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Kids In Crisis: Getting Help Where It’s Needed

10/1/14 – 5:30 A.M.

This week we’ve been telling you about programs available to kids in crisis situations in our area.

Today we look at the challenges of getting kids who need help into programs that can benefit them. Josh Ebling of the Family Resource Center says that’s one of the biggest challenges…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling also says a big hurdle is making sure families in highly volatile situations trust the programs that are in place…

Audio: Josh Ebling

One common misconception is that state programs will be quick to pull a child out of a home. Ebling added that they’re spreading word about the new programs to their clients, to fight that type of thinking.

Tomorrow we’ll look at crisis intervention programs have already been used in Findlay.

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Kids In Crisis: Local Programs Help Families

9/30/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Yesterday we outlined how stepped up efforts to help kids in crisis came to be. Today, we’re looking at how local families can get help.

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio and says a big part of the plan is to offer help to families at all hours of the day…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling also says part of the Strong Families program focuses on not allowing one crisis to snowball into another…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says grant money from the state means more counselors can be trained to deal with these situations.

As we continue our series tomorrow we’ll look at how the Strong Families plan aims to connect with kids in need of help.

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Kids In Crisis: Identifying The Problem

Children acting out violently seems like a daily occurrence with school shootings and other incidents. Director of Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities John Martin said the increase in those events inspired Ohio to make a change.

AUDIO: John Martin

The DODD partnered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to give the “Strong Families, Safe Communities” grant to several groups of counties to work with families who have children in crisis situations. Martin said these can be aggressive children, children who have suicidal tendencies or other challenging behaviors. The goal is to assist the families and the kids in any way possible to avoid any harm.

Martin said on top of assisting the families, the grant is also educational for the state. Grantees will report back to the DODD to let them know what in their plans worked and what didn’t. Martin said with that local level information, the state can learn how to respond to these situations.

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Putnam County Teen Killed In Monday Crash

9/23/14 – 4:52 A.M.

A Putnam County teenager was killed in a Monday morning car crash in Van Wert County. The State Highway Patrol reports the one-car crash happened on U.S. 224 near John Yoh Road just before 8 a.m.

The patrol reports 17-year-old Jacob Guy died when a car driven by 18-year-old Matthew Niemeyer went off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole. Guy and another passenger, 17-year-old Christopher Mohr were both ejected. Guy was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mohr was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Niemeyer and a third passenger, 17-year-old Brandon Kimmet suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at Van Wert County Hospital.

The boys were on their way to school at the Vantage Career Center. The accident report says seatbelts were not in use.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Columbus Grove Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

9/19/14 – 5:40 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home is a complete loss following an early morning fire. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 107 Vidette Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. When they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The resident of the home was able to escape unharmed and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

The blaze remains under investigation.

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Flood Insurance Probation Threat No Longer An Issue In Findlay

9/16/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Findlay is no longer under any risk of being put on probation by the National Flood Insurance Program. The Courier reports city officials have cleared up more than 100 issues raised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter from FEMA sent to the city in April warned that probation was possible if certain documents weren’t updated.

Probation would have meant an extra $50 charge to each flood insurance premium in the city. Service-Safety Manager Paul Schmelzer says the warning letter from FEMA was protocol. He added that the agency never intended to give the impression that probation was imminent for Findlay.

MORE: The Courier

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Area Faces Severe Weather Threat Today

9/10/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Area residents will be keeping an eye on the weather today, as a cold front is bringing the threat of severe weather with it as it approaches our area. The National Weather Service issued a report yesterday that said there is a chance we’ll see strong storms and damaging winds move in around 3 p.m.

The NWS has already issued a Flash Flood Watch for some area counties. The watch goes into effect for Putnam, Allen, Henry, and Hardin Counties at 2 p.m. One to three inches of rain is expected in those areas.

We’ll be monitoring the weather throughout the day, and will break in with information as needed this afternoon.

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Army Corps Close To Presenting Blanchard River Mitigation Plan

9/9/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Leaders at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are close to reviewing a plan to mitigate Blanchard River flooding. The Courier reports a “tentatively-selected plan” will put forward soon. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen is the commander of the Buffalo District and spoke with the newspaper. Jansen says, “the significance of this milestone is that all of the work that has been conducted in the past has resulted in a basic plan that will offer flood-risk reduction, where the benefits are greater than the costs of the project.”

Jansen says there are three main components to the plan. First, it includes a diversion channel that takes water from Eagle Creek and moves it to the Blanchard River downstream of Findlay. Second, there would be a levee running south from the reservoirs to State Route 15, preventing water from jumping the banks of the Blanchard and running to Lye Creek. The plan also calls for buying out property-owners in high risk flood areas.

There was no mention of a water retention area near Camp Berry on Hancock County Road 40.

If Corps leadership approves the plan, it will be presented to the public, state agencies, and independent agencies for further review.

MORE: The Courier

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Ohio News Roundup

9/8/14 – 10:57 A.M.

Here’s what’s making news around the state today:

Cedar Point’s 16-year run as the world’s best amusement park is over. The Sandusky theme park was dethroned this past weekend in “Amusement Today’s” annual Golden Ticket Awards, finishing second to a park in Germany. The magazine’s readers didn’t forget about Cedar Point, naming Millennium Force the world’s best steel roller coaster.

Another celebrity is adding on to a reward to find the teenagers involved in the repulsive Ice Bucket Challenge prank in Bay Village. Former TV talk show co-host and actress Jenny McCarthy announced on Twitter that she’s matching the ten-thousand-dollar reward posted by Clevelander Drew Carey. The video released last week of a special-needs Bay High School student having a bucket of urine and feces dumped on him has spurred national outrage.

Community colleges in Ohio are facing a new state funding formula. New rules that took effect last week will tie funding for two-year public colleges to graduation rates and course completion instead of an enrollment-based formula. The two-year schools will be under the same rules as Ohio’s four-year universities, which include tuition freezes and aid for low-income and minority students.

The search resumes today for a man who drowned in Lake Erie while trying to rescue his son and another boy. Officials say the 12 and 13-year-olds were near Luna Pier Sunday afternoon when they were swept out into the lake by a current. Juan Layva swam out to them, went under the water and never resurfaced. The boys were rescued by the LaSalle Fire Department.

Seven Collinwood High School athletes will be disciplined this week for their roles in an ugly brawl during a football game. Cleveland schools officials say one student will be punished by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the others will be disciplined by the school. The fight during last week’s Collinwood-Garfield Heights football game led to several arrests and a forfeit loss for both teams.

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Gallery: United Way Kicks Off 2014 Fundraising Campaign

9/5/14 – 10:39 A.M.

The United Way of Hancock County raised more than $3 million last year during the fundraising season. Today the organization kicked off its 2014 fundraiser with a lofty goal…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Mike Needler Jr. is the campaign chair for the event this year. He says fundraising from Pacesetter Agencies is helping the campaign get off to a good start…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Still, Needler says there’s a lot of heavy lifting to be done. Campaign contribution forms will be distributed at area employers over the next few weeks.

Money raised by the United Way is distributed to local charities through a grant process.

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