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11/25/14 – 10:27 A.M.

The Hancock County budget for 2015 is taking shape. The commissioners plan to have the budget for next year put together by December 9. At that point, the budget will be available for public viewing for 10 days in the auditor’s office.

According to a schedule set at today’s commissioners meeting, the budget will most likely come up for a vote on December 23.

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11/25/14 – 5:27 A.M.

McComb residents will pay more for water in 2015. The Courier reports village council has approved a price increase to offset mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The minimum water bill will increase by $10.69 starting in January. The EPA is requiring the village make upgrades to its water system.

MORE: The Courier

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11/25/14 – 5:15 A.M.

State Route 613 was blocked east of McComb for several hours last night after a semi overturned. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened between County Roads 139 and 140 around 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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11/25/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A Putnam County man was found dead at the scene of a crash Monday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were called to an area near Continental around 6 p.m. They found a pickup truck in a ditch off of Road 22 north of State Route 613. The body of 69-year-old John Peck of Continental was found inside.

Authorities don’t believe the crash killed Peck. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Peck was not wearing a seatbelt.

A similar incident was reported in Putnam County last week. The body of 79-year-old Victor Fischbach of Ottoville was found dead in a minivan along Road 23-Q.

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11/25/14 – 4:46 A.M.

A large amount of oxycodone seized during a Findlay traffic stop last year can’t be used as evidence in a trial. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals made a ruling in the case of Trenton Shuttlesworth Monday. The appeals court found that state troopers improperly searched Shuttlesworth during a traffic stop on I-75 last November.

Patrol Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies conducted the search after he said he smelled marijuana on the suspect during the stop. However, Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled he didn’t believe Beidelschies could have smelled drugs during his short interaction with Shuttlesworth. The appeals court affirmed that decision.

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11/24/14 – 6:58 A.M.

A state grant will allow for the renovation of affordable housing units in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the Ohio Housing Finance Agency has approved $28 million in upgrades. The money will go toward updating kitchens, washer/dryer hookups, and putting in energy efficient windows.

Stephanie Fischer is the community manager at Fostoria Townhouses. She tells the newspaper there haven’t been any updates to the facility since it was built in 1981.

The renovation work will start next summer.

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11/24/14 – 6:44 A.M.

Gas prices continue to fall as we enter the holiday work week. The average price for a gallon of regular is $2.73 across the state according to Ohiogasprices.com. That’s down another 13 cents from last Monday, and down 26 cents from a month ago. Gas prices haven’t been higher than $3 a gallon for the entire month.

Locally, Findlay drivers are reporting prices around $2.70 a gallon today. In Ottawa, prices are hovering around $2.72 a gallon.

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11/24/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Seneca County company will undertake a major expansion project. Last week, American Fine Sinter announced a $16 million expansion at its North American headquarters in Tiffin. The move will add 24 jobs over the next three years. The company already employs 140 people.

The project includes 100,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, more offices, and state-of-the-art automation and manufacturing equipment.

American Fine Sinter recently received contracts for both transmission parts for Toyota and shock absorber parts from several automakers.

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11/24/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A small fire was reported at an area retirement home last night. Firefighters were called to the Primrose Retirement Community at 8580 Marion Township Road 237 around 9:45 p.m. Evacuation procedures were put into place, but the flames were extinguished quickly. A responding sheriff’s deputy was able to put out the fire, which started in a dryer.

No injuries were reported.

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11/24/14 – 5:04 A.M.

A busy road will be closed in Ottawa today. The Ohio Department of Transportation reports U.S. 224 will be closed west of the railroad crossing downtown. A building is being torn down in the area, resulting in the closure. A detour will be posted. The closure should only last one day.

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