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12/8/16 – 10:43 A.M.

A paving company has plans for a temporary asphalt plant in Findlay – if they get a contract to work on the upcoming I-75 widening project. Officials from Kokosing Materials talked about their plans for the site at 1150 Lima Avenue Thursday…

Audio: Ralph Kyanko

Ralph Kyanko is an environmental manager for KMI. He says the site could process around 200 loads per day.

The plan depends on winning a bid on paving for I-75. ODOT will open the bids in January.

The Findlay City Planning Commission is requiring the company extend a water and sewer line to the temp site. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says the utilities could attract more development to the area in the future.

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12/8/16 – 7:39 A.M.

Fostoria is paying for damage done to a home near the city’s police firing range. The Review-Times reports the city set aside nearly $6,000 to fix bullet homes in the side of Diane Martinez’s home. Martinez found the bullet holes in late September. She lives about a half-mile away from the shooting range, which is near the Fostoria Metropolitan Airport.

Mayor Eric Keckler says new safeguards are in place at the range to prevent further incidents.

MORE: Review-Times

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12/8/16 – 7:28 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners recently held the final reading of a petition to permit the expansion of Road 5. The Putnam County Sentinel says the document also calls for the changes already made on the road to remain in place. The commissioners voted unanimously to accept the petition.

Commissioner John Love started the petition earlier in the year. At a November meeting, Love said “The purpose of the freeholders’ petition is to allow residents of Putnam County to express their opinion that it was correct to widen Road 5.”

The county widened Road 5 in 2012, but several residents along the road protested. The state found the commissioners in violation of sunshine laws for meetings about the project. The newspaper reports 18 property owners have still not collected their eminent domain payments.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/8/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Findlay police arrested a Van Buren man following a short chase in the city early this morning. Lt. Robert Ring says an officer tried to stop 38-year-old Joseph Miller in the 500 block of East Street around 12:30 a.m. Miller took off, leading officers on a chase that included parts of East Street, East Lima Street, and a couple of alleys in the neighborhood. Miller allegedly got out of his car and tried to run away, but officers arrested him a short time later near a house in the 300 block of East Lima Street.

Ring says officers found a “substantial amount of suspected crack cocaine” on Miller. Police have charged him with possession of cocaine and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

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12/8/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Hancock County hunters tagged less deer during the week-long deer-gun hunting season than they did in 2015. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed 454 deer this year, down 32 from a year ago. Putnam County hunters tagged 274 deer this year. That’s down from 304 compared to 2015.

Numbers increased in two area counties. Seneca County saw 835 deer killed, up from 779 last year. Hunters tagged 716 deer in Wyandot County, an increase of 20 compared to 2015.

Across the state, numbers were down for the year. Hunters claimed around 6,600 less deer in 2016.

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12/8/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Residents on two Findlay streets are under a boil water advisory today. The city’s water distribution department says 10 homes in the 1300 block of Fishlock Avenue and two homes in the 1600 block of Blanchard Avenue are under the advisory.

You can see the full list of addresses on our website.

You’re urged to boil water for at least one minute before using it for drinking or cooking.

Water main repair work caused the city to issue the alert.

Affected Addresses:

Fishlock Ave – 1300, 1301, 1305, 1306, 1307, 1312, 1313, 1315, 1316, and 1321
Blanchard Ave – 1624 and 1625

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12/7/16 – 11:14 A.M.

Recognizing the impact drugs have on the workforce, several community groups and businesses are joining an effort to address the issue. Zach Thomas is the director of Wellness and Education for the Hancock County ADAMHS Board. He says one of the goals is to help area businesses set good policies…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas adds a large part of the initiative is to prevent drug addiction issues before they start.

Despite that, Thomas says most drug users have jobs…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas says he hopes one outcome of the program is finding solutions for people who can’t get jobs because of positive drug tests…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas says the goal is to have at least five businesses put in place new workplace drug programs by next September.

The first stakeholders meeting takes place Monday.

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12/7/16 – 7:29 A.M.

North Baltimore officials are growing more frustrated with an effort to reach an EMS agreement with Henry Township. The Courier reports council members are pushing for another meeting with Henry Township trustees. The dispute stems from how much money Henry Township should pay for EMT services.

Council considered sending a letter to residents living outside of the village, saying they could suspend EMT service to the township if a financial agreement isn’t reached. Council members decided against that Tuesday.

The newspaper says Henry Township trustees have said they are considering funding options.

MORE: The Courier

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12/7/16 – 5:34 A.M.

Fostoria residents have some decisions to make about the city’s financial future. The Courier reports city council approved a financial recovery plan during their Tuesday meeting. The plan includes two tax levies. The first is a 6-mill property tax increase. The second is for an extra quarter-percent income tax. The plan projects Fostoria will get out of the red by 2019 and have a positive general fund balance of more than $918,000 in 2021 – if voters pass the levy.

Council also voted to end an income tax credit for residents who live in Fostoria but work somewhere else. The state auditor’s office estimates that will generate an extra $500,000 per year for the general fund.

Other parts of the plan include eliminating local police and fire dispatching. The departments will contract with a local county to provide those services. The plan also calls for adding personnel in the fire division to reduce overtime costs.

MORE: The Courier

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