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3/24/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A one-car crash on I-75 near Bluffton injured a Michigan woman Monday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near the State Route 103 exit around 8:20 p.m.

62-year-old Janet Knepper of Saginaw, Michigan, lost control of her van and overturned in the median. A passenger, 29-year-old Katherine Knepper, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Knepper was cited for failure to control.

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3/24/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Work continues towards creating a joint fire district between Portage and Pleasant Townships along with McComb. The Courier reports the McComb village council discussed the plan during their Monday meeting. Township representatives along with members of the McComb Police, Fire and Safety Committee also met before the regular meeting.

Cost estimates are being put together. No final decisions have been made, but everyone involved agreed to look into the financial aspects of the plan.

MORE: The Courier

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3/24/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A rollover crash injured a Findlay woman Monday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened in the 900 block of Howard Street around 9:45 p.m.

28-year-old Juan Torres of Findlay was driving east on Howard Street when he lost control on the slick road. The SUV rolled twice. A passenger, 59-year-old Micaela DeLeon, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Torres was cited for operating without reasonable control.

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3/24/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A crumbling building in Leipsic will be torn down soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village council accepted a bid to demolish the former Maag’s Hotel. The building has been vacant since 2013.

No official date has been set for the demolition process. Village Administrator Kevin Lammon said the work will take place “sooner rather than later.”

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/24/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A rollover crash injured a Leipsic woman near McComb Monday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 613 near Pleasant Township Road 123 around 9:40 p.m.

40-year-old Ivonne De Garza was driving east on Route 613 when she lost control of her SUV and went off the road. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.

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3/24/15 – 4:54 A.M.

The Superintendent of the Findlay City School District talked about Common Core Monday. The Courier reports Ed Kurt told the Findlay Rotary Club he’s not against Common Core standards but does have an issue with the amount of testing. During his presentation, Kurt said the amount of testing is a threat to student creativity.

There’s also an issue of timing. The results of the recent PARCC testing and another test in the spring won’t be available until next fall. Kurt said that’s a problem because students have moved onto different teachers by then.

Kurt did say he thinks there are some positives to Common Core. For instance, he thinks having national standards is a good thing.

MORE: The Courier

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3/23/15 – 12:01 P.M.

Three Tennessee men were arrested following a traffic stop on I-75 in Hancock County last week. The State Highway Patrol reports more than $4,400 worth of marijuana and a loaded handgun were found during a search of a car Thursday morning.

Troopers said they detected a smell of raw marijuana after making the stop. A probable cause search warrant led to the arrests being made.

The three men are all being held in the Hancock County Jail on a variety of drug-related charges.

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3/23/15 – 11:17 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son had a travel request denied today. Judge Joseph Niemeyer decided not to allow Jerrod Hartman to travel out of state for business. Hartman’s murder case is pending, and he is out of jail on a $250,000 bond.

Hartman’s father testified on his son’s behalf. He said his son is one of two regional sales managers for Tour de Force CRM software with in-depth product knowledge. Niemeyer said the request was not something that “guarantees the appearance of the defendant at future proceedings.”

Jerrod Hartman is accused of murdering his son on October 28 of 2013. A similar travel request was denied in February of 2014.

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3/23/15 – 11:07 A.M.

A Putnam County native serving in the Armed Forces got a special welcome home recently. Sgt. John Harris was reunited with his family during a Cleveland Cavaliers game on March 20.

The reunion came as a big surprise to Harris’ stepdaughter Maddie, who was in the arena performing with Jeanne’s Dance Studio. She was interviewed by the arena announcer, and was told her stepdad was in the audience for the entire performance. The two then shared a hug at halfcourt.

MORE: Cavs Website

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