Review Category : Local News

Forest Man Charged With DUI Following Crash

9/5/14 – 5:14 A.M.

A Forest man was charged with DUI after a Thursday morning accident in Hancock County. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened just before 11 a.m. on State Route 103 near County Road 9.

64-year-old Kenneth Warren was driving west on Route 103 when he drove off the road and hit a concrete culvert. The impact of the crash launched his car across a ditch, where it landed upside down.

Warren was not hurt, and was taken to the Hancock County Jail following his arrest.

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Two Men Shot Near Fostoria Thursday

9/5/14 – 5:07 A.M.

An incident in Fostoria led to two men getting shot with birdshot pellets early Thursday morning. Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. near the Podach Trailer Park.

The renter of a property at 9790 West Township Road 84 called the sheriff’s office to report people were throwing bricks through his windows. At some point during the incident, 24-year-old William North and 36-year-old William Mahan were shot with birdshot pellets fired from a shotgun.

Mahan was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. From there he was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. North refused medical treatment.

Deputies have not said who fired the shots. The case remains under investigation.

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Hancock Couny Auditors Office Employees To Carry ID Badges

9/5/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The Hancock County Auditor’s office is taking measures to make sure employees aren’t confused for con-artists. Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says appraisers will now carry ID badges issued by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Rauschenberg hopes this will differentiate real auditors from potential imposters.

There have been reports of people scamming home owners by pretending to be appraisers from elsewhere in Ohio.

Rauschenberg adds that real auditors will never ask to enter your home. They will only collect data from buildings from the outside. You should also get a letter from the county prior to a visit.

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Blanchard River Clearing Continues To Move East

9/5/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Efforts to clear debris from the Blanchard River have moved east of Findlay’s reservoirs. The Courier reports crews from Tawa Tree Service are now working between County Roads 207 and 205. Gary Tuttle of the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District updated the county commissioners on the progress Thursday.

Tuttle says four large logjams have been removed since late July. Crews have also taken out nine mid-size jams and 224 small logjams.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock Historical Museum to Focus on Life on the Farm this Month

09/04/14   5:08 p.m.

It’s no secret that Northwest Ohio is an agriculture-driven area. To demonstrate the importance of agriculture in our community, the Hancock Historical Museum is having a number of farm-themed events in September.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Museum director Sarah Sisser said this month is an opportunity to preserve and enjoy the agricultural heritage of the area, as well as demonstrate agriculture’s importance.

On Sept. 12 there will be a farm-to-table dinner in the Historic Essinger-Maxfield Barn in Arlington. Sept. 30 the University of Findlay will host a lecture on the museum’s oral history of century farms project.

The highlight of the month will be the Historic Barn Tour Sept. 20 from 10-4 p.m., which will feature a quilt show, antique plows and many demonstrations.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Tickets for the events and more information are available at the Hancock Historical Museum.



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Annie’s Project Seminars Coming to Putnam County

09/04/14  12:55 p.m.

Annie Fleck spent the majority of her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her farmer husband. Decades later, her daughter created Annie’s Project, a seminar series designed to help educate women on all aspects of the agriculture industry.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension is assisting with the seminars and said the seminars are for anyone woman with any interest in agriculture. The seminars will take place at the Putnam County extension office Monday evenings Sept. 22 through Oct. 27. from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at a cost of $35 including a meal.

The extension office is accepting registrations until Sept. 15. Forms are available at

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Area Counties Share Grant To Help Kids In Crisis

9/4/14 – 11:15 A.M.

Six counties in our area will share a grant aimed at helping children in crisis situations. Hancock, Putnam, and Allen Counties are part of the group that will use the $1.4 million dollars.

John Martin is the director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and spoke at today’s press conference. Martin says the money will help area agencies ease situations before they spiral out of control…

Audio: John Martin

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio. He says sometimes problems stem from a child experiencing mental health issues for the first time…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says the grant money will help provide after hours services for kids in those situations.

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Findlay Teen Injured In Wednesday Night Crash

9/4/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A three car crash injured one person in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 6:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Howard Street.

18-year-old Ariana Read of Findlay was driving east on Howard when she tried to go around a pickup truck that was stopped in the road. At the same time the driver of the pickup, 20-year-old Patrick Williams, pulled into Read’s path. The collision caused Read’s car to hit a parked vehicle.

Read was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Williams was cited for impeding traffic.

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Marathon Explains Position On Citgo Refineries

9/4/14 – 6:40 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is not moving to buy Citgo refineries. The company issued a statement Wednesday clarifying comments made by CEO Gary Heminger during a recent interview. Heminger told an industry analyst the locations of Citgo’s refineries are “interesting.” That led to some speculation Marathon was interested in buying the facilities.

Citgo has refineries in Lousiana, Texas, and Illinois.

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Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Would Go Through Hancock County

9/4/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Part of an 810-mile natural gas pipeline could be built in our area. A proposal from ET Rover Pipeline Company shows the pipeline passing through northeast Hancock County near Fostoria. It would also go through Wood County.

The pipeline would connect the Marcellus and Utica Shale fields to markets serving the Midwest, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions. A map of the proposed pipeline is on public display at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

Construction of the line could create a temporary workforce of up to 10,000 construction jobs. There would be an estimated $153 million in yearly tax revenue paid to the states and counties the pipeline passes through.

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