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Fire Destroys House Near Rushsylvania

 

Fire destroyed a house near Rushsylvania Tuesday night.

 

WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that firefighters from the Rushcreek Fire Department were dispatched around 10:40 Tuesday night to the farmhouse of Joe Leveck at 3401 State Route 274.

 

The blaze started on the first floor when a space heater caught nearby clothing on fire.

 

Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Ridgeway, Richland, Bokescreek and Bellefontaine.

 

There were no injuries, and firefighters were on  the scene for over nine hours.

 

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LPD Asking For Information on Robbery Suspect

 
The Lima Police Department is currently searching for a robbery suspect.
 
According to the department's Facebook page, 18 year old Tobias Griffin Jr. has an active warrant for robbery, resulting from his involvement with the September 14th robbery at Rite Aid Pharmacy, on W. Robb Avenue. 
 
If you have any information on his location, please contact the Lima Police Department or CrimeStoppers.

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Truck Driver Charged in Connection to Fatal Crash Last Week

 

A Hamilton, Ohio truck driver has been charged in connection to a crash that claimed the life of a 20 month old baby last week in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 43 year old Frank Bauer IV has been charged with negligent vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and an assured clear distance ahead violation.

 

The crash occurred on U.S. 23 when the semi operated by Bauer slammed into the rear of a car being driven by 21 year old Michelle Weatherholtz, of Findlay. The backseat passenger, 20 month old Candase Weatherholtz, who was in a child safety seat, was killed in the crash. Michelle was taken to OSU Medical Center in Columbus. Another passenger in the car, 23 year old Cody Weatherholtz was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital and Bauer was not injured.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Patrol and the Wyandot County Municipal Court Prosecutor.

 

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Suspect Being Sought Following Weekend Robbery at Hotel in Findlay

 

A suspect is being sought in connection to an investigation into a robbery in Findlay Sunday afternoon.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel on Tiffin Avenue for a robbery in progress after a worker was approached by a male at the counter who demanded money.

 

The employee gave the suspect the money from the register, and he then left the hotel. He was last seen running to the east and was not located.

 

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20's to early 30's. He was described as 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 3 inches tall and was very skinny. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a camouflage hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. Witnesses say he had scruffy facial hair.

 

The robbery remains under investigation.

 

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Roll Over Crash Reported in Wyandot County Over the Weekend

 

A Deshler, Ohio man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash over the weekend in Wyandot County.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Corey Roof drove off the left side of State Route 53, where his car struck a fence then rolled over while crossing back over the right side of the road and come to rest in a field.

 

Roof was cited for failure to control.

 

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Man with What Turned Out to be a Fake Gun Reported at Honda in Marysville

 

Union County authorities were dispatched to the Honda Plant in Marysville this morning to investigate a report of a man inside the facility with a gun.

 

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the 9-1-1 call was received just after 8 this morning.

 

Honda's onsite security team quickly responded and detained the man without further incident. Union County Sheriff's deputies arrived as well as the Union County Public Safety Officer and were told by plant security that the man was in possession of a fake toy handgun.

 

Detectives from the sheriff's office are interviewing the individual as well as witnesses and more information will be released later.

 

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Two Northwest Ohio Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

 

Two area men were indicted in federal court for attempting to distribute methamphetamine.

 

According to a release from the FBI, 28 year old Eric D. Mason, of Lima, and 25 year old Kasey J. Hutchinson, of Findlay, were each indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The men possessed approximately 54 grams of methamphetamine on Sept. 6, according to the indictment

 

If convicted, the defendants sentences will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant's’ prior criminal record, if any.

 

The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Scam Alert Issued by Bellefontaine Police

 

A scam alert was issued this week by the Bellefontaine Police Department.

 

According to information on the police department's Facebook page, a Bellefontaine received a call this week from someone claiming to be from the Mary Rutan Hospital.

 

The caller ID showed the hospital name and phone number. The caller claimed there was an issue with a credit card through their Credit Bureau or Division.

 

The police department said there is no such entity and it is a scam.

 

The use of local phone numbers used to scam is on the rise. You should never give out your personal information over the phone.

 

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20 Month Old Baby Killed in Wyandot County Crash

 

A 20 month old baby was killed in a crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 23 in Wyandot County.

 

According to a release from Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel, a deputy on patrol came upon the crash site that occurred south of Carey.

 

A semi being operated by 43 year old Frank Bauer IV, of Hamilton, Ohio, was southbound on 23 and struck the rear of a car being operated by 21 year old Michelle Weatherholtz. The car's driver, along with occupants, 23 year old Cody Weatherholtz and 20 month old Candase Weatherholtz, were all transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky, where the baby was pronounced dead. Michelle was later transferred to OSU Medical Center in Columbus. Bauer was not injured.

