Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Accused Of Killing Infant Wants To Enter Insanity Plea

7/9/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. The Courier reports an attorney for 25-year-old Jerrod Hartman has filed a motion with the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The motion argues Hartman suffers from a condition known as parasomnia. According to the Cleveland Clinic, parasomnias are disorders that result in people having outbursts while they are asleep.

Hartman was charged with murder and endangering children after his 44-day-old son was found dead in late October. A coroner’s report says the child died from multiple blunt trauma. Hartman remains free on a $250,000 bond.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.

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Appropriations Committee OK’s $10,000 for sewer relocation project design

Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee allocated 10 thousand dollars for crews to begin creating a plan to abandon a sanitary sewer that runs parallel to 75.

The 24-inch sewer runs south of West Sandusky St. to Harrison St. and needs abandoned in order for I-75 to be widened.

City Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the current sewer only serves two customers, Michigan Sugar and Daskto Ltd. A new sewer connection will be created for these businesses west of its current location.

ODOT said they will analyze the project once it’s been designed and negotiate some kind of reimbursement, but without a plan for the project, the extent of that pay-out is unknown.

Schmelzer estimates the project will cost roughly 350 thousand dollars.

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Findlay’s Food Trucks Facing Own Adversity

Toledo’s food truck restrictions have caused much conflict from food truck owners recently. And though there may be few, Findlay’s own food truck owners are facing adversity as well.

In Findlay, there are far fewer trucks, but Amy May Bollinger, owner and operator of Amy May’s Rockin’ Taco truck here in Findlay says the ordinance blocking vendors from downtown between Center St. and Lima Ave. is limiting things for the few food trucks that do exist here.

Audio: Amy May Bollinger

Bollinger is currently working to put together a petition to allow food trucks in to the downtown area. Bollinger said she was in downtown for a special lunch event at Lantham Courtyard last week and did “exceptional business.”

Audio: Amy May Bollinger

There are 28 licensed mobile food vendors in Findlay and 11 additionally in Hancock County. The vendors that frequent the Findlay areas for lunches are Amy May’s Rockin’ Taco, Rocked Pizza and Flag City Hot Dogs.

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Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor Visits Wilson’s

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor made a stop in Findlay to have lunch at Wilson’s with community members and leaders today.

Taylor asked people to help her catch up on what had been going on in Findlay, then fielded questions about concerns residents have. Some of those concerns ranged from voter turnout, to the drug epidemic, to filling the baby-boomer void in the job sector.

Taylor said a lot of those issues come back to making sure children and talked to and educated early.

Audio: Mary Taylor

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik identified the need for skilled workers, such as welders. Taylor said one thing parents need to be aware of is that not everyone will go to college, and the need for skilled workers is making that more of a reality.

Taylor spoke on the heels of announcing she and Governor John Kasich had been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business. She said the balanced budget plays a big role in Ohio’s business-friendly atmosphere.

Audio: Mary Taylor

Taylor said low unemployment rates, like that of Hancock County’s four percent, prove that what she and Kasich are doing is working.

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Real Estate Taxes Due This Friday

7/8/14 – 11:09 A.M.

Another tax deadline is coming up this week. Hancock County real estate taxes for the second half of 2013 are due this Friday. County Tresurer Steve Welton says payments can be made in his office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Taxes can also be paid at many banks in the area, although three are no longer participating.

Mailed payments postmarked July 11 will also be considered on time.

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Hancock Co. Commissioners Buy North Main Street Properties For Eventual Demolition

7/8/14 – 10:49 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners took care of some business related to flood mitigation today. A resolution was passed to buy properties at 202 and 204 North Main Street in Findlay for $135,000. The buildings will eventually be torn down to deduce damage done by future flooding.

Aleta Foust of the Hancock Regional Planning Commission talked about the same issue. She says the organization is getting ready to apply for another round of grants to get money to buy and demolish more buildings in the flood plain. This grant is a little different than others though…

Audio: Aleta Foust

Foust says that will help stretch the money even further.

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Two Injured In Crash Near Fostoria

7/8/14 – 6:42 A.M.

Two people were injured in a two car crash near Fostoria Monday. The State Patrol reports the crash happened at the intersection of State Route 587 and Seneca County Road 18 around 8:30 a.m.

44-year-old Jonathan Ayers of Findlay was stopped at the intersection when he pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Eric Bouillon of New Riegel. Both men were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries.

Ayers was cited for failure to yield after a stop.

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Bluffton Officials Still Waiting On Damage Estimate For Town Hall

7/8/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Bluffton officials are still waiting to hear what the damage estimate from water damage to the town hall will be. The Courier reports Village Administrator James Mehaffie told council Monday he hasn’t heard back from an insurance adjustor since last speaking on June 19. Mehaffie added the last estimate he heard was between $150,000 and $250,000.

The town hall was damaged in May when at least 1,500 gallons of water poured into the building from a broken sprinkler head.

The building was refurbished in 2008 at cost of $2.75 million.

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North Baltimore Village Council Will Consider New Village Administrator

7/8/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A special meeting of the North Baltimore village council could be an eventful one. The Courier reports council will consider hiring Donna Dettling of Dexter, Michigan as the next village administrator. The starting salary for the job is $70,000.

Council could also consider an ordinance to adjust sewer rates. Many residents have complained about the higher rates that took affect in the spring.

The special meeting’s agenda also will have council consider hiring paid emergency medical technicians to help the staff of the village ambulance service.

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Arlington Residents Could See Two Fire Levies In November

7/8/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Arlington residents could vote on a pair of levies for the fire department in November. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to a couple of measures Monday. The first is a $2.5 mill renewal levy for five years to pay for the operating expenses of the fire department. It brings in around $51,000 a year.

A new 1-mill levy has also been proposed. It would generate money to buy new equipment in the future. The levy would raise up to $20,000 a year.

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