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7/17/14 – 11:18 A.M.

A rollover crash on I-75 is tying up traffic north of Findlay. The crash happened in the northbound lanes near the State Route 25 exit near Cygnet. Google traffic shows a back-up stretching all the way to Van Buren. Only one lane of northbound traffic is open in the area.

No one was injured in the crash.

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7/17/14 – 9:27 A.M.

A boil water advisory has been issued for several homes in Findlay. The Water Distribution Department reports 21 houses in the 600 and 700 blocks of West Melrose Avenue are affected.

Residents in that area are advised to boil any water used for drinking or cooking for at least a minute until further notice.

If you have any questions you can call the water department at (419)424-7192.

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7/17/14 – 7:19 A.M.

Findlay firefighters responded to a minor dumpster fire at Whittier Primary School on Wyandot Street yesterday. A nearby resident saw the flames around 5:40 p.m. and tried to put them out with a garden hose.

There was no damage to the school and the fire was put out quickly. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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7/17/14 – 7:15 A.M.

A Fostoria man was arrested this month, more than six months after he was indicted on drug charges. 34-year-old JoAngelo Gonzales was arrested on July 4. He was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana among other allegations.

The Seneca County grand jury indicted Gonzales on December 4 of last year. The alleged crimes were said to have happened around March 22 of 2012.

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7/17/14 – 7:08 A.M.

A Putnam County family is the subject of a touching story making its way around the internet. The Associated Press reports Nathen Steffel of Kalida and his family are learning all about the kindness of strangers thanks to a post on the website Reddit.

Steffel’s six week old daughter Sophia died recently from complications of a tumor in her liver. She never left the hospital, and the family never had a picture of her without tubes in. Steffel’s simply asked for someone on the website to touch up a photo of the girl, removing the tubes and wires.

Expecting one picture, the Steffel’s have now received hundreds of photos, pictures, and paintings. Steffel tells the AP someone even wove a blanket with Sophia’s picture on it.

MORE: The Courier

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7/17/14 – 6:42 A.M.

Fostoria police are investigating a drowning at the city’s reservoir. The body of 21-year-old Michael Enright was pulled from Reservoir 2 around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after almost an hour of searching. Police chief Keith Loreno says witnesses saw Enright fishing before he fell into the water.

One person went into the water to try and save the man, but could not locate the victim.

Enright’s body has been taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.


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7/17/14 – 6:40 A.M.

A road resurfacing project will close a Findlay street today. The Findlay engineer’s department reports Defiance Avenue will be closed from Cory to Howard Streets until 5:30 p.m.

Residents on the road will be allowed to get to their homes. Everyone else will have to find another route.

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7/17/14 – 5:34 A.M.

Wood County health officials are trying to put residents at ease after rumors about meningitis started spreading over social media. The Courier reports an Elmwood girl died from a sudden illness recently, leading some to incorrectly believe meningitis was the reason. The Wood County Health Department says the highly contagious bacterium was ruled out Tuesday afternoon.

Viral meningitis has not been eliminated as a possibility, but it is rarely contagious. Health officials don’t believe meningitis of any type killed the girl.

In the meantime the village of Elmwood is reeling following the loss of a young life. Elmwood schools superintendent Tony Borton emailed the Review-Times to give an update on services being made available. Borton said a community vigil took place at the high school softball diamond to honor Mackenzie Shaffer. She was a seventh-grader in the school system.

Grief counselors will be on hand at the school from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow.

MORE: The Courier

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7/17/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Putnam County residents got a look at FEMA’s proposed new flood insurance maps last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the big topic of conversation was how people living in the “high risk” flood zone will be affected.

People who live in older homes built before the first Flood Insurance Rate Map have been getting subsidies to keep their flood insurance costs down. Residents learned at the meeting those subsidies could be phased out over time.

Older buildings not used as a primary home or used for a business would receive a 25 percent annual increase on their insurance rates.

There is a 90-day appeal process once the new flood maps are put on the federal registry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/17/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Federal officials are now investigating to see if the Chinese businesses have engaged in unfair business practices that have unfairly stolen U.S. tire customers.

The Courier reports the USW alleges the foreign companies have been selling tires below market value in the U.S., while charging regular prices in China. The Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission are both looking into the issue. If they rule in favor of the USW, tariffs will be put back on Chinese imports.

The USW has also alleged the Chinese government is giving some of the companies subsidies so they can sell at an unfair price in the U.S.

MORE: The Courier

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