Review Category : Local News

Gas Leak Forces Evacuations In McCutchenville

2/6/14 – 7:17 A.M.

Residents of a Seneca County village were evacuated from their homes Wednesday night following a gas leak. The Advertiser-Tribune reports McCutchenville firefighters went door-to-door on the southwest side of town to warn people of the danger.

The report indicates the leak came from the Clark Gas Station on State Route 53. Gas entered the storm water system, causing vapors to rise into homes in the area. Most of the displaced residents found places to stay, and one family was put up at a Tiffin motel.

Crews began cleaning up the spill Wednesday night.

MORE: Advertiser-Tribune

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No EMS Levy In North Baltimore This Spring

2/6/14 – 6:47 A.M.

North Baltimore residents will not be voting on an EMS levy this spring. The Courier reports village officials want to consider more options regarding emergency medical services, so they have opted to not put a measure on the ballot. While the levy won’t be up for a vote in May, it could be placed on the November ballot.

The village council had been considering a five year, 3-mill levy to generate $120,000 annually for emergency medical services. However officials are continuing to assess the situation and are considering contracting with a private ambulance company among other options.

MORE: The Courier

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Margaretta School Board Meets About Future Employment Of Findlay Superintendent Candidate

2/6/14 – 6:07 A.M.

The school district where one of the candidates for the Findlay City Schools superintendent position is employed has scheduled a meeting today to discuss his further employment. Whether or not that means Margaretta Superintendent Edward Kurt has been offered the Findlay job has not been confirmed.

However, Findlay school board president Shane Pochard tells the Courier an announcement on who will get the job could come as soon as tomorrow.

MORE: The Courier

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December Gilboa Trailer Fire Intentionally Set

2/5/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A fire that destroyed the trailer a Putnam County man accused of a variety child pornography charges lived in was set intentionally. The Courier reports the State Fire Marshal’s investigation into the blaze at 328 Sugar Ridge in Gilboa on December 21 found the fire started with combustible materials in the center of the structure. The trailer was where 46-year-old Gary Badertscher was living.

Badertscher faces 46 charges including felony counts of compulsion to involuntary servitude, endangering children, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

The fire was set the day the charges against him were first reported.

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Carey Applies For Grant To Build Substation

2/4/14 1:40 p.m.
Carey Village Council approved a resolution to apply for a nearly $2 million grant to help pay for a new substation for an expanding company. The Courier reports the $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration Public Works Assistance Grant will go toward contruction of $2.6 to $2.9 million substation across from Continental Structural Plastics on County Highway 96 on the western edge of Carey.

The factory addition, construction of a new school on the south side and a new industrial park under development on the village’s east side will increase the need for electric service.

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United Way Ready For Annual Community Garden Program

2/4/14 – 12:37 P.M.

Getting out into the garden may not be the first thing on your mind right now, but the United Way is thinking some warmer thoughts. The organization is gearing up for its annual community gardens program. Heather Heilman was a guest on WFINat10 this morning and said the program is about more than learning how to grow vegetables – it also teaches self sufficiency…

Audio: Heather Heilman

Heilman says more than 60 people participated last year.

If you’re interested in signing up to have a plot this year you can call (419)423-1432.

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Malls In Smaller Markets Have Difficult Time Overcoming Loss Of Anchor Stores

Ever since the announcement that the Sears store in the Findlay Village Mall was going to close this spring, area residents have been wondering about the future of the mall itself. Bob Maas is a Senior Associate with Reichle Klein Commerical Realtors and talked about how malls in smaller cities are fairing while he was a guest on WFINat10 today. He says the loss of an anchor store will be tough to overcome…

Audio: Bob Maas

Maas says tough times for department stores means trouble for all the other stores in a mall…

Audio: Bob Maas

Maas adds he has seen some malls repurpose themselves for mixed use; including things like doctor’s offices, but that is typically in larger markets.

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Fostoria Man Facing Charges After Disturbance

2/4/14 – 6:46 A.M.

A Fostoria man who was allegedly causing a disturbance late last week ended up in jail after an altercation with authorities. The Review-Times reports officers were called to an East Fremont Street location Friday. When the police arrived they found 38-year-old Gary Brown, who was wanted on an active warrant in Seneca County.

As he was being patted down, officers allegedly found what appeared to be a crack pipe on Brown. Once he was put in a cruiser he began to violently headbutt a window.

Brown is facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and attempted vandalism of a police cruiser.

MORE: Review-Times

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Winter Storm Warnings Issued For Today

2/4/14 – 5:34 A.M.

The region is bracing for more heavy snow today. A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect from 5 p.m. today until 5 p.m. tomorrow for Hancock, Wood, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties. Putnam, Allen, and Henry Counties will be under a Winter Storm Warning from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Between 6-9 inches of snow is expected to fall by tomorrow, at times coming down by as much as an inch per hour. Blowing and drifting snow is expected to cause issues as well.

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