Review Category : Local News

FEMA’s Threat of Probabtion More of a Warning, Probabtion Unlikely

8/13/14   3:44 p.m.

What seemed like a threat of impending probation from FEMA turned out to be nothing more than a warning. A letter sent to the mayor of Findlay in April threatened the probabtion as well as possible flood insurance premium increases.

Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said he clarified things with FEMA yesterday, who assured him the probability of probation is low.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

According to Schmelzer, the need for more information stems from Findlay’s recent efforts to join a community rating system to reduce flood insurance premiums. Once those efforts were initiated FEMA began taking a closer look at Findlay and found what they called, “112 outstanding issues and potential violations.”

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said the threat is simply a way FEMA insures communities will get back to them  in a timely manner with the necessary information, which Findlay has.

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Reality of Depression in the Spotlight Since Robin Williams Passing

8/13/14   1:50 p.m.

In light of Robin Williams passing, the reality behind depression has become a popular topic of conversation.

Audio: Michelle Clinger

Dr. Michelle Clinger of Century Health said depression can effect every aspect of a person’s life, from work to home to hobbies. Loss of energy, interests, weight gain or loss, sleep difficulty or oversleeping and a constant feeling of sadness or worthlessness are some of the major symptoms.

A person with a heart disorder is not judged for seeking treatment for their disorder. Clinger said the same should be true for those with depression.

Audio: Michelle Clinger

Clinger said it is important to understand that depression is a treatable disorder as long as the person suffering seeks help. After being assessed by a primary care doctor or clinician, the patient will likely be perscribed a combination of medication and therapy, which has been proven to be one of the strongest approaches to treating depression.

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Emergency Procedure Guides Coming to Your Doorstep Soon

8/13/14    11:45 a.m.

In the next few weeks you may notice people going door-to-door in Findlay distributing brochures. These are Emergency Procedures Guides that are the product of the Hancock Leadership Class of 2014’s class project.

Audio: Tim Chrulski

Tim Chrulski, a member of the Class of 2014, said the guide is tailored to Hancock County and will be delivered by hand to every home in the City of Findlay and then to fire departments in the rest of the county, over 25,000 total guides.

Audio: Tim Chrulski

The guide has references and phone numbers in the event of an emergency. One example is flooding. Chrulski said you simply go to the flooding tab, and there are phone numbers, what to do in case of flood watches and emergencies and more.

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Fatal Crash Closes U.S. 6 West Of Bowling Green

8/13/14 – 10:30 A.M.

A crash involving an ethanol truck has U.S. 6 closed west of Bowling Green. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection with Potter Road this morning.

Investigators confirmed one person was killed.

U.S. 6 will be closed in that area until further notice.

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Community Rallies Around Kalida Family After Their Home Was Lost In A Weekend Fire

8/13/14 – 9:20 A.M.

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher was recently faced with an unenviable task; dispatching fire trucks to her own home. That’s exactly what happened to Beth Hellman Sunday. Her husband and three children escaped the blaze in their home near Kalida, but they lost everything else…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Shelly Knippen is helping organize a relief effort for the Hellman family. She says support has been so great over the last two days they’re actually holding off on asking for any more items for the time being…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Knippen says they are still asking for monetary help though. To find out more on how to donate, go the the “Hellman Family Fire Relief” Facebook page.

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Judge Sets Trial Date Set For Allen County “Mystery Woman”

8/13/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Allen County’s “Mystery Woman” has a trial date. The Lima News reports Ann Marie Miller will be tried on October 6. She’s charged with tampering with records and using false information to attempt to gain a state identification card.

Miller’s case gained national attention when she refused to identify herself following her arrest. She had burned off her fingerprints, making identification very difficult. A tip from Florida helped identify the woman.

Miller also faces felony charges in Virginia and Colorado.

MORE: Lima News

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Former Hardin County Cemetery Superintendent Facing Charges

8/13/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The former superintendent of a Hardin County cemetery has pleaded not guilty to several charges. reports a lawyer for Shawn Cook entered the pleas Monday afternoon. Cook has been indicted on eight counts of tampering with records, eight counts of money laundering, and sixteen counts of theft in office.

Bond was set at $25,000.

Cook retired in May of 2013 after working for 32 years at Grove Cemetery.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Old Fort And Bettsville School Taxes Won’t Combine, Yet

8/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Residents of the Old Fort School District and what was the Bettsville School District won’t see any changes on their taxes this year. Next year will be a different story though. The Review Times reports the districts had their documents filed with the state before Bettsville was transfered into the Old Fort district. As a result tax bills generated for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will be the same as they were in the past.

The next fiscal year will be different. A bond levy for the Bettsville distirct will be shared by residents in Old Fort. The Bettsville Library will be included in the transfer and will become part of the Old Fort School district. That means the Old Fort Board of Education will handle any future levies for the library.

MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock Park District Gets Technology Upgrade

8/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The Hancock Park District is getting new computers. The Courier reports the park board approved spending $9,000 for new equipment during a Tuesday meeting. That will buy eight desktop computers and two laptops.

Park district director Gary Pruitt says the equipment getting replaced was running an obsolete operating system.

MORE: The Courier

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Powerlines Downed Following Fostoria Crash

8/13/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Fostoria driver avoided injury when his car hit a power pole Tuesday afternoon. The Fostoria Police Department reports the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on North Countyline Street.

Witnesses say the driver of a Saturn L-300 lost control of the car and hit a road sign before smashing into a wooden power pole. The crash caused a live power line to drape across the sidewalk.

The driver of the car was cited for failure to control. Police say the vehicle was owned by 65-year-old Donald Correll.

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