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4/15/14 – 9:31 A.M.

Work crews removed 191 logjams from the Blanchard River last year. That’s according to a report from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. The agency provided the numbers to a joint session of the Hancock County Ag Committee Roundtable and the Farm Bureau.

Of the logjams removed, five blocked two-thirds or more of the river. Ten of the jams blocked between one-third to two-thirds of the river. The bulk of the work saw the removal of blockages caused by one-to-three downed trees.

The district’s report also said the ongoing clearing approved by a joint board of county commissioners should be complete by next April.

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4/15/14 – 7:37 A.M.

Authorities in Indiana have arrested a Tiffin man, accusing him of threatening two women. Media reports from Warsaw, Indiana say the trouble started last month. On March 17, 39-year-old Eugene Sleezer called a hospital in the city to get his deceased mother’s medical records. When an employee told him he needed his mother’s birth certificate, Sleezer allegedly threatened the woman. Police reports say he told the woman he would “get her” and “knock her teeth down her throat.”

Further investigation found he threatened another woman in the city. The second victim was the girlfriend of Sleezer’s mother’s next of kin.

Sleezer is charged with two counts of intimidation.

MORE: Stacey Page Online

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4/15/14 – 6:35 A.M.

The Fostoria school district will sell one of their buildings to a church. The school board approved selling the Holmes Elementary Building to Fostoria Foursquare Church for $30,000. The building sits at 500 Parkway Drive.

The board had put the property up for auction, but there were no bids.

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4/15/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The majority of Carey junior high and high school students will be drug tested next year. The Courier reports the school board approved a contract with a Perrysburg firm to conduct the tests. A committee will put together the specifics of the testing policy before the board votes on the rules.

The rough draft of the program calls for any Carey students involved in sports or other extracurricular activities to be drug tested. Students who request parking passes would also be subject to the program. The school estimates that covers 90 to 95% of the student population.

Failed test could mean counseling and rehab. There would also be consequences for a failed test. Those measures have not been determined yet.

MORE: The Courier

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4/15/14 – 5:17 A.M.

McComb officials will tackle a backed up drainage issue. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council last night that they’ll use a camera to see if there is a blockage around Cherry Street. The Courier reports officials will also get estimates for installing a larger line in that area.

The village may also look into a waterline issue near Panther Parkway.

MORE: The Courier

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4/15/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The Republican candidates for Hancock County Commissioners squared off in a forum Monday. The incumbent Phil Riegle and the challenger Steve Oman talked about economic development, the health department, and of course – flood mitigation.

Riegle said as frustrating as staying the course with the Army Corps of Engineers is, it’s the only option we have if we want to reduce flooding in Hancock County…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Oman said he believed the county wasn’t seeing any return on its investments for what was spent on Army Corps studies…

Audio: Steve Oman

On the topic of merging the county and city health departments, challenger Steve Oman said he’s in favor of it as long as it’s the right deal for the county…

Audio: Steve Oman

The incumbent Phil Riegle said he’s been on the committee that’s been working on the current round of discussions, and that they are closer than ever to getting a merger done…

Audio: Phil Riegle

You can listen to the full forum by clicking here.

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4/14/14 – 7:43 A.M.

A weekend shooting took the life of a Lima man. The Allen County Sheriff’s office reports the incident happened just before 4 a.m. Saturday. 19-year-old Marcus Simpson Jr. was shot at the H&R Lounge on the city’s south side. EMS crews took him to a Lima hospital where he was pronounced dead.

21-year-old Devontae Williams was also shot. He’s being treated for his injuries at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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4/14/14 – 7:37 A.M.

A waterline replacement project will close part of a Findlay road for about a month. Construction will close Glessner Avenue to through traffic between West Sandusky and Putnam streets starting today. Work will taken place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The road will be open nights and weekends.

Residents who live in the construction area will have access during the construction.

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