Review Category : Local News

Investigation Underway In Death Of Wood County Baby

8/5/14 – 4:41 A.M.

The death of a nine-month-old baby in Wood County is under investigation. The infant was taken to a local hospital on Friday and was later flown to a Toledo hospital, then to the University of Michigan Hospital over the weekend. Officials say the baby’s injuries didn’t happen from a fall.

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Mandel Says Putting State Checkbooks Online a Form of Accountability

8/4/14   5:50 p.m.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel is on a mission to create an army…of citizen auditors.

Mandel spoke to media in Findlay Monday afternoon about House Bill 175, which would require the state treasurer’s office to put the state’s checkbook on the Internet, which Mandel says would hold officials accountable.

Audio: Josh Mandel

Mandel said by creating a bill requiring the treasurer’s office to put the state checkbook online, the information will be available through even the successing treasurers.

Audio: Josh Mandel

A secondary goal of the project is to save taxpayers  money in the form of public records requests because the information will be available online. Mandel is also hoping to encourage local governments (cities, counties, townships) and schools to put their checkbooks online as well, which the treasurer’s office will pay for with funds it has saved since Mandel took office.

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Homelessness a Problem Even in Rural Areas Like Findlay

8/4/14   2:55 p.m.

In a rural areas like Findlay homeless isn’t thought of as a big problem. But it’s something that affects us on a more subtle level.

Lucy Coppes, property manager for National Church Residences, spoke at the Rotary Club meeting this morning and said that we will soon be facing elderly homelessness, a crisis we have not seen yet.

Audio: Lucy Coppes

In rural areas, 14 of every 10,000 people are homeless, mostly due to lack of affordable housing and inadequate income as well as the federal government’s focus on the homeless population being centered on urban areas.

Coppes said budget cuts aren’t helping. Sixty-two percent of government spending goes toward entitlement programs such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Audio: Lucy Coppes

Coppes says the only true remedy is advocating for these people and volunteering time and effort to help them.

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Hancock County Budget Still Solid After First Half of the Year Comes to a Close

8/4/14   2:38 p.m.

Since the first half of the year has come to a close, county officials are taking a look at the budget and expenditures.

County commissioner Phil Riegle said the first half of the year wasn’t record-breaking, but it was solid.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle said to have a large increase in revenue, people need to spend significantly more.

Audio: Phil Riegle

According to Riegle, sales tax revenue is up slightly from 7 million in the first half of 2013 to 7.25 million this year.

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Wood County Village Dealing With Stray Cat Issue

8/4/14 – 10:47 A.M.

A Wood County village is dealing is a growing problem – feral cats. The Sentinel Tribune reports residents in Pemberville say they’ve lost track of how many strays are roaming area neighborhoods.

The Wood County Humane Society has proposed trapping the cats, spaying or neutering them, and then returning the cats to the village. Pemberville’s village council is concerned about how to fund the program.

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Accidental 911 Call Leads To Arrest In Kenton

8/4/14 – 6:41 A.M.

An accidental 911 call led to the arrest of a Kenton man last Friday. reports a small child was playing with a phone and called the emergency service. Police were dispatched to to a home in the 200 block of Glendale Street after the child hung up.

Officers spoke to 31-year-old Joe Nelson when they arrived at the house. They found that Nelson had an outstanding warrant, and took him into custody. He was released later in the day.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Tiffin Woman Injured In Car-Train Crash

8/4/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A Tiffin woman was injured when her car was hit by a train last Friday. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at a crossing north of Fostoria near U.S. 23.

23-year-old Hollie Irving was driving east of Switzer Road when she attempted to cross the tracks. She was hit on her passenger side door by a CSX train. The crossing doesn’t have a gate or warning lights, but does have a warning sign.

Irving was taken to Promedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

8/4/14 – 5:23 A.M.

You’ll pay more to fill up your gas tank to start off the work week. reports the statewide average for regular unleaded is $3.46 this morning. That’s 10 cents higher than last Monday, but 12 cents cheaper than what we were paying on July 4.

In Findlay, prices are slightly above the state average, checking in around $3.49 a gallon. Prices are also at $3.49 in Ottawa.

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Hancock Park District Hunting Lottery Coming Up This Week

8/4/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Deer hunting season is still a little while off in Ohio, but preparations are underway already. The Hancock Park District will hold its annual “hunting with permission” lottery Thursday night at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Activity Barn at Litzenberg Memorial Woods.

Lottery winners get permits to hunt deer and small game in the Litzenberg Memorial Woods during the designated seasons.

White-tailed deer archery season starts September 27 in Ohio.

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Weekend Checkpoints Net 11 Arrests

8/4/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Eleven people were arrested for impaired driving during two weekend checkpoints in Findlay. The State Highway Patrol reports four people were taken into custody at a checkpoint on Main Street near the University of Findlay Friday night. A second checkpoint on Tiffin Avenue near the AAA office early Saturday morning led to two more arrests.

Another four people were arrested in areas around the checkpoints.

800 cars were inspected during the enforcement blitz.

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