Good business climate helped lure McLane

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s good business climate, more than its location, convinced McLane Co. to build a $119 million grocery distribution center here, Mike Youngblood, McLane’s chief operating officer, said Thursday. Youngblood, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and...

Murder victim’s wife recounts shooting

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Just hours before he was shot to death in Findlay, Joe Gutierrez III may have assaulted a man in an effort to obtain money or crack cocaine, his wife testified Thursday. Angela Gutierrez testified during the third day of Montre Robinson’s murder...

Biologist: More algal problems likely

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer It will take at least a 40 percent reduction in phosphorus in Lake Erie to eliminate the algal blooms that affected the drinking water in the Toledo area in August, Jeffrey Reutter, the director of the Ohio State University Ohio Sea Grant College...

Ammonia spilled after Wood County truck accident

PORTAGE — A Thursday accident involving a tractor-trailer truck carrying 5,000 gallons of liquid ammonia closed the intersection of Ohio 281 and Huffman Road near Portage in Wood County. At about 8:20 a.m., the semi, driven by Joshua Whitaker, 23, of Fowler, Indiana, was...

Ex-councilman gets suspended sentence for fatal accident

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Former Ottawa Councilman Alan J. Ducey has been given a suspended jail sentence, a one-year license suspension and fined $1,000 for causing an accident that killed two Columbus Grove women earlier this year. During a hearing Thursday in...

Prosecution outlines murder case against Montre Robinson

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Montre Robinson urged a friend to pick up a gun and retaliate for an assault, leading to the murder of Joe Gutierrez III last year in Findlay, prosecutors told a jury on Wednesday. Robinson, 21, of Findlay, returned to Hancock County Common Pleas Court...

Few applying for city’s tax exemption program

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay home and business owners who have made improvements to their property in 2014 have until Dec. 15 to apply for the city’s tax exemption program. So far, few have applied for the tax break, said Matt Cordonnier, director of the Hancock...

County receives approval to open engineer’s garage

The Hancock County engineer’s new garage is open for business. Commissioner Brian Robertson said the county received a temporary occupancy permit from state building inspectors Wednesday. The building, at 1900 Lima Ave., failed a water flow test in July. However, the...
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