Saturday, September 8th, 2007


Findlay adds up flood damage
The estimated cost of flood damage to Findlay's infrastructure and city buildings has been revised downward, but still exceeds $5 million.
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Fall killed Gillmor
COLUMBUS — U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor, who was found dead in his apartment in suburban Washington earlier this week, died of blunt head and neck trauma consistent with a fall down stairs, according to a medical examiner's report released Friday.
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Findlay's Pharm store to shut down
The Pharm store, a discount pharmacy and merchandise retailer that's been a fixture on Findlay's Tiffin Avenue for many years, is closing.
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Back In Business
The following Findlay area businesses, closed by the recent flooding, have announced their reopening:
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Flood Briefs
Open houses for Central students
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Findlay murder probe continues
Findlay police on Friday were continuing to investigate the murder of a city man. No arrests had been made.
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Arlington School placed under lockdown during vehicle chase
ARLINGTON — Arlington School was placed under a lockdown on Friday afternoon, after the Hancock County Sheriff's Office reported a vehicle chase coming out of Hardin County.
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Three crashes on Interstate 75 block traffic
A rash of three Friday evening crashes on Interstate 75 blocked northbound traffic for 45 minutes near U.S. 224.
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Ohio 15 accident injures 3
Three Columbus residents were injured in a three-car, chain-reaction crash at 7:06 p.m. Friday on Ohio 15, west of Findlay's Lima Avenue exchange, according to the Findlay Police Department.
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U.S. 224 crash hurts 3 people
Three injured people were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital following a two-vehicle crash Friday night at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Township Road 237, east of Findlay.
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More Hancock fair winners named
More results from competition at the Hancock County Fair, which ended this week:
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State updates highway projects
Following is the Ohio Department of Transportation's report, for the week of Sept. 10, on highway construction and maintenance projects in the Findlay area:
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Public Record
Docket
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Findlay adds up flood damage

By JOHN GRABER

STAFF WRITER

The estimated cost of flood damage to Findlay's infrastructure and city buildings has been revised downward, but still exceeds $5 million.

City officials had initially feared the damage would range from $20 million to $31 million.

But after taking stock of the situation and talking to private contractors and architects, Findlay City Auditor Robert Sprague is putting the final damage estimate at $5.62 million.

That doesn't include a complete assessment of the cost to repair and replace flood-damaged city-owned vehicles.

"We don't have an estimate yet on rolling stock," Sprague said this week. "That's probably because we've been so busy worrying about the flood, we haven't had time to worry about our own equipment and whether it works or not."

The earlier, higher damage estimates were a worst case scenario that assumed everything that went under water was destroyed, Sprague said.

Those numbers were put together on the Friday after the flood, Sprague said.

"We were still responding to the flood. We didn't have a chance to inspect the bridges, the roads, the sewer system, the water system, the water treatment plant, water pollution control center, any of our parks. I kind of went with, 'Hey I know these facilities were under water.' You got to remember also ... I've never been through this before. I don't think anybody knew what kind of damage the water would do. We just had no idea how our city facilities would react to having 20 billion gallons of water on top of them."



City labor costs

Since then, the city's flood costs have become clearer.

Total man-hours for city staff responding to the flood came in at $890,575. That breaks down to $641,969 in regular pay and $248,606 in overtime.

"Defending the water plant was a big thing," Sprague said.

Floodwaters came within several feet of the plant's vents, so crews had to scramble at 5 a.m. that Wednesday morning to cover and sandbag the vents.

Shortly after that was accomplished, city officials got a call from AT&T officials who told them if they didn't get about 100 sandbags over to their downtown offices, the whole city was going to lose phone service.

"All of their equipment is in their basement," Sprague said.

Those were just two of many crises that city workers responded to.

The man-hour cost does not include an additional $1.026 million paid to contractors for various services. The city council approved spending $500,000 for contractors in an emergency meeting held the Friday after the flood, but they are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay the rest of this bill.

"That (initial) $500,000 was just a stopgap to get things started," Sprague said.

And that amount does not include $130,320 for the 155 firefighters and 26 Emergency Medical Service personnel who responded from neighboring communities. There is some wiggle room there, though, because Sprague is not sure if all of the agencies that responded will actually charge the city for their efforts. His estimate assumes they will.

Meanwhile, about $92,000 has already been paid to the Hancock County Landfill for the 7.3 million pounds of flood debris that city crews had delivered through Aug. 31.



