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11/21/14 – 10:39 A.M.

Several Hancock County healthcare providers came together today to launch a plan to fight opioid abuse. The plan calls for collaboration between several agencies when it comes to fighting addiction problems. According to the people who helped draw up the plan, that element makes it unique…

Audio: Michael Flaherty

Dr. Michael Flaherty helped build what is known as a shared philosophy between the agencies.

Dr. Mark Hurst is the Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He also commented on why he believes the program will succeed…

Audio: Mark Hurst

The plan calls for each organization to acknowledge the different types of treatment available to addicts. They will also work to get people in the right plan throughout the process of their recovery.

While recovery for addicts is the ultimate goal, the plan will measure success by many benchmarks. Items taken into consideration will include job retention, family relations, and emotional health among others.

The Hancock County ADAMHS Board, Blanchard Valley Health System, and Century Health were among the groups who signed the agreement.

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11/21/14 – 7:20 A.M.

A Hancock County farm family will be the subject of a national news story soon. The Courier reports NBC news has profiled Dawn and Kyle Heidlebaugh for a segment to air at the end of a 6:30 p.m. newscast. The Heidlebaugh’s met on the website farmersonly.com, a dating site for rural residents.

Dawn got a call from a producer asking her if they’d like to be featured in a segment about the website. On Wednesday, reporter Harry Smith met with the couple at their farm on County Road 86.

The segment is set to run sometime soon, possibly as early as tonight.

MORE: The Courier

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11/21/14

Home sales have been down in our region this year, and they didn’t get any better in October. Numbers released from the Ohio Association of Realtors show 108 homes sold in Hancock County last month, down almost 7 percent from 2013. The average sale price in October was a little more than $121,000. That’s flat compared to a year ago.

For the entire year home sales are down nearly 9 percent in our area. The good news for those trying to sell a home is that the average sale price is 4 percent higher.

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11/21/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Fostoria woman accused of committing a sex crime involving a minor is facing a lesser charge in the case. The Review-Times reports 20-year-old Kia Jackson is now charged with sexual imposition. That’s a third-degree misdemeanor. She was initially charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor, which is a fourth-degree felony.

Jackson is accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl over the summer. She has a court hearing scheduled for January 13.

MORE: Review-Times

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11/21/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Charges have been filed against an alleged drug ring in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a lengthy investigation led to charges against 16 people from four counties. A post on the Sheriff’s Facebook page says the group was, “acting as one unit to purchase, assemble and manufacture methamphetamines.”

The charges include manufacturing methamphetamines and trafficking drugs among others.

Facing Charges:

BRANDON MOORE- 23, CONTINENTAL, (2) TWO COUNTS – POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINES BOTH FELONIES OF THE 5TH DEGREE.

NICHOLAS OKULEY-20, COLUMBUS GROVE, (1) ONE COUNT OF TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE

EMILY SCHOEPFLE-21, COLUMBUS GROVE, (1) ONE COUNT OF TRAFFICKING IN DRUGS (VICODIN-HYDROCODONE) FELONY OF THE 4TH DEGREE, WITHIN 100FT. OF A CHILD.

JOSHUA GROVES-37, LIMA, (2) TWO COUNTS OF TRAFFICKING IN HEROIN, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE AND FELONY OF THE 4TH DEGREE.

ANGELICA CONLEY-33, LIMA, (1) ONE COUNT OF TRAFFICKING IN HEROIN, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE AND (1) ONE COUNT OF PERMITTING DRUG ABUSE (USE OF VEHICLE), FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE.

LENDSEY ORDWAY, 22, OAKWOOD, ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR ILLEGAL MANUFACTURE OF MATHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE, ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE.

DAVID RANES, 52, GROVERHILL, ILLEGAL MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE. ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE.

SIERRA KEISSLING,26, DEFIANCE, ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE.

GEORGE BOECKER JR., 24, CLOVERDALE, ILLEGAL MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE. ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE, POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE.

PAIGE SMITH, DELPHOS,21, ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE. POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE.

BOBBY RISNER, 51,DUPONT, ILLEGAL MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE. ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE.

DONALD SCHULTE, 19, CONTINENTAL, (2) TWO COUNTS OF ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE

RODGER CARPENTER, PAULDING, 42, ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE.

SHANDA CARPENTER, PAULDING,35, ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE.

NICHOLAS CROY, 23,CLOVERDALE, POSSESSION OF DRUGS(METHAMPHETAMINE), 146 GRAMS, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE, ILLEGAL MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE. ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE

JOHN BARNHART JR.,23, DUPONT, (2) TWO COUNTS OF ASSEMBLY OF CHEMICALS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETMINES, FELONY OF THE 3RD DEGREE. ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE. , ILLEGAL MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 2ND DEGREE, POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINES, FELONY OF THE 5TH DEGREE.

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11/21/14 – 5:00 A.M.

A fire drove a Findlay family from their home this week. Firefighters were called to 607 West Front Street around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Two people were at home at the time and were able to escape safely. The blaze was brought under control in about 19 minutes.

The fire remains under investigation, but it’s believed an electrical problem is to blame. The flames caused a total of $21,000 in damages.

The Red Cross is assisting the family in finding housing.

 

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11/21/14 – 4:45 A.M.

The Wood County Jail is getting a much-needed expansion. Yesterday, county commissioners approved a nearly three-million-dollar project to turn a vacant building attached to the jail into additional space for inmates. Sixty beds will be added to the direct supervision part of the jail. A renovation of the minimum housing unit will add 15 beds there.

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11/20/14 – 10:46 A.M.

It appears a downtown Findlay building once set to be demolished is closer to being brought back to life. The Hancock County Commissioners did not exercise their first right of refusal on the sale of property at 322 South Main Street today…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the commissioners made a similar move last year when the property next to Coffee Amici was sold.

So far there’s no word on what is going in at what was referred to as the Rooney, Clinger, and Murray building.

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11/20/14 – 7:37 A.M.

North Baltimore emergency medical services are improving. That was the message at the village’s council meeting this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports council member Janet Goldner said EMS response time has been reduced to five minutes and 41 seconds. In the past response times were reported in the 13 minute range.

North Baltimore has added part-time paid employees to the fire department to help bolster the volunteers there.

Goldner also reported EMS billing collections have increased. In 2012 the village only collected around $40,000 from what they billed. That number was up to more than $70,000 last year. This year collections are projected to hit $85,000.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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11/20/14 – 7:23 A.M.

It looks like insurance increases for Carey village employees won’t be as painful as first thought. Earlier this month village council was informed employees could be looking at 30 percent increases in health insurance premiums. However, that number now looks more like 14 percent.

An alternative plan sets the single coverage deductible at $1,300 and family coverage at $2,600. Both include a co-pay. The single coverage plan is an increase of $50, while the family plan is up $100.

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