WITH VIDEO: Findlay fire chief sworn in

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Joshua Eberle was sworn in as Findlay’s new fire chief Monday morning in the City Council chambers in front of a crowd of around 100 people. “It really is great to see so many people here and it’s almost overwhelming,” Eberle said...

16 same-sex marriage licenses issued in area counties

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Sixteen marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in Hancock and surrounding counties in the week since the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages are legal across the country. Wood County has issued seven marriage licenses to...

Governor vetoes Sprague’s recovery house proposal

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Gov. John Kasich has killed state Rep. Robert Sprague’s effort to put restrictions on addiction recovery housing in Ohio. Sprague’s proposal was included in the state budget, but Kasich used his line-item veto power to reject Sprague’s...

Tempers flare at council meeting

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials and City Council members got into a shouting match Wednesday night during an informal committee-of-the-whole meeting about the city’s tax deferment policy. Auditor Jim Staschiak and 1st Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische argued that...

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...