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8/14/15 – 6:41 A.M.

More lane restrictions are expected on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay today. The city’s engineering office says eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane between McManness and Fostoria Avenues. Work will take place until 7 p.m. Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained.

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

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8/14/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Several hit-skip accidents were reported in Lima Thursday night. The Lima News says an unidentified woman was involved in a hit-skip accident at the intersection of Allentown Road and University Boulevard around 7 p.m. She attempted to flee and hit several more cars. Officers caught her a short time after the first crash was reported.

The incident remains under investigation. It’s believed the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

MORE: Lima News

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8/14/15 – 5:24 A.M.

Farmers in Seneca County looking to get rid of old tires have a chance to do so next week. The Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is currently registering people for the recycling effort. If you’re interested in taking part, you need to call (419)334-7222 to sign up. Organizers will need to confirm the number and height of the tires to be recycled.

The program is only for farm owners, farm operators, and farm residents in the three-county area. Tire dealers or agribusiness companies are not allowed to take part.

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8/14/15 – 5:13 A.M.

The West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Putnam County. The Putnam County Health Department reports confirmation of West Nile was made Thursday. The virus showed up in a testing pool of the insects and has not been found in people or animals.

The Ohio Department of Health said the positive sample came from a group of mosquitos collected July 28.

The health department recommends you take precautions against mosquito bites. Some things you can do include using insect repellent, wearing light colored long sleeves and pants, and avoid being outside at dusk and dawn if possible. You should also make sure you don’t have standing water on your property to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds.

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8/14/15 – 5:00 A.M.

Distribution Drive on Findlay’s north side will be extended. The Courier reports the Hancock County commissioners approved a contract for more than $686,000 to JDR Excavating in Findlay during their Tuesday meeting. The work will extend Distribution Drive south to Hancock County Road 212. It will also straighten the road and eliminate the intersection with Hancock County Road 99.

Project Manager Steve Wilson said the changes will improve truck access to the road. He added they hope to have the work done before cold weather sets in later this year.

MORE: The Courier

Map Note: This is an approximation of the work to be done.

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8/13/2015     5:00pm

A local tradition for a decade, the Hancock Historical Museum will host the 10th annual Back Street Festival this Saturday, August 15th. The festival will be from 10am-4pm at the museum campus on Sandusky Street in Findlay. Highlights this year include a vintage car show of exclusively pre-World War II vehicles, an ice cream social, children’s activities, lost arts demonstrations and much more.

The museum will offer free admission and guided tours of the historic Hull House, Agriculture Building Crawford Log House, Michael Oxley Government Center and the Marathon Energy & Transportation Annex. The museum will also be celebrating its 45th Anniversary with a Founders Celebration, and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will read a proclamation in honor of the five museum founders at 10:30am Saturday.

For more information, visit the Hancock Historical Museum at www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org or call 419-423-4433.

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8/13/15   4:30pm

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of certain types of blood needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors. Specifically, the Red Cross is in need of O negative, B negative, and A negative blood. Blood donations to the Western Lake Erie Region of the Red Cross have been down through the summer months increasing demand.

A blood donation drive will be held on Friday, August 14th at the Stonebridge Church of God on Stonehedge Drive in Findlay. The drive will be held from 1-7pm at the church. The Red Cross will accept all donations.

The Red Cross is also in need of donations for Platelets and donations of AB blood. The platelet donations are used often for cancer patients, surgical patients and bone marrow recipients and must be transfused within five days of donation. AB type blood have the universal plasma type which can be given to patients of all blood types.

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8/13/2015   3:15pm

Twenty-five trucking jobs will be coming to Findlay soon, and possibly 75 within a year, as Penske Logistics sets up operations on Findlay’s northern end. The Courier reports that Penske Logistics is building a $1.5 million building will be built on the east side of Distribution Drive on the north end of Findlay. The building will be built through the fall of this year and be completed in early 2016.

Penske will be hiring for jobs at a salary of $60,000 to $70,000 per year on average, with 401(k) and a $3,000 signing bonus. Performance bonuses also will be offered.

Potential candidates will be able to participate in a job fair which is scheduled for August 20th in a tent outside of Job Solutions on Hancock County Road 140.

More: The Courier

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8/13/2015  12:45pm

The University of Findlay is offering one of its political science classes free to the public this fall semester. The Courier reports that the course, which will focus on the U.S. government, will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday in Old Main Room 305. The classroom is accessible by an elevator on the west side of the building. The fall semester runs from Aug. 17 through Dec. 3.

The course is a traditional offering that will include university undergraduates. Topics such as the U.S. Constitution, Congress, elections and civil liberties will be addressed. The course will be led by Professor Robert Postic, associate professor of Political Science. Postic began at the university in 2008 and has been teaching for 20 years.

Enrollment or prep work is not required for members of the public.

Optional for the public is use of the textbook “American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials,” which can be bought, or rented for less, at various online book retail sites, including the UF Bookstore at 1000 N. Main St., just north of the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex.

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8/13/2015   10:35am

A former Hardin County Municipal Court bailiff and probation officer changed his plea to guilty on two counts of rape. WKTN Radio in Kenton reports that Don Castle entered the guilty pleas on the two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies. They involved Jane Doe, as identified in the indictment.

Five counts of rape involving John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3, as well as two counts of gross sexual imposition were then dismissed as part of the plea negotiations. Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said that the plea deal was accepted by the State after consulting with the victim’s in the case.

Castle could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on each count, which could be ordered to be served consecutively. Prison time on each count is mandatory. Castle will also be classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

Castle’s bond was revoked and a presentence investigation was ordered. Castle will be sentenced September 2.

More: Kenton Today

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