 

Seat belts and a child safety seat were in use, and alcohol was not a contributing factor.

 

Criminal charges are being reviewed by the Upper Sandusky Municipal Prosecutor's Office, and the crash remains under investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

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Registrations Being Taken For University of Findlay Workshop

 

Registration is now open for the University of Findlay's daylong workshop for high school students who are interested in learning more about professions in the fields of communication and theatre.

 

Participants in grades 9-12 will receive hands-on instruction in skills ranging from speaking in front of an audience to working "behind the scenes" in more technical capacities.

 

Registration for students is $10, which will include instruction, lunch and a private showing of the University’s upcoming production of the play “Antigone.” The first 50 students to register will receive a free T-shirt. Attendance is free for faculty.

 

The registration deadline is Oct. 30.

 

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Plea Agreement Reached in Findlay Murder Case

 

A plea agreement was reached in a murder case in Findlay.

 

WFIN Radio reported that 37 year old Husam Coleman pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of voluntary manslaughter in connection to the murder of a Toledo man.

 

As part of the deal, Coleman agreed to testify against two other defendants in the case. 27 year old Jessica Kisseberth, of Leipsic, and 27 year old Joseph Fleming, of Toledo, have been charged in connection to the case involving the shooting death of 31 year old Marcus Alexander at the Findlay motel earlier this year.

 

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Logan County Man Arrested on Rape Charge

 

A Logan County man has been arrested in connection to a rape that occurred near Indian Lake in late June of this year.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 34 year old Brandon Murray was arrested this week by Logan County Sheriff's deputies.

 

The rape involved a 25 year old woman and allegedly occurred in a parked van near a bar in Lakeview.

 

Murray was charged with one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition.

 

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University of Findlay Receives Grant

 

The University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center has been awarded a federal grant to train volunteers and remote emergency responders on how to properly respond to train derailments involving hazardous materials spills, particularly crude oil.

 

The $950,000 grant was provided by the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

 

It is the third award that Findlay has received from this agency to provide such training.

 

The University was one of three nonprofits to be chosen as recipients.

 

Up to $2.4 million was available to award.

 

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Benefit Basketball Games Scheduled in Wapakoneta

 

First responders in Wapakoneta are training for a benefit basketball game.

 

The Make-A-Wish basketball game is scheduled for Monday November 6 at the Wapakoneta High School gym. The Police Department will take on the Fire Department in the game, and the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

Donations will be taken at the door.

 

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Two Injured in Logan County Crash

 

A Tuesday afternoon crash in Logan County involving an unloaded school bus and a car injured two people.

 

WPKO Radio reported that the crash involved an Urbana City School bus and car, and the crash occurred on U.S. 68.

 

One person was transported to OSU Medical Center in Columbus by MedFlight Helicopter and another was taken to Mary Rutan Hospital. 68 was closed for over an hour during the cleanup process.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Whirlpool Hires More Than Expected After Expansion Project

 

Whirlpool in Findlay hired more employees than expected during its expansion project.

 

WFIN in Findlay reported that the company is in Phase 3 of its Findlay expansion and had to hire employees to staff new lines faster than expected.

 

The company hired 354 employees. The plan was to hire 50 when the expansion plan was first announced.

 

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Tiffin Man Injured in Crash Sunday Afternoon

 

A Tiffin man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred this past Sunday afternoon on Township Highway 65 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 47 year old John Payne lost control of his car, which drifted to the left and right several times before rolling onto its top and coming to rest in the middle of the road.

 

Payne was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

No citations were listed on the report.

 

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Items Stolen From Vehicle Parked in a Garage in Wyandot County

 

Several items were stolen out of a vehicle in Nevada sometime over this past weekend.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a car parked in the garage at a residence in the village was entered and a backpack containing a laptop computer, caculators, a chemistry book and headphones was taken.

 

Another vehicle in the garage was also entered but nothing was stolen.

 

The combined value of the missing property was listed at nearly $1000.

 

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Marion County Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants

 

Marion County authorities arrested a man who was wanted on outstanding warrants.

 

Marion City Police and Marion County Sheriff's deputies advised the public that they were searching for 43 year old David Mahoney, who was wanted on outstanding warrants on charges of breaking and entering and possession of drugs.

 

Acting on a tip, Mahoney was arrested by authorities Monday night.

 

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Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

 

The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office released its activity report for the month of September.

 

3 people were injured in 3 separate crashes, and there were 14 property damage crashes that occurred during the month.

 

198 complaints were received at the sheriff's office. 16 adults were arrested on felony charges, 56 on misdemeanor charges and 242 arrested for traffic charges.

 

9 new concealed carry permits were issued, and 7 were renewed. One carry concealed carry permit was suspended and one was revoked during the month.

