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Multiple Injuries In Putnam County Crash

Two people were life-flighted from the scene of a crash in northeast Putnam County while others were taken to a hospital by ambulance.

The crash happened at the intersection of Township Road D and County Road 2 at around 5:11 p.m. Thursday.

The Highway Patrol says Maurice Schroeder, 72, of Leipsic, was driving west on Township Road D and ran the stop sign at County Road 2 and was struck by a vehicle that was southbound on County Road 2 being driven by Tahlor Kreinbrink, 25, of Deshler.

After impact, Schroeder went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole, while Kreinbrink went off the right side of the road and hit a traffic sign.

Life Flight responded to the crash and flew Schroeder to a Toledo hospital for potentially life-threatening injuries

A passenger in Kreinbrink’s car, Storm Roberts, 30, of Deshler, was also flown from the scene with serious injuries.

Kreinbrink and two kids in her vehicle were taken to a hospital in Lima for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The Highway Patrol says alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Troopers on scene were assisted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Leipsic Fire and EMS, Henry County EMS, McComb EMS, Ottawa Fire Department, 419 Towing and Recovery and Dab Towing and Recovery.

 

Findlay Municipal Court Receives Technology Grant

The Findlay Municipal Court has received a nearly $20,000 technology grant from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The court says it will use the grant money to implement an e-filing system through the court’s case management software.

The e-filing system will be a portal on the court’s website.

The system will eliminate the need for parties to mail documents or report in person to the court, eliminating the transportation barriers for many court users.

“This project will improve accessibility, accuracy and efficiency of the judicial process for all court users,” said Findlay Municipal Court Judge Stephanie Bishop.

“We greatly appreciate the Supreme Court of Ohio for awarding the court this technology grant. It will go a long way in assisting the community with access to justice.”

Technology funding to local courts across the state has been a priority of Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor since 2015.

A total of $35 million in technology grants has been provided to local courts.

The goal is to reduce paperwork and data entry to remove barriers and make it easier for Ohioans to interact with the justice system.

Courts across the state increased the use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to court officials, the increased use included electronic dockets, text and email reminders of court dates and remote access.

In 2022, technology grant funding totals more than $3 million for projects by 48 courts in 36 counties.

You can see the full list of grant awardees by clicking here.

 

Ohio BMV Announces New Online Services

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it’s launching new services to save Ohioans time and money.

Starting Monday, drivers will be able to renew their driver license online, adding to the list of services through the BMV that can now be completed on their newly-updated website, rather than in-person.

Then in July, Ohioans will be able to transfer a vehicle title and take the written portion of the driver exam online.

The Ohio BMV also recently announced that it’s expanding its self-service kiosk program and making it permanent.

The Findlay Meijer was one of the first locations in the state to have one of the new self-service kiosks.

Get more on the program and see the full list of locations by clicking here.

 

UF’s All Hazards Center Offering Threat Assessment Course

The University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center is now offering a Safer Ohio Schools Using Threat Assessment Management course for Ohio schools.

The course aligns with the Safety and Violence Education Student (SAVE Students) Act which requires schools in the state to create a threat assessment team, which must participate in an approved threat assessment training program.

The six-hour Safer Ohio Schools Using Threat Assessment Management course at All Hazards offers instruction in-person or virtually with a “live” instructor and follows U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) best practices.

Participants of the course will be able to enhance their organization’s threat assessment and emergency operation plans as well as gain insight on current crisis training practices from knowledgeable instructors.

To submit a training request, click here.

For more detailed information about the course, people may contact John Kayser at the All Hazards Training Center at 419-434-5814 or kayser@findlay.edu.

 

 

Family Of Stone Foltz Suing BGSU

The parents of Stone Foltz are suing Bowling Green State University.

Foltz died after a hazing ritual at an off-campus fraternity in March of last year.

His family claims BGSU turned a blind eye to hazing within its greek organizations while encouraging students to join fraternities and sororities.

The wrongful death lawsuit lists dozens of reports of hazing dating back to 1996.

It spells out a dozen incidents involving Pi Kappa Alpha, which was Foltz’s fraternity, arguing that BGSU knew about that group’s hazing ritual involving alcohol that ultimately killed Stone, but did nothing to stop it.

 

Life Flight Helicopter Lands At Camp 911

A cool experience for the kids participating in Camp 911 in Findlay, as they got to see a life flight helicopter close up and even go inside.

The kids then gave the crew from Mercy Health Life Flight a thumbs up and waved as they took off into the sky.

The kids at the camp are also learning about things like online safety, fire safety, when and how to call 911 and they even got to see some police K9s in action.

Camp 911 is an interactive safety camp for kids in Hancock County entering kindergarten.

Get more on Camp 911 by clicking here.

 

Ohio State’s Application To Trademark “The” Approved

The Ohio State University controls the word “THE” when it comes to its use on sports and collegiate athletic clothing.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved OSU’s application by issuing a registration certificate.

Ohio State may authorize production of apparel that may display only the word “THE.”

OSU had tried to trademark the word as early as 2019, saying it wanted to protect the university’s brand and trademarks because the asset held significant value.

 

 

Ohio BMV Self-Service Kiosk Program Permanent And Expanding

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is expanding its self-service kiosk program and making it permanent.

The system allows customers to renew and print vehicle registrations and license-plate stickers.

BMV officials say the BMV Express kiosks have become very popular since they were introduced in October and are averaging 1,500 transactions per week.

The program started out with nine kiosks and has expanded to 18.

The Findlay Meijer was one of the first locations in the state to have one of the new self-service kiosks.

The Meijer on Elida Road in Lima now has one of the kiosks.

Get more on the program and see the full list of locations by clicking here.

 

Barks & Brews Humane Society Fundraiser

The 2nd annual Barks & Brews, a collaboration between Findlay Brewing Company and the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County, will be held on Sunday, June 26th from 11:30 to 2:30 on East Crawford Street in downtown Findlay.

“Barks & Brews is a fun-filled day, packed with activities and goodies for dogs and owners while raising funds for Hancock County’s local Humane Society,” said Sarah Foltz of Findlay Brewing Company.

She says, this year, the event has expanded throughout East Crawford Street to provide additional space for activities perfect for dogs and their humans.

People are asked to pre-register so they have enough supplies.

Click here to pre-register and to get more information.

Click here to see what animals the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County has up for adoption.

 

 

Tiffin Firefighter Dies Of Work-Related Cancer

The Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division has announced the line of duty death of one of its firefighter/paramedics.

The fire department says Sean Tyler was diagnosed with occupational-related cancer and retired in 2019 after serving the community since 2007.

“He fought courageously and has now found peace.”

Sean leaves behind his wife, Ashley, and three young children.

He was 37-years-old.

Funeral details will be forthcoming.