Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


Inspections of damaged homes start
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors have begun looking at flood-damaged homes in Findlay, after federal flood aid was approved.
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Flooding shows need for city building code, mayor asserts
That most controversial of topics -- a residential building code for Findlay-- is back.
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City government projects huge bill for flood damages
Last week's flooding caused between $20 million and $31 million worth of damage to city-owned facilities, Findlay Service Director Mike Sobczyk said Tuesday.
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County schools not changing schedule
Students in Hancock County schools will begin their school year on time Tuesday.
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Last week's flood adds to county farmers' woes
After being hit by a drought earlier this year, all the rain in recent weeks has further diminished local farmers' chances for a decent harvest.
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County OKs flood-related expenditures
The Hancock County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized spending some of the first county dollars on last week's flood.
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Putnam County lifts boil advisory
OTTAWA — The boil water advisory was lifted Tuesday afternoon for customers in the villages of Ottawa, Glandorf, Miller City and the Putnam County Water District.
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Mosquitoes worry village officials
BLUFFTON — Village officials in Bluffton are concerned that standing water left from last week's deluge will foster a favorable environment for mosquitoes.
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Damaged vehicles sold off at auction
One hundred cars ruined by last week’s flood at Treadway Chrysler Dodge, west of Findlay on U.S. 224, are being auctioned off in Detroit.
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Flooding causes closing of YMCA
The downtown branch of the Findlay Family YMCA, 300 E. Lincoln St., which has been closed this week for regular maintenance, will be closed at least an additional week to handle repairs to the basement of the facility, which was damaged by the floodwaters.
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All Marathon buildings reopen
All Marathon headquarter buildings in downtown Findlay, which had been affected by flooding, will reopen Wednesday.
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Ready for an elephant ear? Hancock fair kicks off
Thanks to an army of workers and volunteers, the Hancock County Fair kicks off today on schedule despite extensive flooding experienced at the fairgrounds last week.
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21 Hancock County teens bidding to be fair royalty
A total of 21 Hancock County teens are competing for the title of Junior Fair king and queen at the 2007 Hancock County Fair.
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Filing deadline passes for November election
The filing deadline for candidates and issues for the November ballot passed on Monday, a few days later than normal thanks to last week's flooding.
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Teenager may avoid prison time for hammer attack
A Crawford County teenager who was indicted here in 2005 after attacking his father with a hammer in Madison Township may end up avoiding prison for the crime.
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Local congregations affected by flooding
Homes and businesses weren't the only ones hard hit by the flood of '07. Several churches were also damaged when muddy water from the Blanchard River poured into Findlay last week.
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Inspections of damaged homes start

By DENISE GRANT

Staff Writer

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors have begun looking at flood-damaged homes in Findlay, after federal flood aid was approved.

Homes in Findlay's Defiance Avenue area were among those inspected Tuesday.

The inspectors are looking at the homes of flood victims who have registered with FEMA. To register, people must call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or apply online at www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm (Accompanying graphic shows details on how to register, and the available federal aid).

Individuals and businesses have to register with FEMA to be eligible for federal aid.

The inspections are required by FEMA before federal flood aid is distributed, and come at no cost to homeowners.



Flood plain

Meanwhile, more teams of inspectors will begin moving through neighborhoods in Findlay's 100-year flood plain today, working to identify homes that received "substantial damage" in the flooding.

On Tuesday, the Ohio Building Officials Association volunteered to assemble inspection teams to perform these inspections. Each member of the inspection team will have a City of Findlay picture identification.

FEMA defines "substantial damage" as damage that will cost at least 50 percent of the market value of the structure to repair.

Repairs to structures with "substantial damage" must conform with current FEMA requirements, and could include: elevating the structure above the base flood elevation; filling in the basement; and elevating all heating, cooling and electrical systems.



Permit needed

FEMA requires residents of the flood plain to have a flood development permit before repair or reconstruction of a home begins using federal money.

Fees for these permits have been waived. The permit requirement applies to all affected structures in the flood plain, not just those with substantial damage.

Most homes affected by the Aug. 21-22 flooding in Findlay are in the 100-year flood plain.

Todd M. Richard, zoning inspection officer for the City of Findlay, said it is likely that these properties will flood again.

"There are methods to repair and reconstruct your building that could reduce the extent of future damage. The zoning office will gladly discuss these options," Richard said.

To apply for a permit, or to verify that a structure is located within the flood plain, Findlay residents should contact the city's zoning office at 419-424-7108.

Residents outside the city should contact the Hancock County Engineer's Office at 419-422-7433.

Residents must have the permit before federal money will be spent for any repairs made to roofs, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring or any electrical, plumbing, heating or air conditioning components.

Any commercial property, or multifamily dwellings containing four or more units, must contact Wood County Building Inspections at 419-354-9190 for building permit requirements. Permit applications and additional information are available online at http://wcbinspect.co.wood.oh.us.

In order to apply for a permit, homeowners must submit a damage estimate from an adjuster or certified appraiser, or two itemized estimates from a contractor, and an appraised value of the home before the flood damage.

The tax appraised value from the Hancock County Auditor's Web site is also acceptable. The address for the Web site is www.hancock.iviewauditor.com.

Homeowners may continue to secure and clean buildings without the permit, however. That would include removing and disposing of damaged contents, carpeting, wall board and insulation. Holes in roofs, walls, windows or doors may also be covered. Homeowners may also remove sagging ceilings and shore up broken foundations so that the building is safe to enter.



Loss estimates climb

While there is no final figure yet, flood losses in Hancock County are already topping $8 million, according to preliminary figures released by the American Red Cross on Tuesday. There is no word as to when the final damage assessment will be available.

Those final figures will be important. The federal government will use them to establish what type of help will be made available to the six Northwest Ohio counties included in Monday's federal disaster declaration.

The six counties included in the disaster declaration include Hancock, Putnam, Wyandot, Allen, Crawford and Richland.

Steve Odenweller, director of Putnam County's Emergency Management Agency, was relieved to hear the news of the federal disaster declaration.

"This will be a huge assistance to our citizens. It's something the affected area has been looking for, and maybe give a ray of light at the end of the tunnel," said Odenweller. "Now, maybe the community will be able to start the rebuilding process a little easier."



FEMA center?

One or more "disaster recovery centers" were supposed to be established by FEMA within 24 hours of Monday's disaster declaration. The centers provide a site where people can ask questions in person.

However, there was no announcement made by FEMA as to the location of those recovery centers on Tuesday, and several calls placed to FEMA by the Courier were not returned.