 

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Vehicle and Items Stolen at House in Wyandot County

 

A vehicle was stolen from a residence in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a 2002 Ford pickup was stolen, and several items were stolen from the house located in the 12,000 block of Township Highway 133.

 

A suspect was listed, but no charges have been filed as the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Firearm Stolen From Wyandot County Residence

 

A theft of a firearm was also reported to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office over the weekend.

 

According to the report, the gun, with a loaded magazine, was stolen from a residence in the 19,000 block of Township Highway 63 sometime in the past couple of weeks.

 

The theft remains under investigation.

 

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Driver Escaped Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

A Marysville woman escaped injury in a weekend crash that occurred in on State Route 67 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Regan M. Dilley was southbound on 67 and attempted to make a left turn onto County Highway 50. She was going too fast to make the turn, and the car went off the right side of the road and struck a small tree.

 

The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, and Dilley was cited for failure to control.

 

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Scam Reported in Bellefontaine

 

A scam was recently reported in the City of Bellefontaine.

 

According to the Bellefontaine Police Department's Facebook page, a resident received a phone call trying to scam her out of several thousand dollars by trying to make her believe a grandchild was in some kind of danger.

 

The police department advises residents not to send money to anyone unless you are absolutely sure where the money is going.

 

You should also double and even triple check the information that you receive from a caller.

 

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Student Could Face Charges After Making Threatening Comment

 

A 6th grade student in the Mohawk School District has been suspended and could face charges after making a threatening statement.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the school to investigate a complaint concerning a comment from the student that he wanted to burn down or blow up the school.

 

The student said he was angry at the time, and he regretted making the comment.

 

He was suspended for two days, but the school did not wish to pursue charges.

 

The boy's mother however advised that she wants charges filed on her son for his behavior.

 

The report will be sent to the juvenile prosecutor's office for his review.

 

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Driver Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

A one vehicle crash occurred in Wyandot County just before eight Wednesday night.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 72 year old Nichola Nelson, of Michigan, was travelling west on State Route 15 when she travelled off the road. The car ended up off the right side of the road causing disabling damage to the undercarriage.

 

Nelson was not injured and was cited for failure to control.

 

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Drawing For Trapping at Killdeer Scheduled

 

A one-time drawing will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. for trapping in the wildlife refuge on the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

 

The drawing will be held at the Killdeer Plains Check Station, located at 19100 C.H. 115, Harpster in Wyandot County.

 

All participants must register before 6:25 that evening and must show a valid 2017-2018 Ohio Fur Taker Permit. Anyone interested in registering should plan on being at the Killdeer Plains Check station by 6 p.m.

 

Registration forms will be completed by the trapper and placed in a drum.

 

The permit will be valid for portions of the trapping season, with some restrictions on times.

 

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Harding High School Students Hear Maria's Mesage

 

Students at Harding High School in Marion heard a message Wednesday about the dangers of distracted driving.

 

The presentation included Officer Richard Wheeler, who spoke about one of the distracted driving crashes he has handled.

 

Officer Wheeler spoke in advance of Dom Tibari presenting Maria's Message, which was started after the tragic loss of Tibari's daughter Maria who died in a crash that was blamed on distracted driving.

 

Tibari and Columbia Gas of Ohio donated a distracted driving and impaired driving simulator which will be used to educate kids in an effort to keep them safe.

 

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Two More Indicted in Findlay Murder Case

 

The Hancock County Grand Jury returned indictments against two more people in connection to a murder in Findlay earlier this year.

 

WFIN Radio reported that 27 year old Jessica Kisseberth, of Leipsic and 27 year old Joseph Flemming, of Toledo, were charged with murder and aggravated robbery.

 

The charges come in connection to the shooting death of Marcus Alexander at a Findlay hotel on February 17.

 

36 year old Husam Coleman, of Chicago, has already been charged with two counts of murder in connection to the case.

 

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Child Abduction Survivor to Speak in Findlay

 

Elizabeth Smart, survivor of one of the most publicized child abductions in U.S. history will be speaking at the University of Findlay next week.

 

According to the university's website, Smart is now an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation.


 

She will be speaking at the University of Findlay’s Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room on Friday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Her speech, titled “Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story,” will be free and open to the public.

 

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Marion County Prosecutor Died Tuesday Night at 60

 

The Marion County Prosecutor died at his home in Caledonia Tuesday night.

 

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. emergency personnel were dispatched to the home in 2900 block of Caledonia Northern Road after receiving a 9-1-1 call about an unresponsive male.

 

The caller was performing CPR on 60 year old Prosecutor Brent Yager. He was transported to the Marion General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is assisting with the investigation.

 

The nature of Yager’s death is believed to be medical related complications and no foul play is suspected at this time.

