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Pit Bull Ownership Not Hindered in Findlay

7/30/14  3:10 p.m. Reynoldsburg, Ohio has been in the news for its strict law against owning pit bulls. In 1996, Reynoldsburg City Council banned ownership of the dog and just this week the current council voted against dropping the breed from its vicious dog law, saying the animals are a threat to public safety. Hancock County Chief Animal Control Officer Dana Berger said in Findlay, pit bulls are treated as fairly as any other animal. Berger said there are no such laws here and none pending that he is aware of. Though pit bulls are banned there, Reynoldsburg resdients who own pit bulls say they’ll continue to raise them responsibly as members of their families. by

One Boil Advisory Lifted, Another Put in Place

7/30/14  2:50 p.m. A new boil advisory is in place for four addresses on Tiffin Ave. and Bright Rd. 1996 and 2000 Tiffin Ave. and 1060 and 1033 Bright Rd are under the advisory due to repair work on the water main in the area. However the Londonberry Dr. boil advisory that began yesterday has been lifted after water samples were tested and cleared. by

Findlay Council Members Talk About Nuisance Properties

7/30/14 – 9:09 A.M. Findlay City Council members are working to find the best way to deal with problem properties. During a council of-the-whole meeting last night, several options and scenarios were discussed. Fourth Ward Councilman Tom Kline says the problem they fact is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution… Audio: Tom Kline Kline says the city should check current ordinances first… Audio: Tom Kline Beyond that, the group talked about the different types of offenders. While foreclosed homes were cited as an issue, some council members agreed that there are simply property owners who don’t care to keep up their yards. No action was taken last night. by

Carey Fest Starts Tomorrow

7/30/14 – 5:09 A.M. Summer is nearly two-thirds over, but summer festivals continue to roll on. Carey Fest kicks off Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday. The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce says things get underway with the business showcase tomorrow at 5 p.m. There will also be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday’s entertainment will be Midnight Special, followed by Eric Paslay on Saturday night. There will also be a parade Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. by

Findlay Woman Recovering Following Weekend Crash

7/30/14 – 5:02 A.M. A Findlay woman is still in the hospital following a Sunday crash near Upper Sandusky. 39-year-old Heather Plansinis was last listed in fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The State Highway Patrol says she was one of four people injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Wyandot County Road 121 Sunday afternoon. Plansinis was driving a Chevy Cruze south on U.S. 23 when a Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 25-year-old Thomas Carter of Upper Sandusky pulled in her path. Plansinis swerved to avoid the crash and ended up in the ditch. She was taken by medical helicopter to Toledo. Three children in Plansinis’ car suffered minor injuries. Carter was cited for failure to yield. by

Findlay Municipal Court Judges Lay Out Plans For Expanded Space

7/29/14 – 7:46 P.M. Findlay City Council heard about the municipal court’s need for more space tonight. Judges Robert Fry and Jonathan Starn laid out plans to make existing spaces in the municipal building more functional. Fry says they’re working with the police department to find the necessary space… AUDIO: Robert Fry Fry says while the police administration would lose some space they’d gain better functionality by being on the same floor. The increasing number of hearings in the municipal court are the reason for the congestion. In the spring of 2011 the courts heard a little more than 3,400 cases. During the same time last year there were more than 5,100. Fry says the expanded area will benefit more than just judges and attorneys… AUDIO: Robert Fry Renovations would be paid for out of the court improvement fund. by

Wilson’s Goes Back To The Basics

7/29/14 – 2:13 P.M. A Findlay institution is going back to its roots. Wilson’s Sandwich Shop recently dropped several recent additions to the menu, like chicken and pulled pork sandwiches. General Manager Doug Baker says there were a few different reasons to make the move… Audio: Doug Baker Baker added a couple of items will be held over… Audio: Doug Baker Wilson’s is celebrating it’s 78th anniversary this year. by

Traffic Stops Lead To Heroin Busts In Ada

7/29/14 – 1:15 P.M. Two women were arrested for possession of heroin in Ada last Friday. The Hardin County Crime Task Force reports a traffic stop led to the discovery of 24 hits of heroin in one of the suspect’s cars. A second stop found seven more hits of heroin. The Task Force then searched one the home of one of the suspects, finding 111 more hits. by

