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12/15/16 – 4:13 A.M.

The investigation into a Findlay shooting death might not result in murder charges. The Courier reports police currently consider the death of 24-year-old Trey James a homicide, but investigators reportedly are considering evidence that could show the shooting was in self-defense. Lt. Robert Ring tells the newspaper investigators are waiting on the results of a ballistics report. They also want to talk to at least two people who might know what happened on George Street last Friday.

Ring says the people who were at the home when the shooting happened knew each other.

Commissioner Phil Riegle tells the newspaper the grand jury would likely decide at some point if charges are appropriate in the case.

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12/14/16 – 4:59 A.M.
UPDATE – 9:08 A.M.

Arlington firefighters were back on the scene of a house fire this morning.  Fire damaged a home at 501 North Main Street Tuesday night, and it rekindled today.  Firefighters from Arlington, Jenera, and Delaware Township all responded to the first call around 10:15 p.m. They were on scene until after 1 a.m.  Arlington firefighters were back at the location around 7:45 a.m. after the fire started smoldering again.

The blaze closed U.S. 68 in Arlington while firefighters battled the flames Tuesday.

An Appleseed EMS crew says the fire didn’t cause any injuries.  The American Red Cross provided housing for the home’s residents.

No other details are available just yet.

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12/14/16 – 5:37 A.M.

Hackers breached Henry County’s voter database just days before the November election. The Courier reports hackers hit the database with a ransomware attack on October 31. Ransomware locks up data to extort money from the owner of the information. Commissioner Glenn Miller said the board of elections restored the voter database from backups at the county and state level. The county did not pay the ransom demands of the hacker.

Miller says investigators don’t believe the security breach compromised election results. Investigators also found no evidence of hackers taking information from the system. As a precaution, the county is offering a one-year membership to an online identity protection service for those possibly affected by the breach.

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12/14/16 – 5:27 A.M.

The Seneca County Budget Commission has approved budget numbers for 2017. The Review-Times reports the budget is set at $16.3 million. County Treasurer Damon Alt says revenues for the county should be around $16.5 million for the year. If all goes according to plan that leaves a roughly $200,000 carryover balance going into 2018. The county expects to carry over $2.8 million this year.

Sales tax collections have increased in Seneca County over recent years. Members of the commission say they have concerns about the end of sales tax collections on Medicaid services. That change starts in the middle of the year.

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12/14/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The Fostoria School District has awarded a contract to a company to build the new junior/senior high school. The Review-Times reports the district will pay Shook Touchstone $40.5 million.

The project includes the new school building and renovating Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. The contract also covers the demolition of Fostoria High, and the former Holmes, Longfellow and Riley schools.

The district will keep the northern section of the current junior high and high school building. That section includes the commons area, cafeteria, and gym. It also houses the performing arts center, weight room, art classrooms and band and choir rooms.

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12/13/16 – 7:24 A.M.

The Carey school district wants to improve the safety of paths that lead to the new school building. The Courier reports the school board approved a memorandum of understanding with the ODOT for help in developing a “school travel plan.” The plan is a needed to apply for “Safe Routes to School” grant funding.

If the school gets grant money, it will take steps to upgrade safety measures for students who walk or ride a bike to school. Some students have longer walks now that the new school building is open.

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12/13/16 – 7:12 A.M.

Findlay Water Department workers are dealing with a water main break this morning. The department says the break happened on 6th Street near the railroad tracks. As a result, crews have closed 6th Street between South Blanchard Street and Sherry Street.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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12/13/16 – 5:28 A.M.

Fostoria’s director of downtown development and tourism is stepping down after six months in the role. The Review-Times reports Robert Jimison resigned last Thursday. Jimison was one of 14 Ohio State students who spent a semester coming up with a plan to revitalize downtown Fostoria.

Jimison did not publicly give a reason for leaving the post.

The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation and the Fostoria Area Chamber of commerce will work to develop a plan to fill the vacant position.

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12/13/16 – 5:18 A.M.

McComb’s Village Council is working to establish nighttime hours for the park. The measure is one of the final steps necessary to open an ice skating rink. A sign at the park says it closes from dusk to dawn, but the Courier reports there are no laws on the books in McComb to enforce it.

Council President Gordon Myers suggested not having hours for the park to be open. He added village police could patrol the area.

Colder weather in the forecast could mean the village will open the rink soon.

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12/13/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the man who robbed a bank in Arlington over the weekend. So far, investigators have not made an arrest in Saturday’s Huntington Bank robbery.

The suspect is a white man, between 6’3″ and 6’5″ tall. He weighed between 220 and 235 pounds. He was wearing black clothes and a cap down to his eyes.

Around 11:20 a.m. Saturday the man walked into the bank, showed a teller a weapon and demanded money. An employee gave the suspect cash, and he ran off without further incident.

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