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11/19/2015 – 5;51 pm

A 28-year-old Custar man was found dead in his cell in the Wood County jail Thursday morning. The Sheriff’s office reported that Wesley DeWitt was found unresponsive just before 5:00 am. Deputies and medical staff performed CPR and called an ambulance but despite efforts, DeWitt was pronounced dead at the jail.

The body was taken to Lucas County for an autopsy. The preliminary investigation does not indicate the death is suspicious or related to his custody. DeWitt was arrested on Monday on a felony drug abuse charge.

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11/19/2015 – 4:50 pm

Findlay Police say be on the lookout for counterfeit bills. Businesses along West Trenton Avenue near 75 have seen the fake bills being presented for payment over the past two months. Similar incidents have been reported in Perrysburg and Bowling Green over the past few months. Many times the bills are $5, $20, and $50 bills. Ten incidents have been reported, but there are no current suspects.

If you suspect you have encountered fake bills, contact the police department at 419-424-7150, or the US Secret Service Toledo Office at 419-259-6434.

How to check for a fake bill

Check the paper quality of the bill.
Look for clear, not blurry printing.
Check for the security strips embedded in the paper.
Check for the watermark.
Check for the red and blue fiber strip.
Utilize a counterfeit bill detection pen, available at an office supply store

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11/19/2015 – 4:30 pm

The Findlay community will be coming together next Thursday for the annual Community Thanksgiving meal at StoneBridge Church. Chris Edwards with the church said that the annual event has grown each year. In 2014 just under 1600 people were served meals and this year they expect even more.

Audio: Chris Edwards

The annual event brings together volunteers from all walks of life. The meal is served at StoneBridge, but people will also have other options should they wish to participate.

Audio: Chris Edwards

Carry out and drive through options will also be available for people coming to the meal. The Community Thanksgiving will be next Thursday, November 26 at StoneBridge Church. The meal will be served from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm in the auditorium, 2111 Stonehedge Dr., Findlay.

More: StoneBridge Church

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11/19/2015 – 1:35 pm

Father Gregory Boyle will be featured in an upcoming lecture at the University of Findlay. He is the Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, which is the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the country. Through his organization, Father Boyle has help to develop positive alternatives for youth in inner cities by establishing schools, daycare facilities, and helping youth find employment.

The lecture will be at the University of Findlay on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Winebrenner Seminary TLB Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

More: UF Newsroom

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11/19/2015 – 10:42 am

The United Way of Hancock County announced today that it has awarded several local nonprofit organizations grants as a part of it’s Halt Hunger Initiative. The program helps people who have been diagnosed with cancer with unexpected expenses in the home and to help nutrition aid in their recovery.

Cancer Patient Services will receive $22,000 for its nutritional supplement program, Christian Clearing House will receive $50,000 for its Caring Cupboard Program, Lutheran Social Services of Findlay will receive $5000 for their Emergency Food Pantry, The Hancock OSU Extension will receive $20,000 for continued support of the Extension Food and Nutrition Educator, The Salvation Army will receive $65,000 for its Emergency Food Pantry, and the West Ohio Food Bank will receive $70,000 for its food distribution program.

In total, the Hancock United Way granted $232,000 for the Halt Hunger Initiative.

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11/19/15 – 6:57 A.M.

A ceremony will be held in Wyandot County next week to celebrate the completion of renovations to the county courthouse. The Blade reports the event will take place at 11 a.m. Monday.

The project began in November of 2013 when a bond issue was approved by voters. That paved the way for the restoration of the copper dome and clock tower, as well as the replacement of the roof of the facility.

The courthouse in Upper Sandusky opened in 1899.

MORE: The Blade

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11/19/15 – 6:50 A.M.

A utility pole fire knocked out power to hundreds of Fostoria residents Wednesday night. The Review-Times reports the issue was first reported just after 6 p.m. on North Union Street. The fire knocked out power to more than 800 AEP customers.

Service was restored to roughly half of the people who lost it by 7 p.m.

There’s no word on the cause of the fire.

MORE: Review-Times

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11/19/15 – 6:39 A.M.

A Fostoria pizza place was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. The Review-Times reports police officers were called to the Little Caesars at 708 North Union Street around 9:20 p.m. When officers arrived they found someone who had been assaulted.

The suspect is described as a “stocky” man who appeared to be muscular. He was wearing a mask.

No other details are available.

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11/19/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Voters in the Arcadia School District will see a renewal levy on the ballot in March. The Courier reports the Arcadia school board voted to place a measure on the ballot that would generate $440,000 per year for the district. The money is used to pay for general operating expenses.

The current levy collects at 5.4 mills. The Hancock County Auditor’s Office will figure out the millage needed to continue raising $440,000 per year. Once that is done, the school board will vote to send the issue to the Hancock County Board of Elections.

The levy was first approved in March of 2004.

MORE: The Courier

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11/19/15 – 5:19 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a crash on I-75 early Wednesday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near County Road 99 around 12:30 a.m.

22-year-old Dakota Conkle was driving in the right lane when he fell asleep. His car hit a guardrail and then a semi in the left lane. Conkle was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a possible concussion. He was also cited for a marked lanes violation and a seatbelt violation.

The truck driver was not hurt.

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