Review Category : Local News

Texting & Alcohol May Have Contributed To Putnam County Crash

10/31/14 – 5:43 A.M.

A combination of alcohol and texting may have played a role in an injury crash in Putnam County this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened a little before 3 a.m. in the 14000 block of Road E.

Dispatchers got a call from a resident in that area after a man came to their home and said he had been involved in a crash. Deputies arrived and found 25-year-old Brandon Paxton of Continental at the house. He told deputies he had lost control of his car and drove into a ditch. Paxton was taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center in Glandorf for treatment of his injuries.

A press release says Paxton was texting at the time of the crash. Investigators also believe alcohol was a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

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BG Bomb Threat Under Investigation

10/31/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Police in Bowling Green are investigating a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of a business Wednesday. The Sentinel Tribune reports the threat was called into Vehtek Systems around 1:30 p.m. A man on the phone said that four explosive devices had been planted in the facility.

A sweep of the building found nothing suspicious.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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Regulations Proposed For Courthouse Square Use In Tiffin

10/31/14 – 5:27 A.M.

Seneca County is closer to having regulations in place to govern the use of the courthouse square in Tiffin. The Review-Times reports Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff presented recommendations to the commissioners Thursday. Shuff says the guidelines would allow the courts to operate without interruption Monday through Friday.

County Commissioner Fred Zoeller said the regulations would keep the courts secure while still letting the public use the space.

The commissioners are expected to vote to approve the regulations on Tuesday.

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UF Students Urged To Get Meningitis Vaccines

10/31/14 – 5:19 A.M.

University of Findlay students were urged to get meningitis vaccinations Thursday night. The Courier reports several people spoke about the dangers of bacterial meningitis during a forum on the subject. State Senator Cliff Hite was one of the people on hand. He was a sponsor of “Tess’ Law,” which makes March 9 an awareness day for bacterial meningitis.

Hite was also 5-year-old Tess Wilson’s uncle. Bacterial meningitis took her life on March 9 of 1999. Her father spoke at the event, as did the mother of a 19-year-old who died from the diseases in 1997. Cindy Krenjy told the students on hand that parents never get over the death of a child as she urged them to get vaccinated.

MORE: The Courier

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Campaign Finance Reports Indicate Quiet Local Races

10/31/14 – 5:09 A.M.

There are only a handful of local contested races on the ballot next Tuesday in Hancock County. Campaign finance reports show that one of those races has been fairly quiet. The Courier reports that Robert Sprague is the only candidate to have filed a finance report in the Ohio 83rd House District race.

Sprague has received more than $50,000 in campaign donations so far. $45,000 of that has been spent, but two-thirds of the expenditures were for a contribution to the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee. That group campaigns for various GOP candidates.

Neither Kevin Rettig or Greg Norris filed reports. Campaigns that receive less than $1,000 are not required to report.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Budget Revenues Increasing

10/31/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The economic outlook in Hancock County continues to improve. Budget estimates for Hancock County now show revenues increasing by about $700,000 in 2015. Numbers put forward by the budget commission show revenues of $21.6 million this year, and $22.3 million next year.

Tax receipts for this year will end up being around $13.3 million. Next year that total could reach $14 million.

The expense side of the county budget will be put together in November.

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Part of Bluffton Precast Concrete Building a Total Loss After Fire

10/30/14     4:37 p.m.

Part of Bluffton Precast Concrete Company is a total loss after it caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

The Bluffton Fire Department was dispatched at 3:20 p.m. and had the fire under control by 6 p.m. according to Bluffton Fire Chief Jon Kinn.

Kinn said the southern part of Bluffton Precast Concrete’s main building was a total loss and the northern part of the building had smoke and heat damage.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and Kinn said there is “nothing suspicious” about the fire.

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Findlay Student Reportedly Chased By Unknown Man at Bus Stop

10/30/14     3:18 p.m.

Findlay Police are investigating a report of bus stop stranger danger that happened this morning. A 10-year-old girl told Findlay City School staff a male chased her near her bus stop in the 200 block of Monroe Ave. around 8 a.m. this morning.

Police say the girl saw the male looking at her and he began running toward her. The girl hid behind a parked car in the area until he was gone. When she arrived at school she told staff, who then reported the incident to police.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with a medium build, shorter than 5 ft. 9 in. He had a shaved head and was wearing a black jacket with a black hood. Anyone with information should call Findlay Police at 419-424-7150.

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Sheriff Seeking Info on Burglaries in Liberty Township Neighborhoods

10/30/14     3:02 p.m.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is asking Liberty Township residents to keep an eye out after a string of burglaries over the last week.

Since Oct. 22, the Sheriff’s Office has received eight complaints of breaking and entering burglaries in mostly residential areas. The crimes are being committed during the overnight hours. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.

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Bluffton Chamber Looks To Take Advantage Of Dual County Status

10/30/14 – 12:09 P.M.

Bluffton business leaders want residents from Hancock and Allen Counties to get a better look at what the village has to offer.

Fred Steiner is the director of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and says Bluffton is on a bit of an island being on the county line, and in the middle of Findlay and Lima…

Audio: Fred Steiner

In order to take advantage of the dual county status, the chamber has invited the commissioners from both counties to an upcoming meeting…

Audio: Fred Steiner

The hope is the commissioners will get more familiar with the business climate in Bluffton.

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