City facilities damage

The price tag for damage to the 11 city-owned facilities affected by the flooding comes in at just under $3.6 million.

That breaks down as follows:

$1,672,000 in damage to the water pollution control center, 1201 S. River Road. The majority of that cost stems from the need to replace two damaged clarifiers to the tune of about $750,000 each.

"Treating sewage is just terrifically expensive," Sprague said.

$623,500 in damage to the city health department office, 445 Clinton Court. The building took on about four feet of water. The damage was so extensive that city officials have decided to demolish the A-frame building portion of the health department, and gut the neighboring building and convert it into a storage facility.

$551,250 in damage to the Anchor Teen Center, 215 East St. The building took on six feet of water. The ceiling, flooring and ventilation system were completely destroyed. City officials intend to demolish the building, which has experienced repeated flooding over the years, rather than try to repair it.

$186,000 in damage to the Riverside Park pool, 231 McManness Ave. That includes $150,000 to replace the pumps and filtration system as well as $24,000 to repair a crack in the pool and $12,000 to get the bathhouse basement back up and running.

$183,608 in damage to the street department, 330 N. Cory St. The biggest costs were $77,000 in vehicle repairs and $45,000 for a heavy pickup that was destroyed.

$182,640 in damage to Maple Grove Cemetery, 1120 W. Main Cross St. The biggest portion of that, about $75,000, is to reset headstones. However, Coldren-Crates Funeral Home has offered to do that work for free. The total estimate for cemetery expenses also includes $67,500 to repair the industrial lawn mowers.

$60,000 in damage to the utility billing office, 136 N. Blanchard St.

$46,675 in damage to the municipal building, 318 Dorney Plaza. That includes $23,175 in damage to the basement and $20,000 for an unmarked police car that was destroyed.

$41,000 in damage to Rawson Park, 501 Broad Ave.

$27,571 in damage to the former Parker Lumber building, 351 S. West St.

$6,000 in damage to Emory Adams Park, 1827 S. Blanchard St.

Contact staff writer John Graber at:

(419) 427-8417

johngraber@thecourier.com

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Fall killed Gillmor

By JOHN McCARTHY

Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS — U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor, who was found dead in his apartment in suburban Washington earlier this week, died of blunt head and neck trauma consistent with a fall down stairs, according to a medical examiner's report released Friday.

The death was certified as an accident, said Lucy Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, which includes the state's medical examiner's office.

Police have assessed the scene and found no evidence of foul play. The medical examiner's investigation will be finalized once chemical and ancillary tests are complete, Caldwell said.

Gillmor's family was informed of the findings, she said.

Aides found Gillmor's body Wednesday at his town house in Arlington, Va., after he failed to show up at the Capitol for morning meetings.

Gillmor, 68, a Republican from a solidly conservative district in Northwest Ohio, spent four decades in politics. He was elected to Congress in 1988.

Government leaders in Ohio announced plans Friday for Gillmor to lie in state next week in the Statehouse Rotunda in Columbus.

Gillmor served in the Ohio Senate from 1967-89 and was its president from 1981-83 and 1985-89.

A delegation of about 90 people from Washington is expected for Tuesday's service in Columbus, said Gregg Dodd, deputy director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which coordinates events at the Statehouse.

Only six people, including President Abraham Lincoln, have lain in state in the Rotunda. The last time was in 2001 for four-term Gov. James A. Rhodes.

Others honored with Statehouse services included Presidents James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley, all Ohioans.

Lincoln's body was taken from Washington to his Springfield, Ill., home by train, stopping in several cities for services along the way. Thousands of people lined up at the Statehouse on April 29, 1865, to pay their respects, according to the Ohio Historical Society.

Gillmor's body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, with a memorial service immediately following until noon. All guests are asked to be seated by 10:45 a.m.

Other details of the Statehouse service for Gillmor were still being planned Friday, said Keith Dailey, spokesman for Gov. Ted Strickland. The Ohio Senate canceled its Tuesday afternoon session and the Ohio House moved its Tuesday session from morning to afternoon.

A second memorial service will be held Wednesday in Tiffin. Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Camden Falls, 2460 S. State Route 231, Tiffin, 44883, followed by a memorial service from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Private burial will be in Gillmor's hometown of Old Fort, in Pleasant Union Cemetery, following the memorial service.

Gillmor is survived by his wife, Karen, and five children. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Gillmor Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 88, Old Fort, 44861; to the Heidelberg College institutional advancement office, 310 E. Market St., Tiffin; or to the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.

