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5/28/14 – 5:29 A.M.

It’s easy to think you’ll have access to the information you need in an emergency. After all, we live in a world with Google. But sometimes your phone isn’t charged, or the power is out. The Courier reports this year’s Hancock Leadership Class is making sure everyone in the county has access to the information when they need it. The group has put together an emergency guide, and they will be sent to every resident soon.

The guide will have numbers for medical emergencies, severe weather, natural disasters, utility outages, and shelters. There is also a page for non-emergency numbers.

Hancock Leadership raised $25,000 to make sure there was enough money to distribute the guide to every resident in the county.

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5/28/14 – 5:17 A.M.

The suspects accused of pepper-spraying an employee in a store at the Findlay Village Mall were arraigned Tuesday. Toledo residents 19-year-old Asia Burwell, 24-year-old Johntaw Chapman, and 22-year-old Lashonna Kincade were indicted for robbery by a Hancock County grand jury.

The group fled the mall after pepper-spraying an employee at the Buckle. Police say they also took items from Dunham’s Sporting Goods. They were pulled over on I-75 Saturday evening.

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5/28/14 – 5:08 A.M.

The family of a murdered Fostoria woman will hold a benefit to raise money for her funeral this week. Shelly Garcia is Janelle Mauricio’s aunt, and tells the Review-Times the benefit is also a way to show people Mauricio was loved.

The benefit will be held at Grooveline at 300 N. Main Street starting at 6 p.m. Friday. It will be for people 18 and over. The benefit is also taking place at Laura’s All-American Cafe at 224 N. Main Street. It is for children up to 18-years-old. Prizes include Cedar Point tickets, Mud Hens tickets and gift cards to various local businesses. All proceeds from both benefits will go towards funeral expenses for Mauricio

Mauricio was shot and killed on May 21. The shooting happened during a break-in at her East Culbertson Street home. Her boyfriend was also attacked.

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5/27/14 – 6:55 A.M.
Update: 8:42 A.M.

Congressman Bob Latta wants to hear from local veterans about their treatment from the Veterans Administration. A release from Latta’s office says the Congressman will be at Findlay American Legion Post #3 on Front Street from 11 a.m. until noon. Latta says he wants to hear what issues local veterans are having in light of the national controversy surrounding the VA.

Latta said, “This situation demands immediate attention, and these listening sessions will provide an opportunity for me to hear from our veterans about the issues they’re having with the VA, so we can rectify them as quickly as possible.”

Latta will also have listening sessions in Perrysburg and Defiance today. No RSVP is needed. For more information you can call (800)541-6446.

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5/27/14 – 7:19 A.M.

Hydrant flushing continues in Findlay today. Water department crews will be working in the area of North Main Street from the Blanchard River to County Road 99. The work will be between the CSX railroad to the east of Main Street and west to I-75.

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5/27/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A Hancock County woman was injured in a weekend car crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night on State Route 103 near Mt. Blanchard.

90-year-old Esther Bormuth went off the right side of the road near Delaware Township Road 187, hitting a mailbox and a utility pole. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Health Center for treatment of her injuries.

Bormuth was also cited for failure to control.


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5/27/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A motorcycle crash injured a Perrysburg man in Hancock County Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 71-year-old James Austermiller was riding south on State Route 235 around 4:23 p.m. He lost control on a curve north of Blanchard Township Road 84.

Austermiller was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. His condition has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation.


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5/27/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A fight with her boyfriend landed a Hancock County woman in jail this weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 46-year-old Michelle Harp was arrested Saturday night at a home near Bluffton. Harp allegedly cut her boyfriend’s side with a knife during a fight in a home at 1698 State Route 103. He was able to run away from the suspect. Deputies took two kitchen knives from the scene.

Harp is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.


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5/27/14 – 5:12 A.M.

Three Toledo residents were arrested after they allegedly stole from two stores in the Findlay Village Mall over the weekend. Police say the suspects were seen taking items from Dunham’s Sporting Goods, and later at the Buckle. When an employee at the Buckle approached the suspects, he was pepper-sprayed in the face.

The suspects fled the mall, but were pulled over on I-75 near Bowling Green a short time later.

19-year-old Asia Burwell was arrested on a robbery charge. 24-year-old Johntaw Chapman is charged with complicity and 22-year-old Lashonna Kincade was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.

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5/27/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Three people were arrested following a fatal fire in Fostoria Monday. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says 31-year-old Shey Walker, 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer, and 20-year-old Timothy Hall face arson and murder charges. Officers arrested the trio late in the day Monday, after an early morning fire at 614 Poplar Street claimed two lives.

Police have not identified the victims of the blaze pending notification of family members. A relative identified one of the people killed as 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. to several media outlets. One woman was able to escape the fire. She is being treated at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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