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Carey Receives $1.5 mil Grant to Upgrade the City’s Electrical System

09/24/14     3:38 p.m.

The Village of Carey has received a $1.5 million grant to support local manufacturing. The United States’ Economic Development Administration announced the grant today, saying the investment will create 50 jobs and generate $18 million in private investment.

To benefit local manufacturers, the money will be put toward upgrading the city’s electrical system, which is currently at capacity. The current power substations were originally intended for residential use and have been unable to provide reliable power for Carey’s factories.

Increasing the capacity will ensure reliable power as well as allow for future industrial expansion.

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Hancock County Schools Do Well On State Report Card

9/18/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Ohio has released its latest round of school report cards, and many Hancock County schools saw improvement.

The Findlay City School District got an “A” grade for performance indicators. The district also got an “A” for working with students in the lowest 20 percent and an “A” for students with disabilities. Findlay got a “C” grade for gifted students. All of the marks are above last year’s grades.

The only other district to get an “A” on performance indicators in Hancock County was Van Buren. Arcadia, Arlington, Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Vanlue all scored “B” grades. Corey Rawson received a “C.”

Schools are graded in nine performance areas. They won’t get overall grades until 2016. We have a link to the full report cards on our website.

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Walking as Beneficial as Spending Time in the Gym

09/30/14     5:38 p.m. New diet and exercise programs come out every day, but Dr. Steve Mills, health commissioner for the city of Findlay said staying fit is a lot easier than that. Audio: Steve Mills And with three full months left in the year, there is still time to make good on you 2014 New Year’s resolutions. If that resolution was to get in shape or lose some weight, Mills said there’s no need to go buy a pricey gym membership. audio: Steve Mills According to Mills, 150 minutes of walking per week has been shown to improve heart and lung functions as well as improve stress levels, self-esteem and mood. Mills said it’s as simple as walking the dog, using the stairs, taking a walk during the lunch hour or any other activity. It doesn’t all have to be done at once, but Mills said it’s just important to be active. For diabetes awareness month in November, Mills will be holding a walking club at the Findlay Village Mall…

Fire Destroys Union Township Home

09/30/14     1:40 p.m. A house has been destroyed in a fire this morning at 4800 Union Township Road 25, south of Rawson. The fire was first reported around 11:40 a.m. A plume of thick black smoke could be seen miles from the fire. Multiple fire departments, including Rawson, Mount Cory, Union Township, Allen Township, Jenera and Blanchard Township fire departments, responded to the scene. Additional details will be posted as they are made available.

Kids In Crisis: Local Programs Help Families

9/30/14 – 5:30 A.M. Yesterday we outlined how stepped up efforts to help kids in crisis came to be. Today, we’re looking at how local families can get help. Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio and says a big part of the plan is to offer help to families at all hours of the day… Audio: Josh Ebling Ebling also says part of the Strong Families program focuses on not allowing one crisis to snowball into another… Audio: Josh Ebling Ebling says grant money from the state means more counselors can be trained to deal with these situations. As we continue our series tomorrow we’ll look at how the Strong Families plan aims to connect with kids in need of help.

Five Injured In Seneca County Crash

9/30/14 – 5:13 A.M. A Seneca County crash injured five people Monday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 around 7 p.m. 44-year-old Adhah Aljohani was driving a Dodge Durango west on Route 224 when he ran a red light and hit a semi driven by 51-year-old Ryan Phillips of Wharton. The collision caused the Durango to damage a junction box that controlled the stop light. The semi slammed into a sign for a fuel center. Aljohani and one passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. Three other passengers were taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The patrol says all the injuries were non-life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.

Two Arrested Following I-75 Drug Bust In Findlay

9/30/14 – 5:04 A.M. The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a drug bust on I-75 that was made last week. The patrol says two people were arrested last Wednesday after nearly $4,000 worth of prescription medication was found in their car. A 2012 Hyundai Accent was pulled over for speeding around 11:40 p.m. on September 23. A consent search of the car led to the discovery of 59 Oxycodone pills, 47 Alprazolam pills and 142 morphine sulfate pills. 21-year-old Devontae Russell of Roseville, Michigan; and 19-year-old Lida Rutherford of Knoxville, Tennessee are both facing charges.

