8/5/15 – 11:18 A.M. Police interaction with the public has been a hot national topic for the last several months. Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman talked about the issue Tuesday. He said some there are common mistakes people make that can sometimes escalate a situation… Audio: Mike Heldman Heldman said getting out of your car also puts you at risk to be hit by passing traffic. On the flip side, Heldman says if an officer orders you out of your car, you must comply. If you are asked to leave your car it doesn’t mean it will be searched. Many people have taken to recording their interactions with law enforcement, which Heldman says is fine… Audio: Mike Heldman Heldman adds the department is considering body cams for deputies, but there is no timetable for that. When it comes to the average interaction with an officer of the law, Heldman says to stay calm. If you have an issue with your stop, you can always file a formal complaint after the interaction is…
8/4/15 – 10:52 A.M. A Deshler propane business has been sold. The Troy-based R.W. Earhart Company announced Tuesday it had bought Franz Petroleum Products. Dan Dixon is the president of Earhart and says the deal will help his business gain a foothold in northwest Ohio. Dixon says Earhart will serve all former Franz customers in the area. The sale means Earhart will also add bulk propane plants in Deshler, Holgate, and Bascom to its portfolio.
8/4/15 – 10:41 A.M. The Findlay Police Department is seeking a professional accreditation, and part of the process calls for community input. A release from the department says a public meeting on the topic will be held on August 12 at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers. If you can’t make the meeting, comments can also be left on a voicemail system that day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The number to call will be (419)722-2342. Comments must address Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA standards. According to the organization’s website, those standards include law enforcement’s role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; and auxiliary and technical services. A team of assessors from the CALEA will begin reviewing Findlay Police Department policies and procedures August 11. They will also facilitate the community meeting the following day.
8/4/15 – 10:27 A.M. A free class is being offered this fall for people interested in learning more about the government and politics, or who want to discuss those topics. The University of Findlay is offering the class for community members to survey. The school says the class will cover things like national politics, the U.S. Constitution, and civil liberties. The class will meet every Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. in Old Main Room 305. The fall semester runs August 17 through December 3. No enrollment paperwork is needed for community members planning to take part in the class.
8/4/15 – 5:20 A.M. A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car crash Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened at the intersection of Broad Avenue and Howard Street. 26-year-old Xu Fan was driving west on Howard when she entered the intersection at Broad. Her car was hit by a southbound car driven by 23-year-old Scott Ricard of Findlay. Fan was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Ricard was not hurt. He was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.
8/4/15 – 5:13 A.M. A Lima woman will spend three years in prison for violating her parole in Putnam County. The Lima News reports 26-year-old Catherine Wilson was sentenced in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Monday. Wilson was recently found in Florida after being named a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Lima. Wilson was convicted in a Putnam County burglary case last year. As for the fatal crash in Lima, Wilson said she was a passenger in a car driven by another person who hit a Aaron Ehrnsberger on May 31. The car investigators believe was involved in the crash was owned by Wilson. She has not been charged in the case. MORE: Lima News
8/4/15 – 5:02 A.M. School starts in two weeks, and new modular units should be ready in time for use at Jefferson Primary and Chamberlin Hill Intermediate schools. The Courier reports the school board talked about the ongoing installation process during their Monday meeting. The project has faced some delays but should be finished on time. Director of Operations Dennis McPheron told the board it took longer than expected to get electricity hooked up to the units. Furniture has been bought for the modular classrooms as well. McPheron admitted it would be a “tight” timetable for teachers to get in and get the rooms ready for students. The modulars were bought to help reduce class sizes. Superintendent Ed Kurt said kindergarten classes were averaging 25 children. With the modulars in place that will drop to around 20. MORE: The Courier
8/4/15 – 4:46 A.M. A potential apartment development on Findlay’s west side has neighbors concerned. The Courier reports developers are planning a seven building complex with 92 two-bedroom suites on Thimbleberry Drive. A small housing development currently sits on the road just off of State Route 12. Andrew Yates of YRI Properties says he’s still uncertain if the apartments will be built. That’s not easing anxiety for area neighbors, who tell the newspaper they dread the day when 180 extra cars could be using their small road. Many wondered why the Liberty Township Trustees approved the plan for the apartments. Zoning Commission Chairman Gary Lieb said essentially they were powerless to deny the development. The plans met all the zoning requirements for the area. MORE: The Courier