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7/8/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Librarians have always been able to help you find something good to read, and now they’re extending that service online in Hancock County. The Courier reports librarians at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library are now helping online patrons find something that might interest them. All you have to do is fill out a survey on the library’s website, and you’ll be emailed back three suggestions, which you can then reserve.

Librarian Joel Mantey says the service isn’t just limited to books. Other media, like books on CD, eBooks, DVDs, and music are all included.

The new program launched at the beginning of July.

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7/8/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A Mount Blanchard man learned his fate Thursday for his role in the attack and abduction of a teenager at a high school football game last year. The Courier reports 20-year-old Brandon Bowman was ordered to take part in a treatment program at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center in Lima. The program usually takes four to six months to complete. Judge Joseph Niemeyer also ordered Bowman to remain in the Hancock County jail until space opens up in Lima.

Bowman pleaded guilty to an abduction charge stemming from an incident last August. He was with Luke Bowman when Luke attacked a 17-year-old at a Riverdale football game. The Bowmans believed the victim stole a gun from Luke’s grandmother’s house. They placed the victim in the back of a truck and drove him to Carey before dropping him off more than a mile from his home.

Luke Bowman recently pleaded guilty to abduction and attempted felonious assault. He will be sentenced on August 11.

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7/8/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The process of tearing down more dilapidated buildings in downtown Findlay will start in a little over a week. The demolition of several buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street will begin July 18. The buildings had been damaged beyond repair by several floods and are considered a public hazard. It’s expected it will take two or three weeks.

In June, the Hancock County Commissioners awarded ALL Excavation & Demolition of McComb a contract for a little more $90,000 to complete the work. The cost is being covered by the county’s flood mitigation fund.

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7/8/16 – 4:22 A.M.

Seven Wendy’s restaurants in five northwest Ohio cities are among more than one-thousand that were hit by hackers who stole customers’ credit card information. The fast food chain says locations in Rossford, Perrysburg, Bowling Green, Findlay and Fostoria were victims of last year’s cyberattack. Customers of those restaurants are being offered one year of fraud prevention and identity restoration services.

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7/7/16 – 9:00 A.M.

A North Baltimore woman was recently sentenced for causing a fatal crash in Hancock County. The Courier reports 40-year-old Erica Coppler was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 70 days suspended. She was also fined $500 and her license was suspended for 731 days.

On September 15 of 2015, Coppler hit a motorcycle ridden by 66-year-old Ronald Jenkins of Van Buren, killing him. The crash happened at the intersection of State Route 613 and Hancock County Road 140. Coppler had failed to yield at the intersection.

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7/7/16 – 8:51 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a three-car crash on Tiffin Avenue Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports 72-year-old Mona Wittlinger was driving east in the 700 block of Tiffin Avenue around 12:15 p.m. when she went left of center and hit an SUV driven by 28-year-old Jordan Arnold of Findlay. Arnold’s Jeep ended up hitting an eastbound car driven by 53-year-old Akirnori Suzuki of Findlay.

Wittlinger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was also cited for driving left of center.

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7/7/16 – 8:36 A.M.

What was thought to be a case of stolen playground equipment ended up being a case of miscommunication in Fostoria. After noticing seats were missing from a swing set at Jackson Park, a resident took to social media to report a theft. Police were informed, but they didn’t have to look too far to find the culprit. It seems the seats were removed so they could be modified.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers took the complaint seriously and began looking into the issue.

The swings were part of the Paint the Town Foundation’s project at the park.

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7/7/16 – 5:09 A.M.

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One lane of westbound U.S. 30 in southern Hancock County was closed this morning following a semi fire. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident was first reported around 4:42 a.m. and initially closed both lanes between County Road 59 and 61. One lane was reopened just before 5:30 a.m.

Hancock County EMA Director Lee Swisher says there was a small fuel leak…

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The driver of the truck was not injured.  The closed lane reopened just after 8:30 a.m.

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A man facing drug charges in Putnam County continues to question the court’s authority over him. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Logan Pothast appeared in court last week. Pothast requested Judge Randall Basinger bring the statutes that applied to him. He also asked if he was being tried under Admiralty Law.

Pothast says he is an American National and claims the court has no authority over him. He’s facing three counts of possession of drugs. Pothast objected to several things during the hearing, with Basinger overruling every objection.

Several motions filed by Pothast will be considered at a later date.

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