09/29/17 — 4:56 P.M.
The Van Buren School building is turning 100 years old this year and the school is going to celebrate. The celebration is going to be next weekend and will feature an All-Classes Reunion on Saturday. Chair of the planning committee Jack Marshall says that there have been over 5,000 alumni passing through Van Buren’s doors in the past century. He added that he thinks this is due to the success of local businesses.
09/29/17 – 4:31 P.M.
Prostate cancer screening can be a confusing topic since it seems to always change. Hancock Public Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi said that you should talk to your doctor about it.
Baroudi added that there is a test for prostate-specific-antigens which could signal prostate cancer. Baroudi said that id your PSA levels are greater than 2.5 then you should get screened annually. If it is below 2.5 then you can get screened every other year.
09/29/17 – 4:27 P.M.
An appliance recycling plant opened its doors in Lima on Tuesday. Recleim celebrated its grand opening in the city creating more than 100 new jobs. The facility is a celebration of Ohio’s commitment to energy efficiency, green jobs, and reducing the carbon footprint.
Recleim will work with AEP and other Ohio utilities to offer removal services for old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. It is one of only three plants in the country that can capture and process ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.
09/29/17 – 11:05 A.M.
The City of Findlay has fired a police captain with regard to domestic violence. Captain Sean Young was charged in early March for an alleged domestic event back in February. The Toledo Police Internal Affairs department conducted an independent investigation. Mayor Lydia Mihalik decided to end Young’s employment after reviewing the investigation.
Mihalik said, “Our community demands and I require that members of our Police Department follow the laws of our community and our policies both on and off duty.” The termination is effective today. A willful violation of domestic violence and other administrative violations have been sustained.
Young had served the City of Findlay Police Department since 1996.
9/29/17 – 7:31 A.M.
A car versus pedestrian crash in Bowling Green involved two Findlay residents. The State Highway reports the crash happened just before 2 a.m. Friday.
21-year-old Andrew Gray of Findlay was driving east on Wooster Street when 18-year-old Emily Krohn of Granger, Ohio walked in front of Gray’s car. Krohn suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Police also cited her for underage consumption.
The crash did not injure Gray and his passengers, including 21-year-old David Davis of Findlay and 19-year-old Kody Sherman of Upper Sandusky. Officers cited Gray for OVI and speeding.
9/29/17 – 5:35 A.M.
The Carey school district has set a date to auction the property where the old school building once stood. The Courier reports the auction is set for October 21 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the new school.
The school could sell the property could as a whole or as five parcels. The land is zoned for residential use.
The district reserves the right to reject or accept any bids.
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9/29/17 – 5:28 A.M.
A grant designed to provide more firefighters in Fostoria could hinge on the passage of a levy. The Review-Times reports the latest SAFER grant requires the city provide matching funds. Interim Fostoria Fire Chief Brian Herbert tells the newspaper that if the November levy doesn’t pass, they may not have the money to provide matching funds.
SAFER grants provide funding for emergency responders. Fostoria has used them in the past to help pay for firefighters.
Fostoria voters will decide the fate of a levy designed to help get the city out of its fiscal emergency designation this fall.
9/29/17 – 5:19 A.M.
Putnam County is making adjustments to handle the increased demand for emergency services. The Lima News reports the county commissioners bought the Office of Public Safety and a little more than 1.5 acres of land near it. The total cost was just over $232,000.
Commissioner John Love says the commissioners decided to make the move when the St. Rita’s ambulatory care center next door became an always-open facility. He said they plan to build another building on the property so that the staff and emergency vehicles will be next to each other.
MORE: Lima News
9/29/17 – 5:05 A.M.
A head-on collision injured two people in Findlay Thursday. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened on Lake Cascades Parkway near Cord Street around 3:15 p.m.
55-year-old Shelia Slaughter was driving north on Lake Cascades when she went left of center and hit a car driven by 87-year-old Carl Lanier of Findlay. Hanco EMS took Lanier and his wife Mary to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Police cited Slaughter for going left-of-center.
9/29/17 – 4:56 A.M.
The Hancock County Drug Court is getting state funding thanks to a certification process. The Courier reports that extends the certification through 2019 and provides $60,000 in funding.
The drug court is a volunteer-based program that diverts certain drug offenders away from the traditional court system. It focuses on recovery efforts for the people who come through it.
Ohio law requires the judges also get certification. Judge Reginald Routson was initially certified in 2015 and has to get re-certified by the end of the year. Judge Jonathan Starn is working on his first certification.
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