Local News

Assistant Hancock County Prosecutor Fired

5/3/2016 – 10:58 pm Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith was fired last week following a drunk driving arrest in Putnam County. The Courier reports that 35-year-old Smith of Kalida was arrested by a State Highway Patrol trooper on April 17th and charged with driving under the influence and a left-of-center violation. Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller said that following an internal investigation by the prosecutor’s office, Smith was fired on April 27th. During arraignment in Putnam County Municipal Court on April 21st, Smith pleaded not guilty to both offenses. More: The Courier …read more      

City Council Rejects Request From CO-OP To Modify Franchise Agreement

5/3/2016 – 10:37 pm After much debate and discussion over the past couple of months, the Findlay City Council voted to reject a proposal brought by Hancock-Wood Electric CO-OP to modify their franchise agreement with the City of Findlay. At issue was a situation in which Hancock-Wood wished for clarification as to their rights to operate in Findlay city limits. In rural areas, electric utilities are divided among territories, and different utility companies are permitted to only service their own territories. But when the City of Findlay annexed rural property into the city limits, it brought in territory that was […]

Blanchard River Cresting In Ottawa Today

5/3/2016 – 4:01pm The Blanchard River is cresting at Ottawa this afternoon after recent rains drove river levels up to below minor flood stage. As of 2:30 p.m., the Blanchard River was at 20.5 feet and cresting. Minor flood stage is at 23 feet. The Blanchard River had reached its “action stage” at Ottawa, the level at which local authorities should prepare to take action against possible flooding. No flood watches or warnings were active as of 3:30 p.m. in Putnam County. …read more      

Be Aware Of The Dangers Of Prolonged Sun Exposure In May

5/3/2016 – 3:52 pm May is National Melanoma Awareness Month. Jessica Siefker, Health Educator with Hancock Public Health says that Melanoma typically happens when people don’t take precautions when exposed to long periods of time in sunlight. Audio: Jessica Siefker Prolonged exposure to sunlight in and of itself doesn’t cause melanoma to develop but it is a contributing factor. Additionally, various skin conditions and family history can play a role. Siefker says that melanoma is one of the most preventable types of cancer if people take extra precautions when venturing out for long periods of time. Audio: Jessica Siefker Siefker […]

Hotel Workers Urged To Watch For Warning Signs Of Human Trafficking

5/3/16 – 11:26 A.M. Findlay and Hancock County business leaders learned more about human trafficking in our area during a Tuesday meeting. Rick McGinnis is a security expert, and says in a community with as many hotels as Findlay, people need to keep an eye out… Audio: Rick McGinnis McGinnis said he didn’t want to talk about all the different things law enforcement looks for because he wouldn’t want to compromise investigation techniques. He will be talking to area hotel workers about what to watch for at a meeting in June. McGinnis works for Chagrin Solutions, a private investigation and […]

Commissioner Robertson Says He Hears From Both Sides Of Mitigation Debate

5/3/16 – 11:08 A.M. We typically hear a lot from those against an Eagle Creek diversion channel. But that doesn’t mean supporters don’t exist. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says he recently met with a couple of residents who want to see mitigation plans finalized and put in place… Audio: Brian Robertson Robertson says the group wanted to make sure that separating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the best option, among other concerns… Audio: Brian Robertson Robertson adds he understands why those against a diversion channel are more vocal, saying that they have concerns about their property. […]

Blanchard River Tree Removal Effort Continues

5/3/16 – 10:40 A.M. The effort to remove trees from the Blanchard River continues. Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek gave an update on the project Tuesday… Audio: Mark Gazarek Gazarek says tree removal from the river should be finished by the end of the summer. Crews will come back to remove trees from the river within the city limits in the fall. Gazarek says tree removal in Findlay is a little more difficult… Audio: Mark Gazarek Gazarek adds that nearly 50 percent of the nearly 10,000 trees marked for removal this year have been taken out of the waterway. …read […]

Debate About Policy Manual Boils Over At Arlington Council Meeting

5/3/16 – 6:53 A.M. Tempers flared at Monday’s Arlington Village Council meeting. The Courier reports the issue stemmed from debate over who is in charge of updating a policy matter for future councils. Councilman Brian Essinger said the Finance Committee of council is responsible for making compensation and employee policy recommendations. That led to a heated debate between he and Mayor Ed Solt. Solt said he wondered who “owns” the employee manual, and how it would be changed or reviewed in the future. Solt threatened to gavel the meeting to a close if Essinger continued to be “disruptive,” and the […]

Carey Council Members Won’t Get Raises

5/3/16 – 5:21 A.M. Carey village council members will not be getting pay raises. The Courier reports council members split on their vote, with Mayor Steve Smalley breaking the tie by voting against the proposal. If the issue had passed, it wouldn’t have gone into effect until the beginning of the next term for council members. Chad Kin, Armand Getz and Mellisa Cole voted for the increase, while council members Lois Kurtz, Bob Styer and Jennifer Rathburn voted against it. Kin and Getz said they supported the increase because a survey showed Carey council members were near the bottom of […]

Officers Conduct Drug Investigation In Ottawa

5/3/16 – 5:09 A.M. Law enforcement responded to a tip that a meth lab was operating in an Ottawa apartment building Monday night. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a search warrant was served at the Blanchard Park Apartments at 1265 North Defiance Street around 7 p.m. Officers say they found heroin paraphernalia and “precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.” No arrests were made and the case remains under investigation. …read more