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9/1/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The second day of the Hancock County Fair will be full of activity. Both grandstands will be in use today. Harness racing will take place at the south grandstand starting at 5 p.m. The calf scramble takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the north grandstand.

Junior fair activities include horse shows, sheep showmanship, and poultry judging. The open class themed baskets and rabbit competitions are also on the agenda for the day.

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9/1/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding you to keep an eye on your kids while you’re at the county fair this year. Deputy Shane Leeth tells the Courier it’s a bad idea to simply drop young kids off at the fair for the day. Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker adds that you should decide on a place to meet if someone becomes lost.

Other suggestions for keeping track of your kids at the fair include writing your phone number on your child’s arm with a liquid bandage or nail polish. Child identification cards are also available at the sheriff’s building. Children can always look for help from a deputy if they get separated from their family as well.

The Hancock County Fair kicked off Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says there haven’t been any serious problems.

MORE: The Courier

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9/1/16 – 4:40 A.M.

The search is underway for more school bus drivers in Bowling Green. District officials say the shortage of drivers is forcing delays in getting students to and from school and extracurricular activities. People interested in becoming a Bowling Green school bus driver need only a good driving record to get started. More information is online at www.bgcs.k12.oh.us.

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8/31/16 – 9:02 A.M.

A Tiffin man was injured when his car was hit by a semi at the intersection of U.S. 224 and State Route 587 Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports 29-year-old Brent Reese of Swanton was driving his semi west on U.S. 224 around 1:30 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto Route 587. He ended up hitting 53-year-old Randall Eckert’s car.

It took rescue crews about an hour to get Eckert out of the car. He was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter for treatment of serious injuries.

Reese was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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8/31/16 – 8:53 A.M.

A pair of Kentucky residents accused of stealing a car in Hancock County and leading police on a chase on I-75 in Allen and Auglaize counties appeared in court Tuesday. The Lima News reports 21-year-old Kaylee Herman pleaded guilty to a charge of stolen property of a motor vehicle. A separate grand theft charge was dropped as a result. She could spend up to 18 months in prison.

22-year-old Shawn Gregory also appeared in court. He waived his right to a speedy trial. Prosecutors say he was the driver during the June 16 chase. Gregory is charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, grand theft of a motor vehicle, attempted vehicular assault, and receiving stolen property. He could spend nine years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Police say the couple was committing crimes in Hancock County when they stole a running car from a Findlay gas station. Troopers tried to pull over the car near Beaverdam a short time later, but Gregory sped away. He led officers on a southbound chase that entered the northbound lanes and finally ended near Cridersville when troopers intentionally hit the car to disable it.

MORE: Lima News

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8/31/16 – 8:31 A.M.

A Fostoria home was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 502 College Avenue around 12:35 p.m. Three people were inside at the time but were able to escape safely. When firefighters arrived at the home they were greeted by heavy smoke pouring out of the building.

It took about 15 minutes to put out the flames, but damage to the house was extensive. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but investigators say it started near a washer and dryer.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family that lived in the home.

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8/31/16 – 7:40 A.M.

Two people were able to escape from a pickup truck after it crashed into a pond west of Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year-old Joseph Ludwig was driving east on State Route 12 around 4:30 p.m. when he failed to slow down for another car turning into a driveway near State Route 235. Ludwig’s truck hit the other car and then went off the road and into a nearby pond.

Both Ludwig and a passenger were able to get out of the truck and the pond on their own. Ludwig was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was cited for driving while intoxicated and for driving left of center.

69-year-old Michael Howard was driving the other car involved in the crash. He was not hurt.

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8/31/16 – 6:58 A.M.

For the second time this month, a bomb threat has been reported at Nissin Brake in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports that just before 2 a.m. Wednesday an employee found a note that said there was a bomb in the building. The plant at 1901 Industrial Drive was evacuated and searched.

Nothing suspicious was found and employees returned to work. The case remains under investigation and so far there are no suspects.

A similar threat was made at the business on August 18. So far there’s no word on if the cases are related.

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8/31/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Alcohol has been cited as a factor in a one-car crash in Hancock County Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old John Cole was driving west on County Road 7 around 10:30 p.m. when he lost control on a curve near Hancock County Road 248, east of Findlay.

Cole’s car went off the road and hit a utility pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Cole was cited for failure to maintain control and for driving under the influence.

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8/31/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Hancock County plans to use the Findlay City School’s dark fiber network for telephone services in the future, but the system isn’t ready yet. As a result, the county commissioners agreed to extend their contract with Centrex for another year. The county pays around $10,000 a month for phone services. If the county decides to abandon the contract once the fiber loop is ready, they’ll still have to pay the remaining amount.

Telecommunications coordinator Dale Shaheen told the commissioners the extension was cheaper than a new contract would have been. AT&T quoted the county a monthly rate of more than $91,000 for a monthly deal.

The fiber loop is expected to be online sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

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