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4/14/15 – 4:59 A.M.

There are some noticeable changes to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood mitigation plans for the Blanchard River. The Courier reports the plan no longer includes areas of induced flooding in several neighborhoods. Previously Corps officials had said that during a 100-year flood, a levee south of Findlay could slightly raise water levels in areas east of Main Street. The plan unveiled last Friday does not include induced flooding in the same neighborhoods.

The nearly $66 million plan includes a diversion channel along a glacial groove south of Findlay. It would also include a levee south of the reservoirs. The diversion channel would move floodwater from Eagle Creek away from the city. The levee would prevent Blanchard River flood water from spilling into Lye Creek.

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4/14/15 – 4:20 P.M.

The elderly lion taken by the state from Tiger Ridge Exotics is dead. Officials say it was euthanized yesterday at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s holding facility in Reynoldsburg. A spokesman says the lion named Leo had been failing in health for quite some time and took a turn for the worse last week. A total of 11 animals were confiscated from Tiger Ridge Exotics in January after the owner failed to get a permit to keep them as required by state law.

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4/13/15 – 7:19 A.M.

A Kenton man was taken into custody following a standoff with police last week. Kentontoday.com reports the incident happened in the 400 block of North Main Street Friday afternoon.

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said David Giraldo made threats against law enforcement, neighbors, and others. The situation prompted an evacuation in the immediate area around the house. There was concern he had hostages in the home, but it was later found he was by himself. Giraldo eventually surrendered to the police without further incident.

Vermillion said the man was involved in a domestic situation the night before.

MORE: Kenton Today

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4/13/15 – 6:52 A.M.

A man fled the scene of an accident in Findlay Sunday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the one-car crash happened in the southern part of the city on Western Avenue near Orchard Lane around 11:20 a.m.

A southbound car went off the right side of the road and hit two mailboxes. It then crossed the road, hitting a power pole before coming to rest against a fence. A witness saw the driver flee the scene of the crash before emergency responders arrived.

The car is owned by 27-year-old Nicholas Berger of Findlay. Investigators are following up on leads related to the crash.

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4/13/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Gas prices are up as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.35 for a gallon of regular. That’s up 14 cents from a week ago, but down from last week’s high of $2.45 a gallon. A month ago Findlay drivers were paying $2.18 a gallon.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.29 to start off the week.

The statewide average is $2.32 a gallon, up eight cents from last Monday.

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4/13/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Ground will be broken for the eighth Putnam County Habitat for Humanity home this coming weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the home will be built at 206 Plum Street in Kalida.

Before the start of construction, there will be a community meeting for people to learn more about how they can help out with the build. It will take place Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church basement. Those in attendance will also be able to meet the homeowners, Marc and Andrea Howell and their children, Jacob and Jorja.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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4/13/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A Hancock County barn was destroyed by a weekend fire. Four fire departments were called to 9802 Eagle Township Road 50, south of Findlay, around 5:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Liberty Township Fire Chief Gene Stump said a resident was burning trash near the barn when the building caught on fire. The structure was a total loss, and was uninsured.

It took about 45 minutes to put out the blaze.

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4/13/15 – 5:04 A.M.

Elderly Findlay residents have been targeted by a phone scam. The Findlay Police Department reports the con artists are posing as officers of the law, and are using the real names of local officers. The police report says they are likely getting the names off the internet.

The person on the phone is trying to get your personal information. The scammer will claim they are confirming your recent cash winnings. If you get a call like this you’re urged to tell the person on the line you’ll call them back through the police dispatch center.

The police department adds that officers do not call on the behalf of anyone to give cash prizes.

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