Review Category : Local News

Charges Filed Against Seneca County Teen Involved In August Crash

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12/9/13 – 5:56 A.M.

A Bloomville teenager is facing charges stemming from a fatal crash last August. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 19-year-old Spencer Miller has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the crash that killed Audra DeMoss of Tiffin on August 13.

Miller is accused of running a red light that day and hitting a van driven by Audra’s husband John.

Miller was released on a summons.

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Three Hurt In Friday Semi Crash

12/9/13 – 5:50 A.M.

Three people were seriously hurt Friday night when a semi-truck carrying nitric acid collided with a pickup truck in Wyandot County. The sheriff’s office reports 46-year-old David Counts of Tiffin was driving the tractor-trailer west on State Route 103 when he ran into the back of a truck driven by 31-year-old Ben Swartz of Forest. Swartz had been slowing down to turn into the driveway of 31-year-old Edna Higgins, who was a passenger in his truck.

Counts was extricated from his truck and taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Swartz was treated and released at Wyandot Memorial Hospital, while Higgins was taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital for treatment.

None of the nitric acid leaked, although one house was evacuated because of concerns about vapors from the overturned semi. Citations in the crash are pending.

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Bloomdale Woman Injured In Sunday Crash

12/9/13 – 5:12 A.M.

A Bloomdale woman was injured in a Sunday evening crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that around 9:40 p.m. 45-year-old Penny Stevenson was driving southwest on Hancock County Road 18 near Road 216 when she lost control, going off the road and rolling her Jeep Grand Cherokee onto its side.

Stevenson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Alliance Hard At Work Developing Downtown

12/6/13 2:10 p.m.
Members of the Alliance came to the Hancock County GOP First Friday Luncheon to give an update on work that has been going on to revitalize downtown Findlay. Downtown Coordinator, Maria Reza talked about the development of the project..

Audio:  Maria Reza

Work is continually occurring to try and bring businesses to the downtown and renovate existing buildings. Reza pointed out several new businesses locating downtown with some of those already having other locations in Findlay. There was also talk about expanding the boundaries of what is considered to be the downtown district which is Center Street to the north, Lima Street to the south, Hurd Avenue to the west and Blanchard Street to the east..

Audio:  Maria Reza

Reza was also accompanied by Tony Iriti, who pointed out the example of the development on High St. between the OSU campus and downtown Columbus, otherwise referred to as the Short North. Iriti also commented on making Findlay attractive to young workers just out of college who may not be ready to settle down into a traditional home..

Audio:  Tony Iriti

Iriti pointed out the conversion of some vacant buildings downtown into loft-style apartments, such as the Main St. and Dorney Plaza buildings, as being attractive to younger professionals rather than traditional family dwellings.

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Toys For Tots Drive In Hancock County Getting Late Start

12/6/13 2:45 p.m.
Roger Neff, local coordinator of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign, gave an update on this years toy drive at the Hancock County GOP’s First Friday Luncheon. He said the late Thanksgiving Day holiday has thrown things off a bit..

Audio:  Roger Neff

Neff said that isn’t unusual because collections don’t really begin until a week after Thanksgiving and since the shopping season is shortened to three weekends, Neff said that leaves two weekends to get the job done. He said he’s confident that the need will be met..

Audio:  Roger Neff

Neff said Salvation Army and Chopin Hall handle the toy distribution. If you are a family in need you may contact Angie at the Salvation Army to get your kids on the list. Neff said he would know in about a week to ten days how many children in Hancock County will need to be taken care of.

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Findlay’s Green Waste Site To Close For The Season

12/6/13 11 a.m.
Those wanting to dispose of leaves and brush have until Saturday to do so. Findlay’s green waste drop off site at 350 West High Street, near the Street Department, will close for the season on Saturday, December 7. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The site will be closed from December 8 until March 31 and then reopen April 1.

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Christmas Open House At Historical Museum Set For This Weekend

12/6/13 10:40 a.m.
The Hancock Historical Museum is having their Christmas Open House this weekend. Director Sarah Sisser was a guest on Good Morning’s with Chris Oaks on WFIN..

Audio:  Sarah Sisser

Many activities are scheduled for people of all ages and guided tours of all the museum’s facilities will be available as well. A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday of the Dewald-Funk house on the museum’s campus..

Audio:  Sarah Sisser

The house was originally moved to a location on East St in 1990 and operated separately as a museum. The house was then donated to the Hancock Historical Museum and moved to the campus in 2009. The Christmas Open House will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

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Fire Reported At Findlay Laundromat

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12/6/13 – 7:31 A.M.

Hot towels in a dryer apparently were the cause behind the fire at a Findlay laundromat Thursday night.  The fire department was called to Time Saver Laundry at 1012 Tiffin Ave. a little at 7 p.m.  Firefighters had to ventilate and clear smoke from the business, but no major damage was reported and no one was injured.  Officials say chemical residue on the towels may have sparked the flames.

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Custar Man Indicted For November Shooting

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12/6/13 – 7:21 A.M.

The Wood County man accused of shooting a man outside of his home in Custar last month was indicted by a grand jury this week. The Blade reports 53-year-old Thomas Boyer has been charged with felonious assault and attempted murder. Boyer was arrested on November 20 after he allegedly shot 42-year-old William Morris III in the back with a shotgun. Morris and another man had gone to the home to winterize it as part of a foreclosure process.

Boyer will be arraigned December 16.

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