4/15/14 – 10:19 A.M. A Findlay native has been honored for his work on stage in England. Broadway.com reports Gavin Creel won the 2014 Best Actor in a Musical Award at London’s Oliver Awards for his portrayal of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. Creel has a Tony nomination on his resume as well for his work in the musical Hair. MORE: Broadway.com
4/15/14 – 9:31 A.M. Work crews removed 191 logjams from the Blanchard River last year. That’s according to a report from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. The agency provided the numbers to a joint session of the Hancock County Ag Committee Roundtable and the Farm Bureau. Of the logjams removed, five blocked two-thirds or more of the river. Ten of the jams blocked between one-third to two-thirds of the river. The bulk of the work saw the removal of blockages caused by one-to-three downed trees. The district’s report also said the ongoing clearing approved by a joint board of county commissioners should be complete by next April.
4/15/14 – 7:41 A.M. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and her husband Drew are expecting their third child late this summer. The due date is September 5. The Mihaliks have an eight-year-old son, J.J., and a six-year-old daughter, Libby.
4/15/14 – 7:37 A.M. Authorities in Indiana have arrested a Tiffin man, accusing him of threatening two women. Media reports from Warsaw, Indiana say the trouble started last month. On March 17, 39-year-old Eugene Sleezer called a hospital in the city to get his deceased mother’s medical records. When an employee told him he needed his mother’s birth certificate, Sleezer allegedly threatened the woman. Police reports say he told the woman he would “get her” and “knock her teeth down her throat.” Further investigation found he threatened another woman in the city. The second victim was the girlfriend of Sleezer’s mother’s next of kin. Sleezer is charged with two counts of intimidation. MORE: Stacey Page Online
4/15/14 – 6:35 A.M. The Fostoria school district will sell one of their buildings to a church. The school board approved selling the Holmes Elementary Building to Fostoria Foursquare Church for $30,000. The building sits at 500 Parkway Drive. The board had put the property up for auction, but there were no bids.
4/15/14 – 5:29 A.M. The majority of Carey junior high and high school students will be drug tested next year. The Courier reports the school board approved a contract with a Perrysburg firm to conduct the tests. A committee will put together the specifics of the testing policy before the board votes on the rules. The rough draft of the program calls for any Carey students involved in sports or other extracurricular activities to be drug tested. Students who request parking passes would also be subject to the program. The school estimates that covers 90 to 95% of the student population. Failed test could mean counseling and rehab. There would also be consequences for a failed test. Those measures have not been determined yet. MORE: The Courier
4/15/14 – 5:17 A.M. McComb officials will tackle a backed up drainage issue. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council last night that they’ll use a camera to see if there is a blockage around Cherry Street. The Courier reports officials will also get estimates for installing a larger line in that area. The village may also look into a waterline issue near Panther Parkway. MORE: The Courier
4/15/14 – 5:10 A.M. The Republican candidates for Hancock County Commissioners squared off in a forum Monday. The incumbent Phil Riegle and the challenger Steve Oman talked about economic development, the health department, and of course – flood mitigation. Riegle said as frustrating as staying the course with the Army Corps of Engineers is, it’s the only option we have if we want to reduce flooding in Hancock County… Audio: Phil Riegle Oman said he believed the county wasn’t seeing any return on its investments for what was spent on Army Corps studies… Audio: Steve Oman On the topic of merging the county and city health departments, challenger Steve Oman said he’s in favor of it as long as it’s the right deal for the county… Audio: Steve Oman The incumbent Phil Riegle said he’s been on the committee that’s been working on the current round of discussions, and that they are closer than ever to getting a merger done… Audio: Phil Riegle You can listen to the full forum by clicking here.
Listen to Doug Jenkins, WFIN News Director, as he moderates a forum from The University of Findlay with Republican candidates, Phillip Riegle and Steve Oman, for Hancock County Commissioner. This primary election is hotly contested as both candidates differ, especially on Blanchard River flood mitigation.
4/14/14 – 7:43 A.M. A weekend shooting took the life of a Lima man. The Allen County Sheriff’s office reports the incident happened just before 4 a.m. Saturday. 19-year-old Marcus Simpson Jr. was shot at the H&R Lounge on the city’s south side. EMS crews took him to a Lima hospital where he was pronounced dead. 21-year-old Devontae Williams was also shot. He’s being treated for his injuries at St. Rita’s Medical Center. The shooting remains under investigation.
4/14/14 – 7:16 A.M. The Hancock County Landfill will close at 8 a.m. High winds in the area forced the closure. Normal operations will resume tomorrow.
4/14/14 – 7:13 A.M. We’re paying more to fill up the gas tank as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular unleaded is $3.66 a gallon. Last Monday we were paying $3.58 a gallon. A year ago prices were at $3.36 a gallon. In Findlay, the average price for regular was around $3.66 a gallon this morning. The average price in Fostoria was $3.59.
4/14/14 – 6:36 A.M. Three rail crossings in Columbus Grove are set for changes. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has announced the installation of active grade crossing warning devices at the Pearl Street and Broadway Street crossings. The Maple Street crossing will be closed. CSX plans to have the changes in place by next April. The PUCO is also assisting the village with safety during the projects. Rumble strips, illumination, and improved signage could be put in place to warn drivers of the work.
4/14/14 – 5:30 A.M. Police in Fostoria arrested a Tiffin man late last week for trying to elude an officer. The Review-Times reports a deputy tried to make a routine stop in the 8000 block of State Route 18. That’s when 41-year-old Charles Amburgey pulled into the parking lot of an apartment building. Amburgey told the deputy he lived in the complex. He’s now facing charges of obstructing official business, driving under suspension, speeding, and fictitious plates. MORE: Review-Times
4/14/14 – 5:21 A.M. A Wood County man will spend 17 months in prison for a sex crime he committed two years ago. The Review-Times reports 41-year-old David Grilliot of Bradner was sentenced recently. Prosecutors had first accused Grilliot of raping an 11-year-old girl in July of 2012. A judge convicted Grilliot on a lesser felony charge. Grilliot was also ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender. MORE: Review-Times