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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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4/3/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Three Findlay firefighters are getting special training thanks to MPLX LP. The Marathon Petroleum subsidiary will pay for the men to attend the Williams Fire and Hazard Control’s annual “Extreme School.” The training will allow the Findlay Fire Department to hold on-site training and drills at MPLX’s storage facility on Glessner Avenue.

The five-day course is held in Texas. The tuition alone is almost $2,000. Fire Chief Tom Lonyo says the department wouldn’t be able to pay for the training out of their own budget.

The course focuses on emergency response techniques at petroleum storage and pipeline facilities.

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4/3/14 – 5:18 A.M.

First responders are working together on a plan that would determine how they would react to a local school shooting. A committee has been meeting since December to come up with a response plan for every school in Findlay and Hancock County. Once the group finishes the plans, they will create an operational field guide that first responders can call up on mobile devices.

The guides will include information on rally points, incident command sites, triage areas, and staging locations.

Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee will talk about funding the project at an upcoming meeting. It’s expected the electronic guides will cost $12,500. The city would pay for half with the county footing the other half of the bill.

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4/3/14 – 5:00 A.M.

The Findlay Health Department wants the city to take a closer look at electronic cigarettes. The Courier reports the department has suggested city council add the popular products to existing smoking regulations. The recommendation stems from a January health department meeting. Council will hold an informal meeting to talk about the issue on April 29 at 5 p.m.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that contain a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled.

Critics of the product say the devices are appealing to teenagers. A National Tobacco Youth Survey shows e-cigarette use doubled with high school students from 2011 to 2012.

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