Under Ohio law, Strickland must call a special election to replace Gillmor. No date has yet been set.

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Findlay's Pharm store to shut down

By JIM MAURER

Staff Writer

The Pharm store, a discount pharmacy and merchandise retailer that's been a fixture on Findlay's Tiffin Avenue for many years, is closing.

The store at 1925 Tiffin Ave. will close its doors by Sept. 29, according to a statement Friday from Jeanne Norcross, vice president of corporate affairs for Spartan Stores and the Pharm.

The store has 21 employees.

"We have taken a thorough look at a number of factors beginning with the lease expiration at this store, and, combined with the overall performance and long-term growth potential have determined that it is necessary to phase out the operation" of the store, Norcross said.

"We have taken this step as a last resort and we greatly appreciate the efforts and loyalty of the affected associates," the statement said.

Norcross said the company is working with employees "to develop transition steps."

"Because Findlay is located close to Fostoria, Maumee and Toledo, it is possible that associates will have opportunities to continue their employment in these other stores," Norcross said. "Also, we are optimistic that pharmacy managers will have opportunities at local pharmacies."

The phaseout of full-time operations began Friday, she stated, with a planned closure on Sept. 29. Until then, the store will continue to operate.

The pharmacy will continue to operate briefly during the transition period. Prescriptions will be transferred to area pharmacies "and there is expected to be no disruption of service to our pharmacy customers," the statement from Norcross said.

According to a store employee, who asked to remain anonymous, the pharmacy will close at the end of business on Saturday, Sept. 15. Then the store will remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the closing date.

The store has been a mainstay on Tiffin Avenue for 23 years.

Employees, who are members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 911, based in Toledo, have been told they have to remain on the payroll until Oct. 29 to qualify for any severance package offered by the company. Workers will help close the facility by packing up merchandise and other duties.

Corporate officials were at the site early Friday morning to inform employees of the pending shutdown. They told employees that stores in Lima, Napoleon, Bowling Green and Port Clinton will be closing as well.

Spartan Stores Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., is the parent company of the Pharm.

Spartan Stores previously purchased Seaway Foodtown grocery stores and its subsidiary Pharm stores. The grocery stores were closed or sold off to other companies, but Spartan Stores retained the Pharm chain, which offers pharmacy prescriptions, seasonal items, some grocery, greeting cards, and various household products.

Contact Staff Writer Jim Maurer at:

(419) 427-8420

jimmaurer@thecourier.com

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Back In Business

The following Findlay area businesses, closed by the recent flooding, have announced their reopening:

Automotive Electronic Service, 240 E. Front St.

The Bike Shop of Findlay, 125 W. Sandusky St.

Bindel's Appliance, 214 S. Main St.

Bread Kneads, 510 S. Blanchard St.

CIH Salon, 106 S. West St.

Dietsch Brothers, 1217 Tiffin Ave.

Diversified Woodworking & Supply, 310 E. Crawford St.

Downtown Antiques & Lighting, 231 S. Main St.

Elks Lodge, 601 S. Main St.

Eyes On Main, 334 S. Main St.

Findlay ACE Hardware, 200 S. Main St.

Findlay Moose Family Center 698, 1028 W. Main Cross St., (kitchen opening Monday)

Flag City Auto Glass, 121 E. Crawford St.

Fuzzy Burnstein's, 222 S. Main St.

Gaslight Gifts, 408 S. Main St.

House of Awards and Shoes, 209 S. Main St.

Jack's Heating A/C Plumbing, 207 N. Main St.

Longberry Paint 'N' Paper, 217 Broadway.

Mad Hatter Promotions, relocated to 230 W. Sandusky St.

Main Street News, 501 S. Main St.

Martin's Academy of Tae Kwon Do, 1212 Blanchard Ave.

Mother Hubbard's Learning Cupboard, 219 Broadway.

Property Analysts, 507 S. Main St.

Rossilli's Restaurant, 217 S. Main St.

Sign of the Bell, 214 W. Front St.

Snyder, Alge & Welch law firm, relocated to 101 W. Sandusky St., Suite 313.

Sour Flower Trading Post, 204 N. Main St., limited services.

Springs of Life, 112 S. Main St.

Star Pawn Shop, 211 N. Main St.

Trautman Interiors, 506 S. Main St.

Wolfies, 340 Glessner Ave.

Reopenings that were previously announced:

City Dry Cleaning, 116 E. Main Cross St.

