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3/13/14 – 8:11 A.M.

If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, know that local law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. The Highway Patrol, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and Findlay Police Department are working together to keep roads safe over the next three days.

Extra units will be patrolling the area Friday night through Monday evening.

If you do end up having a little to much to drink, you can call Safe Ride Home for a lift. Their number is (419)425-3908.

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3/13/14 – 7:40 A.M.

A two-car crash injured three people in Hancock County Wednesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened on W. Bigelow Avenue near Westmoor Road around 6:45 p.m. 21-year-old Lauren Case of Findlay was driving west on W. Bigelow when she lost control because of the snow and ice on the road. Case’s car slid into the eastbound lane and hit a car driven by 23-year-old Colin Kalesky of Findlay.

Hanco EMS took Kalesky and his passenger, 23-year-old Olivia Kalesky, to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Case was also hospitalized. Their conditions were not released.

The crash remains under investigation.


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3/13/14 – 6:46 A.M.

The Van Buren school campus could expand in the future. The Courier reports the district wants to buy five properties next to its current school buildings. The move would allow additions for the high school and middle school. Superintendent Tim Myers tells the newspaper he hopes to have the agreements for at least two of the properties in place at tonight’s school board meeting.

In January the board voted to put a $29 million levy on the May ballot. If approved it would pay for new classrooms and a new gym at the middle school and high school. The expansion would replace part of the building built in 1918.

MORE: The Courier

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2/27/14 – 12:00 P.M.

A one car crash took the life of a man in northwestern Wood County Wednesday afternoon. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports 78-year-old Walter Conner of Ft. Wayne, Indiana lost control of his Chevy Colorado pickup truck on U.S. 6 south of the village of Grand Rapids just before 5 p.m. The truck rolled several times and hit a utility pole before coming to a rest.

Conner was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

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2/25/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A bicyclist was hurt in a traffic crash in downtown Findlay Monday afternoon. The police department reports that around 3:15 p.m. yesterday, 48-year-old Vincent May was riding his bike when he attempted to turn left from West Main Cross toward the 100 block of Broadway and hit a car driven by 30-year-old Tiffany Riker of Findlay.

May suffered minor injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. No citation was issued due to conflicting reports of whether-or-not the vehicle was backing up or was parked.


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2/18/14 – 5:21 A.M.

To make way for it’s big expansion, Marathon Petroleum is asking the city of Findlay to permanently close some roads in the area of its campus. Findlay’s Planning Commission and City Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee is expected to look at the impact of the request.

The proposed closures would include East Hardin Street from South Main to East streets; Beech Avenue from East Sandusky to East Hardin streets; and the north/south alley from East Hardin to East Lincoln streets that is located behind the former Elks and RCM Architects buildings.

Marathon is also expected to ask for temporary parking changes from the traffic commission. The commission will examine temporarily closing East Street from Sandusky to a half-block south, and removing the two-hour parking restriction for all spaces around the campus’ perimeter and interior streets until the end of the year.


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2/11/14 – 11:36 A.M.

Flag City Honor Flight is getting set for its next trip to Washington D.C. The organization announced today they’ll be taking a plane load of veterans to the nation’s capital on June 4 of this year. The World-War II, Korean Conflict, and some Vietnam War veterans pay nothing for the trip.

The group needs volunteers to make sure the yearly event is a success. People are needed to help raise funds to pay for the trip, set up the send off breakfast, and coordinate the welcome home event.

If you know someone who would be interested in taking the trip, or you’re interested in helping out you can download a form at flagcityhonorflight.org.

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2/10/14 – 12:11 P.M.

In what’s becoming somewhat of a weekly tradition; Findlay residents are once again being asked to clear snow from fire hydrants. The Fire Department asks you to clear a three foot diameter around a hydrant if there is one located on your property. Officials say the inability to get to the hydrants can delay the ability to fight a fire in the event of an emergency.

There are more than 2,300 fire hydrants in Findlay.

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2/10/14 – 6:43 A.M.

It’ll cost you much more to fill up your gas tank in Ohio today.  OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price of self-serve regular is up 13-cents this week to $3.41 a gallon.  Driving around the area, you’ll see pump prices right around $3.45 in Findlay.  Over the weekend Hardin County had some of the cheapest gas in the state, with prices around $3.09 a gallon.

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