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BG Police Searching for Man Who Led Them on High-Speed Chase

11/28/14     1:35 p.m. Bowling Green Police are still looking for a man who led them on a high-speed chase and injured his passenger Monday. According to the Sentinel-Tribune, police say they attempted to stop 35-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Custar who then took off at a high rate of speed driving through Bowling Green and Portage before crashing into a ditch in Wood County. The Wood County Sheriff’s office later recovered the vehicle, but neither Wilhelm or his passenger were inside. According to the Wood County Sheriff’s report, Wilhelm took his passenger, 29-year-old Brooke Lawson to Wood County Hospital. She was then transferred to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo due to the severity of her injuries. Anyone with information on Wilhelm’s whereabouts is asked to call BGPD at 419-352-1131.

North Baltimore Movie Theater To Reopen

11/28/14 – 12:23 P.M. It looks like North Baltimore residents won’t have to travel too far to catch a movie after all. The “Keep the Virginia Theater Open” campaign has been deemed a success. More than $64,000 was raised to buy a digital projector for the one screen operation. The theater hasn’t shown a move since July 31. Manager Doug Wickard says the business will reopen as soon as the new projector is installed. When that happens, he plans on having a free movie weekend to show his thanks to everyone who helped out.

Commercial Savigns Bank Consolidating Findlay Locations

11/28/14 – 12:02 P.M. As expected, Commercial Savings Bank will be consolidating it’s Findlay operations to its location on Tiffin Avenue. The bank announced the move after State Bank of Defiance announced it had bought the Lincoln Street location in Findlay. The Lincoln Street branch of Commercial Savings Bank is expected to stay open until the early spring of 2015. Following that State Bank will move into the location.

Putnam County Men Died of Natural Causes

11/28/14 – 11:52 A.M. The two Putnam County men who recently were found dead at the scene of car crashes died of natural causes.  Putnam County Coroner Anna Horstman says 69-year-old John Peck suffered a heart attack before his crash Monday night. Horstman says that 79-year-old Victor Fischbach of Ottoville also passed from natural causes before his crash on November 17.

Free Thanksgiving Meals for Those in Need in the Findlay Area Thursday

11/26/14     12:30 p.m. It’s easy to take a warm meal for granted around the holidays. But for those in need in the area, two Findlay organizations will be serving free Thanksgiving dinners tomorrow. For the 10th year in a row Stonebridge Church at 2111 Stonehedge Dr. will have food from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pastor Brent Smalley said last year the church had 37 turkeys and 14 hams and still ran out of food. To accommodate growing crowds, there will be 40 turkeys and 16 hams this year, plus plenty of sides. In the evening, City Mission will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner. The mission’s traditional chapel service starts at 4:45 p.m. and the meal will follow.

Safe Ride Home Kicking Off Holiday Campaign Tonight

11/26/14     11:00 a.m. As we kick off the holiday season, Safe Ride Home is also kicking off their holiday campaign. Safe Ride Home offers a ride home from bars or parties. In addition to being able to call the service this year, they have also added an app called “IRideHome” for smartphones. Audio: Mike Cortez Mike Cortez founded Safe Ride Home in 2003 and has given rides to more than 2,000 people. Cortez said rides will begin tonight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. by using the app or calling 419-425-3908. After today Safe Ride Home will be available Dec. 20 to Jan. 1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit

Disabled Semi Slowing I-75 Northbound Near Van Buren

11/26/14 – 7:43 A.M. A disabled semi slowed down traffic on I-75 in our area this morning. The State Highway Patrol says the incident happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near Van Buren. Things are still moving a bit slow in the area but should be clearing up soon. A tow truck is on scene.

Help Available For Home Repairs In Fostoria

11/26/14 – 5:25 A.M. A grant will help low-income homeowners in Fostoria make improvements to their properties. The Review-Times reports the WSOS Community Action Commission is hoping the grant money will make a dent in the number of dilapidated houses in the tri-county area. The state has granted the agency $975,000 to use toward the effort. The home rehab program allows homeowners to apply for up to $30,000. The money can be used for a variety of repairs; including electrical and plumbing work, roof replacement, and siding repair among others. There are eligibility requirements. For more information call (419)639-2802. MORE: Review Times

Two Injured In Lima Avenue Crash

11/26/14 – 5:11 A.M. Two people were injured in a Findlay crash Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the one-car crash happened in the 1200 block of Lima Avenue just before 7 p.m. 26-year-old Bryan Kidd lost control of his Ford Explorer and hit a guardrail. The SUV then went off the road and into a ditch. Kidd and his brother, 24-year-old Curtis Kidd, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Preliminary Tariffs Target Chinese-Made Tires

11/27/14 – 4:57 A.M. A move by federal officials could have an impact on Cooper Tire & Rubber and its employees. The Courier reports the government is taking a step toward imposing tariffs on Chinese-made tires. By next week, U.S. companies will have to post preliminary tariffs on any Chinese-made tires they import to sell. Money from preliminary tariffs go to the government. There are four preliminary tariff rates being implemented. Depending on the brand of Chinese tire, U.S. companies will have to pay an extra 12.5 percent, 15.69 percent, 17.69 percent, or 81.29 percent to import them. The move comes as part of preliminary findings from the Commerce Department’s investigation into Chinese companies selling tires below their fair market value. The Chinese government has been accused of subsidizing the lower prices. MORE: The Courier

State Bank Returning to Findlay Next Year

11/25/14 3:48 p.m. State Bank will be making its return to Findlay in 2015. SB Financial Group Inc. of Defiance announced today that it has purchased the Commercial Savings Bank building at 201 East Lincoln St. in Findlay. Pending approval from the state and federal bank regulators, they hope to have the new State Bank open early next year. Commercial Savings Bank will continue to operate on Tiffin Ave. The Hancock County Board of Elections, which has offices in the back half of the Lincoln St. building, will also stay at its current location.

Friendly’s Restaurant in Findlay Closes Its Doors For Good

11/25/14 12:04 p.m. One of Findlay’s Tiffin Ave. restaurants closed its doors this weekend. Friendly’s Restaurant, which had been in Findlay since 1973, officially closed Sunday. APEX Eagle Hospitality, the franchisee which owned and operated the business, said, “continuing operation was no longer viable.” No details were provided regarding the future of the site.

State and Local Counties Unemployment Rates Drop in October

11/25/14 11:09 a.m. October brought about more drops in unemployment. In the state of Ohio as a whole, unemployment fell to 5.3 percent from 5.6 in September. Locally all counties saw drops as well. Hancock County is the lowest in the area dropping from 3.8 to 3.4. Allen County still has the highest unemployment in the region after dropping from 5 to 4.5 percent. Seneca and Wood Counties saw equal decreases from 4.6 to 4.1 percent. Putnam County unemployment levels fell from 3.9 to 3.5, Hardin County dropped from 4.6 to 4 and Wyandot dropped from 4.1 to 3.7 percent. Current labor force estimates

Timeline For 2015 Hancock County Budget Set

11/25/14 – 10:27 A.M. The Hancock County budget for 2015 is taking shape. The commissioners plan to have the budget for next year put together by December 9. At that point, the budget will be available for public viewing for 10 days in the auditor’s office. According to a schedule set at today’s commissioners meeting, the budget will most likely come up for a vote on December 23.

McComb Residents To Pay More For Water

11/25/14 – 5:27 A.M. McComb residents will pay more for water in 2015. The Courier reports village council has approved a price increase to offset mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The minimum water bill will increase by $10.69 starting in January. The EPA is requiring the village make upgrades to its water system. MORE: The Courier