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4/24/14 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay City Schools superintendent Dean Wittwer is taking a job in Allen County. The Allen County Educational Service Center board voted this week to hire Wittwer as the next superintendent for the agency. He’ll be paid $95,000 a year for two years. Wittwer will oversee the superintendents in the Allen County school districts.

Wittwer is retiring from his position in Findlay at the end of the school year. He’ll begin his duties in Allen County on August 1.

The Findlay school board has hired Edward Kurt to replace Wittwer.

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4/24/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The French Ambassador to the United States talked about the relationship between the two countries while in Findlay Wednesday. Francois Delattre spoke on the University of Findlay campus. He said that the two countries are together on “every single important issue.”

That partnership extend to economics. Delattre says France is among the top five foreign investors in the United States. Ohio sees a big benefit of that, with 14,000 jobs in the state linked to French companies.

The ambassador says the U.S. and France are also aligned well when it comes to global security. Delattre said the French have been battling al-Qaida in Africa, and are opposed to a nuclear Iran.

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4/23/14 – 11:49 A.M.

The Superintendent of the Tiffin school district has come under fire. Media partner WTOL 11 reports some parents in the district are calling for Vicki Wheatley’s removal. A petition going around the district says Wheatley’s current and past actions “reflect negatively on the district.”

There are also allegations Wheatley circulated “negative documents” at a March 11 meeting. The school board investigated the claims and took no action.

Wheatley just took over the superintendent position in January. She had previously been the principal at Wickliffe High School in northeast Ohio. The News-Herald in Eastlake Ohio reports Wheatley was suspended from that post when the school board filed an educator misconduct report in 2009. She was eventually reinstated.


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4/23/14 – 10:25 A.M.

A sting operation led to the arrest of a man on drug charges in Tiffin yesterday. The Tiffin Police Department reports a search warrant was executed on a car stopped a the the corner of Huss Street & N. Water Street. Investigators believed the vehicle was being used to transport drugs from Fostoria to Tiffin.

A search of the car led to the discovery of heroin. Officers arrested 32-year-old Larry White of Tiffin. Charges in the case are pending.

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4/23/14 – 9:19 A.M.

The University of Findlay will host a high profile international guest today. French Ambassador to the United States Francois Delattre will talk about global economic Issues and bilateral relations.

Congressman Bob Latta invited Delattre to speak. Latta says Ohio has strong economic ties to France…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta says several Ohio companies do business with Aerobus, which is based in France.

Latta adds Delattre will also pay tribute to an area veteran…

Audio: Bob Latta

Shaw will have the opportunity to meet with Delattre today.

The event takes place at 3 p.m. in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The university will stream the event live on their YouTube channel.

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4/23/14 – 7:39 A.M.

Police arrested a Fostoria man Monday night for threatening to attack people with a stick. The Review-Times reports 61-year-old Juan Hernandez was taken into custody at Nye’s Trailer Park. After he was arrested Hernandez allegedly kicked the windows and divider of the squad car.

He faces charges of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and two counts of disorderly conduct.

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4/23/14 – 6:44 A.M.
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Traffic was snarled on I-75 in Hancock County for more than three hours this morning after a semi rolled over near the State Route 613 interchange. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 6:20 a.m. The accident report says 41-year-old John Chapa of Rudolph was driving a semi hauling two large steel coils when he drove off the left side of the interstate. When the truck came back on the road it tipped over, blocking the northnound lanes.

The crash resulted in a traffic backup that stretched back into Findlay. Both lanes were back open around 9:45 a.m. No one was injured. Chapa was cited for failure to control.

A crane removed the 40,000 pound steel coils from the Rocky Ford River.

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