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1/20/15 – 6:41 A.M.

The field for an economic development grant in Hancock County has been narrowed. The Courier reports Arlington village council members were informed they did not make the cut during their Monday meeting. Councilman Terry Huffman saluted the efforts made by those who worked on the application. Huffman said they did everything the could.

The $138,000 “Heart and Soul” grant will go to either McComb or Mount Blanchard. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is in charge of picking the winner.

MORE: The Courier

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1/20/15 – 5:28 A.M.

An Ada man was killed in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 near Beaverdam. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash was reported just before 8:30 a.m.

76-year-old Paul Risner was driving south on Hancock Road when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 30. Risner’s car was hit by a westbound semi driven by a Wooster man. The crash caused the semi to overturn, spilling 75 gallons of diesel fuel. The clean up effort closed all four lanes of U.S. 30 for a period of time.

Risner was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The semi driver was not seriously hurt.

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1/20/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Plans are moving forward on a regional water and sewer district in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from villages and townships in the county sat down to discuss the issue last week. Three villages and two townships say they are on board while four villages and five townships are on the fence.

Linda Amos of the Poggemeyer Design Group says the next step is to find out what municipalities expect from a water district. The county received a $100,000 grant in 2013 to form the group. The idea is that the villages and townships could save money by collaborating their water and sewer systems.

Follow-up meetings are planned throughout the county. Once that happens a plan will be developed, which will then have to approved by the Putnam County Common Pleas Court.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/20/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A Findlay man reported missing Monday has been found safe. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 74-year-old Richard Parshall suffers from Dementia and was last seen by his wife around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. His Nissan Altima was also missing.

Family members said it wasn’t like Parshall to not notify them about where he was going.

A Findlay Police Officer spotted the car on North Main Street around 2:25 a.m. today. Parshall was then returned home to his wife.

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1/20/15 – 4:51 A.M.

A semi overturned on I-75 in Hancock County early this morning, blocking traffic for hours. The crash was reported in the northbound lanes north of Van Buren around 1:15 a.m. The interstate didn’t reopen until 4 a.m.

The truck driver reportedly suffered head injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. No other details were available.

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1/19/15 – 11:16 A.M.

If you like to eat out, last week’s news that Findlay remains a top destination to open a restaurant is good news. What you might not realize is that it’s good news beyond just the restaurant industry…

Audio: Tim Mayle

Tim Mayle is the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance. Mayle says the diversity of restaurants in Findlay encourages businesses travelers in town for the week to spend more money.

Restaurant Business magazine ranked the city the 4th best market in the nation for 2014, trailing only Las Vegas and two Hawaiian cities. Findlay-Hancock County Assistant Alliance Economic Director says the magazine’s formula tends to rank tourist destinations high. However, Findlay has some travel advantages you might not think about…

Audio: Tim Mayle

Mayle adds that he believes there is still plenty of room for the restaurant industry to grow in Findlay.


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1/19/15 – 9:00 A.M.

Gas prices are nearly the same as they were seven days ago. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $1.99 today. Last Monday we started the week with prices at $1.96. Prices dropped to around $1.90 a gallon before jumping again.

Findlay drivers report prices around $1.97 today. Prices rose to $2.09 a gallon late last week before falling over the weekend.

Drivers in Ottawa are paying around $1.99 a gallon today.

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1/19/15 – 8:51 A.M.

The Henry County man killed in a train-truck crash last week had been an elected official for many years. 63-year-old James Junge had served as a county commissioner in the 1980’s, and was also the mayor of Holgate from 2000 through 2004. He had also served eight years as a Holgate village councilman.

Junge was killed Wednesday when he tried to drive his truck around railroad crossing gates.

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1/19/15 – 7:33 A.M.

The public is urged to be on the lookout for a sex offender in Hardin County. Attorney General Mike DeWine says 71-year-old Richard Jenkins is violating sex offender registry laws. His last listed address was on State Route 309 in Kenton, but he has not reregistered his address since January of last year.

Jenkins was convicted on a charge of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and gross sexual imposition of a child under 13 in 1993. He was released from prison in 2011.

Anyone with information on where Jenkins may be is urged to call the U.S. Marshals at (866)492-6833.

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1/19/15 – 6:41 A.M.

One person is in custody following an overnight standoff in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to 230 Washington Street around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night following a report of a dispute and several gunshots in the area. Officers located a man with a gun when they arrived, and the man went back inside his home.

A crisis management team was called to handle the situation. Around 2:30 a.m. officers made entrance into the home. 23-year-old Michael Bennett was taken into custody without further incident. Bennett is facing an Inducing Panic charge.

A handgun and ammunition were found inside the home.


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