7/7/15 – 4:51 A.M. Local officials are putting together a plan to fight an effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio. The Courier reports members of the Opiate Task Force, the Community Partnership, and the ADAMHS board met Monday to talk about the issue. If the legalization issue appears on the ballot it could allow for more than 1,100 recreational dispensaries in the state. For comparison, there are only 203 Starbucks locations in Ohio. Zach Thomas is the wellness and education director for ADAMHS. He tells the newspaper if the pot amendment is approved by voters, Ohio would become the first state to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use at the same time. Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller adds he has concerns about complications at drug free workplaces, higher crime rates, and more traffic accidents. Thomas says the ballot initiative as it is worded could lead to a pot monopoly. The constitutional amendment allows for only 10 grow sites in the state. The Ohio legislature is working to put a…
07/06/15 5:13 p.m. Work on a fire line will close part of a Findlay street Tuesday. A release from the city engineering department says West Front Street will be closed between Western and Hurd Avenues from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city will be tapping into a fire line on Front Street during that time and the road will be inaccessible to through traffic. The road will be reopened Tuesday evening.
07/06/15 4:53 p.m. A missing Michigan man was identified as the victim in a fatal train accident last week. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Timothy Graves of Belleville, Michigan was last seen leaving his EMS job in Taylor, Michigan around 10 p.m. June 28th. Graves was reportedly struck by a train in Portage in Wood County just after 4 a.m. June 30th. His truck was later found parked at an I-75 rest stop near Bowling Green. Graves’ death remains under investigation pending the Wood County Coroner’s report.
07/06/15 4:27 p.m. In 2013, the Hancock County Dementia Coalition received a grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Since then, they’ve been working to create an atmosphere that’s comfortable for those with dementia and their caregivers. Audio: Elizabeth Kinzig Coalition Coordinator Elizabeth Kinzig spoke to the Findlay Rotary Club Monday. She said since November of 2013, the coalition has been involved in 77 community programs reaching about 1,670 individuals. Kinzig said education and outreach about the disease are key to creating the dementia-friendly community Findlay is working toward. Audio: Elizabeth Kinzig Kinzig said some simple things anyone can do are be patient when communicating, be comforting and understanding. She said that because of dementia, they may not be able to communicate they way they want to which can be frustrating. More: the Alzheimer’s Association
07/06/15 4:11 p.m. A Delaware judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. The suit was filed in 2014 following Cooper’s failed buyout by Indian company Apollo Tyres. The lawsuit claimed Cooper, its CEO Roy Armes and other senior executives violated federal securities laws by allegedly issuing misleading statements during the failed buyout attempt. In March, Cooper urged dismissal of the lawsuit, arguing to Judge Richard Andrews that the case had no merit. Last week, Andrews decided in Cooper Tire’s favor. Cooper Tire said the decision vindicated the company and the executives, and that they are looking forward to putting the suit behind them to focus on the needs of their customers.
7/6/15 – 11:16 A.M. Findlay’s new fire chief officially took the reigns of the department today. Mayor Lydia Mihalik swore in Josh Eberle into the post during a morning ceremony. Eberle said he was excited to take over, but you shouldn’t expect to see much of a difference right now… Audio: Josh Eberle Eberle said he’s spent the last couple of weeks talking to a lot of people in the department… Audio: Josh Eberle Eberle added he was ready to get into his new day-to-day routine.
07/06/15 11:17 a.m. The new Carey school is already under construction, but board members made some changes to the plan during a special meeting this morning. The school board approved adding four classrooms totaling about 4,600 square feet to the two-story building. Three of the classrooms are planned space for computers, the expanded preschool program and reading intervention. The fourth classroom will be an extra for when space is needed in the future. The $800,000 of additional work will likely add a few weeks to the construction schedule. The building is still expected to be complete by mid-2016 and open for classes in the 2016-17 school year.
7/6/15 – 5:32 A.M. The Findlay Shade Tree Commission is changing the way one of its programs works. A release from the city says the Adopt-A-Tree program is being transitioned into the new NeighborWoods initiative. The NeighborWoods program allows neighbors to band together to plant more trees with financial support from the Community Foundation. The Adopt-A-Tree program had seen participation drop over recent years. NeighborWoods started in 2013 in the Mound Park neighborhood. Last year it focused on the Sherman Park neighborhood and this year planting will take place in the South Main Street Neighborhood Association area.