 

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4 Injured in Multi Vehicle Crash in Union County

 

A five-vehicle crash resulted in a semi-truck and trailer crashing into a business at the intersection of US Route 42 and Bell Road in Jerome Township.

 

One victim was transported to Memorial Hospital and three victims were transported to Riverside Methodist with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

The preliminary investigation has determined a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck pulling a boat and trailer while traveling southbound on US Route 42 was driven left of center. A 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck and trailer that was traveling northbound on US Route 42 then crossed the southbound lane and struck a 2016 Lexus sport utility vehicle. Other vehicles that were involved in the crash include a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe that was struck and forced into a 2012 Honda Civic. The 2012 Dodge Ram was pulling a cattle trailer and the truck and trailer crashed into a business known as Buckeye Battery.

 

Due to the structural damage sustained at the business, it was determined to be unsafe by a building inspector from the Union County Engineer’s Office.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Last Defendant in Logan County Murder Case Pleads

 

A Lima woman became the final defendant to plead guilty in a Logan County murder case.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 20 year old Alexus Walton pleaded guilty to complicity to aggravated robbery in the murder of Jeffrey Brentlinger on Thanksgiving Day in 2016.

 

She faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison when she is sentenced on November 9.

 

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Motorcycle Group Makes Donation to Marion Police Program

 

The Iron Order Motorcycle Club recently made a substantial donation to the Marion Police Department's  M PACT Program.

 

Members of the group said they wanted to donate because of their appreciation and respect for the efforts M PACT puts into kids through the programs.

 

Officers met with members of Iron Order of Ohio this past Saturday morning and received a check in the amount of $1,750.

 

The money will go directly into the programs and functions for the youth of Marion.

 

The Marion Police Department expressed their appreciation for the generosity of Iron Order.

 

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Wisconsin Man Killed in Allen County Crash

 

One person was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon in Allen County.

 

According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 29 year old William J. Samp, of Wisconsin, was a passenger in a car that was struck by a bus at the intersection of State Route 81 and Thayer Road. Samp died of his injuries at the scene.

 

The car was being driven by 25 year old Lance J. Ward, of Wisconsin, who was westbound on Thayer and failed to yield to the bus, which was travelling east on 81 and being operated by 56 year old Elizabeth Flowers, of Lima.

 

Ward and two other passengers in his car were taken to Lima Memorial Hospital. Flowers was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center. Five passengers on her transport bus were not injured.

 

Drug use is suspected as being a factor in this crash, which remains under investigation.

 

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Wyandot County Man Arrested on Warrant

 

A Nevada, Ohio man was arrested on a warrant Monday.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, deputies arrested Christopher S. Lear into custody on a warrant through the Wyandot County Common Pleas Court. The warrant was issued for failure to comply with conditions of Lear's bond on a complicity to burglary charge.

 

He was held in the Wyandot County Jail pending a court hearing.

 

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Bellefontaine Sex Offender Arrested by U.S. Marshall's Office

 

A Bellefontaine man, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested Monday for failing to register his address.

 

WPKO reported that the U.S. Marshall's Office arrested 48 year old Christopher Tobie at his residence in the 1500 block of County Road 10, which he purchased in January of this year. His last registered address was in San Pedro, California.

 

Tobie was convicted for possession of child pornography in November of 2009, and as a sex offender, he is required to register his address.

 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.

 

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Lima Police Chief Investigating Level of Force Used in Arrest Last Week

 

The Lima Police Department is investigating what force was used to arrest a woman in the city last week.

 

Chief Kevin Martin used Facebook to inform residents that he is aware of a video regarding the arrest of Kenyatta Secession and the force that was used against her by Lima police officers.

 

Chief Martin assured residents that the matter is being investigated thoroughly and the findings will be released to the public when the investigation is completed.

 

He also urged residents who may have a recorded video of the incident to provide it to him to assist in the investigation.

 

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Renovation Project at Wyandot County Museum Completed

 

A renovation project at the Wyandot County Museum in Upper Sandusky has been completed.

 

The Daily Chief Union reported that a full renovation of the exterior of the building was completed in September.

 

The project was started in May by the Wyandot County Archaeological and Historical Society.

 

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Five Nights on Campus Series Returns to OSU Marion

 

Five Nights on Campus, Ohio State Marion’s performing arts and entertainment series, kicks off a new season on Thursday October 12.

 

According to a release, Johnny Steiner will bring his one man show Johnny Steiner Live! to the Marion campus.

 

Steiner is a professional singer, teacher, director, conductor, pianist, song-writer, and arranger.

 

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253.

 

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Two Honored by Allen Lima Leadership Program

 

Two alumni of the Allen Lima Leadership program were honored last week during the Class of 2017 graduation ceremony.

