Review Category : Local News

Auto Parts Manufacturer Announced Expansion In Tiffin

8/18/15 – 6:55 A.M.

An auto parts manufacturer is expanding its operations in Tiffin. City council approved a job-creation tax credit during its Monday meeting, paving the way for Taiho Corporation of America to invest $8 million in its Seneca County facility.

The expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs. The facility already employs around 180 people.

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Carey Looks To Upgrade Sewer System

8/18/15 – 6:49 A.M.

The village of Carey will apply for a grant to upgrade its sanitary sewer system. The Courier reports council approved an ordinance that seeks $420,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission. If the funds are approved, Carey would upgrade three of five sanitary sewer lift stations. The village would also install a force main line from the lift station near Arrowhead Commerce Park on East Findlay Street to the wastewater treatment plant on Wyandot Avenue.

The village would use matching funds from the sewer capital improvement fund to pay for the $400,000 project.

If less funds are approved, a secondary project is ready to go. The village would repave Crawford Township Road 96 from West to South Vance streets, for about $100,000.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Schools Name Interim Treasurer

8/18/15 – 6:37 A.M.

The Fostoria City School district’s interim treasurer is a familiar face. The Courier reports outgoing treasurer Norman Elchert has agreed to serve in the role until a replacement can be found. Elchert announced he was stepping down to take a similar job in the Lakota School District earlier this month.

Elchert will start his new job on September 1. He’ll also continue to work for the Fostoria school district. Superintendent Andrew Sprang told the board the terms of the deal need to be “fine-tuned.” He added the district is actively searching for a new treasurer.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Woman Hurt In Monday Crash

8/18/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 3200 block of North Main Street just after 3 p.m.

23-year-old Estrella Torres of was driving north when she stopped to turn left. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 17-year-old Devan Russell of North Baltimore. Torres was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Russell was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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Bluffton Council Given Update From Cemetery Committee

8/18/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Bluffton Village Council was given an update about renovations to Shannon Cemetery during their Monday meeting.  The Courier reports the Shannon Cemetery Commission has met with those who have concerns about the changes being made.

The group has received a letter from the Ohio Society of Sons of the American Revolution protesting plans to make the cemetery into a memorial park.  The fraternal organization says the project has already separated the headstone of Joseph DeFord, a soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War, from his grave.

The cemetery commission will meet again at 7 p.m. on September 3 at the Maple Crest Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.

MORE: The Courier

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Reward Offer For Info On Putnam County Underwear Thief

8/18/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A Putnam County man is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads the to the arrest of someone who broke into his home. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the thief left behind expensive electronics, and only took underwear.

Roy Hernandez of West Leipsic says the burglar broke into his home sometime between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on August 13. Hernandez said his daughter came home and found items scattered on her bed. The burglar apparently got in by pulling out a window air conditioning unit.

Leipsic police continue to investigate.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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McComb Residents To Receive Bottled Water

In response to complaints about water quality, McComb will make limited amounts of bottled water available to residents. The Courier reports two cases of bottled water will be given to each household in the village every week until further notice. You can pick up the water at the municipal building between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Residents have to bring identification to get the water. Names will be checked against a list of current water customers.

The move comes as complaints about brown water were mounting. Village officials say the water doesn’t exceed the EPA standards for contaminants. The brown water is caused by the mineral Manganese interacting with the chlorine used to treat the water. Officials still aren’t sure where the Manganese is getting into the water supply.

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Rawson Man Sentenced On Rape Charges

8/18/15 – 4:50 A.M.

A Rawson man will spend 32 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl. The Courier reports 56-year-old Gary Martin was sentenced on four counts of rape in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court Monday. The crimes happened between October and December of 2013.

Martin pleaded guilty in January but attempted to have the plea withdrawn. His attorney argued an abrupt switch in Martin’s antidepressant medication caused a psychotic state that led to the rapes. However, Judge Joseph Niemeyer said pharmacy records didn’t show a sudden switch in medication and denied Martin’s request.

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Findlay High School Shows Continued Success With Anti-Drug Testing

8/17/2015  7:30pm

Findlay High School continues to have success in combating the use of drugs by students. The high school’s random drug testing policy was highlighted at the Findlay City Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night and High School Principal Craig Kupferberg said that the purpose was to help deter the use of drugs by Findlay students.

Audio: Craig Kupferberg

Kuferberg told the Findlay School Board that testing continues to act as a deterrent to students and in fact, since the program started four years ago, only a minor number of students tested have been found to have issues with drugs.

Audio: Craig Kupferberg

The tests are conducted at random to any Findlay Schools student who participates in extracurricular activities, sports, or if a parent wishes that their student be tested. Students who purchase parking passes also qualify for the testing. If a positive test is found, the school would then follow up with measures spelled out in the students’ code of conduct policy. Three random tests are conducted each year and the program is self-funded.

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Leipsic Fire Department Receives Donation To Save Pets From Fire

8/17/2015   1:15pm

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Demonstration of the pet oxygen masks. Photo: Bradenton Herald.

Industry estimates say that as many as 150,000 pets die in fires each year, and many first responders are not equipped to deal with pet care and response. The Leipsic Fire Department is getting help in their mission to safely rescue ALL inhabitants from burning homes and buildings. Leipsic has received a donation of two pet oxygen masks from the Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe program. The program was established with a goal to equip every fire station in the country with the means to successfully rescue and care for pets in a case of a fire. The masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires.

Invisible Fence has donated a total of more than 11,500 pet oxygen masks for fire stations all over the United States and Canada and over 120 pets have been saved by donated masks thus far. The Leipsic Fire Department is joining ranks of stations like Denver, Cleveland and Memphis which already have received the masks through the program.

Other stations can request grants by going to the Invisible Fence website to make a request.

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