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1/18/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested following a standoff with police Friday night. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to 516 1/2 South West Street just before 7:30 p.m. Friday. Investigators say a dispute between a man and a woman in the home had been reported.

When officers knocked on the door, 39-year-old Scott Alesch allegedly said he had a gun and threatened to hurt a woman and three children inside. A crisis management team was called in, and Alesch left the home after a little more than an hour. He was initially treated for overdose symptoms, and was taken to the Hancock County Jail afterwards. The woman in the home refused treatment for minor injuries.

Alesch is facing domestic violence and endangering children charges.

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1/15/16 – 9:21 A.M.

Firefighters from three fire departments battled flames at a barn in Putnam County Thursday morning. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the fire broke out near Kalida, at 16628 Road L around 10 a.m. Flames had overtaken the whole building by the time emergency responders arrived on scene.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/15/16 – 9:15 A.M.

The man who called a bomb threat into a Putnam County business has avoided jail time. The Lima News reports 24-year-old Thomas Hollingsworth was sentenced to five years of probation Thursday. Hollingsworth had already pleaded guilty to an inducing panic charge at an earlier hearing.

On June 24 of last year Hollingsworth called in a bomb threat to KMI in Kalida. He also told a 911 dispatcher there was a hostage situation at the facility. Investigators found the call came from a deactivated cell phone from inside the business.

Hollingsworth will also have to pay more than $9,000 in restitution.

MORE: Lima News

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1/15/16 – 9:07 A.M.

A major Putnam County employer has a new president. Richard Veitch was named the president of PRO-Tec Coating in Leipsic this week. Veitch takes the place of Brent Rosebrook, who had been serving as the acting president since Bryan Vaughn retired in June.

Veitch comes to PRO-Tec from U.S. Steel Granite City Works in Granite City, Illinois, where he served as the general manager.

PRO-TEC makes coated flat-rolled steel mostly used in the automotive industry.

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1/15/16 – 8:55 A.M.

A memorial service has been finalized for former U.S. Congressman Michael Oxley. The University of Findlay says the service will take place February 5 at 2 p.m. in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary building.

Oxley passed away on January 1 at the age of 71. He served in Congress for 12 terms from 1981 through 2007, representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District. Oxley also served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1972 to 1981 and was a special agent for the FBI from 1969 to 1972.

He had had been suffering from a non-small cell lung cancer, generally seen in non-smokers.

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1/15/16 – 6:53 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of robbing two area businesses wants a new lawyer. The Courier reports 27-year-old Joel Foor made his request during a Thursday hearing. Foor says his attorney Ken Sass only visited him three times in jail. Sass was dismissed from the case, and a public defender will be appointed.

Foor is accused of robbing Wolfies Carryouton Glessner Avenue and the Circle K on East Sandusky Street in October. He faces 16 years in prison if convicted of the crimes.

MORE: The Courier

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1/15/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A proposed new FEMA flood map is not very popular in Columbus Grove. The Putnam County Sentinel reports several people attended a village council meeting this week to voice their concerns. The proposed changes show a flood hazard in the village, meaning Columbus Grove might have to join the National Flood Insurance Program.

Failing to join the program would mean lost eligibility for federal help after disasters. Banks making home loans would also have inform those who are in the flood plain that they need to get flood insurance.

Mayor Ken Wright and Village Administrator Jeff Vance told a representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources they didn’t appeal the proposed map changes in 2014 because they were told if the village did nothing, then nothing would change.

Council members decided to take steps to see if they can get the new flood map changed.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/15/16 – 5:15 A.M.

Partial school report cards were released by the state Thursday, and Hancock County schools did well in the categories that were made available. The Courier reports Findlay City Schools received a C in K-3 literacy, which shows how well schools help kids who are struggling with reading. Superintendent Ed Kurt tells the newspaper there is work the be done in that category. He said he believed reduced class sizes and more access to preschool for Findlay families will move things forward.

Arlington got a B in the same category, while Arcadia and Riverdale earned C’s. If schools don’t have enough struggling readers to count, they don’t get a grade. That was the case for Cory-Rawson, Liberty-Benton, McComb, Van Buren, and Vanlue.

No Hancock County school received less than a B in the four-year graduation rate category.

MORE: The Courier

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1/14/2016 – 7:11 pm

Century Health’s Tree Line Center Campaign has passed the $7,000 mark. The agency reports that they are nearing the end of their campaign but are not yet there. For the rest of January, the center will be working to raise over $33,000 to reach their overall goal of $40,000.

The Tree Line Center campaign aims to complete an outdoor space to help substance abuse patients in their therapy. If you would like more information or would like to donate to the campaign, you can contact Century Health at 419-889-8367 or you can visit them online at Century Health.net.

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1/14/2016 – 6:07 pm

In Ohio, drivers are required to move over for law enforcement and emergency responders. The State Patrol reports the Ohio Move Over Law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather, drivers should slow down and proceed with caution.

The State Patrol reports that from 2011-2015 troopers were involved in 67 crashes that appear related to the move over law, which injured 25 officers and 35 civilians.

If you should see any impaired driver or suspect drug activity, you can contact the State Patrol at #677.

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