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5/14/14 – 8:36 A.M.

A Findlay man has died following a weekend crash in the city. The Findlay Police Department reports 61-year-old Rainer Mueller passed away Monday night. Mueller was involved in a two-car crash Sunday night in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue. Police say Mueller hit a car that was stopped to turn left.

The crash is now the fourth fatal accident in Hancock County this year.

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5/14/14 – 8:16 A.M.

Findlay and Hancock County will bring in a consultant to help put together a merger plan for the two health departments. Both sides have agreed to split the $34,000 cost. The City Council Appropriations Committee voted to spend $17,000 for the consultant at their Tuesday meeting. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says the District Advisory Council has also accepted the consultant. The council oversees the county health department.

The Hospital Council will meet with the staffs of the two departments over the next four months. They’ll discuss things like budgets, work space, and staffing needs.

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5/14/14 – 7:47 A.M.

A big water leak has damaged Bluffton’s town hall building. The leak was discovered last night. Water damaged all three floors of the building. The town hall will be closed the rest of the week as a result.

Even though offices are closed, you can still call 911 in case of an emergency in the village.

Police Chief Rick Skilliter says damage to the third floor surface will take some time to repair. Anyone who planned on using the third floor for a celebration between now and the end of June is encouraged to find an alternative location.

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5/14/14 – 5:47 A.M.

The power is back on to more than a thousand Hancock County residents. Roughly 1,500 Hancock County residents were without power around 5:30 a.m. A caller to the newsroom said the Hillcrest neighborhood was affected. while another news tipper said a power line was down across County Road 140 near the Hillcrest neighborhood. The power clicked back on just before 6:30 a.m.

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5/14/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A technicality led to the resentencing of a Putnam County sex offender Tuesday. The Courier reports Jeremy Stober will spend ten-and-a-half years behind bars. He was convicted last year on counts of gross sexual imposition, sexual battery, and importuning. Stober was accused of engaging in sexual activity with two teenagers while he was an employee at Kalida High School.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals found Judge Randall Basinger did not specifically say that two of Stober’s crimes were part of a pattern of conduct. A legal change now requires that when maximum sentences are imposed.

MORE: The Courier

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VIDEO: Findlay Gas Station Robbed Tuesday Night

5/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Findlay gas station was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 8:50 p.m. at the Mobil gas station at 1301 N. Main Street. A man came into the store and demanded money from the clerk. When the employee refused to give the robber cash, the suspect grabbed merchandise and ran.

The man was wearing a black mask with a skull design over the face, a dark-colored coat with the hood up, and dark-colored jeans. He was described as white, around five-feet-five-inches tall, and weighing around 175 pounds.

No one was injured. The case remains under investigation.


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5/14/14 – 7:14  A.M.

I-75 is open again in Wood County. An early morning crash blocked both lanes near North Baltimore and had traffic at a standstill.. Media partner WTOL 11 reports a semi hit the median barrier cable, causing it to snap and coil into the roadway. That caused 16 more accidents. The interstate was closed from State Route 18 to State Route 25. No injuries were reported.

Traffic is back to normal in the area now.

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5/13/14 – 12:11 P.M.

Spring weather is finally here, and as any educator will tell you, that can mean stir crazy students. That may be what prompted many Findlay High School students to challenge the school’s dress code today. Tank tops aren’t allowed according to Assistant Superintendent Craig Kupferberg. That apparently didn’t stop kids from wearing them today. Kupferberg says students who decided to wear tank tops were given the choice to change into school provided t-shirts. They can trade the clothes back at the end of the day.

Students took their dress code dissent to social media, with hashtags like “savethetanks.”

Kupferberg says students who violate the policy again could be subject to further discipline.

Signs hung by FHS students in the school today…

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5/13/14 – 11:28 A.M.

The director of Hancock County’s Job and Family Service Department won’t be retiring this summer. The Hancock County Commissioners voted to extend Sheldon Bycynski’s contract to the end of October today. Bycynski was named the director of the local JFS office in June of 2012.

He had been interim director since last July of 2001 taking over for Judy Wauford following her retirement.

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5/13/14 – 11:15 A.M.

Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP last month. The Hancock County Commissioners will have a better idea on how much that move will cost the county later this week. Commissioner Phil Riegle says a little more than 60 computers need replaced to run Windows 7.

The commissioners will get quotes on computers with 4 gigabytes of RAM compared to units with 8 gigabytes. Riegle says if the cost isn’t much more they’ll go with the 8 gigabytes models for computers that get a lot of use. He says that will help make sure they’re useful for a longer time.

Many of the computers being replaced are seven or more years old.

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