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...

Police officer shoots, kills Findlay man

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A Findlay police officer shot and killed a man during an early Tuesday morning traffic stop. Jeremy J. Linhart, 30, of 527 Allen Ave., was shot in the 800 block of West Sandusky Street during a struggle with the officer, Police Chief Greg Horne said. The...

Sprague’s proposal violates housing laws, opponents claiming

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague’s plan to restrict addiction-recovery houses in Ohio would violate federal fair housing laws, critics contend, but Sprague defends it as a way for people to have a say about the houses. Sprague, R-Findlay, added language...

Former teacher believed in hard work, staying active

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Bob Constien was “ready to go the day after” he lost his wife, Janet Louise Constien, to Alzheimer’s. “He saw it coming, he felt it coming,” his son Rick Constien said. “After she passed, he sat in mom’s room...

Panel backs pay hike for law director

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen could get an 8 percent pay raise in 2016. Rasmussen makes $100,312 a year and the $8,000 raise would put him more in line with what the previous law director, David Hackenberg, made. At-Large Councilman Grant Russel and...

Board shapes recovery house strategy

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is trying to head off further community backlash for its addiction recovery house plans. The board said Tuesday it will work to provide information about potential recovery...

Officials withhold tax deferral information

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials Thursday declined to identify which businesses are deferring city tax payments, or the amount they owe, claiming the information is confidential under state law. The Courier on Thursday directly asked for the names of the businesses and...

City Council clashes over tax deferrals

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council members clashed Tuesday over whether they should take a closer look at the city’s practice of deferring certain businesses’ tax payments. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische requested a committee-of-the-whole meeting so...