New Adventure Computer & Electronics, 223 Broadway.

Rustic Razor, 227 W. Crawford St.

Southside Family Restaurant, 3050 S. Main St.

Streicher's Quickprint, 109 S. Main St.

Flores Cafe, 220 S. Main St.

Cavins Kitchen Village, 215 S. Main St.

Disabled American Veterans, Buddy Chapter 43, 201 E. Front St.

Hair After, 414 E. Sandusky St.

Hair Studio Salon and Spa, 622 E. Sandusky St.

House of Awards and Sports, 419 N. Main St.

Jim's Trophies and Screen Printing, 701 Howard St.

Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, 427 Tiffin Ave., taking orders through the drive-through and by carryout only.

Masterson's ACE Hardware, 10205 U.S. 224 West.

Ottawa branch office of ERA Noakes-Rooney & Associates, temporarily at 819 N. Locust, Suite 1, Ottawa.

Oxley, Malone, Hollister, O'Malley & Warren law firm temporarily located at 6566 County Road 236.

Suntime Professional Auto Detailing is now operating at 1043 Bright Road, in the rear building of Gene Stevens Honda.

The Alteration Shop & In-Stitches Monogramming, 303 E. Sandusky St.

The Courier is asking businesses that have reopened after the flood to please e-mail the Courier's business reporter, Lou Wilin, at louwilin@thecourier.com; or e-mail news@thecourier.com; or drop off a note for Wilin at the Courier's newsroom. Tell us the name of your business, and your address.

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Flood Briefs

Open houses for Central students

The staff of Findlay's Central Middle School will be holding open houses Sunday at the two alternative locations where students are being moved temporarily because of flood damage at Central.

The open houses will be held from 5-6 p.m. at Owens Community College, 6115 County Road 18 (Crystal Avenue), where sixth-graders will attend, and at Evangelical Free Church, 2515 Heatherwood Drive, where seventh- and eighth-graders will attend.

At the open houses, parents and students can tour the facilities.



Trash loads must be covered again

All loads of trash en route to the Hancock County Landfill must once again be covered, effective immediately, according to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office had waived the requirement to cover loads going to the landfill to expedite turnaround times and provide faster cleanup services for victims of the flood.

But as cleanup efforts have been winding down, the county will again be enforcing the requirement to keep loads covered.



Eyeglasses help being offered

Those who lost eyeglasses during the flooding will have an opportunity to receive new lenses for free.

Vision Service Plan (VSP), a national eye care benefit provider, is working with the Hancock County chapter of the American Red Cross to give vouchers to people seeking to replace eyewear lost in the flood. Individuals should report lost glasses to the Red Cross office, 125 Fair St., or call 419-422-9322.

For those who may not qualify for the VSP voucher but still need glasses, Eyes on Main Vision Center is offering free OptiCast eyeglass lenses to flood victims. Lens designs for adults and senior citizens include bifocal and progressive addition lenses.

For more information, call Eyes on Main Vision Center at 419-422-2015.



100 dehumidifiers available for free

Dehumidifiers for flood victims will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the United Way, 245 Stanford Parkway.

The 100 dehumidifiers were donated by Danby Products.



Babysitting service today

A free babysitting service will be available for individuals needing to work on flood damage, or assisting others, today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, 750 Bright Road.

The babysitting service is open to the first 75 children, ages 4 to 10. Lunch will be provided and craft activities have been scheduled.

Pre-registration is not necessary. For more information contact Sherry Emerine at 419-423-0589.

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Findlay murder probe continues

Findlay police on Friday were continuing to investigate the murder of a city man. No arrests had been made.

Jeffery E. Harmon, 38, was found dead Wednesday night at 737 E. Sandusky St.

Additional details, such as the cause of his death, were not released Friday by police.

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Arlington School placed under lockdown during vehicle chase

ARLINGTON — Arlington School was placed under a lockdown on Friday afternoon, after the Hancock County Sheriff's Office reported a vehicle chase coming out of Hardin County.

According to the sheriff's office, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Forest Police Department had been pursuing a vehicle that was nearing the Hancock County line around 1 p.m.

Due to concern that the vehicle may be headed toward one of the schools, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office requested a lockdown for Arlington and Riverdale schools at that time.

Arlington Superintendent Kevin Haught said the school was secured as a precaution, and was placed under a level two lock down at about 1 p.m.

Under a level two lockdown teachers locked doors but continued teaching, he said.

