments. Nate Tessler, Environmental Coordinator for ODOT District 1 said that the comments appeared to be split on the issue.

Audio: Nate Tessler

The wall itself proposed to be around 16 feet tall would be placed along the highway between Western Avenue and the highway and would reduce noise from the highway for residents in that area of Findlay. Tessler says that residents who are impacted directly by the project will have until June 20th to vote.

Audio: Nate Tessler

If more than 50% of the residents vote in favor of the project, ODOT will continue development. Tessler noted that DOES NOT mean the wall will be built. Issues with working with existing utilities in the area as well as safety concerns may still prevent the wall project. If approved, the wall could be potentially built in 2019.

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Cooper Tire Faces Fines Over Safety Violations

5/19/2016 – 5:01 pm

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. could face over $38,000 in federal fines for worker injuries and exposing workers to other injuries. The Courier reports that The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited two separate instances in which a Cooper employee burned his hands while changing tread segments on a press back in February.

Employees were also exposed to risk of amputation in changing tread segments because Cooper did not ensure they were trained in energy control procedures. These employees were exposed to fall hazards. Cooper also did not ensure safeguards were implemented to prevent employees from entering a press during operation, exposing them to rotating parts, flying chips, sparks, and other hazards.

Cooper Tire can challenge the allegations.

More: The Courier

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EMA Hazardous Material Drill Set For Saturday

5/19/2016 – 3:37 pm

The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a full-scale hazardous material drill on Saturday.

The drill is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Facility, 5000 Fostoria Ave., according to the agency, and should run until noon. The Hancock County EMA says that there will be several training props and other pieces of equipment, including a fog machine, in order to simulate a hazardous materials leak and response.

Assisting with the drill will be the Findlay Police Department, Findlay Fire Department, Hanco EMS, American Red Cross, Blanchard Valley Hospital, Hancock County Hazmat Team, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Findlay.

Anyone with questions should contact Hancock County EMA at 419-424-7092.

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Findlay Woman Injured Following Crash

5/19/2016 – 3:34 pm

A Findlay woman was injured following an accident around noon Thursday. The Courier reports the accident happened at the intersection of Sixth and Williams Streets when 46-year-old Kevin Fisher of Findlay turned left onto Sixth Street in front of a car driven by 75-year-old Barbara Hession of Findlay. The cars collided and Hession was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with neck and back injuries.

Both cars were towed from the scene and Fisher was cited with operating a vehicle at a stop sign.

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Findlay Police Educate The Public On Fraud Prevention In The Workplace

5/19/2016 – 2:07 pm

What can local businesses do to detect fraud in their businesses? The Findlay Police Department has encountered many cases of fraud and criminal activity in area businesses over the years. Brian White with the Crime Prevention Division says that businesses encounter both external and internal fraud.

Audio: Brian White

External fraud, White says can include a whole range of issues from shoplifting, theft, overcharging for products and services, and cyber crimes. This also includes classic scams such as passing counterfeit bills and the quick-change scam.

Audio: Brian White

In addition to understanding the types of fraud and criminal activity, White says that when business owners, managers, and worker encounter criminal activity in the workplace, it’s best to proceed in a calm, quiet manner in order to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation.

Audio: Brian White

And if you should encounter criminal activity, contact law enforcement. White says that the Findlay Police routinely conducts training and workshops for people interested in learning more about fraud in the workplace, including samples of fraud cases. If anyone would like more information on how to detect fraud, contact the Findlay Police Department.

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Millstream Director On Leave After Coming To Work Impaired

5/19/2016 – 12:03 pm

The director of Millstream Career Center was recently placed on paid administrative leave after coming to work under the influence of alcohol. The Courier reports that Chris Renn has taken vacation leave and an early retirement after having worked with Findlay City Schools for more than 30 years.

Renn was placed on administrative leave on April 21st after it was detected that he was under the influence of alcohol. After an investigation and a meeting with the Findlay Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Renn was permitted to use his accrued leave until his retirement on June 30th.

More: The Courier

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Seneca County Company Expanding

5/19/16 – 7:15 A.M.

A Seneca County company will be adding new jobs in the future thanks to an Ohio Rail Development Commission grant. Church & Dwight Company in Old Fort will get $100,000 to use as part of a $2.5 million expansion. JobsOhio is also providing $170,000 in Roadwork Development Grants to improve a mile-long section used by trucks. Once the company’s expansion is complete, the company plans to add 20 new jobs.

The facility makes Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal cat litter.

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