Review Category : Local News

BVC Receives Five-Year Accreditation

12/13/13 1:30 p.m.
Blanchard Valley Center has received the state’s highest accreditation. The Courier reports BVC has received the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities five-year accreditation. Superintendent Connie Ament informed the Hancock county Commissioners of the news as she asked for permission to seek renewal of a 2.5-mill levy in May. Ament said news of the center’s success is spreading with enrollment increasing 20 percent over the past five years.

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Putnam Co. Sheriff Warns Of Scam

12/13/13 1:20 p.m.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a letter asking for donations claiming to be associated with area law enforcement agencies. The letter asks for donations to Cops For Kids For Christmas and they claim to be with the Putnam Peace Officers. The Putnam County Sheriff said they are not associated with their office or any other law enforcement agency in the county. You are asked to beware of these letters. If you receive one you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 419-523-3208.

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Findlay’s City Mission Continues Its Charitable Work

12/13/13 12:10 p.m.
Findlay’s City Mission continues its work on providing temporary shelter for the homeless and providing food for those in need. Executive Director Phil Arnold spoke with us about the work of City Mission on WFIN@Ten this morning..

Audio:  Phil Arnold

Arnold explained that City Mission gives out food boxes twice a week all year long to those in need with virtually no questions asked. The only requirements are that you call in ahead of time to reserve a box and provide proof of residence. City Mission’s multimillion dollar capital campaign recently received a boost..

Audio:  Phil Arnold

The Affordable Housing Program grant, totaling $550,000, was made available through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and is not federal money, but rather from the bank’s net earnings. City Mission hopes to break ground for a new expansion of their facility this spring.

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Seneca County Raises Lodging Tax

12/13/13 – 7:16 A.M.

Staying at a hotel in Seneca County will cost a little more in the future. The Courier reports the county commissioners voted 2-1 to increase the county lodging excise tax from 2% to 3%. Commissioners Holly Stacy and Fred Zoeller voted in favor of the increase, while board President Jeff Wagner voted against.

Stacy said that the county needs money for marketing for the chamber of commerce, while Wagner argued the 2% was enough.

The increase is expected to provide an extra $35,000 a year. The money will be used to promote the county.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Fostoria Homes Targeted In Drug Raid

12/13/13 – 6:49 A.M.

Two homes in Fostoria were raided by law enforcement officers Thursday morning, and the residents of the homes could be facing charges as a result. A release from the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit says officers served search warrants at a home on North Town Street and at a Stadium Drive residence. People living in the area had complained drugs were being sold out of the homes, as well as being trafficked between the two locations.

Officials say heroin, money, prescription drugs, criminal tools and a large amount of drug paraphernalia were found in the North Town Street home. Three juveniles under the age of 12 were also found in that house. Marijuana, criminal tools and drug paraphernalia were discovered in the Stadium Drive house.

The Health Department and Children Services were contacted about the incident. Charges are pending the outcome of lab testing of the materials found in the homes.

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Putnam County Gets Grant To Help Form Regional Water District

12/13/13 – 5:27 A.M.

Putnam County has received a grant to help improve water and sewer services in the county. The Delphos Herald reports the county is getting $100,000 from a Local Government Innovation Grant. The money will be used to create a regional water district.

If the county were to combine the resources of different water and sewer systems it could save residents money on their water bills in the future. It’s estimated the cost per 1,000 gallons of water used could drop to $1.42 from around $1.71 per 1,000 gallons which is the current average for smaller water operations. The combined operations would also make the county eligible for more government funding for water systems.

MORE: Delphos Herald

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Findlay Superintendent Search Likely To Go Into The Spring Of ’14

12/13/13 – 5:16 A.M.

We won’t know who the new head of the Findlay City School district will be until sometime next year. The Courier reports that the school board has opted to extend the hiring process into 2014, and the effort is likely to go into the spring. Board president Shane Pochard tells the newspaper the goal is to make the best decision on a new superintendent, and this move allows them to do that.

The search for a new superintendent is down to three remaining applicants. The district is also reaching out to other candidates that didn’t apply for the job. Pochard says that’s nothing out of the ordinary, and was how they found current Superintendent Dean Wittwer in 2005.

The second round of interviews began last weekend.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Murder Suspect In Court For Pretrial Hearing

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

12/13/13 – 5:08 A.M.

The Findlay man accused of killing his infant son made a brief court appearance Thursday. A pretrial hearing for Jerrod Hartman saw his lawyers tell Judge Joseph Niemeyer they were waiting to receive more records from the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

Hartman is facing charges of murder and endangering children following the death of 44-day-old James Hartman on October 28. Police say the boy died from multiple blunt force trauma at Hartman’s Third Street home.

Another hearing is scheduled for January 30.

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4TH Period Tax Estimates Due Monday

12/12/13 2:25 p.m.
Fourth period estimate payments for Findlay and Arlington calendar-year businesses will be due Monday. Business entities must make 2013 estimate payments if the annual tax liability is expected to be $100 or more, to avoid an annual interest charge of 18 percent. Findlay and Arlington payments can be placed in the drop box located near the entrance to the Municipal Building’s West Crawford Street parking lot. For any questions or help you may call the Findlay Tax Department at 419-424-7133.

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Mother Of Accused Wood County Shooter Pleads His Case

12/12/13 – 12:38 P.M.

The mother of a man accused in a Wood County shooting is trying to clear her son’s name. Arlene Boyer spoke to us today, saying her son Thomas was trying to defend family property on the day he was accused of shooting a man in the back in Custar on November 20.

Arlene Boyer says she owns the house where the incident took place. Two men came to the house on the 20th and said they were there to winterize it as part of a foreclosure process. Boyer says she’s been in a dispute about the property with a reverse mortgage company, Financial Freedom. She adds the men, 42-year-old William Morris and Phillip Butler, did not have a court order or a sheriff’s order to be on the property. The home is scheduled to be part of an upcoming sheriff’s sale according to the Wood County Sheriff’s Website

Arlene Boyer also says she and her family haven’t been able to talk to Thomas since his indictment. According to Boyer, Thomas has been receiving a psychiatric evaluation. He’s set to be arraigned on the 16th.

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