Scam warning

The Putnam County Office of Public Safety was warning Tuesday that residents in flood-affected areas have been receiving phone calls from people identifying themselves as FEMA representatives, and requesting personal information as part of a scam.

Residents should be aware that only those who already have made an application for assistance would be contacted by phone, and actual FEMA representatives will not request personal information. The only contact on the phone made by a legitimate FEMA representative will be to schedule a house visit.

Legitimate FEMA representatives visiting residents' homes will have proper FEMA clothing and will present proper FEMA photo identification.

Contact staff writer Denise Grant at:

(419) 427-8412

denisegrant@thecourier.com

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Flooding shows need for city building code, mayor asserts

By JOHN GRABER

STAFF WRITER

That most controversial of topics -- a residential building code for Findlay-- is back.

Mayor Tony Iriti never thought he would see the day, but he strongly urged city council Tuesday night to approve a residential building code for one-, two- and three-family homes.

The council meeting was held Tuesday because the Aug. 21 meeting was postponed due to the recent flooding.

A residential building code would give certified building inspectors (as many as 20 of whom are coming to town this week to inspect flood damage) a “baseline to determine if a building is substantially damaged,” Iriti said.

Once a code took effect, it would also ensure that electrical wiring in homes damaged by flooding was properly inspected.

Without a residential building code, the city has no authority to require that electrical systems be inspected.

“This is one area we are really behind the eight ball, in not having a residential building code,” Iriti said after the meeting.

He also asked council to look at seriously beefing up restrictions on building within the 100-year flood plain.

Among the recommendations he voiced Tuesday, Iriti proposed that all water retention ponds be built to handle a 100-year flood rather than the “substantial storm” that the city code currently requires.

Iriti admitted these are desperate measures, but said these are desperate times.

“It’s an historic period,” Iriti said. “If we’re going to be serious about flood mitigation, it goes beyond flood walls and levies.”

Council responded by requesting that Findlay Law Director Dave Hackenberg prepare legislation to adopt the statewide residential building code. Council asked that the ordinance be prepared for next Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

State law requires that any residential building code adopted by local communities mirror the state building code.

“It won’t help us immediately, but (the flooding) proves we need it for the future of this community,” Iriti said.

A residential building code has long been a source of contention in Findlay. City council tried to enact residential building codes in 1980 and 1993, only to have voters repeal them both times by referendum.

More recently, an ad hoc committee appointed to investigate the idea of a residential building code disbanded last March after spending a year on the subject without being able to come up with a recommendation on whether Findlay should have one.

In the end, its only recommendation was to place the issue on the ballot.

Sixth Ward Councilman Bill Schedel, who chaired the ad hoc committee, was extremely disappointed with the outcome of all that work.

“The reason I still haven’t filed my report is because I was so flabbergasted by the (committee) vote,” Schedel, who was not present at Tuesday’s meeting, said during a telephone interview.

Iriti’s recommendation was good news to Schedel.

“It’s ... clear to me after this last week that it’s very important to have (a residential building code) in place,” Schedel said. “To build in certain places just doesn’t make any sense and I think a building code would rectify a lot of problems that arise when people build in these areas.”

Findlay currently has no building code for residential structures consisting of three or fewer units.

Commercial structures, and buildings consisting of four or more residential units, are covered by the state building code. Wood County handles inspections of those buildings in Findlay and Hancock County.

Schedel noted that having Wood County inspectors coming down to Findlay to handle all of the commercial properties hit by the flooding “is just not a very efficient method of taking care of business.”

The real trick is going to be funding a building department, Schedel said.

Iriti figures some responsibilities can be contracted out, but other duties will be required so frequently that it just makes since to have them performed by city employees.

Schedel’s ad hoc committee estimated it would take about $350,000 a year to run a building department. However, Findlay already pays Wood County $200,000 to handle commercial building inspections in town.

Councilman-at-Large Randy Ward said he’s going to withhold forming an opinion on the building code until he sees exactly what restrictions Iriti wants to add to the regulations governing building in the flood plain.

“The building code will be cut and dried; I just want to see the flood legislation that’s attached to it,” Ward said.

In other business Tuesday, council voted 8-0 to provide police and fire service to an operation center that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is establishing at 1200 Commerce Parkway. The facility is actually outside city limits, but FEMA officials requested city services for the facility.

Contact staff writer John Graber at: (419) 427-8417 johngraber@thecourier.com

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City government projects huge bill for flood damages

By JOHN GRABER

STAFF WRITER

Last week's flooding caused between $20 million and $31 million worth of damage to city-owned facilities, Findlay Service Director Mike Sobczyk said Tuesday.

That includes between $700,000 and $800,000 in damage to the city health department, and the Anchor Community Center is a total loss.

The municipal building's basement was flooded, and the wastewater treatment plant sustained some serious damage as well.

Rolling stock — city-owned trucks and vehicles — were also damaged.

And the extent of the damage to the city's water and sewer systems is as yet unknown.

In another flood-related matter, Mayor Tony Iriti got word Tuesday that the city's application for a $289,000 federal grant, to purchase five flood-prone properties on High Street and Linden Avenue that were damaged during last winter's flooding — has been approved. The grant requires an $89,000 match from the city.

"A 100-year-flood really gets the gears of government moving," Iriti said.

City Council also had voted last spring to spend $13,500 of general fund money to purchase a home in the flood plain owned by Bob and Debra Farthing.

Meanwhile, Iriti met with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official on Monday afternoon. The Corps has reallocated $100,000 to begin the initial phase of a Blanchard River flood mitigation study.

"He said once his higher-ups saw things on CNN, they realized we have to move this to one of the front burners," Iriti said.

That money will be used only to determine the scope of the project.

The full study is expected to cost about $600,000. The federal government will pick up about $350,000 of that. Findlay, and any other local government entities interested in participating, will have to come up with the remaining $250,000.

However, that's just for the study. Actual construction costs for a mitigation effort also will be split, with 65 percent covered by the federal government and 35 percent coming from local governments.

In another flood-related matter, Sobczyk noted that garbage collection crews had completed one full sweep of the city on Tuesday and will begin a second round this morning.

Contact staff writer John Graber at:

(419) 427-8417

johngraber@thecourier.com

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County schools not changing schedule

By DENISE GRANT

Staff Writer

Students in Hancock County schools will begin their school year on time Tuesday.

The county schools, which normally operate on a common calendar with Findlay City Schools, will begin the school year one week ahead of the city schools.

The city school board announced Monday that it would delay the start of the school year by one week, with students to begin classes on Sept. 10.

The delay will allow the city schools and the city itself to continue recovery efforts from last week's flooding.