Construction Underway on Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

7/29/14  12:45 p.m. This morning construction crews finished digging the hole for the orchestra pit within the former Central auditorium just as board members were breaking ground on the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Gary Heminger, CEO of Marathon Petroleum, said that with this addition, to which his company gave the naming donation, all the bases are covered in Findlay. Audio: Gary Heminger As opposed to creating a sports complex or another type of community space, Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik said an arts center went hand-in-hand with saving Central. Audio: Lydia Mihalik The project is estimated to cost $15 million, 13 coming from private donations and 2 coming from a public fundraising campaign that started today. The project will renovate the current Central theater as well as create an art gallery, education and multipurpose space and is expected to be complete in 2015.   by

Army Corps Plans To Stick To Current Flood Study Timeline

7/29/14 – 12:46 P.M. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has told local leaders they plan to stick to a flood study schedule they announced in April. Representatives from the Corps were in town Monday. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegel talked about what was said during today’s commissioner meeting. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen told those on hand they are committed to completing the flood study by 2016. That’s no different than what was said in April when the Corps announced it would take that long to finish. The announcement caught many off guard because it was an 18 month extension beyond what the Corps had said in the past. Findlay service-safety director Paul Schmelzer and Hancock County Engineer project manager Steve Wilson were also involved in yesterday’s meeting. Riegle says no details on plans were talked about. by

Boil Water Alert Issued For Homes On Londonderry Drive In Findlay

7/29/14 – 11:33 A.M. The Findlay Water Distribution Department has issued a boil water alert for several homes on Londonderry Drive. Residents who live at 525, 529, 530, 535, 536, 600, 601, 606, 607, 610, 611, and 614 Londonderry Drive are all affected. You’re urged to boil water for at least a minute before using it to drink or cook. by

Second Plane Crash Victim Identified

7/29/14 – 11:00 A.M. The second victim of a Sunday plane crash in Hancock County has been identified. Family members say 26-year-old Tiesha McQuin of Toledo was killed in the crash that also killed Grob Systems CEO Ralf Bronnenmeier. McQuin had a 3-year-old daughter. The crash happened around 1:11 a.m. Sunday on Hancock County Road 18 between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock County Road 216. The crash remains under investigation. by

Water Main Break Closes Olive St. in Findlay

7/29/14  7:42 a.m. A water main break has closed Olive St. in Findlay in front of Advanced Drainage Systems. Findlay Water Distribution Center Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Betts said crews have been working on the break since approximately 6 a.m. and are hoping to have it repaired within a few hours. There is no word yet on what caused the break. by

Speedway to Invest in Ohio Headquarters

7/29/14  6:03 a.m. Speedway plans to invest $9.1 million, buying a building in Springfield and renovating part of its nearby Enon headquarters to add 350 jobs and retain 800 employees, the company reported. According to the Courier, the additions and renovations by Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s retail subsidiary will occur over the next three years. Speedway’s planned $2.87 billion purchase of Hess Corp.’s retail business in September will make it the nation’s largest company-owned convenience store chain by revenue. Speedway’s reach will extend from the current 1,478 stations in nine Midwestern states to 1,256 additional stores in 16 East Coast and Southeastern states. It is expected to double its $14.5 billion in sales in 2013 when it adds the Hess stores. The purchase also could make Speedway’s parent corporation, Marathon Petroleum, Ohio’s largest company by sales. It already ranked second in 2013 with $100.25 billion in sales behind pharmaceutical and medical supply company Cardinal Health, of Dublin, which had $101.09 billion. by

Fostoria Man’s Death to be Ruled a Drowning

7/29/14  6:02 a.m. Hancock County Coroner Dr. Mark Fox said Monday the death of 21-year-old Michael Enright of Fostoria, will be ruled a drowning. Enright’s body was found just after 7 p.m. July 16 at the bottom of the northeastern part of Fostoria’s Reservoir 2 according to the Courier. Water in that area is roughly 12 to 13 feet deep. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said witnesses reported Enright was fishing alone when he fell into the water. One witness attempted to go into the water to help Enright, but could not locate him. First responders were called to the scene at 6:15 p.m. by