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10/12/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The engineering firm investigating flood mitigation options in Hancock County is looking at more than just a diversion channel. The Courier reports a representative of Stantec gave the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District an update Tuesday. Adam Hoff says removing dams in the river and cutting retention “benches” into the river bank are options the company is considering. Those measures would not replace am Eagle Creek diversion channel though.

The retention benches would widen the river in parts of Findlay. There are five low-head dams in the river, including one in Riverside Park. Hoff says there would have to be a discussion with the city about removing that dam.

Hoff added Stantec is looking at other ways to improve river flow. He did say dredging the river would not fix the flooding problem. Hoff says a cross-section of the river shows the bottom is bedrock. He added that means the river does a “good job of cleaning itself every time it floods.”

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10/12/16 – 4:36 A.M.

BP is claiming in court that Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum had plenty of time to kick the tires before it purchased its Texas City refinery. Marathon is suing BP, alleging the 82-year-old refinery was in an unacceptable state of disrepair when purchased four years ago. Marathon claims that BP failed to perform critical maintenance and repair work before handing over control of the facility. The Texas City refinery has a long history of explosions and toxic leaks.

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10/11/16 – 9:23 A.M.
Update – 11:50 A.M.

At least one financial analyst believes Cooper Tire and Rubber would be a tempting takeover target for a German-tire maker. The Blade reports Northcoast Research analyst Nick Mitchell says it would make sense for Continental AG to look at the Findlay-based Company, but there’s no concrete evidence it will happen. Mitchell’s analysis stems from a September report by Reuters. The report said Continental wants to make inroads in the replacement tire market.

Mitchell talked more about the issue with the Courier Tuesday morning. He said, “Cooper’s unique footprint, with factories in North America, China and Europe would make Cooper a logical takeover target of Continental.”

A spokesman for Cooper told the Blade that the company doesn’t comment on market speculation or rumors. Continental has not commented on the matter either.

The Blade report says both Continental and Cooper have a 7 percent share of the replacement tire market in the U.S. Continental is the world’s fourth-largest tire maker. Cooper is the 12th largest maker of tires in the world.

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10/11/16 – 8:50 A.M.

A committee in Carey is reviewing several projects for the village. The Courier reports the group met for a second time Thursday. They are looking at short and long-term improvement items.

Potential first-year-projects include buying automatic water and electric meter readers. Officials say the equipment would reduce the amount of manpower needed to take monthly readings.

Other parts of the first phase of the plan include buying land next to Spring Grove Cemetery for future expansion, funding a new fire truck, and buying equipment to clean sewer lines.

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10/11/16 – 7:43 A.M.

A two-car crash in Findlay injured a city man Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of South Blanchard and East Sandusky streets just after 11 p.m. 16-year-old Alyssa Cheney of Findlay was driving south on South Blanchard when she failed to stop at a stop light and hit a westbound car driven 34-year-old Christopher Torongeau.

Hanco EMS took Torongeau to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police cited Cheney for a red light violation.

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10/11/16 – 7:34 A.M.

Two POET ethanol biorefineries in our area will install new energy generation systems. A release says the company will equip the facilities in Leipsic and Fostoria with systems that use heat generated by the plants to create power. The company says the project will capture steam to power a turbine.

POET says the systems will, “reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional use in the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The company is installing the technology at six of its refineries.

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10/11/16 – 7:24 A.M.

Putnam County voters heard from the two men running for sheriff Monday night. The Lima News reports Dennis Cupp and Brian Siefker spoke to a crowd of around 100 people in Ottoville. Both agreed that the ongoing heroin epidemic is the biggest issue law enforcement faces.

The two differed on the subject of experience. Cupp said he has double the amount of time in law enforcement compared to Siefker. Cupp is Leipsic’s police chief. Siefker said Cupp was discounting his time served in the military. Siefker has been a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy for more than 20 years.

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10/11/16 – 6:55 A.M>

The candidates for Putnam County Commissioner were on hand at a candidates forum Monday night in Ottoville. The Lima News reports Michael Lammers, Tony Wobler, and John Welty talked about their thoughts on an all-but-abandoned plan for a regional water and sewer district.

Lammers said the plan initially looked good but withdrew his support once he saw it was taking away local control. Wobler said he didn’t like, “the fact that if it passed within 300 foot of someone they had to tie in.” Welty added, “It didn’t sound like a good fit for the county.”

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10/11/16 – 5:33 A.M.

McComb village council has decided to move forward with plans for an outdoor ice skating rink this winter. The Courier reports Hearthside Food Solutions has pledged to match up to $3,100 to buy an ice rink kit. The village would place the rink on top of the tennis courts at the park.

Estimate show the rink would cost around $6,100. Council will try and drum up donations to pay for the project. The village solicitor is going to prepare an ordinance that will allow council to collect money for the rink.

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10/11/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A three-car-crash on northbound I-75 in Hancock County over the weekend took the life of a Findlay man. The State Patrol reports 40-year-old Steve Bilger died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo Saturday night. Bilger had gotten out of his car on the interstate to help another driver who had a flat tire.

The Patrol reports 19-year-old Christian North of Lima stopped in the left lane of the interstate, just south of the State Route 613 interchange. Bliger stopped behind him and was standing behind his car when another car driven by 40-year-old Melissa Smith of Findlay hit him. The impact pinned North between the vehicles.

Hanco Ambulance took Smith to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 14-year-old Caelan Smith was a passenger in her car and was also taken to the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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