Review Category : Local News

One Injured In Wednesday Crash Near McComb

6/18/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A semi overturned near McComb Wednesday morning, leading to a diesel spill. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 613 near County Road 139 around 11:45 a.m.

54-year-old Ronald Dillinger of Arcadia was driving west on Route 613 when he lost control of the truck, causing the semi to roll onto its side. Dillinger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The road was closed for around 90 minutes while the spill was cleaned up. The accident remains under investigation.

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Findlay Murder Suspect Ordered To Have No Contact With Newborn

6/18/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son has been ordered to stay away from his wife’s newborn baby. Court records show that during a hearing last week, 26-year-old Jerrod Hartman was instructed to have no contact with Cierra Hartman’s child. Jerrod and Cierra took out a marriage license in April.

Hartman is charged with murder following the death of James Hartman in October of 2013. James Hartman was just six weeks old.

Jerrod Hartman remains free on a $250,000 bond. He’s scheduled to go on trial in late July.

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Sink’s Flower Shop Arsonist Sentenced

6/18/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A Findlay man was sentenced Wednesday for starting the fire that destroyed Sink’s Flower Shop last summer. The Courier reports 20-year-old Bryant Smith will spend six years in prison.

Smith did not offer a motive for the fire. He had worked at the florist when he was a teenager, but the owner of the business said there was no ill will between them. Smith did say he was under the influence at the time of the arson.

The blaze also damaged two nearby homes. Smith will be forced to pay restitution and the insurance company for Sink’s could file separate claims.

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Blanchard River Slowly Receding

6/18/15 – 5:01 A.M.

River levels have been falling, but the Blanchard is still running high in the area. In Findlay the river remains in the moderate flood stage. At last check it was at just over 12.1 feet, and actually rose slightly late Wednesday night. However the National Weather Service is still calling for the water to drop below flood stage this afternoon.

At its current level, the Blanchard is impacting River Street and Apple Alley on the west side of Findlay, Blanchard Street between Sandusky and Main Cross, and several streets south of Clinton Court near Riverside Park.

Downstream in Ottawa the river crested Wednesday morning at just over 25.8 feet. The water hasn’t dropped much since then as it was a little over 25.2 feet at last check. The Blanchard is expected to fall below flood stage tomorrow morning. High water is an issue on Ottawa’s south side at the current river level.

One of the rivers causing heavy flooding in the Putnam County village of Kalida is falling. The Auglaize River is still in the moderate flood stage at 18.1 feet, but is down from the crest of 18.8 feet. It should drop below flood stage early tomorrow morning.

The other river causing issues in Kalida is the Ottawa River. It’s monitored in Lima and has dropped from 21.1 feet Tuesday afternoon to 14.5 this morning.

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Owens Plans Tuition Freeze

6/18/15 – 4:20 A.M.

Owens Community College students could be getting a break from rising tuition costs this fall. School officials are planning to freeze tuition for students who pledge to take 15 credit hours per semester for up to three years. The “Take 15” tuition guarantee is designed to help students graduate on time and start their careers sooner.

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Riverside Wine Festival Moved to The Cube This Saturday

06/17/15     6:30 p.m.

With the potential for rainy weather and flooding, the Arts Partnership of Findlay has moved its event this weekend.

Riverside Wine Festival will be moved from Riverside Park to The Cube parking lot at 3430 North Main Street.

The event will continue as planned at the new location from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Refunds will not be offered.

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Captain Joshua Eberle Named Findlay’s New Fire Chief

06/17/15     4:55 p.m.
Josh Eberle (1)Findlay Fire Captain Joshua Eberle has been named the new Fire Chief.

38-year-old Eberle has more than 15 years experience in fire service and has been a captain since 2010. During that time, he has served as fire training co-coordinator and fire instructor to implement individual training courses and develop classes and training programs for the Fire Department. Eberle is also an assistant instructor for the All Hazards Training Center at the University of Findlay.

Eberle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University. He is a board member for the non-profit organization the Fire Relief Foundation. He has assisted in the development and implementation of Local 381 smoke detector program and campaign, worked with grant applications for self-contained breathing apparatus replacement and turnout gear extractor, and developed a confined-space entry and safety checklist for the Findlay Fire Department.

“Captain Eberle is extremely passionate and driven about the fire service and the department as a whole,” said Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, who was on the interview panel for the chief position. “He has an incredible opportunity to lead Findlay Fire in a manner that best utilizes the talents of the firefighters we have on staff. I am thankful for his dedication and willingness to accept this leadership role and look forward to great things from him as Chief.”

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Kalida Seeing Major Flooding, Village Roads and State Routes Closed

06/17/15     1:35 p.m.

Severe flooding has essentially shut down a Putnam County Village.

All State Routes and most village roads in Kalida are completely closed due to high water. Steve Odenweller is the acting coordinator for the Putnam County Office of Public Safety. He said the water is threatening most residences and when cars pass their wake pushes water into homes. Odenweller said if you don’t have to be on the roads in Kalida avoid driving at all costs.

Heavy rains to Kalida’s south are causing the village’s flooding. Odenweller said it’s the Ottawa River that’s backing up, which is caused by flooding with the Auglaize and Blanchard Rivers and Plum and Cranberry Creeks.

A hotline has been set up at the Kalida village offices for those who have questions or need assistance. That number is 419-532-3005. That hotline will give information on sandbags, which are available at K&L, and cleanup kits, which are available at the Putnam County Red Cross office.

Kalida Village Offices: 419-532-3005

Putnam County Red Cross: 419-523-4810

Putnam County Health Department: 419-523-5608

Road closures in Kalida:

  • All state routes
  • St. Michael’s area
  • The Square
  • Walnut Drive between State Route 115 and Road M
  • North Broad Street between State Route 115 and Northland Drive

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Findlay Woman Arrested Following Drug Bust

06/17/15     10:30 a.m.

A Findlay woman was arrested following a drug bust early Wednesday morning.

32-year-old Lydia O’Brien was charged with possession of heroin when the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at midnight at her home at 835 Liberty Street in Findlay. A search of the home found heroin, crack cocaine, hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Additional charges and arrests are expected pending laboratory results.

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