Review Category : Local News

2013 Year In Review: November Tornadoes

12/30/13 – 4:48 A.M.

As we continue our look back at the year that was 2013, today we look at a bout of severe weather that rolled through the area last month. The weather forecast for November 17 called for strong storms, and led to tornadoes touching down in Putnam County in the village of Cloverdale as well as two spots in Wood County.

The tornado in Cloverdale ended up being an EF-2, and caused a great deal of damage. The twister destroyed the St. Barbara Catholic Church, and damaged or destroyed many other buildings in the town. The Putnam County Office of Public Safety reported that of the 67 structures in town, 42 were damaged in some way. Five structures were completely destroyed.

State disaster relief funds were approved for Cloverdale and Jerry City in the aftermath of the storms.

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Jobless Numbers Edged Up Slightly In November

12/27/13 11:10 a.m.
Hancock County jobless numbers ticked up slightly in November. The unemployment rate increased to 5.8 percent in November from 5.6 percent the month before. Hancock County’s rate is still ranked sixth lowest in Ohio. Unemployment edged up in most of the surrounding counties. Seneca County at 7.1 percent up from 6.8, Wood County at 6.9 percent up from 6.8, Wyandot at 6.3 up from 6.1 and Hardin at 7.4 percent up from 7.2. Putnam and Allen County jobless numbers remained unchanged at 5.9 and 7.7 percent respectively.

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Fostoria Woman Sentenced In Stabbing

12/27/13 5:20 a.m.
A Fostoria woman who stabbed her son in the abdomen in July has pleaded guilty to assault. The Advertiser Tribune reports 56 year-old Brenda Baxter, who was indicted on felonious and aggravated assault charges, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault last week. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail and given credit for 108 days served. She was also ordered to have no contact with her son, Ralph Pope Jr. of Fostoria. The incident took place on July 3 after an argument.

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Dryer Sparks Trailer Fire In Fostoria

12/27/13 6:30 a.m.
Fire that ignited in a dryer damaged a house trailer in Fostoria Thursday. The Advertiser Tribune reports the Fostoria Fire Division responded to a call at around 4:40 p.m. at Lot 93 in Nyes Trailer Court on North Countyline St. The fire that started in a dryer and spread through the trailer. Fifty percent of the trailer suffered fire damage with smoke damaging the entire trailer.

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Putnam Co. Flooding Reveals No Real Surprises

12/27/13 4:35 a.m.
Putnam County’s Emergency Management Agency director said there were no real surprises from this week’s flooding. EMA Director, Steve Odenweller said reports indicate about a dozen homes in Putnam County received some water damage according to the Courier. One Ottawa business was also flooded, but Odenweller said the owners have it down to a science in terms of moving inventory out of harms way. He said, “Overall, other than curtailing foot traffic, I don’t believe the Ottawa businesses were all that affected by the water like they have been in the past.

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Year In Review: Vera Jo Reigle Documentary Stirs Controversy

Anger over the murder of Vera Jo Reigle reignited in Findlay in 2013. The catalyst for a renwed effort to reaxamine the case stemmed from a documentary on the crime; “Goodnight Suger Babe, The The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle,” which debuted at a film festival in Lima in September.

Director David Miles spoke about his film, saying it was a subject he felt people needed to know about.

Audio:  David Miles

Controversy arose soon after the movie’s premier. The University of Findlay cancelled a screening on the campus after officials were told their could be a confrontation.

During that same time a group calling itself “Voices for Vera” became more active, trying to get additional charges brought against the family Reigle was living with at the time of her murder. That led to the group applying to walk in the annual Halloween parade in Findlay. That request was rejected.

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Findlay Woman Injured In MLK Parkway Crash

12/27/13 4 a.m.
Ice on Martin Luther King Parkway is being blamed for a crash that injured a Findlay woman Thursday. Police report 19 year-old Taylor Shellito was northbound in the left lane when she slid on ice, hitting the right curb which is about 18 to 24 inches high. Shellito was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. She was charged with driving without reasonable control.

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Rising Sun Woman Injured In Crash

12/27/13 4:10 a.m.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle injury crash in Washington Township Thursday afternoon. At around 1:20 p.m. 21 year-old Travis Wolph of Findlay was northbound on Township Road 261 when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 613. He pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 67 year-old Betty Palmerton of Rising Sun. Both vehicles went off the northwest corner of the intersection, Palmerton’s vehicle coming to rest in a yard, Wolph’s vehicle hitting a guide wire to a power pole. Wolph was treated and released at the scene. Palmerton was taken to Fostoria Community Hospital for minor injuries. Wolph was cite for failure to yield.

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Radios To Put Schools In Touch With Law Enforcement Instantly

12/27/13 4:20 a.m.
Findlay City and most Hancock County Schools could soon be in touch with local law enforcement at the touch of a button. Area schools have applied for a grant that will allow them to purchase radios that are part of the Multi-Agency radio Communications system that police have been using for years according to the Courier. The availability of the grant to pay for the radios, which are $2,000 each, is something school officials appreciate especially in the wake of school shootings such as Newtown, Conn. a year ago.

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Early Reports Indicate Findlay Flood Damage Light

12/27/13 4:45 a.m.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said flood damage in Findlay appeared to be pretty light. She said there were a few homes that were affected along High and Wilson Street according to the Courier. Mihalik told the newspaper that it’s difficult to assess the damage from the outside other than being able to see the high water marks. She believes the early warning system helped. The mayor said the she didn’t think the region sustained enough damage to qualify for federal assistance.

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