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5/10/16 – 9:38 A.M.

Two men were arrested last week in Upper Sandusky after police turned up evidence of a meth lab in a trailer. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports Benjamin Gamble of Upper Sandusky and Andrew Inman of Mansfield were taken into custody Friday. Officers were called to 1049 North Warpole Street, Lot 50, after receiving a tip about a meth operation at the location.

Investigators say a “substantial amount” of methamphetamine was found in the trailer. Chemicals used to make meth were also found inside.

Charges are pending in the case.

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5/10/16 – 9:31 A.M.

Plans to build a new bus garage are moving forward for the Carey School district. The Courier reports Clouse Construction has been awarded a contract to build the garage and an athletic field house next to the news school. The cost of the two buildings will be a maximum of $1.45 million. They should be completed by the start of the new school year in August.

RCM Architects of Findlay has been contracted to design the buildings.

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5/10/16 – 9:14 A.M.

A Findlay man has been named the “Architect of the Year” by the Toledo chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Courier reports Dan Clinger recently received the award. Clinger is the former co-owner of RCM Architects. He was given the award for his commitment to his profession and community, mentorship, and downtown development.

Clinger says one of his proudest accomplishments was helping found Flag City BalloonFest in 2000.

Clinger retired from RCM in 2013 but still serves as a consultant. He also serves on the Findlay City Planning Commission.

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5/10/16 – 9:07 A.M.

The Ohio EPA has found violations at McComb’s water treatment plant. The Courier reports a recent inspection turned up eight violations. That resulted in 27 recommendations from the agency. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said the issues were due to mechanical problems. While the village has 30 days to fix the problems, Siferd says he wants clarification on some things before moving forward.

In the meantime, McComb has been accepted into the Northwestern Water and Sewer District. The Bowling Green-based group will oversee the operation of village water and sewer plants. A formal agreement is still being finalized.

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5/10/16 – 8:50 A.M.

The former computer service director for the city of Findlay has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. 31-year-old Justin Weddington of Rudolph held the position when he was involved in an injury crash near the intersection of County Road 139 and State Route 12 last August. Weddington was driving under suspension at the time due to a prior OVI conviction.

Following the August crash, Weddington was put on paid leave by the city and later fired. He’ll be sentenced on June 29.

Weddington went left of center and hit a Toyota Prius driven by 49-year-old Lisa Brown. She was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. A passenger, 19-year-old Anna Brown, was also injured.

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5/10/16 – 7:46 A.M.

The cost of attorney fees could top more than $600,000 for an open records case in Putnam County. The Lima News reports the county does not have insurance that would pay the fees. The lawsuit that led to the bills in the first place had to do with the controversial widening of Road 5. Commissioner John Love tells the newspaper if the fees can’t be appealed, the money would have to come out of the general fund.

A ruling by visiting Judge Dale Crawford awarded more than $497,000 to six attorneys. Landowners along Road 5 were also awarded more than $113,000 for lawyer bills in a second case.

In 2014, a court ruled the Putnam County Commissioners violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws concerning the widening of Road 5. Eminent domain was eventually used to expand the road by two feet on each side. The 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima ruled property owners weren’t given notice of the appropriation. The court also said there was no chance to object.

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5/10/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Findlay School District now has zero tolerance for “zero tolerance.” The school board approved removing the policy from the district handbook Monday. Superintendent Ed Kurt tells the Courier having a student miss an entire year of school because of a discipline issue, “doesn’t do students or society any good.”

Instead of a “zero-tolerance” policy, there is a non-violence statement in the student handbook. Not following the statement will still lead to discipline. However, instead of simply expelling a student, alternative actions could be taken. That could include going to the Findlay Digital Academy, the Findlay Learning Center, at-home instruction, or correspondence courses.

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5/10/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Findlay High School is making changes to its truancy policy. The Courier reports the school board approved the new rules Monday. Steps have been established for handling students with several unexcused absences. They include sending parents or guardians a letter after two days out of school. Parents could also have to attend a meeting with Hancock County Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson and a high school representative. An attendance case manager will also make sure administrators know about any problems.

If the issues continue after the steps are taken, truancy charges could be filed. The new policy says action can be taken when a student has five unexcused absences in a row, seven unexcused absences in a month, or 12 unexcused absences in a school year.

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5/10/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Despite a possible break-up, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to develop a flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River. The Courier reports representatives for the Corps say that computer modeling of river flooding looks promising. In the meantime local officials are considering going their own way, and not waiting on the Corp’s final report.

Andrew Kornacki is the public affairs chief for the corps’ district office in Buffalo, New York. He tells the newspaper the organization is pushing forward for a plan that would make a diversion channel economically viable. Officials from the Corps have said that major flooding is becoming more common for the Blanchard River. If that information is included in the final report, it could mean a better cost-benefit ratio for the project.

Earlier this year local officials learned the Corps’ report would be delayed by six months to a year. At that point the process of hiring a private engineering company to design mitigation plans began. The goal is to “marry” the diversion channel project with the widening of I-75 in Findlay. The fill material dug up from building the channel could be used for the widening work.

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5/9/16 – 9:42 A.M.

The Hancock Historic Homes tour returns this weekend after a four-year hiatus. The Hancock Historical Museum says six homes in Findlay will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles in the city. The homes involved in the tour were built between 1857 and 1926.

Funds raised during the event go toward the Hancock Historical Museum. Director Sarah Sisser says the event also highlights continued historical preservation efforts in the community. For ticket information call (419)423-4433.

The tour starts Saturday night with a VIP Champagne and Candlelight Preview from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All the homes on the tour will be open on Sunday from 11 am. until 4 p.m.

The addresses of the homes included in this year’s event include 120 and 204 Glendale Avenue, 1214 and 1110 Hurd Avenue, 405 West Sandusky Street, and 1300 South Main Street.

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