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French deal with separate terror, hostage situations

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (AP) — French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations today, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris.

The two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack Wednesday were cornered by police Friday inside a printing house in the small industrial town of Dammartin-en-Goele. One lawmaker said they told negotiators they “want to die as martyrs.”

Hours later, a gunman seized an unknown number of hostages at a kosher market in eastern Paris, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said. A police official, who was not authorized to speak to the media about the events, told The Associated Press there were several hostages and wounded in the kosher market.

Police SWAT squads descended on the area near Paris’ Porte de Vincennes neighborhood and France’s top security official rushed to the scene. The attack came before sundown when the market would have been crowded with shoppers.

France has been high alert for other attacks since the country’s worst terror attack in decades — the massacre Wednesday in Paris that left 12 people dead at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. But French officials could not confirm reports of a link between the hostage-taker at the kosher market Friday and the two suspects holed up at the printing house.

French security forces had poured into Dammartin-en-Goele near Charles de Gaulle airport after the two terror suspects hijacked a car early Friday in a nearby town.

One of the men had been convicted of terrorism charges in 2008, the other had visited Yemen. A U.S. official said both brothers — 32-year-old Cherif Kouachi and 34-year-old Said Kouachi — were on the American no-fly list.

“They said they want to die as martyrs,” Yves Albarello, a local lawmaker who said he was inside the command post, told French television station i-Tele.

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Prep Schedule & Updates: 01-09-15

There’s a big night prep basketball around the region today and we’ll have the latest on all of the action for you tonight here at The Courier.
Courier writer Dave Hanneman will head to Toledo as the Trojans take on Toledo St. John’s in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference game. That game will be broadcast on 1330 AM and streamed live on
Courier writer Ted Radick will be at Arcadia as the Redskins host Liberty-Benton in a Blanchard Valley Conference contest.
Ottawa-Glandorf hosts Celina for a Western Buckeye League boys basketball game. Doug Jenkins will be at the mic as that game will be broadcast live on 106.3 FM The Fox and streamed live on
Our sister paper, The Fostoria Review Times, will have coverage of tonight’s girls basketball game between Fostoria and Woodmore and boys basketball game featuring Lakota and St. Wendelin.
Also tonight’s hockey match between Findlay and No. 1 ranked Toledo St. Francis will be streamed live on
We’ll have scores and stories on all of the action later tonight on The Courier’s sports weblog, The Blanchard River Buzz. You can follow us on Twitter for the latest sports updates @Courier_Sports.
You’ll get the best local sports coverage in the region in the daily print edition of The Courier and online at

Friday’s Events
College Athletics
SWIMMING & DIVING – Ohio Northern at Calvin Invitational, 6 p.m.
WRESTLING – Ohio Northern at Lycoming Duals, 9 a.m.
Prep Wrestling
Mohawk, Liberty-Benton, Fostoria, Elmwood at Perrysburg Invitational Tournament, 4
Hopewell-Loudon at Mansfield JC Gorman Invitational, 4
Riverdale, Patrick Henry, North Baltimore, Arcadia, Fostoria St. Wendelin at Woodmore Classic, 5
Prep Bowling
Tinora at Patrick Henry, 4
Prep Hockey
Toledo St. Francis at Findlay, 7
Prep Swimming & Diving
Toledo St. Francis & Toledo St. Ursula at Findlay, 6:30

Friday’s Games
Northern Buckeye Conference
Eastwood at Elmwood
Genoa at Rossford
Lake at Otsego
Woodmore at Fostoria Senior
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
Archbold at Swanton
Bryan at Patrick Henry
Delta at Montpelier
Liberty Center at Wauseon
Putnam County League
Miller City at Continental
Buckeye Border Conference
Hilltop at Fayette
North Central at Edon
Stryker at Pettisville
Green Meadows Conference
Ayersville at Antwerp
Hicksville at Tinora
Holgate at Fairview
Wayne Trace at Edgerton
Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Red
Fairbanks at River Valley
Jonathan Alder at Galion Senior
Marion Harding at North Union
Marion Pleasant at Buckeye Valley
Northern Lakes League
Bowling Green at Napoleon
Perrysburg at Anthony Wayne
Sylvania Northview at Sylvania Southview
Toledo City League
Toledo Bowsher at Toledo Rogers
Toledo Scott at Toledo Waite
Toledo Woodward at Toledo Start