It is estimated that it could cost more than $1 million to repair the damages to Central Middle School, 200 W. Main Cross St. On Monday, Superintendent Dean Wittwer also said he was concerned with the amount of debris still lining city streets. He said children walking to school might be tempted to handle the trash.

Also operating on the one-week delay will be the Millstream Career Cooperative and St. Michael School.

The city schools provide transportation for St. Michael School.

Millstream provides career training for students from four counties, including Hancock, Putnam, Wyandot and Hardin counties.

An orientation scheduled for Millstream students at 6 p.m. today will still be held. Millstream students can report to the school between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to have their school pictures taken.

Students who attend Millstream will attend their home school district for one week, until Millstream opens on Sept. 10.



Arlington damage

With the exception of Arlington Schools, Hancock County schools were left unscathed by the flooding.

In Arlington, Superintendent Kevin Haught said there was only minor flooding inside and outside of the school building.

He said the outside flooding did not affect operations.

One room inside of the school had about 4 inches of water.

"We have cleaned up that room, removed the carpet and thrown away some teaching materials. It will not cause us any problems for the start of school," he said.

Arlington Schools will have to redirect some bus routes until repairs can be made to local bridges that were damaged in the flood.

In McComb, the school buildings were left untouched by the flooding.

"Our staff is pulling together to assist some of our teachers and staff members who suffered losses in the floods," said Superintendent Michael Lamb.

Van Buren Schools also had staff members who had to deal with minor flooding in their homes.

The school buildings in that district were not affected by the flood.

Contact staff writer Denise Grant at:

(419) 427-8412

denisegrant@thecourier.com

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Last week's flood adds to county farmers' woes

By JIM MAURER

Staff Writer

After being hit by a drought earlier this year, all the rain in recent weeks has further diminished local farmers' chances for a decent harvest.

The County Emergency Board (CEB), which includes local agriculture officials, met last week and developed a preliminary "loss assessment report" for all county crops, according to Steve Inbody, Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director.

The report was submitted to Columbus for review and will eventually be forwarded to the federal government.

Local officials don't yet know the actual amount of crop damage, Inbody said, and the assessment report will be updated as additional information becomes available.

The CEB will meet again next week to further evaluate the crop loss situation, he added.

A federal crop disaster declaration hasn't yet been issued for the nine Northwest Ohio counties most affected by the flooding, according to Inbody.

However, the state has been declared a federal disaster area by President George Bush, which makes property owners eligible for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Local officials don't know what assistance programs will be available to farmers.

Usually, low-interest loans are made available to farmers when a crop disaster is declared, or assistance may be available through a crop disaster program.

Parameters of any crop disaster program would be included in the report that declares a federal crop disaster.

Christina Reed, public relations officer for Ohio FSA in Columbus, said it may be a month before a crop disaster is declared by President Bush.

Once that declaration is made, farmers will have eight months to file the necessary paperwork for aid.

While farmers may already visit the local FSA office at 7868 County Road 140 to begin the process, Reed said, it can't be finalized until after the fall harvest because the application requires production harvest records.

And it may be several years before funds actually become available, she said. The Ohio FSA just recently was notified of funds available for the 2005-2006 crop years.



Local crop losses

Local potato grower Steve Stone, a third-generation farmer, said six inches of rain received in the Vanlue area last week destroyed about 50 percent of his 250-acre crop.

Rick Bright, who lives east of Findlay, also suffered extensive losses to his tomato crop from the flooded conditions. Bright didn't return telephone calls left at his residence.

For Stone, the loss will be about $300,000, he said during a telephone interview.

He had started the harvest earlier this month and found it to be one of his best potato crops ever, but then the rain fell.

The top row of potatoes was good, he said, but now, digging three or four inches down in the soil reveals nothing but rotted vegetables.

Potatoes don't like being under water for more than 24 hours. "They have to breathe," Stone said.

While he lost much of his Vanlue area crop, fields planted near Carey survived the wet conditions, Stone said, and will produce 300 to 350 100-pound bags of potatoes per acre.

He sells all his crop to Ballreich's Potato Chips & Snacks, Tiffin.

For Stone, it's a repeat of 1980-1981 when heavy rains wiped out much of his potato crop. He then planted carrots, but lost that crop, too.

"It took a while to get out of that hole," Stone recalled. "It's either feast or famine."

He farms about 1,400 acres and most of the remainder of his acreage was planted in soybeans this year, which suffered damage from the drought earlier in the year.

Gary Wilson, Hancock County's extension agent, said this week that across the county, an additional 10 percent — or nearly 20,000 acres — of the corn and soybean crop, previously hard hit by dry conditions, have now been ruined by the wet conditions.

In late July, after three months of drought-like conditions, local agriculture officials were predicting the corn harvest would be about 50 percent of normal, while the soybean harvest would be about 80 percent of normal.

The flood damage now makes the harvest look even bleaker.

Wilson, who has been spending a lot of time talking to national media since the flood, said any fields located next to a water source, such as the Blanchard River, are a total loss.

Generally, if field crops are totally submerged in floodwater for more than 24 hours, they are considered a total loss, he added.



Garden warning

Likewise, if local garden produce was submerged in floodwater for more than 24 hours, it should be thrown away, Wilson said.

If it was sitting in water at all, it should not be eaten raw, he added, but boiled before being eaten.

Sweet corn should be edible, if the water was only up on the stalk and didn't reach the corn ear, he added.

"This year will be remembered as the year of the drought and the flood," he said. "Catastrophes or extremes (in weather conditions) don't make my job any easier."

Contact Staff Writer Jim Maurer at:

(419) 427-8420

jimmaurer@thecourier.com

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County OKs flood-related expenditures

By MICHELLE REITER

STAFF WRITER

The Hancock County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized spending some of the first county dollars on last week's flood.

Several thousand dollars will be spent on flood-related emergency expenses such as modular buildings, housing prisoners out of county during the flood, and renovating county offices.

These early expenses are only the start: Hancock County Commissioner Ed Ingold said damages to county facilities are likely to add up to more than $1 million when all the costs are tallied.

A rough estimate for the entire county, including bridge repairs, and damages sustained by townships and villages, is likely to look more like $42 million, officials said.

The county hopes to receive some money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as state aid.



Flood assistance line

Hancock County has launched a Flood Assistance Line at 419-423-1432 in the United Way offices.

Anyone who needs any kind of assistance other than from the Red Cross, Job & Family Services and FEMA should call this line, which is designed to put flood victims in contact with local service organizations offering help.

Personnel answering the lines at the Flood Assistance Line will help determine residents' needs and direct them to the right agencies.

