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10/16/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A recent recycling event in Ottawa was a big success. The Putnam County Sentinel reports more than 30,000 pounds of recyclable material was taken in over three hours on September 26. There were more than 300 car-loads of materials brought to the Putnam County Educational Service Center.

Ashley Siefker is Putnam County’s Community Recycling Coordinator. She told the newspaper the event cost more that $10,000 to coordinate, but the costs were covered by donations. The price included the cost to recycle electronics, oil, and batteries.

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10/16/15 – 4:55 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 1000 block of North Main Street around 12:15 p.m.

57-year-old Dennis Bowman was stopped for traffic when he was hit from behind by a car driven by 22-year-old Kate Rettig of Rawson. Bowman was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. Rettig was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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10/16/15 – 4:24 A.M.

A first-in-Ohio highway construction feat will be performed this weekend in Wood County. The Ohio Department of Transportation says the “bridge slide” project at I-75 and U.S. Route Six begins tonight. Crews will demolish the current bridge, then “slide” a new model into place tomorrow. The new bridge and highway will reopen Monday morning.

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10/15/15 – 7:18 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky farmer was found dead in his field Tuesday evening. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were called to the 15000 block of Township Highway 127 to investigate after receiving a phone call from the man’s son.

Ryan Swinehart found 53-year-old Timothy Swinehart lying next to his combine. The Wyandot County Coroner determined Swinehart had fallen from the deck of the combine, but the exact cause of death has not been determined.

An autopsy has been ordered.

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10/15/15 – 6:53 A.M.

A North Baltimore woman was injured in a crash that closed I-75 in Wood County late Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol reports the crash happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near North Baltimore.

47-year-old Janet Rayle’s car wen off the road and into the grass before it rolled over. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Rayle was also cited for failure to control.

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10/15/15 – 6:44 A.M.

A Findlay boy was injured when he was hit by a bus Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police department reports the incident happened near the intersection of Brenda Court and Parkside Place around 4 p.m.

9-year-old Aiden Iliff was stepping off a sidewalk on Parkside place when he was hit by a transportation bus driven by 26-year-old Douglas Donna of Tiffin. Iliff was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a head injury.

No citations were issued.

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10/15/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The Road I-9 bridge project will start in Putnam County Friday. The Lima News reports the bridge will be closed tomorrow morning. The plan includes lowering the road embankment. The goal is to have the road open again this winter. Project engineer Greg Bockrath says they want to have new asphalt in place before Thanksgiving. Most asphalt plants shut down for the year at that time.

Many have said the bridge acts like a dam for the Blanchard River when water is running high, which then causes flooding in Ottawa.

Emergency service providers and area school districts have been informed about the bridge closure.

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10/15/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A Toledo man was arrested for allegedly shooting a gun inside the Findlay city limits Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports 29-year-old Terrell Evans is accused of firing a weapon in the 100 block of Monroe Avenue around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. A witness identified Evans, who was found in a car at the Motel 6 on Fox Street.

Officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun inside Evans’ car.

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10/15/15 – 5:04 A.M.

Teachers in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district have been working without a contract since July 1. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the O-G Classroom Teachers Association declared an impasse in negotiations this week. A federal mediator is now scheduled to serve as an arbitrator at a meeting on October 19.

Union president Kim Birnesser tells the newspaper the issue isn’t about money. She said the district is “trying to take rights away from teachers that were given to us by the laws of the state of Ohio.” The article does not say what those rights are.

The arbitration session will take place at the Putnam County Educational Service Center as it is seen as a neutral site.

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10/15/15 – 4:56 A.M.

A suspect in a Findlay armed robbery is in custody. The Findlay Police Department reports 27-year-old Joel Foor was arrested Wednesday night at a local hotel. Foor is accused of robbing Wolfies Nuts and Deli on Glessner Avenue Monday evening.

Just before 6 p.m. Monday, a man walked into the store and showed the clerk a handgun. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

So far there’s no word on if the robbery at Wolfies Monday is related to a robbery at the Circle K on East Sandusky early Wednesday morning.

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