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5/16/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Two Lima residents were hurt in a crash on I-75 south of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes near a rest area. 33-year-old Shaun Berry’s Ford Taurus was hit from behind by a semi driven by 53-year-old Michael Cuevas of Elmore. Cuevas was entering the interstate from the rest stop.

Berry and his passenger, 36-year-old Amanda Slager, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Cuevas was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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5/16/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Businesses in our area were recognized for their commitment to safety Thursday. The 68th annual Hancock County Safety Council Awards were held at the Findlay Country Club. More than 40 businesses were honored. That included 14 businesses with at least 500,000 hours worked and at least six months without a lost-time injury.

Businesses that went an entire year without a lost-time injury or illness were awarded the 100% Award.

You can see a list of the award winners on our website.

500,000 hours worked and at least six months without a lost-time injury:
• ADS/Hancor-South Plant, 1,193,170 hours worked.
• Ball Metal Container Group, 1,349,633 hours worked.
• Dow Chemical Co., 2,769,990 hours.
• Findlay City Schools, 2,207,887 hours.
• Findlay Country Club, 671,338 hours.
• Findlay Warehousing Co., 508,790 hours.
• Fresh Encounter, 814,109 hours.
• G.S.W. Manufacturing, 1,001,968 hours.
• Magnesium Elektron North America, 709,573 hours.
• Marathon Petroleum Corp., office, 20,286,030 hours.
• Nissin Brake Ohio, 2,602,488 hours.
• Roki-America Co., 1,403,730 hours.
• Upper Sandusky Village Schools, 607,976 hours.
• Wyandot Memorial Hospital, 506,265 hours.

Others honored:
ACI Construction Co.; AMRI Findlay; Charles Construction Services; City Dry Cleaning; City Uniforms and Linen; Custom Staffing-Findlay; Ennis Inc.; Findlay Products Corp.; Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce; Friends Business Source; G2 Revolution; Great Scot; Good Samaritan of Arlington; H&O Services; Hancock County Agency on Aging; Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative; HG Handling Co.; Hyway Trucking Co.; Kirk Bros.; Kirk Bros. Masonry; Legacy Farmers Co-op; Liberty-Benton Schools; Marathon Petroleum Corp., aviation; Pride Transportation Co.; Primrose Retirement Community; Prism Propane; RCM Architects; Doepker Group; TJD Industrial Cleaning & Maintenance; Village of North Baltimore; and Wood County Hospital.

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5/16/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Members of the Hancock County Veterans Commission want raises. Four members spoke to the county commissioners Thursday asking for the pay increase. Veterans Service Director Nichole Coleman says Hancock County veterans board members are among the lowest paid in the state in counties with similar veteran populations.

The board members currently get $400 a month. They’re asking for a $100 a month raise.

Hancock County has a veteran population of 5,607. Marion County has 5,481 veterans, and their board members make $640 a month. Lawrence County also has a smaller veteran population, but better paid board members.

The raises wouldn’t kick in until next year. That would mean they would apply only to new or reappointed members.

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5/15/14 – 11:35 A.M.

A Findlay business park will be outfitted with a compressed natural gas facility. CNG Fuel Inc. announced a partnership with Ohio Logistics today. CNG will build the facility at 5343 Distribution Drive. The fueling station will have four covered fast-fill bays and easy access to I-75.  It should be up and running by August of this year.

Chuck Bills of Ohio Logistics said, “the location and resources provide the opportunity to run an effective business, it is a win-win situation.”

Many businesses have been converting trucks to run on natural gas. Rising prices for diesel fuel have pushed demand for alternative fuels for business fleets.

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5/15/14 – 10:57 A.M.

As summer gets closer the roads get busier, and that means the return of an annual driver safety campaign. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign will run from May 19 to June 1. Local law enforcement officials will be cracking down on people who aren’t wearing seatbelts.

A release from the sheriff’s office says more than 21,000 people were killed on the nation’s roads in 2012. 48 percent of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.

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5/15/14 – 8:40 A.M.

The Children’s Museum of Findlay has an executive director in place. The organization named Erin Poling to the role this week. Poling has plenty of experience working for local non-profit agencies. She’s previously served as the event coordinator for the Arts Partnership, and as the adult services director for Blanchard Valley Industries.

Poling’s first order of business will be to job shadow at the Boonshoft Springfield Children’s Museum.

A temporary museum location will open in the Findlay Village Mall July 11. The organization hopes to be in a downtown location by 2016.

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5/15/14 – 7:18 A.M.

The Mayor of Lima is taking aim at people distributing a flier calling for the community to stop an Islamic worship center from opening in the community. The Lima News reports David Berger called the flier a “truly despicable act of religious bigotry.”

The flier calls on businesses and community members to protest the opening of a mosque on Allentown Road on the city’s west side.

Lima cardiologist Dr. Adel Shaheen is working to open the mosque. He told the newspaper that doctors have planned on coming to Lima, but change their mind when they find no place to worship.

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5/15/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Armed Forces Day ceremonies are set for this weekend in Findlay. The annual event will be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds again, running Friday through Sunday afternoon.

The Findlay Military Association is making one big change this year. Instead of honoring one veteran they will honor five. Past Commander Roger Neff says the change is being made to mark the 50th anniversary of what is called “Ground Vietnam,” which is the length of time the U.S. had boots on the ground in Vietnam.

This year’s Veterans of the Year are McComb residents James Elsea and David Johnson, as well as Findlay residents Thomas Brown, Joseph “Chuck” Sear Jr. and Donald Beichler. The soldier of the year is Mark Lichak of Findlay.

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5/15/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Findlay man accused of assaulting someone at the Cube in March. 24-year-old Austin Hickle faces a charge of aggravated assault. Hickle is accused of attacking Ian Fleck during an MMA event at the Cube on March 29. Fleck was treated for head injuries at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Fleck’s wife Andrea told us in an April interview that Ian suffered a stroke as a result of the attack.

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