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3/24/2016 – 12:42 pm

A water boil advisory has been issued for addresses along East Bigelow Avenue and North Main Street in Findlay, according to the City of Findlay Water Distribution Department.

The addresses affected are 2801 N. Main St.; and on East Bigelow Avenue this impacts 115, 116, 117, 122, 128, 134, 138, 142, 200, 205, 206, 211, 213, 215, 216, 224, 227, 228, 229, 231, 232, and 233.

Until further notice, consumers are asked to vigorously boil, for at least one minute, any water used for drinking, cooking or oral hygiene; or to use bottled water.

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3/24/2016 – 12:11 pm

Earlier this week, Findlay officials along with Hancock County officials and ODOT representatives announced plans to explore moving forward with the construction of a water diversion channel at Eagle Creek. Today the Hancock County Commissioners unanimously approved looking for an engineer for the project. This local plan would take control of the project from the US Army Corps of Engineers on the construction side and make it a local effort. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said that the local option was driven by an opportunity presented by ODOT to use fill material from the diversion channel construction for an I-75/US68 Interchange project they will be working on. Mihalik said that all that’s changed is that the timetable was moved up.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

The US Army Corps report on the Eagle Creek diversion channel was expected to be finished by this spring, but officials were notified in February that the delivery of the report has been delayed by six months to a year. The Army Corps involvement in the design and construction of the diversion channel also meant the potential for federal funds to be used to fund the project, but Mihalik also noted that waiting for funds would also delay the project as well, and could place it out of sync with the opportunity presented by ODOT.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

If the local option continues to move forward, Mihalik said that doesn’t mean that the US Army Corps is no longer involved in the project at all. They will still need to be involved in order to ensure that the diversion channel is still built according to federal laws, codes and regulations.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

Once a plan is approved, there are numerous steps that need to be taken in order to build a channel, from finding an engineer, designer, acquiring property to build the channel and then actual construction, as well as disposing of material related to construction. Mihalik said that local officials want to move forward, and have the means to do so now rather than waiting another six months to a year in order to proceed.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

Would the project proceed with the US Army Corps, they could provide funding for around 65% of the project costs, however, local officials say that there will be significant cost savings working in conjunction with the ODOT I-75 project as well.

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3/24/16 – 7:33 A.M.
Updated – 8:50 A.M.

It’s official, teachers in the Findlay City School district have a contract for the next two years. The school board approved the deal during a Thursday morning meeting. Superintendent Ed Kurt said negotiations went well…

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt says the contract has incentives to reduce costs from sick and personal days…

Audio: Ed Kurt

Members of the Findlay Education Association approved the deal during Wednesday voting.

Under the new deal, roughly 350 teachers get a 2.5 percent raise during the first year of the contract, and a $1,000 raise in the second year. Base pay would be set around $35,000 for beginning teachers.

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3/24/16 – 6:35 A.M.

If you’re around the University of Findlay campus next week and notice large groups of students leaving their dorms, there’s no need to panic. The school says it will hold fire drills for all on-campus housing. The drills will start Monday and run through April 3.

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3/24/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A motorcyclist was cited following a crash in Ottawa Wednesday. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that around 3 p.m. a car attempted to turn left into a driveway at 7725 State Route 224. At the same time, a man on a motorcycle attempted to pass the car, and caused a collision. No serious injuries were reported.

The medical response was delayed by the presence of a handgun. Ottawa Police were first called to the crash because of the gun, which they found was legally maintained under Ohio’s concealed carry law. Authorities cleared the scene before EMS personnel attended to the crash victims.

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3/24/16 – 5:18 A.M.

A Findlay man has pleaded guilty to his role in a robbery in Liberty Township last October. 29-year-old Spencer Pickett will be sentenced for committing the third-degree felony on May 4.

Pickett was part of a larger group that allegedly assaulted a Findlay man during a robbery on October 28. 29-year-old Mykel Barciz and 30-year-old Ashley Coltrinari of Columbia City, Indiana; as well as 29-year-old Zane Rose of Findlay are all facing charges connected to the incident as well. They allegedly attacked the victim before taking his wallet and cellphone.

The victim in the case suffered minor injuries.

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3/24/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Findlay teachers appear to like a contract proposal from the Findlay City School district. The Courier reports members of the Findlay Education Association “overwhelmingly” approved the deal during Wednesday voting. Under the new deal, roughly 350 teachers would get a 2.5 percent raise during the first year of the contract, and would then get a $1,000 raise in the second year. Base pay would be set around $35,000 for beginning teachers. The agreement is a two-year deal.

Becky Biesiada is the co-president of the teacher’s union. She told the newspaper, “Our district administration and teachers worked extraordinarily well together to create fair changes to the contract.”

The school board will vote on the contract during a Thursday morning meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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3/24/16 – 4:52 A.M.

A home explosion was reported near Rawson early this morning. The blast happened around 12:30 a.m. at 7880 Hancock County Road 37. The home was unoccupied.

Firefighters from Jenera and Rawson were called to fight the blaze. No other details were immediately available.

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3/23/16 – 7:31 A.M.

Three women were hurt in a two-car crash on South Main Street in Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports that around 3:30 p.m. 27-year-old Kelsea Leeper of Rawson turned left from Main onto Sixth Street, pulling into the path of a car driven by 20-year-old Amanda Yruegas of Findlay. Both drivers and a passenger in the Yruegas car were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Leeper was cited for failure to yield.

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3/23/16 – 7:13 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people in Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports that around 4:20 p.m., 74-year-old Robert Decker of Findlay was stopped in the 700 block of West Trenton Avenue. He attempted to turn left and was hit by a westbound car driven by 40-year-old Michael Seibert of Findlay.

Decker and his passenger were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Decker was cited for failing to yield, while Seibert was cited for driving with a suspended license.

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