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12/14/16 – 5:27 A.M.

The Seneca County Budget Commission has approved budget numbers for 2017. The Review-Times reports the budget is set at $16.3 million. County Treasurer Damon Alt says revenues for the county should be around $16.5 million for the year. If all goes according to plan that leaves a roughly $200,000 carryover balance going into 2018. The county expects to carry over $2.8 million this year.

Sales tax collections have increased in Seneca County over recent years. Members of the commission say they have concerns about the end of sales tax collections on Medicaid services. That change starts in the middle of the year.

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12/14/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The Fostoria School District has awarded a contract to a company to build the new junior/senior high school. The Review-Times reports the district will pay Shook Touchstone $40.5 million.

The project includes the new school building and renovating Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. The contract also covers the demolition of Fostoria High, and the former Holmes, Longfellow and Riley schools.

The district will keep the northern section of the current junior high and high school building. That section includes the commons area, cafeteria, and gym. It also houses the performing arts center, weight room, art classrooms and band and choir rooms.

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12/13/16 – 7:24 A.M.

The Carey school district wants to improve the safety of paths that lead to the new school building. The Courier reports the school board approved a memorandum of understanding with the ODOT for help in developing a “school travel plan.” The plan is a needed to apply for “Safe Routes to School” grant funding.

If the school gets grant money, it will take steps to upgrade safety measures for students who walk or ride a bike to school. Some students have longer walks now that the new school building is open.

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12/13/16 – 7:12 A.M.

Findlay Water Department workers are dealing with a water main break this morning. The department says the break happened on 6th Street near the railroad tracks. As a result, crews have closed 6th Street between South Blanchard Street and Sherry Street.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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12/13/16 – 5:28 A.M.

Fostoria’s director of downtown development and tourism is stepping down after six months in the role. The Review-Times reports Robert Jimison resigned last Thursday. Jimison was one of 14 Ohio State students who spent a semester coming up with a plan to revitalize downtown Fostoria.

Jimison did not publicly give a reason for leaving the post.

The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation and the Fostoria Area Chamber of commerce will work to develop a plan to fill the vacant position.

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12/13/16 – 5:18 A.M.

McComb’s Village Council is working to establish nighttime hours for the park. The measure is one of the final steps necessary to open an ice skating rink. A sign at the park says it closes from dusk to dawn, but the Courier reports there are no laws on the books in McComb to enforce it.

Council President Gordon Myers suggested not having hours for the park to be open. He added village police could patrol the area.

Colder weather in the forecast could mean the village will open the rink soon.

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12/13/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the man who robbed a bank in Arlington over the weekend. So far, investigators have not made an arrest in Saturday’s Huntington Bank robbery.

The suspect is a white man, between 6’3″ and 6’5″ tall. He weighed between 220 and 235 pounds. He was wearing black clothes and a cap down to his eyes.

Around 11:20 a.m. Saturday the man walked into the bank, showed a teller a weapon and demanded money. An employee gave the suspect cash, and he ran off without further incident.

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12/13/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Findlay police continue to investigate a Friday shooting in the city. Investigators have not made an arrest or publicly named a suspect in the death of 24-year-old Trey James. Lt. Robert Ring says the incident happened at 241 George Street just after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Hanco EMS took James to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

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12/12/16 – 1:03 P.M. UPDATED

An Arlington teenager found guilty of rape will spend eight years in prison. The Courier’s Allison Reamer reports Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced Kyle McDowell Monday morning.

Allison Reamer

McDowell faced up to 33 years in prison. Niemeyer merged charges of gross sexual imposition and kidnapping during the hearing.

Reamer added that the sentence caused some emotions in the courtroom.

Allison Reamer

McDowell spoke during the hearing, saying, “I ask that this court doesn’t let the mistakes of a 17-year-old teenager ruin chances of success in my future. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life locked up for the dumb decision I made as a 17-year-old.”

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12/12/16 – 9:07 A.M.

The Better Business Bureau is warning Allen County residents about a phone scam making the rounds in the area. WLIO-TV reports the man on the phone line claims to be Lt. Frank Rogers with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The man tells the target of the scam they have an outstanding warrant for missing jury duty.

The red flag is how the man asks for payment of a fine. He tells residents they can pay the $500 fee on a Green Dot money card, or through an iTunes or Amazon gift card.

The Better Business Bureau says to hang up if you get a call like that.

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