 

According to the Allen County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Sheriff Matthew Treglia, a 2014 graduate of the program was presented the Alumnus of the Year Award, and 2015 graduate Joe Patton, of Ohio Means Jobs, received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award.

 

The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 was held last week at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima.

 

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Five Injured in Marion County Crash Sunday Afternoon

 

Five people were injured in a three vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on State Route 309 in Marion County.

 

According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 74 year old Lillian Hager, of Bucyrus, was stopped for a stop sign on County Road 162 and failed to yield for traffic when she pulled onto 309. Her car struck a westbound car being operated by 30 year old Elisha Cottrill, of Marion. Cottrill's car then went off the road and struck a vehicle being driven by 39 year old Amanda Klugh, of LaRue, which was stopped northbound on 162 at the stop sign.

 

Hager and Cottrill, plus a passenger in Cottrill's car, 28 year old Douglas D. Douglas, were all transported by MedFlight Helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Another passenger in Cottrill's car, 11 year old Hayden P. Douglas, was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Columbus. Klugh was transported to Marion General Hospital for treatment.

 

No charges have been filed at this time as the crash remains under investigation.

 

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Tickets On Sale For Bellefontaine Fundraiser

 

The Bellefontaine Professional Firefighters are holding their annual t shirt and pancake fundraiser for breast cancer.

 

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, the group will be selling t shirts all through the month of October. The shirts cost $15 dollars per shirt. All of the proceeds will go to the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund.

 

The annual pancake breakfast will take place on October 7th starting at 6am and running through 11am.

 

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Bluffton University Searches for New President

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees selected a search committee to find the university’s next president.

 

The committee includes representation from trustees, faculty, staff, a student, alumni, select church conferences, the Bluffton community and Mennonite Education Agency.

 

The committee will vet potential candidates and will recommend qualified individuals for the board’s consideration.

 

The Trustees have partnered with TBC Search Consulting from Columbus, Ohio, a qualified search consultant to assist the committee.

 

Current president, Dr. James Harder, will retire on June 30, 2018.

 

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Delphos Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

 

A Delphos man was charged via criminal information with possession of child pornography.

 

According to an FBI release, 67 year old Vernon Murray is alleged to have possessed and had access to numerous digital files containing images of children being sexually abused and exploited. This took place between 2009 and 2015, according to the criminal information.

 

This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alissa M. Sterling following an investigation by the FBI.

 

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Teenager Injured in Lima Shooting Incident

 

Lima Police are investigating a possible gang related incident that resulted in the shooting of a Lima teenager this week.

 

According to the Lima Police Department's Facebook page, officers received a 9-1-1 call about gunshots being fired in the area of Holmes and Reese Streets in the city.

 

A 17 year old black male was shot in the leg and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital.

 

He and another male were walking in the area when two unknown suspects began shooting at them.

 

Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to call the Lima Police Department or CrimeStoppers.

 

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University of Findlay Conducting Warning Siren Tests

 

The University of Findlay's Office of Campus Safety and Security, in conjunction with the City of Findlay tornado warning sirens testing, also will be conducting Code Blue Phone tornado warning tests on the first Monday of each month at 10 a.m.

 

The sound heard will sound similar to the city's sirens. It is the University's intent to conduct the monthly tests to ensure that its system is working properly.

 

UF has several Code Blue phones placed throughout campus that anyone can use to summon help in emergency situations, and that can be used as a broadcast system by the University for emergency announcements.

 

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Allen County Sheriff's Office Distributing Booklet on Drug Awareness Issues

 

The Allen County Sheriff's Office will be distributing a booklet answering common questions people have about heroin and other drugs.

 

According to the office's Facebook page, the 36 page booklet will be made available to citizens throughout Allen County.

 

The common questions that will be answered are: What does heroin look like?, What are the signs someone is using crack?

 

The booklet is made possible by support from numerous Allen County sponsors.

 

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Coffee with a Cop Event Being Held in Findlay

 

The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff's Office will be holding a Coffee with a Cop meeting tomorrow.

 

It will be held from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning at a coffee shop located at 330 South Main Street in Findlay.

 

There is no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to the officers in Findlay and Hancock County.

 

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Worker Injured in Construction Site Accident

 

A construction worker was injured in a worksite accident on State Route 53 Wednesday.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 30 year old Gregory Fortney, and employee of R and I Construction, was working at the back of a large crane when a strap apparently broke while lifting a 5000 to 6000 pound beam.

 

Fortney was knocked to the ground and his ankle was smashed by the beam, which also may have struck his chest causing bruising.

 

He was taken by helicopter to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo.

 

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Items Stolen From Garage in Wyandot County

 

Several items were stolen from a garage in the 17,000 block of State Route 67 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report, the residents there told deputies that someone stole several items, including a boom box and muzzleloader gun from the garage.

