Review Category : Local News

Five People Hurt In Findlay Crash Saturday Afternoon

2/22/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured five people in Findlay Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of Crystal and East Melrose avenues around 1:10 p.m. 69-year-old Annette Dove was driving east on East Melrose Avenue when she ran a stop light and hit a van driven by 23-year-old Brittany Grer.

The five people taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital suffered minor injuries in the crash. Dove was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

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Fire Damages Putnam County Barn

2/22/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A barn fire in Putnam County injured two people over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the blaze broke out near Continental early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to 2154 Putnam County Road 23 to fight the flames. They remained on scene until just after 2:30 a.m.

The two who were injured were not publicly identified. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The barn suffered moderate damage.

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Brush Fire Spreads To Camper Near Vanlue

2/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Saturday’s high winds turned a brush fire into a property fire near Vanlue. Firefighters were called to 20544 State Route 568 around 6:40 p.m. The flames from the brush fire spread to a 28-foot camper according to Vanlue Fire Chief Bill Drown.

Ten firefighters responded and were on scene for around an hour-and-a-half.

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Weekend Heroin Overdose Rumors Untrue

2/22/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Chalk it up as another reason why you shouldn’t believe everything you read on social media – rumors about a rash of heroin overdoses in Findlay over the weekend turned out to be untrue. The posts in question said the police and the hospital were bracing for a “rough weekend.” It also said there were two fatal overdoses on Thursday. The Findlay Police Department reports both rumors were incorrect.

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Monday Interview – Strong Need For Foster Parents In Hancock County

2/22/2016 – 4:00 am

In Hancock County, there is a strong need for qualified foster parents. Angie Rader with the Hancock County Department of Jobs & Family Services says that the need exists because authorities try to place children in foster care as close as they can to their home communities.

Audio: Angie Rader

In placing children locally, Rader says that not only are the children not displaced from their friends, their school, and their community surroundings but given the nature of the foster parent program, with regular visits from child care workers, local placement helps to alleviate manpower issues and reduce costs for the program.

Audio: Angie Rader

So how does one become a foster parent? Rader says that they screen all candidates and there is training involved when it comes to taking on a foster child. The first place to go though would be to contact the Hancock Department of Jobs & Family Services.

Audio: Angie Rader

To begin, you can visit the services online at www.fosterlocal.org or www.hancockjfs.org. You can call the office too at 419-424-7022. You can listen to the complete interview with Angie Rader on our Soundcloud page below.

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Crawford Parking Garage Open To The Public Starting Monday

2/19/2016 – 5:16 pm

The 260-spot parking garage on Findlay’s East Crawford Street will open to the public all the time for a fee, beginning Monday. The Courier reports that parking will cost $1.00 an hour, or up to $5.00 for 24 consecutive hours.

The decision to convert the garage was made after analyzing the garage’s vacancy rate, operation costs and revenue, in addition to the need for downtown parking during the day. The garage will have no assigned spaces beginning Monday, except for a special area with a separate entrance and exit.

A new automated system will take credit cards only at a walk-up or drive-out kiosk.

More: The Courier

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Bluffton University Announces Multi-Million Dollar Building Expansion

2/19/2016 – 3:54 pm

Bluffton University announced today a huge donation that will spearhead the building of a new science building in the heart of the campus. A financial gift of $4 million was made by the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation of Cincinnati and is the largest single gift in the history of the university.

Once complete, the new center will serve a new phase of STEM education for Bluffton and its students and will feature ten energy-efficient, high-tech learning labs for biology, chemistry, physics, and dietetics with a focus on hands-on learning. It will also include three classrooms designed for science instruction and fifteen faculty offices as well as public spaces and an accessible green roof.

Bluffton University has a goal to have the building open by the Fall of 2019.

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Fostoria Woman Raising Funds For Police Camera

2/19/2016 – 2:30 pm

A Fostoria resident is working to raise funds for an under-door camera for the Fostoria Police Department. Media partner WTOL reports that resident Andrea Cress is spearheading the project after her sister had locked herself in her home and had a standoff with police. Cress says that over the course of the twelve-hour standoff, officers were unable to view the inside of the home in order to determine if officers could approach her sister safely.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno called in a camera, which was in Columbus. Before it could be flown in, Cress’ sister killed herself.

The camera costs 14 thousand dollars and Cress has started a Go Fund Me campaign to purchase an under-door camera for the Fostoria Police Department. Thus far the campaign has raised around five thousand. If you would like more information about the campaign or would like to donate, you can visit their Go Fund Me page.

More: WTOL

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18-Year-Old Marion Man Charged After Impersonating State Senator At Mohawk High School

2/19/2016 – 12:06 pm

An 18-year-old Marion man has been charged after he was caught impersonating a local senator. The Courier reports Izaha Akins falsely claimed he was appointed as a senator after the current senator, Republican Dave Burke had resigned due to health reasons.

Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel said this office was contacted by an “aide” to Akins to provide security for a talk at Mohawk High School due to what was claimed as the controversial nature of his appointment.

Audio: Sheriff Mike Hetzel

Akins was arrested in Marion on February 10th and charged with one count of telecommunications fraud, one count of impersonation of a peace officer which includes government officials. Sheriff Hetzel said that it is quite a bizarre case in that Akins has a history of portraying himself as government officials.

Audio: Sheriff Mike Hetzel

Akins was arraigned the day after his arrest and released on his own recognizance. He was also appointed an attorney.

More: The Courier

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Findlay Woman Found Unconscious In Yard

2/19/16 – 6:58 A.M.

A Findlay woman was hospitalized after she was found lying unconscious in a yard in the 100 block of Tioga Avenue on the city’s north side Thursday. Police officers were called to the area around 7:43 a.m. when a resident in the neighborhood found the woman. Emergency responders performed chest compressions at the scene, and then took the woman to Blanchard Valley Medical Center for treatment.

It’s not known how long the woman was lying in the yard, though frost was forming on her purse. Investigators don’t believe she was attacked because she showed no signs of physical trauma. Toxicology results are pending.

The woman has not been publicly identified.

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