Transportation services are also available through HATS at 419-423-7261.

Meanwhile, the Hancock County Engineer's Office has closed a bridge on Township Road 38 in Union Township after it was deemed unsafe.

Inspections of bridges to assess flood damage have been completed.

Hancock County officials will continue to work throughout the week to get all the needed temporary modular units to house county offices that have been displaced up and running.

Officials expect that Hancock County offices should be fully operational by the end of the week.

At the end of the week, the chairman of the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is scheduled to tour the county and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, has asked for a tour also.

Contact Staff Writer Michelle Reiter at:

(419) 427-8497

michellereiter@thecourier.com

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Putnam County lifts boil advisory

OTTAWA — The boil water advisory was lifted Tuesday afternoon for customers in the villages of Ottawa, Glandorf, Miller City and the Putnam County Water District.

The boil advisory had been in effect since last week to allow for testing to ensure that the water supply was not contaminated by last week's flood.

Samples indicated no problems and none are expected, according to the Putnam County Office of Public Safety. Water usage by residents may now go back to normal.

The flood affected 997 structures in the county, according to the public safety office, including 595 houses, 77 duplexes, 17 trailers, 122 apartments, 181 commercial buildings, 24 governmental offices and five schools. A damage estimate is not yet available.

The county also reported that about 400 people were displaced by flooding.

With Putnam County's designation as a disaster area, residents and businesses who suffered flood damage are being encouraged to register for federal assistance with Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.fema.gov.

Flood debris pickup is continuing in Ottawa, with crews planning to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday. All items, including household hazardous waste materials will be picked up.

Flood trash bins will also be located on U.S. 224, on the eastern edge of town across from the Ottawa Veterinary Clinic, 4084 E. Main St., for homeowners outside of the village limits.

The county's transfer station will also be accepting flood debris. It is located at 11508 Road H-11.

The local Red Cross chapter reported Tuesday that 18 people were still being housed in its shelter, and about 700 people were fed meals on Monday.

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Mosquitoes worry village officials

By ERIC SCHAADT

Staff Writer

BLUFFTON — Village officials in Bluffton are concerned that standing water left from last week's deluge will foster a favorable environment for mosquitoes.

Village workers have been preoccupied with collecting flood-related trash set curbside by Bluffton homeowners.

The village is now asking residents to get rid of areas of standing water on their properties.

An influx of mosquitoes is being anticipated with the current warm and damp weather conditions, according to Assistant Village Administrator Nancy Benroth.

"Any tiny amount of water allows them the to hatch," Ms. Benroth said Tuesday. "It doesn't take much."

To that end, the village is suggesting that residents dump out standing water from outdoor buckets, old tires, wading pools, old flower pots or other similar items.

Breeding grounds can include standing water in garages.

Ms. Benroth said the village started spraying for mosquitoes last week.

Next week, the workers will place pellets throughout the village designed to kill mosquito larvae in its early stages of life.

Village manpower has been kept busy with cleanup after the storm.

Curbside collection continues as soggy trash is being collected in dumpsters provided under a contract with Allied Waste of Findlay.

The assistant administrator said she expects even more flood debris to be discarded as homeowners see additional damage.

"We have no idea how intense the repairs will be," she added.

Flooring, cupboards and drywalls might be next to be ripped out.

Other flood developments in Bluffton include:

• A tetanus shot clinic will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Bluffton Baptist Church on Countyline Road.

Other service agencies will be available at the church to offer assistance, and a public meeting for those with questions will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

The Allen County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities will provide busing from the downtown area at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. to the church.

• Today and Thursday at 10 a.m., transportation will be available from the Community Market on Vance Street, which was closed due to high water, to assist those needing transportation to Ray's Supermarket and Wal-Mart, both in Lima.

Contact staff writer Eric Schaadt at:

(419) 427-8414

ericschaadt@thecourier.com

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Damaged vehicles sold off at auction

By LOU WILIN

STAFF WRITER

One hundred cars ruined by last week’s flood at Treadway Chrysler Dodge, west of Findlay on U.S. 224, are being auctioned off in Detroit.

The vehicles will be purchased at a “rock bottom” price because buyers will know about their flood history, Treadway dealership president and owner Nelson Treadway said Tuesday.

About 30 were to be auctioned off Tuesday, and another 20 were scheduled to go soon.

Some buyers will drive the vehicles; others will dismantle them for the parts, according to Treadway.

Last week, Treadway estimated that 150 vehicles were ruined when water ascended to their doors and hoods. On Tuesday, he said the loss will be about 100 cars.

He hopes federal disaster relief will be coming. Besides the cars, Treadway lost $100,000 in parts. Also being replaced at the dealership are carpeting, computers, furniture and drywall. Some business records also were lost.

“We absolutely can’t cover the loss without help from somebody,” Treadway said.

Treadway has no insurance for flood damage.

“We had no warning and we never had this problem before,” he said.

About 10 new 2008 vehicles have arrived at the lot from Chrysler and 30 more are on the way. But those are not gifts. Treadway had ordered those before the flood, he said.

Contact staff writer Lou Wilin at: (419) 427-8413 louwilin@thecourier.com

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Flooding causes closing of YMCA

The downtown branch of the Findlay Family YMCA, 300 E. Lincoln St., which has been closed this week for regular maintenance, will be closed at least an additional week to handle repairs to the basement of the facility, which was damaged by the floodwaters.

Electricity has been shut off to the facility, which is utilizing portable generators. Power is expected to be restored next week. The facility will open once the telephone system, computer system and air conditioning unit all can be made operational.

However, the YMCA east branch on Manor Hill Road is open regular hours.

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All Marathon buildings reopen

All Marathon headquarter buildings in downtown Findlay, which had been affected by flooding, will reopen Wednesday.

All Marathon workers are to report to work Wednesday, according to a Marathon public relations employee.

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Ready for an elephant ear? Hancock fair kicks off

Thanks to an army of workers and volunteers, the Hancock County Fair kicks off today on schedule despite extensive flooding experienced at the fairgrounds last week.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. today at the flagpole, followed by a variety of open class and Junior Fair project judging.

Hungry fairgoers who haven't already stuffed themselves with elephant ears and soft pretzels may want to keep the baked goods auction in mind at the Grange building at 5 p.m., and then head over to the north grandstand for the Junior Fair king and queen coronation and county band show.

Plenty of other activities will take place today, too, from the open special draft horse show at the north grandstand at 1 p.m., to adult swine showmanship at 8:30 p.m., to the Sojourner Quartet in the gospel pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

Today is designated as Senior Citizens and Veterans Day at the fair. Adults 60 and over and veterans will be admitted for only $2.

