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8/24/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A short police chase in Fostoria over the weekend led to a crash. The Review-Times reports the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A police officer noticed 34-year-old Cory Dieter of Fostoria commit a traffic violation and attempted to pull him over. Dieter sped away, hitting a tree at 730 State Route 587 a short time later.

Dieter was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He’s been charged with failure to comply, OVI and driving under suspension.

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8/24/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Two people have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Putnam County American Legion hall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Lima residents 77-year-old Robert Tackett and 51-year-old Roger Henry were arrested in Seneca County Sunday morning. Both are accused of breaking into the Continental American Legion building earlier this year.

Investigators say Tackett and Henry have been involved in burglaries in a six-county area.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/24/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The University of Findlay football team held practice Sunday in an unconventional location; prison. The Courier reports Head Coach Rob Keys took his team to the Marion Correctional Institute in Marion. Keys said he and his staff saw it as a “different way to educate players.” He added he wanted players to “see how fortunate and blessed they are. One bad mistake can put them here.”

Keys said he got the idea when he saw former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith would occasionally hold practices at prisons. He coordinated with warden Jason Bunting to make the trip happen. A few hundred inmates were allowed to watch the practice.

MORE: The Courier

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8/24/15 – 4:56 A.M.

It can be difficult to get a parking spot close to your destination in downtown Findlay, but if you work there, the parking situation can be a much more serious issue. Courier reporter Lou Wilin talked to several people who wait tables at downtown restaurants, and they told him they run into some problems.

Cars have to be moved every 2 hours or get ticketed. That means waiters have to run out during a shift to move their car to another block. That might not be a problem on a slow night, but when things are busy they may not be able to get away from their tables. As a result, many get ticketed through the week.

Waiters also tell the newspaper that forgetting about the tickets can be costly. Jess Bundy, a bartender at Logan’s Irish Pub, said he paid a $225 fine for overdue fees. Anita Dosek, also an employee at Logan’s, said she once paid a $135 fine.

MORE: The Courier

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8/21/2015   5:10pm

The National Tractor Pulling Championships have returned this weekend in Bowling Green. The annual event runs through Sunday at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Event Coordinator Dave Schultz says that this is the 49th year for the pulls, and each year it has gotten better. Even international teams have competed in the event.

Audio: Dave Schultz

The event will continue Saturday and Sunday, both day and night events. Tickets run $44.00 for an all-day pass and $22.00 for a night pass. Schultz said that Kroger stores are also selling tickets to fans at a discounted rate.

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8/21/2015   4:20pm

A public Raise the Wall Ceremony for The University of Findlay’s Oiler Build, the first Habitat for Humanity home sponsored by UF, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at 1820 Payne Avenue. According to a release from the University the project represents the 34th home build and the second one built locally this year that involves Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County, which is partnering with the University on the project.

Saturday’s ceremony will celebrate the first wall of the home being built and raised. The selected partner family, along with representatives from both UF and Habitat, will be on hand to celebrate the milestone.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity not only to build a home for a beautiful family, but to bridge Habitat for Humanity and The University of Findlay in this act of service,” said UF’s Habitat Chapter President Rachel Lane.

“The University of Findlay is helping Findlay/Hancock County Habitat increase the number of families served in our community,” said Wendy McCormick, executive director of the Findlay/Hancock County chapter. “We are so grateful for their support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.”

UF has led its Oiler Build fundraising effort for the past six years. A total of $75,000 has been raised and awarded to construct the home; on-campus fundraising efforts and $20,000 in three matching grants from State Farm Insurance are contributing toward that total. The funds are providing 100 percent of the material costs of construction.

Campus chapter members, students, alumni, faculty and staff will be working on the initial construction phase September, every Tuesday and Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all day each Saturday. The local Habitat is providing the land and a paid construction manager to supervise, coach and teach the students.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to conclude this fall, with the home dedication ceremony slated for Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. along with a home tour.

To volunteer for this event call 419-429-1400 or email volunteer@habitatfindlay.org.

More: UF Newsroom

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8/21/2015    3:45pm

Updates to the flood plan for the Blanchard River watershed were released by the Army Corps of Engineers today, showing some big changes. The Courier reports that the most significant change to the plan is the elimination of the Blanchard River-to-Lye Creek cutoff levee.

Corp officials say “optimized sizing and operation” of a planned diversion channel southwest of Findlay eliminated the need for the levee. “Elimination of the cutoff levee reduced 1,500 acres of induced flooding, resulted in in savings of $5 million and improved the project’s overall benefit to cost ratio to 1.34, up from 1.22,” according to a press release issued by the corps this afternoon.

The project team also adjusted the alignment of the diversion channel in response to several concerns regarding emergency access and traffic patterns. Representatives from the corps’ Buffalo District will host a media session at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of the Hancock County Commissioner’s Office, 514 S. Main St.

The event is open to the public and the meeting room can accommodate about 40 people on a first come, first-served basis. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen, Commander of the Buffalo District, will speak about changes that have been made to the plan, and discuss the future schedule.

More: The Courier

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8/21/2015    3:15pm

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers that they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers as the Labor Day weekend approaches. According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, deputies will be stepping up enforcement starting today of a zero-tolerance policy regarding drunk driving. Drivers should expect to see more public service announcements, increased police checkpoints and more officers out on Hancock County roadways between now and Labor Day.

Efforts of officers aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a national campaign that has curbed impaired driving and helped save lives.

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8/21/2015    2:45pm

Authorities have responded to two injury accidents this afternoon. One in Hancock County and the other in Wyandot County.

In Wyandot County, an injury crash was reported on U.S. 23 near Wyandot County 72, southeast of Upper Sandusky, at around 2 p.m.

According to scanner traffic, the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, Pitt Township Fire Department, Wyandot East Fire Department, and the Ohio Department of Transportation are all responding to the scene.

In Hancock County, crews from the Washington Township Fire Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported two-vehicle injury accident about 1:52 p.m. at Hancock County 236 and 212, in Marion Township.

Additional details for either accident will be posted when they are made available.

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8/21/2015   12:15pm

Helping victims of sexual assault on college campuses, as well as prosecuting those who commit sexual assault is a focus of Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine. Dewine says that every county in the state has a victims advocate, and that his office has a program in place to connect college authorities to local victim advocates to get victims of sexual assault the help that they need.

Audio: Mike Dewine

Connecting local authorities to campus authorities is a step in the process. Another part is processing cases already on file, some as many as 20 years old. When Dewine took office, he a challenge to process over 10,000 open case rape kits, many cold cases. He reports that the state has processed over 8200 with a 37% match since he took office.

Audio: Mike Dewine

Dewine says that his office is committed to finding and prosecuting individuals who commit sexual assault. A grant to help victims of sexual assault on college campuses is now accepting applications. More information can be found on The Attorney General’s website.

More: Ohio Attorney General


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