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Hancock County Agrees to Three-Year Contract for Corrections Officers

09/16/14  3:50 p.m. After months of negotiations, Hancock County and the union representing corrections officers have come to a new contract agreement. The three-year contract gives the officers pay raises, but also increases their insurance premiums. The contract expired March 7, 2014 and officers have been working without a contract since then. The union and administrators then began negotiating wages and benefits. Lt. Ryan Kidwell, jail administrator said officers with more than one year of service will receive a five percent pay raise this year, from $18.05 to $19.65 an hour. That rate will increase another 1.25 percent in the second year of the new contracts to $19.90 and in the third year to $20.15. Starting pay for new officers will stay the same, beginning at $17.87 for the first two years. In the third year of the contract, a new officer and an officer with 120 days of experience will all receive a 1.25 percent raise. Starting pay will also increase in the third year to $18.09 an hour. An officer with…

No Activity During Pretrial Hearing For Former Riverdale Teacher

9/16/14 – 11:04 A.M. A scheduled pretrial hearing for the former Riverdale teacher charged with child endangerment yielded no courtroom action today. Barb Williams met privately with her lawyers. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn reports around 20 people were on hand to support Williams. The former kindergarten teacher was seen on a school security video pushing a 6-year-old student in May. Williams resigned from her position following the incident. Her trial is set to begin Dec. 15. by

Hancock County Given Auditor Of State Award (Again)

9/16/14 – 10:55 A.M. The Hancock County Auditor’s Office is getting high praise again. For the fourth year in a row the department has been given the Auditor of State Award with distinction… Audio: Charity Rauschenberg Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says it’s an impressive feat. Rauschenberg says that’s because it accounts not just for the handling of local tax dollars, but also the extra regulations that come with handling grant money… Audio: Charity Rauschenberg State Auditor Dave Yost presented the award to the county on Monday. by

Fostoria Schools Showing Improvement

9/16/14 – 5:21 A.M. The Fostoria School District appears to be moving in the right direction. The Courier reports the school board was given an overview of the district’s report card during a Monday meeting. Superintendent Andrew Sprang says the school system earned a C on its Performance Index Score, up from an F last year. The district also moved from an F to a C for its graduation rate. That number is up to 86.1 percent, four points higher than the state average. Sprang says the Intermediate Elementary School earned A’s in overall math and reading, and gifted students value added progress. The district still received an F for meeting six of 24 performance indicators. Sprang says there’s obviously room to improve, but pieces of the report card are moving in the right direction. MORE: The Courier by

Part Of East Sandusky Street Closed This Week In Findlay

9/16/14 – 5:09 A.M. Part of a busy downtown Findlay Street will close today for waterline work. The city’s engineering department says eastbound Sandusky will close between Main and East Streets. The westbound lane will remain open. Work on the project is expected to continue through the week. View Part of East Sandusky Closed This Week in a larger map by

Fiery Crash Destroys Injures Five In Dunkirk

9/16/14 – 5:03 A.M. A fiery crash closed U.S. 68 in Hardin County for around three hours Monday. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81. Preliminary details in the crash show that three cars were involved. The blaze left the convenience store intact, but completely destroyed the gas pumps. Five people were injured. Two of them were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment. The other three people were treated and released at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton. No other details were available. View Fiery Crash Injures Five In Dunkirk in a larger map by

Flood Insurance Probation Threat No Longer An Issue In Findlay

9/16/14 – 4:50 A.M. Findlay is no longer under any risk of being put on probation by the National Flood Insurance Program. The Courier reports city officials have cleared up more than 100 issues raised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter from FEMA sent to the city in April warned that probation was possible if certain documents weren’t updated. Probation would have meant an extra $50 charge to each flood insurance premium in the city. Service-Safety Manager Paul Schmelzer says the warning letter from FEMA was protocol. He added that the agency never intended to give the impression that probation was imminent for Findlay. MORE: The Courier by

Red Cross Offering Local Coffee House Programs for Emergency Planning

09/15/14  4:30 p.m. When it comes to a disaster or emergency situation, executive director of the Hancock County Red Cross Todd James says it’s all about being as prepared as possible. Audio: Todd James James said to be prepared there are three steps: have an emergency kit, have an emergency plan and stay informed. To help area residents, the Red Cross has planned three coffee house meet-ups. The programs will feature an hour-long presentation as well as the supplies needed to create kits and plans. Sept. 23 @ 5 p.m. Becca House Coffee in Upper Sandusky (128 S Sandusky Ave.) Sept. 24 @ 6 p.m. Coffee Amici in Findlay (328 S Maint St.) Sept. 26 @ 5 p.m. Bailiwicks Coffee Company in Tiffin (62 S Washington St.) by

