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8/11/14 – 6:50 A.M.

More than 3,000 people showed up at the Flag City BalloonFest Saturday night in an attempt to break a world record. Those in attendance snapped glowsticks for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hancock County’s “I Don’t Give a Snap About Stigma” campaign. The event aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Unfortunately because of logistical problems, the record was not recorded. Jamie Franks coordinated the event. She told the Courier even though the record wasn’t officially set, it was still a huge success in raising awareness for NAMI.

The official record will remain 836. It was set in Los Angeles last November.

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8/11/14 – 6:39 A.M.

We’re paying more at the gas pump to start the new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular unleaded around the state is $3.51 a gallon. That’s up from $3.46 last week, and is a penny higher than prices a month ago.

In Findlay, prices are trending above the state average at around $3.57 a gallon. Prices are lower in Ottawa, where drivers were paying around $3.49 a gallon this morning.

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8/11/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Fostoria warehouse has been sold for $10 million. Industrial Property Brokers and Colliers International announced the completed sale last Friday. Tim Echemann is the president of Industrial Property Brokers, and told the Courier that there aren’t that many big warehouses available on the marketplace. The facility at 130 West Jones Road is 588,000 square feet.

The buyer of the property hasn’t been disclosed. The current tenants, Ohio Logistics and Keller Packaging, will likely stay put for now.

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8/11/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A pair of Findlay men were arrested following a break-in in the city over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to 523 West Lincoln Street Friday night around 6:30 p.m. As officers arrived, one suspect fled on foot. He was caught a short time later. The second suspect was found in the house.

19-year-old Greg Stevens Jr. and 21-year-old James Ramirez are facing charges of burglary. Police say the men were taking “numerous items” from the home when they arrived.

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8/11/14 – 5:04 A.M.

One person was hospitalized following a two car crash south of Arlington Sunday morning. The accident happened just before noon on U.S. 68 near Williamstown.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 21-year-old Spencer Raypole of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was driving north when he attempted to turn left on the the U.S. 30 entrance ramp. Raypole’s Jeep Cherokee pulled into the path of a southbound Ford Taurus driven by 56-year-old Kenneth Martin Jr. of Kenton.

Martin was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Raypole was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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8/11/14 – 4:55 A.M.

A bicyclist was hurt in a Sunday morning accident near Bluffton. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened a little after 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Orange Township Roads 29 and 56.

38-year-old Rachel Diller was riding her bike on Road 56 when she didn’t stop at a stop sign and rode into the path of a GMC Yukon driven by 69-year-old James Brown of Bluffton. Diller was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of a broken arm.

The accident remains under investigation.

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8/8/14 – 11:34 A.M.

Pictures from Friday morning at Flag City BalloonFest:

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8/8/14 – 10:19 A.M.

If you’ve ever wanted to get up close with the balloons invovled in Flag City BalloonFest, this weekend is your chance. Volunteers are needed to help out Sunday morning…

Audio: Deb Decker

Deb Decker is with BalloonFest, and says volunteers will work with the specialty balloons. If you’re interested in helping out, you can get more information at Emory Adams Park or by calling (419)306-3939.

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8/8/14 – 5:27 A.M.

The mystery woman in the Allen County Jail has been identified. The Lima News reports investigators in Florida say the woman is 40-year-old Ann Marie Miller, a disbarred attorney from Virginia. Miller had burned off her fingerprints to conceal her identity, and refused to take a DNA test. She was arrested in Allen County for using false documents to get a state ID.

Miller faces several charges in Virginia, including burglary and assault. Investigators say she was involved in a love triangle, and became enraged when the man she was with left her for a paralegal in the law firm they all worked in.

Miller is also facing several charges in Colorado.

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8/8/14 – 5:18 A.M.

The owner of a Fostoria restaurant will not go to jail for serving alcohol without a liquor permit. The Review-Times reports 40-year-old Andrew Miller was sentenced to 60 days in jail Thursday, but all 60 days were suspended. Miller pleaded no contest to charges of permits required and keeping a place where intoxicating liquors are sold.

Miller and the business manager at Los Tacollos, Amber Bowers, did not renew the restaurant’s liquor licence in February. It was cancelled in April. On May 1 officers with the Ohio Investigative Unit in Toledo raided the business and confiscated all the alcohol.

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