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3/4/15 – 5:19 A.M.

North Baltimore is getting a grant to pay for radios and equipment for the fire department. The Courier reports a little more than $47,000 is coming to the village from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The money will be used to buy seven portable radios and two mobile radios for fire trucks. The equipment provides wireless digital communication for emergency responders.

North Baltimore had applied for the same grant last summer but didn’t make the cut. When more money became available the village was then offered the grant.

MORE: The Courier

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3/4/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The sister of a Findlay murder victim is missing and hasn’t been seen for several weeks. The Findlay Police Department says Lisa Gutierrez was reported missing February 25. Authorities say foul play is not suspected. They also don’t believe the disappearance has anything to do with the shooting death of Joe Gutierrez III.

Lisa borrowed her father’s car and never returned it. It’s believed she could be with a boyfriend in Toledo.

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3/3/15 – 11:20 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants area residents to help in the fight against crime. Sheriff Mike Heldman says an increasing number of people have asked about how they can assist law enforcement. With that in mind, Hancock County residents are being invited to become associate members of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.

Membership information will be mailed soon. The Sheriff’s Office will not make calls about membership. Joining the association can cost as little as $20. Heldman says the contribution helps fund things like training and legislative support on criminal justice issues.

For more information you can call (419)424-7098.

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3/3/15 – 8:11 A.M.
UPDATE: 9:38 A.M.

Listeners tell us I-75 is very slick between Bluffton and Lima. Several slide off accidents are reported on that stretch of the interstate, and traffic is backed up or even stopped in spots in both the north and southbound lanes.

You’re urged to drive with caution as freezing rain is expected to make roads across the entire region slick this morning.

UPDATE: All accidents have cleared and the interstate is running smoothly in the area.

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3/3/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Carey village council has approved moving forward with buying property just west of the village. The Courier reports the village will make an offer on the former Bosserman Aviation Equipment Property at 2327 State Route 568. Council also approved an emergency authorization to fund the deal.

If the sale goes through the village will move the electric and public works department into one building at that location.

The Bosserman property was appraised for more than $989,000. The village has negotiated the sale price down to $740,000.

MORE: The Courier

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3/3/15 – 4:58 A.M.

Arlington Village Council reviewed its snow removal policies during their Monday meeting. Residents are being urged not to shovel snow into the streets. The Courier reports Street Commissioner Kyle Crist said the snow freezes and can damage snow plows. Crist added, “it’s like hitting manhole covers.”

Arlington residents were also asked to clear their sidewalks and areas around fire hydrants.

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3/3/15 – 4:52 A.M.

More than 25 homes in Findlay remain under a boil water advisory today. A waterline break on Greendale Avenue Monday afternoon led to the alert being issued. The advisory includes homes in the 1700, 1800, and 1900 blocks of Greendale. A home at 700 Sutton Place is also included.

Residents in the affected area are asked to boil their water for at least one minute before use.

The advisory affects homes at: 1724, 1725, 1728, 1731, 1732, 1735, 1800, 1801, 1806, 1807, 1812, 1813, 1818, 1819, 1825, 1826, 1830, 1900, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913 and 1917 Greendale.

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3/2/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A Fostoria family lost their home in a fire last Friday. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria fire department was called to a trailer at Nye’s Trailer Park a little after 7 p.m. No one was home at the time of the blaze.

Investigators say the fire was caused by an electric heater that fell over on a couch and blankets.

One adult and two children were displaced by the fire. They are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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3/2/15 – 6:48 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing their slow climb. Prices jumped over the weekend and the statewide average is now $2.43 per gallon for regular. A week ago the state average was $2.33 a gallon, but that had slid to $2.29 by Friday. A month ago prices were closer to $2.04 a gallon.

In Findlay drivers were reporting prices around $2.48 a gallon Monday morning. Ottawa drivers are paying around $2.39.

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