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9/15/16 – 9:46 A.M.

We have a little more information on the situation at the sheriff’s office in Allen County today. A release to the media from Sheriff Sam Crish’s lawyer says Crish has entered an inpatient treatment program for a “serious personal issue which he must address.” The release also says the personal issue “does not, and has not involved his duties as Sheriff, public funds or property.” The release did not say what the personal issue was.

FBI agents served a search warrant at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month. Crish has not been at work since then.

The FBI has not said what they were investigating.

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9/15/16 – 9:22 A.M.

A jury has convicted a Pennsylvania woman of stealing thousands of dollars form a senior citizen in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports investigators had charged 40-year-old Patricia Stuward on counts of theft from an elderly person, attempted theft from an elderly person and telecommunications fraud. Stuward and two others stole $16,000 from the victim on January 8. They visited her again and tried to trick her out of $53,000.

A judge will sentence Stuward at a later date.

Officers from several agencies arrested Stuward, Tanor Tody, and Sampson Cojolo in January. They told investigators they were residents of Monrovia, Liberia.

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9/15/16 – 8:17 A.M.

Bluffton University accepted one of the largest donation’s in the school’s history Wednesday. The Courier reports Greg and Donna Wannemacher of Wannemacher Total Logistics in Lima pitched in $1 million toward a $26 million fundraising campaign. The Wannemacher’s are both graduates of Bluffton.

The school also confirmed $9 million in gifts and commitments are already lined up. The school will use part of the money to build the new Austin E. Knowlton science building. The goal is to open the building by the fall of 2019.

The campaign also aims to raise $5.5 million for annual support for the next five years, $5 million to strengthen its endowment, and $1 million to support academics.

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9/15/16 – 7:44 A.M.

A two-car crash in Findlay sent a Wood County man to the hospital Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 30-year-old Jessica Brickner of Findlay was driving north on North Main Street when she tried to turn left onto Defiance Avenue. She turned into the path of a southbound car driven by Jerald Click of Cygnet.

Hanco Ambulance took Click to Blanchard Valley Hospital for ?treatment of his injuries. Police cited Brickner for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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9/15/16 – 7:37 A.M.

The effort to start a regional water and sewer district in Putnam County appears to have it the end of the line. The Putnam County Sentinel reports two of the last three petitioners for the proposed district pulled out last week. The village councils in Miller City and Pandora both voted to withdraw their petitions. That leaves Palmer Township as the only remaining petitioner. The newspaper says there are rumblings it may abandon its support as well.

Miller City Mayor James Erford had supported the project. He said misinformation and a lack of support from the county commissioners led to downfall of the effort. Miller City does not have sewer service.

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9/15/16 – 7:22 A.M.

A car hit a bicyclist in Findlay Wednesday afternoon, injuring an 11-year-old boy. The Findlay Police Department says the boy was riding his bike in a crosswalk on Morey Avenue around 3:30 p.m. 70-year-old Ruth Polling of Forest was turning right on a red light onto Morey from Trenton Avenue when she hit the boy.

Police did not publicly identify the boy. He received treatment for bumps and bruises at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Police cited Polling for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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9/15/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Putnam County authorities have accused a Napoleon woman of attacking a Cloverdale priest earlier this month. WLIO-TV reports Putnam County Prosecutors say 65-year-old Frances Wilhelm hit Father Herman Scherger in the head with a hammer over the Labor Day weekend.

Scherger told police that on the day of the attack, he returned to his home and saw an unfamiliar car in his driveway. He said when he got out of his car Wilhelm assaulted him. Scherger was able to get back to his car and drive to a neighbor’s house to get help.

Investigators have charged Wilhelm with felonious assault. She has also undergone a psychological evaluation.


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9/15/16 – 5:18 A.M.

How well do you think the Findlay Police Department is doing its job? You can let them know through a new online survey. A release from the department says the anonymous survey is part of ongoing efforts to improve communication with city residents.

The deadline to complete the survey is October 7.

We have a link to it on our website. If you don’t have internet access you can pick up a copy at the police station or the mayor’s office.

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9/15/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The nation is short 60,000 teachers, and experts expect the gap to grow. That’s according to a new study published by the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto, California. The superintendents of several local schools tell the Courier changing education standards and increased testing are likely to blame for the problem.

Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt says fewer teachers in the pipeline has made it harder to find quality applicants for open positions. He added it’s hard to find teachers for higher-level math and science programs. For classes like geometry and algebra II, he’s seen as few as four applicants for jobs. Kurt says the district tries to keep salaries competitive.

Cory Rawson Superintendent Bob Hlasko tells the newspaper, “Education has become less of an art and, instead, has become an assembly line.” He added the district gets about half the applications for open positions as it did in the past.

The Vanlue school district felt the shortage this year. Superintendent Traci Conley says they were still trying to fill two openings just days before the school year began. She believes school reforms have, “placed teachers in the crossfire.” She added that’s not appealing to potential educators.

Changing standards and standardized tests aren’t the only reasons for the shortage. Conley and McComb Superintendent Meri Skilliter say mass retirements by baby-boomers have led to a large amount of openings.

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