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12/2/14 – 5:04 A.M.

At least one person was reportedly injured in a three-car crash in eastern Hancock County Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says the accident happened on U.S. 224 at the intersection of Washington Township Road 258 around 2:30 p.m

The crash resulted in U.S. 224 being shut down between Road 258 and Hancock County Road 330 while the accident site was cleared.

No other details were available.

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12/2/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Low-level drug offenders in Hancock County will soon have different options when they go to court. The Courier reports a specialized drug court hopes to cut the incarceration rate by offering treatment options. Eligible participants would be diverted from the regular court system into the program. They would talk to a judge regularly, take drug tests, and meet with support groups.

The new drug court is specific to certain types of offenders. It likely won’t be used for anyone who sold drugs or used a weapon during the course of a crime. Defendants facing mandatory prison time would also be rejected.

Judges Joseph Niemeyer and Reginald Routson will start hearing cases in the court on February 17. The drug court program can last up to a year and require 200 hours or more of counseling.

MORE: The Courier

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12/1/14 – 8:47 A.M.

At least one person was injured in a crash south of Findlay this morning. The State Highway Patrol says the accident involved a commercial vehicle and a car on U.S. 68, south of the State Route 15 interchange.

One person in the car was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. No other details have been released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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12/1/14 – 8:33 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber has completed the sale of its stake in a joint venture in China. A release from the company says Cooper has closed the sale of its 65 percent share of the Cooper Chengshan Tire Company to the Chengshan group. Cooper received roughly $262 million for its portion of the company.

In a statement made today, CEO Roy Armes said, “Resolving the ownership of CCT has been a key goal for us, and we are pleased to have it completed as we continue to execute our long-term growth plans for China.” The Chengshan group will continue to make Cooper-branded tires through mid-2018.

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12/1/14 – 7:15 A.M.

A group of Putnam County residents have been honored for their commitment to preserving history. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Fort Jennings Memorial Association was one of 15 groups recognized last month by the Ohio State Historic Preservation Board. The Ft. Jennings Memorial Association was given a Preservation Merit Award.

A few years ago the memorial hall was in danger of being torn down. A group of around 20 people came together to help save the facility.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/1/14 – 6:54 A.M.

A crash west of Findlay injured two city residents Saturday evening. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of County Roads 313 and 9 around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

54-year-old Cynthia Lonsway was driving south on County Road 9 when she failed to stop at the intersection with Road 313. Her Toyota Avalon hit a 1984 Ford Bus driven by 62-year-old Keith Kimmel. His vehicle went off the road and came to rest in a field. Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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12/1/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a one-car crash Sunday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on Marion Township Road 227 north of Township Road 204. 31-year-old Jeremy Bethel of Findlay was driving north on Road 227 when he lost control of his minivan and hit a utility pole.

Bethel was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


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12/1/14 – 5:32 A.M.

Gas prices are a little higher as we start the post-Thanksgiving work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.75. That’s up a couple of cents from last Monday, but down from last week’s high of $2.84 a gallon.

Findlay prices are following the same trend. Local drivers are reporting prices around $2.72 a gallon. That’s up from last Monday but down from the $2.89 a gallon we were paying the day before Thanksgiving.

Ottawa prices are also at $2.72 a gallon.

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12/1/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday shopping season is in full swing. While you’re out battling for bargains and parking spaces there are some other things you should consider. Namely, watching what you’re doing…

Audio: Brian Dill

Findlay Crime Prevention Officer Brian Dill says that’s a recipe for a fender bender or worse. He adds traffic around area shopping centers started increasing late in November and will continue to do so until Christmas.

Once you get to your destination, you need to be aware of other things – like the criminal element…

Audio: Brian Dill

That means you shouldn’t wait to put things in your trunk…

Audio: Brian Dill

Dill says you should also hide chargers for cell phones since they can tip off that you may have valuable electronics in your car.

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12/1/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A two-car crash in eastern Hancock County sent three people to the hospital Sunday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 18 and Township Road 261. 66-year-old Robert Feucht Jr. of Fostoria had stopped at the stop sign at the intersection, but then pulled into the path of a car driven by 40-year-old Brandi Johnson of Newcomerstown Ohio.

Johnson and her passenger, 18-year-old Cassidy Johnson, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment of unknown injuries. Feucht was taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo Hospital for treatment. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing their seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation.


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