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3/10/14 – 12:04 P.M.

The Wood County grand jury indicted two Bowling Green men on sex crime charges last week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 53-year-old Kenneth Pultz faces two rape charges. He’s also charged with a count of gross sexual imposition. The incidents allegedly happened between 2005 and 2007 and involved a child between 5 and 7-years-old at the time.

35-year-old John Leveck faces a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. He also faces two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and one count of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. Investigators say the incidents happened last month.

The cases are not related.

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3/10/14 – 11:46 A.M.

Drivers on the interstate didn’t have issues adjusting to an odd traffic flow over the weekend. I-75 traffic diverted up and down the U.S. 224 exit and entrance ramps while crews tore down part of the 224 bridge. The State Patrol reports there were only two incidents. A man hit a guardrail near the ramps, and a woman spilled coffee on herself, driving into the curb.

The interstate traffic pattern returned to normal this morning. The U.S. 224 bridge is down to two lanes while the southern half of the bridge is rebuilt. Once construction crews finish that, ODOT will repeat the process with the northern half of the bridge.

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3/10/14 – 11:36 A.M.

Safety should be a big concern for area farmers thinking about working in their grain bins as the temperature gets warmer. Extension Educator Ed Lentz says you should always be mindful of the suffocation dangers of a bin full of grain…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says to keep in mind air quality if you’re going to be in a bin for an extended time…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz also advises farmers to make sure they secure their bins so that children can’t get into them.

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3/10/14 – 6:38 A.M.

A Fostoria man is facing possible drug charges after a drug raid. The Review-Times reports a SWAT team served a search warrant at 1521 Countyline Street, lot 22 last Thursday. Officers found cash ,suspected marijuana, suspected crack cocaine, and prescription pills. The warrant also turned up drug paraphernalia, criminal tools and evidence of drug trafficking.

35-year-old Edwin Hogan could face counts of possession of crack cocaine, possession of prescription pills, and possession of marijuana. The charges are pending the results of lab tests on the substances found in the home.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/10/14 – 5:31 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Wapakoneta man in Findlay Friday night. The State Patrol says 54-year-old James Shurlow was driving south along I-75 when he hit a guardrail near the U.S. 224 exit. Hanco EMS took Shurlow to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

He was cited for operating a vehicle while under the influence, and failure to maintain control.

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3/10/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A Friday afternoon crash in Hardin County sent five people to the hospital. The State Patrol reports that crash happened around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Front and Shadley Streets in the village of Alger. 68-year-old Robert Stevens of Lima was driving west on Shadley when he ran a stop sign and hit a car driven by 72-year-old Marion Gross Jr. of Alger.

EMS crews took Stevens and Gross to a Lima hospital for treatment of their injuries. 41-year-old Angela Roby, who was riding with Marion Gross, suffered serious injuries. Two other passengers in Gross’ car suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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3/10/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Fire drove a Tiffin family from their home Sunday morning. Three adults were able to safely escape the blaze on Circular Street. The Red Cross assisted the family with a place to stay and personal hygiene items. The agency also offered help with food and clothing.

Disaster responder Ruthie Stiverson says the Red Cross will also offer the family help in planning for the recovery process.

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3/10/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A safe workplace for county employees means cost savings for Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county is getting a rebate worth almost $55,000 from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio offers the rebate. It provides financial incentives for counties to promote a safe work environment.

Putnam County joined the program in 2012. Since then, it has saved more than $86,000 in rebates.

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3/10/14 – 4:37 A.M.

When it comes to gas prices in Ohio, the bad news is that we’re not paying less as we enter the week. The good news is that we aren’t paying more. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for regular is $3.56 a gallon, the same as last week. A year ago prices were the same.

The average price for regular in Findlay was around $3.58 early this morning.

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3/7/14 – 12:33 A.M.

The Army Corps of Engineers agreed to pay $1.5 million for Blanchard River flood studies this week. The move will complete the study process, and bring recommendations for mitigation efforts. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle talked about what that step could look like on Good Mornings today…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the commissioners have told the Corps to look at all options. He adds that will give local officials the information they need to make the best decision for the region.

That doesn’t mean you’ll see actual flood reduction efforts any time soon. Riegle says officials want to work fast once the report is done. He adds the commissioners will have a lot to consider before any work starts though…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says we will have to know how much federal money will go toward the project before making final decisions.

Riegle mentioned in the long term the county commissioners want to stop leading flood mitigation efforts…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the commissioners will ask to join the conservancy district soon. He adds conservancy districts have more sway over mitigation issues.

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