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07/17/15     3:58 p.m.

This weekend will likely be the hottest we’ve seen all summer. Dawn Smrekar, Director of Emergency Services for Blanchard Valley Health Systems says the key to beating the heat is water.

Audio: Dawn Smrekar

In addition to staying hydrated, avoiding direct sunlight and being outside between the hottest hours of noon to 4 p.m. will be helpful. If you are outside, take frequent breaks and have plenty of water with you, even if you’re at the pool.

Audio: Dawn Smrekar

Smrekar said if you start to feel sick or faint, go inside and sit directly in front of a fan to keep air moving. Putting a bowl of ice in front of the fan will help cool you down as quickly as possible. If you still feel sick, contact your doctor or the hospital.

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07/17/15     3:33 p.m.

The Bowling Green Police and Fire Departments are investigating a church fire they believe was a case of arson.

In a press release, officials say a fire was started with some type of accelerant on the wooden back porch of Grace-Brethern Church at 121 S. Enterprise Street in Bowling Green. The rest of the church was not damaged. BG emergency responders are working with the State Fire Marshal’s office on the investigation.

The Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering $5,000 in reward money for information leading to a conviction in the case. Wood County Crime Stoppers is also offering $1,000. If you have information, call crimestoppers at 419-352-2571.

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07/17/15     2:57 p.m.

Liberty-Benton High School will host a chicken barbeque Sunday to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of a student who passed away.

The annual Kelsey Ruth Magee Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will take place Sunday, July 19 from noon to 3 p.m. You can purchase a chicken or pulled pork meal with sides, dessert and a drink for $8. There will also be a raffle.

Tickets will be available at the door.

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07/17/15     2:33 p.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers made an unannounced stop in Findlay this week.

In a press release, the Corps said Ohio River Division Commander Brigadier General Richard Kaiser and other Corps officials toured the Blanchard River Watershed and met with local officials Tuesday. Kaiser was able to visit Lye Creek, Eagle Creek and the Blanchard River to observe conditions.

The stop was made while the Corps was on the way to Toledo for a harbor tour.

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07/17/15     12:17 p.m.

The Wood County Historical Museum is seeking loans of collections from local residents to feature in a new exhibit.

The museum says local history is personal history and they’re hoping to see how the two tie together. Submission of collections is open to all Wood County residents past and present.

There is an application process residents must go through and not all collections will be accepted. Applications for the exhibit are available at woodcountyhistory.org or for pick up at the museum at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Applications must be in by Sept. 1 to be considered for entry.

The exhibit will be open Feb. 1 through Dec. 16, 2016.

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07/17/15     10:33 a.m.

Two people believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Lima have been caught in Florida.

The Lima Police Department says 26-year-old Catherine Wilson and 31-year-old Robert Catlett III are in Tallahassee. Wilson is in custody in Florida for an unrelated probation violation, but LPD is working with authorities in Flordia. Catlett was not in custody.

Wilson’s vehicle was linked to a crash that happened in the early morning hours of May 31. Catlett is a suspect of interest in the incident. That crash killed 27-year-old motorcyclist Aaron Ehrnsberger.

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07/16/15     4:08 p.m.

With the future of Bowling Green State University’s WBGU-TV station up in the air, the university is asking for public input.

The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reports BGSU has the opportunity to auction the station’s 600 MHz to the FCC. The FCC is buying MHz space to sell to wireless providers. The university could then move WBGU to the VHF spectrum, share a channel with another station or completely stop broadcasting.

There will be a series of three public forums to gather opinions on the matter. The first will be July 29 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Owens Community College’s campus in Findlay. The second will be Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose center on the Rhodes State College campus in Lima.

The last forum at BGSU has not yet been announced.

More: BG Sentinel-Tribune

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07/16/15     11:16 a.m.

An Upper Sandusky teen died from what appears to be an accidental gunshot wound Wednesday.

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office says 15-year-old Jasper Stansbery was found unresponsive by his parents near a horse trailer at their Township Highway 103 home. Stansbery was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An initial investigation revealed Stansbery had been shooting a .22 caliber revolver and there is no suspicion of foul play. The incident remains under investigation.

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07/14/15     8:22 p.m.

Former Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo announced his resignation last November, but city council members were unable to come to an agreement on his unused sick time payout until today. At the appropriations committee meeting, Councilman Ron Monday said he spoke with Lonyo with the law director’s permission.

Audio: Ron Monday

Councilman Grant Russel said that paying Lonyo what he’s asked for would be better than facing a court case the city would likely lose.

Audio: Grant Russel

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said she was pleased and felt that it was a smart decision for council to make.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

At the end of the discussion, the committee agreed to pay Lonyo the $32,300 he asked for. The appropriation will now go to council as a whole for approval.

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