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9/15/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Health code violations are threatening to shut down concessions at BGSU’s Doyt Perry Stadium. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a health inspector found 11 critical violations during a recent home football game. The newspaper says there have been sanitation concerns for several years now.

Sodexo met with Wood County health officials last year to outline a plan to address the problems.

A spokesman told the Associated Press the company is taking the complaints seriously and will work with the university to address the problems.

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9/15/14 – 4:51 A.M.

Overnight construction work will change traffic patterns on I-75 for the next three days. Starting tonight, traffic near the U.S. 224 bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction, and diverted up and down the interchange ramps. The traffic change will allow steel beams to be set for the new bridge.

The work should last through Wednesday.

The bridge construction is expected to wrap up this fall.

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9/15/14 – 4:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant worth more than $34,600. A release from the office says the money came from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and will be applied to fiscal year 2015.

The grant will help with traffic safety enforcement in the county. Area of focus will include impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and youthful drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the money to the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for distribution.

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Whatever it was, Leispic residents won’t have to worry about it anymore. The Leipsic Police Department sent out a Nixle Alert last night that said the animal, believed to possibly be a wolf, was killed. The alert said the animal was shot two miles east of the village.

Officers had tried to tranquilize the animal Wednesday, but could not get a good shot.

Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth told the Lima News earlier in the week he believed the animal could have been a hybrid mix of a wolf and a dog.

MORE: Nixle Alert

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9/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A fire at a Bowling Green hotel has led to an arrest; but not for what you might think. The Sentinel-Tribune reports police discovered three young children were left alone at the Victory Inn & Suites on East Wooster Street. The kids were found after firefighters had to evacuate the hotel because of a Tuesday night fire.

The discovery led to the arrest of 34-year-old Taurean Walton. He and his wife allegedly came back to get the children later in the night. Walton is now facing three charges of endangering children.

MORE: The Courier 

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9/12/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Three people were hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday evening. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened just before 6 p.m. on the east side of the city.

60-year-old Debra Martens was trying to turn left from Flag City Drive onto Hancock County Road 236 when her car collided with an SUV driven by 46-year-old Chris Jones of North Baltimore. Martens and Jones were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. A passenger in the Jones car, 55-year-old James Burk of Cygnet, was also injured.

Martens was cited for a stop sign violation.


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9/12/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A teenager accused of shooting and killing a Fostoria woman will stand trial in November. The Review-Times reports a trial date of November 18 was set for 18-year-old Garrett Brown during a hearing yesterday. Brown is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and aggravated robbery. Investigators believe Brown shot 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio during a robbery on East Culbertson Street on May 21.

Two other alleged accomplices, Tyson Ogg and Dallas Salaz, will stand trial in October. All three suspects face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/11/14 – 11:13 A.M.

It looks like a new business could be going in at the site of the old Highway Travel Center & Truck Stop in Findlay. The City Planning Commission approved recommending Findlay Ciry Counil allow the rezoning of a plot of land off Emma Street today. The location is near the I-75 and State Route 12 interchange.

It’s possible the location will become an auto and truck repair facility. The site is currently being used by AEP for a staging area.

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9/11/14 – 11:01 A.M.

The former location of the Winebrenner Seminary on Melrose Avenue in Findlay will see new use as a group home for teenagers coping with drug addiction. The facility’s new use has concerned some neighbors in that area…

Audio: Ben Kirkwood

Ben Kirkwood says he’s grateful a facility like this will be available to those who need treatment, so long as the proper precautions are taken. Representatives for Choices Behavioral Healthcare agreed to build a fence along their property line with Kirkwood…

Audio: Garrett Heidinger

Garrett Heidinger represents CBH, and says the clients treated at the center will be non-violent, low level drug offenders.

Zoning for the group home was discussed at today’s city planning commission meeting. Commission members say the zoning code in that neighborhood allows for residential treatment services. The code does not specify that fences have to be built for treatment centers. That means it’s up to the homeowners and Choices Behavioral Healthcare to come to agreements on any fencing around the property.


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9/11/14 – 7:15 A.M.

The efforts to save North Baltimore’s movie theater are going slowly, to say the least. The Courier reports that only $4,200 has been collected to buy a new digital projector for the Virginia Motion Pictures theater on Main Street. The goal is $42,000.

A second public forum to talk about ways to save the facility will be held September 16 at 7 p.m. The movie theater had been closed since July 31.

MORE: The Courier

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