Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Gets Traffic Safety Grant

9/15/14 – 4:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant worth more than $34,600. A release from the office says the money came from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and will be applied to fiscal year 2015.

The grant will help with traffic safety enforcement in the county. Area of focus will include impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and youthful drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the money to the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for distribution.

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Human Trafficking Survivor to Present Her Story in Findlay

09/12/14   4:34 p.m.

With human trafficking on the rise, the Center for Safe and Healthy Children is hosting an event to educate the public on the dangers.

Barbara Freeman was a human trafficking victim herself and will present her speech “I am Now Free from Bondage” Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay.

The event is open to anyone 13 years and older and there is no admission fee. Ohio is the fifth in the nation for prevalence of trafficiking and due to the location of I-75, northwest Ohio is one of the most predominant areas in the entire country.

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New Minimum Hour Requirement for Ohio Schools May Cause Problems

09/12/14   1:05 p.m.

Snow days are going to be treated a little differently this year in Ohio school districts. In March the Ohio Department of Education announced they would be changing the state requirement starting with the 2014-15 school year from a certain number of school days, to a minimum number of hours.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the state minimum for high and middle schools is 1001 hours and for elementary schools it’s 920 hours. Right now Findlay schools are scheduled for 100-125 hours over that minimum. If there is a delay or cancellation, those hours lost would be substracted from the school’s total hours.

For example high schools are required 1001, but Findlay High School is scheduled for 1126. When school closes, the number of hours lost is subtracted from the school’s total. If Findlay were to cancel school for a day that six hours and 20 minutes of education time would drop the district to just under 1120 hours. The same scenario is true for delays as well.

Audio: Ed Kurt

For Kurt, the problem is the “what if.” Kurt said if another winter like last causes the district to go to the minimum hours, that isn’t enough time to cover all the curriculum and conduct the required testing.

Right now Kurt said he’s approaching cancellations and delays normally and he’s going to try to get in as many days as possible, as safely as possible.

At this point Kurt said it’s too early to tell if this new system will help or hinder school districts and that will be evaluated at the end of the year. He said there may need to be discussion between legislators and school districts after this year, which would hopefully lead to tweaks and changes that would create the best possible scenario.

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Animal Believed To Be A Wolf Killed Near Leipsic

Whatever it was, Leispic residents won’t have to worry about it anymore. The Leipsic Police Department sent out a Nixle Alert last night that said the animal, believed to possibly be a wolf, was killed. The alert said the animal was shot two miles east of the village.

Officers had tried to tranquilize the animal Wednesday, but could not get a good shot.

Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth told the Lima News earlier in the week he believed the animal could have been a hybrid mix of a wolf and a dog.

MORE: Nixle Alert

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BG Man Arrested For Leaving Kids Alone At Hotel

9/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A fire at a Bowling Green hotel has led to an arrest; but not for what you might think. The Sentinel-Tribune reports police discovered three young children were left alone at the Victory Inn & Suites on East Wooster Street. The kids were found after firefighters had to evacuate the hotel because of a Tuesday night fire.

The discovery led to the arrest of 34-year-old Taurean Walton. He and his wife allegedly came back to get the children later in the night. Walton is now facing three charges of endangering children.

MORE: The Courier 

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Three Injured In Findlay Crash

9/12/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Three people were hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday evening. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened just before 6 p.m. on the east side of the city.

60-year-old Debra Martens was trying to turn left from Flag City Drive onto Hancock County Road 236 when her car collided with an SUV driven by 46-year-old Chris Jones of North Baltimore. Martens and Jones were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. A passenger in the Jones car, 55-year-old James Burk of Cygnet, was also injured.

Martens was cited for a stop sign violation.

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Trial Date Set For Fostoria Shooting Suspect

9/12/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A teenager accused of shooting and killing a Fostoria woman will stand trial in November. The Review-Times reports a trial date of November 18 was set for 18-year-old Garrett Brown during a hearing yesterday. Brown is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and aggravated robbery. Investigators believe Brown shot 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio during a robbery on East Culbertson Street on May 21.

Two other alleged accomplices, Tyson Ogg and Dallas Salaz, will stand trial in October. All three suspects face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

MORE: Review-Times

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UPDATE: All In Custody Following Lima Prison Break

09/11/14   9:58 p.m.

UPDATE 2:07 a.m.
UPDATE 4:57 A.M.

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.

Thomas TJ Lane III

Thomas TJ Lane III

Clifford Opperud

Clifford Opperud

Lindsey Bruce

Lindsey Bruce

After more than five hours, two of the three escaped prisoners from Allen Correctional Institution in Lima have been captured.

Around 1:20 a.m. police found and took 19-year-old Thomas “TJ” Lane III into custody. Lane was convicted of three murders and two attempted murders when he open fired in a cafeteria at Chardon High School. In 2012 he was sentenced to life in prison and has been incarcerated since March 20, 2013. Lane was found in a field just north of the prison armed with a pitch fork near Sugar Creek Church and Cemetery on Bluelick Rd., which according to Warden Kevin Jones is about 100 yards north of the prison.

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33-year-old Lindsey Bruce escaped but was captured soon after the escape. Bruce was imprisoned for life in 2005 for aggravated murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

45-year-old Clifford Opperud was the last of the escaped inmates to be found. He was captured around 4:20 a.m.

Joellen Smith of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections confirmed Friday afternoon that all three prisoners have been transferred to the Northeast Ohio Corrections Center in Youngstown. The Youngstown prison is maximum security while the Allen County facility is only low to medium security.

Chardon School District held a press conference at 2 a.m. this morning. Superintendent Mike Hanlon said the events of the evening had a “profound impact” on the district and those in the Chardon area. Hanlon said students and staff will have the opportunity to come to Chardon High School and Middle School Friday for counseling tomorrow in lieu of classes.

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Boil Water Advisory Issued for Londonberry Dr./Greendale Ave. in Findlay

09/11/14   2:10 p.m.

The Findlay Water Distribution Department has issued a boil water advisory for two area streets.

The addresses affected are: 700, 708, 709, 714, 717, 718, 721, 724, 729, 735 on Londonberry Dr. 1720 Greendale Ave. will also be affected.

Officials advise those affected to boil or use bottled water for making ice, cooking, drinking or oral hygiene until further notice.

Questions may be directed to the water treatment plant at 419-424-7193 or water distribution at 419-424-7192.

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