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9/24/15 – 8:40 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that involved a car and two bicyclists this morning. A dispatcher confirms the incident took place in the 19000 block of County Road 7. That’s near the intersection with Road 254 east of Findlay.

No other details were immediately known. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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9/24/15 – 6:53 A.M.

After nearly four months, an arrest has been made in a fatal hit-and-run case in Allen County. The Lima News reports 31-year-old Robert Catlett III of Lima was arrested Sunday morning. Catlett is accused of driving the car that pulled in front of a motorcycle driven by 27-year-old Aaron Ehrnsberger on May 31.

Catlett was named a person of interest soon after the collision. He was eventually located in Florida, along with 26-year-old Catherine Wilson, who owned the car involved in the crash. During a probation violation hearing, Wilson said Catlett was driving her car at the time of the crash.

MORE: Lima News

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9/24/15 – 6:42 A.M.

North Baltimore officials are interviewing village administrator candidates. The Courier reports applicants were interviewed during two closed-door sessions this week. No action was taken after the meetings.

Around 20 people have applied for the position.

Donna Dettling is currently the village administrator. She’s leaving the job in November to take a position in Archbold.

MORE: The Courier

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9/24/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The new Carey school building will have new scoreboards for its athletic teams.  The Courier reports Continental Structural Plastics donated more than $59,000 for the equipment.  The school board has moved to buy new scoreboards with the donated money.

The school board also voted to ban the use of drones over school property.  The Ohio High School Athletic Association already bans the use of drones on school property during district-sponsored events.

MORE: The Courier

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9/24/15 – 5:18 A.M.

It’s been a month since the first MRSA case was reported on the campus of Heidelberg University. Since then, the number of students reporting possible infection concerns is dropping. The Review-Times reports the outbreak was contained to the student population. Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer says proactive measures taken by Heidelberg helped prevent the spread of the potentially drug-resistant staph bacteria.

Athletes were required to shower before and after practices and showers were sprayed down between use. Students were also discouraged from sharing personal products like towels and razors.

Four Heidelberg students tested positive for MRSA. Two others had cases of staph aureus with is different from MRSA. 25 students reported symptoms to the school’s health center, but only five are still receiving treatment of any kind.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/24/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Members of many Putnam County agencies recently took part in an emergency exercise to be ready for the unthinkable. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Putnam County EMA hosted a tabletop exercise for a mass casualty event. The mock disaster started with several students becoming ill after coming back from a concert that featured a band that had just performed overseas.

Ruth Gerdeman is the emergency preparedness coordinator with the Putnam County Health Department. She told the newspaper one difficult aspect of the drill is respecting a family’s spiritual wishes while also dealing with an infectious event.

Preparation for the exercise took eight months.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/24/15 – 4:49 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing several charges in connection to an alleged rape. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury indicted 58-year-old Clinton Berry on two counts of rape, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of kidnapping.

Investigators say the incidents happened last March in Union Township. Court documents say that on two occasions Berry used force or the threat of force to commit the rapes. The kidnapping charge alleges that Berry used “forced restrain” against the victim. The burglary charge alleges that Berry entered the victim’s home with the intent of causing harm.

MORE: The Courier

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9/23/2015    10pm

This is part of a fourteen-week series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face.

What does recovery from addiction look like? Who does it look like? The answer is, everyone. At the weekly series on chemical dependency Wednesday night, a panel shared personal stories of their struggles with addiction and recovery. The panel, moderated by the Focus on Friends organization in Findlay shared stories of addiction to alcohol, drugs, heroin, food, and other addictions, but also the road to recovery and how their lives have been changed.

Wayne Ford, Director of Focus on Friends said that society needs to hear these stories of recovery, but it is just as important that people be made to feel comfortable and free to share their stories of recovery as well.

“That we stop hiding, that we stop running, that we are able to honestly share why and how we became addicted.” said Ford

The panel consisted of individuals from all walks of life. Rich, poor, those that had amazing jobs, and others who struggled. All shared stories about what drove them to the abuse and how they came to embrace recovery from their addictions. Ford said that addiction and abuse has no stereotypical face or look, which is something that people need to understand.

