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7/29/16 – 7:38 A.M.

One person was injured in a motorcycle crash near Dunkirk Thursday night. WKTN radio reports a group of motorcycles were traveling west on County Road 64 near Road 159 around 10:15 p.m. when one motorcycle went off the road and into a ditch.

A man was reported to have possible head and internal injuries. A medical helicopter took him to the hospital.

No other details were immediately available.

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7/29/16 – 7:26 A.M.

A home near Upper Sandusky was damaged by a Thursday afternoon fire. Firefighters were called to 13036 Township Highway 60 around 1:50 p.m. Smoke was seen coming from the first floor of the home as emergency responders arrived.

Three fire departments were able to bring the blaze under control in about an hour-and-a-half. No one was injured. Investigators believe an electrical issue sparked the fire, which caused around $200,000 worth of damage.

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7/29/16 – 7:16 A.M.

A Fostoria home was damaged by a fire Thursday night. The Review-Times reports firefighters were called to 528 Miller Avenue around 8:45 p.m. Two teenagers were in the home at the time and were able to escape safely.

So far there’s no word on what caused the blaze, or a damage estimate.

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7/29/16 – 7:10 A.M.

Putnam County officials are working to figure out how to deal with new septic tank mandates from the state. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the health department met with several elected officials recently to talk about their options. Rules adopted in 2015 will force septic tank owners to prove their system is working correctly.

Around 6,000 homes will have to be put in the county’s maintenance plan for septic tanks. Putnam County Health Commissioner Kim Rieman and Putnam County Director of Environmental Health Brandi Schrader stressed it is not the county’s intent to make people install a new system or hook into a sewer line.

The meeting served as a jumping off point for developing a plan. Officials will be reaching out to other ?counties to see what their maintenance plans look like before meeting again in September.

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7/29/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Area businesses are being made aware of a scam making its way through the area. Businesses have been contacted by a Seattle, Washington company asking them to buy a plaque for winning a “Best of Findlay award.” The email is a sales scam and is not related to a recent promotion run by the Findlay Courier.

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7/29/16 – 5:21 A.M.

A Hancock County Common Pleas Court Magistrate is retiring today. The Courier reports Karen Elliot will step down after 15 years of working in the Domestic Relations Division. Elliot tells the newspaper she plans to move to Monroe County on the eastern side of the state, which is closer to Rogers, Ohio. That’s where she is originally from. She says she’ll be dedicating more time to mission and church activities.

Attorney Elizabeth Behrendt is taking Elliott’s place. Behrendt was sworn in on July 6 and will start work on August 1.

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7/29/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A Napoleon man was arraigned on a murder charge in Putnam County this week. The Courier reports 30-year-old Travis Soto is also charged with tampering with evidence in the death of 2-year-old Julio Baldoza in 2006. Bond has been set at $500,000.

On Monday, Soto reportedly went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and admitted to the crime. He had already pleaded guilty to a charge of child endangerment and spent time in prison for the incident.

Soto was living in Continental in 2006 when he ran over his son with an ATV. At the time he told investigators he was coming around a corner and didn’t see the boy. He didn’t seek medical treatment, and the boy died hours later.

The case remains under investigation.

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7/29/16 – 5:01 A.M.

An effort to show appreciation for local law enforcement officers is underway. The Courier reports the wives of two Hancock County sheriff’s deputies are collecting items for Monday’s nationwide “Back the Blue Day.” Kayla Brooks and Kendra Brunswick tell the newspaper they are looking for things like handwritten “thank you” cards made by children, gift cards, water bottles, and prepackaged snacks. Several businesses have already donated.

The items will be delivered to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 1 p.m. Monday. Organizers will also drop off items at the Findlay Police Department across the street. The public is invited to attend when the deliveries are made.

If you’re interested in giving to the effort, items can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office.

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7/28/16 – 7:oo P.M.

A tool that will let you comb through Findlay’s financial records should be online by the middle of August. That’s according to Auditor Jim Staschiak, who previewed the site for city council members Thursday. Staschiak says the transparency tool will give you easy access to the city’s revenues and expenses…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak says when people request data from his office, it’s most often for payroll records. The transparency tool allows you to sort through that data with relative ease. Staschiak adds Deputy Auditor Ginger Sampson and the staff in the department spent many hours making sure that personal information wasn’t accidentally posted to the site.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak says data from the website can be exported to excel documents. That’s how information will be transferred to the OhioOpenCheckbook.com. Staschiak has been criticized for not making Findlay’s finances available on the site.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel questioned why the city wasn’t on board during a recent visit to Findlay. Staschiak says he always intended to submit the information, but had concerns about city employee private data accidentally leaking through. He says the city’s transparency tool will prevent that because sensitive information has been manually removed.

Staschiak adds that the city website will have more information available compared to OhioOpenCheckbook.com.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

The cost of running the site will be $9,000 per year. Tyler Technologies makes the city’s account software. It says Findlay will be the first city using this version of its software.

The tool will likely be posted on the auditor’s page of the city’s website. Staschiak says there will also be an easy to remember site address once the tool goes live.

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7/28/16 – 4:50 P.M.

The Ohio delegation at the Democratic National Convention continues to hear from several prominent politicians. On Thursday, Senate candidate and former Governor Ted Strickland talked to the group. WTOL 11’s Emilie Voss spoke to Strickland about how important the DNC is to his campaign…

Audio: Emilie Voss

Voss says Strickland plans to spend the months leading up to the election working to make sure Democrats are united and show up to the polls.

Voss also spoke to many Ohio delegates at the DNC Thursday…

Audio: Emilie Voss

Voss says the delegates have also been talking about how important Ohio is and the urgency to make sure people show up at the polls in November.

You can hear more from Emilie Voss from the DNC on WTOL-11 this evening at 5, 6, and 11 pm.

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