Daily fair admission costs $7, which will admit one adult and the children of the family who are 15 and under.

On the Labor Day weekend, the sound of dehumidifiers and fans that residents have become used to — thanks to flooding throughout the city last week — will be replaced by roaring tractors.

A National Tractor Pullers Association-sanctioned pull will take place at the south grandstand at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the traditional truck/tractor pulls will begin at noon Sunday in the south grandstand.

The fair will run through Monday.



Today at the fair

7-9 a.m. — Gates open for livestock.

8 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show, north grandstand; Junior Fair swine show, south show arena.

9 a.m. — Opening ceremonies at flag pole; Open class judging in Grange building (farm products, horticulture, woodworking, domestic arts and crafts, hobbies, collections, Granges and baking department); Junior Fair booth judging, youth building; Judging of Junior Fair FFA, home economics in education building.

10 a.m. — Junior Fair poultry judging, poultry barn; Junior Fair rabbit showmanship, Brown Show Arena; Horseshoe pitching (Hancock County residents only); Junior Fair dog show in show tent.

1 p.m. — Open special draft horse show, north grandstand.

2 p.m. — 4-H In Action; Weigh-in Junior Fair market lambs in steer barn.

3 p.m. — Big Cat Encounter.

5 p.m. — Baked goods auction, Grange building.

6 p.m. — Photography judging.

6:30 p.m. — Junior Fair king and queen coronation, followed by county band show, north grandstand.

7 p.m. — Big Cat Encounter.

7:30 p.m. — Sojourner Quartet in gospel pavilion.

8:30 p.m. — Adult swine showmanship followed by band show.

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21 Hancock County teens bidding to be fair royalty

A total of 21 Hancock County teens are competing for the title of Junior Fair king and queen at the 2007 Hancock County Fair.

The winners will be announced tonight.

Vying for the position of queen are: Andrea Mitchell, Findlay High School, daughter of Dave and Denise Mitchell; Danielle Achten, Bowling Green State University, daughter of Todd and Lisa Achten; A. Destiny Adams, Liberty-Benton High School, daughter of Tom Miller and Andrea Adams-Miller; Lacy Allen, Van Buren High School, daughter of John and Chris Allen; Lynae Anspach, University of Northwestern Ohio, daughter of Lori Anspach; Michelle Brown, OSU ATI, daughter of Roger and Cindy Brown; Katie Cole, Cory-Rawson High School, daughter of Bill and Jane Cole; Ashley Gerten, Cory-Rawson, daughter of James and Elizabeth Gerten; Beth James, Arcadia High School, daughter of Ed and Linda James; Hannah Kimmel, Arlington High School, daughter of Jerry and Beth Kimmel; Shanna Martinez, Van Buren High School, daughter of Sheila Martinez; Emily Meents, Arlington High School, daughter of John and Peg Meents; Holli Payne, Owens Community College, daughter of Jack and Marsha Payne; Kaleigh Schmehl, University of Findlay, daughter of Dan and Kelly Schmehl; Megan Siebeneck, home schooled, daughter of Steve and Debbie Siebeneck; Becky Wolford, University of Findlay, daughter of Randy and Brenda Fenstermaker, and Brian and Lisa Wolford; and Brooke Woodward, Cory-Rawson High School, daughter of Mike and Jill Woodward.

Competing to be king are: Robert Briggs-Snodgrass, Owens Community College, son of Larry Snodgrass and Connie Briggs-Snodgrass; Cory Bryan, Ohio Northern University, son of Jim and Stephanie Bryan; Calvin Ice, Ohio Northern University, son of Brent and Angela Ice; Mitch Wilson, Arlington High School, son of Gary and Mary Wilson.

The Junior Fair king and queen will be announced at 6:30 p.m. today at the north grandstand. The runners-up will serve as prince and princess.

The contest is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 18 who is a member of any youth organization represented by the Junior Fair board: 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and Boys, Family Career Community Leaders of America, and Junior Achievement.

Winners are determined through interviews with a panel of judges.

The 2006 royalty were as follows: king, Travis Siferd; queen, Christine Noyles; prince, Ryan Stamper; and princess, Becky Wolford.

This year's Junior Fair theme is "A Little Dirt Never Hurt." The officers for 2007 include: president, Lynae Anspach; vice president, Cory Bryan; secretary, Calvin Ice; assistant secretary, Becky Wolford; treasurer, Michelle Brown; and reporter, Ryan Stamper.

Department royalty

Also during activities today, members of the Junior Fair board and department royalty will be recognized.

The royalty include: Beef Queen Becky Wolford, Beef Princess Emily Warnimont, Dairy Princess Katie Cole, Pork Queen Beth James, Pork Princess Ashley Hunker, Goat King Mitch Wilson, Goat Queen Katie Borgelt, Goat Prince Cail Courtney, Goat Princess Ashley Siferd, Rabbit King Brandon Anspach, Rabbit Queen Amanda Breitigan, Rabbit Prince Dennis Crawford, Rabbit Princess Alexandra McGrain, Lamb and Wool Queen Kaleigh Schmehl, Horse King Caleb Parke, Horse Queen Kara Hancock, Horse Prince Logan Desgranges, Horse Princess Brandy Smith, Poultry King David Hoy, Poultry Queen Jamie Hassin, Poultry Prince Jacob Fenstermaker, Poultry Princess Emily Altvater, Dairy Feeder King Travis Glick, Dairy Feeder Queen Brooke Woodward, Dairy Feeder Princess Brittni Barker, Dairy Feeder Prince Jacob Elsea, and Canine Queen Andrea Mitchell.

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Filing deadline passes for November election

The filing deadline for candidates and issues for the November ballot passed on Monday, a few days later than normal thanks to last week's flooding.

The deadline was scheduled to be last Thursday. With their office rendered unusable by flooding, Hancock County Board of Elections workers were forced to move to the county Agricultural Center to collect petitions.

Several village offices will be contested this November, including village mayors and fiscal officers in those villages where it is an elected position. Two council seats are also up for grabs in each village.

In the townships, one trustee and the fiscal officer will be elected in each township.

School board seats will also be up for election.

The Hancock County Educational Service Center board as well as individual school boards in the county will have two seats up for grabs on the November ballot, and the Findlay school board will have three full-term seats contested this fall as well as one unexpired term.

The following candidates have filed for the November election:

Village offices

Arcadia — mayor: Brian Fink, Kathleen Hengsteler; fiscal officer: none; council: Thomas Pessell, James Risner.

