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7/17/14 – 6:42 A.M.

Fostoria police are investigating a drowning at the city’s reservoir. The body of 21-year-old Michael Enright was pulled from Reservoir 2 around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after almost an hour of searching. Police chief Keith Loreno says witnesses saw Enright fishing before he fell into the water.

One person went into the water to try and save the man, but could not locate the victim.

Enright’s body has been taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.


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7/17/14 – 6:40 A.M.

A road resurfacing project will close a Findlay street today. The Findlay engineer’s department reports Defiance Avenue will be closed from Cory to Howard Streets until 5:30 p.m.

Residents on the road will be allowed to get to their homes. Everyone else will have to find another route.

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7/17/14 – 5:34 A.M.

Wood County health officials are trying to put residents at ease after rumors about meningitis started spreading over social media. The Courier reports an Elmwood girl died from a sudden illness recently, leading some to incorrectly believe meningitis was the reason. The Wood County Health Department says the highly contagious bacterium was ruled out Tuesday afternoon.

Viral meningitis has not been eliminated as a possibility, but it is rarely contagious. Health officials don’t believe meningitis of any type killed the girl.

In the meantime the village of Elmwood is reeling following the loss of a young life. Elmwood schools superintendent Tony Borton emailed the Review-Times to give an update on services being made available. Borton said a community vigil took place at the high school softball diamond to honor Mackenzie Shaffer. She was a seventh-grader in the school system.

Grief counselors will be on hand at the school from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow.

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7/17/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Putnam County residents got a look at FEMA’s proposed new flood insurance maps last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the big topic of conversation was how people living in the “high risk” flood zone will be affected.

People who live in older homes built before the first Flood Insurance Rate Map have been getting subsidies to keep their flood insurance costs down. Residents learned at the meeting those subsidies could be phased out over time.

Older buildings not used as a primary home or used for a business would receive a 25 percent annual increase on their insurance rates.

There is a 90-day appeal process once the new flood maps are put on the federal registry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/17/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Federal officials are now investigating to see if the Chinese businesses have engaged in unfair business practices that have unfairly stolen U.S. tire customers.

The Courier reports the USW alleges the foreign companies have been selling tires below market value in the U.S., while charging regular prices in China. The Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission are both looking into the issue. If they rule in favor of the USW, tariffs will be put back on Chinese imports.

The USW has also alleged the Chinese government is giving some of the companies subsidies so they can sell at an unfair price in the U.S.

MORE: The Courier

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7/16/14 – 1:17 P.M.

Blanchard Valley Health System was honored today for eliminating out-of-pocket costs for colorectal screenings.  The American Cancer Society gave BVHS a “Division Citation” award for their efforts.

Kim Benson is the director of oncology and outpatient services for the health system.  She says employees started signing up for exams once a roadblock was eliminated…

Audio: Kim Benson

Andrew Mariani is with the American Cancer Society, and added that he hopes the move is copied by other large employers in the area.

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7/16/14 – 12:57 P.M.

Your hip friends have gone gluten free, and now you’re asking if you should join them. Blanchard Valley Health System dietitian Julie Russell says if you’re trying to lose weight, gluten free may not be the best way to go…

Audio: Julie Russell

Russell says the best advice remains a balanced diet along with cutting calories.

She it’s a different story if you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant. Celiac disease usually comes in the form of GI issues, but there are also people who have a gluten intolerance…

Audio: Julie Russell

The only way to find out for sure though is by talking to your family doctor.

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7/16/14 – 10:06 A.M.

Wyandot County authorities shut down a meth lab Tuesday. Wyandot County Sheriff Michael Hetzel reports Defiance Conley of Wharton was arrested during the operation. She’s facing drug charges and a probation violation.

A tip led to officers conducting a surveillance operation on a home at 108 North Jefferson Street. Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday a car was stopped near the intersection of County Road 330 and Richland Township Highway 79. The driver was wanted on a warrant out of Florida for possession of methamphetamine. Materials to make meth were found in the trunk of the car.

Detectives then went to the North Jefferson Street house to question the residents. Officers found a working meth lab in operation. The METRICH Clandestine Drug Unit was able to safely remove the laboratory.


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7/16/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty to a rape charge yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 50-year-old Dusty Garwood appeared in court Tuesday. He also pleaded not guilty to sexual battery and abduction charges. Garwood is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female inmate.

The original sexual battery charge was thrown out because the inmate was under house arrest and the incidents allegedly took place at her home. That meant she wasn’t technically in custody.

Judge Robert Pollex stepped down from the case. The newspaper reports Garwood had served in Pollex’s court several times in the past. The Ohio Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a new judge to the case.

MORE: The Courier

 

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7/16/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A Wood County man will spend two years in prison for threatening the North Baltimore School District. The Courier reports 58-year-old Dwight Bower was sentenced on a charge of inducing panic Tuesday. Bower pleaded guilty in April, and was given credit for 260 days already served in jail.

Bower sent the school a note that said, “can’t wait to blow up your (expletive) schools.” He also promised he would, “burn, mutilate and destroy anything anyone has.” Police were able to identify him as a suspect because his name was imprinted on the notes he sent from letters he had written before on the same note pad.

Defense attorney William Stephenson did not mention mental illness during yesterday’s hearing. However, Judge Robert Pollex did bring up the issue when he made his ruling.

MORE: The Courier

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