A school officer determined it was safe to re-open the building at about 1:30 p.m.

Elementary students were sent home with letters explaining the situation to parents at the conclusion of the school day, Haught said.

No further information on the chase was available from the Hancock or Hardin county sheriff's offices on Friday night.

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Three crashes on Interstate 75 block traffic

A rash of three Friday evening crashes on Interstate 75 blocked northbound traffic for 45 minutes near U.S. 224.

The initial accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. Friday. One traveler was treated and released from Blanchard Valley Hospital, but further details were not available late Friday from the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol.

After the first crash, the patrol said, two more accidents occurred in the same vicinity. No one was believed to have been injured in those accidents.

All three crashes remained under investigation late Friday.

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Ohio 15 accident injures 3

Three Columbus residents were injured in a three-car, chain-reaction crash at 7:06 p.m. Friday on Ohio 15, west of Findlay's Lima Avenue exchange, according to the Findlay Police Department.

Taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital were one motorist, Zachary Harn, 20, a second motorist, Elizabeth Ekstrom, 30, and her passenger, Joseph Vasquez, 34, all of Columbus. No information was available from the hospital about their conditions.

City police said that Ekstrom and another motorist, Derek Riker, 24, of Mount Blanchard, both were stopped for traffic. Harn was unable to stop in time and slid on the wet pavement, striking the rear of Riker's auto, which was pushed into the back of Ekstrom's auto.

Harn was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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U.S. 224 crash hurts 3 people

Three injured people were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital following a two-vehicle crash Friday night at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Township Road 237, east of Findlay.

Anthony Peck, 40, of Tiffin, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 224 in a Chevy Lumina at about 6:26 p.m. when a BMW, driven by Adriana Casagrande, 18, of Sunrise, Fla., failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Township Road 237, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office reported.

Casagrande pulled out in front of Peck, and his car hit the back of the BMW.

Casagrande, Peck, and Peck's passenger, Mary Peck, 47, of Tiffin, were all taken by Hanco EMS to Blanchard Valley Hospital.

A hospital official reported Friday night that Casagrande had been treated and released, but had no information on the Pecks' conditions.

Casagrande was cited for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign.

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More Hancock fair winners named

More results from competition at the Hancock County Fair, which ended this week:

Open class

Draft horse, draft pony show

Stallion champion -- Deb Pelphrey. Stallion reserve champion -- Kidd-Me-Knot, Findlay.

Grand champion mare -- Windwood Farm/Sherry Hopkins, Sullivan.

Belgian mare grand champion -- Windwood Farm. Reserve champion -- Phil Dillinger, Forest.

Percheron mare grand champion -- Windwood Farm. Reserve champion -- Paul Vent, Upper Sandusky.

Clydesdale Shire mare grand champion and reserve champion -- Mark Main, Bowling Green.

Geldings and grade mares:

Belgian champion -- Linda Ewell, Oberlin. Reserve champion -- Mike Trout, North Baltimore.

Percheron champion -- Muddy Creek Percheron, Elmore.

Overall champion -- Linda Ewell.

Belgian winners:

Mares 3 years old -- Windwood Farm/Sherry Hopkins, Sullivan, first; Phil Dillinger, Forest, second.

Mare foal -- Steve Lonsway, Findlay.

Mare and foal, matched pair -- Steve Lonsway, first and second.

Geldings and grade mares -- Steve Lonsway, first; Mike Trout, North Baltimore, second.

Grand champion -- Linda Ewell, Oberlin. Reserve champion -- Mike Trout.

Percheron winners:

Stallion 2 years and older -- Mark Main, Bowling Green.

Stallion 1 year old -- Kidd-Me-Knot, Findlay, first and second.

Mares 3 years old -- Windwood Farms/Sherry Hopkins, Sullivan, first; PM Percherons/Paul Vent, Upper Sandusky, second.

Mare foal -- Muddy Creek Percheron, Elmore.

Geldings and grade mares -- PM Percherons/Paul Vent.

Grand champion -- Muddy Creek Percheron.

Clydesdale Shire winners:

Stallion 1 year old -- Deb Pelphrey.

Mares 3 years old -- Mark Main, Bowling Green, first; Deb Pelphrey, second.

Mare foal -- Mark Main.

Mare and foal, matched pair, geldings and grade mares -- Deb Pelphrey.

Champion -- Mark Main.

