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5/29/15 – 9:13 A.M.

Flag City Honor Flight will take its 5th trip to the nation’s capital next week. The Findlay chapter of the National Honor Flight Network will take 23 World War II, 53 Korean War, and 2 Vietnam veterans to visit the war memorials in Washington D.C. on June 4. The group will include 97-year-old Gail Coon, a World War II veteran and the senior-most veteran taking the trip.

The trip is completely free for the vets. Expenses are covered by donations from the community.

The group will leave Findlay at 4:45 a.m. Thursday morning. They’ll return to the Toledo Express Airport around 9 p.m. A welcome home celebration will be held there. The public is invited to attend.

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5/29/15 – 5:31 A.M.

A former probation officer in Hardin County has pleaded guilty misdemeanor charges stemming from a sexual imposition investigation. Kentontoday.com reports Terry Price pleaded guilty to charges of sexual imposition and dereliction of duty during a Wednesday hearing. The charges stem from incidents that happened in 2011.

Price will be sentenced July 22. He was released from jail on his own recognizance.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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5/29/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Look out for more orange barrels in downtown Findlay today. The city’s engineering department reports trench repair will reduce a part of Cory Street to one lane. Work will take place between West Main Cross and Front Street until around 4 p.m.

The library and parking lot will still have access.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible as short delays are expected.

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5/29/15 – 5:05 A.M.

The president of Pro-Tec Coating Company in Leipsic is stepping down Monday. After 34 years in the steel industry, Bryan Vaughn will retire. U.S. Steel senior vice president for automotive solutions Jim Bruno said that under Vaughn’s leadership, Pro-Tec has “set the stage for the next generation of advanced high-strength steels.”

Pro-Tec coats and treats sheet steel for the automotive industry. It employs around 320 people and is a 50-50 joint venture between the United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel of Japan.

Brent Rosebrook will take over as acting president on Monday. He currently serves as vice president of finance and administration for the company.

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5/29/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A dilapidated building in downtown Leipsic is coming down. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the former Maag’s Hotel building is being demolished. Work on the project began this week. The building has been vacant for two years, but its condition has been a concern for village council for many years.

ALL Excavating & Demolition is handling the project.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/29/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A new trial date has been set for an Arcadia man accused of several crimes. The Courier reports 21-year-old Joe Vera III had the trial date for a sexual assault case moved to August 24 during a Thursday hearing. Vera’s new lawyer requested more time to review the case as he had just taken over as council earlier this month.

That case accuses Vera of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old in McComb in April of last year. It’s not the only trial Vera faces this summer though. He is also set to stand trial July 20 in an aggravated robbery case. That charge stems from a March 25 incident where Vera allegedly tried to steal a car from a man at knifepoint at the Tiffin Avenue Circle K.

Vera is also scheduled to have an August 13 trial in Wood County on two counts of burglary.

MORE: The Courier

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5/28/15 – 10:19 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle was injured in a Wednesday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports Riegle was involved in a two car collision at the intersection of Township Road 37 and County Road 8 just before 9 p.m.

16-year-old Andrew Ross of Arlington was driving west on Road 37 when he ran a stop sign and hit the side of Riegle’s car. The pickup truck Ross was driving went off the road and hit a utility pole.

Riegle was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. During Thursday’s commissioners meeting it was learned he was released from the hospital this morning. Ross was treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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5/28/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A historic train depot is being moved in Findlay. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the depot built in the 1800s is getting a new home. The building was sitting on property leased by the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation group, and is being moved to a 40-acre complex.

Dave Wobser is a trustee for the organization and tells the TV station the roof was cut off and moved first. The rest of the building will come later. The building should be put back together by the end of this week.


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5/28/15 – 6:32 A.M.

It’s been a good planting season for area farmers. That’s according to Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz. He tells the Courier the relatively dry conditions and moderate temperatures are ideal for planting.

The dry fields allow crops to develop deeper root systems. Lentz tells the newspaper that’s especially important for corn.

There is one drawback to the dry conditions. Lentz says dryer soil conditions make it difficult for soybeans to emerge.

MORE: The Courier

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5/28/15 – 5:25 A.M.

A four-car crash injured three people on I-75 in Hancock County late Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the chain reaction crash happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate south of the State Route 613 interchange.

21-year-old Kayla Beltz of Lakeview was driving south when she failed to stop for slower traffic. Her car hit the back of a car driven by 24-year-old Emma Dunn of Archbold. Dunn’s car then hit a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Amy Beth Bowers of Hilliard. Her car was pushed into a car driven by 57-year-old Tami Cory of Bucyrus.

Beltz, Dunn, and Bowers were all taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash backed up the interstate for more than an hour.

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