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09/29/14     3:45 p.m.

For the time being the active inmate page on the Hancock County Sheriff’s website is unavailable. But the change is only temporary.

As of Sept. 19 a new rule says those convicted of a crime as a juvenile or are being placed under arrest on a juvenile charge may only have certain information released to the public no matter their age. This created a problem for Hancock County, which recently received three inmates in that category.

Audio: Ryan Kidwell

Lt. Ryan Kidwell said the active inmates page on the sheriff’s website does not allow taking those three people out of the roster, so in order to comply with the new regulations the website had to be taken down. Kidwell said the software company is working on a fix, but until then information on inmates is available on the Auto Information System by calling 419-424-7202.

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09/29/14     3:00 p.m.

For 13 years Beth Meeks worked as the executive director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. More recently, Meeks has been the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Audio: Beth Meeks

Meeks told Rotarians at this afternoon’s meeting the domestic violence homicide rate in Louisiana is three times higher than the national average. In Ohio, Meeks said things are more uniform and consequences are consistent and swift, which deters from domestic violence.

Modernizing the process is the goal, according to Meeks, and she said creating a new system, like Ohio’s, and keeping it in place for a few years will hopefully significantly reduce the homicide rate.

Audio: Beth Meeks

Meeks said Ohio is in a better position than Louisiana as far as combatting domestic violence for a number of reasons. First being the quick consequences, but Louisiana is also behind in implementing laws from the Violence Against Women Act.

For Ohioans, Meeks said this is a lesson in what not to do. She said things used to be like that in Ohio, but it demonstrates improvement in the quality of life.

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09/26/14     2:15 p.m.

Shooting events are becoming more frequent, violent and unpredictable in the United States. A recent FBI report showed in the last 13 years, 24 percent of shooter incidents took place in schools and 46 percent took place in commerce areas.

Audio: Bill Powell

Bill Powell has been giving A.L.I.C.E. presentations to prepare for these incidents since 2008 and spoke to a group of local business leaders this afternoon.

The A.L.I.C.E. concept (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate) is different because instead of hiding and creating what Powell calls a “target-rich environment” it teaches victims to use their fight or flight instinct to get out of the situation as quickly and safely as possible.

Audio: Bill Powell

The average shooting event in the United States lasts a total of eight minutes with an average of 4.7 casualties per minute. Because of this, Powell says you are your own first responder and need to be prepared.

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To schedule a training for your business:
Bill Powell: william_powell@owens.edu
Larry Cser: lawrence_cser@owens.edu

A.L.I.C.E. Training

FBI Active Shooter Study

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09/26/14     1:55 p.m.

A Carey police sergeant has been charged with tampering with evidence and unauthorized use of a law enforcement database.

Richard Ricker was served yesterday. Police Chief Daniel Walter said Carey police contacted the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office in July “over concerns with evidence processed by Sgt. Ricker following a B&E (breaking and entering) complaint.”

Walter said the prosecutor called in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to examine Ricker’s handling of the evidence. He said the charges were the result of the state investigation.

Ricker was placed on administrative leave when the investigation began in July.

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09/26/14 10:39 a.m.

Stephen Mislich

Stephen Mislich

Bowling Green Police are asking for your help in locating a missing man. Stephen Mislich was reported missing by his parents yesterday. Officers went to his home and located his wallet and other property, but Mislich and his car were gone.

Mislich is 23-year-old, 5’11 and 170 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes. His car is a silver 2001 Buick LeSabre with an Illinois license plate that says MISLCH8.

Police aren’t sure if Mislich is mentally stable. If Mislich or his vehicle are spotted, call local law enforcement.

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09/25/14     2:47 p.m.

In 2006, Findlay fire captain Jerry Greer responded to a home fire. Three people lost their lives because of that fire and since then, Greer has been passionate about providing smoke alarms to as many people as possible.

Last year 2,500 smoke alarms were given to elementary students in Findlay City Schools. Greer said this year the program is expanding to county schools, St. Michael’s and home school students in the area.

The Findlay Fire Department distributes the smoke alarms through a grant from the Community Foundation as well as donations from Hancock-Wood Electric and local Walmart stores.

Starting October 6 every kindergarten student in Findlay schools as well as every elementary student in the county schools will receive a smoke alarm.

Oct. 6: Whittier Primary 9:45 a.m., Wilson Vance 11:25 a.m. and Northview Primary 2:45 p.m.
Oct. 7: Jefferson Primary 9:30 a.m. and Bigelow Hill 2 p.m.
Oct. 8: Jacobs Primary 10 a.m. and Chamberlin Hill 2 p.m.
Oct. 9: Lincoln Elementary 10 a.m. and Vanlue Elementary 2 p.m.
Oct. 10: St. Michael’s Elementary 10 a.m. and Liberty-Benton Elementary 2 p.m.
Oct. 13: McComb Elementary 9 a.m. and Arcadia Elementary 1 p.m.
Oct. 14: Cory-Rawson Elementary 9 a.m. and Arlington Elementary 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 15: Riverdale Elementary 10 a.m. and Van Buren Elementary 1:30 p.m.

Distribution for local home school students will be held at Fire Station #4 in Findlay at a date and time to be announced.

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09/24/14     8:50 p.m.

In the state of Ohio there are 104 airports that generate over $13 billion in economic activity as well as supply over 120,000 jobs. The valuation of the Ohio airport system is $5.2 billion. An ongoing ODOT study analyzed each of these airports as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Officials from ODOT and the FAA presented the preliminary findings from the study at the Findlay Inn this afternoon.

For the Findlay Airport, the numbers are still impressive but on a smaller scale.

Findlay’s airport has a total of 28 jobs between airport management, operators, vendors and government personnel. But those 28 people generate almost $11 million in economic activity directly from the airport. If you include construction and visitor jobs as well as airport service and suppliers, the total economic impact comes to just under $20 million and 91 jobs.

As part of ODOT’s study, they analyzed the condition of the airport and made recommendations based on benchmarks. The biggest recommendation was repaving the 6,500 feet of runway, which would cost about $11.3 million.

A smaller recommendation was based on the Runway Protection Zone, or the area around the runway meant to keep people and property safe. At the Findlay airport, only 50 percent of the RPZ is owned and controlled by the airport posing a risk if an aircraft were too overshoot or veer off the runway.

ODOT estimates aquiring the other 50 percent of the land within the RPZ would cost about $500,000 bringing the total recommendations from the study to just under $12 million.

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