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3/6/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Seneca County Sheriff’s deputies didn’t have to go far to make a drug bust Thursday. The Review-Times reports officers executed a search warrant at the Seneca County Motel on U.S. 224 around 7 p.m. last night. The motel is across the street from the sheriff’s office.

38-year-old Christina Rodgers, 33-year-old Jason Groot, and 33-year-old Nicholas Vassar were all taken into custody. Officers found suspected heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and hypodermic needles, among other items in the room.

In a release, Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said, “it’s not a very good idea to sell drugs across from the sheriff’s office.”

MORE: Review-Times

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3/6/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Police in Tiffin are investigating an alleged rape on the Tiffin University campus. Media partner Toledo New Now reports the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning in a dorm room. Police say the two students knew each other and were drinking beforehand.

A female student reported the incident to university officials. The case remains under investigation and no other details have been made available.

MORE: Toledo News Now

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3/6/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A former Bluffton auxiliary police officer has been released from prison. The Lima News reports 25-year-old Andrew Probst appeared in court Thursday for a hearing. Probst was six months into a four-year sentence for a conviction of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

He had served as a volunteer police officer for Bluffton until February of last year. Authorities say the crime was unrelated to his job with the village.

Probst admitted he had a two-year sexual relationship with a girl between the ages of 13 and 15. The crime was discovered when the girl told a school staff member about the relationship.

MORE: Lima News

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3/6/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Putnam County village has been named one of the most affordable places to live in the nation. Business Insider has named the most affordable community to live in for all 50 states, and Kalida was selected for Ohio. The magazine examined housing prices in towns with between 1,000 and 10,000 people.

To qualify, households couldn’t spend more than 30 percent of their annual income on housing costs. The equation also took into account homeowners with a mortgage, homeowners without a mortgage, and rentals. Using that methodology the magazine determined 93.2 percent of the homes in Kalida are affordable.

MORE: Business Insider

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3/5/15 – 10:12 A.M.

At long last the Hancock County engineer’s Garage is officially complete. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says all contracts have been closed…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says it’s nice to have everything wrapped up and the employees in a great facility to support their efforts in the county.

He added the new garage sets the county up well for the present, and the future…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says all materials are saved digitally so that they can easily be looked up.

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3/5/15 – 8:39 A.M.

A car hit a house just outside Findlay this morning. A Hancock County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher says the crash happened just before 7 a.m. on State Route 37 near 6th Street on Findlay’s east side. There’s no word on if anyone was injured.

The crash remains under investigation. We’ll have more details as they become available.


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3/5/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Findlay wasn’t the only local city to be recognized for economic development this week. Site Selection Magazine also ranked Tiffin and Seneca County high in their listings for micropolitan communities. Seneca County ranked 42nd on the list that focused on economic development. A total of 576 small cities and communities were ranked by the magazine.

It’s the fourth straight year Tiffin and Seneca County have been in the top 100. Expansions of National Machinery, Webster Industries, American Fine Sinter, and Irving Equipment helped earn the high rankings.

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3/5/15 – 6:42 A.M.

A two-county drug investigation led to the arrest of a former Wood County juvenile. The North Baltimore Police Department says the juvenile has been charged with two felony counts of possession of drugs and one felony count of trafficking in drugs. Charges have been filed in both Wood and Henry Counties.

The boy, who has not been publicly identified, was arrested at his new house in Deshler on February 12. Authorities believe he was responsible for trafficking “large quantities of narcotics” in North Baltimore, Deshler, and Bloomdale.

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3/5/15 – 5:26 A.M.

State regulations have a different impact on counties on Ohio’s borders than in the central part of the state. That was the message delivered during a meeting of county commissioners from northwest Ohio in Ottawa last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports representatives from border counties say that it’s hard to compete with Indiana’s flat 7 percent sales tax. The average Ohio sales tax is 7.5 percent.

State Representative Tony Burkley said that things that sound good in the central part of the state may not work as well on the edges. For example, Defiance County Commissioner Thomas Kime said many trash companies were hauling waste to Indiana landfills because of their lower rates.

The group also talked about indigent defense expenses and replacing voting machines.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/5/15 – 5:14 A.M.

The principal of Jacobs Primary School in Findlay is stepping down. The Findlay school board accepted Melissa Ramirez’s resignation during a special meeting Wednesday morning. Ramirez cited medical reasons for making the move. She had been the principal for about two years.

Andrea King will serve as the interim principal. She served in the same role at Washington Intermediate School in the past.

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