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4/16/14 – 5:06 A.M.

An appeals court has sided with a fired Liberty-Benton teacher. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the firing of Mark Badertscher Wednesday. The ruling upholds a prior judgement by Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson that Badertscher should be reinstated to his job with back pay.

The LB school board fired Badertscher in January of 2013 for what was called a long history of negligence. The board claimed the final straw came when a student was choked out by another student in Badertscher’s classroom while the teacher was assisting other students elsewhere.

The district can appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The matter will be discussed in executive session at Monday’s school board meeting. District administrators did not comment following the appeals court ruling.

MORE: The Courier

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4/15/15 – 7:26 A.M.

An Allen County man is dead following a shootout with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened north of Lima just after noon.

Deputies arrived at 3371 Early Avenue to arrest Erik Wilt on felonious assault charges. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the Lima News when deputies arrived, Wilt went inside his home, got a gun, and started firing. Deputies then returned fire. It’s not clear yet if Wilt killed himself or was shot by a deputy.

The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Lima News

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4/15/15 – 7:16 A.M.

A freshman member of the Bowling Green State University football team is facing an assault charge following an alleged domestic incident on campus. Media partner WTOL-11 reports Nick Johnson is accused of punching a woman and trying to choke her. The incident is said to have happened in a campus parking lot on the night of April 6.

Johnson plays cornerback for the Falcons and earned second team honors in the MAC last season.

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4/15/15 – 6:51 A.M.

Seneca County officials are reviewing potential upgrades to the county’s geographic information system computerized mapping, or GIS. The Review-Times reports the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Council of Governments recently received a grant to study the implementation of GIS. At the same time, Commissioner Holly Stacy has been meeting with Auditor Julie Adkins and Engineer Mark Zimmerman to discuss the issue.

GIS mapping can be used to benefit emergency personnel, economic development efforts, county departments and the public.

Department heads in the county will be asked about their GIS needs going forward.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/15/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The new Carey school building might be a little bigger than current plans call for when it’s all said and done. The school board is considering adding four more classrooms to the building that’s under construction. Board members approved a measure at their Tuesday meeting that allows an architectural firm to design the additional rooms. The general contractor will then estimate the cost.

Extra classrooms were considered at the beginning of the project but were put on hold at the time.

The new school is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

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4/15/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay teenager was injured in a two-car crash in Vanlue Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3 p.m. in the afternoon on North East Street.

18-year-old Rebekah Feasel was driving north when she hit the back of a car driven by 17-year-old Samantha Creager of Alvada. Creager was stopped to make a left turn and was not hurt. Feasel was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Feasel was also cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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4/15/15 – 5:17 P.M.

You’ll have a chance to hear from the five candidates running for three Findlay city council at-large seats tonight. A forum will be held at the University of Findlay just after 6 p.m. this evening.

On the Republican side, Grant Russel and Tom Shindledecker are seeking reelection. They’re being challenged by Jeff Wobser and John Kovach. The top three vote-getters move on to the general election where they will be joined by Democrat Mary Harshfield, who will also participate in tonight’s event.

You can listen to the forum on 1330 WFIN and 88.3 WLFC, as well as watch on UFTV channel 20 on Time Warner Cable.

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4/15/15 – 4:59 A.M.

We now know how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to fight flooding along the Blanchard River. A levee and a diversion channel have been proposed to handle the issue. But many of the ideas we’ve heard about since 2007 didn’t make the cut. The Courier reports cost and engineering issues led to some proposals getting scrapped.

For instance, 24 miles of floodwalls and levees, much like what was seen in the 1962 flood study, would have cost $250 million to build. The Corps report also says the floodwalls would have caused induced flooding of 3-to-4 feet upstream and downstream of Findlay.

Many in the agriculture community have suggested clearing the river would help reduce flooding. However the Corps’ report says that would only solve minor flooding issues.

Detention basins were also considered. Corps engineers say the flat terrain of the area wouldn’t be deep enough to impact flood levels significantly.

MORE: The Courier

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4/14/15 – 10:56 A.M.

We’re more than a quarter into 2015, and officials say the Hancock County budget is looking healthy…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says sales tax collections are up 13 percent over 2014 numbers.

Commissioner Phil Riegle added that casino revenue disbursement is also up around $6,600 compared to this time last year.

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4/14/15 – 7:29 A.M.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding a missing teenager. A post on the department’s Facebook page says 15-year-old Jonathan Wappelhorst was last seen on April 2.

Wappelhorst is white, around 5’10” tall, and weighs around 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Wappelhorst was last seen wearing a grey and white striped V-neck t-shirt, blue jeans, and a grey hoodie. He also had red and white Nike shoes.

It’s believed the teenager is still in the Lima area. You’re asked to call Detective Nate Music at (419)993-1433 if you have any information on where Wappelhorst might be.

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