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4/2/14 – 6:45 A.M.

A fire damaged three buildings in eastern Hancock County Tuesday afternoon. The flames damaged a garage, a stone building, and a shed at 7138 Biglick Township Road 258 near West Independence. No one was injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The Washington Township Fire Department says the buildings were insured.


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4/2/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Two retiring superintendents in our area might not be interested in ending their careers in education. The Lima News reports Findlay’s Dean Wittwer and Ottawa-Glandorf’s Kevin Brinkman applied for the superintendent position at the Allen County Educational Service Center. Both Wittwer and Brinkman are stepping down from their positions this year.

A total of 14 people applied for the position. The newspaper says the Allen County ESC has narrowed the list of candidates to four. It has not announced who the four remaining people are.

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4/2/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A sometimes controversial plan to allow part of Lye Creek to return to a more natural state in part of Findlay will happen. City Council passed the “riparian corridor” project after a third reading on the subject last night. The Courier reports two people spoke in favor of planting native trees, shrubs and grass along the western bank of the creek. The corridor is expected to increase the water quality of Lye Creek.

Other residents in the area had sounded off against the project at previous council meetings.

Two council members voted against the legislation. Holly Frische and Andy Douglas both cited the complaints people in that neighborhood as their reasons. Councilman Randy Van Dyne said he felt the city reached a good compromise. The first draft of the plan called for allowing both sides of the creek to return to a natural state.

A Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant for around $37,000 will pay for the project.

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4/2/14 – 4:52 A.M.

Findlay will move forward toward a new downtown traffic plan. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to apply for a grant that would pay for safety upgrades. The measure passed on an emergency, meaning that it takes effect immediately and the public can’t overturn it.

City administrators now have until May 4 to apply for a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The city had to have a basic traffic plan in place to apply for the money. If the city gets the money a finalized plan would come up for public input and a vote by council.

The revised traffic plan calls for “bump-outs” of curbs at intersections to shorten crosswalks. It also includes medians where there are not turn lanes and mid-block crosswalks. A bike lane on Cory Street from downtown to the University of Findlay is also in the mix.

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4/1/14 – 11:38 A.M.

A rural Tiffin man has admitted he killed two people at the Carey Conservation and Sportsman’s Association clubhouse last November. 65-year-old Richard Clark Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder today.

On November 1 Clark walked into the club outside of Carey and killed his ex-girlfriend, 49-year-old Cynthia Hawkenberry. Clark then turned the gun on 49-year-old Roger Fredritz. Deputies arrested Clark a short time later without further incident.

A sentencing hearing is set for May 7.

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4/1/14 – 11:06 A.M.

Human trafficking remains a problem in northwest Ohio, and an area service club aims to do something about that. Miley Doyle of Findlay’s Zonta Club talked about the issue on WFIN’s Good Mornings today…

Audio: Miley Doyle

The Zonta Club is holding a fashion show this week to raise money for women’s issues. The club’s focus is fighting human trafficking and raising awareness about the issue.

Money raised from the event will go to the Center for Safe & Healthy Children. Doyle says the center can help children abused by traffickers…

Audio: Miley Doyle

The fashion show will be held Thursday with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s auditorium. For more information call (419)423-9203.

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4/1/14 – 10:02 A.M.

A Saudi Arabian man connected by a national talk show host to the Boston Marathon bombing and the University of Findlay is filing suit. The Associated Press reports Abdulrahman Alharbi has filed a defamation suit against Glenn Beck.

Attorneys filed the suit last week. They claim Alharbi’s reputation was “substantially and severely damaged” by Beck tying him to the terror attack.

The case made local news as Alharbi had a student Visa to attend the University of Findlay. Alharbi never enrolled in the school and instead went to a college in the Boston area.

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4/1/14 – 9:44 A.M.

The Findlay city school district has decided how to make up days lost to snow this winter. The school board voted today to extend the school day by an hour. The longer school days will take place April 8 through April 23.

The board decided it would be better to get the extra class time in before state testing later this month.

To make up a missed day, the state mandates students attend school for five and a half hours. That means the extended days will make up for two days. One snow day was already made up on February 17. The final makeup day will be May 30.

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4/1/14 – 8:56 A.M.

It’s April 1st, which means you should set your gullibility sensors on high. The University of Findlay decided to have a little April Fools fun today, announcing the construction of a campus monorail…

Audio: Monorail

The video even has a little fun at the expense of the recent dust up over proposed changes to downtown Findlay…

Audio: Monorail

Here’s the full video:

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4/1/14 – 8:20 A.M.

The Toledo Blade is considering legal action against the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. The Blade says military police detained a reporter and photographer last Friday. The reporters were taking pictures of Lima factories, including the JSMC, for possible use in future stories. While the two were quickly released, they weren’t given their cameras back until later. The pictures of the plant were deleted off the memory cards.

Editor-in-chief, John Block says everything that was photographed was visible from the street.

The factory build M-1 Abrams tanks.

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