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8/12/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A 13-year-old Allen County boy has entered the equivalent of a guilty plea to charges stemming from a school threat. The Lima News reports the boy, who has not been named, was charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The teen had planned to kill the principal and assistant principal at Elida Middle School. Investigators say he also planned to attack anyone else who approached him. The boy brought three knives and a box cutter to school, but ended up admitting his plan to the principal instead of carrying out the assault.

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8/12/14 – 6:39 A.M.

One of the steps being taken to determine the future ownership of Cooper Tire & Rubber’s joint venture in China is going to take a little while longer to complete. On Monday the company announced it is briefly extending an option commencement deadline. The deadline is part of the agreement between Cooper, Chengshan Group Company Ltd. and the CCT labor union reached in January of this year.

According to CEO Roy Armes, that means Cooper is giving more time for an independent firm to give its fair market value assessment of the Cooper Chengshan Tire Company. Monday was the original deadline for a report.

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8/12/14 – 5:30 A.M.

McComb could look into having a supply of bottled water on hand for emergencies. Village council talked about the subject in the wake of Toledo’s recent water crisis. The Courier reports Councilman Gordon Meyers said council should be proactive on the matter.

It was suggested that stored water not used before its expiration date could be donated to charity.

No action was taken last night.

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8/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The post office in a Henry County village is one of the first to make changes to its hours designed to keep it open. The Courier reports Hamler’s post office started operating with shorter hours Monday. The office is now open from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s also open Saturday mornings.

David Van Allen is with the U.S. Postal Service, and tells the newspaper reduced hours are a way smaller post offices can cut costs without closing. He added that many smaller communities in northwest Ohio have been surveyed about their preferences.

Some of the options available to villages include reducing hours, or closing the post office in exchange for curbside delivery. Another option is to install a post office in a convenience store.

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8/12/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is threatening to place Findlay on probation for its flood insurance program. The Courier reports if FEMA goes through with the threat, it could mean an increase in the cost of flood insurance premiums. The newspaper says FEMA submitted a letter to Mayor Lydia Mihalik on April 15. In the letter, officials said the city has to resolve the “112 outstanding issues and potential violations.” The city also has the option to submit a corrective action plan.

Both Mihalik and Findlay flood plain administrator Todd Richard say the city will submit the information before the Wednesday deadline. Mihalik says the threat from FEMA seems to be the result from the city trying to join a flood insurance rate-reduction plan. She added she found it comical that FEMA has set a deadline to respond when it has typically been the city trying to get FEMA’s Region 5 to give updates.

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8/12/14 – 4:53 A.M.

If you use U.S. 224 on a daily basis in Findlay, you’ll want to avoid the area near I-75 for the next few days. The bridge was closed Monday night and will remain closed through Thursday morning. Traffic from I-75 is being diverted up the entrance ramps and back onto the interstate from the exit ramps.

During this time there will be no direct access from I-75 to U.S. 224. After the bridge reopens Thursday, both the north and southbound ramps will remain open for the rest of the construction.

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8/11/14 – 1:38 P.M.

The situation in Ukraine was brought home to Findlay and Hancock County residents today. Jesse James, the CEO of Global Leadership, spoke the Findlay Rotary Club about his experiences in the country. James said even though the conflict is half-a-world away, there are lessons we can take away from it…

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James talked about leading groups of business leaders to Ukraine. He says they’ve been working with business owners there on ways to improve their business practices.

James says the trips help let Ukraine residents know people from the outside care about their well being…

Audio: Jesse James

James also talked about the potential for being an agricutural powerhouse. He says the region has rich topsoil, but they don’t have the same agricutural mindset that we have in the U.S.

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8/11/14 – 10:53 A.M.

A former Hancock County Common Pleas Court judge passed away over the weekend. Judge Robert Walker of Findlay died Sunday morning at The Heritage. He was 89-years-old.

Colleagues and co-workers praised him not only for his work as a judge, but also for his work with the Hancock County Law Library.

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8/11/14 – 7:43 A.M.

A dump truck made a mess of things on the interstate in Wood County this morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the truck hit power lines in the Gypsy Road overpass area near I-75 in Bowling Green early today. The lines fell across the interstate, blocking traffic in both directions.

Both sides of the interstate were back open as of 7:30 a.m.

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8/11/14 – 6:50 A.M.

More than 3,000 people showed up at the Flag City BalloonFest Saturday night in an attempt to break a world record. Those in attendance snapped glowsticks for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hancock County’s “I Don’t Give a Snap About Stigma” campaign. The event aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Unfortunately because of logistical problems, the record was not recorded. Jamie Franks coordinated the event. She told the Courier even though the record wasn’t officially set, it was still a huge success in raising awareness for NAMI.

The official record will remain 836. It was set in Los Angeles last November.

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