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9/3/14 – 7:14 A.M.

Kenton police officers dealt with a hostage situation Tuesday afternoon. Kentontoday.com reports officers were called to a North Oak Street home. When they arrived they found a man acting erratically. The man took a woman in the house hostage.

A special response team was called in to handle the situation. The negotiations broke down and officers stormed the home. The suspect and several officers suffered minor injuries in the incident.

No other details have been released.

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9/3/14 – 7:08 A.M.

Two institutions in our area are getting grants as part of the Honor Project. The City Mission in Findlay and Tiffin University are among the 226 entities in Ohio that will receive money.

The Honor Project is a trust that pays out money from a lawsuit filed by the state of Ohio against American International Group Inc. In 2010 the state argued American International conspired with a broker to eliminate competition in the commercial casualty insurance industry.

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9/3/14 – 6:43 A.M.

North Baltimore might start fining railroad companies that block crossings in the village for too long. The Courier reports village council has agreed to consider legislation to enact the fines. Residents have been getting frustrated by trains that block the crossings. In some instances emergency vehicles have been detoured to I-75 to avoid backups.

Police Chief Allan Baer says Ohio law allows fines to be levied in these instances.

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9/3/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Fostoria officials are trying not to break the budget and have road salt on hand for this winter, but the balancing act is proving to be difficult. The Courier reports Safety Service Director Allyson Murray has been authorized to shop around for road salt. The move comes after ODOT District 2 rejected the state bid.

Last year Fostoria bought salt at $43 per ton. The state bid was for $161.50 per ton. Given the amount of salt Fostoria bought last year, it would bring the cost to $371,000.

Murray believes she can find salt for at least $125 a ton.

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9/3/14 – 5:12 A.M.

Two damaged elm trees in the Pandora Village Park won’t have to be cut down after all. The Putnam County Sentinel reports two tree stumps are being turned into wood carvings. One will become a rocket in honor of the school district’s mascot. The other stump will be carved into a bear.

Jay Leahy is doing the work. Initially it was thought he would be done by Ted Fest on September 13, but he thinks it may take a little while longer.

The Pandora-Gilboa Rocket Boosters, Pandora Chamber of Commerce, and Ted’s Market are paying for the work.

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9/3/14 – 5:03 A.M.

The three men charged in a fatal Fostoria shooting made court appearances Tuesday. The Review-Times reports a trial date of October 6 was set for Tyson Ogg. He’s charged with complicity to commit aggravated burglary, complicity to commit aggravated robbery, and complicity to commit aggravated murder. Ogg is accused of driving the getaway car after Janelle Mauricio was killed on May 21.

Dallas Salaz also made a court appearance. He is requesting a new attorney. Salaz is also charged with being complicit in the crime. His trial date is still set for October 22.

Garrett Brown is also facing charges in the shooting. The three allegedly went to an East Culbertson Street home on May 21 to try and steal money and illegal drugs.

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9/3/14 – 4:51 A.M.

A former Ottawa village councilman is facing two counts of vehicular manslaughter. 59-year-old Alan Ducey was charged last Friday. The charges are first-degree misdemeanors. Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers says the charges are misdemeanors because there were no other violations like alcohol consumption.

Ducey was involved in a June 6 crash on State Route 65 that killed 85-year-old Joan Beam and 62-year-old Christine Hayden of Columbus Grove.

Ducey resigned from Ottawa council shortly after the crash. He’ll be arraigned September 6.

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9/3/14 – 4:40 A.M.

A former football player at Bowling Green State University accused of attempted rape is being suspended from the school for two-years. University officials say 19-year-old William Houston violated the school’s code of student conduct by engaging in “sexual contact without permission.” Houston was arrested in July after he was allegedly caught with his pants down on top of the sleeping roommate of a girl he was staying with.

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9/2/14 – 11:23 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber is recalling nearly 1,500 tires. Modern Tire Dealer reports certain Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires, size 265/65R18 are affected by the recall notice. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the tires could experience cracking and broken ply cords in the lower sidewall on the intended outboard side above the rim.

The tires were made between June 1 and June 28 of this year.

Cooper Tire is notifying owners about the problem. Dealers will inspect the tires and replace them if needed. Owners can also contact customer service at (800)854-6288. The number for the recall is 159.

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