Firefighters’ records: Several have access

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Several Findlay firefighters may have had access to disciplinary files leaked to The Courier this week. Someone mailed records to the newspaper about newly-appointed Fire Chief Joshua Eberle. The records said he was placed on a 40-day suspension in 2007...

Fire chief served suspension in 2007

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay’s newly-appointed fire chief was placed on 40 days disciplinary leave in 2007 after incidents at a Columbus bar led to police charges that were later dropped. Joshua Eberle, then 31 and a Findlay firefighter, was put on unpaid leave in...

City auditor’s veiled threat spurs probe

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State Auditor Dave Yost’s office is investigating whether Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak violated any laws when he made a veiled threat to a Fifth Third Bank official during the primary election campaign. Fifth Third Bank handles a city government...

Sign tries to prevent panhandling

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay 1st Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische is trying to prevent panhandling at the corner of Bright Road and Tiffin Avenue. Frische, who owns a building on the corner, has put up an electronic message to people who give money to panhandlers. The sign...

Eberle named new fire chief

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Josh Eberle was named Findlay’s new fire chief Wednesday. Eberle, 38, has been with the Findlay Fire Department for more than 15 years and has been a captain since 2010. “I’m excited about it,” Eberle said. “I’m...

City expects to name fire chief today

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials are expected to name a new fire chief today. Capt. Joshua S. Eberle, Capt. Timothy A. Hassan and Capt. Jeff Rampe each interviewed for the chief position Tuesday. After a decision is announced, officials will begin planning a ceremony...

Drug court impact still too early to tell

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER It’s too early to tell how successful Hancock County’s new drug court will be, Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson told Findlay Rotary club members Monday. “We’re way too early in the game to make that kind of...

Agencies track overdose deaths in Findlay, county

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Marion isn’t the only Ohio city struggling with drug overdoses. There have been five confirmed drug overdose deaths in Findlay this year, with another six cases under investigation. The Findlay Health Department tracks overdose deaths in the city,...

Council panel recommends pay increases

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER To give Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen an 8 percent raise, City Council will have to change a law it approved in 2011. With the raise, Rasmussen would make around $108,312 a year. That would put him more in line with what the previous law director...

Officials not in favor of buying dashboard or body cameras

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Findlay Police Department has no dashboard or body cameras, but they wouldn’t have made a difference in Tuesday’s shooting, Mayor Lydia Mihalik said. Jeremy Linhart, 30, of Findlay, was shot and killed by a police officer early Tuesday in...