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7/1/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay man awaiting trial for allegedly killing his infant son has requested he be able to see his wife’s newborn baby. The Courier reports the attorney for Jerrod Hartman made the request in paperwork filed with the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. On June 10 Judge Joseph Niemeyer ordered Hartman have no contact with the baby.

Hartman’s lawyer said the prosecutors, “relayed to individuals involved in this case that they no longer have opposition to Jerrod being around the newborn.” The prosecution denied that was the case.

The request also points out that Hartman has small nieces and nephews and he is allowed to be around them while out on bond.

Hartman is set to go on trial July 29.

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6/30/15 – 9:20 A.M.

A Findlay business has been honored for its support of service members who have suffered major injuries. Lauger Carpet One was recognized for its support of the “Building for America’s Bravest” program. The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for returning veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries.

Larry Lauger says the business and its manufacturing partner Mohawk have committed to providing flooring materials for 46 smart homes.

For that effort, the Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and members of the Fire Department of New York City presented a shadowbox with steel from the World Trade Center to the business Monday. The Siller Foundation started as an organization to honor a fallen 9/11 firefighter. The organization runs the BFAB program.

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6/30/15 – 6:36 A.M.

A man was hit and killed by a train in Wood County this morning. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the incident happened around 4:45 a.m. in the village of Portage at Main Street and County Home Roads. The victim has not been identified.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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6/30/15 – 5:21 A.M.

The St. Wendelin Parish and School will welcome a new pastor this week. The Review-Times reports the Reverend Todd Dominique will start in his new role tomorrow. He’ll be taking the place of Reverend Nicholas Weibl, who recently retired.

Dominique is no stranger to the area. He’s served in various roles at Catholic churches and schools in the region since 1994. Most recently he has been a pastor a Defiance St. John Catholic Church and Holy Cross Catholic School. He was also an associate pastor at St. Wendelin in 2006 and 2007.

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6/30/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The Findlay Rotary Club has a new president. Jeff Winkle was installed into the position during the organization’s Monday meeting. He is the director of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and is also president of the Ohio Library Council.

Winkle has been a Rotarian since 2005. He joined the Findlay Rotary in 2009.

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6/30/15 – 5:06 A.M.

One person was injured when an SUV was hit by a semi in Hancock County Monday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 237 just after 1 p.m.

81-year-old Beverly Atkins of Findlay was driving north on Road 237 when she pulled into the path of an eastbound semi driven by 42-year-old Shane Kimberly of Greenwich, Ohio. Atkins’ SUV overturned, trapping her. The Washington Township Fire Department extricated her, and she was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Atkins was cited for failure to yield.

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6/30/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Only one area waterway remains in flood stage today. The Blanchard River in Ottawa is in the minor flood stage right now. At last check the river was just over 24.5 feet and falling. The Blanchard is expected to drop below flood stage early Wednesday morning in Ottawa.

As for the Blanchard River in Findlay, it exited action stage early this morning. All Hancock County roads that were closed for high water have reopened.

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6/29/15 – 9:37 A.M.

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the events surrounding the death of a Forest man Sunday afternoon. The body of 37-year-old Michael Winkle was found in a home at 15464 State Route 37 in Jackson Township.

Investigators say the Delaware Couty Sheriff’s Office notified authorities in Wyandot County about a potential situation Sunday. An active warrant for Winkle had been issued after he apparently had been texting a Raymond woman and threatening to harm himself.

A ping on Winkle’s cell phone location led deputies to the 15000 block of Township Highway 87 in Jackson Township. While in the area investigators ran into Winkle’s brother, who led them to the home where Winkle’s body was found.

The cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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6/29/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A crash just north of Arlington injured two people late last week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the two-car crash happened on U.S. 68 near Hancock County Road 24 around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

A crash report says 29-year-old Scott Pontious of Sanford, Michigan was stopped in traffic on Route 68 when he was hit from behind by 49-year-old Vanessa Rieman of Arlington. Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Rieman was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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6/29/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we enter the holiday-shortened work week. According to Ohiogasprices.com, Findlay drivers are paying around $2.73 for a gallon of regular today. That’s nine cents higher than last Monday, but down from last week’s high of $2.88 a gallon. Ottawa drivers are paying a penny more, at $2.74.

Around the state, the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.80. That’s up eight cents from last week but down from a midweek high of $2.84.

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