Local Expert Discusses Heat Safety

07/16/19 – 12:24 P.M.

Heat indices will be on the rise later this week as storms bring humid conditions compounded by high temperatures. Dr. Greg Arnette with Blanchard Valley Health System said you’ll want to stay hydrated.

Arnette said that you should focus on drinking water and avoiding soda on hot days. He added that you should also try to keep inside in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day, but there are other options though.

You can learn more safety advice and listen to the full interview below.

Flag City Balloonfest Offering Several New Items This Year

07/16/19 – 10:49 A.M.

The Flag City Balloonfest is gearing up for its 20th hot air balloon festival next month. The festival will be August 9-11 at Emory Adams Park in Findlay and will feature several new events among the old favorites. There will be a Glow Encounter where you can be up close to the balloon glow nights. This year will also feature the first Flag City Stars Talent Search on Saturday, August 10. It is open to K-12 grade students and applications are due by July 25.

The Final two new items are Sunrise Yoga and a Tiny Art League Booth. Sunrise Yoga will be on Saturday morning starting at 6 a.m. and the Tiny Art League booth will be available Friday evening and Saturday from 2 – 7 p.m.

Carey Considering Ordinance To Allow Low-Speed Vehicles On Village Streets

07/16/19 – 5:24 A.M.

The Carey Village Council is looking at an ordinance to allow low-speed and utility vehicles, mini-trucks, and motor-driven cycles and scooters on village streets. The ordinance was given its second reading last night.

Council previously allowed golf carts on village streets so long as they passed an inspection by the police department. The new ordinance would require the new vehicles to go through the same process. Council is also looking into requiring the use of headlights when the vehicles are in use to increase visibility.

Fostoria City Schools Holding Public Auctions To Sell School Items

07/16/19 – 5:16 A.M.

Fostoria City Schools is hosting a public auction to sell some of the items from Riley and Longfellow elementary schools. The online auction includes everything from storage cabinets and cupboards to TVs and dry erase boards. You can view and bid on items online but they must be paid for and picked on August 10, 12, or 13. You can reach the auction at www.kigarauctions.com. The auction will be live until 8 p.m. on August 8.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Reveals Cause Of Death In Bushong Case

07/16/19 – 5:06 A.M.

The cause of death has been released for 22-year-old Boe Bushong of Mount Blanchard. Bushong was found dead at his residence in Amanda Township on the evening of July 4th. The Hancock County Sheriff and County Coroner Dr. Mark Fox now confirm the Bushong died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

A woman wanted in relation to the case was arrested late Friday at an apartment in Findlay. A warrant was served and Ashlie Velazquez was found during a search of the residence. Velazquez faces a 3rd-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence. She allegedly disposed of the gun used in Bushong’s death. The weapon has not yet been found.

Findlay Man Claims Drug Charges Are Prejudice Against His Religious Beliefs

07/16/19 – 4:53 A.M.

A Hancock County judge rejected a Findlay man’s argument that his drug charges went against his religious freedom yesterday. Judge Reginald Routson sentenced 36-year-old Matthew Cook to two years in prison but gave him a two-year stay in light of Cook’s plan to file an appeal.

The Courier’s Kathryne Rubright reports that Cook pleaded no contest to charges related to the manufacturing and aggravated possession of drugs and possession of marijuana. The first two charges concern hallucinogenic mushrooms. Cook pleaded no contest so that he can appeal the issue in his case.

Cook claimed that the drugs were used for religious reasons and that the case is prejudice against him. You can read more about the arguments and the charges against Cook in today’s Courier.

Columbus Grove Man Killed In Industrial Accident

07/15/19 – 9:59 A.M.

A Columbus Grove man was killed in an industrial accident Saturday morning at Colonial Surface Solutions in the village. The Lima News reports that 53-year-old Darren Langhals was struck in the head around 8 a.m. by a steel beam. The Allen County Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to start an investigation today.

Person Of Interest Arrested In Connection To Mount Blanchard Man’s Suspicious Death

07/15/19 – 9:55 A.M.

The woman wanted in connection to a Mt. Blanchard man’s suspicious death on July 4 was arrested Friday. Authorities arrested 29-year-old Ashlie Velasquez after getting a warrant to search the apartment they thought she was in at Redwood Apartments in Findlay. She was charged with tampering with evidence and placed in the Hancock County Jail.

Velasquez is a “person of interest” in the death of 22-year-old Boe Bushong. Sheriff Michael Heldman refused to comment on what evidence Velasquez allegedly tampered with. He also did not discuss Bushong’s cause of death.

Free Paper Shredding Event Tomorrow For Hancock County Residents

07/12/19 – 12:00 P.M.

You’ll want to make sure you shred confidential documents like old tax forms or medical files to help protect your identity. Courtney Comstock from Hancock County Solid Waste Management District said that they want to help you out with a paper shredding event tomorrow.

Comstock said they’re even bringing in specialized trucks to help.

She added that they will take up to four boxes of your documents and shred them for free. They will be out at the Hancock County Educational Service Center at 7868 County Road 140 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Residents Of Findlay-Hancock County Can Sign Up For Emergency Alerts

07/12/19 – 10:30 A.M.

The City of Findlay is urging residents in both the city and the county to sign up for the alert system. Mayor Christina Muryn (Murn/rhymes with burn) explained that the system has many features…

Muryn said that this can help clarify specific parts of the county that are affected. She added that they have been working with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to include people outside of the city as well.

You can learn more or get signed up at findlayohio.com.