7/28/15 – 11:07 A.M. Preparing a community for disasters can sometimes mean planning for gruesome scenarios. An agreement reached between Hancock County and the city of Findlay does just that. The plan agreed upon by the two sides would see the Findlay Airport used as a temporary morgue in a mass casualty situation… Audio: Phil Riegle Commissioner Phil Riegle says it’s not easy to think about, but the state and EMA want local governments to have plans in place should the unthinkable happen.
7/28/15 – 9:04 A.M. A Columbus Grove man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Henry County over the weekend. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 18 near Holgate around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 49-year-old James Martin was riding his motorcycle east when he lost control at a railroad crossing. The motorcycle went off the side of the road and crashed into stones by the roadside. Martin was taken to Henry County Hospital in Napoleon where he later passed away.
7/28/15 – 5:18 A.M. A Findlay man was arrested on an outstanding warrant over the weekend after his dog led police to right to him. The Findlay Police Department reports they found 25-year-old Antonio Ortega early Saturday morning. An officer on patrol in the 500 block of Defiance Avenue noticed a dog wandering in the area and decided to follow it. The dog led the officer to the porch of a home at 740 Glenn Avenue. Ortega came out of the house to get the dog, but was arrested instead. He was wanted in connection with a juvenile court warrant. Ortega was released from jail on a $2,500 bond.
7/28/15 – 5:12 A.M. If marijuana is legalized in Ohio, Findlay can’t ban medical dispensaries from opening in the city. Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen tells the Courier zoning codes can’t block a legal business from operating in the city. He added codes can be created to determine where medical dispensaries could be located. That means city council could work to keep the businesses away from residential areas, but not out of the city altogether. If the legalization amendment appears on the November ballot and is approved, recreational dispensaries would be regulated more strictly. Stores that sell recreational pot would have to be approved by local precinct voters, much like liquor sales. Medical dispensaries would face fewer restrictions. The ResponsibleOhio organization is trying to get the amendment on the ballot. However, more than half of the signatures on its petitions were recently ruled to be invalid. MORE: The Courier
7/28/15 – 4:53 A.M. Findlay officials are working to bring the city’s retirement rules in line with Ohio laws. The Courier reports an ad-hoc committee of city council members talked about the issue Monday. The discussion stemmed from months of debate over whether former Fire Chief Tom Lonyo was old enough to retire from his position or not. Lonyo retired in January to take a safety job with Marathon Petroleum. Initially it looked like Lonyo didn’t meet city’s retirement age, but Law Director Don Rasmussen said state law allows Lonyo to retire at the age of 46. If approved, Findlay’s law will change to reflect wording in the Ohio Revised Code when it comes to defining retirement. MORE: The Courier
7/27/15 – 10:41 A.M. A high-profile athletic event in Findlay this week has changed locations. Organizers of the Aaron Craft youth clinic and alumni basketball game say the program will now take place at the University of Findlay’s Koehler Center… Audio: Ben Gerken Liberty-Benton boys basketball coach Ben Gerken says the clinic is open to all children in grades K-12. Registration is being done online (Click Here for info). The clinic will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by an LB alumni game.
7/27/15 – 10:30 A.M. Last week the University of Findlay announced an initiative to make the cost of a college education more transparent. Today, UF Director of Financial Aid Ed Recker talked about why they’re making the changes… Audio: Ed Recker Recker says the recently launched program at UF will cover all four years of college. It factors in tuition, housing, meal plans, and the estimated costs of books. He added the tool helps families make more informed decision on their college decision.
7/27/15 – 8:56 A.M. Bowling Green Police are investigating a home invasion from over the weekend. The BG Police Department reports the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on July 25 in the 200 block of Clay Street. The caller said two men broke into his home, attacked him, and stole his phone. The caller also said he recognized the suspects. An investigation led to the arrests of 21-year-old David Fleetwood and 18-year-old Caleb Wayne Rider. They’ve been charged with aggravated burglary.