Monthly Archives: April 2022

FPD: Motorcyclist Led Police On High-Speed Pursuit

The Findlay Police Department says a motorcyclist led officers on a high-speed pursuit after refusing to pull over.

It started on South Main Street at Sixth Street a little before 7 p.m. Friday.

Police say an officer went to initiate a traffic stop on a Kawasaki motorcycle for operating recklessly in the southbound lanes and the driver refused to stop.

Police say the operator of the motorcycle, Malcolm Williams, 20, led police on a pursuit that lasted more than seven miles and reached speeds of 133 miles per hour southbound on U.S. 68.

The motorcyclist eventually stopped fleeing a little north of Arlington.

Police say Williams was taken into custody for felony fleeing and eluding and booked at the Hancock County Jail.

He was also issued a citation for reckless operation and no motorcycle endorsement.



Bridge Replacement Project Closing Section Of County Road

The Hancock County Engineer’s Office says a bridge replacement project will close a portion of a county road east of Findlay.

County Road 7, between Biglick Township Road 253 and Biglick Township Road 255, will be closed for replacement beginning Monday, May 2nd.

The project is anticipated to take about four weeks to complete.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and to use caution when traveling through the area.

This project is part of the County Bridge Replacement Program and is utilizing $85,145 of local gas tax and license fees.



Program Inspires Girls To Build Confidence, Celebrate Each Other

Some local elementary school girls are participating in the Girls on the Run program.

Maddie Zellner, student support specialist at Chamberlin Hill Elementary and Jefferson Primary, says the program encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their strengths and celebrate each other.

She says that’s accomplished through a tested curriculum that blends physical activity with skill development.



Maddie says, at the end of the 8-week program, the girls will complete a 5K race.

She says part of the program is a community impact project, and that the girls will be making cookies for the folks at Sunrise Assisted Living on Lake Cascades Parkway.

You can learn more about the Girls on the Run program by clicking here.



Registration Wrapping Up For Camp 911

The Camp 911 educational safety camp still has some openings for their upcoming camp in Findlay this summer.

Camp 911 is an interactive safety camp for kids entering kindergarten and helps them learn basic safety.

The afternoon session still has some openings and parents interested can click here.

The free camp presents important safety lessons such as stranger danger, drug safety and pedestrian safety through a combination of demonstrations, videos, and activities.

Camp 911 is a joint effort led by local emergency response agencies, including Hanco, Findlay Fire and Police Departments, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Hancock Public Health.

The camp will be available this year to 200 kids across Hancock County who will be entering kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year.

The camp will be held June 20th – 24th at First Presbyterian Church at 2330 South Main Street in Findlay.

Morning sessions will run from 8 to 11 a.m, and afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m.

To sign up click here, and for more information call 419-424-7853.

The video below and picture above are from last summer when the youngsters got to see local K9 officers in action.


MCPA Receives Donation For ‘Boogie On The Block!’

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has received a $10,000 donation from Premier Bank.

The funds will be used to sponsor the 2022 Boogie on the Block! on June 3rd.

“Boogie on the Block! is Findlay’s largest community block party to celebrate the beginning of summer with friends and neighbors in the heart of downtown Findlay,” said MCPA executive director Heather Clow.

“Held annually on the first Friday of June, the community has come to rely on this event to kick off the warm weather season!”

Performing at this year’s event will be The Wet Bandits and returning this summer are the stars of yacht rock, The Docksiders.

Attendees will enjoy live music, libations and delicious food vendors.

“The kindness we witness in our communities day after day fuels our passion to support local events like the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ 2022 Boogie on the Block! event,” said Trish Gelsomino, Foundation Giving Coordinator, Premier Bank.

“Together we can spread kindness and make Findlay stronger!”

For more information about the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts call 419-423-2787 or visit


Police Seeking Tips In Drive-By Shooting Death Of Baby

Police in Toledo are seeking information about the suspects involved in the drive-by shooting death of a 7-month-old girl.

