Hancock County Leaders And University Of Findlay Announce Creation Of Center For Civic Engagement

12/07/16 – 5:16 P.M. The City of Findlay will be getting a Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Findlay. The university partnered with United Way of Hancock County and the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation for the endeavor. Tricia Valasek pioneered the creation of the center and said that it will be a valuable resource. Tricia Valasek The Center for Civic Engagement will bring coalitions together to tackle big issues. United Way director John Urbanski said that the center will be very helpful. John Urbanski Organizers expressed hope that the center will keep services from being duplicated. The new center will be in the new Center for Student life and College of Business Building. It is expected to open next summer.

Five Arrested In Bluffton After Undercover Operation Fighting Human Trafficking

12/07/16 – 3:31 P.M. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people in Bluffton Tuesday. According to a release, the Sheriff’s Office held an undercover operation combatting human trafficking. They worked with the Hancock-METRICH Criminal Task Force and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for the operation. They arrested 21-year-old Robin Hopson of Lima for prostitution. 20-year-old Seth Risner of Lima was arrested for soliciting. 51-year-old Ronald Burkholder of Rawson was also arrested for soliciting. 63-year-old Siegfried Sanders of North Carolina and 47-year-old Anthony Fontenot of Louisiana were also arrested for soliciting. They are all facing criminal charges in Findlay Municipal Court.

Four More Infants Born in NYC With Zika Virus-Related Birth Defects

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four more infants have been born with birth defects related to the Zika virus in New York City, the city’s Health Department announced Wednesday. The four cases occurred after a previous reported case in July, where an infant was born with Zika-related microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head or brain, often leading to significant developmental problems. These four infants were born with “congenital Zika virus syndrome,” which encompasses variety of birth defects, including microcephaly, brain and eye abnormalities, shortened or hardened muscles and tendons and neurologic impairment, according to the health department. In addition to these five cases where infants were born with health problems related to the Zika virus, eight other infants tested positive for the virus but have shown no symptoms of impairment or birth defects related to the virus, the health department said. Health officials said they will continue to monitor the children for at least a year to see if and how their symptoms progress as they get older. In total, more…

Donald Trump’s Favorability Rating at 50 Percent, New Poll Shows

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A month after the election, the nation remains divided over President-elect Donald Trump, a new poll shows. Trump’s favorability rating sits at 50 percent, according to a national Bloomberg poll out Wednesday. Just 37 percent of Americans polled believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 49 percent feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction. The poll, conducted from Dec. 2-5, also shows that 55 percent are more optimistic about a Trump presidency from his actions and statements since Election Day, while 35 percent are more pessimistic about the prospect of Trump in the White House. And, according to the Bloomberg poll, 51 percent are very or mostly confident that Trump will put America’s interests ahead of his business as he meets with foreign leaders. Last week, Trump tweeted he’ll cut ties to his business “in total” to focus on running the country. “While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as…

Hancock County Joins Drug Free Workplace Initiative

12/7/16 – 11:14 A.M. Recognizing the impact drugs have on the workforce, several community groups and businesses are joining an effort to address the issue. Zach Thomas is the director of Wellness and Education for the Hancock County ADAMHS Board. He says one of the goals is to help area businesses set good policies… Audio: Zach Thomas Thomas adds a large part of the initiative is to prevent drug addiction issues before they start. Despite that, Thomas says most drug users have jobs… Audio: Zach Thomas Thomas says he hopes one outcome of the program is finding solutions for people who can’t get jobs because of positive drug tests… Audio: Zach Thomas Thomas says the goal is to have at least five businesses put in place new workplace drug programs by next September. The first stakeholders meeting takes place Monday.

“Spider-Man Homecoming” Sneak Peek — Trailer Coming to “Kimmel”

Marvel – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — The sneak peek of Spider-Man: Homecoming that was seen over the weekend by fans at Brazil Comic Con is coming closer to home: the footage will be shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night. A tiny sneak peek of the footage landed online Wednesday morning. In the clip, some of it shot from Peter Parker’s perspective, actor/director Jon Favreau, again playing Tony Stark’s bodyguard Happy Hogan, looks into the camera and asks Tom Holland’s Spider-Man what he’s wearing. He then asks if he’s seen the goodies that were left for him by Iron Man’s alter ego. “Where’s the case? Didn’t you see the case?!” Parker then walks up to a silver suitcase, on which is perched a note. “A minor upgrade from Tony Stark,” Holland reads aloud, before Spidey is seen leaping off the tip of the Washington Monument and over a in-flight helicopter, thanks to web wings under his arms. “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” a winded Peter Parker explains in…

New “Star Wars” Villain Ben Mendelsohn Says His Character’s More of a Bad Guy than Darth Vader

Lucasfilm – 2016(NEW YORK) — For Ben Mendelsohn, playing a villain in the new Star Wars film Rogue One was a career highlight. “Look, it’s an incredible honor,” he told ABC Radio. “I mean, I’m a fanboy of [Star Wars] first. I saw the first film when it came out.” It’s safe to say the accomplished Australian actor would be lining up at the theater to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this month if he wasn’t playing the evil Director Orson Krennic, the guy who designed the planet-smashing Death Star. On that note, Mendelsohn says Krennic certainly has a leg-up on the baddie meter compared to Darth Vader, who appears in the new movie. The actor joked,. “The guy I play is…the builder of the Death Star. So, yeah Darth Vader’s pretty good, but he’s no match for ‘the awesome power’ of the Death Star.” But Mendelsohn also admits that appearing onscreen alongside Vader is somewhat intimidating for aStar Wars fan. “He is a towering figure, so it…

Witness to Fatal Will Smith Shooting Says Suspect Showed ‘No Remorse’

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — A friend of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith — and witness to his fatal shooting — took the stand Wednesday at the trial of his alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. She said Hayes did not seem to show remorse. “Mr. Hayes was walking toward Will with a gun pointing at him. And I heard shots fired,” Rebecca Dooley, who was in the car with the Smiths the night of the shooting, said on the stand Wednesday morning. After the shooting, Hayes appeared to have “no remorse,” Dooley said. Smith, 34, was killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9 of this year. Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith, was wounded. Hayes, a former semi-professional football player, was charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty. Hayes is also charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Smith’s wife in the incident. Dooley said on the stand that she and her husband, Richard Hernandez, were in the SUV with the…