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3/6/14 – 7:39 A.M.

North Baltimore is planning on adding a second outdoor warning siren. Village council is currently looking to find the funds to pay for a new siren. Village Administrator Kathy Healy tells the Courier the best option is to apply for a state community development block grant.

If the funding is in place, crews will install the equipment on the west side of North Baltimore.

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3/6/14 – 7:19 A.M.

A truck stolen from Upper Sandusky ended up involved in a multi-county chase yesterday. The Plain Dealer reports Wyandot County authorities alerted the State Patrol about the incident around 8:50 a.m. A short time later troopers spotted the truck on U.S 30 in Mansfield.

51-year-old Jerry Key of Cleveland pulled over for a short time, but sped away before troopers could contact him. The chase went through parts of Ashland, Wayne and Medina counties before officers used stop sticks to halt the truck.

Key faces charges of receiving stolen property and fleeing and eluding. He is also facing several traffic violations.

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3/6/14 – 6:47 A.M.

Plans are in the works for the former site of the Seneca County courthouse in downtown Tiffin. The proposed $8.5 million dollar project would create a joint justice center for the county common pleas court and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court. The Courier reports architects from Columbus presented their feasibility study Wednesday.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says there is around $3.3 million already set aside for the project.

If officials approve the project construction could begin in 2016.

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3/5/14 – 5:29 A.M.

It looks like Findlay’s Radio Shack will stay open. An employee tells the Courier the Tiffin Avenue location is one of the higher-volume stores in its district. The store manager was not available for comment.

This week Radio Shack announced it would close 1,100 stores. The company has not released a list of stores that will close.

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3/6/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The flu has claimed a life in Allen County. Health officials in the county tell the Lima News a 50-year-old woman died Wednesday after battling the virus. Health Commissioner Kathy Luhn tells the newspaper it’s Allen County’s only influenza-related death of the season.

This year’s dominant flu strain has been the H1N1 virus. Vaccine makers included H1N1 in the flu vaccine this year, and the vaccine is still available.

This year’s influenza virus has been hitting young and middle-aged adults harder than normal.

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3/6/14 – 5:14 A.M.

A two-car crash injured four Findlay residents Wednesday night. The accident happened on State Route 186, north of County Road 96 near McComb. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 6:20 p.m.

22-year-old Anna Paengrord was driving her Toyota Camry southeast on 186 when she lost control on snow and ice on the road. Her car crossed lanes and hit a Toyota Tercel driven by 63-year-old Terry Dahms.

Emergency crews took Paengrord and her passenger, 34-year-old Sommanea Paengrord, to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Dahms and her passenger, 36-year-old Arvicson Davis, were also hospitalized. Officials have not released their conditions.

The crash remains under investigation.

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3/6/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Bond for a Findlay murder suspect will stay put. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer rejected 21-year-old Ralph Harris’ request Wednesday. Harris’ attorney had asked for the $1 million bond to be lowered, or to allow a payment of 10%.

The attorney said Harris would stay at an East Foulke Avenue home if he made bail, but the homeowner said she would not allow that.

Prosecutors have charged Harris and 21-year-old Montre Robinson of killing Joe Gutierrez III. The shooting happened November 8 at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal avenues.

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3/6/14 – 4:32 A.M.

A Columbus man is behind bars in Wood County after state troopers found over ten-thousand dollars worth of the painkiller Oxycontin in his car during a traffic stop.  Anthony Hutchins was arrested in Northwood Tuesday afternoon.  Police seized marijuana and 15-hundred dollars in cash along with the pills.  Hutchins is facing drug possession and trafficking charges.

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3/5/14 – 12:20 P.M.

Several people were arrested on drug charges in Hardin County today. Kentontoday.com reports the sheriff’s office began executing warrants around 5 a.m. this morning. Most of the warrants were for trafficking narcotics.

Sheriff Keith Everhart told the website the investigation had been going on for the last 6-8 months.

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3/5/14 – 12:05 P.M.

If you’re a Columbia Gas customer on a budget plan you won’t like this news. The company announced today that most customers on the plan will see a 30% increase in their bills. The average bill under the plan is currently $67 a month, but that will increase to $87.

Higher natural gas prices and the colder than normal winter resulted in the move.

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