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8/21/15 – 7:13 A.M.

A former Allen County Sheriff’s sergeant has admitted that he took guns from the department’s evidence locker. The Lima News reports Fredrick DePalma Jr. pleaded guilty to 59 felony charges during a Thursday hearing. DePalma said that he took items from the evidence room, sold them, and then attempted to cover his tracks by documenting the items had been destroyed.

In all, 33 guns were taken. DePalma also admitted to taking $11,800 in cash and some electronic items.

He’ll be sentenced September 30.

MORE: Lima News

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8/21/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A Putnam County fire department has a new piece of equipment thanks to an $850 donation from the Elks National Foundation. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Ottoville Fire Department will buy an Altair 4X Multigas Detector. The detector can help firefighters determine the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. It also can test the oxygen level of an area to see if firefighters are safe to work without air packs.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/21/15 – 5:24 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum has named a new vice president of finance and treasurer. Tom Kaczynski will begin working for the company on August 31. Kaczynski comes to Findlay from Goodyear Tire & Rubber, where he was vice president and treasurer. He’ll report to the senior vice president and CFO.

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8/21/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Home-schooled children in Hancock County have chance to take part in a science-based series hosted by the Hancock Park District. The group will meet the first Wednesday of the month starting in September. Topics will include programs on Earth, space, physical sciences and life sciences. There will also be a history session and an outdoor recreation session.

Classes will cover some of the state’s teaching standards. Most classes will take place at the Oakwoods Nature Preserve.

For more information you can call (419)425-7275.

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8/21/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Upgrades are going to be made at Liberty-Benton’s K-8 school building this fall. The Courier reports the school board approved the installation of two new hot water boilers during their Tuesday meeting. A resolution declaring the work an “urgent necessity” was passed, meaning the school board can bypass the bid process. The cost of the boilers and installation should cost around $80,000.

Superintendent Jim Knable said it was important to get the project underway before winter.

The building also received an electrical audit earlier this month. The results of the audit haven’t come back yet.

MORE: The Courier

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8/21/15 – 4:31 A.M.

A Detroit man is awaiting his day in court, accused of shooting at a State Highway Patrol trooper in Wood County. Terrance Phillips was indicted yesterday on felonious assault and weapons charges. Prosecutors say Phillips was driving along I-75 this past weekend when he fired a shot at a trooper’s cruiser, cutting its brake line. The trooper was not hurt.

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8/20/14 – 12:16 P.M.

Hancock County is looking to modernize how it backs up data. County IT Manager Curt Smith says the current tape backups present a problem when the system is used…

Audio: Curt Smith

Smith says converting to a digital backup will lead to faster recovery of files when needed.

The work is expected to cost a little more than $32,000. The county commissioners will vote on approval once Smith gets a new quote for the software.

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8/20/15 – 11:56 A.M.

Pending a rezoning approval, a new wedding and banquet hall is planned for an area just south of Findlay. The Hancock Regional Planning Commission has recommended the Eagle Township Trustees allow the rezoning of 13 acres of land at 13754 U.S. 68…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

HRPC Director Matt Cordonnier says the commission considered things like parking, impact on neighbors, and traffic before making their recommendation. The current owner is looking to sell to Johnson & Manders LLC of Findlay, but the sale is contingent on the rezoning getting approval.

The business would use an existing barn on the property as the banquet hall. A house at the location would be turned into a bed and breakfast.

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8/20/15 – 7:24 A.M.

A North Baltimore man was injured in a crash on I-75 near Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate near the County Road 99 interchange.

33-year-old Michael Blevins was changing lanes when he hit the concrete median barrier. His car was then hit by a commercial truck driven by a Pennsylvania man. Blevins was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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8/20/15 – 7:16 A.M.

Fair season resumes in our area this weekend. The Allen County Fair kicks off Friday and runs through August 29. This year’s signature event will be a concert by country act Lady Antebellum on the final day of the fair. Sam Hunt will open the show. Tickets run between $45 and $65.

The fair officially opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. at the grandstand.

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