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12/9/13 – 11:30 A.M.

The University of Findlay has named a new chair of a program that aims to give business students the opportunity to connect higher education with the real world of business. Sherri Garner Brumbaugh will serve as the Dana Chair. Brumbaugh has served as president, CEO and owner of the Garner Transportation Group in Findlay since 2008.

11 students at UF have been named Dana Scholars. The program was established in 1991 thanks to a donation from the Dana Corporation.

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12/9/13 – 5:56 A.M.

A Bloomville teenager is facing charges stemming from a fatal crash last August. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 19-year-old Spencer Miller has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the crash that killed Audra DeMoss of Tiffin on August 13.

Miller is accused of running a red light that day and hitting a van driven by Audra’s husband John.

Miller was released on a summons.

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12/9/13 – 5:50 A.M.

Three people were seriously hurt Friday night when a semi-truck carrying nitric acid collided with a pickup truck in Wyandot County. The sheriff’s office reports 46-year-old David Counts of Tiffin was driving the tractor-trailer west on State Route 103 when he ran into the back of a truck driven by 31-year-old Ben Swartz of Forest. Swartz had been slowing down to turn into the driveway of 31-year-old Edna Higgins, who was a passenger in his truck.

Counts was extricated from his truck and taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Swartz was treated and released at Wyandot Memorial Hospital, while Higgins was taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital for treatment.

None of the nitric acid leaked, although one house was evacuated because of concerns about vapors from the overturned semi. Citations in the crash are pending.


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12/9/13 – 5:12 A.M.

A Bloomdale woman was injured in a Sunday evening crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that around 9:40 p.m. 45-year-old Penny Stevenson was driving southwest on Hancock County Road 18 near Road 216 when she lost control, going off the road and rolling her Jeep Grand Cherokee onto its side.

Stevenson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


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12/6/13 – 7:31 A.M.

Hot towels in a dryer apparently were the cause behind the fire at a Findlay laundromat Thursday night.  The fire department was called to Time Saver Laundry at 1012 Tiffin Ave. a little at 7 p.m.  Firefighters had to ventilate and clear smoke from the business, but no major damage was reported and no one was injured.  Officials say chemical residue on the towels may have sparked the flames.


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12/6/13 – 7:21 A.M.

The Wood County man accused of shooting a man outside of his home in Custar last month was indicted by a grand jury this week. The Blade reports 53-year-old Thomas Boyer has been charged with felonious assault and attempted murder. Boyer was arrested on November 20 after he allegedly shot 42-year-old William Morris III in the back with a shotgun. Morris and another man had gone to the home to winterize it as part of a foreclosure process.

Boyer will be arraigned December 16.

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12/6/13 – 6:46 A.M.

Fire damaged a rural Carey barn Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 10783 County Highway 4 a little after 3 p.m. and found flames coming from the west end of the building and the roof upon their arrival. Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.

The fire started when a loader backfired and caught some straw on fire.

The barn contained straw and some equipment. None of the equipment was damaged. No one was injured.

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12/6/13 – 5:22 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department investigated an alleged threat made by a juvenile toward a school bus driver Thursday. A news release sent by Police Capt. Patrick Brooks said officers were called to the bus around 8 a.m. They spoke to both the driver and the boy and determined the child was no danger to the driver or other children on the bus.

Due to his age the child was released to his parents. The boy did not have a weapon and did not say he had a weapon. The incident will be further handled by the school district.

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12/6/13 – 5:14 A.M.

Findlay Police spoke publicly about what they’ve been training school staffs to do in the event of an active shooter situation. Lt. Scott Lowry talked to parents at Glenwood Middle School last night about what A.L.I.C.E. training aims to do. The acronym stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.

While most people are in agreement about the alert, lockdown, inform, and evacuate parts of the plan, the counter portion can cause some confusion. Lowery tells the Courier the idea isn’t to have students and staff fight a gunman, but instead creating noise and distraction for a shooter who has broken into a barricaded classroom. He added that huddling in a corner in that situation only makes the students and staff easy targets.

Lowry went on to say it’s important to barricade and evacuate classrooms. He said many of the teenagers who were killed in the Columbine High School massacre hid in the library even though they had time to escape.

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