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2/24/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Seneca County officials are looking for funds to tear down dilapidated homes in Fostoria. The Courier reports the county commissioners have approved going forward with trying to get $280,000 towards that effort in the form of a grant from a Community Development Block Grant program.

The county was unsuccessful in its bid for a similar grant last year. However, Fostoria did receive a Moving Ohio Forward Grant recently for $280,000 for housing demolition.

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2/24/14 – 5:08 A.M.

Eleven people were taken into custody by the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit late last week. The roundup of suspected drug dealers included 10 Tiffin residents and one Toledo resident. Authorities are still looking for five more people. A Seneca County grand jury handed up 32 drug-related charges against the 16 people.

Several law enforcement agencies took part in the operation.

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2/24/14 – 5:03 A.M.

The man who robbed a Carey bank earlier this year learned his fate late last week. 38-year-old Chad Gosseman was sentenced to three years in prison for the January 14 robbery of the First Citizens National Bank on Findlay Street. Gosseman had already pleaded guilty to the crime.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of $140.

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2/21/14 – 12:03 P.M.

Five area nonprofit groups can better work toward their goals thanks to another round of competitive grants from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. The group announced the recipients of $161,200 in grant money today.

The groups awarded money include the McComb First Presbyterian Church for an adult “English as a second language program,” the Bluffton Lion’s Club to support the extension of a bike path, and Gliding Stars of Findlay to help establish a board of directors and standardize policies. Findlay Hope House and Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio also received grant money.

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2/21/14 – 11:56 A.M.

Two Wood County residents are awaiting sentencing following identity fraud convictions earlier this month.  42-year-old Craig Oehlers and 23-year-old Jennifer Hutton of Bradner will both be sentenced in March.  Both Hutton and Oehlers were convicted on fifth-degree ID fraud charges recently.

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2/21/14 – 11:07 A.M.

After initially downgrading their prediction for Blanchard River flooding, The National Weather Service has moved the number slightly higher. As it stands now, it looks like the river will enter minor flood stage late tonight and crest at 11.6 feet tomorrow morning before dropping out of flood stage Saturday afternoon.

Downstream in Ottawa the NWS is not calling for the river to hit flood stage.

The Sandusky River in Tiffin is also expected to crest above flood stage now. The NWS expects the river to crest at 9.2 feet tomorrow night.

A flood warning is also still in place in Putnam County, but that is for the Auglaize River. It’s expected to hit minor flood stage briefly tomorrow afternoon.

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2/21/14 – 7:44 A.M.

A state grant will help fund a new drug reentry court program in Allen County. The Lima News reports a $375,000 state grant from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will be used to help people convicted of fourth and fifth degree felonies to deal with their drug and alcohol addictions.

Allen County drug court coordinator Ed Monfort tells the newspaper the program is much more intense than typical probation. Part of the money will be used to provide addiction suppressing drugs to those in the program that can not afford them.

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2/21/14 – 7:35 A.M.

The village of Carey is working to expand recycling services. The Wyandot County Solid Waste District is submitting a grant on behalf of the village that would help officials buy two containers for drop-off recycling. The containers cost around $8,600.

If the grant is approved, the bins would be placed near the Carey Senior Depot on East Findlay Street. They would be available for residents who don’t want to wait for the curbside recycling to be picked up.

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2/21/14 – 7:15 A.M.

State Representative Rex Damschroder has decided how he’ll deal with a clerical issue that resulted in him pulling his name off the ballot for the upcoming primary election, and it’s unconventional to say the least. The Advertiser-Tribune reports state laws do not allow Damschroder to run as a write-in candidate after taking his name off the ballot, so his wife is going to run in his place. Rhonda Damschroder would also have to run as a write-in candidate. If she is elected, she would drop out of the race in the general election, which in turn would allow Republican Party officials to put Rex Damschroder back on the ballot.

Bill Reineke has announced that he will run as a write-in candidate for the 88th House District as well.

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2/21/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A national real estate website says Findlay is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Movoto.com ranked every Ohio city with more than 10,000 residents, and Findlay came in 10th out of 173 locations. Some of the positives the rankings took into account include a nice average summertime temperature of 71 degrees, a low sales tax in Hancock County, and short commutes.

The rankings say Findlay would have ranked higher, but the crime rate kept the city from advancing further.

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