Friday’s Games
Blanchard Valley Conference
Arlington at Cory-Rawson
Leipsic at Hardin Northern
Liberty-Benton at Arcadia
North Baltimore at McComb
Pandora-Gilboa at Hopewell-Loudon
Vanlue at Van Buren
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Findlay at Toledo St. John’s
Fremont Ross at Oregon Clay
Lima Senior at Toledo Whitmer
Toledo St. Francis at Tol. Cent. Catholic
Northern 10 Conference
Buckeye Central at Wynford
Mohawk at Crestline
Ridgedale at Bucyrus
Seneca East at Carey
Upper Sandusky at Colonel Crawford
Northwest Conference
Delphos Jefferson at Convoy Crestview
Lincolnview at Bluffton
Paulding at Allen East
Sandusky River League
Fremont St. Joseph at New Riegel
Lakota at St. Wendelin
Sandusky St. Mary’s at Old Fort
Northern Ohio League
Bellevue at Sandusky Senior
Norwalk Senior at Willard
Tiffin Columbian at Ontario
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Danbury at Ottawa Hills
Maumee Valley Country Day at Gibsonburg
Northwood at Toledo Emmanuel Baptist
Toledo Christian at Cardinal Stritch
Firelands Conference
Ashland Mapleton at Monroeville
New London at Norwalk St. Paul
South Central at Plymouth
Western Reserve at Ashland Crestview
Mid-Buckeye Conference
Lucas at Danville
Mansfield Christian at Loudonville
Midwest Athletic Conference
Delphos St. John’s at Coldwater
Marion Local at Minster
New Bremen at Fort Recovery
Parkway at Versailles
St. Henry at New Knoxville
Northern Lakes League
Bowling Green at Napoleon
Maumee at Springfield
Perrysburg at Anthony Wayne
Sylvania Northview at Sylvania Southview
Northwest Central Conference
Lima Perry at Waynesfield-Goshen
Riverside at Sidney Lehman
Upper Scioto Valley at Ridgemont
Ohio Cardinal Conference
Clear Fork at Orrville
Mansfield Madison at Wooster Senior
Mansfield Senior at Lexington
West Holmes at Ashland Senior
Sandusky Bay Conference
Huron at Clyde
Port Clinton at Milan Edison
Toledo City League
Toledo Bowsher at Toledo Rogers
Toledo Scott at Toledo Waite
Toledo Woodward at Toledo Start
Western Buckeye League
Celina at Ottawa-Glandorf
Elida at Wapakoneta
Lima Bath at Defiance
St. Marys Memorial at Kenton
Van Wert at Lima Shawnee
Other NW Ohio Games
Kalida at Ada
Lima Cent. Cath. at Columbus Grove
Oak Harbor at Castalia Margaretta
Sandusky Perkins at Shelby

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Van Buren Schools To Prioritize Building Improvement Projects

1/9/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A company has been picked to help the Van Buren School District rank building improvement projects. The Courier reports the school board awarded the project to Palmer Conservation Consulting out of Twinsburg. The company will complete building assessments and schematic reviews over the next two months. Recommendations will then be presented in April.

The work will cost the school district a little more than $19,000.

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Still Plenty Of Time To Cast A Ballot Today

11/4/14 – 11:09 A.M.

The November election is here, and polls are open in Ohio until 7:30 p.m. We’ll be keeping an eye on the Liberty-Benton and Van Buren school levies, as well as the contested races that include our area like the Ohio 83rd district race. Our election coverage starts tonight at 7 p.m.

In the meantime if you haven’t voted, there’s still time. If you’re unsure of your polling location you can find that information by calling the board of elections office, or by looking it up on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Weekend Crash

11/3/14 – 7:21 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened at the intersection of Western and Lima avenues just before 12:30 p.m.

50-year-old Carol Eichman was driving her SUV south on Western Avenue when she turned left onto Lima Avenue and was hit by an SUV driven by 31-year-old Jamie Chaffee of Findlay. Eichman was extricated from her vehicle and taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Chafee was cited for disobeying a traffic control device. Eichman was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.

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Portion of Bright Road closed this week

Bright Road will be closed between Hancock County 212 and Production Drive from Tuesday to Friday during the work day for water line installation, according to the City of Findlay Engineering Department.

Bright Road will re-open in the evening after work crews have left for the day.

Two detours will be posted during construction work:

  • Crystal Avenue/Hancock County 18 to East Melrose Avenue for those traveling west around the closure
  • Hamlet Drive to Production Drive for those traveling east around the closure

Students attending Owens Community College’s Findlay campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off of Hancock County 18.

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Speedway Opens CNG Facility In Findlay

11/3/14 – 8:14 A.M.

It appears Findlay is becoming a destination for Compressed Natural Gas fueling facilities. Roughly a month-and-a-half after CNG Fuel Inc. opened a fueling station on Distrubution Drive on Findlay’s north side, Speedway has followed suit. The company’s second compressed natural gas facility is located at the Speedway store on County Road 99, just off of I-75.

A release from Speedway says one of the store’s fuel lanes is now dedicated to CNG. The company has partnered with IGS CNG Services to help run the compressed natural gas operation.

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Click and Clack no more: Tom Magliozzi of NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ dies at age 77

Tom Magliozzi one half of Car Talk’s famed Click and Clack died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s. Along with his brother Ray, Magliozzi hosted the wildly successful automotive repair and sometime philosophy show from 1977 until 2012.

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