“Friend” Of Fostoria Murder Victim Pleads Guilty To His Role In Her Death

9/30/14 – 4:55 A.M. A man a Fostoria murder victim once called her friend admitted his role in her death during a Monday court hearing. The Courier reports Tyson Ogg pleaded guilty to charges of complicity to aggravated burglary, complicity to aggravated robbery, and complicity to murder. He could get a sentence of 18 years to life in prison. Ogg served as the getaway driver the night 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio was shot and killed in her East Culbertson Street home in late May. On Monday, Mauricio’s parents told the media that their daughter had been friends with Ogg for years before the shooting. Mauricio and Caleb Barto, who was also attacked during the incident, had even let Ogg live with them at one point. Another suspect in the case, Dallas Salaz, has also pleaded guilty. He and Ogg will be sentenced after court proceedings for Garrett Brown are completed. Brown is accused of shooting Mauricio. MORE: The Courier

Hancock County Active Inmates Website Temporarily Deactivated

09/29/14     3:45 p.m. For the time being the active inmate page on the Hancock County Sheriff’s website is unavailable. But the change is only temporary. As of Sept. 19 a new rule says those convicted of a crime as a juvenile or are being placed under arrest on a juvenile charge may only have certain information released to the public no matter their age. This created a problem for Hancock County, which recently received three inmates in that category. Audio: Ryan Kidwell Lt. Ryan Kidwell said the active inmates page on the sheriff’s website does not allow taking those three people out of the roster, so in order to comply with the new regulations the website had to be taken down. Kidwell said the software company is working on a fix, but until then information on inmates is available on the Auto Information System by calling 419-424-7202.

Ohio’s Progress in Fight Against Domestic Violence a Benchmark for Louisiana

09/29/14     3:00 p.m. For 13 years Beth Meeks worked as the executive director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. More recently, Meeks has been the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Audio: Beth Meeks Meeks told Rotarians at this afternoon’s meeting the domestic violence homicide rate in Louisiana is three times higher than the national average. In Ohio, Meeks said things are more uniform and consequences are consistent and swift, which deters from domestic violence. Modernizing the process is the goal, according to Meeks, and she said creating a new system, like Ohio’s, and keeping it in place for a few years will hopefully significantly reduce the homicide rate. Audio: Beth Meeks Meeks said Ohio is in a better position than Louisiana as far as combatting domestic violence for a number of reasons. First being the quick consequences, but Louisiana is also behind in implementing laws from the Violence Against Women Act. For Ohioans, Meeks said this is a lesson in what…

Mount Blanchard Under Boil Advisory Until Further Notice

09/29/14     2:30 p.m. The village of Mount Blanchard is under a boil advisory until further notice. Mayor Bret Miller said the water system was depressurized for fire hydrant replacement. For more information residents can call the mayor at 419-408-7178.

Jury Selection Begins for Trial of John Saltz Accused of Raping a Child

09/29/14     11:14 a.m. Trial preparations began this morning with jury selection in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for the case of John Saltz. The 49-year-old Marion man faces a first-degree felony of rape involving a child in Findlay in 2011. The trial is expected to finish within four days.

One Injured In Weekend Crash On I-75

9/29/14 – 6:55 A.M. A one car crash injured one person on I-75 in Wood County over the weekend. The State Patrol reports the crash happened just after 6 p.m. Friday near State Route 18. 61-year-old Karen Snyder of Bowling Green was driving south when she lost control and hit a concrete median barrier and a guardrail. Snyder had to be extricated from the vehicle with the jaws of life. She was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Snyder was also cited for failure to control.

Kids In Crisis: Identifying The Problem

Children acting out violently seems like a daily occurrence with school shootings and other incidents. Director of Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities John Martin said the increase in those events inspired Ohio to make a change. AUDIO: John Martin The DODD partnered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to give the “Strong Families, Safe Communities” grant to several groups of counties to work with families who have children in crisis situations. Martin said these can be aggressive children, children who have suicidal tendencies or other challenging behaviors. The goal is to assist the families and the kids in any way possible to avoid any harm. Martin said on top of assisting the families, the grant is also educational for the state. Grantees will report back to the DODD to let them know what in their plans worked and what didn’t. Martin said with that local level information, the state can learn how to respond to these situations.

Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

9/29/14 – 5:25 A.M. We’re paying more to fill up the gas tank as we start another work week. reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.28 this morning. That’s up 10 cents from last Monday, but down from higher prices in the middle of last week. A month ago we were paying $3.35 a gallon. In Findlay, the average price was $3.28 this morning. In Ottawa, it was about a penny higher per gallon.

