Review Category : Local News

Findlay Woman’s Condition Upgraded Following Wednesday Crash

7/11/14 – 6:42 A.M.

A Findlay woman who survived a fatal crash in Erie County this week had her condition upgraded Thursday. 68-year-old Nancy Moody-Russo is listed in serious condition at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was critically injured in a crash that took the life of her husband, Ralph Russo.

Funeral arrangements for Russo are pending at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home. In the meantime the State Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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Four Injured In Crash East Of Findlay

7/11/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Four people were hurt in a crash east of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. 224 near Township Road 255.

39-year-old Phillip Artez of Findlay was driving west in a Chevy pickup truck, hauling a skid loader on a trailer. The frame of the trailer broke, causing Artez to lose control and drift into the eastbound lane of U.S. 224. The trailer was then hit by a minivan driven by 30-year-old William Laugherty of Tiffin.

Laugherty and his three passengers including two children, suffered “non-incapacitating” injuries. They were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Artez and a passenger in his truck were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Cooper And Apollo Tyre Still Duking It Out In Court

7/11/14 – 5:21 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber and Apollo Tyres of India are still fighting each other in a Delaware court following the failed sale of the company last year. Cooper officials claim an agreement made by the two companies means that since Apollo didn’t complete the deal, they owe the Findlay based company $112.5 million. Apollo lawyers counter that because Cooper wasn’t in “a position to close the deal,” they can’t sue for damages.

The two sides are once again battling it out in front of Delaware Chancery Judge Sam Glasscock. Apollo wants Glasscock to rule on the issue. If he rules in their favor, they can then ask an appellate court to rule that Apollo wasn’t responsible for the deal going south.

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Putnam County 911 Board To Put Replacement Levy On November Ballot

7/11/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Putnam County residents will vote on funding 911 services this fall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county’s 911 board voted to place a replacement levy on the November ballot. If approved collection on the levy would be based on current land values. It’s expected that would bring in around $928,000 a year to run the emergency line.

Board members also considered a renewal levy. It would have brought in a little more than $838,000 and would be based off of 2009 property values.

The current levy expires at the end of 2015. This is the earliest officials can put the issue back on the ballot.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Van Buren Going Back To Ballot With Slightly Altered Building Plan

7/11/14 – 6:02 A.M.

Residents in the Van Buren school district will likely see a building levy on the November ballot. The Courier reports the school board voted to send a 30-year, 6.96 mill bond issue to the county auditor. The issue would raise $28.7 million to build 34 new classrooms and a new gym. The bond issue is seven years shorter than the proposal voters rejected in November. It will also raise about half a million dollars less.

To make the issue work with the building plans, there could be about a 2 percent decrease in the size of the new buildings. The previous levy also would have covered the cost of buying property to build on. The district bought the needed land with permanent improvement funds in December.

MORE: The Courier

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald in Findlay

7/10/14    2:30 p.m.

Democratic candidate for governor Ed Fitzgerald spent his 46th birthday on the road today, one of those stops being in Findlay.

Fitzgerald said the lessons he learned as a special agent for the FBI, prosectuor, city councilman and mayor will be applicable on a larger scale as governor.

Audio: Ed Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald worked in Cuyahoga County during 2008 when the government fell to scandal. He said it was an opportunity to hit the reset button and do a complete overhaul, which he said is needed at the state level.

Fitzgerald said he agrees with Kasich in that too much is spent on local governement, but efficiency needs to be the key to lowering spending, not cutting the budget by 50 percent.

Audio: Ed Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald said taking money from local governments takes power from them, and a stronger local government is a priority for him.

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Findlay Murder Suspect Enters Insanity Plea

7/10/14 – 12:45 P.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son appeared in court today. The Courier reports 25-year-old Jerrod Hartman changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorney says the plea change concerns Hartman’s criminal responsibility, not his ability to stand trial.

Court papers filed this week say Hartman suffers from a condition that causes him to have outbursts in his sleep. He’ll undergo a court-ordered evaluation before his January 20 trial.

44-day-old James Hartman was found dead in a home at 321 Third Street in Findlay on October 28. The coroner report said the child died from blunt trauma.

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City Mission Closer To Breaking Ground On Expansion Project

The City Mission expansion in Findlay is closer to reality. Officials for the organization spoke with the Findlay City Planning Commission today about some changes to the plan. Executive Director Phil Arnold says they’re getting closer to their building campaign goal…

Audio: Phil Arnold

Arnold says they’ll have more dorms for the area’s homeless population once the expansion is finished…

Audio: Phil Arnold

In addtion to more living area, the dining room and areas for job education will also be expanded.

If all goes according to plan, groud will be broken in March of 2015.

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Rowmark To Build New Facility In Findlay

7/10/14 – 12:05 P.M.

Another business is expanding its operations in Findlay. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved Rowmark’s plans to build a 78,000 square foot facility in the Tall Timbers Industrial Park. Rowmark CFO Kurt Ohlrich says the new building will give two of the company’s product lines room to grow…

Audio: Kurt Olrich

Ohlrich says they plan on being in the building next year…

Audio: Kurt Olrich

Olrich adds Rowmark is working with the state on some development items.

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Hardin County Teen Accused Of Hitting Deputy In The Face

7/10/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A teenager could be in trouble with the law in Hardin County after he allegedly hit a deputy in the face. reports a deputy was dispatched to Mt. Victory Tuesday morning after getting a report a man fell while trying to use a ladder to get on top of a semi.

The 15-year-old allegedly hit the deputy in the face twice, causing minor injuries.

The case remains under investigation. So far no charges have been filed.


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