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9/9/16 – 7:47 A.M.

The F.B.I. is conducting an investigation within the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. WLIO-TV reports field agents were seen removing items from the sheriff’s office in Lima Wednesday. F.B.I. Special Agent Vickie Anderson tells the TV station an investigation is underway. She would not comment on what or who is the target of the operation.

WLIO reports Sheriff Sam Crish was not in the office Thursday.

No charges have been filed and no one has been arrested.


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9/9/16 – 7:37 A.M.

Arcadia officials have decided against applying for money to repave part of North Main Street. The Courier reports the village did not qualify for a program that would have paid for 80 percent of the work. The project was estimated to cost $207,000.

The “mill-and-fill” project would have taken place between East Brown Road to East South Street.

MORE: The Courier

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9/9/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A pedestrian was killed on I-75 in Wood County Thursday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate near the Wooster Street exit in Bowling Green.

A release says the man was hit by several vehicles in the right southbound lane. The man has not been publicly identified.

You’re asked to contact the Bowling Green post of the State Highway Patrol if you have any information about the crash.

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9/9/16 – 5:28 A.M.

One restaurant on Findlay’s east side has closed its doors, while it appears another is getting ready to reopen. The Courier reports the Golden Corral on Tiffin Avenue shut down this week. A sign on the restaurant’s door said the location was permanently closed, and the company has not responded to requests for comment.

At the same time, the IHOP on County Road 236 may make a comeback. A sign on the building’s door says it will reopen late this year.

Findlay’s IHOP closed in 2011 when its franchise owner was charged with running criminal schemes intended to defraud the government, the restaurant’s corporation, Farmers Insurance and employees out of millions. He would later plead guilty. Two former employees were also convicted of identity theft for charges that involved illegal immigrants.

MORE: The Courier

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9/9/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Local Democrats say the county fair wasn’t a friendly place to be. The Courier reports volunteers at the Hancock County Democrats fair booth say they were harassed throughout the week. Doris Mapes tells the newspaper one man told her he would have liked to burn the cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton in the booth. Others put Donald Trump stickers on the cutout.

One volunteer reported a man began to yell at her about Second Amendment rights. When she tried to diffuse the situation by saying “thank you for your opinion,” she was called an idiot. She later found her Obamacare bumper sticker on her car defaced with the word idiot.

Hancock County Republican Chair Jim Baker tells the newspaper he doesn’t encourage this behavior. He said “That’s not what democracy is all about.”

MORE: The Courier

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9/9/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller has been appointed to fill an opening in the Findlay Municipal Court. The Courier reports Governor John Kasich appointed Miller to fill the unexpired term of retiring Judge Robert Fry. Fry’s six-year term expires in December of 2017.

That leaves an opening for county prosecutor, and it appears County Commissioner Phil Riegle will fill that role. Riegle filed to run for the position as a write-in candidate in August. Riegle was formerly an assistant prosecutor in Hardin County. No one else is running for the position.

Because both Miller and Riegle are Republicans, the Hancock County Republican Party will be responsible for appointing their replacements. The appointed prosecutor will serve in the role through the end of the year. Riegle’s replacement will fill the rest of his term, which lasts through 2018.

MORE: The Courier

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9/8/16 – 12:15 P.M.

A traffic study could lead to a new traffic light being installed west of Findlay. Hancock County Engineer Chris Long says ODOT is surveying the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 140 this week. Long says the study is looking at traffic patterns in that area, and whether a stoplight is needed at the intersection. There’s no word on how long the survey will take to complete.

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9/8/16 – 12:04 P.M.

The day-to-day duties of handling flood mitigation efforts in Hancock County have officially been handed over to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. The Hancock County Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement with the organization during their Tuesday meeting…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says the county still handles the project from a financial standpoint.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioner Brian Robertson says the transition makes sense because the conservancy has the skill set to assess the issue. He added they also have the authority to deal with drainage in the watershed.

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9/8/16 – 6:42 A.M.
Update – 11:29 A.M.

A Michigan truck driver was injured when his semi rolled over near Bowling Green early Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports 57-year-old Kenneth Lada was driving southbound around 5:30 a.m. near the U.S 6 interchange when he lost control and drove into the median. The truck was carrying hazardous material but none was released during the crash. Diesel fuel did spill from the truck and was being cleaned up by a hazmat crew.

Lada was taken to Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green and then flown to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

The crash caused the complete closure of the interstate in both directions. The backup has stretched as far south as North Baltimore and as far north as I-475. The interstate is expected to reopen after the diesel spill is cleaned up.

MORE: WFIN Traffic Center

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9/8/16 – 7:37 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society would like to allow short-term camping at the Iron Triangle Visitor Center. The Review-Times reports a rezoning application for the facility at 420 Columbus Avenue would allow parking spaces for RVs and campers to be set up on the site. If the plan is approved, the spots would have an electric hookup for visitors.

Fostoria City Council will talk about the proposed zoning change at their September 20 meeting.

MORE: Review-Times

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