Review Category : Local News

Investigation Into Fostoria Fire Continues

1/3/17 – 5:27 A.M.

A weekend fire near Fostoria remains under investigation today. Bascom Fire District Chief Mark DeVault says the Saturday fire at Lot 66 of the Poplar Village Mobile Home Park at 12400 West Axline Street completely destroyed the home. The blaze broke out around 10:50 a.m.

A report from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says a female resident of the home went to the Fostoria Police Station around 11:45 a.m. and told officers she knew who set the fire. Because of that, the State Fire Marshall’s Office is helping the investigation.

The Red Cross is providing the residents of the home with help.

 

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Putnam County Forms New Group To Address Drug Abuse Issues

1/3/17 – 5:19 A.M.

An effort to combat drug abuse in the workplace is underway in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the ADAMHS Board is working with 15 local stakeholders to launch the initiative. The group held their first meeting last month.

The goal of the program is to increase workforce employability; build healthier workplaces; and to create systems to educate employees about drug abuse.

Jennifer Horstman is the Executive Director of the ADAMHS Board in Putnam County. She tells the newspaper, “We are excited to begin the important work of bringing employers and community leaders together to address the drug-related issues facing our community.”

The Hancock County ADAMHS Board is taking part in the same program.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Fatal Crashes Nearly Double In 2016 In Hancock County

1/3/17 – 5:08 A.M.

The number of people killed in car crashes nearly doubled in 2016 in Hancock County. The Courier reports 18 people died in traffic crashes in the county in 2016, compared to 10 the year before. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the deaths included 11 drivers, five passengers, and two pedestrians.

There were three fatal crashes on I-75 in the construction zone in the northern part of the county. That’s three more than there were in the past three years on the interstate in Hancock County.

Sheriff’s Office officials say alcohol was a factor in three crashes. Autopsy results are pending in two other crashes.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed

1/3/16 – 4:53 A.M.

A pizza delivery driver says a man robbed him at gunpoint late Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened around 11 p.m. behind the East of Chicago Pizza location near 100 Howard Street.

The victim says he was getting out of his car when a man approached him and demanded money. The suspect was holding a black handgun. The delivery driver gave the man cash, and he ran away without further incident.

The suspect is a white man around 5’6″ tall. Police describe the man as skinny. He was wearing all black clothes and a red bandanna over his face.

Police believe there may have been another man in the area helping the suspect out.

The case remains under investigation.

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One-Car Crash On Howard Street Injures Findlay Man

12/30/16 – 4:16 P.M.

A one-car crash injured a Findlay man Friday morning in the 900 block of Howard Street. The Findlay Police Department reports the 56-year-old Ronald Dukes was driving east on Howard around 10:40 a.m. He drove across the road, hit a curb, and then a telephone pole.

Hanco Ambulance took Dukes to Blanchard Valley Hospital for minor injuries. Police did not cite Dukes. American Electric Power Co., the Findlay Fire Department, and the Findlay Water Department all assisted at the scene.

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Missing Persons Named In Lake Erie Plane Disappearance

12/30/16 – 3:52 P.M.The people in the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday have been identified. The Columbus Dispatch says plane belongs to 46-year-old John T. Fleming, according to his father. He was flying with his wife 46-year-old Suzanne Fleming. He had his two sons 15-year-old John Robert Fleming and 14-year-old Andrew Fleming. A neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter were also in the plane. Fleming’s father did not name them.

The people in the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday have been identified. The Columbus Dispatch says plane belongs to 46-year-old John T. Fleming, according to his father. He was flying with his wife 46-year-old Suzanne Fleming. He had his two sons 15-year-old John Robert Fleming and 14-year-old Andrew Fleming. A neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter were also in the plane. Fleming’s father did not name them.

Fleming is the CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Columbus. U.S and Canadian Coast Guards continue searching for the plane. Fleming’s father told the paper that they think the plane crashed into ake Erie.

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State Senator Cliff Hite Made A Stop In Findlay

12/30/16 – 2:34 P.M.

Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite was in Findlay Friday afternoon and talked about renewable energy. He said that there needs to be clarity in energy policies for the state. He added that there are big companies such as Google and Amazon that want to come to the area. Before they do they want a consistent energy policy that involves renewable energy. Hite said that these companies could go somewhere else if Ohio doesn’t prove to be conducive to their wants.

Hite added that he believes the new senate president will have an energy plan to address some of the issues in energy policies. Hite continued in saying that the senate needs to be united in figuring out these energy policies. He also said that he doesn’t think oil and gas will go anywhere. These energy options would only be complementary.

Hite also addressed the state’s revenues. He said while the revenue is down right now the senate will provide a balanced budget. He said that he thinks that Ohio will be able to turn it around.

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Toledo Residents Accused Of Operating Theft Ring In Multiple Counties

12/30/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Six Toledo residents are facing charges in Wood County stemming from their alleged involvement in a theft ring that spanned three counties. The Sentinel-Tribune reports authorities have charged Rebecca Collins, James Dotson III, Dontae Johnson, Pamala Moore, Annise Purifie,and Jennifer Putman with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Investigators say the group stole items from stores in Wood, Hancock, and Lucas Counties and then returned them to the stores for gift cards. They primarily targeted Lowe’s Home Improvement locations, as well as Best Buy and Target stores.

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Year In Review: MPLX Building Opens For Business In Downtown Findlay

12/30/16 – 5:30 A.M.

It’s the last week of 2016 and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

A major construction project in downtown Findlay wrapped up late in the summer of 2016. Marathon Petroleum officially opened the new MPLX headquarters in September…

Audio: Gary Heminger

CEO Gary Heminger said the new building also served to enhance the look of the downtown area…

Audio: Gary Heminger

Marathon started construction on the $80 million construction project in 2014. The project also included two new parking garages.

The Hancock Hotel is the final piece of the expansion. The company expects it to open in 2017.

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Seneca Regional Planning Commission Revises 2017 Budget

12/30/16 – 5:24 A.M.

The Seneca Regional Planning Commission won’t rely on a carry-over balance to help pay for expenses in 2017. The Review-Times reports RPC members voted to revise the 2017 budget Thursday. The original budget approved on December 7 called for the RPC to use $37,000 of the more than $165,000 carryover.

The board instead decided to cut expenses in several areas. The new budget includes cuts to contracted services. It also includes an increase of $17,000 in projected revenues. That takes into account $15,000 the RPC expects to collect from administrative fees from Land Bank.

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