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Signs Urge People To Be Mindful Of Veterans When Shooting Off Fireworks

The Hancock County Veterans Service Office is asking people to be more mindful with their fireworks over the 4th of July.

Executive Director Nichole Coleman says a lot of veterans struggle with the sound of fireworks, as do many people who experienced any type of trauma.

She says her office has been handing out signs that veterans can place in their yard, that let people know that a combat veteran lives at the residence and to be mindful when setting off fireworks in the neighborhood.

Coleman says her neighbor stopped by after seeing the sign in her yard.

She hopes the signs will not only help people become more mindful about setting off fireworks but also lead to people notifying the veteran who has one of the signs so they know what’s coming.

She says people can stop by their office at 1100 East Main Cross Street to pick up one of the signs or call 419-424-7036

Coleman says they’re always looking for an opportunity to interact with local veterans and encourages them to stop by their office to see if they’re getting all the benefits to which they are entitled.

Humane Society: Keep An Eye On Your Pets In This Heat

This heatwave we’re experiencing isn’t just hard on you, it’s hard on your pets as well.

People are being reminded to watch out for their pets as temperatures continue to soar, forecasted to reach the mid 90s on Friday.

Natalie Reffit, with the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County, says the biggest thing to remember is to not take your pet in a hot car with you.

“Just please leave them at home during the heat. They will be much safer at home, a car can heat up very, very fast.”

She says if your dog is going to be alone at any time in your vehicle just leave them at home in the air conditioning.

She says if you do take your dog for a walk make sure to do so early in the day or late in the day when the heat isn’t as bad.

If your dog is outside for any amount of time she says to make sure it has plenty of shade and fresh water.

Signs of heat distress in a dog include excessive panting, vomiting and diarrhea.

She says older dogs and short-nosed dogs like pugs and bulldogs are less tolerant of the heat.

When it comes to cats, she says beware of opening your windows too wide because a cat could push the screen out and fall out and get lost.

Get more safety tips from the Humane Society here.


Museum Hosting July 4th Ice Cream Social

The Hancock Historical Museum is inviting people to celebrate Independence Day with an old-fashioned ice cream social on the front porch of the Hull House.

“Enjoy the museum’s first (and hopefully last) socially-distanced social,” said Executive Director Sarah Sisser.

She says several safety and sanitization procedures will be in effect.

All volunteers will be wearing masks, ice cream will be pre-scooped and packaged, and tables will be distanced from each other by at least 6 feet.

The museum’s annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday from noon to 2.

Dietsch’s ice cream, ice cream bars, and root beer floats will be available for purchase. Only cash will be accepted.

The Hancock Historical Museum is located at 422 West Sandusky Street in Findlay.

Columbus Statue Outside Columbus City Hall Removed

(ONN) – The statue of Christopher Columbus that stood outside Columbus City Hall came down Wednesday morning.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther ordered the statue’s removal, saying Columbus’ legacy does not represent the values of the city.

Crews got to the scene around 3 a.m. Wednesday and had it removed about three hours later.

The Columbus Art Commission is being asked to figure out how to best replace the statue.

The statue will be kept in a secure city facility until they reach a decision.

The statue was a gift to Columbus from the city of Genoa, Italy in 1955.

Columbus State Community College also took down its Columbus statue recently, and the future of the Columbus statue outside the Ohio Statehouse is also up in the air.

(picture courtesy of WBNS-10TV)

Coronavirus Cases Linked To Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay visitors are being urged to wear masks and practice social distancing amid a coronavirus outbreak on the island.

Ottawa County health officials say at least seven people have tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting the party town over Father’s Day weekend.

People who visited the Commodore Hotel, The Mist and Mr. Ed’s are urged to get tested and self-quarantine for 14 days.

You can read over the health department’s full news release here. 

Motorcyclist Injured In Findlay Crash

A man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Findlay.

It happened around 6:30 Tuesday night at West Main Cross and Stanford Parkway/Emma Street, just west of Interstate 75.

The Findlay Police Department says Anthony Warner, 34, of Findlay, was driving his motorcycle northbound on Emma Street and was crossing West Main Cross when he was hit by a car that was southbound on Stanford Parkway intending to turn left onto West Main Cross.

Warner was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco EMS for a foot injury.

The driver of the car, Vagios Gkaintatzis, 28, of Bowling Green, was cited for failing to yield.

Both the car and motorcycle had to be towed from the scene.

Findlay-Hancock County Housing Market Study Conducted

A housing market study for Findlay and Hancock County has been completed.

Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn says the study will help the community grow more effectively.

She said they don’t want to just build housing to build housing but it needs to be done at the right price points and the right mix of housing so it’s sustainable for the long-term.

The mayor said the study concluded that the Findlay-Hancock County housing market is capable of supporting approximately 1,000 for-sale and 500 rental units over the next five years among a wide variety of housing types and price points.

She says about 22,000 people come into Hancock County daily to work.

“There are a number of folks that would like to live in our community that are already working here that are unable to do so because they can’t find housing that they’re looking for.”

The mayor says they need to make sure that anyone who wants to live here will have the opportunity to do so.

She said the study found that the greatest need in Findlay-Hancock County is for 800 to 1,000 units in the moderate price point, which would be in the range of $160,000 to 300,000 in the for-sale market and $750 to $1,000 for a rental.

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Ohio Says Goodbye To Front License Plates

Starting Wednesday, Ohio drivers are only required to have a rear license plate.

The change in state law, approved last year, brings Ohio in line with more than a dozen other states, including Indiana and Kentucky, who only require a rear plate.

Supporters of the change, who include car dealers and auto enthusiasts, argued that the two-plate requirement is costly and cumbersome.

But law enforcement agencies say the second plate gives them twice the odds of identifying criminal suspects.

Previously, you could be fined and face a minor misdemeanor charge for not having a front plate.


FBI Arrests Four Toledo City Council Members

Four Toledo City Council members along with a local attorney have been arrested and are being investigated for an alleged bribes-for-votes scheme.

A criminal complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court, meaning the group could face federal charges.

Larry Sykes, Yvonne Harper, Tyrone Riley and Gary Johnson are named in the suit.

The filing says these members accepted bribe payments for official acts.

It also says local attorney Keith Mitchell helped funnel the payments.

Findlay Police Chief Retiring, New Chief To Be Sworn In

Findlay’s police chief is retiring.

Police Chief John Dunbar’s last day on the job will be Friday, July 3rd.

Chief Dunbar has been with the Findlay Police Department for 28 years, the last three as police chief.

During his time with the department, Dunbar served as a field training officer, detective, and served on the emergency response team (ERT) for 15 years.

He received Officer of the Month recognitions in November 1994 and November 1995 and received the Officer of the Year Award in 1995.

The City of Findlay says it is grateful to Chief Dunbar for his years of service to the police department and the community as a whole.

Captain Robert Ring will become the police department’s next police chief.

He’ll be sworn in by Mayor Christina Muryn on Monday July 6th at 9 a.m. at Dorney Plaza.

(Captain Ring can be seen in the picture above over Chief Dunbar’s right shoulder)