Review Category : Local News

Lawyer Claims Conflict Of Interest In Riverdale Teacher Case

6/5/14 – 4:55 A.M.

The lawyer representing a family whose 6-year-old was pushed by a Riverdale kindergarten teacher says there is a conflict of interest in the case. The Courier reports Cleveland attorney Dan Margolis says Jim Williams is the chaplain for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also married to Barb Williams, who is charged with child endangerment.

The charge is a misdemeanor. The Nelson family wanted felony charges pressed against Williams.

Margolis says he thinks it amounts to preferential treatment. Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman tells the newspaper Jim Williams didn’t even really know the deputy who handled the investigation.

Margolis says it’s ridiculous to think that the investigators wouldn’t think of Jim Williams as one of their own no matter how small the connection.

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Arlington Swimming Pool Not Ready To Open Just Yet

6/4/14 – 8:48 A.M.

Arlington’s swimming pool isn’t quite ready for swimmers yet. Village officials say it will probably be next week before the facility opens for the summer. Some concrete work still needs to be completed and water depth marked off. Supply delays for the concrete work along with some weather issues put the upgrades behind schedule.

Once the concrete work is finished, the Hancock County Health Department will conduct an inspection.

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North Baltimore Council Discusses Abandoned Business

6/4/14 – 8:42 A.M.

A Cygnet company is interested in moving into an abandoned North Baltimore business. The Courier reports North Baltimore’s village council talked about how to handle the former Johnson Rubber Company property at their Tuesday meeting. Bates Recycling has expressed an interest in buying the site.

The former Johnson property has been up for a foreclosure sale twice, with no buyers. Council is researching the process for buying the land, and what tax and liability issues that could bring.

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Fostoria Man Accused Of Assaulting Infant

6/4/14 – 8:34 A.M.

A Fostoria man is accused of assaulting an infant. The Review-Times reports 51-year-old Michael Vain was seen shaking and kicking a stroller carrying his 3-month-old daughter. The incident happened at the West High Street Kroger location around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The child had a bruise above her right eye. She was transported to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and then to Toledo Children’s Hospital for treatment.

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Motorcycle-Deer Collision Injures Arlington Man

6/4/14 – 7:25 A.M.

A collision between a motorcycle and a deer sent an Arlington man to the hospital last night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on U.S. 68 near County Road 172 around 9:30 p.m. 49-year-old Scott Kingsley was riding northbound when he hit the animal.

Kingsley was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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USW Challenges Chinese Tire Maker Tactics

6/4/14 – 6:46 A.M.

The Union that represents Cooper Tire and Rubber workers is taking aim at Chinese tire manufacturers. The Courier reports the United Steel Workers filed petitions with the International Trade Commission and Commerce Department Tuesday. The filing claims Chinese tire makers are charging less than market value for tires in the United States. The complaint also alleges the Chinese government is giving companies export subsidies so they can afford to sell at a loss in the U.S.

The USW says practices like this can cost tire makers in the U.S. their jobs.

The Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission are both investigating. If they find the claims to be true it would be up to the Commerce Department to put tariffs in place on the Chinese tires.

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Kalida Community Members Question Wind Turbine Vote

6/4/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Members of the Kalida community took the village council to task over a recent vote about wind turbines. The Putnam County Sentinel reports people packed into the latest village council meeting to voice their concerns. At issue was a May 19 vote to deny KMI Incorporated’s request to build wind turbines on their property. A petition signed by 60 Kalida businesses was given to council to show their support for KMI.

Ron Kahle spoke on behalf of the businesses. He said he thought the turbines were a done deal, and should have showed up to support them on May 19. The newspaper reports that meeting was mostly attended by residents opposed to KMI’s plans.

Council members said the wind turbine option for KMI isn’t dead, but that a different plan may be needed to move forward with them.

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Plenty Of Findlay Streets Scheudled For Repaving This Summer

6/4/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Findlay is moving forward with a summer road repaving program. City Council held a first reading on an ordinance that would spend $1.3 million to resurface at least 16 streets at their Tuesday meeting. Earlier this year council approved spending $1.85 million of the city’s capital improvement funds on repaving efforts.

Council will have another reading of the ordinance in two weeks.

Roads scheduled for maintenance:

• Fifth Street from Amelia Avenue to Williams Street;
• Amelia Avenue from Fifth Street to Sixth Street;
• Beachmont Drive from Main Street to Fairmont Drive (including the Oakmont Drive cul-de-sac);
• Orchard Lane from Main Street to Lilac Lane (including Lilac Lane from Orchard Lane to the dead end);
• South West Street from Lima Avenue to Baldwin Avenue;
• Locust Street from Main Street to South West Street;
• Defiance Avenue from Main Street to Howard Street;
• Franklin Avenue from Defiance Avenue to Howard Street;
• Cynthia Court from Glenwood Street to the cul-de-sac;
• Brenda Court from Parkside Place to Bernard Avenue;
• Parkside Place from Bernard Avenue to Markle Street;
• Bernard Avenue from Vincent Street to Parkside Place;
• Glessner Avenue from West Sandusky Street to East Main Cross Street;
• Putnam Street from Glessner Avenue to Winthrop Drive;
• Hillcrest Avenue from Northgate Boulevard east;
• Bitterbrush Lane from Fox Fire Lane north.
Alternate routes, if money and time allow, will include Old Mill Road from Windsor Place to the cul-de-sac, Hillcrest Avenue east to Main Street, and Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street north to Beecher Street south.

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Trio Accused In Fatal Fostoria Fire Make Court Appearances

6/4/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A court hearing for the suspects accused of setting a fatal fire in Fostoria shed more light on what may have led up to the incident. The Courier reports Fostoria Police Detective Shilo Frankart testified in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Tuesday. He said 31-year-old Shey Weiker threw a lit railroad flare into a home at 614 South Poplar Street because she believed the owner of the house had raped her son. 48-year-old Danny Marker Jr. was killed in the fire along with 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall is still in a Toledo Hospital being treated for burns.

Frankart said police were investigating the alleged rape.

Weiker is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder. She also faces four counts of aggravated arson and one count of tampering with evidence.

Weiker and her alleged accomplices all requested their bonds be reduced, and were all denied. 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer and 20-year-old Timothy Hall are also facing charges in the case.

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Hancock County Considering Extra Signs To Direct People To Fairgrounds

6/3/14 – 10:28 A.M.

Hancock County officials are working to drive more people to the fairgrounds. Commissioner Brian Robertson says it will cost a little under $600 to place 15 additional directional signs around the county. The signs would direct people to the fairgrounds from high traffic areas to draw in people from out of town.

Robertson says the county is working with the city on the potential project. So far no funds have been committed to the extra signage.

The Hancock County Fair will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

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