02/28/18 – 8:21 P.M.
Hancock Public Health met with members of Findlay City Council to see about getting funds for a new building. Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi said that they need more space.
Baroudi said that the project won’t come cheap.
Councilman Tom Shindledecker said that he wasn’t comfortable with putting the city’s money on the project without anything coming from the county.
Baroudi explained that the health department is willing to put around $300,000 into the project. He will also get a meeting scheduled between officials from the city, county, and other potential funding partners.
02/28/18 – 7:32 P.M.
4-H Week kicks off on Monday to showcase the programs that are available in Hancock County. Cassie Anderson serves Hancock County as an extension educator. She said that there are programs for everyone.
The first event is a kickoff party on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome to come. Anderson said the last day to join 4-H is April 1.
02/28/18 – 6:38 P.M.
Restaurant Week kicks off next Monday to celebrate Findlay restaurants. During dinner hours you can stop into restaurants that are taking part to get a special three-course meal. The prices are $10-$40 per diner and vary per restaurant. You can ask to see the special Restaurant Week Menu to get your options.
The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Visit Findlay are sponsoring the event. They encourage diners to share their meals on social media with the #419eats.
For a complete list of restaurants taking part, you can go to VisitFindlay.com/RestaurantWeek.
2/28/18 – 5:37 A.M.
A judge has found the former band director at an Allen County high school guilty of sex crimes. The Lima News reports the judge returned guilty verdicts on four of eight counts in the case against 69-year-old Dennis Dellifeld of Ada.
Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett found Dellifeld guilty on two counts of attempted use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials. He also issued guilty verdicts on two counts of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
Dellifeld decided to have a judge hear his case rather than a jury. A 16-year-old student at Allen East High School accused Dellifeld of sending him inappropriate text messages last February.
MORE: Lima News
2/28/18 – 5:27 A.M.
A rash of car break-ins is under investigation in North Baltimore. The police department says the break-ins have involved unlocked cars in the 400 block of South Tarr Street, the 300 block of South Main Street, and the 300 block of South Second Street. The thief or thieves got into six or seven vehicles.
Someone took a laptop from one of the cars. They took coins from others.
North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer reminds residents to lock their cars and remove valuable items from them. He also says you should report anything suspicious.
2/28/18 – 5:19 A.M.
Fostoria residents recently received a rash of scam phone calls. A post on the police department’s Facebook page says someone is calling people and claiming to raise money for the department. The post says the phone number has a 419 area-code. The person on the other end of the line says they are raising money for fallen officers.
The post says, “at no time have we, or will we; call you and solicit money. If you wish to donate to such charities, we recommend you research before giving anything.”
2/28/18 – 5:12 A.M.
The former Autolite plant in Fostoria has a new owner. The Courier reports Roppe Holding Company CEO Donald Miller recently sent a letter to employees announcing the company was buying the facility. The letter says, “Our future looks bright. President Trump’s new tax plan will allow us to purchase new equipment to produce additional products and improve efficiency.”
So far there’s no word on if the expansion means more jobs. Roppe and Miller have not responded to several requests for comment from the Courier since mid-February. The Blade reports the company is looking at new product lines and needs around 100,000 square feet of factory space.
The Autolite complex covers more than 40 acres of land and has about 500,000 square feet of industrial space.
MORE: The Courier
2/28/18 – 5:02 A.M.
You’ll see lane closures on I-75 through Findlay the next couple of nights. ODOT is reducing the southbound lane of the interstate from County Road 99 to State Route 12 to one lane tonight and tomorrow night. Crews are demolishing a bridge over an abandoned railroad in that area.
The lane restrictions are in place from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day for both days of the project.
You’ll be able to use all Findlay exits while the work takes place.
2/28/18 – 4:55 A.M.
Hancock County authorities accuse a Lebanon, Ohio man of committing a sex crime against a teenage girl. The Courier reports the grand jury indicted 51-year-old Gregory McCloud on a sexual battery charge this week.
Prosecutor Phil Riegle says McCloud was responsible for the victim in place of her parents. The incident allegedly happened on October 21 of last year.
No other details on the case are available.
MORE: The Courier
02/27/18 – 5:42 P.M.
The debate on how to handle school violence continues and Findlay City Schools superintendent chimed in on WFIN. Ed Kurt explained that he doesn’t think arming teachers is the right path. Instead, he said there should be more focus on school resource officers.
He said that resource officers are already trained. Findlay City Schools only has one resource officer to handle all of the schools and students in the district.
Kurt said that there also needs to be communication about students being bullied. He explained that they can help the student before the issue escalates.
FCS has Trauma-Informed Care available to students to address these exact kinds of problems. Kurt explained that students are expected to talk about any issues they see and be leaders.
Kurt added that he is fed up with school threats across the nation and in the area.
Kurt said that kids need to learn there are consequences to their actions when they issue a threat. Many students across the state have been charged with felonies for issuing a threat.