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01/03/17 – 2:29 P.M.

The Hancock County Commissioner’s met with local agencies to discuss restructuring Family First Planning. Commissioner Brian Robertson said that the restructure will help things be more effective.

Brian Robertson

Jobs and Family Services, Hancock Public Health, and the Blanchard Valley Center may get the programs. Robertson said there is still planning left to do. They have several weeks to put together a proposal. The restructuring should be finalized by July 1.

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1/3/17 – 10:40 A.M.

A new year is underway and the Hancock County Commissioners are looking ahead to what 2017 will bring. Commissioner Brian Robertson says he’ll be keeping a close eye on sales tax numbers…

Audio: Brian Robertson

For new commissioner Tim Bechtol, 2017 is about learning the ropes…

Audio: Tim Bechtol

Robertson says a flood mitigation update from Stantec Consulting is coming soon…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Bechtol says he’s looking forward to that meeting…

Audio: Tim Bechtol

The county commissioners held their first meeting of the new year Tuesday morning.

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1/3/17 – 7:15 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down from last week’s highs, but are still above what we were paying a month ago. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.31 today. That’s down 11 cents from last week’s highest prices. However, a month ago we were paying around $2.16. Prices are well above last year’s average price of $1.87 a gallon at this time.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.35 per gallon today. That’s down four cents from last week’s highest prices.

The statewide average is $2.31 today.

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1/3/17 – 5:27 A.M.

A weekend fire near Fostoria remains under investigation today. Bascom Fire District Chief Mark DeVault says the Saturday fire at Lot 66 of the Poplar Village Mobile Home Park at 12400 West Axline Street completely destroyed the home. The blaze broke out around 10:50 a.m.

A report from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says a female resident of the home went to the Fostoria Police Station around 11:45 a.m. and told officers she knew who set the fire. Because of that, the State Fire Marshall’s Office is helping the investigation.

The Red Cross is providing the residents of the home with help.

 

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1/3/17 – 5:19 A.M.

An effort to combat drug abuse in the workplace is underway in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the ADAMHS Board is working with 15 local stakeholders to launch the initiative. The group held their first meeting last month.

The goal of the program is to increase workforce employability; build healthier workplaces; and to create systems to educate employees about drug abuse.

Jennifer Horstman is the Executive Director of the ADAMHS Board in Putnam County. She tells the newspaper, “We are excited to begin the important work of bringing employers and community leaders together to address the drug-related issues facing our community.”

The Hancock County ADAMHS Board is taking part in the same program.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/3/17 – 5:08 A.M.

The number of people killed in car crashes nearly doubled in 2016 in Hancock County. The Courier reports 18 people died in traffic crashes in the county in 2016, compared to 10 the year before. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the deaths included 11 drivers, five passengers, and two pedestrians.

There were three fatal crashes on I-75 in the construction zone in the northern part of the county. That’s three more than there were in the past three years on the interstate in Hancock County.

Sheriff’s Office officials say alcohol was a factor in three crashes. Autopsy results are pending in two other crashes.

MORE: The Courier

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1/3/16 – 4:53 A.M.

A pizza delivery driver says a man robbed him at gunpoint late Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened around 11 p.m. behind the East of Chicago Pizza location near 100 Howard Street.

The victim says he was getting out of his car when a man approached him and demanded money. The suspect was holding a black handgun. The delivery driver gave the man cash, and he ran away without further incident.

The suspect is a white man around 5’6″ tall. Police describe the man as skinny. He was wearing all black clothes and a red bandanna over his face.

Police believe there may have been another man in the area helping the suspect out.

The case remains under investigation.

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12/30/16 – 4:16 P.M.

A one-car crash injured a Findlay man Friday morning in the 900 block of Howard Street. The Findlay Police Department reports the 56-year-old Ronald Dukes was driving east on Howard around 10:40 a.m. He drove across the road, hit a curb, and then a telephone pole.

Hanco Ambulance took Dukes to Blanchard Valley Hospital for minor injuries. Police did not cite Dukes. American Electric Power Co., the Findlay Fire Department, and the Findlay Water Department all assisted at the scene.

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12/30/16 – 3:52 P.M.The people in the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday have been identified. The Columbus Dispatch says plane belongs to 46-year-old John T. Fleming, according to his father. He was flying with his wife 46-year-old Suzanne Fleming. He had his two sons 15-year-old John Robert Fleming and 14-year-old Andrew Fleming. A neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter were also in the plane. Fleming’s father did not name them.

The people in the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday have been identified. The Columbus Dispatch says plane belongs to 46-year-old John T. Fleming, according to his father. He was flying with his wife 46-year-old Suzanne Fleming. He had his two sons 15-year-old John Robert Fleming and 14-year-old Andrew Fleming. A neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter were also in the plane. Fleming’s father did not name them.

Fleming is the CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Columbus. U.S and Canadian Coast Guards continue searching for the plane. Fleming’s father told the paper that they think the plane crashed into ake Erie.

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