Review Category : Local News

Fireworks Complaints Expected, Few Citations Given

7/1/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Local authorities expect plenty of fireworks complaints over the next few days. However, they don’t expect to arrest too many people. Representatives from the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office tell the Courier it’s difficult to issue citations if officers don’t witness the fireworks getting launched.

Police Chief Greg Horne tells the newspaper it can be clear that someone launched fireworks, but unless someone admits to it, no one can be formally charged. Officers will identify people at the scene, confiscate any remaining fireworks, and check to make sure no one is wanted on a warrant.

Lt. Cris Bell with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says they get a couple hundred fireworks complaints every year. Of those, only five to 10 citations are issued.

Police Lt. Ryan Doe says citations are mostly given to people who are risking the safety of those nearby.

MORE: The Courier

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New App Will Help Volunteer Fire Departments In Hancock County

6/30/16 – 10:38 A.M.

Volunteer firefighters in Hancock County will soon have a new tool to help their efforts. The county commissioners have approved a contract with Emergency Services Marketing Corporation to use the “I Am Responding” app…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says volunteer emergency responders will have an app on their phone. When an emergency call goes out, volunteer firefighters use the app to let a dispatcher know if they can respond or not. If not enough people respond, a second call for help can be made faster than before.

The cost of the contract is around $15,000.

Gazarek says it is money well spent for a tool that will help the county’s volunteer responders…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says EMT officials are working to complete the details of how the app will be implemented.

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Green Springs Fire Truck Involved In Fatal Crash

6/30/16 – 6:50 A.M.

A woman was killed this week when she was hit by a Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department truck. The Sandusky Register reports the woman was walking around the Beaver Creek Reservoir near Clyde around 9 p.m. Tuesday when the truck backed into her. The Green Springs Fire Department had been called to help two fishermen who had capsized their boat.

Seneca County Sheriff William Eckelberry says a firefighter was possibly trying to get the truck and its equipment closer to the water and didn’t see the woman.

The victim was not publicly identified pending notification of family members. The fishermen were safely rescued.

MORE: Sandusky Register

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Candidates Sought For Open 3rd District House Seat

6/30/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are scrambling to fill an open Ohio House seat in Wood County. The Courier reports both parties have to react quickly to have a candidate on the ballot in November. The District 3 seat came open when Representative Tim Brown resigned to become president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

Since Brown is a Republican, the Republican party gets to appoint someone to fill out the rest of his term. They also have to pick someone to run for the position in November. Wood County Democrats also get to pick a candidate, since David Walters has dropped out of the race. Walters ran unopposed in the March primary.

August 15 is the deadline to file names with the board of elections.

The newspaper reports that on the Democratic side, Bowling Green Councilman Daniel Gordon and Grounds for Thought coffeehouse owner Kelly Wicks are both interested in running.

MORE: The Courier

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Burglary Investigation Leads To Fostoria Drug Bust

6/30/16 – 5:19 A.M.

A reported disturbance at a Fostoria home led to a drug investigation earlier this week. The Review-Times reports officers were called to 223 East Crocker Street around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived they were told a burglary had taken place at the home. Investigators were able to identify three suspects in the burglary, but also learned the home was a “hub of drug activity.”

After getting a search warrant, officers found suspected cocaine and other illegal drugs inside the house. The three people suspected in the burglary had not been arrested as of Wednesday night.

The house is owned by Henry Strickland of Toledo. The newspaper reports Strickland has had several drug-related charges filed against him in Lucas County, dating back to 1999. However, Police Chief Keith Loreno says Strickland was not living in the home.

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Ottawa Memorial Swimming Pool Accidentally Drained Earlier This Month

6/30/16 – 5:06 A.M.

An honest mistake led to the Ottawa Memorial Pool getting drained earlier this month. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the incident happened June 18. An employee of the Putnam County YMCA thought he was shutting off a piece of equipment a the pool, but accidentally pulled a lever that drained it.

A YMCA representative says the organization will pay for refilling the pool.

Ottawa’s assistant village administrator Jason Phillips said steps are being taken to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Extra training for pool employees and better labeling of levers are expected to help.

The only day the pool was closed due to the incident was June 19.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Police Chief Says Despite Three Homicides This Year, The City Is Safe

6/30/16 – 4:56 A.M.

There have been three homicides in Findlay this year, but Police Chief Greg Horne says you shouldn’t feel like you’re in danger. Horne tells the Courier that in each instance, the people charged in connection to the murders have not been strangers to the victims. He added, “Out of the three of these, they’re all domestic-related. These are all ones that don’t necessarily endanger the public.”

Horne does say that three murder investigations have been rough on the department’s detectives. He said having three murders in the same year is rare. Horne added, “It does tax them and especially with these types of calls, you can’t make any mistakes.”

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No Charges To Be Filed Against Parents Of Cygnet Boy Who Wondered Away From Home

6/30/16 – 4:22 A.M.

Charges are not being filed against the parents of a Wood County boy who was found wandering along railroad tracks. Sheriff’s deputies say the four-year-old boy let himself out of his family’s Cygnet home early yesterday while his parents slept. A couple living nearby heard the boy’s footsteps and brought him to safety while calling 911.

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Mihalik: Mayors Across The U.S. Want More Action On Workforce Development

6/29/16 – 10:33 A.M.

Mayors across the Unites States, including Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, want Congress to do more for workforce development. Mihalik says that was one of the takeaways from the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says that means funding good programs. She adds it also means getting rid of policies that limit a city’s ability to work with the federal government in designing different programs.

Mihalik says the event was a good chance for mayors across the country to get the attention of the federal government…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said big topics of conversation included workforce development and international trade.

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Findlay Police Seek Men Accused Of Damaging Downtown Businesses

6/29/16 – 9:34 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is looking for two men who investigators believe are responsible for damaging several downtown businesses and some cars last weekend. A tweet from the department says the men were seen leaving Alexandria’s on East Crawford Street and walking toward South Main Street early Saturday morning. A short time later the damage was discovered between the 400 and 600 blocks of South Main.

One suspect was wearing a blue Under Armour t-shirt and white baseball hat. The other man was wearing shorts and a long-sleeve shirt. We have a picture of the men on our website.

If you have any information you’re asked to call (419)424-7150.

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