Monthly Archives: September 2019

Cooper Creates New Character In Advertisements To Help Ease Tire Buying Anxiety

(WFIN) – Findlay-based Cooper Tire has announced a new ad campaign that premiered on national television and digital sites Monday.

The ad gives tire advice from your no-nonsense Uncle Cooper.

The company reports that the character was created to help ease consumers that lack confidence in their tire buying decisions.

You can view the advertisement here.

Findlay Municipal Court Helping People Take Care Of Active Warrants

(WFIN) – The Findlay Municipal Court will be hosting a Safe Surrender Day this Thursday to take care of any active warrants.

Judge Alan Hackenberg said there are several reasons why you might have a warrant.

Hackenberg explained how the day will go.

Hackenberg explained that they will only clear up warrants from the Findlay Municipal Court.

Safe Surrender Day will be from 10 am to 4 pm.

You can find more details on the event page.

Local Breast Cancer Survivor Has Run In 100+ Komen Races

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Findlay over the weekend in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

We spoke with a local breast cancer survivor who hasn’t stopped running since she was diagnosed, and beat the disease, 21 years ago.

Deanna Kiesel says she’s run in more than 100 Komen races over the years, and more than 1,000 races overall.

“There’s just such a sense of community in the Komen races, and I’m always overwhelmed with how Findlay comes out for this event,” she told us a few minutes after posting another impressive time.

Deanna was the 3rd place female survivor in Saturday’s Race for the Cure in Findlay, and then on Sunday she ran in the Toledo race.

“Once you’ve been diagnosed there’s a sisterhood, so seeing fellow survivors in pink is very uplifting.”

Several People Injured In Chain-Reaction Crash In Findlay

Findlay police ticketed a man they say caused a three car chain-reaction crash that injured several people.

The crash happened in the 1400 block of Blanchard Avenue at around 4:45 Sunday afternoon.

Crash investigators say Jeffrey Barton, 43, of Findlay, was driving west on Blanchard Avenue when he crashed into the back of a car that was stopped and waiting for a car ahead of it to turn left onto Brookside Drive.

The impact sent the car that Barton struck into the car in front of it, and Barton then left the roadway and struck a telephone pole.

Five people in the lead car, including four kids, were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

All three vehicles sustained heavy damage and had to be towed.

Police issued Barton tickets for driving under suspension and assured clear distance ahead.

People Pour Into Downtown Findlay For The Fun Of Oktoberfest

People packed into downtown Findlay on Saturday for Oktoberfest.

The celebration of German heritage included plenty of great food and drink and entertainment.

In addition to the traditional German music, the entertainment included competitions such as the Stein Endurance competition and Brat-eating competition, both of which proved to be highly entertaining for the large crowd.

Oktoberfest Findlay has grown to become one of the biggest single-day activities in Hancock County.

In the video below you can see Nathan Ankerman winning one of the brat-eating contests.

Earlier in the day, Nathan and his wife attended the University of Findlay vows renewal celebration.

University Of Findlay Alumni Renew Vows During Homecoming Weekend

Dozens of University of Findlay alumni who met at UF and later married attended a vows renewal celebration as part of homecoming weekend.

“It’s always fun to come back and see how the campus has grown and to re-live those days,” said Andrea Ankerman, who participated in the ceremony with her husband Nathan.

Andrea says when she heard of the vows renewal celebration it sounded like fun so they decided to come back for it.

“You know, if it wasn’t for the University of Findlay we wouldn’t have met.”

Andrea says she and Nathan had a lot of the same classes because they were both education majors, and that’s how they met.

“He was also in a fraternity that had great parties,” Andrea said laughing.

The ceremony was officiated by Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn, who met her husband at UF.

Trojans Win Impressively On Homecoming, Shutting Out Fremont Ross

The Findlay Trojans rode a tremendous defensive effort to a homecoming win over Fremont Ross on Friday night.

The game started about 30 minutes late due to a weather delay and the Trojans quickly showed they were ready to play.

One of the highlights of the game was a great catch and run for a TD by Ben Ireland, which you can see in the video below.

The defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the great effort.

The Trojans went on to defeat the Little Giants by a score of 34-0.

The Trojans are now 2-3 on the season.

Findlay hosts Toledo St. Francis on Friday night here on WFIN.

Findlay Mayor Addresses Public Comments On Blanchard Street Project

(WFIN) – Over 200 people sent public comments to the City of Findlay opposing the Blanchard Street project.

Mayor Muryn said that they are taking the comments seriously but added that it’s important to remember that only a small percentage of residents offered comment.

Muryn said that they still reached out to ODOT and will create new options to put before council.


You can learn more about the proposed project on our here.

One Injured, One Arrested In Findlay Hit/Skip Crash

(WFIN) – A hit/skip crash involving a bicycle and a car sent one person to the hospital and another behind bars.

The Findlay Police Department says 55-year old Kenneth Bender of Findlay was riding his bike in the curb lane in the 2300 block of North Main Street around 7:50 am when he was struck by 36-year-old Kory Conley.

Bender was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital and then he was life-flighted to St. Vincent Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time.

Police say Conley fled the scene but officers found him and arrested him for possession of cocaine and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Case Of Mosquito-Borne LaCrosse Virus In Hancock County

A Hancock County boy has tested positive for LaCrosse virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Hancock Public Health says the boy is from the Mt. Blanchard area of the county and is recovering well.

Health officials say “we stepped up their mosquito surveillance, spraying, catch basin treatment, and other educational outreach activities to contain and prevent further illness.”

Hancock Public Health says they’ve been working closely with village officials to make sure the public is protected, and will be at their next council meeting on Monday to provide more prevention information and help answer any questions or concerns the public might have.

Officials are urging people to take precautions and to not let their guard down when it comes to preventing mosquito bites and exposures.

Some tips include:

– Removing standing water and water-holding containers from around homes and property. Areas which might contain standing water include rain barrels, birdbaths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers.

– Limiting outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

– Using an insect repellent containing DEET if outside when mosquitoes are active.

– Wearing loose, light-colored clothing while outside.

People should contact a health care provider if they experience symptoms including fever, headache, nausea and vomiting five to 15 days after being bitten by a mosquito.

People with areas of standing water on their property can receive free mosquito control kits from Hancock Public Health.