Weiker Sentenced to Life in Prison for Role in May Fire that Killed Two

09/15/14   3:00 p.m. Shey Weiker has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in a Poplar Street fire that killed two people on Memorial Day. 31-year-old Weiker appeared for the plea hearing Monday morning in Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Her jury trial had been set to begin in October. She was found guilty on all four counts she was facing: aggravated arson; aggravated murder; murder; and attempted murder. She is eligible for parole after serving 25 years of her sentence. Weiker and 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer, along with 20-year-old Timothy Hall were indicted on charges stemming from the Memorial Day blaze that took the lives of Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Lynn Vance and injured Dana Weatherall. Weiker and Schaeffer each entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, but both were found competent to stand trial. Schaeffer and Hall’s trials are both scheduled to begin Oct. 27. by

Findlay Association for University Women Kicking Off Membership Drive

09/15/14   2:55 p.m. The American Association for University Women strives to enhance opportunities for women through higher education. The Findlay branch of the AAUW is seeking more members to help achieve that goal. Audio: Gillian Holzhauser-Graber Gillian Holzhauser-Graber (Gray-ber), president of the Findlay AAUW branch, said the goal for the branch is to increase its 30 members to 50. For women, issues like college education, gender pay gaps and more are defining issues. The AAUW is an organization created to be an advocate for women across the country. Audio: Gillian Holzhauser-Graber Holzhauser-Graber said AAUW helps women through scholarship, continuing education and any other educational opportunities. The association will kick-off its membership drive tonight at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Dining Room at the University of Findlay. Membership is open to both women and men, who hold a degree above high school level as well as university students. by

Gas Prices Down Again To Start The Week

9/15/14 – 5:15 A.M. Gas prices are down as we start another work week. reports the average price around the state for a gallon of regular is $3.30. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday, and 14 cents from August 15. In Findlay drivers were reporting prices around $3.34 a gallon early this morning. Ottawa prices were around 10 cents cheaper. by

ADAMHS Seeking Nominations For Awards

9/15/14 – 5:06 A.M. The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is accepting nominations for its annual VIP Awards. The organization is looking for individuals and groups who best represent the mission, of ADAMHS. Nominations will be taken until October 31. There are three categories for nominations; volunteer, involvement, and professional. For more information go to by

Food Violations Found At BGSU’s Doyt Perry Stadium

9/15/14 – 5:00 A.M. Health code violations are threatening to shut down concessions at BGSU’s Doyt Perry Stadium. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a health inspector found 11 critical violations during a recent home football game. The newspaper says there have been sanitation concerns for several years now. Sodexo met with Wood County health officials last year to outline a plan to address the problems. A spokesman told the Associated Press the company is taking the complaints seriously and will work with the university to address the problems. by

Overnight Construction Will Change I-75 Traffic Pattern In Findlay

9/15/14 – 4:51 A.M. Overnight construction work will change traffic patterns on I-75 for the next three days. Starting tonight, traffic near the U.S. 224 bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction, and diverted up and down the interchange ramps. The traffic change will allow steel beams to be set for the new bridge. The work should last through Wednesday. The bridge construction is expected to wrap up this fall. by

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Gets Traffic Safety Grant

9/15/14 – 4:42 A.M. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant worth more than $34,600. A release from the office says the money came from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and will be applied to fiscal year 2015. The grant will help with traffic safety enforcement in the county. Area of focus will include impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and youthful drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the money to the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for distribution. by

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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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Three Teenagers Arrested in Connection To Fostoria Murder

Garrett Brown

5/23/14 – 5:02 A.M.
Updated – 7:31 A.M.

Three teenagers have been charged in connection to the death of a Fostoria woman. 17-year-old Garrett Brown, 18-year-old Tyson Ogg, and 19-year-old Dallas Salaz were all arrested Thursday afternoon. The teens are the primary suspects in the shooting death of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio Wednesday night.

Mauricio was shot during a break-in at her home on East Culbertson Street. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the suspects knew Mauricio. They also knew 19-year-old Caleb Barto, who was also assaulted in the attack.

Loreno says Brown and Ogg are facing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Salaz has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Brown will appear in the Seneca Juvenile Court. The other two suspects will be arraigned in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court before being transferred to Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

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More Findlay Roads Added On Google Streetview

We hope you had your yard maintained last fall. Google Streetview updated its maps of Findlay last September. The mapping service took pictures along a much bigger area of Findlay streets. It appears to be the first update to Findlay roads since 2009.

Streetview gives a first person view of roadways. Previously it had only catalogued the Findlay roads that saw heavier traffic. Nearly every neighborhood in and around Findlay is on display now.

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