Police say Desire Hughes was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle at Jackman Road and Hillcrest Avenue on Wednesday.

Her father was driving the vehicle and was grazed by a bullet.

Police are asking residents in the area to review any home security footage they may have, and to report anything suspicious they may have seen before, during, or after the shooting.

People with tips can call or text Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward.


Camp FUN Registration Underway

Registration is underway for Camp FUN, a free day camp designed for area youth who have been affected by family addiction and/or overdose.

The camp will be held Saturday, June 18th from 10 to 4 at Camp Berry at 11716 County Road 40, a little south of Findlay. Check-in begins at 9.

Camp FUN (Friendship, Understanding and Nurturing) is open to youth between the ages of 9-12 and 13-17.

The purpose of the camp is to provide a positive, encouraging and supportive experience for impacted youth.

Activities will include hiking, a climbing tower, crafts, games and even horses.

Parents or guardians can register their child online by clicking here.

There is no fee to attend the camp.



Safely Dispose Of Old Medications At Collection Event

You can safely get rid of your old, unused medications at an event in Findlay on Saturday, April 30th.

There will be a medication collection event at the Findlay Municipal Building parking lot off of West Crawford Street from 8 to noon.

Saturday, April 30th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

People can simply drive in, drop off their old medications for safe disposal and go on their way.

The Findlay Police Department says, not only will you be cleaning out those cluttered cabinets but you’ll be doing so in a safe manner.

Many people flush their medications, leading to environmental concerns.

Others dispose of medications in the trash or leave them in their house enabling people to find them and abuse them.

People who can’t make it to the medication collection on Saturday can drop off their medications anytime in the medication collection drop-boxes available in the lobby of the police department and sheriff’s office.

People with questions can call 419-424-1985.



Ohio Lawmaker Calls Pregnancy From Rape An ‘Opportunity’

(ONN) – An Ohio lawmaker who has proposed a bill that would outlaw all abortions in the state is coming under fire for her comments about sexual assault.

It happened during Republican State Rep. Jean Schmidt’s testimony for “the Human Life Protection Act.”

That bill would ban all abortions in Ohio and penalize doctors who perform them.

The bill does not provide an exception for victims of rape.

“It is a shame that it happens, but there is an opportunity for that woman no matter how young or old she is,” Schmidt said.



Kellie Copeland is executive director of Pro-Choice Ohio – and responded to Schmidt’s comments.



“She said what Governor DeWine and their Republican colleagues in Columbus and Washington think about abortion and about people’s access to it. They want to ban it in every circumstance.”

Democrats called for an apology and for the bill to be pulled.


Hancock County Receives State Money For Brownfield Projects

Hancock County is receiving money from the state to complete two projects as part of the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program.

The Ohio Department of Development is providing funding for 78 projects, including approximately $54.8 million for 37 clean-up projects and $5.5 million for 41 assessment projects.

The projects will impact communities in 35 counties across the state.

We spoke with Commissioner Mike Pepple about the projects the funding will cover in Findlay.

Hancock County is receiving $492,000 for cleanup and remediation of a property just north of the Blanchard River in Findlay (pictured above) that was an operational plating company.





Cleanup activities will include pre-demolition, asbestos removal, demolition, transportation, and disposal.

After remediation, the site will be redeveloped as public greenspace and a benching project for flood mitigation will occur.

Hancock County is also getting $231,000 for an assessment project on a property at the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and County Road 99.

The property contains 12 bulk above-ground storage tanks built between 1903 and 1939.

The tanks were dismantled starting in the 1950s and removal was completed in the 1970s.

Prior assessments identified potential contamination on the property.

Brownfield Remediation Program funds will allow for a Phase II assessment on the property.

After assessment and remediation, the City of Findlay and property owners are working to redevelop the area as housing and commercial development.

The $60 million grant announcement represents the first group of grants awarded as part of Round 1 of the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, with nearly $350 million to be invested in total across the state in the coming months.