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11/28/14     1:35 p.m.

Bowling Green Police are still looking for a man who led them on a high-speed chase and injured his passenger Monday.

According to the Sentinel-Tribune, police say they attempted to stop 35-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Custar who then took off at a high rate of speed driving through Bowling Green and Portage before crashing into a ditch in Wood County.

The Wood County Sheriff’s office later recovered the vehicle, but neither Wilhelm or his passenger were inside.

According to the Wood County Sheriff’s report, Wilhelm took his passenger, 29-year-old Brooke Lawson to Wood County Hospital. She was then transferred to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo due to the severity of her injuries.

Anyone with information on Wilhelm’s whereabouts is asked to call BGPD at 419-352-1131.

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11/26/14     12:30 p.m.

It’s easy to take a warm meal for granted around the holidays. But for those in need in the area, two Findlay organizations will be serving free Thanksgiving dinners tomorrow.

For the 10th year in a row Stonebridge Church at 2111 Stonehedge Dr. will have food from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pastor Brent Smalley said last year the church had 37 turkeys and 14 hams and still ran out of food. To accommodate growing crowds, there will be 40 turkeys and 16 hams this year, plus plenty of sides.

In the evening, City Mission will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner. The mission’s traditional chapel service starts at 4:45 p.m. and the meal will follow.

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11/26/14     11:00 a.m.

As we kick off the holiday season, Safe Ride Home is also kicking off their holiday campaign. Safe Ride Home offers a ride home from bars or parties. In addition to being able to call the service this year, they have also added an app called “IRideHome” for smartphones.

Audio: Mike Cortez

Mike Cortez founded Safe Ride Home in 2003 and has given rides to more than 2,000 people. Cortez said rides will begin tonight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. by using the app or calling 419-425-3908. After today Safe Ride Home will be available Dec. 20 to Jan. 1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information, visit srhfindlay.com.

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11/25/14 3:48 p.m.

State Bank will be making its return to Findlay in 2015.

SB Financial Group Inc. of Defiance announced today that it has purchased the Commercial Savings Bank building at 201 East Lincoln St. in Findlay. Pending approval from the state and federal bank regulators, they hope to have the new State Bank open early next year.

Commercial Savings Bank will continue to operate on Tiffin Ave. The Hancock County Board of Elections, which has offices in the back half of the Lincoln St. building, will also stay at its current location.

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11/25/14 12:04 p.m.

One of Findlay’s Tiffin Ave. restaurants closed its doors this weekend.

Friendly’s Restaurant, which had been in Findlay since 1973, officially closed Sunday.

APEX Eagle Hospitality, the franchisee which owned and operated the business, said, “continuing operation was no longer viable.”

No details were provided regarding the future of the site.

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11/25/14 11:09 a.m.

October brought about more drops in unemployment. In the state of Ohio as a whole, unemployment fell to 5.3 percent from 5.6 in September.

Locally all counties saw drops as well. Hancock County is the lowest in the area dropping from 3.8 to 3.4. Allen County still has the highest unemployment in the region after dropping from 5 to 4.5 percent. Seneca and Wood Counties saw equal decreases from 4.6 to 4.1 percent. Putnam County unemployment levels fell from 3.9 to 3.5, Hardin County dropped from 4.6 to 4 and Wyandot dropped from 4.1 to 3.7 percent.

Current labor force estimates

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11/24/14     4:02 p.m.

The former Riverdale teacher caught on camera shoving a student in May was fined for attempted child endangerment this afternoon in Findlay Municipal Court.

Barb Williams pleaded no contest to the first-degree charge and was found guilty of a lesser second-degree misdemeanor.

Judge Jonathan Starn issued a $250 fine plus court costs and suspended a 30-day jail term. Starn also ordered Williams to undergo anger management training.

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11/24/14     11:40 a.m.

Upper Sandusky’s Winter Fantasy of Lights display will kick off its 18th season Nov. 30. The drive-thru-type light show at Harrison Smith Park will feature 65 light displays this year with a “Peanuts Christmas” theme.

Each vehicle is encouraged to give a minimum $5 donation, the proceeds of which will go to the Upper Sandusky High School music department and the Wyandot County Council for Birth Defects.

For those wanting to see the display at a slower pace, there will also be a walk-through option this year.

For more information see uppersfantasyoflight.org.

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11/24/14     11:25 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County is giving up to $75,000 to Findlay City Schools for a pilot preschool program at Washington Primary School to begin in January.

The grant will serve children from low-income families and will pay for all costs associated with two additional sessions of pre-kindergarten classes of 16 children each. Costs include tuition, transportation, lunch and staff.

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11/24/14     11:00 a.m.

Findlay Fire Department Chief Tom Lonyo will be retiring from the department early next year.

Lonyo will be taking a safety-related job at Marathon and his retirement will be effective Jan. 4, 2015.

According to Mayor Lydia Mihalik the city will go through a process to promote a new chief from within the department. Until that process is complete Battalion Chief Matt Traver will serve as acting fire chief.

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