 

A suspect, who may be staying with relatives in either Dunkirk or Kenton, was listed but so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Longtime Bellefontaine Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack

 

A Bellefontaine firefighter suffered a heart attack earlier this week.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 55 year old Dave Crissman suffered a heart attack at his residence on Tuesday and was revived by his colleagues from the Bellefontaine Fire and EMS.

 

He helped battle a large fire on County Road 130 the day before and was off duty when he became ill on Tuesday.

 

The 26 year veteran of the fire department was first taken to Mary Rutan Hospital then transferred to OSU Medical Center in Columbus where he was last reported in serious condition.

 

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OSU Marion Enrollment Continues to Increase

 

For the second consecutive year, Ohio State Marion has seen significant enrollment increases from the previous year.

 

According to a release from the university, official autumn 2017 enrollment was 1198, an increase of 5.2% over last autumn’s enrollment of 1,139.

 

Full-time enrollment has increased from 979 to 1038, an increase of 6% over 2016.  

 

Positive gains in enrollment have been a trend for the campus since 2015, which has seen a healthy 10% increase from 2015 to 2017.

 

Autumn 2017 statistics indicate a trend toward increased enrollment outside of Ohio State Marion’s traditional service area, which includes Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union, Wyandot, and Franklin County.

 

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Findlay Being Considered For Chic-Fil-A Restaurant

 

Findlay may by in line to receive a Chic-Fil-A Restaurant.

 

The Findlay Courier reported that the company is planning to locate on Tiffin Avenue in the city.

 

The Findlay Board of Zoning Appeals will consider a request from Chic-Fil-A to build a pylon sign at the location instead of a low-profile sign.

 

The board is will consider that request either on October 12 or 19.

 

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Names of Men Involved in Stabbing Incident in Findlay Released

 

The identities of two men who were involved in an altercation that lead to a stabbing this past Sunday in Findlay have been released.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, 41 year old Jason L. Turner, of Findlay, was stabbed during the incident and is currently recovering at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

 

32 year old Michael L. Smith, also of Findlay, was treated at the hospital following the incident which occurred in the Planet Fitness parking lot on Tiffin Avenue in the city.

 

Both men are expected to make a full recovery.

 

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be turned over to the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office and may be heard by the Grand Jury.

 

Anyone witnessing the incident is encouraged to call the Findlay Police Detective’s Division at 419-424-7164.

 

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New Recycling Facility Opens in Lima

 

A new recycling facility celebrated its grand opening in Lima Tuesday.

 

According to a release from American Electric Power, several community partners came together as Recleim opened for business.

 

AEP Ohio and Recleim will help to bring more than a hundred new jobs to Lima.

 

The city welcomed its first new manufacturing plant in several years.

 

To celebrate the grand opening of the facility, AEP Ohio is inviting its customers to recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers and receive a special $50 incentive through its Appliance Recycling Program. The special promotion is available beginning Oct. 1 through the end of November.  

 

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K9 From Marion County Sheriff's Office Receives Body Armor

 

The Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 has received body armor.

 

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, K9 Taz received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9's Incorporated.

 

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

 

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said he was grateful for the donation.

 

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Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Finishes 7th in Season Ending Tournament

 

Ben Logan boys golf finished their season Tuesday at Reid Park with a 7th place finish in sectional play.

 

Greenon placed 1st with a 342, Graham 350, Northwestern 351, Shawnee 352.

 

For the Raiders Ethan Ricketts led the team with a 87 and qualified as an individual to move on to district play. Will Kenoyer 90, Garrett Allen 91, Bryce Loomis 109, and Carter Stewart 128. The Raiders shot 377

 

Coach Chris Conley said, "It was a disappointing finish to an up and down year. We just didn't peak at the right time. We lose only one senior so that's encouraging however Will was our captain and low scorer most of the time. None the less we think there are brighter days ahead and we'll work to improve."

 

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***UPDATED*** Toledo Man Dies From Stab Wounds in Lima

 

A Toledo man died Monday after being stabbed in an apparent domestic dispute.


According to the Lima Police Department's Facebook page, officers were dispatched to Lima West Apartments on Cole Street to investigate a report of man not breathing.


A 27 year old Stephan D. Kimble-Childress, who had been stabbed, was found unconscious in the apartment. Emergency medical personnel arrived and began lifesaving measures. He was then transported to St. Rita's Medical Center where he died.


Kimble-Childress' 19 year old girlfriend, identified as Autumn Spears, of Lima, was taken into custody and is being held at the Allen County Jail for suspicion of murder.


The argument turned physical and Spears allegedly stabbed Kimble-Childress, with a kitchen knife.


