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Ohio Secretary Of State In Putnam County This Weekend

4/21/15 – 5:33 A.M. Ohio Secretary of State John Husted will pay a visit to Putnam County this weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Husted will be the guest of the county’s Republican Central Committee. The group is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday morning. The event will be held at the Continental Conservation Club from 9 a.m. in the morning until 11 a.m. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel by

Candidate Profile: John Kovach

4/21/15 – 5:30 A.M. We continue our look at candidates running for Findlay council-at-large seats today.  John Kovach is seeking office for the first time since running for county commissioner in 2010.  He says it was the recent dust-up about the addiction recovery home that got him interested in running… Audio: John Kovach Kovach says while he believes there is room for a recovery house in Findlay, he doesn’t believe it should go in areas zoned for single family residences. On the topic of flood control, Kovach says he thinks money spent on mitigation studies could have been used differently… Audio: John Kovach Kovach says from his experience as a developer, anytime you deal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA, you’re going to spend a lot of time and money for a result you don’t like. by

Fostoria Man Dies After Lighting Home On Fire

4/21/15 – 5:25 A.M. A Fostoria man was killed in a house fire that he intentionally set. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the incident began just after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. Officers received a call about a man threatening to harm himself in a home at 528 Columbus Avenue. Officers arrived and tried to contact 52-year-old Robert Barney Sr. from outside. Eventually they made their way into the home, where Barney threatened to blow up the home. Officers smelled a flammable liquid and retreated back outside. They attempted to establish contact again, but Barney lit the house on fire. Firefighters were on standby and extinguished the blaze. When emergency responders re-entered the house Barney was found dead. An autopsy is pending. by

Putnam County Residents Upset Over Mitigation Plans

4/21/15 – 5:09 A.M. Concerns about proposed flood mitigation measures in Putnam County were discussed Monday night. The Courier reports around 70 people were on hand at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. Those in attendance are concerned a diversion channel near Ottawa and changes to the I-9 bridge will save downtown Ottawa at the expense of the rural community. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the newspaper the mitigation plans consider the entire watershed, and not just Findlay and Ottawa. He added that the proposals for both towns are complimentary, and won’t cause bigger flooding problems upstream or downstream. Those at the Ottawa meeting weren’t sold on the plan. There was also anger about the government using eminent domain to buy the land needed for diversion channels. MORE: The Courier by

LB School Distrcit Ends Legal Battle With Teacher

4/21/15 – 4:55 A.M. The long legal battle between the Liberty-Benton school district and a fired teacher is finally over. The Courier reports the LB school board has opted against challenging an appeals court ruling regarding the firing of Mark Badertscher. The board talked about the issue in executive session at last night’s meeting. Last week the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima upheld a ruling by Hancock County Common Court Pleas Judge Reginald Routson. Routson had previously ruled that the school district should reinstate Badertscher with back pay. Badertscher was fired in 2013 after a student choked out another student in Badertscher’s classroom while he was assisting other students outside of the room. The district said it was the last in a long line of issues with the teacher. However Badertscher said he had never been written-up before that incident. MORE: The Courier by

Wanted Felons Arrested During Recent Enforcement Blitz

4/20/15 – 11:43 A.M. Four wanted felons were arrested and drugs were taken off the streets as the result of a recent four-day enforcement blitz. The State Highway Patrol partnered with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to crack down on crime. A release from the state patrol says four people with felony warrants were taken into custody. One person with a misdemeanor warrant was also arrested. Drugs were also confiscated during the blitz. 114 grams of marijuana and 25 grams of hash were seized. Officers also found 41 ecstasy pills, 216 oxycodone pills, 27 Aderall pills, and 293 hydrocodone pills during the sweep. by

Army Corps Video Demonstrates Mitigation Plan In Action

4/20/15 – 11:01 A.M. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to get information about proposed flood mitigation for the Blanchard River out to the public before a Wednesday meeting. The Corps’ Buffalo office release a video on its Facebook page today that outlines how the plan would lessen a 100-year-flood… Audio: Army Corps Video The video says that the levee south of the reservoirs and an Eagle Creek diversion channel would reduce the combined flows of the Blanchard River, Eagle Creek, and Lye Creek. But there is a trade-off… Audio: Army Corps Video A meeting on the issue will take place at Findlay High School Wednesday night at 5 p.m.   The video demonstrates how flooding is reduced during a 100 year storm event, with water falling evenly across the… Posted by US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District on Sunday, April 19, 2015 by

Michigan Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Findlay

4/20/15 – 10:21 A.M. The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a drug bust made on I-75 in Findlay late last week. A car with Michigan plates was pulled over for speeding near the U.S. 224 interchange around 3:30 a.m. in the morning last Thursday. Troopers say they observed suspicious behavior and a drug-sniffing dog alerted on the car. A probable cause search warrant led to the discovery of 41 ecstasy pills. 32-year-old Anthony Whigham of Detroit was arrested. He’s been charged with possession of schedule 1 drugs. The patrol says more than $34,000 was also found in the car. by