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Leipsic man hurt in cycle crash

McCOMB — A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in rural Hancock County.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported Michael Peterson, 32, of Leipsic, was driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Ohio 613 near Pleasant Township 117 at 12:24 a.m. Sunday when he lost control and traveled off the left side of the road. Peterson, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle.
Peterson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s office.
Assisting at the scene were McComb firefighters, PMP Emergency Medical Service, McComb Police Department and Ed’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.

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Motorcyclist arrested after police pursuit

A Findlay man was arrested following a high-speed chase that began on the east side of Findlay Saturday night.
According to Findlay police, an officer attempted to stop a motorcycle driven by Kenneth H. Beasley, 20, of Findlay, in the 14400 block of Hancock County 212 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police reported Beasley, who was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle, failed to comply with the officer and fled.
The motorcycle continued east on Hancock County 212, turning south on to Hancock County 236 until reaching the parking lot of Walmart at 2500 Tiffin Ave.
Police say the motorcycle traveled through the parking lots between Walmart and Kohl’s Department Store at 2310 Tiffin Ave. before turning east onto Tiffin Avenue.
Beasley headed east out of Findlay on U.S. 224, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph. He came to a stop in the parking lot at 2860 U.S. 224 at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 in Alvada, where he was arrested.
According to police, Beasley has been charged with failing to comply with an order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony, and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.
The pursuit lasted about 9 minutes and covered 13 miles. No one was injured.

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‘I Am Enough’ anti-drug campaign kicks off

In 2011, the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board surveyed 18- to 25-year-olds and found that an overwhelming 78 percent believed that prescription drug abuse or misuse is inappropriate and unacceptable.
The board is building its new “I Am Enough” anti-drug campaign based on that finding.
“The ultimate goal is to raise that 78 percent,” said Zach Thomas, the board’s director of wellness and education, during a campaign kickoff event Saturday in Findlay.
“The ultimate goal is that people will come to feel and believe that who they are is enough, that they don’t have to do anything else to make them be better, and that they’re part of the majority, so they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do to fit in,” he said.
The board received a grant in 2011 from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, called a state incentive strategic prevention grant. The purpose of these grants is to help a community work through a specific series of steps to determine what issues are most pressing.
Thomas said the board used the grant to survey community needs, and then did an additional survey on community readiness. The board discovered the community realized there was a problem with prescription drug abuse, but didn’t feel equipped to handle or address it.
“… We discovered that really the majority of our target population don’t misuse prescription drugs, and they see the misuse as unacceptable or that it poses a high risk,” Thomas said. “In the prevention world, the idea is working with social norms, and you work to change that norm, or work to promote it or encourage more to join the norm.
“Since we saw our norm was a majority who doesn’t misuse/abuse prescription drugs, we are going to capitalize on that and say, ‘Hey, you know what, good for you! There’s a majority of people that don’t do it and think the same way you do, so keep it going.’”
The hope is that through the campaign, those who are abusing or are at risk of abusing will feel the influence of that social norm.
Modo Media has been working for the board since January to develop the “I Am Enough” campaign. The campaign will exist mainly on social media, to reach the targeted age group, but a campaign launch party was held Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
“The idea of today’s event is to introduce the campaign to everybody, so the entire community is aware of the message and they can then share the message with people they encounter within the target population,” Thomas said at the launch party.
“We’re doing a second kickoff in the fall on the University of Findlay’s campus so that we can reach those kids, because they’ve already left for the summer. We thought since the campaign is going to be active on a physical level at least until December, why not reintroduce it when those kids are back on campus?”
A secondary goal of Saturday’s event was to collect selfies from those attending. A photo booth was available, and the pictures will be uploaded to the campaign’s Facebook page and website. The photos are meant to show that these people “are enough” without the aid of drugs.
“I Am Enough” also is accepting selfies submissions through a number of social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or email.
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Millstream student named president of state chapter

JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

By Max Filby
For Jaden Stahl, joining Skills USA was a way to try to move on.
The 17-year-old Cory-Rawson and Millstream Career Center junior lost her mother last fall. This year, she has risen to the highest office in the Skills USA organization’s state chapter.
“My teacher said it would be a good thing for me to do,” Stahl said. “She thought it would make me happy.”
In April, Stahl was named president of the state chapter, the first student to hold the post in Millstream’s nearly 30-year history.
It’s a position Stahl wasn’t planning on being elected to so quickly, but it’s one she’s excited to serve in.
“I definitely have a nice weight on my shoulders, but I’m happy about it,” Stahl said. “I know now that I have to really be a leader and work extra hard in my field.”
Skills USA is a professional organization for students to network and learn about professionalism. The organization has more than 300,000 student members and more than 13,000 chapters in 54 states and territories, according to its website.
Stahl is a student in the medical technologies program at Millstream. Upon graduation in another year, she’ll have earned her State Tested Nursing Assistant’s license and is hoping to further her medical training by attending the University of Michigan or University of Kentucky.
Stahl credits most of her success in school and at Skills USA to Millstream, its administration and its teachers.
“I owe a lot of it to them,” Stahl said. “They all really encouraged me and really helped me campaign for it.”
As part of her role in serving as the state chapter’s president, Stahl will participate in at least 10 statewide conferences this year and will speak at several.
Stahl’s medical technology teacher, Carol Treece, said she’s proud of her for achieving something that no other Millstream student has.
“Jaden truly is inspirational,” said Treece. “She’s full of confidence and an example for every high school student.”
Competition is fierce for such positions, one reason why Millstream has never before had a student ascend to the state chapter’s presidency, said Chris Renn, director at Millstream.
Renn said Stahl’s abilities and skills make her one of the best candidates for leadership in Skills USA.
“It’s very easy for us to see why it’s Jaden,” Renn said.
Stahl was elected by a group of delegates from the state’s nearly 100 career centers, Renn said. To run for the position, Stahl had to give something of an impromptu speech to an audience of a few hundred.
“You’re up there and you’re just having a heart attack but it was worth it in the end,” Stahl said.
Although the group of students Stahl spoke to may have been an intimidating audience, the delegates who elected her are ones Stahl said she plans on staying friends with for a long time.
“We still have group text messages and I still see most of them, especially the ones nearby,” Stahl said.
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Crash injures Findlay woman

A 20-year-old Findlay woman was injured in a one-car accident Saturday night on Ohio 698, southwest of Findlay.
Kristy Lee Herman was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco Ambulance after the 9:30 p.m. crash, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Crouch reported.
Herman was driving a 2003 Hyundai north on Ohio 698, in the area of Eagle Township 48, when she lost control of the car, the deputy said. The car went over a guardrail, traveled down a 30-foot embankment, rolled over and came to rest on its top, the deputy said.
The accident remains under investigation. Jenera Fire Department and Dick’s Towing assisted at the scene.

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

5/12/14 – 8:16 A.M.

Gas prices are higher to start the week. The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.70 according to That’s up seven cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly what they were a month ago.

In Findlay the average price is $3.70 a gallon. Ottawa drivers are paying $3.69 a gallon.

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Fostoria Brothers Facing A Variety Of Charges

5/12/14 – 7:41 A.M.

Urinating in public landed a pair of Fostoria brothers in jail over the weekend. The Review-Times reports 22-year-old Stephen Moses and 27-year-old Donald Moses are facing several charges. Neighbors called police to report the men were driving recklessly, and then urinated in public in front of children.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says both men were intoxicated. One of the brothers allegedly vandalized the jail while in custody.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Saturday Crash

5/12/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a Saturday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old Kristy Lee Herman lost control of her car on State Route 698 around 9 :30 p.m. The crash happened near Eagle Township Road 48.

The car went over a guardrail, traveled down a 30-foot embankment, rolled over and came to rest on its top.

Hanco EMS took Herman to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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One Person Injured In Tiffin Avenue Crash

5/12/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay resident was injured in a Sunday night crash. The Findlay Police Department says the two-car crash happened just before 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue. A Toyota Avalon driven by 61-year-old Rainer Mueller hit a pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Tim Gephart of Findlay. Gephart was stopped to make a left turn.

Mueller was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Leipsic Man Injured In Weekend Motorcycle Crash

5/12/14 – 5:08 A.M.

A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle crash west of McComb over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports happened just before 12:30 a.m Sunday. 32-year-old Michael Peterson was riding his Harley-Davidson west on State Route 613 near Pleasant Township Road 117 when he went off the left side of the road.

Peterson was not wearing a helmet and was ejected from the motorcycle. PMP Emergency Medical Services took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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