Classic Riverside Summer Concerts On WFIN

Although there will be no live music this summer, WFIN is partnering with the Hancock Park District to present “Classic Riverside Summer Concerts” beginning on Sunday, June 7th.

Details are in the following news release from the park district.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Hancock Park District’s 69th Annual Riverside Summer Concert Series at Findlay’s historic Riverside Park in the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell.

Minimizing the number of persons gathered and promoting social distancing are the overarching safety precautions being applied with the well-being of employees and patrons in mind.

While there will be no live music this summer, Hancock Park District is partnering with WFIN to present “Classic Riverside Summer Concerts” each Sunday beginning June 7 through August 30.

WFIN will broadcast each performance on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, visit our park “Calendar” at www.HancockParks.com or call the HPD Administrative Office at 419-425-7275.

Protesters Gather In Findlay, March Through Town

People gathered in front of the Hancock County Courthouse and marched down Findlay streets on Monday to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

The protest was peaceful at the times WFIN news was on the scene.

At one point Sgt. Dan Harmon (in the video below) with Findlay Police spoke and prayed with protesters and asked what they needed from him.

Nina Parker, founder of the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center in Findlay, said “just be with us, that shows a lot.”

She pointed out that police agencies are condemning the actions of the officers’ in Minneapolis involved in the death of George Floyd.

Parker called this a perfect moment for police departments to come together for change.

 

Findlay’s Riverside Pool Opening Under COVID-19 Guidelines

Findlay’s Riverside Pool will be opening on Monday, June 8th under COVID-19 guidelines.

“Our Y staff is excited to be opening Riverside Pool in collaboration with the City of Findlay,” said Paul Worstell, CEO of the Findlay YMCA.

The maximum occupancy will be 100 people and everyone is asked to maintain a social distance of six feet, unless they’re in the same household.

No one under the age of 16 will be allowed to enter without an adult who is 18 or older.

The entrance will be marked and be one way.

The entrance will be the west hallway (women’s side) by the front gate and the exit will be the east hallway (men’s side) by the front gate.

Locker rooms will be open and have an entrance and exit also.

All patrons must bring their own equipment, including chairs, and no inflatables are allowed.

There will be no lost and found.

Concessions will be open and operate under the same guidelines as restaurants.

Employees will wear a face mask and gloves while working and washing and sanitize their hands frequently.

The splash pad and slide will remain closed for now.

 

Woman Injured In Findlay Crash

Police say a woman was injured in a crash that occurred when a car pulled out in front of her on West Trenton Avenue in Findlay.

The crash happened Saturday at 7:07 p.m. on West Trenton approaching North Main Street.

Police say Caitlin Schaffner, 30, of Findlay, was driving eastbound on West Trenton in a minivan when a car driven by Brock Oates, 21, of Arlington, pulled out from an alley onto West Trenton and hit Schaffner’s vehicle.

Police say Schaffner was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with minor injuries.

Police say Oates was ticketed for failure to yield.

 

Street Painting Event Kicks Off Pride Month In Findlay

LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay held a street painting event to kick off Pride Month.

At the intersection of South Main Street and West Main Cross Street they painted an outline of Ohio colored in with rainbow colors and a star showing where Findlay is located. (picture courtesy of LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay)

Executive Director Dr. Jasmin Bradley says Findlay has made progress recently when it comes to respecting the LGBTQ community.

 

She added that it’s more important than ever to speak up for marginalized voices and she’s noticing that more and more people want to be a part of that voice.

“You can see there’s people gathered around today because they want to be part of something and they know this is part of making history in Findlay.”

Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Possible Scam

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be alert about a possible scam.

They said they recently received some complaints from residents about suspicious calls and text messages from someone claiming to be with the sheriff’s office.

In each case the caller identified themselves as either a deputy or a detective and says they need to speak immediately.

The sheriff’s office points out that it will never text from a texting app or leave a message stating they need to “meet up” with someone.

The sheriff’s office is urging people to be mindful of such calls and to hang up and contact the sheriff’s office on the non-emergency line of 419-422-2424.

2 Injured In Rear-End Crash On Wet Findlay Road

The Findlay Police Department says two people were injured when a pickup truck slid into a car on a wet road.

The crash happened at 1:54 p.m. Friday at 1125 Tiffin Avenue.

Police say Frederick Borkosky, 74, of Arlington, was traveling eastbound when the car ahead of him went to turn into Taco Bell.

Borkosky attempted to stop, but due to the wet roads, his truck slid and crashed into the rear of the car.

Borkosky’s truck sustained little damage but the car was heavily damaged.

The driver of the car, Murtie Ferrell, 26, of Findlay, and a passenger, Thomas Brickner, 33, of Findlay, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with minor injuries.

Borkosky was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation while Ferrell was cited for driving under suspension.

 

UF Working On Plan To Safely Resume In-Person Classes

The University of Findlay is working on a plan to keep students and staff safe as they return to in-person classes for the fall semester.

Details on the Oilers Start Safe & Stay Safe plan are in the following news release from the university and there is also a video below.

As the University of Findlay prepares for in-person classes this fall, ensuring the campus community has a safe and healthy environment to live and learn in is the University’s top priority. To aid in this, the University’s Emergency Operations Team has formed a sub-committee that is meeting weekly to create the Oilers Start Safe & Stay Safe plan for the UF community.

Dave Emsweller, vice president of student affairs, explained, “the goal of the Oilers Start Safe & Stay Safe plan is to provide a wide array of resources and information related to COVID-19.” When completed, the plan will include detailed information and courses of action that the University will take to ensure the health and safety of Oiler Nation.

The sub-committee includes multiple leaders from many departments across the University, including experts from the University’s All Hazards Training Center and College of Health Professions. The group is working diligently this summer to develop plans for various scenarios in light of recent restrictions and special circumstances caused by COVID-19.

According to Emsweller, the committee is working on social distancing protocols, facility set-up, cleaning and sanitation of student housing and campus buildings, food service, event management, health checks, support services and other preventative measures.

The University’s goal is to have a plan in place for every foreseeable situation to ensure courses and services can be delivered, and students can continue working on campus towards meaningful lives and productive careers.

Regular updates of the committee’s plans will be provided on the Oilers Start Safe & Stay Safe webpage, and communicated regularly through email and the University’s Newsroom, mobile app and social media.

The campus community is encouraged to continue to email questions regarding the Oilers Start Safe & Stay safe plan to coronavirus@findlay.edu.

 

Bill Would Create Database Of People Convicted Of Buying Sex

(ONN) – The Ohio House has approved a bill to create a database of people convicted of trying to buy sex.

Supporters say the legislation backed by Attorney General Dave Yost is aimed at shining a light on traffickers who sell women and on men who purchase sex.

State Representative Rick Carfagna, a Republican from suburban Columbus, says the bill goes after the demand side of prostitution and that it could provide the deterrent needed to stop people from soliciting sex.

Individuals would drop off the database if five years pass without another conviction.

The bill goes next to the Ohio Senate, which has its own version of the legislation.

 

Ohio State Making Changes For 2020 Football Season

The Ohio State University is making changes in anticipation of a football season under COVID-19 guidelines.

OSU announced it would move to mobile-only ticketing for the fall and adjust seat selection to accommodate for social distancing at Ohio Stadium.

The new seat selection protocol will be communicated by email five business days before the first window opening so fans can view availability.

Seating will be at a premium as OSU expects to reduce capacity at the Horseshoe from more than 100,000 down to between 20,000 to 50,000 fans.