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4/9/14 – 5:32 A.M.

Liberty-Benton’s boys track coach was injured in a two-car crash last night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office says the accident happened just after 9 p.m. on U.S. 224 just outside of Findlay.

Deputies report 19-year-old Mitchell Stahl of Findlay had stopped to turn into the Auto Zone store. He was hit from behind by a Toyota driven by 52-year-old Jack Quisno Jr.

Stahl and a passenger were treated for injuries at the scene of the crash. Hanco EMS took Quisno to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. His condition was not released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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4/9/14 – 5:18 A.M.

The brutal winter kept area body shops and law enforcement busy. The Courier tallied the number of local crashes reported during January and February, and the figures aren’t pretty.

The Findlay Police Department was called to 201 crashes the first two months of the year. That’s up from 146 the year before. In Hancock County, deputies responded to 174 crashes. That’s an increase from 131 in 2013.

MORE: The Courier

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4/9/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Findlay City School district has taken the wraps off the design for the new high school entrance. The $2.5 million project enclose the outdoor corridor between the school entrance and the auditorium.

The new structure will include a security office. People will have to pass through it to enter the building while school is in session. Part of the new entrance will act as a lobby for the R.L. Heminger auditorium.

Construction on the project will begin as soon as the school year ends. It’s expected to be finished by October or November at the latest.

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4/8/14 – 11:52 A.M.

An altercation at The Cube severely injured a Findlay man last month. The family of Ian Fleck tells us someone hit Ian in the back of the head while he was at the MMA fight on March 29. Andrea Fleck says the attack caused her husband to have a stroke.

A medical helicopter took Ian to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo following the attack. Andrea says Ian has been released, but he will need months of therapy. She has taken time off work to take care of him.

Flemming says the alleged attacker is scheduled for a court appearance tomorrow.

The Findlay Police Department has not released information about the incident since the investigation is still active.

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4/8/14 – 10:32 A.M.

Local mental health experts want you to be able to recognize the signs of brewing mental illnesses. Zach Thomas is the Director of Wellness and Education for ADAMHS in Hancock County. He talked about the issue on WFIN’s Good Mornings today. Thomas says you’d be surprised by the number of people who have a mental issue…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas says the stigma of mental illness sometimes keeps people from seeking help.

As a result the Hancock County ADAMHS board is working to train people to spot signs of mental issues, much like they would get trained for first aid…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas is the Director of Wellness and Education for ADAMHS. He says the training also teaches people to provide a link to professional help to those who need it.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid call (419)424-1985.

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4/8/14 – 5:19 A.M.

Bluffton residents may not be on the hook for installing news sidewalks on their property. The Courier reports village council talked about an amendment to an ordinance that they passed year. Under the new plan the village would pay for the cost of installing new sidewalks. That’s good news to the 92 people who received letters last year telling them they would have to install sidewalks.

The 97 people who got letters saying they would have to repair their sidewalks would still have to pay for the work.

Council will talk about the proposed amendment at their April 21 meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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4/8/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Work continues to upgrade Carey’s electrical systems. The Courier reports the village will submit a study to American Municipal Power as part of an application for partial funding of the project. The work will cost an estimated $6.2 million to $6.9 million. The village would use the grant money to replace utility poles along the main electric line in town.

The overhaul would also see electric substation improvements across from Continental Structural Plastics. The company is planning on adding a paint line in 2015 that will add 50 jobs.

The electric upgrade project will take around 24 months to complete.

MORE: The Courier

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4/8/14 – 4:52 A.M.

Findlay High School could go back to a more traditional school schedule next year. The school board met Monday night and talked about adopting a new schedule. The new plan would see the school day end at 2:41 p.m. instead of the current 3:14 p.m.

As it stands now, students can take one of two tracks. The “blue” track allows students to attend school during periods one through seven. The “gold” track allows students to attend school from periods two through eight. The intent was to give students more flexibility.

The proposed schedule would shorten each class period by three minutes, from 50 minutes to 47. Every teacher would start and end their day at the same time.

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4/3/14 – 11:36 A.M.

Litter Landing could look different in the future. The Hancock County Commissioners contracted with Peterman Associates Inc. today to look into ways to improve the facility. The cost of the contract is for a little more than $12,000.

Commissioner Phil Riegle says no changes are set in stone, but the facility is aging. The county wants to see if buildings need replaced or repurposed. Peterman will also look into ways to improve traffic flow.

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