Review Category : Local News

Almeida Pleads Not Guilty In Findlay Murder Case

7/7/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Courier reports 63-year-old Onelia Almeida had a trial date set for September 12 during a Wednesday hearing. He faces a murder charge with firearm and repeat offender specifications. Almeida is also charged with tampering with evidence.

A $1 million bond was also continued during Wednesday proceedings.

Investigators say Onelia murdered his wife, 44-year-old Juanita Almeida, on Stanford Parkway on June 25. He had previously been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the 1987 death of his ex-girlfriend in Franklin County. That case also involved a gun.

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180th Fighter Wing Exercises

7/6/2016 – 2:00 p.m.

Residents in the Findlay, Ottawa, and Defiance areas may get to see and hear fighter jets. The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is participating in an exercise. The aircraft will fly anywhere from 5,000 to 19,000 feet off of the ground.

The exercise hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and will continue through to August 6th.

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Ohio 37 Closed

7/6/16 – 1:46 p.m.

Ohio 37 between Township 166 and Township 37, about three miles north of Mount Blanchard, will be closed Thursday for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103, U.S. 68 and Ohio 15 back to Ohio 37.

Go to to stay up to date on area traffic.

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McComb Business Expo This Weekend

7/6/2016 – 1:21 pm


This Saturday the McComb Economic Development Organization’s 3rd annual business expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carol Carrie from the McComb Economic Development Organization is expecting a good turn out.

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Also during the expo will be five ribbon cuttings. Four are for new businesses and one is a re-opening.

The McComb Economic Development Organization is putting the business expo together to showcase entrepreneurs and more according to Joe Wasson, a member of the organization.

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Most of the entrepreneurs that will be seen at the expo are local and started their own business. There will also be several other organizations showing what they have to offer the community.

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Findlay Is Affordable

7/6/16 – 11:12 A.M.

A recent study shows that Findlay is an affordable place to live. According to the Findlay-Hancock Alliance, the city of Findlay’s cost of living is ranked fourth among other Ohio urban areas. Findlay is 4.9% below the national average, making it cheaper than Dayton and Akron. Findlay’s housing rates are 15.5% cheaper than the national average. Grocery items cost 6.4% below the national average. Utilities are 7.3% cheaper. Transportation meets the national rate and healthcare is 4.8% cheaper.

Miscellaneous goods are 3.8% more expensive than the national average.

Findlay even sports a cheaper movie ticket on Saturday nights than that of Lima and Akron.

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Findlay man named to Board of Governors

07-05-2016     2:52 P.M.

A Findlay attorney has been elected to serve a three-year term as the district three representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). R. Benjamin Franz was elected at an OSBA district meeting several months ago by area lawyers. The 24 member Board of Governors meets every other month to manage the Association’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business.

Currently, Franz serves as an in-house counsel for the Marathon Petroleum Company LP in Findlay, where he provides environmental legal support for the company’s network of seven petroleum refineries. Before joining the company he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. He was also a member of the environmental Law practice at Ulmer & Berne LLP.

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Wood County Democrats Pick Candidate For Third District House Race

7/6/16 – 10:18 A.M.

A coffee shop owner in Bowling Green will be running for an Ohio House seat. The Wood County Democratic Central Committee has picked Kelly Wicks to be the party’s candidate in the 3rd House District race this November. Wicks has owned the Grounds for Thought coffeehouse for 27 years.

The seat came open when Representative Tim Brown stepped down to become the president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Brown is a Republican, so the GOP will pick his immediate replacement. The GOP will also have to pick a candidate for November.

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Several Democratic Candidates For Office To Attend Event In Findlay Next Week

7/6/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Several members of the Democratic party are expected to be on hand at an event in Findlay next week. The Hancock County Democrats will host a dinner on July 12 at the Waldo Pepper’s Banquet Room. State party chairman David Pepper and several candidates on the state and local ballots will be in attendance.

For more information or to RSVP, you can call party chairwoman Nancy Stephani at (419)423-9499.

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Paving Contract Awarded For Bluffton Bike Path

7/6/16 – 7:26 A.M.

Work on a bike path in Bluffton should be finished by the end of October. A paving contract for the Augsburger bike path has been awarded to Bluffton Paving for $266,000. That’s $18,000 more than the original ODOT estimate. The Lions Foundation in Bluffton has agreed to pick up the extra cost.

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Debate About Who Should Be Mayor Continues In Carey

7/6/16 – 7:21 A.M.

Officials in Carey continue to debate who should be the new mayor following the death of Mayor Steve Smalley last month. The Courier reports Columbus attorney Stephen Smith has offered a free initial discussion of the issue. Research on the subject would cost $5,000. No time frame has set for discussing the findings.

Former Law Director Bob Maison was sworn in as mayor last month. However, there is debate on whether council president Armand Getz should move into the role.

Council business has effectively ground to a halt while the issue is sorted out. While Maison has there is an obligation to do the business of the village, Getz and others aren’t voting on legislation until a legal opinion is given.

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