Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Capital Improvement Budget Approved

1/21/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Capital improvement projects have been approved in Fostoria. The Courier reports the city will spend $139,000 on improvement projects this year. The biggest expense will be upgrading the police department’s records management system. Fostoria will spend $44,000 to buy software that allows the police to share information with other law enforcement agencies more easily.

Some of the other expenses this year will include payments on a new ambulance and three SUVs for the police department.

MORE: The Courier

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Ada Man Injured In Hancock County Crash

1/21/15 – 5:04 A.M.

An Ada man was injured in a two-car crash near Bluffton Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of State Route 235 and County Road 304 around 8:30 p.m.

22-year-old Kyle Wagner of Ada was driving south on Route 235 when he was hit by a car driven by 62-year-old Donald Coburn of Lima. Coburn was driving on Road 304 and failed to yield for a stop sign. Wagner was taken to a Lima hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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New Task Force Takes Aim At Child Abuse Cases

A new task force is working to get recognition for the services it can offer the county when it comes to work on child abuse cases. The Courier reports Susan Pneuman, the owner of The Center for Autism and Dyslexia, spoke to the county commissioners Tuesday. Pneuman said the task force plans to petition Probate and Juvenile Judge Kristen Johnson to be included in groups that take part in handling child abuse cases.

Pneuman says Judge Johnson has already agreed to serve on the new task force. She added while several agencies are on board to address cases of sexual abuse, other forms of abuse can fall through the cracks.

The group has already identified the need for a standardized document for people to use when reporting suspected child abuse cases.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay City Council Approves Funds for New Police Cars and Fire Engine

01/20/15     10:35 p.m.

Findlay City Council approved funds to buy new police vehicles and a new fire engine at tonight’s meeting.

The approved ordinance granted just under $233,500 for four police patrol cars and three detective vehicles.

Another $580,000 was approved for a new fire truck. The new truck would replace engine four, which a a 1997 pump truck.

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Findlay City Workers Get First Raise in Three Years

01/20/15     9:45 p.m.

For the first time in three years Findlay city employees will be getting a raise. At Tuesday night’s meeting, city council approved an ordinance for the three percent increase effective this pay period.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the increase will be applied to both union and non-union workers.

The same ordinance also clarified pay classifications. The change ensures employees are placed in job classifications and descriptions that match the work they are doing. Pay rates were also adjusted to the increased state minimum wage requirement of $8.10 per hour.

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Waterline Work on East Melrose Ave. May Cause Delays this Week

01/21/15     6:18 p.m.

There may be minor delays on East Melrose Avenue in Findlay over the next few days as crews install a new waterline in the area.

A release from the City of Findlay says the work will take place on East Melrose Ave. between Deer Ridge Drive and West Romick Parkway. East Melrose will remain open, but minor delays should be expected during construction times.

The construction began today and the majority of the work should be completed by the end of this week.

For more information about the project, call 419-424-7121.

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University of Findlay Sees Enrollment Increase for Spring Semester

01/20/15     5:20 p.m.

Enrollment at the University of Findlay jumped significantly for the Spring 2015 semester according to a press release from the university.

Compared to last year’s spring, this year’s numbers are up 8.3 percent, a 3.1 percent increase in undergraduate students and a 21.2 percent increase in graduate students. The international student community also saw enrollment rise from 423 a year ago to 574 his year.

Currently there are 3,876 enrolled for the spring. President Katherine Fell said she attributes the growth to faculty and staff as well as the school’s strategic goals.

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Petitions Taken Out by At Least One Person for All Findlay Council Seats

01/20/15     4:40 p.m.

The picture of what the May primary elections will look like is getting a little clearer. As of Tuesday, there are petitions taken out for all of the city council positions.

At this point, only two races are contested. Incumbent Jim Niemeyer will be running against Christina Muryn for the sixth ward city council seat. And for the three at-large council seats there are six candidates: incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker and Anne Spence. Also running for at-large seats are Jeff Wobser, Mary Harshfield and Tim Murphy.

There is also a petition taken out for Findlay mayor by Jeffery Simon. Current Mayor Lydia Mihalik will also be running for re-election.

City Auditor Jim Staschiak and municipal court Judge Jonathan Starn are also circulating petitions to run for re-election.

The deadline to file to run in the May primary is February 4.

Petitions taken out by (incumbents in bold):

Council President: Jim Slough (R)
First Ward: Melissa Kritzell (D)
Second: Randy Van Dyne (R)
Third: Ron Monday (R)
Fourth: Thomas Klein (R)
Fifth: John Harrington (R)
Sixth: Jim Niemeyer (R), Christina Muryn (R),
Seventh: Tim Watson (R)
At-Large (three available): Grant Russel (R), Tom Shindledecker (R), Anne Spence (R), Jeff Wobser (R), Mary Harshfield (D), Tim Murphy (Ind.)

Mayor: Lydia Mihalik (R), Jeffery Simon (Ind.)

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One Person Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident on South Main St. in Findlay

01/20/15     4:19 p.m.

A Findlay man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.

According to Findlay Police 50-year-old Jeffery Wittenmyer was driving in the 700 block of South Main St. when he lost control of his van and it began to spin in circles before hitting another vehicle.

Wittenmyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a head injury. No one else was injured. Wittenmyer was cited for operating a vehicle without responsible control.

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Exhumation of Infant for Murder Investigation Still Pending

01/20/15     2:454p.m.

Jerrod Hartman’s request to exhume the body of his 44-day-old son is still pending.

25-year-old Hartman is charged with the murder of his son James and is requesting a closer look at the infant’s injuries. James died Oct. 28, 2013.

Courier reporter Allison Reamer was in court for the hearing this morning. Reamer said the Lucas County Deputy Coroner Dr. Cynthia Beisser performed the autopsy on 44-day-old James Hartman and testified about the injuries during the hearing.

Audio: Allison Reamer

Judge Joseph Niemeyer will decide whether or not the body will be exhumed at a later date.

Hartman’s trial is scheduled to begin April 13. Hartman pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, citing a sleep disorder. He is currently free on $250,000 bond.

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