Review Category : Local News

Construction Underway On Fostoria Learning Center

11/18/16 – 8:43 A.M.

Construction of the Fostoria Learning Center started this month after six years of preparation. The Review-Times reports work began at 342 Perry Street on November 3. The FLC Board of Trustees will have an official groundbreaking ceremony Monday at 10 a.m.

The FLC is partnering with Terra State Community College, Marion Technical College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career Technical Center to provide career-based programming.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Bright Road Crash

11/18/16 – 7:35 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Thursday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 70-year-old Richard Morris of Findlay was driving north on Bright Road near Melrose Avenue around 6:30 p.m. when he hit the back of a car driven by 49-year-old Deanna Hill.

Hanco Ambulance took Hill to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor back injuries. Police cited Morris for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

 

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Justice Center Core Team Cancels Contract With Quandel Construction

11/18/16 – 7:27 A.M.

The Joint Justice Center Leadership Core Team expects to save around $110,000 on the construction of a new courthouse. The Review-Times reports the group is canceling a contract with Quandel Construction. The company is serving as the “owner’s representative” for the project.

In October the Core team estimated $150,000 in savings from canceling the contract. There was a delay in the final vote, and the three judges on the panel didn’t approve the cancellation until November 7. The Core team says the delay didn’t affect savings because the company isn’t exercising the full 30-day opt-out provision.

Quandel employees will work on the project until the end of the month.

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Mount Blanchard Lowering Downtown Speed Limit

11/18/16 – 5:33 A.M.

You’ll want to watch your speed in Mount Blanchard in the future. The Courier reports village council passed a law that reduces the speed limit to 25 miles-per-hour between Market and Creek streets. The area is now designated a business district, which allows the village to lower the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles-per-hour.

Mayor Cynthia Morrison says they plan on having a grace period for the area after new speed limit signs go up.

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Putnam County BOE Wants Pay Raises For Personnel

11/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Members of the Putnam County Board of Elections are lobbying for higher pay for office personnel. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the group spoke to the county commissioners about the issue recently. Board member Tony Schroeder told the commissioners the payscale in Putnam County is significantly lower than in surrounding counties.

Schroeder said Williams County is similar to Putnam County. He added their office staff members are making a little more than $26 per hour. In Putnam County, the wages are closer to $19 per hour. Schroeder says the board of elections has the money in their budget, but need it moved over to the payroll line item.

The commissioners said they will discuss the matter and get back to the board.

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Arlington Teen Charged With Rape Takes Stand In His Own Defense

11/18/16 – 5:12 A.M.

An Arlington teenager charged with rape testified on his own behalf Thursday. The Courier reports 19-year-old Kyle McDowell took the stand along with several of the alleged victim’s former friends. McDowell said he was dog-sitting for a neighbor on October 11 of 2014 when the girl came over to visit. He said the two began kissing and had consensual sex.

Earlier in the trial, the prosecution said McDowell sent the girl several text messages following the night in question. Many of the texts said he felt guilty for what happened. McDowell explained he felt bad because he didn’t stop them from having sex, didn’t use a condom, and put the girl at risk of getting pregnant. He added he had just broken up with his girlfriend and still had feelings for her.

The defense also called nine of the girl’s former friends and boyfriends. They testified the alleged victim had a history of not telling the truth.

The trial continues today.

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Meeting Set To Nominate Candidate To Fill Vacant Hancock County Commissioner Seat

The Hancock County Republican Party Central Committee will interview candidates for a vacant county commissioners seat this month. The party says they’ll hold a meeting on November 28 in Findlay City Council chambers. They’ll announce the time at a later date.

Jim Baker is the Central Committee chairman. He tells the Courier there are 10 candidates for the position. Baker has not said who the candidates are. Each person will give a three-minute presentation and then answer a series of questions.

The seat came open when former commissioner Phil Riegle stepped down to take an appointment as the county prosecutor.

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BGSU Student Accused Of Lying About Racial Incident

11/18/16 – 4:22 A.M.
Updated – 9:05 A.M.

A Bowling Green State University student is being accused of making up a phony assault story. Bowling Green police charged Eleesha Long yesterday with falsification and obstructing official business. Long is accused of telling police she was attacked and called a racial slur last week, prompting campus-wide discussions on respect and diversity.

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I-75 Construction Taking Steps In The Right Direction Next Week

11/17/16 – 5:39 P.M.

I-75 construction in Wood County should be done next week. The Courier reports the on November 24 northbound I-75 from Eagleville Road in North Baltimore to Ohio 582 will be open to three lanes of traffic. At the same time, southbound I-75 from just south of Interstate 475 to Eagleville Road will be open to three lanes of traffic.

Work is continuing in both directions from Eagleville Road to Hancock County 99 in Findlay.

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted For College and Fox Streets

11/17/16 – 5:28 P.M.

Findlay’s water distribution department has lifted the boil water advisory. They say it is now safe to use the water in the 500, 600, and 700, blocks of College Street and at 1014 Fox Street. Bacteria samples were taken and analyzed from the area and found to be negative. You may use the water as you normally would.

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