Arlington — mayor: Ed Solt; fiscal officer: none; council: Terry Huffman, Kristie Fox, Charles R. Hartman, Brian Essinger, Gregory Craven, Michael Best; Board of Public Affairs: Paul Beidelschies.

Benton Ridge — mayor: Marvin E. Kennedy Jr., Kevin Schoonover; fiscal officer: Wendy Gonso; council: John Bowser, Terry Putnam, Jeanette S. Walker.

Jenera — mayor: John Honse; fiscal officer: Rebecca Jones; council: Tracy S. Clinger, Donn Rieder.

McComb — mayor: Robert Schwab, Robin Rader; fiscal officer: Michaelann Rader; council: Sheila Clark, Robbie Quiroga, Dennis Turner Sr.

Mount Cory — mayor: Wade Melton; fiscal officer: Kay Woolley; council: John P. Clevidence, Dora Deane Faine;

Board of Public Affairs: John D. Cooper Sr.

Rawson — mayor: Corey Miracle; fiscal officer: Susan Lambert.

Van Buren — mayor: Ed May; fiscal officer: Myron Kauffman.

Township offices

Allen Township — trustee: Thomas Recker; fiscal officer: Mark J. Schimmoeller.

Amanda Township — trustee: David Bushong, Claren Walter; fiscal officer: Wanda Bushong.

Biglick Township — trustee: Gary D. George; fiscal officer: Janis Cole.

Blanchard Township — trustee: Sheldon David Devore, Richard Fenstermaker; fiscal officer: William Jones.

Cass Township — trustee: Ed James; fiscal officer: Helen Russell.

Delaware Township — trustee: Kevin Stauffer, Greg Stuckey; fiscal officer: Gary L. Brown, Judy Chester, Bonnie L. Miller.

Eagle Township — trustee: Roger Bower; fiscal officer: Rachel Rader.

Jackson Township — trustee: Merritt Von Stein; fiscal officer: Ronald Cornwell, Eldeen Rose.

Liberty Township — trustee: Herbert Stump, Hodd J. Moorhead; Wade Barger; fiscal officer: Melissa Laubacher.

Madison Township — trustee: H. Michael Miller; fiscal officer: Donald D. Steinman.

Marion Township — trustee: Bob Johnston, Mark Gazarek; fiscal officer: Jeanie Ploeger.

Orange Township — trustee: Thomas Green; fiscal officer: Clair Gallant.

Pleasant Township — trustee: Duane V. Laux; fiscal officer: Jackie Rader.

Portage Township — trustee: Gene Barker; fiscal officer: Kari Hutchinson, Shannon Dillon, William L. Rider.

Union Township — trustee: Gary Reichley; fiscal officer: Michael Frantz.

Van Buren — trustee: Howard Von Stein; fiscal officer: Lowell Rossman.

Washington — trustee: Dennis J. Holman; fiscal officer: Kelly A. Conine, Elden Bohn.

School boards

Findlay — Richard Hoffman, Barbara Lockard, Hal Paul, Anne Ricketts, Jeffrey Shrader; Barbara Dysinger for the unexpired term.

Hancock County Educational Services Center —

Glenn Brickman, Frederick Ziegman; Michael Stacy for an unexpired term.

McComb — John Dee, Audra Hammond, Nancy Orwick.

Arlington — Kristina Jolliff, Jeffrey Pepple, John Schroeder.

Cory-Rawson — Cynthia Wagner.

Arcadia — Jon Fleegle.

Liberty-Benton — Shawn McFarland, Dana Morgan, Scott Rhodes, Jeffrey Shadle.

Van Buren — Karen Flanagan, Chris McKinley

Issues

The village of Arcadia is asking for a 2.3-mill replacement levy for five years to provide funds for replacing, repairing, maintaining and improving the village's storm drainage system.

The Arlington Local School District is asking for an annual income tax of .50 percent for a continuing period of time to pay permanent improvement expenses, and to issue bonds to construct school facilities under the Ohio School Commissioner Classroom Facilities Assistance Program in the principal amount of $7,530,000 to be repaid annually for no longer than 28 years at 7.9 mills.

The Cory-Rawson Local School District is asking for the renewal of its .75 percent income tax for five years for current expenses. It is also asking for the replacement and decrease of 1.2 mills for a continuing period of time for the purpose of general permanent improvements.

Marion Township is asking for an amendment to the Marion Township zoning map, to change 22.963 acres of land from A-1 Agricultural to B-2 General Business.

The McComb Local School District is asking for bonds in the principal amount of $6.2 million for 28 years for the purpose of constructing, enlarging, renovating, remodeling, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving school district building and facilities, and acquiring, clearing and improving real estate for school purposes.

The North Baltimore Local School District is asking for the renewal of 2 mills for five years for the purpose of general permanent improvements, for a continuing period of time.

The Riverdale Local School District is asking for a renewal of its 1-percent income tax for three years for current expenses.

Liquor options

Red Hawk Run is asking for a D-2 liquor permit, which would authorize the on-and-off premise sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor Monday through Saturday. It's also asking for a D-3 liquor permit authorizing the on-premise sale of spirituous liquor Monday through Saturday.

Red Hawk Run is also asking for a D-6 liquor permit to sell wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor on Sunday between 10 a.m. and midnight.

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Teenager may avoid prison time for hammer attack

By J. STEVEN DILLON

STAFF WRITER

A Crawford County teenager who was indicted here in 2005 after attacking his father with a hammer in Madison Township may end up avoiding prison for the crime.

Ryan K. Christensen, 19, formerly of Sulpher Springs, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and will be sentenced Oct. 17 by Judge Reg Routson in Hancock County Common Plea Court.

But Christensen, who had originally faced an attempted murder charge with a firearm specification in connection with the Oct. 20, 2005 attack on his adoptive father, Mark A. Christensen, could now avoid a prison sentence and be placed on community control sanctions.

"It will depend on the pre-sentence investigation," County Prosecutor Mark Miller said. "We won't make a specific recommendation for prison. His sentence will be up to the court."

Christensen has been in custody about 17 months while the case has been pending. He is currently living with a family near Bucyrus, who posted bond on his behalf. He will remain out on bond until sentencing.

The case had been scheduled for trial Monday before a plea bargain was reached between Miller and Jerry McHenry, an assistant state public defender who represents Christensen.

McHenry had planned to raise a "battered child" defense had the case gone to trial.

Christensen, who was 17 at the time of the incident, had been ordered prosecuted as an adult after hearings in juvenile court in 2005.

According to testimony from the hearings in the case, Ryan and Mark Christensen had been driving through Hancock County from their home in Sulpher Springs when an altercation occurred near the former Bon Air Motel in Madison Township.

