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4/17/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Two area families will make the trek to Philadelphia in September when Pope Francis makes his first U.S. visit. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo selected 15 families from its regions; which include Findlay and Leipsic.

Dow and Susan Campbell of Findlay and their daughter will attend the World Meeting of Families. Stanley and Amanda Gerten of Leipsic and their four children will also attend.

Five mentors from the diocese will also take the trip to help support the families from the area who will be in attendance.

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4/17/15 – 5:01 A.M.

We continue to digest the information about proposed flood mitigation laid out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Courier reports the proposed plan could lower the 100-year flood level in Findlay by two feet. The trade off is that flood levels near the reservoir could rise an additional 1.5 feet during a 100-year-flood. That isn’t sitting well with the local agriculture community.

The Corps’ plans call for a diversion channel for Eagle Creek. It would channel flood water south of Findlay around the city’s southwest side and to the Blanchard west of the city. It also calls for building a levee south of the reservoirs. It would block flood water from the Blanchard from getting into Lye Creek.

A public discussion on the plan will take place at Findlay High School Wednesday night at 5 p.m.

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4/16/15 – 7:17 A.M.

A man involved in a shootout with Allen County Sheriff’s deputies just north of Lima this week apparently took his own life. The Lima News reports Erik Wilt shot himself after firing at two officers Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Sam Crish tells the newspaper Wilt fired at a deputy serving a warrant. Another shot was fired as backup arrived. An unnamed deputy returned fire before Wilt turned his gun on himself. The deputies were not hurt.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation.

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4/16/15 – 6:49 A.M.

Mount Blanchard officials are looking for volunteers to help with the village cleanup on May 9. People are needed to help clean the downtown area as well as the parks. Help is also needed for planting flowers and mulching, painting, putting in new entrance signs at the park, planting trees, clearing the Blanchard River bank at Island Park, weeding, trimming bushes and mowing.

The cleanup event takes place May 9 from 9 a.m. in the morning until 4 p.m. in the afternoon. For more information call (419)694-6964.

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4/16/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Firefighters from two departments were called back to the site of a weekend fire Wednesday. Liberty Township and Arlington firefighters responded to a rekindled fire at 9802 Eagle Township Road 50 around 4:20 p.m in the afternoon.

Crews from several departments were called to the same address Saturday night to fight a barn fire. The building was a total loss.

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4/16/15 – 5:34 A.M.

Flood mitigation discussions continue in Ottawa. The Putnam County Sentinel reports another meeting was held recently to talk about the effect the Road I-9 bridge plays on flooding in the village. An engineering firm’s hydraulic models don’t match up with FEMA’s 100-year flood maps, which was cause for some concern.

According to engineer Greg Bockrath of Bockrath & Associates, the FEMA maps represent 1981 conditions and don’t include the I-9 bridge and the Road 11 bridge. With that taken into account, alterations to the I-9 bridge could lower flooding by a foot.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District is expected to lobby FEMA to revise the map to current conditions.

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4/16/15 – 5:18 A.M.

If a diversion channel is built for Blanchard River flood mitigation, there will be plenty of bridge construction in Hancock County. The Courier reports eight bridges would have to be built over the channel.

The bridges would be located on I-75; State Route 12; Hancock County Roads 9, 313, 84 and 86; and Eagle Township Road 67. There would also be a bridge built for the Norfolk Southern Railroad southwest of Findlay.

Five roads could still use raised roadbeds to cross the channel. During significant rains the roads would be closed. They include Liberty Township Road 89; and Eagle Township Roads 130, 10, 76 and 49.

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4/16/14 – 5:06 A.M.

An appeals court has sided with a fired Liberty-Benton teacher. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the firing of Mark Badertscher Wednesday. The ruling upholds a prior judgement by Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson that Badertscher should be reinstated to his job with back pay.

The LB school board fired Badertscher in January of 2013 for what was called a long history of negligence. The board claimed the final straw came when a student was choked out by another student in Badertscher’s classroom while the teacher was assisting other students elsewhere.

The district can appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The matter will be discussed in executive session at Monday’s school board meeting. District administrators did not comment following the appeals court ruling.

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4/15/15 – 7:26 A.M.

An Allen County man is dead following a shootout with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened north of Lima just after noon.

Deputies arrived at 3371 Early Avenue to arrest Erik Wilt on felonious assault charges. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the Lima News when deputies arrived, Wilt went inside his home, got a gun, and started firing. Deputies then returned fire. It’s not clear yet if Wilt killed himself or was shot by a deputy.

The case remains under investigation.

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