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4/10/14 – 6:37 A.M.

A McComb man shot while trying to burglarize a home is now headed to prison. 24-year-old Christian Moreno pleaded guilty to a burglary charge Wednesday. He’ll spend four years behind bars.

On October 22 Moreno broke into a home at 314 N. Todd Street in McComb. The resident of the house shot Moreno, sending him to the hospital.

No charges were filed in the shooting.

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4/10/14 – 5:32 A.M.

You can expect more traffic delays on the west side of Findlay for the rest of the week. Drainage work along U.S. 224 will reduce the road to one lane between North Ridge Road and I-75.

ODOT says the lane restriction will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow. Work could continue on Monday.

The work is in the same area where the U.S. 224 bridge replacement is taking place.

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4/9/14 – 11:48 A.M.

Suffice it to say, no one is happy with the Army Corps of Engineers timeline for finishing the study of the Blanchard River. They Corps held a press conference today to say it would take 18 to 24 months to finish the flood study. That’s a great deal longer than the anticipated first quarter of 2015 timeline.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, and Congressman Bob Latta have all condemned the timeline, calling it “unacceptable.”

The meeting itself is a point of contention. Corps members were in Findlay yesterday to meet with elected officials. It was only then that they were told there would be a press conference. WFIN and the Courier were not notified about the press conference.

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4/9/14 – 10:30 A.M.

An endowment that benefits Hancock County residents and Bowling Green State University students continues to grow. Representatives of the Community Foundation and BGSU announced the expansion of a gift to the community today. They said Bill Frack’s endowment to Hancock County and the BGSU men’s basketball program has grown to $20 million.

Frack donated $2 million to help fund the construction of the Stroh Center at BGSU.

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4/9/14 – 9:14 A.M.

A member of the Seneca County Board of Elections has resigned. The Review-Times reports Janet Leahy stepped down Monday. She was just 38 days into her new term.

In a letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted Leahy said her ability to perform her duties had been hindered. She added her suggestions to run the election process from a fiscally conservative standpoint had been discounted. She also said she had “great concern” with the direction the board was going.

Leahy had spent 12 years as the director of the board of elections. Before that she spent 12 years as an office clerk for the board.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/9/14 – 5:32 A.M.

Liberty-Benton’s boys track coach was injured in a two-car crash last night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office says the accident happened just after 9 p.m. on U.S. 224 just outside of Findlay.

Deputies report 19-year-old Mitchell Stahl of Findlay had stopped to turn into the Auto Zone store. He was hit from behind by a Toyota driven by 52-year-old Jack Quisno Jr.

Stahl and a passenger were treated for injuries at the scene of the crash. Hanco EMS took Quisno to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. His condition was not released.

The crash remains under investigation.


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4/9/14 – 5:18 A.M.

The brutal winter kept area body shops and law enforcement busy. The Courier tallied the number of local crashes reported during January and February, and the figures aren’t pretty.

The Findlay Police Department was called to 201 crashes the first two months of the year. That’s up from 146 the year before. In Hancock County, deputies responded to 174 crashes. That’s an increase from 131 in 2013.

MORE: The Courier

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4/9/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Findlay City School district has taken the wraps off the design for the new high school entrance. The $2.5 million project enclose the outdoor corridor between the school entrance and the auditorium.

The new structure will include a security office. People will have to pass through it to enter the building while school is in session. Part of the new entrance will act as a lobby for the R.L. Heminger auditorium.

Construction on the project will begin as soon as the school year ends. It’s expected to be finished by October or November at the latest.

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4/8/14 – 11:52 A.M.

An altercation at The Cube severely injured a Findlay man last month. The family of Ian Fleck tells us someone hit Ian in the back of the head while he was at the MMA fight on March 29. Andrea Fleck says the attack caused her husband to have a stroke.

A medical helicopter took Ian to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo following the attack. Andrea says Ian has been released, but he will need months of therapy. She has taken time off work to take care of him.

Flemming says the alleged attacker is scheduled for a court appearance tomorrow.

The Findlay Police Department has not released information about the incident since the investigation is still active.

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