Review Category : Local News

Never Too Early To Plan For Tornado Disasters

3/3/2016 – 2:35 pm

Though winter may be on its final legs, spring is coming. And with that comes the increased need for planning for weather disasters. Specifically tornados. Speaking at the Hancock County Safety Council Thursday, Captain Jerry Greer talked about the importance of making sure that tornado plans are in place at all area homes and businesses because there is generally not much warning prior to a tornado hitting a given area.

Audio: Capt. Jerry Greer

Citing the 2011 EF5 Tornado that hit Joplin Missouri, Greer said that the potential for widespread disasters can happen because people are not aware of their surroundings. Which is why it’s important to have plans in place, to practice them, and to be aware of potential issues in case you’re caught in a building or store during a tornado.

Audio: Capt. Jerry Greer

If any business or community resident has questions about what kinds of things they need to consider when forming a shelter plan, they can contact the Findlay Fire Department for more information.

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VIDEO: UF Files Defense In Civil Suit

3/3/16 – 12:00 P.M.

The University of Findlay has filed a defense against a civil lawsuit levied against the school last year. Unsurprisingly, the school is denying the majority of the claims in the suit filed by Alphonso Baity and Justin Browning. The former student-athletes were expelled from the school after a female student claimed the two sexually assaulted her following a party in October of 2014.

In documents filed with the US District Court in Toledo on February 22, UF denied any wrongdoing during their investigation of the assault claim. The school denies basing their decision to expel Baity and Browning based on their race. The filing also says the female student, listed only as “M.K.” in the documents, was incapable of consenting to sex at the time of the incident.

The original lawsuit filed by Baity and Browning says a video of the incident exists, but the defense for UF says no video was ever produced during their investigation. The defense filing also says the video was taken without “M.K’s” consent.

Another point of contention in the defense deals with “M.K.” allegedly bragging about the encounter to witnesses, including her R.A. The defense filing says the R.A. never spoke to the accuser about the incident.

The school also denies the investigation only took 24 hours.

The suit filed by Browning and Baity seeks damages from the University on 10 charges, including alleged gender and racial discrimination, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of due process. It seeks $75,000 in damages on each charge for both Browning and Baity.

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Betts Sentenced To 14 Years For Vehicular Homicide

3/3/2016 – 11:13 pm

A Findlay man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing a couple on a motorcycle while he was driving drunk last year. The Courier reports that 38-year-old Daniel D. Betts was sentenced Thursday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced Betts for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

John and Kimberly Clark of Fostoria were killed on May 14th of last year when a truck driven by Betts went left of center on Cass Township Road 215 and struck the motorcycle they were riding. The Clarks were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Initial urine tests revealed Betts’ blood alcohol content was around .409, which is a level that was the highest officials had seen. Betts was also reported to have had marijuana in his system.

More: The Courier

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New Retail Development Planned In Tiffin

3/3/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A new retail development is in the works in Tiffin. The Review-Times reports a $1.1 million dollar facility will be built at 596 West Market Street, which is the site of a former bank. The new building will have room for three retail businesses.

Kenneth Hicks, of Diverse Development owns the property. In a release he said he anticipated the development to create between 40 and 70 jobs. No leases for the property have been signed yet.

Diverse Development is based in Holland Ohio. The company owns 11 retail centers in northwest Ohio.

MORE: Review-Times

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Wood County Woman A Lottery Winner

3/3/16 – 5:17 A.M.

A Wood County woman recently struck it rich in an Ohio Lottery game. Velma Dartt of Risingsun took home a lump sun of a little more than $1.7 million when she played a winning Gold instant game ticket. A release from the Ohio Lottery Commission says the game’s top prize is $250,000 a year for 20 years, but Dartt took the lump sum cash option.

The winning ticket was bought at a Fuel Mart in Perrysburg. The store gets a $5,000 agent bonus for selling the prize-winning ticket.

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Storm Spotter Training Coming Up In Putnam County

3/3/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Winter weather is the concern today, but it won’t be too long until spring storms are on the horizon. With that in mind registration is underway for SKYWARN Spotter Training in Putnam County. The class trains people to spot severe weather and how to report it to the National Weather Service. The NWS says spotters help provide real-time information about potentially dangerous storms.

The Putnam County training session will take place March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Office of Public Safety. For more information you can call (419)538-7315.

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Pedestrian Hit By SUV In Findlay

3/3/16 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when he was hit by an SUV while walking across an intersection Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department says 39-year-old Jack Richard was crossing North Main Street when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Brian Bracey. The incident happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection with West Melrose Avenue.

Richard was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Bracey was cited for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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Alcohol Cited As Factor In Findlay Area Crash

3/3/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Alcohol may have been a factor in an injury crash west of Findlay Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Holly Linhart suffered minor injuries when she drove off of State Route 12 around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital after her car rolled over in a field.

Linhart has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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New Putnam County Sheriff Makes Plans For His Year In Office

3/3/16 – 4:50 A.M.

Putnam County’s new sheriff is talking about his plans for his year in office. In an interview with the Putnam County Sentinel, Tim Meyer said he plans to reach out to the public to establish trust with the department. Part of that plan will include getting deputies in county schools to talk to kids. He’ll meet with the superintendents of the school districts this week to discuss that plan.

Meyer also wants to get more community members involved in law enforcement. That could mean a “Citizens Academy.” Meyer told the newspaper it would be a program designed to get residents invested in the security of their communities. Meyer said, “If we can get more people involved in law enforcement and understand what it is we do – day in, day out – then it’ll create more positive feedback within the community.”

Meyer was sworn in as sheriff last week, following the death of Michael Chandler in late January.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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State Patrol Focusing On Impaired Driving

3/2/2016 – 11:19 am

Troopers from the Ohio State Patrol are continuing a focus on impaired driving enforcement. Their efforts appear to be paying off. The OSP reports that for the fourth year in a row troopers removed well over 24,000 impaired drivers from the roads in Ohio, including 301 arrests made by Findlay post troopers over the past year.

OVI-related crashes accounted for around 35% of all fatal crashes in Ohio last year, and that number has remained steady over the past three years. And this affects younger people most. Last year 54 % of drivers considered at-fault in these crashes were in their 20s and 30s and 71% were male drivers. The public is encouraged for call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

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