2/12/2016 – 4:10 pm Some would say that it’s a good problem to have, and it’s likely many communities throughout Ohio would love to have to deal with it. The City of Findlay announced that this year there is a multi-million dollar budget surplus in the cities operating budget. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said that over the past several years, after coming through the economic downturn, it was difficult to provide as many city services in order to build up that surplus. Today, that surplus will be able to help offset any economic downturns from impacting local government services easily. Audio: Lydia Mihalik Mihalik cited several capital projects such as resurfacing of the Findlay Airport runway and work on railroads through the city which were paid for by grants that required a local match. Mihalik said that having those local funds ready to go helped to move both of those projects quickly. Audio: Lydia Mihalik Additionally, Mihalik says that while governments typically don’t save money well, it’s imperative that they do build…
2/12/2016 – 3:10 pm Two people were injured in a crash at the intersection of County Road 313 and State Route 235 in Union Township this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly before 7:30 am a car driven by Isabel Cwikla of Norridge Illinois failed to stop at the intersection and collided with another vehicle driven by Susan Miller of Findlay. Both were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for unspecified injuries and both vehicles sustained heavy damage. Cwikla was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
2/12/16 – 12:11 A.M. Update – 5:06 P.M. The gloves have officially come off in the Hancock County Commissioners race. In his closing statements during Wednesday night’s candidate forum, challenger John Harrington accused incumbent Brian Robertson of using false premises in listing a woman by the name of Felicia Biggs as a 51 percent owner of Manufacturing Business Development Solutions. Harrington asked if it was a ruse to gain contracts and tax breaks. AUDIO: Harrington audio from Wednesday forum Since then the candidates have taken their case to social media. Robertson responded in an email to supporters; calling the accusations “falsehoods and political posturing.” He then questioned Harrington’s record as a Realtor. According to the email, Harrington lists himself as a realtor although his name was not listed on a roster of licensed Realtors in Hancock County. Robertson also questioned Harrington’s commitment to those he represents on Findlay City Council, after Harrington called a recent committee meeting a “waste of time.” The Robertson campaign reached out to WFIN Friday afternoon and…
2/12/16 – 5:25 A.M. The investigation continues into a high-speed chase and shootout in Hardin County from last weekend. WKTN radio reports Ohio BCI&I is working to figure out if the suspect, Stephen Davis, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police or if he shot himself. The radio station has requested dash cam video of the incident, but that was denied since it remains an open investigation. Stephen Davis was found dead in his car after he crashed following a high-speed chase that started in Kenton February 6. Police officers were called that afternoon to investigate a domestic violence call. Officer Skyler Newfer was wounded by Davis during the chase. Newfer is now recovering at home. MORE: WKTN
2/12/16 – 5:14 A.M. If you look up the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative on Google, you might notice a fairly glaring error. The search giant lists the business as “permanently closed.” The Sentinel-Tribune reports company officials have tried to contact Google to fix the issue, but so far haven’t had any luck. On Tuesday the cooperative posted a message on their own website that read, “We are open! Google has reported our business in error as permanently closed.” The closed notice apparently depends on what browser you are using. Safari lists the business as open, but it is listed as closed on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. MORE: Sentinel-Tribune
2/12/16 – 5:07 A.M. Thursday would have been former Congressman Michael Oxley’s 72nd birthday. The House of Representatives honored Oxley on the floor of the House yesterday. Speakers including Steve Chabot, Bob Latta, Jim Jordan, and Pat Tiberi among others paid tribute to Oxley with what are called “special order speeches.” The speeches are usually given following the completion of legislative business for the day. Oxley passed away on January 1 of this year.
2/12/16 – 5:00 A.M. A Fostoria Police officer has been placed on leave, but the reason for the discipline remains unclear. The Review-Times reports Sgt. William Campbell is on paid leave. The newspaper reports a woman filed for a domestic violence protection order against Campbell in Perrysburg on January 28. Police Chief Keith Loreno would not say if that was the reason Campbell was put on paid leave. It’s the third time this year a Fostoria Police officer has been put on leave. Officers Justin Kiser and Cory Brian were arrested this year in separate alleged OVI incidents. MORE: Review-Times
2/12/16 – 4:46 A.M. A Columbus Grove home was severely damaged by an early morning fire. The Columbus Grove Police Department reports firefighters from two departments were called 311 North High Street just after 12:10 a.m. Police officers were first on the scene, and the owner of the home was already outside of the house when they got there. No one was injured. The fire damaged around 70 percent of the home. While the fire doesn’t appear suspicious, the Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office has been called in to investigate.