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School opens Thursday AM; police continue investigation; extra officers on duty at school

Michael Harnishfeger, Ada police chief provided The Icon with the following update involving today's evacuation of the Ada school:

During dismissal on February 24, 2016, the Ada High School office received a suspicious phone call. 

Law enforcement was notified immediately and all buildings on campus were evacuated. 

Officers from the Ada Police Department as well as deputies from the Hardin County Sherriff’s office were dispatched to the school.

They were assisted by the Allen County Bomb squad. All buildings on campus were cleared and determined to be safe. 

Ada police clears school building - no physical threats found

At 7:44 p.m. this evening the Ada officials sent the follow email update on the telephone bomb threat taken earlier in the afternoon:

With the special assistance of bomb sniffing dogs, Ada Police Department has cleared our buildings and has found no physical threats.

Ada police will have extra patrols during school hours. The incident remains under investigation.


Suspicious call to school has officials on alert - school area blocked off

Ada schools sent the follow alert message at 4:16 p.m. today:

"At the time of dismissal we received a suspicious call that forced us to evacuate the building. All students were safely evacuated from campus."

The Icon understands that the following officials are on the scene:
• Allen County Bomb Squad
• Hardin County Sheriff
• Ada Police Department
• On stand by is Ada-Liberty Township fire and EMS

In a second school alert the message  stated that law enfocement agencies are contacted and that all school activities tonight are cancelled.

Red Cross responds to family in Kenton house fire

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Hardin County responded to a home on Sunday in Kenton.

Red Cross volunteers Daryl Flowers and Amy Huber responded to the call for help at the home on Levings Street and provided the family of three, one adult and two children, with temporary shelter and assistance for immediate needs such as food and clothing.

They also provided the family with Red Cross comfort kits of personal hygiene items.
Red Cross volunteers will continue to work with the family, providing additional assistance as needed and help with recovery planning including information, resources and referrals.

Police department taking applications for FT officer

The Ada Police Department is in the process of accepting applications for the position of full-time police officer, according to the department's Facebook page. 

Those interested may send a resume to 115 W. Buckeye, Ada, Ohio, 45810, or pick up an application here at the Ada Police Department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Cross opens shelter for Findlay fire victims

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is opening an emergency shelter for the residents of a Findlay building following a fire on Friday evening.

The shelter is located at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Avenue in Findlay.

Residents of 223 ½ N. Main St. were driven from their homes by the fire, which began around 6 p.m. Friday evening.

Red Cross volunteers initially opened an Evacuation Center at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. in Findlay, to give residents a warm, safe place to gather while firefighters battled the blaze.  Approximately 16 residents are expected to stay in the Red Cross shelter.