The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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Two Men Arrested Following Drug Bust in Wyandot County

 

Two Wyandot County men were arrested following a drug investigation in that county.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit and METRICH Enforcement Unit served a search warrant Monday at a residence in the 12,000 block of Township Highway 133 in Nevada.

 

Detectives recovered firearms, a large amount of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

 

Roger A. Massie and Dennis Thoroughman were arrested and held in the Wyandot County Jail on felony drug charges.

 

The search warrant was served following a 3 month drug investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the Upper Sandusky Police Department, the Carey Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the METRICH Enforcement Unit.

 

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Woman Charged with OVI Following Traffic Stop

 

A Columbus woman is facing charges following a traffic stop early this morning.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, deputies stopped a car on U.S. 23 for speeding.

 

The driver, identified as Latrina Lavett-Edie Williams, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A probable cause search of her vehicle found her to allegedly be in possession f marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

 

She was cited for OVI, speed, no operator's license, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

 

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Wyandot County United Way Kick-off Scheduled This Thursday

 

The Wyandot County United Way 2018 Campaign Kick-off Golf Outing is scheduled for this Thursday.

 

The 9 hole golf scramble shotgun start is at 2 Thursday afternoon at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club. Dinner will be served at 4:30.

 

There are three levels of participation: Gold is $200, which includes golf, dinner and one hole sponsor, Silver for $100, which includes one hole sponsor and bronze for $100, which includes dinner.

 

All the proceeds benefit local agencies.

 

Contact 740-383-3108 or visit united way wyandot dot org for more information and registration forms.

 

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One Man Stabbed in Altercation in Findlay on Sunday

 

 
Two people were injured in an altercation Sunday afternoon in Findlay.
 
According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, the incident occurred in the parking lot of Planet Fitness on Tiffin Avenue in the city.
 
Two Findlay men, ages 32 and 41, got into a fight when one of the men stabbed the other several times.
 
The stabbing victim was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. The other man transported himself to the emergency room of the hospital for treatment.
 
No other information, including the names of the men, is being released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.

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Logan County Veterans Recently Visit Nation's Capital

 

Several Logan County veterans recently took a trip to Washington DC.

 

49 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans made the trip.

 

 

Veterans saluting the wreath laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

They left the Bellefontaine fairgrounds after a brief ceremony and were escorted through Bellefontaine by over 50 motorcycles.

 

After arriving in the nation's capital, the veterans group went to Arlington Cemetery where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 

Korean War Veterans

 

 

 

WWII Veterans

 

 

They also visited numerous other sites as well during the trip.

 

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Indian Lake Fall Fest Taking Place This Weekend

 

The 38th Annual Fall Festival starts today and continues through the weekend at the Indian Lake State Park.

 

The event is co-sponsored by the Indian Lake Development Corporation.

 

Those attending can camp or just visit for the day.

 

The festival highlights many craft vendors that are set up around the park as well as food vendors and lots of activities for the kids as well.

 

The event is free to attend and entertainment is happening daily.

 

The hours are today 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.  

 

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Motorists Reminded to Use Caution at Indian Lake Construction Zone

 

The spillway of the Indian Lake dam adjacent to Ohio Route 366 is an active construction zone.

 

The work area and job site construction trailer lot across the road from the spillway are closed to the public.

 

Boaters and anglers on or near the water should stay clear of the work site.

 

The spillway replacement and dam improvements project will be completed in the spring 2018.

 

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Ben Logan Boys Finish 3rd in Golf Tournament on Thursday

 

The Ben Logan boys golf team finished 3rd Thursday in the Mad River Division of the CBC.

 

Graham won the event with a 346, followed by Urbana 354, Ben Logan 365, NW 365, Indian Lake 432.

 

For the Raiders Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts led the way with 83, Garrett Allen 97, Bryce Loomis and Carter Stewart both shot 102, and Gavin Clay 112. Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts both earned 1st team honors, Garrett Allen 2nd team honors, and Will Kenoyer won the Sportsmanship award.

 

Next up is the Sectional tournament next Tuesday at Reid Park in Springfield.

 

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Auglaize County Man Killed in Crash in Van Wert County

 

An Auglaize County man was killed in a crash that occurred on US 30 Wednesday morning in Van Wert County.

 

According to a release from the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 63 year old Bert Helsel, of Minster, was driving west on 30 and began to slow for traffic in front of him. His car was struck from behind by a semi being operated by a Florida man. Helsel's car was then pushed into the semi in front of him.

 

Helsel was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner.

 

The westbound lanes of US 30 were temporarily closed while the scene was being cleared.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Large Fireworks Placed Inside Mailboxes in Rural Wyandot County

 

Fireworks were placed inside mailboxes at two locations on State Highway 37 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, the incidents were reported at houses in the 19,000 and 20,000 blocks of 37.

