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8/29/2015    12:00pm

An early Saturday fire has destroyed a historic building in downtown Dunkirk. According to Dunkirk Fire Chief Ron Dysert, the crews were dispatched to the fire around 7am Saturday morning. Upon arrival, they found the read of the building to be fully engulfed in flames.

“Before our mutual aid even got here the building was already three-fourths involved in the roof. The building was basically gone when we got the call.” said Chief Dysert.

The building itself is a historic building in Dunkirk and has been the home of Oldaker Manufacturing for over 50 years. Kenton Today reports Oldaker Manufacturing owner Pat Ream said it’s a sad day for him, “We’ve been here in this building since 1961 and everything’s gone. I don’t know what we’ll do. I don’t know whether we’ll rebuild or whether we’re out of business at this point I don’t know. I just have to check and see.”

Ream said his business employed seven people. Like the fire department he said it’s too soon to determine what caused that fire, but he does have his suspicions, “It started in the west end of the building, and I’m guessing at this point it looks to me like it might have possibly been wiring, but I’m kind of premature on that, because I don;t know, but there was a lot of old wiring in that building and that type of thing.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but it is being investigated by local and state fire investigators. Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton, Ada, Forest and Arlington Fire Departments.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

More: Kenton Today


Below are pictures from the remains of the structure.

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8/28/2015   5:30pm

When you have many people come up to you and say they want you to do something, eventually you see that there’s a need. At the Seneca County Fair Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz began to realize that residents of his city wanted to see a new restaurant open in their community. Specifically, a Chipotle Mexican Grill.

“After about the 50th person came up to me and said ‘Hey, when are you going to get a Chipotle in town?’ I realized that we had to do something.” said Mayor Montz

Mayor Montz said that his office contacted Chipotle by phone and email, but he began to get a better response from the company through social media. Specifically though Twitter and Facebook. Montz has been sending out messages on a daily basis through social media to the company in an effort to build support and convince the company to build a restaurant in Tiffin. Chipotle is a corporate owned restaurant chain which specializes in custom made hot burritos. The chain is popular, especially among younger people.

Montz says that the restaurants are all owned by the corporation and they do not franchise out, which makes it difficult to bring a new store to Tiffin. However, he has been in contact with two investors in the city who are willing to build, or renovate existing establishments currently in Tiffin if the company were to make a commitment.

“We have investors ready to go at two different locations that would be willing to construct a Chipotle to spec whatever Chipotle wanted,” said Mayor Montz

Communicating through social media, either to connect to citizens is a rather innovative idea for northwest Ohio. Mayor Montz says that the vast majority of people have supported his online campaign, but there have been some critics. He says though that sending off a tweet or a post a day takes little time, and appears to have more of an impact.

“Anyone who uses Twitter on social media knows that it takes five to ten seconds to type a quick tweet and send it off. If I can’t find five to ten seconds out of my day to do something like that, then I think I’m probably not doing an effective job as it is.” said Mayor Montz

Almost 18,000 people live in the City of Tiffin, which also is home to Tiffin University. Mayor Montz says that being a college town with a significantly young population, which Chipotle markets to, as well as being the county seat of Seneca County makes the city a prime location, in his eyes, for a new restaurant.

Mayor Montz says that he will continue in his campaign to bring a Chipotle to Tiffin utilizing social media until the company either makes a commitment or responds with a firm and solid no. In any case, the campaign does appear to have gained traction. Mayor Montz says that his tweets are retweeted and shared on average 40 to 60 times a day.

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8/28/2015   3:25am

Book lovers driving down East Main Cross Street now have another option to find interesting reading materials. The Courier reports that books are available for free. The Pitt Little Free Library is located at 1101 Main Cross St in Findlay. The library was created by 12-year-old Jenna Pitt.

Pitt was inspired to put in the library after seeing another Little Free Library and wanted to create one for Findlay. She completed the project as a “self-determined” 4-H project this year, and The Courier donated an old newspaper vending rack for the project.

Pitt and her family change our the books every week. Books can cover a wide range of genres including fiction, nonfiction, children?s and adult books.

The Little Free Library movement started in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse and filled it with books. Over time, he built several more, each with a sign saying ?Free Books.? The movement grew and in 2012 Little Free Library was established as a nonprofit organization. Its mission includes promoting literacy, as well as a sense of community.

As of July, there are more than 30,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges. They exist in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries around the world.

More: The Courier

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8/28/2015   12:45pm

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash of a cattle semi early Friday morning. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, around 7:15am a semi driven by Billy Joe Bowling, age 71 was traveling northeast on State Route 12 hauling 25 head of cattle.

Bowling exited the south side of the roadway and lost control of the semi which traveled into a field and overturned. Bowling was treated at the scene and was cited for operating without reasonable control. It is unknown if any of the cattle were injured. Crews were dispatched to remove the cattle from the overturned truck.

Assisting at the scene was Ed’s Towing and the Hanco and Washington Fire Department.

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The Bowling Green Police Department is warning area residents about a Facebook scam. The Sentinel-Tribune reports they police recently received several complaints abut hacked accounts sending friends bogus offers that promise to deliver big money.

In the latest scam, hacked accounts are sending friends messages that ask if they have claimed a $100,000 prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities. They then ask the friend to email them back to have the funds deposited.

The good news is not too many people are fooled. Acting Police Chief Tony Hetrick tells the newspaper only about 10 to 20 percent of people will get sucked in by the promises of an online scam.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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8/28/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A woman already serving a prison sentence for violating her probation in Putnam County was back in court Thursday. The Lima News reports Catherine Wilson was sentenced to a year in prison for a probation violation in Allen County. Wilson fled to Florida after her car was involved in a crash that killed a Lima man on May 31 of this year.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Wilson was on probation in Putnam County for a burglary conviction. She also was on probation in Allen County after being convicted of trafficking heroin.

MORE: Lima News

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8/28/15 – 5:02 A.M.

The number of unpaid sewage bills in Jenera is falling. The Courier reports the amount of delinquent accounts in the village has declined since officials noted a growing number of unpaid bills earlier in the summer. In June, there were about 14 accounts past due. Council sent out letters with the next utility bill, and payments have improved.

Mayor John Honse tells the newspaper only about three or four delinquent accounts remain. Still, the village will send out another round of letters next month to those who haven’t paid.

MORE: The Courier

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8/27/15 – 11:43 A.M.

Last year dead trees and debris were cleared from the Blanchard River. But with each storm and flood we’ve seen since then, more trees wind back up in the waterway. Today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting saw an update given on an upcoming stream enhancement project that aims to lessen the impact of future storms…


Commissioner Phil Riegle says there are many dead ash trees along the banks of the river. He added that it’s more expensive to remove them once they’ve fallen in the water.

Riegle added they want to make sure they get the best possible price for the removal of dead ash trees…


Part of that process includes having the Hancock Soil and Water District communicate with other soil and water districts to see what they have paid for similar projects.

Riegle says the orginal estimate came back around $900,000. The bid process could begin early this fall.

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8/27/15 – 6:47 A.M.

Fostoria firefighters will get more training thanks to a grant the city recently received. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistant to Firefighters Grants program is giving nearly $20,000 to the city.

The money can be used for training and facility upgrades. It can also be used to buy protective equipment among other items.

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