]At least one person is behind bars after a car chase involving a stolen vehicle Thursday morning. Police arrested a man wearing a yellow coat and red shoes near U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 248 in Findlay. According to officers on scene the man was involved in a vehicle theft. His name has not yet been released.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Findlay Police Department, a drone, a K9 and a helicopter were involved in looking for him.
The Allen Township Fire Department had a very busy day Thursday. Firefighters were called to 2284 Township Road 232 around 7 a.m. for a house fire by Van Buren. Chief Gary Hickman said that cold temperatures can make it a difficult task.
Hickman said they had trucks at the station ready to go if they had any issues. He added that they were finally getting back to the fire station around 4:30 p.m. The fire caused a lot of damage but no estimates are available at the moment. Washington Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Aside from the fire the Allen Township Fire department also responded to an overheated space heater and a car accident.
The Hancock County Commissioners approved an extension for people to get their dog licenses. The extension will be through Monday due to weather conditions. According to state law, the tags were due by January 31. Counties are allowed to extend the deadline through the commissioners.
The Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County’s ReStore is moving to a new location. The new store location will be at 1200 Commerce Parkway. The store was originally located on Tiffin Avenue, which will permanently close on February 1 at 5 p.m.
To celebrate the move, Habitat is having a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m. A release from the organization says that the move will decrease their monthly payments and allow them to set up roots in a secure spot.
The mild start to this winter helped keep plows off the road in Hancock and Putnam Counties this year. ODOT reports that in Hancock County just over 3,200 tons of salt was used this year, compared to over 5,800 tons last year. This year cost a little more than $436,000 and covered over 56,600 miles. That’s down from $755,000 and 81,330 miles last year.
Putnam County only used 2,352 tons of salt this year. Last year the county used 4,336 tons. The total cost for this year was over $326,430 down from a cost of $595,825. Drivers covered over 45,100 miles. That’s down from 68,180 miles covered last year.
Pandora is moving forward with plans to improve the village’s lagoon system. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council recently approved a more than $200,000 upgrade package. The plans include building a new pump station next to an older one.
The village is using more than $158,000 from the village sewer fund and another $52,000 from the income tax fund to pay for the work.
Council tried to get grants to pay for the upgrades but they were unsuccessful.
Carey Mayor Jennifer Rathburn highlighted big plans for 2019 during a recent Carey Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. She mentioned the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and the replacement of electric and water meters as two big projects coming up this year.
Construction on the wastewater treatment plant could start this spring.
Rathburn also mentioned the construction of a new Carey Medical Center near U.S. 23. Blanchard Valley Health System is building the facility near the State Route 15 interchange. Hannon Systems is also expanding and adding around 100 jobs.
AEP Ohio’s “Neighbor to Neighbor” utility assistance program is still taking applications for this winter season. A release from the company says the program provides help to families facing an immediate utility crisis.
Families in need can receive grants that they can apply to their AEP Ohio account to prevent a disconnection. They can also use the grant to restore their service. AEP is accepting applications on a first-come, first served basis through the end of April.
An arctic blast continues today. The entire listening area remains under a Wind Chill Warning until this afternoon. We’re still looking at dangerously low wind chills that will make it feel like 35 below zero at times.
The dangerous conditions have led to another day of school cancellations around the area, including Findlay City Schools and the University of Findlay. You can see the full list on our website right now.
As of now, the United States Postal Service plans to resume mail delivery in Findlay today.
Things will start to improve tomorrow, with the high getting up to 14. We’ll have temperatures around 50 by the end of the weekend.
Wood County firefighters say brutally cold air is forcing them to let a silo fire burn itself out. The blaze broke out yesterday inside the grain silo at a Center Township farm. Sub-zero temperatures caused firefighters’ equipment to freeze, so they’re monitoring the fire and waiting for weather conditions to improve.