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5/4/16 – 5:27 A.M.

Plans are underway for an airport repair project in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports City Engineer Dan Thornton has from now until the end of June to submit a project to the state. The work calls for repairing a crack in the airfield’s pavement. The project is expected to cost $90,000 – but the FAA will cover around 95 percent of the price.

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5/4/16 – 5:19 A.M.

A Findlay woman is facing charges after she allegedly caused harm to a pregnant woman in April. The Courier reports 47-year-old Helen Stahl is charged with domestic violence. Investigators say that Stahl hurt a pregnant woman during an incident on April 26 in the city. The victim reportedly was left with a red mark on her face.

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5/4/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is getting two K-9 units. The Lima News reports the department expects to have the dogs by the end of this month. Their handlers are expected to finish training by mid-July. Sheriff Tim Meyer says dogs will help greatly in the fight against opiate abuse in the county.

The K-9’s don’t come cheap though. They cost $15,000 including equipment and training. Plus there’s another $3,000 per year in maintenance costs. However, donations are covering the costs in Putnam County.

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5/4/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Bike paths will not be built on North Cory Street in Findlay. The Courier reports city council voted to remove them from the Transportation Alternative Plan during their Tuesday meeting. However that doesn’t mean you won’t see more bikes in that area. The lanes of the road between West Main Cross Street and the University of Findlay will get markings indicating the road is shared with bicyclists.

It’s a large departure from the original plans. The road was going to be converted to one-way to the north along with two bike lanes. Seventh Ward Councilman Tim Watson voted against the change, saying it “seemed like a strange thing to do” after the plan had been vetted and approved.

Cory Street between West Main Cross and Lima streets will still see a southbound bike lane. The northbound lane of traffic will be shared by cars and bikes.

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5/3/16 – 11:26 A.M.

Findlay and Hancock County business leaders learned more about human trafficking in our area during a Tuesday meeting. Rick McGinnis is a security expert, and says in a community with as many hotels as Findlay, people need to keep an eye out…

Audio: Rick McGinnis

McGinnis said he didn’t want to talk about all the different things law enforcement looks for because he wouldn’t want to compromise investigation techniques. He will be talking to area hotel workers about what to watch for at a meeting in June.

McGinnis works for Chagrin Solutions, a private investigation and security services company based in Findlay.

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5/3/16 – 11:08 A.M.

We typically hear a lot from those against an Eagle Creek diversion channel. But that doesn’t mean supporters don’t exist. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says he recently met with a couple of residents who want to see mitigation plans finalized and put in place…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says the group wanted to make sure that separating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the best option, among other concerns…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson adds he understands why those against a diversion channel are more vocal, saying that they have concerns about their property. That said, he said he hears from both sides of the argument quite a bit.

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5/3/16 – 10:40 A.M.

The effort to remove trees from the Blanchard River continues. Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek gave an update on the project Tuesday…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says tree removal from the river should be finished by the end of the summer. Crews will come back to remove trees from the river within the city limits in the fall. Gazarek says tree removal in Findlay is a little more difficult…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek adds that nearly 50 percent of the nearly 10,000 trees marked for removal this year have been taken out of the waterway.

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5/3/16 – 6:53 A.M.

Tempers flared at Monday’s Arlington Village Council meeting. The Courier reports the issue stemmed from debate over who is in charge of updating a policy manuals for future councils. Councilman Brian Essinger said the Finance Committee of council is responsible for making compensation and employee policy recommendations. That led to a heated debate between he and Mayor Ed Solt. Solt said he wondered who “owns” the employee manual, and how it would be changed or reviewed in the future.

Solt threatened to gavel the meeting to a close if Essinger continued to be “disruptive,” and the two interrupted each other. Village Soliciter Don Rasmussen asked the two to calm down, saying the conversations were getting ridiculous.

Essinger submitted his resignation earlier this year after a dispute about employee issues. The resignation is effective at the end of June.

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5/3/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Carey village council members will not be getting pay raises. The Courier reports council members split on their vote, with Mayor Steve Smalley breaking the tie by voting against the proposal. If the issue had passed, it wouldn’t have gone into effect until the beginning of the next term for council members.

Chad Kin, Armand Getz and Mellisa Cole voted for the increase, while council members Lois Kurtz, Bob Styer and Jennifer Rathburn voted against it. Kin and Getz said they supported the increase because a survey showed Carey council members were near the bottom of a survey of what council members in similar villages are paid.

The proposal also would have eliminated the mayor’s health insurance. Smalley’s $12,000 a year salary and benefits put him at the top of a list of mayor’s salaries.

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5/3/16 – 5:09 A.M.

Law enforcement responded to a tip that a meth lab was operating in an Ottawa apartment building Monday night. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a search warrant was served at the Blanchard Park Apartments at 1265 North Defiance Street around 7 p.m.

Officers say they found heroin paraphernalia and “precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

No arrests were made and the case remains under investigation.

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