 

The report stated roman candle firecrackers were placed inside the roadside mailboxes and were detonated.

 

The incidents are under investigation.

 

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Logan County Residents Report Scam Phone Calls

 

Some Logan County residents have been getting scam phone calls regarding jury duty.

 

WPKO Radio is Bellefontaine reported that the scammer is calling residents using phone numbers that appear to be from the Logan County Jail or Bellefontaine Police Department.

 

The caller claims there is a warrant for the residents arrest for failing to report to jury duty.

 

The person receiving the call is then asked to confirm personal information and meet them at the jail to pay bond.

 

Residents are being asked to disregard such requests and hang up.

 

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Armed Robbery Reported in Findlay

 

An armed robbery was reported at a Findlay business this week.

 

WFIN Radio reported that two men walked into the 777 Games of Skill Internet Cafe this past Tuesday night and pulled out handguns.

A woman in the business was shoved to the floor, and the two intruders fled after taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

The investigation continues by the Findlay Police Department.

 

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Upper Sandusky Beats Tiffin Columbian in Girls Tennis

 
Upper Sandusky beat Tiffin Columbian 3 to 2 Wednesday afternoon in girls tennis action.
 
The Rams are now 6 and 5 on the season. 
 
1S- Brooke Smith (C) def Sydney Schryer 6-3, 6-1
2S- Mady West (US) def Katie Smith 6-3, 6-2
3S- Casey Knutsen (C) def Emma Schoenberger 7-6(7-5), 6-2
1D- Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def Sophie Crist/ Marina Pennycuff 6-3, 6-2
2D- Sam Fagan/ Lyndsey McQuown def Alexis Smith/ Linzi Boos 6-0, 6-0
 
Abby Davidson won a JV Singles match 6-2. 
 
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "Nice to win three in a row for a winning streak here. We played well in spots today and I fee like we won the matches we should have won. Columbian had some good singles players and a very nice first doubles team as well. The Smalley girls are kind of rolling now and have settled into a nice rhythm as a team. 
 
Lyndsey McQuown and Sam Fagan won their third straight 2D match today also. 
 
"We feel like our winning recipe is if we can get those two wins and then try and win one of the singles matches. Today it was Mady West and she played great. At this level it's a team sport and a 3-2 win is the same as a 5-0 win,"  said Coach Frazee.

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10 Ohio Community Colleges Participating in State Apprenticeship Program

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – September 20, 2017 – A unique partnership between ApprenticeOhio and 10 community colleges across the state is making it easier for Ohio students to pursue careers in well-paying industries that need workers.

 

The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium will provide tuition reimbursement to participating students for completing pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in occupations identified by local businesses as needing workers. The programs combine classroom and on-the-job training to help apprentices learn the skills employers need, in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, computer programming, construction, health care and business services.

 

“Students are full-time employees from day one of their apprenticeships, and they graduate college debt-free,” said Cynthia Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which manages ApprenticeOhio. “Employers gain ready access to a stream of qualified employees, and those employees earn good wages: as much as $60,000 a year.”

 

“ApprenticeOhio affords students the unique opportunity to earn while they learn without accruing college debt,” said Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “The benefit to businesses is clear – they can develop a skilled and productive workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century workplace.”

 

The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The following educational institutions are participating:

 

Columbus State Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Edison State Community College

Lorain County Community College

Marion Technical College

North Central State College

Rhodes State College

Sinclair Community College

Stark State College

Washington State Community College

 

“I am pleased with the level of participation from our community colleges in this unique endeavor with ApprenticeOhio,” said Chancellor John Carey. “Partnering with businesses in different regions of the state is the best way to ensure that students are being placed in in-demand jobs, and the businesses are getting students who are prepared for a successful career.”

 

 

“It’s vital that we support student learning through work-based and apprenticeship experiences. These kinds of engaged learning experiences are powerful and support student success in further education or in the workplace – oftentimes leading to well-paying jobs,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “Enormous opportunity exists for Ohio's businesses to partner with educators in setting students up for lifelong success while developing our state's future workforce.”

 

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Race For a Cure Scheduled Saturday in Findlay

 

The 5th Annual Susan G. Koman Race for a Cure is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Findlay.

 

The race will start at 7 Saturday morning from the Blanchard Valley Hospital campus.

 

The race will be held rain or shine.

 

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University of Findlay Working to Become Tobacco-Free Campus

 

The University of Findlay announced that it has received a $15,500 grant from the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative.

 

The initiative is designed to help create the nation’s first tobacco-free generation and help reduce the number of people who get sick and die from tobacco-related disease by reducing tobacco use among college students.

 

The University of Findlay, which was one of 44 schools nationwide to receive funding, intends to use the money to develop a plan for the entire campus to become tobacco-free.

 

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