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4/8/14 – 10:32 A.M.

Local mental health experts want you to be able to recognize the signs of brewing mental illnesses. Zach Thomas is the Director of Wellness and Education for ADAMHS in Hancock County. He talked about the issue on WFIN’s Good Mornings today. Thomas says you’d be surprised by the number of people who have a mental issue…

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Thomas says the stigma of mental illness sometimes keeps people from seeking help.

As a result the Hancock County ADAMHS board is working to train people to spot signs of mental issues, much like they would get trained for first aid…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas is the Director of Wellness and Education for ADAMHS. He says the training also teaches people to provide a link to professional help to those who need it.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid call (419)424-1985.

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4/8/14 – 6:33 A.M.

A Findlay man robbed a drug store late Monday afternoon; not for money or drugs – but to go back to jail. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to the CVS store at 463 Tiffin Avenue for a robbery in progress. When they arrived, 29-year-old Daniel Stone gave himself up.

Investigators found Stone had fought with his wife before the incident. He told her he was going to rob a pharmacy so he could go back to jail. When he got to the CVS store he told the pharmacist to give him Oxycontin and Adderall.

Stone never showed a weapon. He also swallowed several pills before police arrested him. As a result police took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital where doctors admitted him to the ICU.

Stone faces charges of robbery and theft of drugs.

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4/8/14 – 5:19 A.M.

Bluffton residents may not be on the hook for installing news sidewalks on their property. The Courier reports village council talked about an amendment to an ordinance that they passed year. Under the new plan the village would pay for the cost of installing new sidewalks. That’s good news to the 92 people who received letters last year telling them they would have to install sidewalks.

The 97 people who got letters saying they would have to repair their sidewalks would still have to pay for the work.

Council will talk about the proposed amendment at their April 21 meeting.

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4/8/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Work continues to upgrade Carey’s electrical systems. The Courier reports the village will submit a study to American Municipal Power as part of an application for partial funding of the project. The work will cost an estimated $6.2 million to $6.9 million. The village would use the grant money to replace utility poles along the main electric line in town.

The overhaul would also see electric substation improvements across from Continental Structural Plastics. The company is planning on adding a paint line in 2015 that will add 50 jobs.

The electric upgrade project will take around 24 months to complete.

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4/8/14 – 4:52 A.M.

Findlay High School could go back to a more traditional school schedule next year. The school board met Monday night and talked about adopting a new schedule. The new plan would see the school day end at 2:41 p.m. instead of the current 3:14 p.m.

As it stands now, students can take one of two tracks. The “blue” track allows students to attend school during periods one through seven. The “gold” track allows students to attend school from periods two through eight. The intent was to give students more flexibility.

The proposed schedule would shorten each class period by three minutes, from 50 minutes to 47. Every teacher would start and end their day at the same time.

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4/3/14 – 11:36 A.M.

Litter Landing could look different in the future. The Hancock County Commissioners contracted with Peterman Associates Inc. today to look into ways to improve the facility. The cost of the contract is for a little more than $12,000.

Commissioner Phil Riegle says no changes are set in stone, but the facility is aging. The county wants to see if buildings need replaced or repurposed. Peterman will also look into ways to improve traffic flow.

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4/3/14 – 10:55 A.M.

Some oversights in the plans for the new Hancock County Engineer’s garage are raising its price. The Hancock County Commissioners approved change orders to the contract today totalling more than $19,000.

One of the more costly expenses included in the order is a change to an electric breaker for welding outlets. A typo listed the needed equipment as a 20 amp breaker instead of 50 amps. That change will cost $6,658.

The contract now calls for the cost of the facility to come in at a little more than $2.7 million. That’s still well under the original $3.9 million plan the commissioners rejected last year.

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4/3/14 – 8:38 A.M.

Police arrested a Fostoria man last week after a grand jury indicted him on two sex-related charges. The Review-Times reports prosecutors have charged 50-year-old William Pritt with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and voyeurism.

Pritt’s indictment says that he recorded a minor last August.

Pritt could face up to nine years in prison.

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4/3/14 – 7:40 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened on North Main Street at the intersection of County Road 99. 43-year-old Larry Hollar of Van Buren stopped in the northbound lane of Main Street and was hit from behind by 20-year-old Zachary Thom of Findlay.

Hanco EMS took Hollar to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police cited Thom or failure to stop in the assured clear distance.

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4/3/14 – 7:16 A.M.

Two Wood County teenagers are facing charges for a scam they allegedly ran. The Courier reports prosecutors have charged the boys with theft. The pair went to homes in Wood and Hancock Counties, telling people they were collecting money for an Elmwood High School student or teacher with cancer.

Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson tells the newspaper a 17-year-old organized the scam. A 14-year-old boy allegedly acted as an accomplice.

The case will be heard in the Wood County Juvenile Court in Bowling Green.

Investigators are still working to figure how much money the boys collected.

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