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4/2/14 – 10:38 A.M.

With a couple of inches of rain expected to fall over the next two days, we’re keeping a close eye on area rivers once again. Right now it looks like the Blanchard River will stay below the flood stage. The National Weather Service is currently calling for the river to crest below the action stage in Findlay Saturday morning.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard will run high, but avoid flood stage. Current projections show the river hitting the action stage Sunday morning at just over 20 feet. That would still be three feet below flood stage.

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Proposed upgrades to the Marathon Diamonds in Findlay could include a Miracle Field. Media partner WTOL 11 reports there is interest in building a baseball diamond that would be for children and adults with special needs. A preliminary plan for an expansion at the Cube would include two more ball diamonds, with the Miracle Field between them.

Miracle Fields are made of rubber and are ADA compliant. The next closest facility is in Northwood, Ohio.

Organizers are just starting the work on the project. The next step will be to get a field design together. Once that is complete fundraising efforts will get underway. Construction could begin in 2015 if all goes according to plan.


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4/2/14 – 8:16 A.M.

North Baltimore will take a look at its mosquito spraying program. The Courier reports a resident brought concerns about spraying times to village council last night. She asked council members to make the spray schedule public so people know to keep their children inside.

The same resident also said village workers were spraying herbicides in the village park while children were playing there.

Council agreed to look into both issues.

MORE: The Courier

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4/2/14 – 7:44 A.M.

Fostoria is revving up efforts to attract businesses to the city. The Courier reports city council passed two ordinances that focus on economic development last night.

Cinagro Environmental Services will get a $50,000 loan from the revolving loan fund. The company provides environmental surveying services. Owner Nichole Jones expects to hire 20 employees in the future.

Council also appropriated $30,000 from the Community Development Fund to go to the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.

MORE: The Courier

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4/2/14 – 7:16 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury has indicted the four people accused of breaking into a Findlay home. 19-year-olds Cayd Burton and Zachary Montgomery, 21-year-old Nicholas Rarey, and 22-year-old Adrian CaStillo all face a count of aggravated burglary.

Police say the group broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court on March 21 while the resident was home. Two of the men allegedly had guns with them. Investigators say the men took televisions, a laptop and other items.

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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.

MORE: Lima News

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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.

MORE: The Courier

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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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