Ryan Christensen had been kicked out of the family home about a week before the incident, and had reportedly been disrespectful to his mother when he returned there Oct. 18. He asked his father to go for a ride to talk things over, and the two ended up traveling west on U.S. 30.

In Hancock County, near the intersection of Township Road 68, they stopped so Mark Christensen could have a cigarette. But after stepping out of the car, Mark Christensen said he noticed his son had a handgun.

The two wrestled with the 9mm handgun, which discharged once. No one was hit by the shot, but Mark Christensen said his son then chased after him and struck him in the head and body with a hammer.

Afterward, Ryan Christensen fled the scene in the vehicle, while Mark Christensen made his way to a nearby home for help. Ryan Christensen was located a short time later on U.S. 30, and was questioned and arrested.

Mark Christensen, then 45, was hospitalized and required eye surgery following the incident.

Ryan Christensen pleaded innocent to the attempted murder charge and the case appeared headed for trial, with McHenry suggesting in pretrial motions that his client would claim self-defense.

McHenry also indicated that an expert witness would provide testimony to support a possible battered child syndrome claim.

Battered child syndrome refers to injuries sustained by a child as a result of physical abuse, usually inflicted by an adult caregiver.

In arguing for funds to hire an expert on that issue earlier this year, McHenry said battered child syndrome is "closely akin" to battered woman or spouse syndrome, and can be a component of an affirmative defense of self-defense.

Christensen admitted to assaulting his father with a hammer, in statements made to a Hancock County sheriff's detective, but claimed that he was acting in self-defense. His prior attorney also suggested that Christensen has been abused by his father.

Miller said Monday the reduced charge was allowed in the case after consultation with the crime victim.

Christensen could receive up to eight years in prison on the conviction, but during Monday's hearing both Miller and McHenry told the court that putting the defendant on community control with a suspended prison term may be appropriate in the case.

Contact staff writer J. Steven Dillon at:

(419) 427-8423

stevedillon@thecourier.com

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Local congregations affected by flooding

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF

Staff Writer

Homes and businesses weren't the only ones hard hit by the flood of '07. Several churches were also damaged when muddy water from the Blanchard River poured into Findlay last week.

Greg Creech, pastor at St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 218 E. Sandusky St., said 4½ feet of water crept into the church's basement which houses the fellowship hall, kitchen, classrooms and restrooms.

This is the third time the church has flooded since December, said Creech.

"The other times, volunteers have been able to squeegee and Shop-Vac to keep the water in check until it receded, he said.

This time was different, however.

"We had about 50 volunteers down there Tuesday evening until about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. They managed to deal with the water for quite awhile. But at some point around midnight, we realized it was higher than normal," he said.

At that point, the team began moving what they could — including kitchen appliances, a piano and choir robes — to safety on an upper level via the elevator. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough time to clear out a basement storage area, and seasonal decorations, a large Christmas tree, bottled water and some tools could not be salvaged.

Once the water was pumped out and the basement was cleaned up a bit, volunteers started the work of removing paneling and Sheetrock and disinfecting the affected area. Fans and dehumidifiers are being used to dry out the basement.

On Sunday, services went on as scheduled, said Creech.

"We had been invited to other churches. But we felt like we needed to be together," he said.

The congregation — which dates back to 1870 in Findlay — now begins the process of putting things back together, including replacing electrical breakers and restoring the elevator. The heating service will also have to be evaluated.

Meanwhile, Christian Cuddle Care — a day care that is located in the church and cares for about 30 children — has been temporarily moved to St. Marks United Methodist Church.

Creech was quick to give credit to the many volunteers who offered their help during the flood and its aftermath.

"They're just phenomenal. There must be at least 100 people who helped," he said. "Our people came and worked here. Then they'd hear about other families out in the community who needed help, and they'd go help someone else pump out their basement."

Volunteers also tried to contact all of the church families who live in low-lying areas of the city to see if help was needed.

"The response of our church members has impressed me as much as anything," said Creech. "Folks will make it through this. It could have been so much worse. In fact, everyone I talked to who had their own damage said 'It could have been so much worse.'"

A few blocks south, Central Church of Christ, at 307 E. Hardin St., had between 4½ and 6 feet of water in its basement which contains the senior high youth area with ping pong and foosball tables, as well as storage for the church's vacation Bible school program.

Also lost was a furnace and hot water heater.

"But compared to some of the others, we have no problems," said Pastor Scott Brewster.

By Monday morning, all of the water had been pumped out of the basement and the church staff was dealing with the lingering odor.

"The offices smell, but there's no damage. The computers were not affected," said Brewster. "Now we're working on the smell."

The auditorium/fellowship area of the church was not affected, either. And for Sunday morning worship, the church even had air conditioning and a sound system, he said.

In addition, members also tried to be of service to several dozen church families who live in areas that were affected by the flood.

"We started as soon as we could visiting all of the neighborhoods north, south, east and west where people live," Brewster said. "That put us in touch with other families, of course. It was just wonderful to see how people were pulling together and supporting one another."

At First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., church secretary Nina Dukes said members found about 40 inches of water in the fellowship hall located in the basement, while water levels in an adjoining Sunday school area off the hall measured about 18 inches.

The kitchen was a complete loss, and church officials are still evaluating damage to an elevator and boiler. No dollar amount has been determined for the loss. The church is working with the Northwestern Ohio Synod Lutheran Disaster Response team.

"No one remembers flooding to this extent before," said Dukes. But there was no water in the main part of the church, she added, and Sunday morning services were held as usual.

The church was also offering its help to the 15-18 congregational members who were also affected by the flood.

Across Main Street in the 100 block of West Hardin Street, Trinity Episcopal Church members found about 3 feet of water in the basement and crawl space which were serving as a storage area, according to office manager Sue Durain.

"Basically we're OK," she said. "There's no hot water, but we're functioning normally."

A lighting box and sump pumps were lost, but the church's organ was not affected. The boiler and hot water heater are still being evaluated.

"The main church and office area were not affected," she said.

Although the Wednesday noon service last week was cancelled, Sunday services were held without any problem.

The church also has a few families who live in areas affected by flood waters. Last Saturday, members from a church from the Bryan/Napoleon area were in town to help one of the families, Durain said.

Meanwhile, at least one other church in the downtown area — that was not affected by the flood — was offering its help.

"We didn't have a drop of water," said Terry Pontius, pastor at St. Marks United Methodist Church. "We were very fortunate."

During the worst of the flooding, the South Main Street church served as the southend command center for Findlay City police.

