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8/27/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County Fair officials are proposing the construction of a new building at the Old Millstream Fairgrounds. On Tuesday, Fair Board President Tom Warren and Operations Manager Dave Thomas unveiled a sketch of what could be a new Junior Fair Pavillion. The building would cost $500,000 and would be funded through donations.

The new building would house things like the Junior Fair booths and would also be a meeting place for youth gatherings during other times of the year. The new building would replace two old, narrow wooden structures that date back to the 1930’s.

Drawings of the proposed building will be on display in the fair office this week.

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8/26/14 – 5:09 A.M.

There could be more night baseball in McComb in the future. The Courier reports village council talked about adding lights to some of the fields at the village park during their Monday meeting. The nonprofit McComb Community Partnership told council the organization would be willing to donate the money to light one or two baseball diamonds.

Representatives for the partnership said the lighted fields could help draw in teams from out-of-town to play in tournaments.

Village Administrator Kevin Siferd will now get prices for lights and poles.

MORE: The Courier

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8/25/15 – 8:46 A.M.
UPDATE – 10:22 A.M.

The University of Findlay is reminding students to be cautious after two students were robbed at gunpoint early this morning…

Audio: David Emsweller

UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Emsweller says students have been referred to safety guidlines on the school’s website in the wake of the incident.

He adds the school is taking this very seriously…

Audio: David Emsweller

The Findlay Police Department says the robbery happened in the 300 block of Howard Street around 12:30 a.m.

Two people were walking in the area when they were approached by a man who pulled a gun on them. The suspect took the victims’ cell phones and ran away.

The man is described as black, about 5’6″ to 5’8″ inches tall, and around 160 to 170 pounds. He had a muscular build and was wearing black clothing and a black ski mask.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the police at (419)424-7163.


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8/25/14 – 8:34 A.M.
UPDATE: 10:57 A.M.

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A Findlay business was destroyed by a fire this morning. Firefighters were called to Sinks Flower Shop and Greenhouse in the 400 block of 2nd Street. No one was injured but the owners say the building say it was completely destroyed.

The business is owned and operated by Chuck and Paula Clapper. Paula tells the Courier the fire looked suspicious, but didn’t go into further detail. Fire Chief Tom Lonyo says an investigation is underway. Firefighters are expected to contend with hot spots at the location the rest of the day.

A plaque near the front door says the business was established in 1926.

The Clappers also own Alpine Florist at 2700 North Main Street. All orders from Sinks will be transferred to Alpine.


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8/25/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Gas prices are up a few cents from a week ago. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.32. That’s up three cents from last Monday and a penny from a month ago.

Around our area, the average price in Findlay was around $3.37 early this morning. In Ottawa drivers were paying $3.35. In Fostoria the average price was around $3.41 a gallon.

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8/25/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Michigan man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Hancock County over the weekend. The State Patrol says the accident happened on the exit ramp to the rest stop off of I-75 south of Findlay late Friday afternoon.

50-year-old John Sedlack lost control as he attempted to exit the interstate. His motorcycle overturned, ejecting him and his passenger, 59-year-old Julie Edick. Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Sedlack was cited for failure to control.


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8/25/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A Fostoria teenager was badly injured in a one-car-crash over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened Friday night on County Road 26 west of Tiffin.

17-year-old Austyn Ray was driving northwest on Road 26 when he lost control of his Mercury Tracer on a curve and hit a culvert. The collision caused the car to overturn several times before coming to a rest in a ditch. Ray was incapacitated and taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

The crash remains under investigation.


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8/25/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County fairgoers will find prices are the same for the most part as they were a year ago when the fair opens on Wednesday. The price to get in the gates has not changed. A season pass is $21 and can be bought through Thursday. Anyone 17-years-old and younger can buy what’s called a “school ticket” for $15.

Daily admission is $7. That covers an adult and their children ages 15 and younger. People currently serving in the military will be admitted free with identification. Veterans and senior citizens can attend for $2 on Wednesday.

The demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, and motocross showcase bring an extra cost. Tickets to each event are $5 for adults and $3 per child.

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8/25/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Another suspect in a fatal Fostoria arson has been ruled competent to stand trial. Last Friday a judge ruled 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer would be tried on October 27 for his alleged role in a house fire that killed two people on Memorial Day. Schaeffer had pleaded not-guilty by reason of insanity.

Schaeffer is accused of showing 31-year-old Shey Weiker how to light the railroad flare that was used to start the fire. Weiker was also found competent to stand trial last week.

The blaze killed 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. and 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was also injured.

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