Review Category : Local News

ODOT Holds Public Forum On Sound Cancelling Wall Project

5/19/2016 – 9:21 pm

Caption: Residents voice concerns and ask questions at the public meeting at Chamberlin Hill Thursday night. 

Residents on the south side of Western Avenue got the chance to comment on a proposed wall that would reduce sound coming from US 68/15 Thursday. ODOT District 1 received a proposal to put the wall in place from area residents, and part of that process was to solicit public comments. Nate Tessler, Environmental Coordinator for ODOT District 1 said that the comments appeared to be split on the issue.

Audio: Nate Tessler

The wall itself proposed to be around 16 feet tall would be placed along the highway between Western Avenue and the highway and would reduce noise from the highway for residents in that area of Findlay. Tessler says that residents who are impacted directly by the project will have until June 20th to vote.

Audio: Nate Tessler

If more than 50% of the residents vote in favor of the project, ODOT will continue development. Tessler noted that DOES NOT mean the wall will be built. Issues with working with existing utilities in the area as well as safety concerns may still prevent the wall project. If approved, the wall could be potentially built in 2019.

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Cooper Tire Faces Fines Over Safety Violations

5/19/2016 – 5:01 pm

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. could face over $38,000 in federal fines for worker injuries and exposing workers to other injuries. The Courier reports that The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited two separate instances in which a Cooper employee burned his hands while changing tread segments on a press back in February.

Employees were also exposed to risk of amputation in changing tread segments because Cooper did not ensure they were trained in energy control procedures. These employees were exposed to fall hazards. Cooper also did not ensure safeguards were implemented to prevent employees from entering a press during operation, exposing them to rotating parts, flying chips, sparks, and other hazards.

Cooper Tire can challenge the allegations.

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EMA Hazardous Material Drill Set For Saturday

5/19/2016 – 3:37 pm

The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a full-scale hazardous material drill on Saturday.

The drill is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Facility, 5000 Fostoria Ave., according to the agency, and should run until noon. The Hancock County EMA says that there will be several training props and other pieces of equipment, including a fog machine, in order to simulate a hazardous materials leak and response.

Assisting with the drill will be the Findlay Police Department, Findlay Fire Department, Hanco EMS, American Red Cross, Blanchard Valley Hospital, Hancock County Hazmat Team, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Findlay.

Anyone with questions should contact Hancock County EMA at 419-424-7092.

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Findlay Woman Injured Following Crash

5/19/2016 – 3:34 pm

A Findlay woman was injured following an accident around noon Thursday. The Courier reports the accident happened at the intersection of Sixth and Williams Streets when 46-year-old Kevin Fisher of Findlay turned left onto Sixth Street in front of a car driven by 75-year-old Barbara Hession of Findlay. The cars collided and Hession was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with neck and back injuries.

Both cars were towed from the scene and Fisher was cited with operating a vehicle at a stop sign.

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Findlay Police Educate The Public On Fraud Prevention In The Workplace

5/19/2016 – 2:07 pm

What can local businesses do to detect fraud in their businesses? The Findlay Police Department has encountered many cases of fraud and criminal activity in area businesses over the years. Brian White with the Crime Prevention Division says that businesses encounter both external and internal fraud.

Audio: Brian White

External fraud, White says can include a whole range of issues from shoplifting, theft, overcharging for products and services, and cyber crimes. This also includes classic scams such as passing counterfeit bills and the quick-change scam.

Audio: Brian White

In addition to understanding the types of fraud and criminal activity, White says that when business owners, managers, and worker encounter criminal activity in the workplace, it’s best to proceed in a calm, quiet manner in order to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation.

Audio: Brian White

And if you should encounter criminal activity, contact law enforcement. White says that the Findlay Police routinely conducts training and workshops for people interested in learning more about fraud in the workplace, including samples of fraud cases. If anyone would like more information on how to detect fraud, contact the Findlay Police Department.

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Millstream Director On Leave After Coming To Work Impaired

5/19/2016 – 12:03 pm

The director of Millstream Career Center was recently placed on paid administrative leave after coming to work under the influence of alcohol. The Courier reports that Chris Renn has taken vacation leave and an early retirement after having worked with Findlay City Schools for more than 30 years.

Renn was placed on administrative leave on April 21st after it was detected that he was under the influence of alcohol. After an investigation and a meeting with the Findlay Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Renn was permitted to use his accrued leave until his retirement on June 30th.

More: The Courier

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Seneca County Company Expanding

5/19/16 – 7:15 A.M.

A Seneca County company will be adding new jobs in the future thanks to an Ohio Rail Development Commission grant. Church & Dwight Company in Old Fort will get $100,000 to use as part of a $2.5 million expansion. JobsOhio is also providing $170,000 in Roadwork Development Grants to improve a mile-long section used by trucks. Once the company’s expansion is complete, the company plans to add 20 new jobs.

The facility makes Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal cat litter.

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Bomb Threat Reported At North Baltimore Business Wednesday

5/19/16 – 6:55 A.M.

A bomb threat temporarily stopped production at a North Baltimore business Wednesday afternoon. Media partner WTOL reports Wood County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Equity foods facility on Grant Road after a threat was found in the building. Employees were temporarily evacuated, but nothing suspicious was found inside.

As a precaution, ODOT closed the exit ramp from I-75 between Eagleville and Quarry Road for a short time.

The incident remains under investigation.

Equity is a division of Keystone Foods, which released this statement:

“There is nothing more important to Keystone Foods than the safety and security of our employees. A bomb threat was reported at our North Baltimore facility this afternoon. Keystone officials worked in full cooperation with the sheriff’s department and authorities, who, after a thorough search, declared the facility secure.

Keystone Foods takes these issues extremely seriously and has plans in place to safely evacuate employees in the event of situations like this. Employees were evacuated for a short time and were permitted to return to the facility once police declared it safe to reenter.

In addition to taking every precaution to ensure the safety and security of our employees, we also worked to minimize the disruption to both our employees and our customers. Production was suspended during the investigation, but service to our customers was not affected.”

-Keystone Foods

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Findlay Police Officer Recognized For Good Deed

5/19/16 – 6:46 A.M.

A Findlay police officer is being recognized for a small, but kind act. The Courier reports a resident in the 600 block of East Pine Street called the newspaper to tell reporters about the actions of rookie officer Anthony Maher. The woman said she saw Maher help an elderly man with a mental impairment find the home where he was staying.

Maher talked to the newspaper about what happened. He said the man was from out of state but was staying with family in the city. Maher saw the man out walking and didn’t feel right leaving him by himself, so he gave him a ride home.

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Arcadia School District Looks Into Technology Upgrades

5/19/16 – 5:24 A.M.

The Arcadia school district is looking at ways to upgrade the technology that students use. The Courier reports the school board voted to upgrade wireless services in the building at a cost of more than $38,000. Another $24,000 will be spent to replace projectors for interactive classrooms.

Gregg McGee is the technology coordinator for the school district, and says a four-year plan is needed to replace all the projectors in the school.

McGee also suggested buying Chromebook laptops for classrooms. School Board President Ryan George suggested a technology committee be formed to look into the idea.

MORE: The Courier

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