Review Category : Local News

Rural Findlay Man Indicted For Alleged Assault On Deputy

9/9/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A rural Findlay man accused of attacking a sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on a felony assault charge. The Courier reports the grand jury indicted 52-year-old Dennis Craft Sr. Tuesday. Craft is accused of throwing a punch at a deputy who was administering a breathalyzer test to a juvenile.

The incident happened August 30 at an abandoned building off of U.S. 224. Deputy Matthew Brunswick investigated a car parked near the building. That led to three juveniles being investigated for underage consumption. Craft allegedly arrived on the scene during that investigation and took a swing at the deputy. The attack apparently knocked the breathalyzer kit into Brunswick’s eye.

Underage consumption charges are pending against the juveniles.

MORE: The Courier

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Investigation Into June Shooting Continues

9/9/15 – 4:53 A.M.

The investigation into a shooting during a Findlay traffic stop remains under investigation. That’s the word from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Findlay Police Department three months after Jeremy Linhart was killed. An Ohio BCI spokesperson tells the Courier there is no timetable for when the investigation is expected to be done.

Linhart was shot and killed by officer Aaron Fletchner during a traffic stop on June 9 on West Sandusky Street in Findlay.

Initial reports say Fletchner and Linhart got into a verbal argument and then a physical altercation while Fletchner searched the car. That search allegedly turned up a handgun.

Fletchner remains on administrative leave. Another officer involved in the stop, Andrew Rudnick, has returned to duty.

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BGSU Sees Enrollment Increase

9/9/15 – 4:20 A.M.

There are more students this fall at Bowling Green State University. Enrollment is up nearly two-percent over last year, driven in part by a 12-percent increase in freshman students. University officials say the increase in the student population shows people are taking notice of new academic facilities and the value of a BGSU education.

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City Council Reviews Crawford Street Parking Plan

9/8/2015  6:30pm

The Streets Committee and a Council Committee of the whole met Tuesday to review the proposal for Crawford Street. The plans call for Crawford to be changed to one way to the east from Main, and one way to the west from Main as well. This would allow for more parking spaces to be put of Crawford at reverse angles.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that there have been some concerns about the reverse angle parking but said that the plan would be tested for around a year.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

The Traffic Commission will now review the plan before final council approval in early October.

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Mt. Blanchard To Repair Water Lines Wednesday.

9/8/2015     5:30pm

Crews will be repairing a water main break in the Village of Mt. Blanchard on Wednesday. According to Village Administrator Ron Polland, the affected areas will be in the 100-300 block South Main Street, the 100 block River Street, the 200 block South Water Street, and the 100-200 block West Clay Street.

Village crews are expected to begin the work in the early afternoon.

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Building Demolition Could Benefit Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

9/8/2015    1:05pm

Demolition of the former Hancock County commissioners’ office could make way for improvements at the Findlay-Hancock County Library. The Courier reports that bids for the demolition of the former Hancock County Commissioners Officer were opened this morning. Six companies were reported to bid on the work with the lowest apparent bidder being Adc. Holdings Ltd, of Findlay.

The bid was for $42,000 to tear down the building, $8,000 for asbestos abatement and $5,940 to dump the debris, with the total bid coming in at $55,940. The bid will now be reviewed by the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office. Ohio law requires the contract to go to the lowest, most responsible bidder.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said once the demolition is complete, the lot will be stoned over this fall. He said the library, 206 Broadway, has expressed an interest in constructing a drive-through book drop on the south end of its building, which would be accessed by motorists using a portion of the stone lot.

Gazarek said not only would the added book drop be convenient for library users, it would also help alleviate parking congestion on Broadway.

More: The Courier

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Historical Museum Barn Tour Set For Saturday

9/8/2015    11:35am

The Hancock Historical Museum Historic Barn Tour will be this Saturday. Sarah Sisser, Executive Director for the museum says that the tour this year will showcase seven historic barns in western Hancock County, dating from c.1850’s-1920’s.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

The self-guided tour will be this Saturday from 10am-4pm. Sisser says that the self-guided tour will allow people to see the barns in their own time.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Tickets are available for pre-sale at the Hancock Historical Museum for $10.00. Contact the museum for more information.

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Assessment Will Examine Riverside Park Dam Impact On Blanchard River

9/7/15 – 10:34 A.M.

We should have a better understanding of how the dam at Riverside Park impacts water flow along the Blanchard River by the end of the year. Hancock County and the city of Findlay are splitting the cost of an assessment of the structure…


Robertson says the sediment can also impact the city’s backup water system.

Hull & Associates will be paid $15,000 for the assessment. The city and the county will split the costs evenly. Robertson believes it will take 60 to 90 days to complete.

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2015 Hardin County Fair Begins Today

9/8/2015  10:30am

The 2015 Hardin County Fair kicks off today in Kenton. A lot of activities scheduled for the fair today. The fair gets underway this evening with the opening ceremonies and the crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen Ceremony followed by the high school band show. That’ll start at 7pm.

Highlights this year include the county show choir show Wednesday night at 7pm, harness racing Thursday, The Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Saturday as well as the annual demolition derby, and the fair will wrap up with the Truck & Tractor Pulls Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.

General admission is $8.00 per person. The fair runs through Sunday.

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