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4/29/14 – 7:15 A.M.

NORAD will be conducting training flights over our area this morning. A release from the agency says that means fighter jets will be practicing intercept techniques. You might see low flying jets flying near each other during the exercise.

The drills will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. The flights will be north of Marion, between Mansfield and Lima. The time of the exercise could be moved if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

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4/29/14 – 6:42 A.M.

The University of Findlay is still working to put together financing for its new on-campus stadium. Athletic Director Steven Rackley tells the Courier the school hopes to make an announcement on the subject soon. The goal is to have work on the lacrosse/football complex start in July.

The university is about a month behind where they wanted to be in fundraising efforts. Rackley says he thinks they’ll meet the goal in May or June.

The stadium is estimated to cost between $7 to $8 million. It will be located behind the Koehler Center.

MORE: The Courier

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4/29/14 – 5:31 A.M.

If you’re hoping for a Target store to locate in Findlay anytime soon, you might not want to hold your breath. Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Director Tony Iriti says it probably won’t happen for a long time.

Speaking at the Rotary Club meeting Monday, Iriti said household income is an issue. As a smaller city, Findlay has fewer homes bringing in more than $50,000 a year. Being within 40 miles of the Target in Rossford isn’t helping anything either.

Iriti says Marathon’s expansion promises to help numbers in the future. But Target officials are more concerned with the amount of retail business historically done in Findlay.

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4/29/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Public records and email are the latest point of contention between Findlay administrators and city Auditor Jim Staschiak. The Courier reports city administrators downloaded emails from the auditor’s office without contacting Staschiak.

Law Director Don Rasmussen asked Mayor Lydia Mihalik to get the Computer Services Department to help get the emails. They pertained to communication between Staschiak and Paul Rutter of Columbus-based Bricker and Eckler. The law firm serves as the city’s bond counsel. Rasmussen says that Staschiak has been communicating with a different attorney than the city has been. He adds information from the two lawyers has conflicted.

Staschiak says administrators could have asked for the emails. He’s calling for a review of public records policy. An informal meeting on the subject will be held at 4:40 p.m. in council chambers.

Some emails from deputy auditor Ginger Sampson were also collected.

MORE: The Courier

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4/29/14 – 4:55 A.M.

I-75 between Findlay and Perrysburg is being widened. The Ohio Department of Transportation says they will spend 250-million-dollars to make the Interstate three lanes in each direction. Construction is expected to start next month and will last about two-years.

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We hope you had your yard maintained last fall. Google Streetview updated its maps of Findlay last September. The mapping service took pictures along a much bigger area of Findlay streets. It appears to be the first update to Findlay roads since 2009.

Streetview gives a first person view of roadways. Previously it had only catalogued the Findlay roads that saw heavier traffic. Nearly every neighborhood in and around Findlay is on display now.

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4/28/14 – 10:12 A.M.

Another Findlay business has come forward as the victim of a phone forwarding scam. J&J’s Automart contacted the Findlay Hancock County Chamber of Commerce about their issue after hearing about the scam on WFIN radio. According to the email to the chamber, a man scammed the business on April 11. He asked to use the phone so he could call his daughter to come look at a car on the lot.

What the man actually did was forward the business phone to a cell phone number. A Toledo check cashing business called the number on the 11th to make sure J&J’s had the funds to cover a check the man wrote at the business. That caused a check from J&J’s to the check cashing business to come back with a non-sufficient fund notice.

A report has been filed on the incident. A Findlay barbershop was also victimized by the crime.

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4/28/14 – 7:36 A.M.

Findlay has been named a “Tree City” again. The designation from the Arbor Day Foundation means the city is committed to effective urban forest management. The city must meet four requirements to earn the award. There has to be a tree department and a tree care ordinance. The city must also have a forestry budget of two dollars per capita and observe Arbor Day with a proclamation.

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4/28/14 – 7:18 A.M.

Fostoria police arrested a Tiffin man following a foot chase in the city last week. The Review-Times reports 34-year-old Nathan Haskell is accused of pushing a woman down at an apartment complex on State Route 18. Police were called, and chased Haskell down several streets before they caught up to him. Haskell then allegedly tried to shove an officer down in an attempt to escape again. He also provided false identification.

Haskell now faces a variety of charges including assault, possession of cocaine, and resisting arrest.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/28/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A prostitution bust led to two arrests in Hancock County last week. The Hancock and Wood County Sheriff’s Offices ran a joint operation at the Pilot Travel Center at the Van Buren exit of I-75. Pirtpahl Singh Sandhu of Brampton, Ontario, and Rickie Damron of Sugar Grove were arrested for solicitation. They allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer for sex acts.

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