St. Marks is also "flood bucket central," according to Pontius. The church has already distributed 200 5-gallon buckets filled with cleaning supplies donated by First United Methodist Church of Newark and the United Methodist District in Illinois.

"We're trying to find ways to be a blessing to those affected," he said.

And ironically, the church annex, called the DOCK (Doors Open for Christ's Kingdom), actually became a dock during the flood, said Pontius.

"We actually had boats tied up out there," he said.

Churches in the southern part of the county were also affected by flooding.

Pastor Steve Ramsey at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington said last Sunday's worship service featured piano music instead of the usual organ music, due to damage to the organ's pipes, which were located in the church basement. The congregation will also need to assess damage to water heater and heating units located in the basement. But, Ramsey said, that is typical for many property owners in Arlington.

In the weeks ahead, Ramsey expects that the congregation may need to assist church members who find themselves financially unable to make similar repairs.

Contact staff writer Jeannie Wiley Wolf at:

(419) 427-8419

jeanniewolf@thecourier.com

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Public Record

Docket

The following incidents were reported to the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office:

Police Department

Two juveniles were being sought for questioning Sunday after a 52-inch projection TV, stereo and cell phone were removed from 1218 Vincent St.

A youth, age 17, was ticketed for having cigarettes Monday in the 500 block of Cherry Street.

A boy, 17, was cited Monday for not having a driver's license and for driving a Ford on a sidewalk in the 100 block of West Trenton Avenue.

A brick was tossed through the rear window of a van Monday at 220 Clifton Ave.

Two tires were slashed on a Dodge Ram on Monday at 2800 Fostoria Ave.

Stereos were stolen from vehicles Monday at 423 Clinton St. and 1800 Tiffin Ave.

An inflatable pool was slit outside 210 Center St. on Monday.

Money was missing Monday from 529 Clinton Court.

A man driving a pickup truck departed Gas America, 1133 W. Main Cross St., without paying a $55.49 bill for unleaded gas Monday.

A Colt pistol, left to dry on a deck outside 801 Wedgewood Drive, was taken Monday.

A license plate was pulled from an auto Monday at 242 E. Pine Ave.

A Findlay woman said Monday that three unauthorized purchases were made on her debit card.

Two teenagers, 15 and 16, were questioned Monday after bottles with an undetermined liquid were set afire in the roadway of the 1100 Parkside Place on Monday.

A man was taken into custody Tuesday after entering his ex-girlfriend's residence at 127 Taylor St. without consent.

Sheriff's Office

Fireworks were discharged Monday in the 15000 block of County Road 215.

A domestic disturbance took place inside an Amanda Township Road 258 house Monday.

A mailbox was smashed Thursday at 7377 County Road 5.

Anyone with information about a crime can call Findlay/Hancock County Crimestoppers

between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at (419) 425-TIPS, or visit the Web at www.

HancockCrimeStoppers.org.

Callers may remain anonymous.

Municipal Court

The following people were sentenced in Findlay Municipal Court:

Karie L. Barrow, 712 Cherry St., driving with a temporary permit/curfew violation; $100 fine.

Landan B. Conkle, 2936 Turnberry Drive, Heather L. Taynor, 1261 First St., Nicole M. Weber, 615 W. Sandusky St., speed; $105 fine.

Corey J. Herrera, 10594 Ohio 37, sale to/use by underage person; $500 fine, 120 jail days with 30 suspended.

John P. Miles, 16562 County Road 24, speed; $250 fine.

Freddie G. Vawter, 14075 U.S. 68, driving under suspension (DUS); $250 fine, 30 jail days with 25 suspended.

Mervin L. Alexander, 14827 U.S. 68, overload; $236 fine.

Erik J. Hubbard, rural Forest, operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI); $350 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Charles R. Althaus, 608 Center St., drug abuse; $143 fine.

Courthouse

Marriage Licenses

Keith H. Metcalf Jr., 506 N. Cory St., Steak N Shake, to Dinah L. Huynh, 506 N. Cory St., manager/Burger King.

James J. Sontag, Michigan, auto technician, to Lindsay K. Troyer, Michigan, hairstylist.

David C. Erickson, 310 Pheasant Run Lane, sales, to Lisa Ann Wolfe, 310 Pheasant Run Lane, sales.

Kenneth R. Carpenter, 326 Lima Ave., laborer, to Kaylynn M. Boss, 326 Lima Ave., laborer.

Gary T. Coates, Toledo, truck driver, to Heather P. Adkins, 200 Walnut St., truck driver.

Real Estate Transfers

Pester Investments and Jeremy S. Pester to Jonathan Yoxtheimer, Lots 1-4, Blanchard Ave. Addition, Findlay.

Citimortgage Inc. to Charles E. and Julia L. Hiltibidal, Lots 6315-6316, Howard Addition, Findlay.

Bank of New York Trust Co. to Ann M. Crawford, Lot 2319, McCauleys Addition, Fostoria.

H S B C Mortgage Services Inc. to David J. Minch and Andrea R. Teders, Section 5, .367 acre, Marion Township.

Hancock County sheriff, Matthew C. and B. Erin A. Miles to Federal National Mortgage Association, Lot 67, Fieldcrest 2nd Addition, Findlay.

Hancock County sheriff and Marcus McCracken to H S B C Bank USA, Lot 27, S & P Carlins Addition, Findlay.

Beneficial Ohio Inc. to Edward W. and Dedra A. Strohl, Lot 18, Glenview Acres Addition, Fostoria.

Paul E. Davis to Paul E. Davis and Trust, part of Section 30, Marion Township and Section 34, 7 acres, Portage Township.

Craig S. and Kelley D. Davis to Joshua T. Slough, Lot 38, Sun Haven Subdivision, Findlay.

Hancock County sheriff and Dominic V. Sapienza II to Todd T. Carr, Section 24, 1/5 acre, Liberty Township.

William D. and Becky J. Chamberlin to William D. and Becky J. Chamberlin and Bill and Becky Chamberlin Family Trust, Lot 286, Northern Heights 6th Addition, Findlay.

Lois J. Bender and Daniel A. Snyder to Mandy M. Gerken, Section 18, 12.206 acres, Cass Township.

William A. Lemberger to William A. Lemberger and Trust, Michael D. Meyer and Trust, Lot 2389, P & M Taylors 2nd Addition, Findlay.

Michael S. Needler to M S N South West Street LLC, Lot 515-517, The Addition, Findlay.

Michael S. Needler to M S N 316 Park Drive LLC, Section 25, .226 acre and Section 26, 3.555 acres, Pleasant Township.

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