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5/15/14 – 8:40 A.M.

The Children’s Museum of Findlay has an executive director in place. The organization named Erin Poling to the role this week. Poling has plenty of experience working for local non-profit agencies. She’s previously served as the event coordinator for the Arts Partnership, and as the adult services director for Blanchard Valley Industries.

Poling’s first order of business will be to job shadow at the Boonshoft Springfield Children’s Museum.

A temporary museum location will open in the Findlay Village Mall July 11. The organization hopes to be in a downtown location by 2016.

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5/15/14 – 7:18 A.M.

The Mayor of Lima is taking aim at people distributing a flier calling for the community to stop an Islamic worship center from opening in the community. The Lima News reports David Berger called the flier a “truly despicable act of religious bigotry.”

The flier calls on businesses and community members to protest the opening of a mosque on Allentown Road on the city’s west side.

Lima cardiologist Dr. Adel Shaheen is working to open the mosque. He told the newspaper that doctors have planned on coming to Lima, but change their mind when they find no place to worship.

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5/15/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Armed Forces Day ceremonies are set for this weekend in Findlay. The annual event will be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds again, running Friday through Sunday afternoon.

The Findlay Military Association is making one big change this year. Instead of honoring one veteran they will honor five. Past Commander Roger Neff says the change is being made to mark the 50th anniversary of what is called “Ground Vietnam,” which is the length of time the U.S. had boots on the ground in Vietnam.

This year’s Veterans of the Year are McComb residents James Elsea and David Johnson, as well as Findlay residents Thomas Brown, Joseph “Chuck” Sear Jr. and Donald Beichler. The soldier of the year is Mark Lichak of Findlay.

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5/15/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Findlay man accused of assaulting someone at the Cube in March. 24-year-old Austin Hickle faces a charge of aggravated assault. Hickle is accused of attacking Ian Fleck during an MMA event at the Cube on March 29. Fleck was treated for head injuries at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Fleck’s wife Andrea told us in an April interview that Ian suffered a stroke as a result of the attack.

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5/15/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A former Findlay woman involved in a high profile kidnapping case in the late 90’s has been released from prison. The Courier reports 34-year-old Kathy Emmons was granted early release Wednesday. Emmons pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in 2000, including complicity to attempted murder and complicity to rape. She was sentenced to 24 years in prison, with the potential for release after 15 years.

Emmons was part of a group that took part in the assault of a 13-year-old girl at a Tiffin Avenue party in 1999. The victim was abducted, and left in a clay tile in Eagle Township. The girl was later freed and survived the assault.

Emmons testified against co-defendant Nate Graham, who is serving a 55-year sentence for his role in the crime.

MORE: The Courier

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A Riverdale teacher has been suspended after she allegedly picked up a kindergartener by his shirt and face. Media partner WTOL 11 reports video surveillance shows Barb Williams confronting 6-year-old Ian Nelson after he came out of a bathroom. Williams grabs the boy and pushed him against the wall in the footage.

The boy’s parents say a 10-day suspension is not enough. They want Williams fired. They also say they will take the video to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to see if they can get charges filed in the case.


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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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