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4/28/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Ottawa has taken another step in its flood mitigation process. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council has approved a memorandum of understanding with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. Council members discussed issues relating to annexation and costs at a recent meeting.

In a previous version of the agreement, the document said Ottawa would annex land around road I-9. Council President Tim Macke said new language indicates that subject is open to debate. Annexation would only happen if council agrees to it.

The earlier draft also stated Ottawa would pay as much as $50,000 per year to support the agreement. That number has been trimmed to $15,000.

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4/28/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A Findlay man will spend nearly a decade in prison for breaking into two Rawson area homes last year. 37-year-old Dustin Skeene pleaded guilty this week to two counts of burglary. Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced Skeene to three years for the first burglary count, and four years for the second. Skeene was also sentenced to two years and 15 days for a probation violation.

A co-defendant in the case is still awaiting sentencing. 34-year-old Amy Dingus of Findlay pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted burglary last month. She also pleaded guilty to a possession of criminal tools charge. She’ll be sentenced May 12.

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4/28/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A shot was reportedly fired at a parked car in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident was reported just before 6:30 p.m. at 610 Carnahan Avenue. A suspect allegedly fired a shot and then ran off. No one was injured.

A release from the police department says the suspect is known to authorities. The person was not named publicly and had not been located by late Wednesday night.

The incident remains under investigation.

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4/28/16 – 5:09 A.M.

Last week Findlay City Council was told that the city’s financial software doesn’t lend itself well to uploading information to Ohio’s “open checkbook” website. However, the Courier reports several cities and counties using MUNIS financial software have not had issues in uploading their numbers to OhioCheckbook.com. The City of North Royalton, as well as Mahoning, Clermont, Butler, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties all use MUNIS. Representatives from the city and counties tell the newspaper they’ve had very few problems if any at all.

Chris Berry is the communications director for the State Auditor’s website. He says he is not aware of any governments that use MUNIS having to hire outside help to upload their numbers to the state. Deputy Auditor Ginger Sampson told council members last week that some governments using the same financial software as Findlay had to hire accounting firms to help prepare data to be uploaded to the state site.

The Courier reports neither Auditor Jim Staschiak or Sampson elected to speak to reporter Max Filby for the article that appears in today’s edition of the newspaper.

Sampson told council last week the auditor’s office would be rolling out a local financial transparency tool by mid-summer. She added it would show revenues and expenses. OhioCheckbook.com only shows expenses. Sampson said that the local tool didn’t mean that Findlay wouldn’t eventually upload information to the state site.

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4/27/16 – 7:19 A.M.

A Bowling Green teenager has been reported missing. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 17-year-old Danielle Irwin was last seen Sunday. It’s believed she’s with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Hutchison. Investigators with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office believe Irwin left with Hutchison voluntarily.

Irwin is white, five-feet-two-inches tall, and weighs around 130 pounds. She has medium-brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a dime-sized mole on the left side of her neck as well as a mole on the side of her nose. Irwin also wears glasses.

She may be traveling in a 2000 Mercury Cougar.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call (419)354-9001.

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4/27/16 – 6:53 A.M.

A North Baltimore teenager has been arrested in connection to the death of a man in the village. Media partner WTOL-11 reports 19-year-old Alexis De Los Reyes has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide in connection to the death of Alexander Sabatino earlier this year. Court documents say drugs were involved in the January incident.

No other details on the case are available at this time.

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4/27/16 – 6:47 A.M.

Teachers in the North Baltimore school district have agreed to a new contract. The Courier reports the three-year deal will give teachers a 2.5 percent pay raise in the first year, then a 2.25 percent increase in years two and three. The raise in the third year of the deal depends on an assessment of the five-year financial forecast by the Ohio Department of Education.

Both the administration and representatives from the teacher’s union say the negotiation process went smoothly.

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4/27/16 – 5:22 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer charged with drunk driving pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Monday. 34-year-old Justin Kiser was found guilty on one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Kiser was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 23 suspended as long as he complies with the terms of his probation. He was also ordered to complete a driver intervention program and had his license suspended for a year.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says Kiser will face internal disciplinary action.

Kiser was given credit for serving five days in jail, and will be given credit for another two after he takes part in a victim impact program. He’ll also have to pay a $250 fine plus court costs.

Kiser was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. on February 6 for a speeding violation.

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4/27/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A well-known downtown Findlay restaurant is getting a makeover and a name change. The Courier reports Waldo Pepper’s will close on June 5. When it reopens later in the summer, it will be known as “Legends Steakhouse & Sports Bar.” Owner Jameson Botimer tells the newspaper the renovation will take advantage of the restaurant’s Main Street setting.

Four tables will be placed on the sidewalk. Windows at the front of the building will be able to open up like an overhead garage door when the weather is nice. The main entrance of the business will move toward the south end of the building.

Memorabilia from the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame will be displayed in the restaurant. The menu will be similar to Waldo Pepper’s current offerings, but with more of a focus on steak and appetizers.

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4/27/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County is getting healthier for the most part. The Courier reports results of a new community health assessment were released Tuesday. The numbers show fewer people are smoking, and fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol. However, the 2015 Hancock County Health Assessment shows more adults are misusing medications.

The numbers released Tuesday are being compared to a health assessment done in 2011. Youth smoking has declined from 8 percent to 7 percent. Adult smoking dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent during the same time.

As far as access to health care goes, only 3 percent of the people surveyed had no insurance in 2015. That number was 8 percent in 2011.

While youth drinking has declined in the county, adults report drinking more. The study shows 60 percent of adults had at least one alcoholic beverage in the month before the survey. That was up from 51 percent. While one drink may not be an issue, the number of adults who reported binge drinking was also up; 19 percent in 2015 compared to 15 percent in 2011. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in one sitting for men and four or more drinks in one sitting for women.

The number of adults who are overweight was up three percentage points to 38 percent. However, the younger population is slimming down a little. 13 percent were overweight in 2011, compared to 12 percent in 2015. The percentage of adults and youths considered obese didn’t change.

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