Draft horse showmanship winners:

PM Percherons/Paul Vent, Upper Sandusky, first; Nathan Strasbaugh, Findlay, second.

Draft ponies winners:

2007 foal -- Sarah Bookman, first; Austin Ream, Findlay, second.

Mare 1 year and older -- Steve Lonsway, Findlay.

Geldings any age -- Ryan and B.R. Hefner, Lima, first; Mohican Valley Haflingers, Loudonville, second.

Stallions any age -- Ryan and B.R. Hefner.

Grand champion mare -- Kara Fullerton, McComb.

Hitch and performance winners:

Draft pony single cart (man) -- Gene Pore Jr., first; Nathan Strasbaugh, Findlay, second.

Draft horse single cart (man) -- Gary Meyers, Shiloh, first; Darrin Bookman, second.

Youth pony driving single hitch -- Linda Ewell, Oberlin, first; Mike Trout, North Baltimore, second.

Draft pony single cart (woman) -- Sarah Bookman.

Youth horse driving single hitch -- Ryan and B.R. Hefner, Lima, first; Tisha Bookman, second.

Draft horse single cart (woman) -- Windwood Farms/Sherry Hopkins, Sullivan, first; Linda Ewell, second.

Draft pony team hitch -- Linda Ewell, first and second.

Draft horse team hitch -- Gary Meyers, first; Ryan and B.R. Hefner, second.

Draft pony unicorn hitch -- Linda Ewell, first; Windwood Farms/Sherry Hopkins, second.

Draft horse unicorn hitch -- Gary Meyers, first; Ryan and B.R. Hefner, second.

Draft pony, four-pony hitch -- Windwood Farms/Sherry Hopkins, first; Linda Ewell, second.

Draft horse, four-horse hitch -- Ryan and B.R. Hefner, first; Gary Meyers/Ross Baldner, second.

Draft pony, six-pony hitch -- Linda Ewell, first; Arrowhead Acres, Fremont, second.

Draft horse, six-horse hitch -- Ryan and B.R. Hefner, first; Gary Meyers, second.

Special draft horse show winners:

Draft horse to show cart -- Linda Ewell.

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State updates highway projects

Following is the Ohio Department of Transportation's report, for the week of Sept. 10, on highway construction and maintenance projects in the Findlay area:

Hancock County

Interstate 75 from Ohio 235 to Findlay — Pavement repair, bridge repair and paving project has reduced traffic to one lane through the work zone. A majority of the work is being done at night. The work is scheduled to be done by mid-October.

Ohio 613 in Van Buren — Project has been delayed. The route will close for 28 days in late September for street repairs.

Ohio 37 between Jackson Township Road 166 and County Road 37 — Project has been delayed because of flooding. The road will be closed for three days beginning Sept. 24 for replacement of a culvert.

New U.S. 30 between Ohio 235 in Hancock County and Upper Sandusky bypass — Construction continues on a new four-lane highway south of the existing U.S. 30. Traffic on existing U.S. 30 is maintained at all times.

As part of the project, Township Road 186 remains closed for relocation and will reopen in early September, while Township Road 183 will reopen in early September.

Allen County

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound, just north of Beaverdam and just north of Bentley Road near Bluffton — Sealing of bridge decks will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone during the week.

Ohio 696 through Beaverdam — Project is now complete.

HARDIN COUNTY

Ohio 235 between County Road 130 and County Road 126 — Route will close for three days beginning Sept. 24 for a culvert installation.

Putnam County

Ohio 108 from Ohio 15 to Henry County line — Pavement repair will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone.

Wyandot County

U.S. 23 from Upper Sandusky to Carey — Resurfacing has been temporarily suspended until mid-September.

Ohio 231 between Nevada and Ohio 103 — Pavement repair will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone.

Ohio 67 between Upper Sandusky and Sycamore — Pavement repair will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone.

U.S. 30 between Ohio 235 in Hancock County and the Upper Sandusky bypass — Construction continues on a new, four-lane highway south of existing U.S. 30. Traffic on existing U.S. 30 is maintained at all times. The west end of the U.S. 30 bypass around Upper Sandusky, from Township Highway 49 to the Lincoln Highway, is reduced to one lane in each direction until Thanksgiving. Traffic has been switched into the westbound lanes on the west end of the bypass until the end of the year.

As part of the project, the following roads are affected by the construction:

County Highway 330 at the U.S. 30 junction west of Upper Sandusky — Road is closed until January for highway construction and a new overpass. No access to or from Upper Sandusky on the county road will be possible during the closure.

County Highway 78, County Highway 79 — Future closings of the roads are unlikely.

Township Highway 102 remains closed.

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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

Bicycles were swiped Thursday outside 630 Liberty St. and 1800 Tiffin Ave.

A youth was facing allegations of assault and animal cruelty Thursday after shooting a youth and a cat with a paintball gun at 307 Clinton St.

Police quelled an altercation at 123 Hurd Ave. on Thursday.

A man was caught shoplifting candy, steak, a hat and other goods Friday from Kroger, 1996 Tiffin Ave.

Pepsi and sunglasses were taken from two vehicles at 918 Putnam St. on Thursday or Friday.

Graffiti was spraypainted onto a bike path Friday at Riverside Park.

Sheriff's Office

A "Drano bomb" damaged a mailbox Wednesday at 2907 Gleneagle Drive.

A domestic dispute was investigated at a Brookstone Drive residence Wednesday.

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 persons were sentenced in Findlay Municipal Court:

Matthew J. Dewar, 332 Cherry St., obstructing official business; $250 fine, 30 jail days suspended.

Donna G. Gionti, 628 Rector Ave., driving under suspension (DUS); $150 fine, 45 jail days suspended.

Jennifer L. Nibert, 1901 Kirkwood Court, F, wrongful entrustment; $200 fine, 30 jail days suspended.

Randall L. Shamp, 223 Broadway, no operator's license (NOL); $250 fine, 30 jail days with 20 suspended.

Robin A. Siefker, 1712 Carey Ave., speed; $105 fine.

Raymond Edward Springer, 219 Laquineo St., operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI); $350 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Veronica J. Zimmerman, Vanlue, OVI; $400 fine, 60 jail days with 48 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Stephen D. Fulk, Fostoria, receiving stolen property; $350 fine, 30 jail days with 15 suspended.

Robert D. McCall, 603 Fishlock Ave., reckless operation of a car, lanes of travel on roadway violation; $400 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

David R. Reinhart, 116 Stanley Ave., 1, OVI, driving between marked lanes violation; $850 fine, 90 jail days with 60 suspended, license suspended 731 days.

Richard D. White, Forest, NOL; $150 fine, 45 jail days suspended.

Christopher M. Williams, 307 Clinton St., NOL; $150 fine, 45 jail days suspended.

Hancel L. Morris, rural Bluffton, NOL; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 20 suspended.

Matthew L. Barger, rural Arlington, possession of drug paraphernalia, OVI; $600 fine, 60 jail days with 48 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Tasia Carver, North Baltimore, DUS: $150 fine, 30 jail days with 27 suspended.

Tia G. Cook, 816 Fox Run Road, aggravated disorderly conduct; $100 fine, 30 jail days with 29 suspended.

Abigail D. Cullen, Arcadia, petty theft; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 22 suspended.

Jeffrey G. Drummelsmith, rural Arlington, assault; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 27 suspended.

Chad A. Harper, 450 Oak Ave., 6, NOL; $250 fine, 30 jail days.

Dustin W. Hayman, 431 Putnam St., resisting arrest, obstructing official business; $750 fine, 120 jail days with 90 suspended.

Benjamin T. McCall, 1020 Woodworth Drive, petty theft; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 25 suspended.

Lewis R. Moore II, 1224 Bernard Ave., disorderly conduct; $150 fine.

Andrew P. Parkins, Findlay, sale to/use by underage person; $500 fine, 90 jail days.

Donald K. Parrish, 847 Maple Ave., obstructing official business, dog running loose; $500 fine, 30 jail days.

Henry L. Reichley, 12637 Township Road 45, OVI; $350 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Chad E. Smith, 918 McConnell St., aggravated disorderly conduct; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 25 suspended.

Andrew S. Wellington, 207 Clinton Court, obstructing official business, DUS; $750 fine, 150 jail days with 60 suspended.

Brock L. Zirger, Findlay, petty theft; $750 fine, 360 jail days with 300 suspended.

David L. Colburn, 10272 Edgewood Drive, assault, criminal damaging; $550 fine, 60 jail days with 50 suspended.

Vanessa L. Pashley, 1704 Park St., OVI; $750 fine, 60 jail days with 40 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Jackie F. Price, Mount Blanchard, reckless operation of vehicle; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended.

Laura A. Rathburn, 16117 County Road 72, aggravated disorderly conduct; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 29 suspended.

