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1/22/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Preliminary plans for reconstructing the I-9 bridge near Ottawa are complete, but you can’t see them just yet.  The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District gave a report on the bridge at a recent meeting.  District Manager Lynn Army said the plans will be made public when a complete version is finished.

The I-9 bridge has been blamed for creating flooding issues along the Blanchard River in Putnam County.  Many say the bridge approach slows down the flow of the river.

Army said that the steady state model of water flow showed that changes to the bridge would reduce the river depth by four to six inches.  He believes that the unsteady state model will show even more reduction in river depth.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/22/15 – 5:22 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know about a scam that has popped up in the area. Sheriff Michael Heldman says potential victims have been targeted over email. The scammers will identify themselves as a family member or friend. They’ll go on to say they took a trip overseas, and their belongings were misplaced or taken. They then ask you to send them money so they can get home.

Heldman says not to send money and to ignore the email.

If you think you’ve been victimized by the scam, call the sheriff’s office at (419)424-7097.

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1/22/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Economic development officials talked Wednesday about how McLane Company was encouraged to build a new distribution center in Hancock County. The Courier reports members of Findlay’s Kiwanis club were told how McLane’s interest in the area coincided with the creation of a new industrial park. McLane started looking at land near I-75 and County Road 99 during the same month Findlay-Hancock County Alliance members started talking about a new industrial park on Hancock County Road 212.

When a deal for the land right next to the interstate couldn’t be reached, McLane was approached about building in the new park. By February of last year, a letter of intent was signed by the company.

Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said once that happened, meetings were held with city, county, township, Blanchard Valley Port Authority, state transportation department and JobsOhio officials. Iriti said that convinced McLane to move forward with the nearly $119 million investment.

The McLane distribution center is expected to eventually employ around 425 people. The new facility will open next year.

MORE: The Courier

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1/21/15 – 6:52 A.M.

North Baltimore village council members took aim at snow removal efforts during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports several council members voiced their complaints, including criticism of plow crews moving snow to the middle of Main Street.

The village has a snow route ordinance on the books. It requires cars to be removed from certain streets to allow for plowing. Officials say the law is not enforced. Some signs have been removed or are unreadable.

Village Administrator Donna Dettling said the safety of North Baltimore residents is a priority.

MORE: The Courier

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1/21/15 – 5:24 A.M.

Fostoria residents have a new way to pay their water bills. The Review-Times reports online bill pay is now available through the city’s website. The feature went live on January 1, and so far around 40 people have signed up. About one-third of the city’s residents received a notice about the service in their last water bill. Everyone else will get a notice during the next billing cycle.

Safety-Service Director Allyson Murray says you’ll need your billing statement handy for the initial sign up. There is a $3.95 fee for each transaction.

MORE: Review-Times

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1/21/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Capital improvement projects have been approved in Fostoria. The Courier reports the city will spend $139,000 on improvement projects this year. The biggest expense will be upgrading the police department’s records management system. Fostoria will spend $44,000 to buy software that allows the police to share information with other law enforcement agencies more easily.

Some of the other expenses this year will include payments on a new ambulance and three SUVs for the police department.

MORE: The Courier

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1/21/15 – 5:04 A.M.

An Ada man was injured in a two-car crash near Bluffton Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of State Route 235 and County Road 304 around 8:30 p.m.

22-year-old Kyle Wagner of Ada was driving south on Route 235 when he was hit by a car driven by 62-year-old Donald Coburn of Lima. Coburn was driving on Road 304 and failed to yield for a stop sign. Wagner was taken to a Lima hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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A new task force is working to get recognition for the services it can offer the county when it comes to work on child abuse cases. The Courier reports Susan Pneuman, the owner of The Center for Autism and Dyslexia, spoke to the county commissioners Tuesday. Pneuman said the task force plans to petition Probate and Juvenile Judge Kristen Johnson to be included in groups that take part in handling child abuse cases.

Pneuman says Judge Johnson has already agreed to serve on the new task force. She added while several agencies are on board to address cases of sexual abuse, other forms of abuse can fall through the cracks.

The group has already identified the need for a standardized document for people to use when reporting suspected child abuse cases.

MORE: The Courier

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1/20/15 – 10:25 A.M.
Update – 12:04 P.M.

This morning’s snow showers have made for some hazardous driving conditions.  Two crashes on U.S. 68 near Hancock County Road 45 have traffic backed up in that area.  One lane of the highway is open and the State Highway Patrol is directing traffic in the area.  A car and semi collided near the intersection.  The ensuing traffic jam caused another accident between a semi and a pickup truck.

An injury accident was also reported at the intersection of South Main Street and Lima Avenue in Findlay.  One person was taken to the hospital as a result of the crash.  Another injury accident was reported on Hancock County Road 236 at Cass Township Road 215

Slow speeds are reported on many area roadways, you’re urged to drive with caution.

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1/20/15 – 6:53 A.M.

Carey officials will be looking over the village’s sidewalk ordinance over the next few weeks. The Courier reports a resident raised a question about where sidewalks are located during Monday’s council meeting. The village is planning on installing sidewalks on Glenn Avenue before the new school opens in 2016.

The question stems from a subdivision platted in 1958. Snyder Park doesn’t require sidewalks because it was built before the village’s sidewalk ordinance was passed in 1965.

Council is also looking at reviving a sidewalk installation and repair program.

MORE: The Courier

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