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5/19/16 – 5:24 A.M.

The Arcadia school district is looking at ways to upgrade the technology that students use. The Courier reports the school board voted to upgrade wireless services in the building at a cost of more than $38,000. Another $24,000 will be spent to replace projectors for interactive classrooms.

Gregg McGee is the technology coordinator for the school district, and says a four-year plan is needed to replace all the projectors in the school.

McGee also suggested buying Chromebook laptops for classrooms. School Board President Ryan George suggested a technology committee be formed to look into the idea.

MORE: The Courier

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5/19/16 – 5:16 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff wants you to talk to your teens about drinking this graduation season. Sheriff Mike Heldman says parents, schools, and law enforcement need to work to change the view that, “reckless teen partying is normal and okay if associated with graduation.” Heldman says teenage drinking is a major factor in things like sexual assault, violence, property damage and injury accidents.

The sheriff says one way you can help is by clearly communicating your expectations with your teen. Tell them the consequences of breaking the rules. Heldman adds you should never host a party where teenage drinking takes place. He says that could open you up to significant legal issues.

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5/19/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of leading police officers on a chase in March is accused of doing the same thing again this week. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 22-year-old Dale Lanagan was arrested following a high-speed chase in Seneca County Monday.

The incident happened after the Findlay Police Department contacted the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office about a possibly suicidal man. A sheriff’s deputy spotted Lanagan’s car in Tiffin, but Lanagan refused to pullover, instead speeding out of town at speeds of up to 85 miles-per-hour. Stop sticks were used at the intersection of State Route 101 and Seneca County Road 38, causing Lanagan to crash into a nearby barn. He suffered a minor head injury in the crash.

Lanagan face several charges, including failure to comply with an officer and operating with willful or wanton disregard of safety.

Lanagan is also facing charges for a similar incident on March 17 in Hancock County.

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5/18/2016 – 5:34 pm

As a part of a national seat belt campaign, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. According to a release, the sheriff’s office will be stepping up enforcement of the seatbelt laws May 23rd through June 5th, ahead of one of the busiest travel weekend of the year.

The National Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2014 were not wearing seatbelts, and that number increased to 57 percent at night. For that reason, law enforcement is stepping up both daytime and nighttime enforcement of the seatbelt laws. Local fines range from $78 for a driver, $68 for a passenger and $140 for children not wearing seatbelts.

The campaign runs leading into and through the Memorial Day weekend.

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5/18/2016 – 4:45 pm

The expansion at City Mission in Findlay continues to help the mission provide services to those in need in Findlay and Hancock County. Executive Director Phil Arnold said for example that before, with limited dining room space, the mission could only provide food service 30-60 people at a given time. With increased need, the expanded facility will make meals more inviting for people.

Audio: Phil Arnold

Additionally, the mission has built upon existing facilities and has renovated others in order to offer the same types of programming and services to men, women and extended families as need be. Arnold says that the expanded facilities will allow the mission to operate and not turn away people in need.

Audio: Phil Arnold

Arnold says that now more people are utilizing the food services that the City Mission offers due to the rising food insecurity issues. If you’d like more information about the City Mission or would like to support their efforts, you can visit them online at Findlay Mission.org

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5/18/2016 – 1:11 pm

An Iowa woman was injured in a crash on I-75 near County Road 99 Tuesday morning. 25-year-old Sarah Korneisel of Cedar Rapids Iowa was stopped on the side of the southbound lane with car trouble when her vehicle was struck by a semitrailer driven by 58-year-old Anthony Greer of Ronda North Carolina. The Ohio State Patrol reports that Greer told troopers he didn’t see the car stopped on the side of the road.

Korneisel was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the accident remains under investigation. No citations have been issued.

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5/18/2016 – 11:25 am

Several roads will be closed over the next month in Putnam County for road construction and upgrades. The Putnam County Engineer states that the affected roads will be the west side of State Route 65 and should last for two to three weeks. Following that, Road M will be closed between State Route 65 and Old State Route 65 to begin the east approach.

At the same time, Putnam County is also working with the D, T, & I Railroad to improve their rail crossing and the county will be asphalt paving. Work is scheduled to be completed by the middle to the end of June, weather permitting. They ask drivers to avoid the areas if at all possible and expect delays when traveling through the work zone.

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5/18/2016 – 11:13 am

Wood County authorities are asking for help from the public in locating a missing man. The Wood County Sheriff reports that 35-year-old Joseph Stormbringer was last seen on May 13th at the Auto Zone store in Bowling Green. He told his family he was going fishing at several spots around Bowling Green.

Stormbringer does not have a vehicle and typically rides a motorized beach cruiser bicycle and generally wears camouflage clothing. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. There is no foul play expected at this time, however, anyone who might have information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office at 419-354-9001.

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5/18/16 – 8:46 A.M.

Kenton’s police chief was injured in a high-speed chase Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports 28-year-old Nicholas Meeker of Lima led authorities on a two-county chase, eventually colliding with a cruiser driven by Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser. Both Meeker and Musser suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The chase started on State Route 309 in Allen County around 1:15 p.m. A state trooper tried to pull over Meeker for speeding, but Meeker began driving faster and more erratic. Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies tried to use stop sticks to slow Meeker down, but they didn’t work. Meeker then tried to pass a semi and ended up hitting the front end of Musser’s patrol car.

Meeker now faces OVI, reckless operation, and failure to comply charges among others.

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