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9/9/15 – 6:57 A.M.

Funds set aside to help develop businesses in Seneca County have sat dormant since 2013. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County Commissioners were given an update on the county’s revolving loan fund Tuesday. The account has a balance of around $52,000 in it, and it hasn’t been touched in nearly two years.

The money is used to help businesses finance projects that aren’t fully funded through other sources. Once the loans are repaid the money is used to help other businesses. The commissioners were told if the account doesn’t show activity, the money could be taken back by the federal government. It’s provided by Community Development Block Grant funding.

A reorganization meeting will be held soon to jump start the program. The account will be reviewed in the spring of 2016.

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9/9/15 – 6:45 A.M.

The Seneca County economy is bouncing back. That’s according to outgoing Seneca County Industrial and Economic Development Organization director David Zak. The Review-Times reports Zak gave a final update to the county commissioners Tuesday before he starts a new job at Tiffin University.

Zak says that since the beginning of 2014, there have been 550 new jobs created in the county and 2,500 jobs retained. He added that around $100 million has been invested in local economic activity over the past 18 months.

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9/9/15 – 5:24 A.M.

One person was injured in a motorcycle crash east of Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened on State Route 12 near the intersection with County Road 212 around 4:15 p.m.

45-year-old Frederick Grimshaw of Benton Ridge was riding his motorcycle northeast on the highway when he slowed to make a left turn. As he did he was hit from behind by a car driven by 17-year-old Brittney Nye of Fostoria.

Grimshaw was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Nye was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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9/9/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Another update on McComb’s water quality was given Tuesday night. The Courier reports the topic was brought up again during a village council meeting. Council members say there has been a noticeable difference in the water in recent weeks.

Brown water in the village was blamed on the mineral manganese reacting with chlorine used to treat the water. Fire hydrants were recently flushed to purge the mineral from the water system. The village has also ordered a new charcoal filter for the treatment plant at a cost of $80,000. The efforts are expected to help correct the problem according to village council members.

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9/9/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A rural Findlay man accused of attacking a sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on a felony assault charge. The Courier reports the grand jury indicted 52-year-old Dennis Craft Sr. Tuesday. Craft is accused of throwing a punch at a deputy who was administering a breathalyzer test to a juvenile.

The incident happened August 30 at an abandoned building off of U.S. 224. Deputy Matthew Brunswick investigated a car parked near the building. That led to three juveniles being investigated for underage consumption. Craft allegedly arrived on the scene during that investigation and took a swing at the deputy. The attack apparently knocked the breathalyzer kit into Brunswick’s eye.

Underage consumption charges are pending against the juveniles.

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9/9/15 – 4:53 A.M.

The investigation into a shooting during a Findlay traffic stop remains under investigation. That’s the word from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Findlay Police Department three months after Jeremy Linhart was killed. An Ohio BCI spokesperson tells the Courier there is no timetable for when the investigation is expected to be done.

Linhart was shot and killed by officer Aaron Fletchner during a traffic stop on June 9 on West Sandusky Street in Findlay.

Initial reports say Fletchner and Linhart got into a verbal argument and then a physical altercation while Fletchner searched the car. That search allegedly turned up a handgun.

Fletchner remains on administrative leave. Another officer involved in the stop, Andrew Rudnick, has returned to duty.

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9/9/15 – 4:20 A.M.

There are more students this fall at Bowling Green State University. Enrollment is up nearly two-percent over last year, driven in part by a 12-percent increase in freshman students. University officials say the increase in the student population shows people are taking notice of new academic facilities and the value of a BGSU education.

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9/7/15 – 10:34 A.M.

We should have a better understanding of how the dam at Riverside Park impacts water flow along the Blanchard River by the end of the year. Hancock County and the city of Findlay are splitting the cost of an assessment of the structure…


Robertson says the sediment can also impact the city’s backup water system.

Hull & Associates will be paid $15,000 for the assessment. The city and the county will split the costs evenly. Robertson believes it will take 60 to 90 days to complete.

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9/8/15 – 7:33 A.M.

The city of Fostoria has a new website. The Review-Times reports the new site, Fostoria Ohio.gov, is launching today. Mayor Eric Keckler tells the newspaper the new site will, ” provide accurate, easy-to-find information.” He adds the site will also help market the city.

Keckler says the old website was too slow to update community information. The new site will be maintained by the city administrative office, which should mean more frequent updates. Each city department will also have their own section on the website.

The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation is also launching a new site today. It can be found at Fostoria EDC.org.

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9/8/15 – 7:23 A.M.

A Lima woman was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened at the intersection of Northridge Road and Interstate Drive around 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

42-year-old Katina Caprella was driving on Interstate Drive when she pulled out in front of a car driven by 83-year-old Allen Hakes of Findlay. Caprella was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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