BGSU Investigating On Campus Robbery

9/29/14 – 5:15 A.M. Bowling Green State University students are being warned about a violent robbery on campus. The Sentinel-Tribune reports two men were attacked by a group of several men early Sunday morning in the 800 block of East Wooster Street. The suspects took an iPhone 6 from one of the victims. The group took off running when a police car approached the area. The victims were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. A little while after the incident, a police officer saw a man in the area who also ran away as he was approached. The man was described as either a white man with a dark complexion or a black man with light skin. He had a three-quarter sleeve tattoo on his right arm. MORE: Sentinel-Tribune  

Fostoria Man Sentenced For False Claims Against Police

9/29/14 – 5:08 A.M. A Fostoria man was sentenced last week for making false allegations about a police officer. The Review-Times reports Stephen Klotz was given 30 days in jail, but 27 of those days were suspended. Klotz pleaded guilty during a hearing just before his trial was set to begin last Thursday. Klotz was charged in May after he claimed police officer Brett Bethel stole marijuana from him during an arrest. MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock County Commissioners Reduce Tap-In Fee For Distribution Drive Homes

8/12/14 – 11:09 A.M.

Some Hancock County residents will pay less to tap into a new sewer line. The Hancock County Commissioners agreed today to charge residences in the Distribution Drive area $1,000 to connect to the new line. Previously the amount was set at $5,500.

Commissioner Phil Riegle explained the change…

Audio: Phil Riegle

A TIF, or Tax Incriment Financing means that the development pays for infrastructure improvements. Reigle says that because the county didn’t have to get a bond to pay for the work, the commissioners felt the break on the connection fee was fair…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The expansion of Distribution Drive was mostly paid for by Tax Increment Finance funds.

Riegle said the break only applied to five properties.

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Water Main Break Closes Olive St. in Findlay

7/29/14  7:42 a.m.

A water main break has closed Olive St. in Findlay in front of Advanced Drainage Systems.

Findlay Water Distribution Center Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Betts said crews have been working on the break since approximately 6 a.m. and are hoping to have it repaired within a few hours.

There is no word yet on what caused the break.

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Hookah Smoking on Rise in Teens, Not Recommended

7/25/14   12:20 p.m.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the 33 percent decline in teens smoking cigarettes is offset by the 123 percent rise in use of other tobacco products, one of those being hookahs.

Craig Niese, environmental health director for the City of Findlay, said despite not containing nicotine, hookahs are not recommended.

Audio: Craig Niese

Niese said because hookahs are tobacco products they fall under the state-wide indoor smoking ban and are not allowed to be used in public places. The only exception to this is hookah or tobacco stores who can apply for exemption if they sell over a certain percentage of tobacco products.

Niese said there are a few exempt stores in Findlay but whether or not they smoke hookah there is their discretion.


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Charges Against Man Accused Of Attacking Infant Daughter Dismissed

7/15/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A Fostoria man accused of assaulting his infant daughter while she sat in a stroller will not face charges. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County grand jury ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to indict 51-year-old Michael Vain on a charge of child endangerment. Vain was arrested on June 3 after witnesses said they saw him shaking and kicking a stroller while his 3-month-old daughter sat in it.

Vain’s lawyer said they waived a preliminary hearing so they could quickly find out if investigators had enough evidence for an indictment.

MORE: Review-Times

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United Way Receives Grant From Toledo for Refrigerated Truck

7/14/14   10:47 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County’s Halt Hunger Initiative received a big boost today.

The Toledo Community Foundation approved a grant from the Promedica Advisory fund for over 28 thousand dollars to help Hancock County’s United Way buy a 16-foot refrigerated truck.

The truck will be available to community organizations assisting in feeding the community’s hungry.

United Way program/grants coordinator Heather Heilman said the need for the truck comes from experience. Heilman said there have been opportunities where food is available but the United Way hasn’t been able to transport it in a timely manner.

The truck will cost over 62-thousand dollars with the remainder coming from a grant from the Marathon Classic Golf Tournament and Halt Hunger Initiative funds.

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Fire Damages Findlay Home Sunday

7/7/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a Sunday morning fire. Firefighters were called to 630 W. Sandusky Street a little after 5:30 a.m. The fire started in the back of the home and spread to the basement and two floors of the home.

No one was home when the fire started. No damage estimate was available.

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