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12/18/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Hancock County health officials are optimistic a merger will get done in 2015. County health commissioner Dr. Greg Arnette tells the Courier the plan is “finally making headway.” The potential for a merger with the city health department was discussed at Wednesday’s Hancock County Board of Health meeting.

Ed Ingold is the president of the board and says both sides are meeting to come up with a contract that works for everyone. Ingold also said that while the plan is good, they’ll know more about what they need when the two departments start working side-by-side in 2015. After that happens he thinks employees will come up with suggestions to make the merger work better.

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12/18/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Non-North Baltimore residents who need emergency help will pay a little more for services. The Courier reports the village council approved a measure last night that includes a surcharge for emergency runs involving non-residents. Hourly rates were set for fire and rescue services. The surcharge will amount to an extra 15 percent on the bill.

North Baltimore officials say the village needs to recoup some expenses. Most emergency calls for traffic accidents don’t actually happen in North Baltimore, but on I-75.

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12/17/14 – 7:27 A.M.

An Allen County school district is considering arming its teachers. The Lima News reports the Elida school board will allow the district’s superintendent to form a committee to review the possibility. The district decided to look into the policy change in the wake of school shootings around the nation over the past several years.

The newspaper reports several community members attended the meeting to voice their support.

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12/17/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look back at 2014 in Findlay and Hancock County examines life after Apollo Tyre for Cooper Tire & Rubber. As 2013 closed, a sale to the India-based company fell through. In 2014, Cooper recommitted to local development with the announcement of a new tech center…

Audio: Roy Armes

CEO Roy Armes talked about the tech center during an official announcement in June. Armes said Cooper will hire 40 people to run the facility, including engineers, scientists, and researchers.

The state offered incentives for Cooper to locate the technology center in Findlay. A $2.8 million grant was given to the company. The state controlling board added another $400,000 grant to make infrastructure improvements in the city.

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12/17/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A three-car crash injured two people on Tiffin Avenue Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 800 block of the road.

Investigators say 36-year-old Kari Mahler was driving east on Tiffin Avenue when she stopped for traffic. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 22-year-old Kagayaki Tabogami of Findlay. The impact of the collision pushed Mahler’s car into the westbound lanes of the road, where it was hit by a car driven by 64-year-old Charles Yurkovich of North Canton.

Mahler and a passenger, 13-year-old Tayler Brantley, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. Tabogami was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.


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12/17/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Fostoria is ready to close the books on 2014. The Review-Times reports city council approved the final appropriations for this year’s expenses and temporary appropriations for 2015 at their Tuesday meeting. That clears the way to give a final examination of the books.

City Auditor Steve Garner says the final general fund numbers will come in a little over $7 million for 2014. That’s a nearly $600,000 increase over last year. Expenditures for 2015 have been budgeted at around $6.3 million.

Most of the spending will come from police, fire and EMS expenses. Those services will cost around $4.7 million.

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12/17/14 – 4:48 A.M.

The band shell at Riverside Park in Findlay will see some improvements thanks to a grant. Findlay City Council accepted $9,000 from the Hancock Park District at their Tuesday meeting. The money will pay for brick work at the summertime concert facility. The improvements will take place sometime in 2015.

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12/16/14 – 11:58 A.M.

Ohio has made strides in the fight against opioid addiction within the last year. State Representative Robert Sprague recapped some of the bills passed in the state in 2014 during a meeting at the Courier today. He also said there’s more work to be done.

House Bill 367 will be voted on tomorrow and includes a critical education component…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says the bill also cracks down on doctors who are acting as “pill mills” for the heroin treatment drug, buprenorphine, which is addicting on its own.

Sprague also said the state needs a “good samaritan law” that protects people who try to get help for people who have overdosed…

Audio: Robert Sprague

A similar bill never made it out of committee this year. Sprague says that’s because lawmakers felt it was giving potential protection for drug dealers. He added he’d reintroduce legislation in 2015 that would clearly define addicts and drug dealers.

Another issue is the amount of opioids being prescribed by doctors…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he’s looking into a system in Maine that examines pain treatment options beyond eight weeks. The system makes it more difficult to get opioids at that point and looks at other chronic pain treatment options.

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