Review Category : Local News

Kalida Traffic Stop Ends In Two Drug Arrests

10/18/16 – 4:40 A.M.

Two people face drug charges after a traffic stop on Saturday in Putnam County. The sheriff’s K-9 unit was called in to perform a free air sniff. The dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found thousands of dollars in various drugs, meth lab supplies, a large sum of cash, and a loaded firearm. 30-year-old Rene Valdez and 20-year-old Dakota Valdez have been charged with possession of cocaine. Bond for Rene is set at $150,000. Dakota’s bond is set at $100,000.

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This Week Is National Teen Driving Safety Week

10/17/16 – 4:14 P.M.

It is National Teen Driving Safety Week and the State Highway Patrol is taking part. Findlay Post Commander Matt Crow says that teen drivers are in accidents due to inexperience but there are ways to get better.

Gaining Experience

He went on to add that 15% of all crashes in Ohio involved young drivers aged 15-19. Crow said that the young drivers are often at fault.

Accident Fault

State troopers will keep an extra eye out for young drivers that drive recklessly through to October 22nd. Crow said they always want to help young drivers before there is an accident.

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Grief Presentation Tonight At Blanchard Valley Hospital

10/17/16 – 1:00 P.M.

You can learn a little bit more about grief tonight at the Myths and Misconceptions of Grief Presentation. Bridge Bereavement Services is offering the presentation in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital. They will help to dispel the many myths and misconceptions of grief such as “grief gets better the second year”. The presentation is tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. It is part of a 9-month educational series that explains how to deal with the loss of a loved one.

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Spirit Rock At BGSU Vandalized With Racial Slur

10/17/16 – 5:41 A.M.

Bowling Green State University officials are investigating a racial vandalism incident on campus. The Sentinel-Tribune reports someone spray-painted a slur on the spirit rock near Kreischer Quad. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said the graffiti was quickly removed.

A statement from Mazey said, “This type of hate speech will NOT be tolerated at BGSU.”

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Local Gas Prices Down From Last Week

10/17/16 – 5:36 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.14 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly the same as they were a month ago.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.09 per gallon today. That’s a 15 cent drop over the last seven days.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.15, a 13 cent decrease from last Monday.

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Fire Damages Two Fostoria Homes

10/17/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A fire damaged two Fostoria homes Sunday afternoon. The Review-Times reports the fire broke out at 238 East Crock Street around 4:45 p.m. The blaze also damaged a home at 239 East Crocker Street.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office will meet with firefighters to help with the investigation today.

No one was home when the fire started. Firefighters were able to save several pets from the house.

MORE: Review-Times

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Columbus Grove Officials Want Speed Limit Reduced On Route 65

10/17/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Officials in Columbus Grove want the speed limit on State Route 65 lowered. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Village Administrator Jeff Vance recently asked ODOT to lower the limit to 40 miles-per-hour through town. Vance said ODOT responded by saying they could lower the limit to 45, but not 40. Police Chief Nick Gilgenbach said that would work.

Both Vance and Gilgenbach said an increased number of businesses on the edges of town make it necessary to reduce the speed limit through the village.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Work On Route 12 In Eastern Hancock County Wrapping Up

10/17/16 – 5:07 A.M.

ODOT crews continue to work around Hancock County this week. I-75 remains reduced to one lane in both directions between State Route 235 and the Hancock County Road 60 overpass. The project should wrap up by late this month. The work has caused several delays over the past couple of months, so be sure to check our live traffic map if you drive that direction.

Elsewhere, crews finished the resurfacing of State Route 12 through Arcadia last week. They’ll install rumble strips and pavement reflectors this week.

Part of eastbound State Route 12 remains closed during working hours this week. Crews are installing a storm sewer line in that area.

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Owens Community College Food Pantry Drawing A Crowd

10/17/16 – 4:56 A.M.

The food pantry at Owens Community College in Findlay is getting a good response. Angie McGinnis is the office manager for the office of advising and tells the Courier nearly 50 people used the service on October 4. The pantry is open to students the first and third Tuesday of every month. The pantry will be open tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Education Center on campus.

McGinnis tells the newspaper she wants to have a more permanent location for the pantry in the future. It currently operates out of a conference room. McGinnis says the Toledo campus has a setup that looks more like a store. She’s also working to get a freezer and refrigerator for the pantry.

McGinnis says the pantry is a big benefit for students. She adds, “Even if it saves them $20 or $30 at the grocery store, they can use it for gas. We want to try to fill the gap if they are missing out on possible income if they’re going to school.” said.

MORE: The Courier

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Horses Killed In One Vehicle Accident On Ohio 18

10/14/16 – 12:17 P.M.

Ohio State Patrol’s Findlay Post is investigating a one-vehicle accident that killed two horses. The Courier reports that Kietha Stutzman of Michigan was driving a truck and trailer east on Ohio 18 when she went into the median. Police say that she overcorrected and went off the right side of the road. When she returned to the road the trailer carrying the horses overturned. The horses were thrown from the trailer and local vets had to put them down due to their injuries. Stutzman was not injured in the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

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