Review Category : Local News

Suspect In Findlay Police Standoff Indicted

1/28/15 – 5:00 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing two charges stemming from a standoff with police from earlier this month. The Courier reports 23-year-old Michael Bennett is charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to 230 Washington Street, Apartment B, around 7:30 p.m. on January 18. They had been told there had been a dispute and that several shots were fired. According to Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece, shots weren’t fired at anyone. However, he added the gun was allegedly pointed at neighbors.

Bennett surrendered to police around 2:30 a.m. January 19.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik Files Petition for Re-Election

01/27/15     4:30 p.m.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik has filed her petition for re-election with the Hancock County Board of Elections. Mihalik filed Tuesday afternoon and said she feels her team and her approach will make the next four years just as prosperous.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik


Mihalik said her four years in office have been successful but gone by quickly. She said if re-elected she will use that momentum going forward.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

So far only one other petition has been taken out for Mayor of Findlay. Independent candidate Jeffery Simon has taken out a petition, but has not yet filed.

Those interested in running for any position are required to file their petitions by Feb. 4.

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Special Kids Therapy Hosting Third Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser

01/27/15     4:08 p.m.

Special Kids Therapy will once again be hosting their signature fundraiser Mardi Gras. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Findlay Elks Lodge at Northridge. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a Cajun buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Following dinner there will be an auction and live music hosted by event emcee Senator Cliff Hite.

Audio: Anne Spence

SKT Executive Director Anne Spence said tickets are available for $30 or a table of 8 for $200. Tickets are available at Special Kids Therapy, Rooney & Associates Real Estate, John Seng OD’s Office or the Findlay Elks Lodge at Northridge.

For more information call 419-422-5607.

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Health Surveys Being Sent to Wyandot County Residents This Week

01/27/15     3:55 p.m.

Wyandot County residents may be getting a health survey in the mail this week.

The Daily Chief-Union reports the Wyandot County Health District is administering its sixth survey in partnership with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio. The surveys are completely anonymous and will be sent through American Clearinghouse.

The randomly chosen 1,200 adults will receive three letters. The first stating they have been chosen, followed by the same survey in two mailings, just in case. A $2 bill is sent in each survey as incentive.

Survey results will be compared with other residents in the 38 counties within the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio’s district.

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University of Findlay Planning Habitat for Humanity Home

01/27/15     3:12 p.m.

University of Findlay students surprised a local family Friday by telling them they were getting a new home.

For the past six years, the UF Habitat for Humanity chapter has been raising money for what is called “The Oiler Build.” A total of $75,000 was raised and that money will now go toward a home for Julie Merrin and her 9-year-old daughter Rachel.

UF Habitat members will be partnering with the Findlay-Hancock County Habitat for Humanity on the project. The group will start constructing and painting walls on UF’s campus in April. Building will begin in August in the West Park neighborhood near the Findlay Airport. A dedication is planned for October.

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Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau Has Record Year in 2014

01/27/15     1:30 p.m.

Thanks to increased business travel and local events, the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau had a record year in 2014. County Commissioner Brian Robertson said the CVB is one of the best investments the commissioners made.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Visitors to the community generated $225 million in business activity in the county last year and $523,500 in bed tax money. CVB Director Rachael Rahrig said the tourism industry also brought more than $16 million in state and local taxes in 2014, and supports one in every 15 jobs in the county.

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

Rahrig said in 2014, there were 270,000 total hotel stays in Hancock County. Those visitors generated about $523,500 in bed tax money for the county, up more than 4 percent from 2013. Rahrig said an increase in leisure travel, as well as an uptick in local events and business travel, made those numbers possible.

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Multi-Vehicle Accident Reported on Northbound I-75 near North Baltimore

01/27/15     12:15 p.m.

An accident has I-75 northbound moving slowly in Wood County.

Several Waze users report a multi-vehicle accident has traffic backed up near the State Route 18 exit ramp in North Baltimore. Scanner traffic indicates the accident involved three vehicles and caused at least one injury. Traffic in the area is moving slowly, even standing still in some places between Van Buren and Cygnet.

Those heading north on I-75 are advised to exit the highway at State Route 613 in Van Buren and find an alternate route.

No other details on the crash are available.

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Hancock County Commissioners Approve Emergency Management Resolutions

1/27/15 – 10:55 A.M.

Emergency service operations was a topic of conversation at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. The commissioners approved two resolutions to make sure emergency services are maintained.

The first resolution authorizes the Hancock County EMA to spend $4,000 on emergency siren maintenance. The cost breaks down to $400 per siren maintained by the county.

The second resolution reapproved an agreement with the county and its various political subdivisions. The agreement states the county will provide EMA services at a cost of 45 cents per capita of population . The rate is unchanged from the previous agreement, which was signed in 2013.

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Unemployment Ticks Up In December

1/27/15 – 9:01 A.M.

Unemployment was up slightly in the region last month. Numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County ticked up to 3.4 percent unemployment in December, from 3.3 in November. Putnam County also saw an increase in jobless numbers, going from 3.5 to 3.7 percent joblessness.

Every county in our region saw an increase in unemployment in December. Hardin and Wyandot Counties checked in at 3.9 percent, Wood County was at 4.2, while Allen and Seneca Counties saw unemployment at 4.5 percent. Henry County has the highest jobless rate in the area at 4.9 percent.

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Gas Prices Jump Over Last 24 Hours

1/27/15 – 6:53 A.M.

The good news is that we’re paying around $1.20 less a gallon less for gas than we were a year ago. The bad news is that prices are on the way back up. has issued a price hike alert for the state. The average across Ohio was $1.89 a gallon Monday. By the end of today it could be around $2.15.

Prices started jumping in our area yesterday. By Monday afternoon most Findlay stations were selling gas for $2.15 a gallon, after starting the day around $1.91. Prices in Ottawa jumped 20 cents over the course of the day.


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