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Greendale Ave. and Sutton Place Intersection in Findlay Closed Friday

03/05/15     4:28 p.m. A Findlay intersection will be closed for road construction on Friday. A release from the City’s engineering department said the intersection of Greendale Ave. and Sutton Place will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for sewer installation. They are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible. by

Rawson Man Withdraws Plea After Pleading Guilty to Rape

03/05/15     2:45 p.m. What was intended to be a sentencing for a Rawson man charged with four counts of rape ended up being just another hearing. 56-year-old Gary Martin pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year-old girl multiple times in 2013 and was going to be sentenced today. But Tuesday his attorney withdrew the guilty plea. Audio: Allison Reamer Courier reporter Allison Reamer was in court this morning. She said Martin is scheduled to be in court April 9 following another psychiatric evaluation. Martin has had two prior evaluations after entering a not guilty by reason of insanity plea last year. After both of those evaluations, he was found competent to stand trial. Reamer said depending on the outcome of this evaluation, the court appearance on the 9th could be another hearing or a sentencing. by

Hancock County Farmer Donates to City Mission Capital Campaign

03/05/15     1:58 p.m. A local farmer is doing his part to help Findlay’s City Mission with a fundraising campaign. Hancock County farmer Matt Wittenmyer partnered with the America’s Farmers Grow Communities foundation to donate $2,500 to the “Eyes to See, Hearts to Give” capital campaign. The goal is to raise $2.5 million to expand the City Mission. City Mission Executive Director Phil Arnold said they are at a little over $1.8 million for the fundraiser. He said there have been demand increases for food and shelter and they have been at or new capacity for most of the last three years. Wittenmyer said he chose the City Mission because they take those in need and motivate them to do better. He said he admires their values and all the work they do. by

Board Will Decide Logisitics of Findlay Hancock Joint Health District

03/05/15     1:08 p.m. A deal was officially reached between Hancock County and the City of Findlay on Monday to form a joint health department. County Commissioner Phil Riegle said this is the result of years of work hammering out the details that stopped the merger from happening before. Audio: Phil Riegle Riegle said part of the reason it took so long to get to this point is because he and members of the County’s District Advisory Council and the City had to deal with those past sticking points, such as finances, board appointments and more. The joint health district will officially go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. Audio: Phil Riegle Riegle said now that the board has been appointed, they can begin to work on the logistics of the new department, like the location as well as appointing a commissioner. by

Car Hits House Outside Of Findlay

3/5/15 – 8:39 A.M. A car hit a house just outside Findlay this morning. A Hancock County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher says the crash happened just before 7 a.m. on State Route 37 near 6th Street on Findlay’s east side. There’s no word on if anyone was injured. The crash remains under investigation. We’ll have more details as they become available.   by

Tiffin And Seneca County Rank High For Economic Development

3/5/15 – 6:54 A.M. Findlay wasn’t the only local city to be recognized for economic development this week. Site Selection Magazine also ranked Tiffin and Seneca County high in their listings for micropolitan communities. Seneca County ranked 42nd on the list that focused on economic development. A total of 576 small cities and communities were ranked by the magazine. It’s the fourth straight year Tiffin and Seneca County have been in the top 100. Expansions of National Machinery, Webster Industries, American Fine Sinter, and Irving Equipment helped earn the high rankings. by

Juvenile Arrested Following Two-County Drug Investigation

3/5/15 – 6:42 A.M. A two-county drug investigation led to the arrest of a former Wood County juvenile. The North Baltimore Police Department says the juvenile has been charged with two felony counts of possession of drugs and one felony count of trafficking in drugs. Charges have been filed in both Wood and Henry Counties. The boy, who has not been publicly identified, was arrested at his new house in Deshler on February 12. Authorities believe he was responsible for trafficking “large quantities of narcotics” in North Baltimore, Deshler, and Bloomdale. by

Northwest Ohio County Commissioners Talk Issues In Ottawa

3/5/15 – 5:26 A.M. State regulations have a different impact on counties on Ohio’s borders than in the central part of the state. That was the message delivered during a meeting of county commissioners from northwest Ohio in Ottawa last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports representatives from border counties say that it’s hard to compete with Indiana’s flat 7 percent sales tax. The average Ohio sales tax is 7.5 percent. State Representative Tony Burkley said that things that sound good in the central part of the state may not work as well on the edges. For example, Defiance County Commissioner Thomas Kime said many trash companies were hauling waste to Indiana landfills because of their lower rates. The group also talked about indigent defense expenses and replacing voting machines. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel by