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3/31/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a couple of phone scams making the rounds again. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls claiming they’ve won a large sum of money. However, to claim that money they have to send cash first.

Other calls have claimed residents owe the IRS money and can pay over the phone to avoid arrest. The sheriff’s office says tax issues are a civil issue and deputies don’t get involved in most cases.

You’re encouraged to call the sheriff’s office if you get a call you believe is suspicious.

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3/31/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Van Buren High School students are using new technology to help a little girl. The Courier reports the students in a design class have used a 3D printer to make 20-month-old Addy Johnson a prosthetic hand. Johnson was born with a rare congenital condition that affected the development of her right hand.

Addy’s mother, Tiffany, is a 2005 graduate of Van Buren. She tells the newspaper while she was nervous at first, the students have been great with her daughter.

The hand clenches when Addy flexes her wrist. The current hand is a little oversized and has been used to see if Addy would like the prosthetic. The design students are now working on a smaller version in Addy’s favorite color, pink.

MORE: The Courier

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3/31/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were arrested during a Monday afternoon burglary attempt. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at 316 George Street just after 4 p.m.

Investigators say 27-year-old Heather Beltz and 25-year-old Eric Betzold allegedly forced their way into the home. The pair is accused of demanding money and threatening a resident. They also disabled the victim’s cell phone.

The pair has been charged with burglary and a county of disrupting a public service.

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3/30/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A head-on collision sent three people to the hospital in Seneca County Friday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 53 near Old Fort around 8:20 p.m.

49-year-old Michelle Gaietto of Lindsay, Ohio was driving north on Route 53 when she lost control on the icy road and hit a car driven by 22-year-old Brittany Martin of Upper Sandusky. Both drivers and a passenger in Martin’s car, 19-year-old Donald Barth of Upper Sandusky, were taken by medical helicopters to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

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3/30/15 – 5:40 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price in Findlay is around $2.33 a gallon this morning. That’s up from $2.29 a gallon a week ago. However, prices did drop a bit over the weekend.

Ottawa drivers are also reporting an average price of $2.33 a gallon to start the week.

The statewide average is $2.38 a gallon, up from $2.32 last Monday.

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3/30/15 – 5:33 A.M.

A Findlay street will be closed for manhole construction work today. The city engineering department says Osborn Avenue will be closed between East Sandusky Street and East Main Cross Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Further updates will be given later today.

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3/30/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The Van Buren school board has finished its investigation into allegations against the high school football coach. The Courier reports the board found administrators responded appropriately to the alleged incidents.

A mother in the district had accused football coach Kevin Shoup of allowing the her son to be bullied and sexually assaulted. The board said Shoup, Principal Mike Brand, and Superintendent Tim Myers, “promptly, and in good faith, investigated the allegations and responded appropriately and consistently where necessary.”

The board said it can’t discuss specifics because of student privacy laws. The mother of the boy and her attorney also declined further comment.

MORE: The Courier

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3/30/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Eventually it’s going to warm up, and when it does there will be concerns about toxic algae developing on Lake Erie again.  U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says the issue is addressed in part of the farm bill…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says one key to fighting runoff from farms is finding the right economic incentives to encourage farmers to plant cover crops.  For the most part he thinks farmers need guidance with best practices rather than heavy regulation.  He added the agriculture industry is coming through on the issue better than they have in the past.

Brown says drinking water is just one issue that faces the Great Lakes…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

There has also been legislation to fight invasive species in the Great Lakes to help protect the fishing industry.

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3/30/15 – 5:11 A.M.

An Ottawa man was killed in a weekend crash. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 11:45 p.m. Friday night but wasn’t discovered until the following morning around 8 a.m.

34-year-old Brett Varner was driving north on State Route 634 just north of State Route 114 when he lost control rounding a curve. His car hit a ditch, became airborne, and landed in a field. From there the car traveled down a hill, went airborne again for around 120 feet, and landed on an embankment on the Auglaize River. The car then sank back into the river.

Investigators say Varner was driving at an “unsafe speed.” He was also not wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

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3/30/15 – 5:00 A.M.

A Findlay business was robbed Sunday. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at Cigars and Stuff at 710 South Blanchard Street just after 1 p.m. in the afternoon. A man walked into the store and handed an employee a note demanding money from the cash register. He then reached over the counter and took the money before fleeing to the north on foot. He did not display a weapon.

The suspect was described as a thin white man, around 5’10” to 6′ tall. He was in his late 20’s or early 30’s. The suspect had short brown hair and what was described as several days growth of facial hair. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black leather jacket, and blue jeans. He also had what appeared to be a black and white checkered shirt under the sweatshirt.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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