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11/19/2015 – 10:42 am

The United Way of Hancock County announced today that it has awarded several local nonprofit organizations grants as a part of it’s Halt Hunger Initiative. The program helps people who have been diagnosed with cancer with unexpected expenses in the home and to help nutrition aid in their recovery.

Cancer Patient Services will receive $22,000 for its nutritional supplement program, Christian Clearing House will receive $50,000 for its Caring Cupboard Program, Lutheran Social Services of Findlay will receive $5000 for their Emergency Food Pantry, The Hancock OSU Extension will receive $20,000 for continued support of the Extension Food and Nutrition Educator, The Salvation Army will receive $65,000 for its Emergency Food Pantry, and the West Ohio Food Bank will receive $70,000 for its food distribution program.

In total, the Hancock United Way granted $232,000 for the Halt Hunger Initiative.

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11/19/15 – 6:57 A.M.

A ceremony will be held in Wyandot County next week to celebrate the completion of renovations to the county courthouse. The Blade reports the event will take place at 11 a.m. Monday.

The project began in November of 2013 when a bond issue was approved by voters. That paved the way for the restoration of the copper dome and clock tower, as well as the replacement of the roof of the facility.

The courthouse in Upper Sandusky opened in 1899.

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11/19/15 – 6:50 A.M.

A utility pole fire knocked out power to hundreds of Fostoria residents Wednesday night. The Review-Times reports the issue was first reported just after 6 p.m. on North Union Street. The fire knocked out power to more than 800 AEP customers.

Service was restored to roughly half of the people who lost it by 7 p.m.

There’s no word on the cause of the fire.

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11/19/15 – 6:39 A.M.

A Fostoria pizza place was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. The Review-Times reports police officers were called to the Little Caesars at 708 North Union Street around 9:20 p.m. When officers arrived they found someone who had been assaulted.

The suspect is described as a “stocky” man who appeared to be muscular. He was wearing a mask.

No other details are available.

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11/19/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Voters in the Arcadia School District will see a renewal levy on the ballot in March. The Courier reports the Arcadia school board voted to place a measure on the ballot that would generate $440,000 per year for the district. The money is used to pay for general operating expenses.

The current levy collects at 5.4 mills. The Hancock County Auditor’s Office will figure out the millage needed to continue raising $440,000 per year. Once that is done, the school board will vote to send the issue to the Hancock County Board of Elections.

The levy was first approved in March of 2004.

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11/19/15 – 5:19 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a crash on I-75 early Wednesday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near County Road 99 around 12:30 a.m.

22-year-old Dakota Conkle was driving in the right lane when he fell asleep. His car hit a guardrail and then a semi in the left lane. Conkle was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a possible concussion. He was also cited for a marked lanes violation and a seatbelt violation.

The truck driver was not hurt.

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11/19/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay boy Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the collision took place at the intersection of North Blanchard Street and East Foulke Avenue around 3:45 p.m.

A car driven by 25-year-old Kyle Niermann of Findlay was stopped on Foulke, but then pulled into the path of a car driven by 27-year-old Amber Breyman of Findlay. Breyman’s passenger, 8-year-old Masen Breyman, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution.

Niermann was cited for causing the crash.

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11/19/15 – 5:03 A.M.

The University of Findlay’s search for a police chief is winding down. The Courier reports the school has narrowed the list to two candidates for the new position. UF officials will pick between Alexander Bebris, the chief of police and fire for Oakwood, in Montgomery County, and Brian Hurd, assistant director of the police department at John Carroll University.

The school plans to have the chief in place by the start of the spring semester in January. The new police department could start running at the start of the next school year in August.

The University is also working to finish cooperative agreements with the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Those could be in place in the next couple of weeks.

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11/19/15 – 4:52 A.M.

If you’re thinking about running for office in 2016, the filing deadline is approaching. The Courier reports potential candidates have until 4 p.m. on December 16 to get their paperwork in. The earlier than normal deadline happens every four years, when Ohio moves its primary election to March because of the presidential race. The 2016 primary will be held on March 15.

Most Hancock County offices are up for election in 2016, including two county commissioner seats. The 2016 election season will also see races for U.S. House seats, State House seats, and one of Ohio’s Senate seats.

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11/18/15 – 7:11 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is facing a rape charge. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 40-year-old Stephen Rock was indicted by the Wood County grand jury this week on several charges; including rape, kidnapping, and sexual battery.

The kidnapping and rape charges stem from a 2013 incident that allegedly involved a juvenile female. The other charges against Rock come from an incident that investigators say happened April 4 of this year.

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