2/1/15 – 9:12 A.M. With heavy snow on the way, a few area towns are taking precautions to make sure plows can get through the streets. Officials from McComb, Arlington, and Benton Ridge are asking residents to get their cars off the streets.
01/31/15 3:35 p.m. At 2:30 this afternoon, the National Weather Service updated Findlay officials on tomorrow’s coming snow storm. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the newest predictions are a little over 12 inches of snow accumulation for the area. About 4 to 6 inches will accumulate steadily throughout the day Sunday. Precipitation will pick up around 7 p.m. to about an inch an hour. Winds are also a concern with gusts in the 30 mph range. Mihalik said though forecasters overestimated last week’s blizzard on the east coast, the NWS said there is little to no chance of overestimations this time around. In preparation, the city is asking residents to move cars off the streets if possible and be sure not to shovel or blow snow into the roadways. City snow plows will more than likely be called off around 9 p.m. Sunday for drivers to rest and be back on the streets by 4 a.m. Monday. Mihalik said travel in the city will be difficult during that time. As a result…
01/30/15 4:22 p.m. Due to the Jan. 31 deadline falling on a weekend the Hancock County auditor’s office has extended the deadline to buy or renew dog licenses until Monday. Because the auditor’s office is closed on the weekend, tags are available at satellite locations this weekend. Saturday, Sunday and Monday licenses will be sold at Pet Supplies Plus and Great Scot in Findlay. Tags are $20 through Monday. After the deadline, they will be $40. You can also buy or renew your dog’s tags online on the Hancock County auditor’s website.
01/30/15 2:45 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches for several area counties ahead of Sunday’s storm. Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot Counties have Winter Storm Watches from 1 a.m. Sunday until 12 p.m. Monday. Snow accumulation is between 8 and 10 inches, with areas of a foot or more possible. The heaviest of snow will fall during the day Sunday and is expected to end by midday Monday. Winds near 30 mph will also cause blowing and drifting snow. Allen and Putnam Counties have a Winter Storm Watch in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday until 10 p.m. Sunday, with 6 to 12 inches possible. NWS advises checking weather forecasts often as this storm has “rapidly changing weather conditions.”
01/30/15 2:35 p.m. A former Carey police officer will lose his law enforcement license after he was indicted for tampering with evidence. The Daily Chief-Union reports 47-year-old Matt Ricker was originally convicted of tampering with records and unauthorized use of a law enforcement database in September. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office amended the indictment, saying the tampering was not intended but that an evidence sticker was mismarked accidentally. Ricker’s indictment was amended in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court Wednesday. He sentence included the loss of his law enforcement license, a suspended 90-day jail sentence and a possible $750 in fines.
01/30/15 1:32 p.m. Cooper Tire has announced some changes to its executive leadership team. The president of Americas Tire Operations, Chris Ostrander, will be leaving the company Feb. 6. Phil Kortokrax, the vice president of manufacturing for North America Tire Operations, will be promoted in his place. Brad Hughes, who had been the president of International Tire Operations, has been named to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief operating office. He will be responsible for Cooper’s worldwide operations in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
01/30/15 11:18 a.m. A Findlay man will continue his service on a state board for another two years. Randy Van Dyne was reappointed by Governor John Kasich to serve on the State Emergency Response Commission. His term began yesterday and will continue to Jan. 13, 2017. Van Dyne is also the second ward councilman on the Findlay City Council. He is up for re-election this May.
01/30/15 10:40 a.m. A traffic stop on I-75 in Findlay led to the discovery of drugs and the arrest of a Michigan man. The State Highway Patrol says troopers stopped a rented car from Illinois on southbound I-75 near State Route 12 for speeding and following too closely just before 11 p.m. 43-year-old Brian Bowman of Detroit was the driver. While speaking with troopers, they saw a bag of marijuana fall out of Bowman’s coat pocket. Troopers searched the car and found 200 hydrocodone pills in a briefcase, an estimated value of $4,800. Bowman was arrested and is being held in the Hancock County jail.