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6/29/16 – 5:05 A.M.
Update – 7:35 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has found the parents of a child found in the Cygnet area early this morning.  Media partner WTOL-11 reports the 4-year-old was found in the street near railroad tracks around 3 a.m.  The boy is currently with child protective services and officials are working to reunite him with his parents.  The boy’s parents say he wandered out of the house overnight.

A Nixle alert was released just before 5 a.m. that said, “VERY YOUNG CHILD FOUND IN CYGNET AREA. PLEASE CHECK AND MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS HOME.”

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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6/29/16 – 7:28 A.M.

A first-floor bathroom in the Fostoria Municipal Building is closer to coming into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The Review-Times reports a bid for the project was opened Tuesday, and the lone bid was within acceptable ranges. The project is estimated to cost $80,000. The bid from Studer-Obringer Construction in New Washington was for a little more than $87,000. That’s within the 10 percent difference allowed by state law.

In May the lone bid for the project had to be thrown out because it was more than 10 percent above the project estimate.

MORE: Review-Times

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6/29/16 – 7:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two teenagers east of Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports 16-year-old Taylor Bacon of Forest was driving west on State Route 568 around 12:40 p.m. when he stopped to turn left at Marion Township Road 234. A car driven by 50-year-old Susan Stowe of Carey rear-ended Bacon’s car.

Bacon and his passenger, 15-year-old Dakota Ulrich of Kenton, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Stowe was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.


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6/29/16 – 5:37 A.M.

Two Findlay men were arrested following a police chase Tuesday afternoon. A release from the Findlay Police Department says an officer tried to pull over a car driven by 48-year-old Danny Scarberry on North Blanchard Street around 1:12 p.m. The car stopped in the 400 block of Allen Avenue but then sped away when the officer got out of his cruiser.

Scarberry would hit a guardrail and come to a stop. His passenger, 38-year-old David Lamb, ran away from the scene of the crash. He was found close by and charged with obstructing official business. Scarberry also tried to run but was stopped with a Taser. Scarberry is charged with fleeing and eluding, driving under suspension, and a registration violation.

Officers also say they found suspected cocaine in the car.

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6/29/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Charges have been filed in Hancock County against a man for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls. The Courier reports 34-year-old Thomas Scarberry faces one count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of sexual battery. Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece says the alleged crimes took place in Findlay and Arlington several years ago. He added both girls were under 12-years-old at the time.

According to the indictment, the alleged sexual assaults against one girl took place between March 20 of 2012 and October 31 of 2013. The alleged crimes against the other girl happened between August 15 and September 30 of 2009, and between February 1 and June 30 of 2012.

MORE: The Courier

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6/29/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Bond for a Findlay murder suspect will stay at $1 million. The Courier reports 58-year-old Onelio Almeida appeared in the Findlay Municipal Court Tuesday via a video link from the Hancock County jail. Almeida is accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife last weekend.

During the hearing, Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller said Onelio initially fled the county after he shot 44-year-old Juanita Almedia. Miller said Onelio hid the murder weapon in another county, but then came back to Findlay and turned himself in. He then told investigators where to find the gun.

A preliminary hearing has been set for July 5. Almeida hasn’t been indicted by the grand jury yet.

MORE: The Courier

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6/28/16 – 11:00 A.M.
Update – 6/29/16 – 4:57 A.M.

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Mount Blanchard around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Jennifer Leighty was driving an SUV west on County Road 4 when she was hit by a pickup truck driven by 37-year-old Charles McVeigh of Mount Blanchard, who was northbound on County Road 157.

Leighty was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  An 8-year-old girl in her car was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo for treatment.  Two other passengers, a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital.  McVeigh and a 12-year-old passenger in his truck were also taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.

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6/28/16 – 10:35 A.M.

It shouldn’t be too long now before logjam removal begins in the Ottawa Creek in Hancock County. According to the county commissioners, Tawa Tree Service has submitted an estimate of a little more than $46,000 to handle clearing efforts.

The project is managed by the Hancock Soil & Water District. The board is expected to discuss the bid at their next meeting, which is July 5 according to the district’s website.

The work is paid for by ongoing maintenance assessments to property owners near the creek.

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6/28/16 – 7:33 A.M.

A major Allen County employer is expanding. The Cincinnati Business Courier reports Procter & Gamble will start a $65 million construction project at its laundry detergent manufacturing facility in Lima next month. The 80,000 square foot addition is expected to create 51 new jobs when it’s finished.

The state approved a six-year tax credit worth around $119,000 to help the project move forward.

The plant already employs around 600 people.

MORE: Cincinnati Business Courier

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6/28/16 – 7:20 A.M.

A Findlay teen was injured when the bike he was riding was hit by a car Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 15-year-old Jordan Sebastiano was riding his bike in the crosswalk at Front and Main streets around 4:15 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by 50-year-old Michael Breitigam of Rawson.

Sebastiano reportedly may have suffered a concussion and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Breitigam was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

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