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2/10/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A teenager accused of murdering a Fostoria woman last year has pleaded guilty. The Courier reports 18-year-old Garrett Brown pleaded guilty to charges of murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary Monday. Brown had been accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Janelle Mauricio last May.

The Seneca County prosecutor has recommended Brown serve a 30-years to life sentence. Sentencing will be held February 24.

Brown and two others broke into an East Culbertson Street home to steal money and drugs on May 21. Brown shot Mauricio while Dallas Salaz assaulted Caleb Barto, who was Mauricio’s boyfriend. Another teen, 19-year-old Tyson Ogg, served as the getaway driver.

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2/10/15 – 4:54 A.M.
Update – 8:49 A.M.

A woman’s standoff with police came to end in Fostoria early this morning. The Fostoria Police Department reports officers began negotiating with a distraught woman in a Myers Avenue house around 1:30 p.m. Monday. It was believed the woman had a weapon in the home.

Witnesses report a female was taken out of the house on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance just after midnight. Media partner WTOL 11 reports the woman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No other details were available.

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2/9/15 – 10:13 A.M.

It won’t be until 2019 at the earliest before ground is broken on flood mitigation projects in Hancock County. That’s according to Mike Pniewski of the Army Corps of Engineers. He spoke Monday morning at a monthly breakfast for farmers and agricultural experts organized by the OSU Extension Office in Hancock County. Pniewski told the group 2019 or 2020 was the earliest work could begin. That assumes there are no delays in project approval, funding, and design.

In the meantime, the “tentatively selected” plan introduced in November is being reviewed by another Corps’ district and a private consulting firm. The conclusions from the review are expected to be presented at public meetings in April. The initial cost estimates could be presented at that time as well.

The plan called for diverting floodwater from Eagle Creek to the west of Findlay through a diversion channel. It also included a levee south of the Findlay reservoirs to prevent the overflow of the Blanchard River into an area near the river north of State Route 15.

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2/9/15 – 7:27 A.M.

A two-car crash injured four people in Hardin County Sunday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 67 near Kenton around 7:20 p.m.

26-year-old Bryant Burchett of Russells Point was driving west on Route 67 near the intersection with Hardin County Road 215 at that time. He attempted to pass a car and hit an eastbound SUV driven by Dawn Vonderau of Upper Sandusky.

Both drivers and their passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation. No one involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt.


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2/9/15 – 7:17 A.M.

Bowling Green police are continuing to investigate a triple fatal accident from last week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports initial findings show a teenage driver may have went left of center and hit an oncoming vehicle.

16-year-old Nicholas Korduci was driving on State Route 25 when he collided with a car driven by 71-year-old Kenneth Johnston of Luckey. The crash killed Johnston and two passengers, 64-year-old Diane Jacobs and 85-year-old Donna Jacobs. Another passenger, 88-year-old Harley Jacobs, suffered critical injuries.

Korduci suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

BG authorities tell the newspaper the report is not complete and that they’re being very thorough with the investigation.

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2/9/15 – 6:51 A.M.

Gas prices are up from last Monday, but down a little bit from last week’s midweek price jump. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price of regular around the state is $2.23 a gallon. That’s down three cents from late last week, but up 20 cents from last Monday.

Local prices followed the same trend. Findlay drivers are paying around $2.25 a gallon today. That’s after prices jumped to $2.35 a gallon late last week. Ottawa drivers are also paying $2.25 a gallon today.

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2/9/15 – 6:41 A.M.

Gas fumes caused concern for some Fostoria residents Sunday night. The Review-Times reports people living along Fremont and North Countyline Streets noticed the smell and contacted the fire department. An investigation led firefighters to a truck leaking gasoline in the area.

The driver of the truck had pulled over to examine the cause of the leak. The gas mixed with melting snow and drained into the city’s sewer lines. The street department poured sand over the area where gas had spilled to stop the leak.

It’s not known how much gas leaked into the sewer before the problem was discovered.

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2/9/15 – 5:29 A.M.

Leispic’s water was a big topic of conversation at last week’s village council meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village is working to deal with new Ohio EPA regulations regarding trihalomethanes. The compound is common when chlorine is used to treat water. Leipsic’s water also contains bromide, with contributes to the amount of trihalomethanes.

Water Superintendent Eric Steingass told council a pilot study on how to deal with the issue could cost around $43,000. If the study shows a pretreatment system for the village’s water would be effective, then they would have to talk about construction. That could cost between $500,000 and $750,000.

Leipsic gets its water from six underground wells.

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2/9/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A Hancock County home suffered minor damage following a chimney fire over the weekend. Allen and Washington Township firefighters were called to 12320 Allen Township Road 109 around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The fire caused some light smoke damage to the home. Damage to the house was under $500. The fire was under control in under 45 minutes.

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2/9/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The first nationwide oil strike in 35 years is affecting Marathon refineries and has spread to other refineries in our region. The Courier reports workers in 11 refineries are participating in the strike, which began last week. Workers at Marathon facilities in Texas City, Texas and Catlettsburg, Kentucky walked off the job when the strike began.

Over the weekend workers left their posts at the BP refinery in Toledo, as well as a BP refinery in Indiana. A BP spokesperson said the company will continue to operate with replacement workers.

The United Steelworkers represents around 30,000 refinery workers in the nation. The strike started on February 1 after negotiations with the Shell Oil Company broke down. Shell is serving as the lead company for the negotiations. Any agreement made by Shell would then be used as a template for other companies.

The USW says workers are looking for safety improvements, better health care benefits, and limits on the use of contractors to replace union members in maintenance jobs. Wages have not been mentioned as an issue.

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