Gregory M. Corder, 1806 West View Drive, B, DUS; $250 fine, 10 jail days.

Joseph A. Cramer, Findlay, drug paraphernalia offense, DUS; $425 fine, 60 jail days with 55 suspended, license suspended 181 days.

Brian W. Hitchcock, 331 E. Hardin St., reckless operation of vehicle; $250 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended.

Mark J. Kirk, 420 Hancock St., failure to maintain control of vehicle; $150 fine.

Reymoundo Mauricio, 430 Sterling Hill Drive, drug paraphernalia offense, possession of marijuana; $400 fine, 30 jail days with 25 suspended, license suspended 366 days.

Jeffrey L. Norway, 127 George St., reckless operation of vehicle, lanes of travel upon roadway violation; $350 fine, 30 jail days with 23 suspended.

Stephanie K. Patterson, 8676 Township Road 95, DUS; $350 fine, 30 jail days with 20 suspended.

Chad J. Nye, Findlay, disorderly conduct; $150 fine.

Courthouse

Marriage Licenses

Christopher D. Wolford, 106 Shinkle St., manager, to Johanna L. Price, 106 Shinkle St., sonographer.

Brandon A. Steele, 901 Fishlock Ave., programmer/systems analyst, to Kristen M. Pniewski, 901 Fishlock Ave., communications coordinator.

Brett A. Amburgey, Bloomdale, to Megan L. Gonyer, 2201 Massillon St., cashier.

Gaurav Sachdeva, 212 Arbors Parkway, engineer, to Neha Potdar, Canton, research associate.

Eric J. Cornwell, Arlington, systems administrator, to Kelly R. Rosenberger, 1318 W. Sandusky St., Cooper Tire employee.

Kenneth G. Berger, 8192 Silverwood Drive, boiler operator, to Gladys E. Berger, 8199 Brookwood Drive, retired.

Divorces, Dissolutions

Julie R. Pulido and Edgar V. Pulido, dissolution.

Angela Smith from Steven Smith, divorce.

William N. Chambers from Ester A. Chambers, divorce.

Joseph W. Brose from Patricia A. Brose, divorce.

Cheri L. Hick and Dustin P. Hick, dissolution.

Rebecca A. Galan from Edward Galan Sr., divorce.

Real Estate Transfers

Paul A. Chapin to Shawn O. and Michelle E. Beucler, Section 9, 69.106 acres, Liberty Township.

Milestone Investments and Daniel W. Sandwisch to TGISII Findlay, Lot 70, Covington Greens Subdivision Replat, Findlay.

West Portage Development and Daniel W. Sandwisch to TGISII Findlay, Lot 69, Covington Greens Subdivision Replat, Findlay.

William L., J. Annabelle and Barbara J. Glock to Emily J. Sizemore, Lot 92, Onnon Village Estates, Findlay.

Kevin and Torri Shenise to Kevin D. Hennessy, Lot 118, Forest Lake 2nd Addition, Marion Township.

Kevin D. Hennessy to Kevin D. and Gina L. Hennessy, Lot 118, Forest Lake 2nd Addition, Marion Township.

James D. Cole to Dorthey M. Garlow, Section 6, .06 acre, Marion Township.

John E. and Brenda L. Eklund to Richard E. Jr. and Jolene K. Frederick Johnson, Lot 33, West Ridge Village Addition, Fostoria.

Ernestine M. Hawley and Cest La Vie Trust to William B. Hawley, Lot 6121, Howard Addition, Findlay.

Jeffrey J. and Sharon L. Whitman to Jacquelyn S. Norton, Lot 39, Tall Timbers 1st Addition, Findlay.

Jill A. Kramer Burkard and Bradley J. Burkard to Todd A. and Michelle L. Snyder, Lot 237, Country Club Acres 4th Addition, Findlay.

Fannie Mae and Federal National Mortgage Association to David Turner, Lots 2811-2812, Shafer Addition, Findlay.

Jeffrey J. and Janeau E. Allman and Trust to Prudential Relocation, Lot 27, Hillcrest Estates 11th Addition, Liberty Township.

Timothy M. and Celena M. Runion to Debra A. Ringer, Section 11, 1.24 acres, Cass Township.

Fire Calls

Thursday

5:03 p.m., 830 Lima Ave., EMS call.

11:14 p.m., 2511 Foxtail Drive, EMS call.

Friday

11:29 a.m., 540 Clinton Court, power line down.

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