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11/18/16 – 8:43 A.M.

Construction of the Fostoria Learning Center started this month after six years of preparation. The Review-Times reports work began at 342 Perry Street on November 3. The FLC Board of Trustees will have an official groundbreaking ceremony Monday at 10 a.m.

The FLC is partnering with Terra State Community College, Marion Technical College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career Technical Center to provide career-based programming.

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11/18/16 – 7:35 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Thursday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 70-year-old Richard Morris of Findlay was driving north on Bright Road near Melrose Avenue around 6:30 p.m. when he hit the back of a car driven by 49-year-old Deanna Hill.

Hanco Ambulance took Hill to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor back injuries. Police cited Morris for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

 

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11/18/16 – 7:27 A.M.

The Joint Justice Center Leadership Core Team expects to save around $110,000 on the construction of a new courthouse. The Review-Times reports the group is canceling a contract with Quandel Construction. The company is serving as the “owner’s representative” for the project.

In October the Core team estimated $150,000 in savings from canceling the contract. There was a delay in the final vote, and the three judges on the panel didn’t approve the cancellation until November 7. The Core team says the delay didn’t affect savings because the company isn’t exercising the full 30-day opt-out provision.

Quandel employees will work on the project until the end of the month.

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11/18/16 – 5:33 A.M.

You’ll want to watch your speed in Mount Blanchard in the future. The Courier reports village council passed a law that reduces the speed limit to 25 miles-per-hour between Market and Creek streets. The area is now designated a business district, which allows the village to lower the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles-per-hour.

Mayor Cynthia Morrison says they plan on having a grace period for the area after new speed limit signs go up.

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11/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Members of the Putnam County Board of Elections are lobbying for higher pay for office personnel. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the group spoke to the county commissioners about the issue recently. Board member Tony Schroeder told the commissioners the payscale in Putnam County is significantly lower than in surrounding counties.

Schroeder said Williams County is similar to Putnam County. He added their office staff members are making a little more than $26 per hour. In Putnam County, the wages are closer to $19 per hour. Schroeder says the board of elections has the money in their budget, but need it moved over to the payroll line item.

The commissioners said they will discuss the matter and get back to the board.

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11/18/16 – 5:12 A.M.

An Arlington teenager charged with rape testified on his own behalf Thursday. The Courier reports 19-year-old Kyle McDowell took the stand along with several of the alleged victim’s former friends. McDowell said he was dog-sitting for a neighbor on October 11 of 2014 when the girl came over to visit. He said the two began kissing and had consensual sex.

Earlier in the trial, the prosecution said McDowell sent the girl several text messages following the night in question. Many of the texts said he felt guilty for what happened. McDowell explained he felt bad because he didn’t stop them from having sex, didn’t use a condom, and put the girl at risk of getting pregnant. He added he had just broken up with his girlfriend and still had feelings for her.

The defense also called nine of the girl’s former friends and boyfriends. They testified the alleged victim had a history of not telling the truth.

The trial continues today.

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The Hancock County Republican Party Central Committee will interview candidates for a vacant county commissioners seat this month. The party says they’ll hold a meeting on November 28 in Findlay City Council chambers. They’ll announce the time at a later date.

Jim Baker is the Central Committee chairman. He tells the Courier there are 10 candidates for the position. Baker has not said who the candidates are. Each person will give a three-minute presentation and then answer a series of questions.

The seat came open when former commissioner Phil Riegle stepped down to take an appointment as the county prosecutor.

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11/18/16 – 4:22 A.M.
Updated – 9:05 A.M.

A Bowling Green State University student is being accused of making up a phony assault story. Bowling Green police charged Eleesha Long yesterday with falsification and obstructing official business. Long is accused of telling police she was attacked and called a racial slur last week, prompting campus-wide discussions on respect and diversity.

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11/17/16 – 10:55 A.M.

If you own a business and you haven’t switched over to chip readers for credit cards you might want to make that switch. That’s according to Jennifer Fry of First Federal Bank…

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Fry spoke at a presentation about cyber security to local business owners in Findlay Thursday morning. She adds if you use the chip device and something fraudulent happens, you’re not liable as a business.

Fry says the main reason businesses haven’t switched to the new chip-reading terminals is cost.

Brian Schrock also spoke during the presentation. He says you need to make sure employees are well versed on cyber threats…

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Schrock also talked about a practice called “spear-phishing.” He said it’s a practice where hackers target higher level employees because they likely control the money for an organization.

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11/17/16 – 8:22 A.M.

A four-car crash in Findlay sent one person to the hospital Wednesday morning. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened on County Road 95 near Melrose Avenue. 44-year-old Christina Rawl of Findlay was driving south on Bright Road when she rear-ended a car driven by 37-year-old Stephen Boston of Bowling Green. The chain reaction crash involved two other cars as well.

Hanco Ambulance took Rawl to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police cited her for an assured clear distance violation.

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