Review Category : Local News

Bluffton Council Fills Empty Seat

2/2/16 – 8:12 A.M.

Bluffton village council has filled a vacant seat. The Courier reports Ralph Miller was picked to fill the open position during Monday’s council meeting. The seat was left open by Judy Augsburger when she was elected mayor last fall.

Deb Weihrauch, David Steiner, Jerry Cupples, Terry Hunt, Don Burris and Evan Skilliter also interviewed for the position.

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Lane Restrictions On I-75 Near Beaverdam

2/2/16 – 7:41 A.M.

You might see some delays on I-75 if you’re headed south today or Thursday. ODOT reports one lane of southbound 75 south of Beaverdam will be closed for bridge deck repair. The work will take place until around 2:30 p.m. both days.

Crews will also be working in the northbound lanes in that area today as well. One lane will be closed while crews grind pavement to give the interstate more traction near the State Route 696 / U.S. 30 interchange.  Similar work will take place Thursday on the southbound lanes.

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Wood County Rapist To Be Resentenced

2/2/16 – 7:27 A.M.

A Wood County man convicted on rape and gross sexual imposition charges will be resentenced. However, The Sentinel-Tribune reports the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals reaffirmed the conviction of 54-year-old Kenneth Pultz of Jerry City last week. Pultz is currently serving two consecutive life sentences for crimes involving a juvenile girl.

The appeals court agreed with the defense on the subject of consecutive sentences. The ruling said, “having failed to conduct the statutory analysis and make all the required findings to impose consecutive sentences, the trial court’s judgement is contrary to law.”

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Carey Council Talks About Sidewalks Near New School

2/2/16 – 7:17 A.M.

While construction continues on the new Carey school building, administrators are focusing on how students will get to the building. The Courier reports sidewalks were addressed during a Monday village council meeting. The school will install sidewalks to the edge of its property, but that leaves a 400-500 foot gap leading to the school on the east side of Glenn Avenue.

Council is in favor of installing a sidewalk before the school opens in the fall. The village is getting cost estimates for the work according to public works superintendent Brian Spencer. A “Safe Route to School” grant could be available to help pay for the work. Applications for funding are due by March 4.

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Arlington Fire Department Makes Technology Upgrades

2/2/16 – 6:58 A.M.

A couple of simple, yet high tech upgrades will help the Arlington Fire Department fight fires. The Courier reports chief Al Latta told village council about the updates during a Monday council meeting.

Firefighters can now use an app on their smartphones to show if they are responding to a call or not. Their responses will be shown on a TV screen at the fire hall. Latta says that will help him know if they’ll need to call in mutual aid or not.

Tablets have also been installed in the village’s fire trucks. The devices can be used to find the best route to a fire, and to find nearby hydrants.

The cost of the equipment is around $1,200. State grants are being used to pay for part of the upgrades.

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Three Injured In Crash Near Upper Sandusky

2/2/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Three people were hurt when a pickup truck and an SUV collided near Upper Sandusky Monday night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened at the intersection of County roads 62 and 113 around 6:15 p.m.

16-year-old Kylie Troxel was driving a pickup truck east on Road 62 when she failed to yield for a southbound SUV driven by 44-year-old Tami Barnett. The collision caused Barnett’s Chevy Equinox to roll over. Barnett and a passenger, 26-year-old Nicole Gault of Findlay, were taken to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter. Troxel was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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Two Injured In State Route 12 Crash

2/2/16 – 5:07 A.M.

A two-car crash east of Findlay injured two people Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 212 just before 3:30 p.m.

70-year-old Alma Goshe of Fostoria was driving north on Road 212 when she reportedly didn’t yield at a stop sign, and hit an eastbound car driven by 26-year-old Amber Allgire of Fostoria. Allgire was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Goshe was treated at the scene of the crash.

The collision remains under investigation.

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Fostoria Shooting Victims Identified

2/2/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Authorities have identified the two victims of a weekend shooting in Fostoria. The Courier reports 36-year-old Lashelle Norman and her daughter, 17-year-old Alexia Johnson, remain in intensive care in a Toledo hospital. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said the women are, “very fortunate to be alive” during a Monday press conference.

Norman was shot in the chest, while JohnsonNorman was shot in the leg. Loreno said investigators are waiting for medical reports to confirm the number of times the victims were shot. He added they would both have to undergo extensive surgery to treat their injuries.

In the meantime 34-year-old Terrence Williamson of Toledo is being held in the Wood County jail in connection to the attack. He’s been charged with attempted murder. He was out of jail on bond for an assault charge. Williamson is accused of attacking Norman, his ex-girlfriend, last October. He is scheduled to have a trial in that case on February 25.

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Cold Case Murder Suspect Will Be Retried

2/2/16 – 4:24 A.M.

Russell Adkins will go on trial again for the nearly 34-year-old murder of a young Wood County mother. Prosecutors told a judge yesterday they’ll retry Adkins for murder in Dana Rosendale’s death, saying the victim’s family deserves justice. Adkins is accused of beating Rosendale to death in 1982 and dumping her body. He claims Rosendale fell out of his moving car.

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The Impact Of Crude Oil Prices On The Cost Of Gasoline

2/1/2016 – 5:26 pm

The low gas prices have been welcomed by drivers all across the country, but are other industries affected by the change? Industry Analyst JoAnn Shore says that oil starts out at crude oil which is then refined into gasoline and other products. When the prices of crude oil changes, the costs of refining crude oil also change.

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Shore says that refineries generate profit from gas prices as well, so the cost of doing business falls between the cost of crude oil and product prices. However, the price at the pump was slower to come down than the price of crude oil due to demand.

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Shore says that as more people were driving and buying gas, the price at the pump was driven by consumer demand. The price of crude oil is set by the world market, and Shore says that at the moment refineries are operating ok with the low prices, however, that could change depending on the cost of crude oil.

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Shore said that four refineries operate currently in the State of Ohio, including one in the City of Lima. Altogether, these refineries employ just under 50,000 people.

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