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9/17/14 – 5:12 A.M.

More details have been released following a fiery crash in Dunkirk Monday afternoon. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says the fire at the Marathon gas station at the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81 was touched off by a collision between an SUV and a motor home.

Michelle Obenour of Dunkirk was driving her SUV east on Route 81 when she pulled into the path of a northbound motor home driven by Loran Hofer of Sun City Florida. The motor home then slammed into a gas pump at the station, causing it to ignite. The fire destroyed the motor home and two other cars.

In all, five people were treated for minor injuries. The gas pumps and the canopy at the convenience store were destroyed.

The crash remains under investigation.

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9/17/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Getting a parking ticket is never fun, but it should be less of a pain in Fostoria now. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council passed an overhaul of how fines are handled at their Tuesday meeting.

Instead of paying for the ticket at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, fines can be paid at a drop box at the municipal building. Police Chief Keith Loreno says the change will reduce the cost of a ticket by $15 on average.

Parking tickets in Fostoria usually run between $50 and $75.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/17/14 – 4:29 A.M.

The famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses are at the University of Findlay this week resting up for several appearances around the area this weekend. The eight horses weigh at least 2,000 pounds apiece and require lots of grooming and preparation before going to their gigs. They’ll be at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay on Friday, Tiffin on Saturday and Defiance on Sunday.

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9/16/14 – 11:04 A.M.

A scheduled pretrial hearing for the former Riverdale teacher charged with child endangerment yielded no courtroom action today. Barb Williams met privately with her lawyers. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn reports around 20 people were on hand to support Williams.

The former kindergarten teacher was seen on a school security video pushing a 6-year-old student in May. Williams resigned from her position following the incident.

Her trial is set to begin Dec. 15.

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9/16/14 – 10:55 A.M.

The Hancock County Auditor’s Office is getting high praise again. For the fourth year in a row the department has been given the Auditor of State Award with distinction…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says it’s an impressive feat. Rauschenberg says that’s because it accounts not just for the handling of local tax dollars, but also the extra regulations that come with handling grant money…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

State Auditor Dave Yost presented the award to the county on Monday.

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9/16/14 – 5:21 A.M.

The Fostoria School District appears to be moving in the right direction. The Courier reports the school board was given an overview of the district’s report card during a Monday meeting. Superintendent Andrew Sprang says the school system earned a C on its Performance Index Score, up from an F last year. The district also moved from an F to a C for its graduation rate. That number is up to 86.1 percent, four points higher than the state average.

Sprang says the Intermediate Elementary School earned A’s in overall math and reading, and gifted students value added progress.

The district still received an F for meeting six of 24 performance indicators. Sprang says there’s obviously room to improve, but pieces of the report card are moving in the right direction.

MORE: The Courier

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9/16/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A fiery crash closed U.S. 68 in Hardin County for around three hours Monday. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81.

Preliminary details in the crash show that three cars were involved. The blaze left the convenience store intact, but completely destroyed the gas pumps. Five people were injured. Two of them were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment. The other three people were treated and released at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.

No other details were available.


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9/16/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Findlay is no longer under any risk of being put on probation by the National Flood Insurance Program. The Courier reports city officials have cleared up more than 100 issues raised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter from FEMA sent to the city in April warned that probation was possible if certain documents weren’t updated.

Probation would have meant an extra $50 charge to each flood insurance premium in the city. Service-Safety Manager Paul Schmelzer says the warning letter from FEMA was protocol. He added that the agency never intended to give the impression that probation was imminent for Findlay.

MORE: The Courier

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9/15/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price around the state for a gallon of regular is $3.30. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday, and 14 cents from August 15.

In Findlay drivers were reporting prices around $3.34 a gallon early this morning. Ottawa prices were around 10 cents cheaper.

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