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11/20/15 – 8:30 A.M.

If you need a ride from HATS today it won’t cost you anything. Laurie Collins is the director of the transportation service, and says First Federal Bank is sponsoring all trips within Hancock County today. HATS is open for rides until 9:45 p.m.

If you need to schedule a pickup, you can call (419)423-7261.

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11/20/15 – 6:37 A.M.

The Von’s Diamonds and Jewelry store in Findlay is closing. The Lima News reports that the Von’s location in Lima will remain open. According to the report Dennis Vondrell owns the Lima store, and intends to pass it on to his daughter. The Findlay location is owned by Dennis’ brother Larry, who is retiring and decided to close the store.

Von’s Diamonds and Jewelry opened in Findlay in 1988. The store moved to Patriot Drive on the east side in 2007.

MORE: Lima News

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11/20/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A car collided with a commercial van in northern Hancock County Thursday afternoon, injuring two people. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 613 near Allen Township Road 232 around 4 p.m.

68-year-old Kenneth Gottlieb of Monroe, Ohio, was driving south on Road 232 when he ran a stop sign and was hit by an eastbound van driven by 64-year-old Jorgi Mulo of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Both men were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Gottlieb was cited for failure to yield.

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11/20/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Putnam County law enforcement and EMTs got an important lesson this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports first responders were trained on how to use Naloxone during two sessions at the Educational Service Center. Naloxone is medication that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose.

The state is investing $1 million to make the antidote available to local health departments.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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11/20/15 – 5:05 A.M.

Hancock County residents are being targeted by another scam. Someone has been calling people and telling them they are trying to collect money for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer has been telling potential victims they have an outstanding debt. They then try and transfer the call to another number before they make payment arrangements to help you avoid getting into trouble.

The caller has been using a telephone ID spoofing program that makes it appear the call is coming from a legit source. A release from the Sheriff’s Office says they do not collect debts over the phone.

If you think you’ve been a target of this scam, call the sheriff’s office at (419)422-2424.

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11/20/15 – 4:56 A.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for help in identifying historic properties that could be affected by a diversion channel west of Findlay. The Courier reports residents have until December 7 to submit information to the Corps. The agency says historic properties include “any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure or object that shows evidence of human occupation or activity and that is important in the history, architecture or archaeology of a community or region.”

Once the exact path of the proposed diversion channel is set, officials will search the plotted area for any signs of historic or prehistoric items. So far the plans don’t include any known historic sites.

Contact Info:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Toledo Project Office, 3906 N. Summit St., Toledo, OH 43611.
Comments also can be sent by fax to 419-259-7436, by email to blanchard@usace.army.mil or via the Internet: https://bit.ly/BRWStudy.

MORE: The Courier

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11/19/2015 – 5;51 pm

A 28-year-old Custar man was found dead in his cell in the Wood County jail Thursday morning. The Sheriff’s office reported that Wesley DeWitt was found unresponsive just before 5:00 am. Deputies and medical staff performed CPR and called an ambulance but despite efforts, DeWitt was pronounced dead at the jail.

The body was taken to Lucas County for an autopsy. The preliminary investigation does not indicate the death is suspicious or related to his custody. DeWitt was arrested on Monday on a felony drug abuse charge.

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11/19/2015 – 4:50 pm

Findlay Police say be on the lookout for counterfeit bills. Businesses along West Trenton Avenue near 75 have seen the fake bills being presented for payment over the past two months. Similar incidents have been reported in Perrysburg and Bowling Green over the past few months. Many times the bills are $5, $20, and $50 bills. Ten incidents have been reported, but there are no current suspects.

If you suspect you have encountered fake bills, contact the police department at 419-424-7150, or the US Secret Service Toledo Office at 419-259-6434.

How to check for a fake bill

Check the paper quality of the bill.
Look for clear, not blurry printing.
Check for the security strips embedded in the paper.
Check for the watermark.
Check for the red and blue fiber strip.
Utilize a counterfeit bill detection pen, available at an office supply store

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11/19/2015 – 4:30 pm

The Findlay community will be coming together next Thursday for the annual Community Thanksgiving meal at StoneBridge Church. Chris Edwards with the church said that the annual event has grown each year. In 2014 just under 1600 people were served meals and this year they expect even more.

Audio: Chris Edwards

The annual event brings together volunteers from all walks of life. The meal is served at StoneBridge, but people will also have other options should they wish to participate.

Audio: Chris Edwards

Carry out and drive through options will also be available for people coming to the meal. The Community Thanksgiving will be next Thursday, November 26 at StoneBridge Church. The meal will be served from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm in the auditorium, 2111 Stonehedge Dr., Findlay.

More: StoneBridge Church

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11/19/2015 – 1:35 pm

Father Gregory Boyle will be featured in an upcoming lecture at the University of Findlay. He is the Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, which is the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the country. Through his organization, Father Boyle has help to develop positive alternatives for youth in inner cities by establishing schools, daycare facilities, and helping youth find employment.

The lecture will be at the University of Findlay on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Winebrenner Seminary TLB Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

More: UF Newsroom

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