09/20/14 7:29 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued various watches and warnings for severe thunderstorms this evening. The counties affected by the watch are: Hancock, Henry, Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot. That watch is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight. Wood County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:15 p.m.
09/19/14 1:07 p.m. Flu season will be here before we know it and in preparation the Findlay Health Department will host six walk-in flu shot clinics for city residents during the month of October. All clinics will be held at the department at 1644 Tiffin Ave. Those planning to get the vaccination must bring their insurance, Medicaid or Medicare cards. October clinics are scheduled for: Oct. 2 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 3 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 10 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 17 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Starting Oct. 24 the clinic will be open at the health department from 3-4 p.m. every day until vaccines supplies are gone. No appointments are necessary. For more information contact the health department at 419-424-7441.
09/19/14 11:10 a.m. If you’re in the downtown Findlay area you may notice more American flags than usual near the Hancock County Courthouse. This is because today is POW/MIA recognition day. Every year the third Friday in September honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Today is one of only six days the POW/MIA flag can be flown.
09/19/14 11:03 a.m. School report cards were released yesterday and Findlay superintendent Ed Kurt said the Findlay school district is moving in a positive direction and he’d like to continue that. But with the changes the state continues to make, Kurt said it’s hard to make progress. Audio: Ed Kurt In his opinion, Kurt said all the required testing may now have a negative impact on students. Audio: Ed Kurt Similar to comparing apples to oranges, Kurt said if the requirements for schools change annually, it will be more difficult to compare them and identify progress. He said instead of looking at report cards, Findlay will focus on the growth of its students from year-to-year and try to keep scores moving in the right direction.
9/19/14 – 5:40 A.M. A Columbus Grove home is a complete loss following an early morning fire. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 107 Vidette Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. When they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames. The resident of the home was able to escape unharmed and call 911 from a neighbor’s house. The blaze remains under investigation.
9/19/14 – 5:28 A.M. A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy was found guilty of abduction and gross sexual imposition yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 51-year-old Dusty Garwood was found guilty by a visiting judge. He had elected to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury. Garwood was accused of having sex with a female inmate in the Wood County Jail. The relationship continued when the inmate was released, but still under electronic home monitoring. Garwood will be sentenced October 10. MORE: Sentinel-Tribune
9/19/14 – 5:20 A.M. Seneca County employees will pay a little more for their health insurance next year. The Review-Times reports premiums will go up 1 percent. County Administrator Stacy Wilson says the increase was recommended by the county’s health advisory committee. Employees with single coverage will pay an extra $5 a month. Employees with family coverage will pay about $14 more a month for the lower deductible plan. Around 250 people are on the county’s health insurance plan. MORE: Review-Times
9/19/14 – 4:57 A.M. Members of the Arlington School Board are once again discussing a new school building. The Courier reports board member Craig Durliat talked about the issue at last night’s meeting. Durliat said he’d been getting questions about when the district will try and pass a building levy again. Others said the school needs to build positive momentum before asking residents to approve a levy. Arlington last tried to pass a building levy in 2011. Last year the district had an issue on the ballot but pulled it before election day because the state’s share of the potential project decreased by 5 percent. No official action was taken on the issue last night. MORE: The Courier
9/19/14 – 4:47 A.M. A man who escaped from a jail near Bowling Green is back in custody today. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Jhon Rosado was found hiding in the attic of an apartment in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue in Bowling Green just after 6 p.m. The apartment was occupied by the woman who police say was the victim of a domestic crime that Rosado had been found guilty of. Rosado called 29-year-old Bobbie Merritt to tell her he was going to escape Wednesday. A few hours later he managed to sneak out of the NorthWest Community Corrections Center by climbing over a fence. Bowling Green Police say Rosado was seen entering the apartment sometime after he escaped. He was taken back into custody without incident. Charges are pending in the case. Rosado could be facing an escape charge. Merritt has been charged with harboring a fugitive.
09/18/14 9:05 p.m. With 47 days until election day, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said things are going well. And for the Kasich campaign, this year’s election is all about the jobs. Audio: Mary Taylor Taylor stopped in Findlay this afternoon and said when the Kasich administration came into office, they knew they needed to strengthen businesses. She said they did so by: cutting taxes, balancing the budget and reforming government programs. All of those things sent a strong message to job creators and made it easier for them to create jobs because they had more money to reinvest in their businesses. Taylor said if you look across the country at republic and democratic governors alike, Ohio stands out in a positive way. Audio: Mary Taylor According to Taylor, since the Kasich administration came into office: 250,000 private sector jobs have been created, unemployment has decreased from 9.1 percent above the national average to 5.7 percent below, wages are increasing in Ohio faster than the national average and Ohio is creating jobs…
09/18/14 6:49 p.m. Jhon Rosado, the 24-year-old inmate who escaped from the North West Community Correction Center last night, has been found and is back in custody. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Rosado was apprehended on their social media accounts just after 6:30 p.m. Rosado had been on the run since 8:15 p.m. last night after climbing a fence to escape custody. Media partner WTOL reports Rosado was located in an attic at the Fairview Manor apartment complex.
09/18/14 3:30 p.m. After announcing the Mantis would be done away with, Cedar Point has finally made public its plans for the old coaster. Announced via a YouTube video earlier this afternoon, a new ride called the Rougarou, French for werewolf, will be taking its place next spring. Centered around Cedar Point’s swampy lagoons, riders will be seated on a floorless track for the new ride, which will repurpose the structure and track of the Mantis.
09/18/14 3:20 p.m. With breast cancer awareness month in October being right around the corner, many organizations are gearing up for breast cancer fundraisers including a group of local archers. Audio: KC Allen KC Allen is a co-organizer of the upcoming Save the Ta-Tas bow shoot happening this Sunday at Leipsic Fishing and Hunting Club coordinated by Outdoor Ohio. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and $2 of each archers’ registration will go to breast cancer research. Archers may begin their shoot as soon as they are registered. Audio: KC Allen On top of the typical target shooting, there will also be Iron Buck and long-range challenge shooting for prizes, as well as raffles. The cost is $10 per archer, with kids 17 and under free. There will also be a few genesis bows available to children to borrow. When: Sunday, Sept. 21 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: 10605 Rd. H Ottawa, OH Cost: $10 per archer, 17 and under free Outdoor Ohio Facebook
09/18/14 1:00 p.m. Adding insult to injury, last winter’s record cold temperature were magnified by a propane shortage that affected 27 states. Audio: Bob Latta Congressman Bob Latta introduced the Propane Supply and Security Act earlier this week to hopefully keep another shortage from happening again. Latta said the legislation would require officials to monitor supply levels on the local, state and federal levels to make sure there is propane available where it is needed. Audio: Bob Latta There are also provisions within the legislation that protect customers against unfair pricing should the supply were to become low. Latta said there also needs to be priorities in place when it comes to shipping. He suggested when supply levels get low rail, pipeline and truck shipping industries need to prioritize transporting propane so those who use it to heat their homes can have it when necessary.
9/17/14 – 10:45 A.M. The Hancock County Commissioners may make it easier for farmers to lease a piece of county land in the future. There was discussion at today’s meeting about how to better work with those who farm county land on Road 140… Audio: Phil Riegle Commissioner Phil Riegle said in the past the county has asked for the full rent in advance. He added the half-and-half style lease is customary in the agriculture industry… Audio: Phil Riegle Commissioner Phil Riegle says another three-year lease cycle is about to start for the land near the old county home. The county expects to go out to bid for the land late next month.