“We need to stop the stigma that individuals that are in recovery are people that are bums or junkies or people who are not giving back. Because as I mentioned, it could be a doctor, a President. The fact that there’s a player on every baseball team in this country that is in recovery. Recovery is everywhere.” said Ford.

The panel heard from individuals who struggled with alcoholism at a young age, who dealt with high expectations that parents, family and they themselves put on themselves, and also how the abuse started small, but then grew to uncontrollable levels. Almost to a point, the panel agreed that the hardest aspect about their addictions was admitting to themselves that they had a problem. And that they needed to talk openly about their addictions and their struggle.

“If we’re honest with each other and if we’re brave enough to tell our stories about what we’ve been through, and where and how we’ve got to where we are today, I think we’ll find out that more of us are alike than we are different and that recovery plays a huge part in all of our lives.” said Ford.

Ford notes that many people consider addiction to be drug or alcohol related. Yet real addiction can manifest itself in many different forms.

“Addiction is not just drugs. As the panel talked about, addiction can be food, pornography, sex, gambling. I believe America is addicted” said Ford.

The panel also shared their stories about how they came to recovery. Some just quit, and some were at the end of their rope. Some found God, and others still realized they needed the work of professionals. Ford said that when it comes to recovery, there is no simple solution or easy fix.

“We want people to understand that there are multiple pathways to get to recovery. There’s no cookie-cutter way of saying ‘Ok if I use the twelve step program on this person and that person that it’s going to work.’ Because that’s not true.” said Ford.

Ford noted that the twelve steps were great for many people, but that they are not perfect for every single person.

In talking with the audience, the panel noted that a common element to their recovery was that they made a choice to recover. A person needs to decide for themselves that they need help before recovery can achieve any significance.

“We just can’t put you over there and expect you to be changed. It’s a process that continues for a lifetime. Because it’s about growth, about becoming honest with yourself and being open-minded and willing to change your life.” said Ford.

Focus on Friends is a nonclinical treatment facility that works with people in recovery. They can be reached at 419-423-5071 and their offices are located at 509 W Trenton Ave in Findlay.

Next week, the Chemical Dependency Seminar will feature Century Health as they discuss Adult Substance Use Disorders and Treatment Services. The seminar will be next Wednesday in Davis 2225 at the University of Findlay at 6pm.

The seminars are sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Hancock County Community Partnership, and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

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9/23/2015     3:48pm

Now that fall is here, it’s a good time to get a flu shot before the cold weather approaches. Dr. Kim Tran says that many people consider the flu to be a minor annoyance. But if left untreated, the flu can be more dangerous.

Audio: Dr. Kim Tran

The flu is still disease which has no cure, and can be deadly if preventative measures are not taken.

Audio: Dr. Kim Tran

The Findlay and Hancock County Health Departments are conducting joint flu clinics this year to help people protect against the flu by getting flu shots. You can also get a flu shot at most neighborhood pharmacies.

The clinics will be held on the following dates.

Friday, September 25th 9-11am and 2-4pm

Tuesday, October 6th 2-4pm

Thursday, October 15th 4-6:30pm

Friday, October 16th 9-11am and 2-4pm

Thursday, October 22nd 2-6:30pm

Friday, October 23rd 9-11am and 2-4pm

Monday, October 26th 9-11am and 2-4pm

Friday, October 30th 9-11am and 2-4pm

Friday, November 6th 9-11am and 2-4pm

And then every Friday from November 13th and after will be from 3-4pm until flu is gone.

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9/23/15 – 12:39 A.M.

Around 300 or so people were on hand for the Dr. Ben Carson campaign stop in Findlay Wednesday. Chanting, “Win, Ben, Win” and holding signs, many people told us why they were supporting the retired neurosurgeon’s run…

Audio: Carson Supporter

Others at the Pilgrim restaurant said Carson’s background in something other than politics was a big reason they were drawn to him…

Audio: Carson Supporter

Still others we spoke to said they liked that Carson wasn’t backing down from issues many deem politically incorrect.

You can see pictures and videos from today’s campaign stop on our website.

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