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9/19/14 – 5:40 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home is a complete loss following an early morning fire. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 107 Vidette Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. When they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The resident of the home was able to escape unharmed and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

The blaze remains under investigation.

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9/19/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy was found guilty of abduction and gross sexual imposition yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 51-year-old Dusty Garwood was found guilty by a visiting judge. He had elected to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury.

Garwood was accused of having sex with a female inmate in the Wood County Jail. The relationship continued when the inmate was released, but still under electronic home monitoring.

Garwood will be sentenced October 10.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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9/19/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Seneca County employees will pay a little more for their health insurance next year. The Review-Times reports premiums will go up 1 percent. County Administrator Stacy Wilson says the increase was recommended by the county’s health advisory committee.

Employees with single coverage will pay an extra $5 a month. Employees with family coverage will pay about $14 more a month for the lower deductible plan.

Around 250 people are on the county’s health insurance plan.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/19/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The general manager of a company with ethanol refineries in our area lobbied lawmakers this week to protect renewable fuel standards. The Courier reports Mark Borer of Poet Ethanol met with congressional officials earlier this week. He and others in the industry want to make sure the renewable fuel standard is kept in place.

Borer says the oil industry is fighting against the standard because ethanol is cheaper than gasoline. He added that means lower revenue for oil companies.

The renewable fuel standard was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which requires most fuels sold in the U.S. have a minimum volume of renewable energy sources.

Poet Ethanol has facilities in Leipsic and Fostoria.

MORE: The Courier

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9/19/14 – 4:57 A.M.

Members of the Arlington School Board are once again discussing a new school building. The Courier reports board member Craig Durliat talked about the issue at last night’s meeting. Durliat said he’d been getting questions about when the district will try and pass a building levy again. Others said the school needs to build positive momentum before asking residents to approve a levy.

Arlington last tried to pass a building levy in 2011. Last year the district had an issue on the ballot but pulled it before election day because the state’s share of the potential project decreased by 5 percent.

No official action was taken on the issue last night.

MORE: The Courier

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9/19/14 – 4:47 A.M.

A man who escaped from a jail near Bowling Green is back in custody today. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Jhon Rosado was found hiding in the attic of an apartment in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue in Bowling Green just after 6 p.m. The apartment was occupied by the woman who police say was the victim of a domestic crime that Rosado had been found guilty of.

Rosado called 29-year-old Bobbie Merritt to tell her he was going to escape Wednesday. A few hours later he managed to sneak out of the NorthWest Community Corrections Center by climbing over a fence. Bowling Green Police say Rosado was seen entering the apartment sometime after he escaped. He was taken back into custody without incident.

Charges are pending in the case. Rosado could be facing an escape charge. Merritt has been charged with harboring a fugitive.

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9/17/14 – 10:45 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners may make it easier for farmers to lease a piece of county land in the future. There was discussion at today’s meeting about how to better work with those who farm county land on Road 140…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle said in the past the county has asked for the full rent in advance. He added the half-and-half style lease is customary in the agriculture industry…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle says another three-year lease cycle is about to start for the land near the old county home. The county expects to go out to bid for the land late next month.

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9/18/14 – 7:15 A.M.

One of Bluffton’s largest employers will hold an open house this weekend. Grob Systems will allow people to go through the plant Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to see Grob products in operation, tour its apprentice training area and view the mechanical engineering facility.

Grob engineers and manufactures production equipment. The products are mostly used in the automotive industry.

The Bluffton facility is undergoing a 90,000 square foot expansion.

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9/18/14 – 6:52 A.M.

The Ohio EPA has given the University of Findlay a grant to help restore wetlands. More than $93,000 will go toward restoring wetlands at the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies. The goal is to help the area retain more water during minor flooding in the center’s six acre floodplain.

The project will divert water from a ditch into an area where agricultural storm water runoff can be naturally filtered. The money will also be used to remove invasive plant species from the center.

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The Arcadia school board is moving toward replacing the aging windows in the district’s buildings. The Courier reports RCM Architects will create design plans and develop bid specifications for the project.

The district has been considering replacing the windows for some time now. The current windows allow heat to escape in the winter. Some of the frames are also warped.

MORE: The Courier

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