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2/26/14 – 5:19 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky woman apparently suffered from a medical emergency and died while driving Monday night. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports 43-year-old Tammy Clifford was driving a Honda minivan on West Johnson Street Monday night when she veered into a mound of snow. Clifford was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

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2/26/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Donations will help Seneca County pay for it’s portion of a highway safety study. The Courier reports $12,500 in donations have been secured to help pay for the county’s $25,000 bill on the review of State Route 53 safety issues. The state is paying for half of the $100,000 study. Sandusky and Ottawa Counties are each paying $10,000, and Wyandot County will pay $5,000.

The review will look at ways to improve safety on Ohio 53 between U.S. 30 at Upper Sandusky to State Route 2 in Ottawa County. The final report could include suggestions for improvements like left-turn lanes at intersections, wider berms, lowering some hills which obstruct visibility at intersections, and additional signs to improve safety.

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2/26/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Yesterday it was reported that the write-in candidates for northern Ohio’s 88th house seat had been finalized. However a Clyde man is challenging Rhonda Damschroder’s candidacy. John Brewer has challenged Damschroder’s plan to run for her husband’s seat in the May primary, with the idea being if she wins she’ll step down and Rex Damschroder would take her place in the general election. Rex pulled his name off the ballot after he missed a signature on his nominating petitions.

Brewer says Ohio Revised Code makes no mention of allowing a placeholder candidate. The Sandusky County Board of Elections will have a hearing on the issue March 5 at 3:30 p.m.

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2/25/14 – 11:56 A.M.

The forecast is calling for temperatures to take a plunge over the next few days. Stormtrack 11 meteorologist Chris Vickers says that while yes, this is another “polar vortex,” there’s actually a part of the story people are missing…

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers says while the sustained cold we’ve seen is unusual, the polar vortex phenomenon is not too out of the ordinary.

As far as rumors of a big weekend snow storm, don’t get to worried just yet…

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers says they are confident we will see some effects from the front, but it’s way too early to say what that will be.

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2/25/14 – 7:45 A.M.

We now know who will be running for the 88th District state representative seat in northern Ohio. Ever since the incumbent, Republican Rex Damschroder, announced he was pulling his name off the ballot due to a clerical issue with his nominating petitions – it’s been a scramble for write-in candidates to throw their hats into the ring. The deadline to file to run has passed and the list of candidates for the primary has been finalized.

On the Republican side, Damschroder’s wife Rhonda has entered the fray, along with Bill Reineke of Tiffin and Richard Geyer of Fremont. Democrat Bill Young of Green Springs also entered the mix. If Rhonda Damschroder wins, she’ll step down, which would allow the Republican Party to appoint Rex Damschroder to run in her spot.

The field may not be completely set just yet. Independent write-in candidates have until May 5 to file to run.

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2/25/14 – 7:38 A.M.

A well traveled bridge in Findlay will be replaced in the next few years. The Hancock County Engineer’s Office reports the bridge over the Blanchard River on Osborn Avenue is set to be replaced in 2017. The structure is used by nearly 5,500 cars daily.

When construction starts it will take around six months to complete. Traffic will be detoured to Blanchard Street and Bright Road during the process.

The current bridge was built in 1965.

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2/25/14 – 7:18 A.M.

You can expect construction efforts on the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts to begin relatively soon. The chairman of the arts center’s board, Ed Reading, told the Findlay Rotary Club that construction of the new $10 million facility on the site of the former Central Middle School will begin in May. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the end of April.

Reading tells the Courier the new auditorium inside Central Auditorium will have 1,000 seats. As it stands now there are 1,400 seats, but Reading says they need to widen rows and expand the stage.

While the auditorium will be renovated, a new portion will be added to the existing structure. It will include a new lobby, entrance, art gallery, black box theater and multipurpose room.

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2/25/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A Fostoria man found unresponsive in a Seneca County jail cell last summer was found to have died from natural causes. The official autopsy results from the state show 33-year-old Douglas Askam died of dehydration due to opiate withdrawal and heroin abuse.

The Review-Times reports Askam was facing several drug charges and was taken to the jail on June 28 of last year. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital on the morning of July 2. In a previous interview, Seneca County Sheriff William Eckelberry told the newspaper that officers had checked on Askam roughly 90 minutes before he was found. Askam had been placed on medical observation.

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2/25/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A bicyclist was hurt in a traffic crash in downtown Findlay Monday afternoon. The police department reports that around 3:15 p.m. yesterday, 48-year-old Vincent May was riding his bike when he attempted to turn left from West Main Cross toward the 100 block of Broadway and hit a car driven by 30-year-old Tiffany Riker of Findlay.

May suffered minor injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. No citation was issued due to conflicting reports of whether-or-not the vehicle was backing up or was parked.

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2/25/14 – 5:21 A.M.

McComb’s replacement water tower will be in operation this fall.  That was one of the highlights given during Mayor Robert Schwab’s state of the village address in front of council Monday.  The Courier reports other highlights from Schwab’s address included efforts to draw businesses to the town.  Last year saw a Dollar General and a Subway open.

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