Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tanner Responds To Reports He Is Banned From City Buildings

4/29/17 – 6:00 A.M.

A candidate for Findlay City Council is responding to a news story published about him on April 28. Michael Tanner tells the Courier the city banned him from the Cube, but says his ex-wife made false claims to get the ban put in place. Tanner told the newspaper, “The accusations were 100 percent false and made by a 100 percent uncredible source with a long history of false accusations against a number of other people.”

Police responded to the incident last June after Tanner’s ex-wife said he elbowed her in the stomach. The county prosecutor declined to press charges due to a lack of probable cause.

Tanner says a ban from the fire station on Tiffin Avenue is also based on a child custody dispute. He says he left a letter at the station about his son being at the station. A complaint filed against Tanner said the letter included sexual information about his ex-wife.

An article in Friday’s Courier and reported on WFIN also indicated Tanner was involved in a domestic dispute on April 24. Police Lt. Bob Ring says that Michael S. Tanner was not a party in the Monday complaint, and that police listed his name on the report by mistake.

West Main Cross Street In Findlay Getting Worked On Next Week

04/28/17 – 1:46 P.M.

The City of Findlay is doing road work on West Main Cross street for the next week. The east and westbound directions of the street will be restricted to one lane from Main street to Liberty street. They are working on curb replacement now until next Friday.

The eastbound lane of traffic from Liberty street to Western Avenue will be completely closed Monday to Friday next week. The westbound lane will stay open. Flaggers will be there to direct traffic around the work zone.

You’re urged to avoid these areas. Short delays should be expected.

Findlay 3rd Ward Council Candidate Banned From Two City Buildings

04/28/17 – 1:35 P.M.

A candidate for Findlay’s 3rd Ward City Council Seat isn’t allowed in two city-owned buildings. The Courier reports that 46-year-old Michael Tanner is barred from The Cube and Findlay’s Tiffin Avenue fire station. He also has criminal trespass warnings for both buildings.

He was arrested for domestic violence against his ex-wife in June of 2016 but was never formally charged. She claimed that Tanner elbowed her in the stomach and blocked her with his butt from waving to their son. Mayor Lydia Mihalik asked for the trespass warnings for the Cube after the incident. She said that this is normal procedure.

Tanner was banned from the fire station after a firefighter reported that Tanner was harassing him at work in 2015. According to police reports, the firefighter was dating Tanner’s ex-wife. The firefighter said that Tanner repeatedly drove by the fire station. Firefighters found fliers on their vehicles describing sexual things about Tanner’s ex-wife and that she had mental issues.

On Monday police were called to a Findlay home for a domestic dispute involving Tanner and his second wife and her daughter. The woman was attempting to leave but Tanner blocked her vehicle. Both of them say the argument was only verbal and no arrests were made. The police report lists Tanner’s address outside of Findlay’s 3rd Ward

Officials Warn Netflix’s “13 Reasons” Can Have Negative Affects

04/28/17 – 11:38 A.M.

Schools have been warning parents about the Netflix series 13 Reasons glamorizing teen suicide. Coordinator of emergency services at Century Health Nancy Stephani said that it could let students think suicide is an option.

Nancy Stephani

Stephani said that paying attention to how your child reacts is vital.

Nancy Stephani

She added the best thing you can do is show them you care and are willing to listen.

Nancy Stephani

Showing them that you can handle it together can help them through their feelings.

Blanchard River Predictions Don’t Show Chances Of Flooding

04/28/17 – 8:15 A.M.

Recent forecasts put to rest rumors that we could see some flooding next week. Forecasts originally projected the Blanchard River having a chance to cause minor flooding. The updated forecasts have narrowed the projection to staying below the action stage despite the possible showers this weekend. The National Weather Service depicts the peak of the river getting as high as 4.9 feet. The action stage is at 8 feet. We will continue to keep an eye on the levels.

University Of Findlay’s Rieck Center Holding Open House This Weekend

04/28/17 – 7:36 A.M.

There will be an open house for the University of Findlay’s Rieck Center for Habitat Studies this Sunday. The open house will feature lessons on different species of bees and why they’re important. The Rieck Center is used by UF science classes for observation, study, research, and entertainment. It is open to the public all year.

The open house will be from 1-3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Rieck Center is between Arlington and Findlay at 17311 County Road 166.

County Okays The Installation Of A Fiber Optic Network In Findlay

04/28/17 – 5:31 A.M.

Vaughn Industries of Carey will start the installation of a fiber optic network that will be shared by three entities. The Courier reports the network is being spearheaded by the Findlay City School district. It will be shared by the city and the county. Hancock County Commissioners approved a memo of understanding with the city yesterday. The county’s share is $338,000.

The project can provide the school district with future revenue as more organizations sign on to use it. It will support state-of-the-art voice video and data with high broadband capabilities.

Findlay Residents Planting Trees On Arbor Day Saturday

04/28/17 – 5:20 A.M.

A Findlay is going to be celebrating Arbor Day on May 8 and there won’t be much sitting. The Courier reports that the Shade Tree Commission will be planting trees with volunteers from West Park and South Ridge Estates. They will be planting 21 trees in those neighborhoods on Arbor Day Saturday. Residents taking part in the “NeighborWoods” program paid $25 per tree for a total of $525. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation paid the rest of the bill.

Next year the program will become the responsibility of the Shade Tree Commission. Chairman Tom Mills said that they plan to continue with the NighborWoods program. The program is meant to replace the Adopt-A-Tree program because it has an element of education.

Allergy Season Looks Rough But Here Are Tips On Handling It

04/27/17 – 2:29 P.M.

Allergy season is here and it could be bad since it came early. That’s according to Findlay allergist Dr. Amber Patterson.

Amber Patterson

Patterson said that there are ways to avoid the allergens though.

Amber Patterson

Patterson said another option is to use over the counter allergy medication. She added that it would be a good idea to see an allergist if your conditions persist.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Operating Profits Down In First Quarter

4/27/17 – 8:03 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber’s operating profit was down nearly 50 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Numbers reported by the company this morning show Cooper posted $49 million in operating profit through the end of March. That’s down from $91 million during the same time in 2016. Net sales for the company dropped $7 million compared to a year ago.

At the same time, the company says unit volume increased by nearly 3 percent during the first three months of the year.

In a statement, CEO Brad Hughes said, “the first quarter was impacted by a dramatic increase in raw material costs.” He added, ” U.S. unit sales volume was down as a result of the timing of price increases and aggressive promotional activity by competitors.”

Hughes says the company believes the industry environment will stabilize in the second half of the year. He adds that would help the company get to an 8 to 10 percent profit margin by the time 2017 ends.

The Americas tire segment posted $63 million in operating profit in the first quarter. That’s down from $106 million a year ago.

International tire operations profits are up over 2016 numbers. The segment saw $2 million in operating profit compared to a $2 million loss in 2016.