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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/29/14 – 5:25 A.M. We’re paying more to fill up the gas tank as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com 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.
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
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