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4/22/15 – 6:49 A.M.

North Baltimore is looking to get a grant to help pay for a police cruiser and an EMS vehicle. The Courier reports village council is seeking a grant and loan package from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help pay for the vehicles.

Council also discussed EMS staffing. Officials are looking at ways to have more technicians available for daytime service runs. A spokesperson for Mid-County Ambulance Service said they’ve been making more runs in the North Baltimore area. Councilman Bill Cameron said that the more North Baltimore struggles to provide its own ambulance services, the more Mid-County struggles to serve its primary coverage area.

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4/22/15 – 5:33 A.M.

Two people were hospitalized following a two-car crash in Findlay Tuesday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash took place just before 9 a.m. in the 500 block of South Main Street.

59-year-old Kathleen Pahl was slowing down to let a car parallel park when she was hit from behind by a truck driven by 47-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Arlington. Pahl and a passenger, 83-year-old Dorothy Chaskel of Findlay were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

Wilhelm was not hurt. He was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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4/22/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Fostoria City Council took aim at blighted properties during their Tuesday meeting. The Review-Times reports two ordinances regarding the issue were passed last night.

The first ordinance requires property owners in the city to register vacant buildings every 12 months to weed out abandoned buildings. The second measure requires residents to keep their lawns trimmed to help improve the look of the city.

The vacant buildings list is expected to help the city keep track of buildings that need torn down. Owners of structures that aren’t abandoned will have to keep tabs on their property or face fines. The responsibilities include maintaining lawns and securing buildings.

The lawn care ordinance states that grass and weeds can’t grow over a foot tall. Failure to mow means the city will do the work, and could assess the costs on a resident’s real estate taxes.

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4/22/15 – 5:09 A.M.

Four fire departments battled a barn fire near New Riegel last night. The blaze reportedly started around 10:30 p.m. at 7615 West Township Road 96. Farm equipment and livestock was lost in the fire.

No other details were immediately available.

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4/22/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The lawyer for a 14-year-old charged with aggravated robbery wants the media blocked from covering the case. The Courier reports attorney Abigail Hefflinger filed paperwork this week. The filing claims the trial should be closed to “protect the nature of the juvenile court process and the rights of the alleged delinquent child.”

Hefflinger’s client, Isaiah Oliver, is accused of taking part in two robberies in Findlay on March 25. He allegedly used a knife to cut a 15-year-old boy in the abdomen in the Tiffin Avenue Kroger parking lot. A little later the teen and 21-year-old Joe Vera III of Arcadia allegedly tried to steal a car from the Tiffin Avenue Circle K.

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4/21/15 – 9:12 A.M.

Unemployment rates are continuing a downward trend in the region. Numbers released from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services today show joblessness is down in most area counties. Hancock County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.9 percent. That’s down from 4 percent in February.

Wyandot County was down from 4.3 percent to 4 percent in March. Putnam and Wood Counties also had an unemployment rates below 5 percent, checking in at 4.4 and 4.7 percent respectively.

Elsewhere in the area, Allen County was down to 5.1 and Seneca County dropped to a 5.5 percent jobless rate. Hardin County stayed at an even 5 percent, while Henry County’s unemployment rate increased from 7.2 to 7.7 percent.

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4/21/15 – 8:37 A.M.

A Bluffton village councilman has stepped down. The Courier reports Everett Collier resigned Monday evening. The resignation was effective immediately. No reason was given for the move.

Collier is in the middle of a term that doesn’t expire until the end of December of 2017. Council will appoint a replacement to complete the term.

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