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8/20/14 – 12:16 P.M.

Hancock County is looking to modernize how it backs up data. County IT Manager Curt Smith says the current tape backups present a problem when the system is used…

Audio: Curt Smith

Smith says converting to a digital backup will lead to faster recovery of files when needed.

The work is expected to cost a little more than $32,000. The county commissioners will vote on approval once Smith gets a new quote for the software.

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8/20/15 – 11:56 A.M.

Pending a rezoning approval, a new wedding and banquet hall is planned for an area just south of Findlay. The Hancock Regional Planning Commission has recommended the Eagle Township Trustees allow the rezoning of 13 acres of land at 13754 U.S. 68…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

HRPC Director Matt Cordonnier says the commission considered things like parking, impact on neighbors, and traffic before making their recommendation. The current owner is looking to sell to Johnson & Manders LLC of Findlay, but the sale is contingent on the rezoning getting approval.

The business would use an existing barn on the property as the banquet hall. A house at the location would be turned into a bed and breakfast.

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8/20/15 – 7:24 A.M.

A North Baltimore man was injured in a crash on I-75 near Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate near the County Road 99 interchange.

33-year-old Michael Blevins was changing lanes when he hit the concrete median barrier. His car was then hit by a commercial truck driven by a Pennsylvania man. Blevins was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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8/20/15 – 7:16 A.M.

Fair season resumes in our area this weekend. The Allen County Fair kicks off Friday and runs through August 29. This year’s signature event will be a concert by country act Lady Antebellum on the final day of the fair. Sam Hunt will open the show. Tickets run between $45 and $65.

The fair officially opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. at the grandstand.

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8/20/15 – 7:01 A.M.

The plug has been pulled on Fostoria St. Wendelin’s football season. With a little over a week until the season was set to kick off, the school announced all games would be cancelled. Lack of numbers was cited as a factor in making the decision. Only 13 kids came out for the team.

A statement from the school said, “This has not been an easy decision, but we feel this decision best protects our student-athletes.” It added, “This is not a unique experience to schools of our size as we’ve seen other schools cancel seasons in recent years.”

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8/20/15 – 6:47 A.M.

The wife of a diver who died at the Gilboa Quarry Saturday says a heart attack killed her husband. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a post on Linda Flemmer’s Facebook page says that an EKG performed on Michael Flemmer showed he suffered a massive heart attack. She added Michael had received previous clearance from his doctor to dive.

Flemmer, a West Virginia resident, was pulled from the quarry Saturday after he stopped breathing.

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8/20/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Nine flood-prone properties in Ottawa could be demolished, if the village gets the funding. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ottawa officials have applied for Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding. The grant application is being reviewed by the state. If approved, the application will be sent to FEMA for processing.

Flood Plain Administrator Denise Balbaugh hasn’t said whether the properties in question are commercial or residential. She said the process is still in the early stages. She did say the nine locations were picked based on past flood claims.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/20/15 – 5:17 A.M.

Two Findlay men have pleaded guilty to an April assault on Chateau Court. The Courier reports 22-year-old Christopher Lemons and 19-year-old Shawn Hobbs both made court appearances Wednesday. Both entered guilty pleas to amended charges of aggravated assault. They had initially been charged with aggravated burglary.

Lemons and Hobbs were accused of assaulting a man as he entered his home at 1211 Chateau Court on April 22. The attack continued into the home until the victim was able to hit Hobbs in the head with an ashtray.

Hobbs will be sentenced on October 7, and Lemons will be sentenced a week later. The prosecution has asked receive maximum terms of 18 months in jail.

MORE: The Courier

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8/20/15 – 4:59 A.M.

A drug raid in a Findlay home resulted in two arrests Wednesday afternoon. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force reports officers executed a search warrant at 144 Laquineo Street around 2:30 p.m. Investigators found cash, heroin, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and criminal tools.

49-year-old Lori Law of Findlay and 44-year-old Nolan McClain of Toledo were taken into custody. Law was charged with possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. McClain has been charged with trafficking heroin.

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