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7/20/15 – 6:59 A.M.

A Fostoria woman and a 6-year-old girl were injured over the weekend when their ATV was hit by a car. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on Township Road 112, east of State Route 587, around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

45-year-old Kimberly Zacharias of Fostoria was pushing the ATV along the road with the child sitting on the vehicle. A car driven by 54-year-old Jon Barchus of Fostoria was headed west and hit the ATV from behind. The impact of the collision caused the ATV to go off the road, but both Zacharias and the child landed in the roadway. They were taken to Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Barchus was charged with OVI and failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7/20/15 – 6:47 A.M.

The driver of a semi-truck was injured when his rig overturned near McComb over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened just after 7 a.m. on State Route 613, west of Township Road 117 Saturday.

54-year-old Theodore Dubbs of Mills Hall, Pennsylvania, was driving east when his truck went off the right side of the road and overturned in a ditch. Dubbs was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash closed the highway for around three hours. Dubbs was cited for failure to control.

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7/20/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A three-car crash on Tiffin Avenue injured a Findlay man over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened around 4:45 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue.

34-year-old Richard Jackson was driving west when he hit the back of car driven by 25-year-old Zachary Simmons of Findlay. Simmons’ car then hit a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Skylar Farrow, also of Findlay. Jackson suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

He was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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7/20/15 – 5:45 A.M.

Gas prices are falling as we enter another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price in Findlay is around $2.60 a gallon today. That’s 19 cents lower than what we were paying a week ago. In Ottawa the average price is $2.48 a gallon, down 20 cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is $2.62 for a gallon of regular. That a 13 cent drop from last week.

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7/20/15 – 5:38 A.M.

One person was injured in a crash in Putnam County early this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the one-car accident happened on Old State Route 65 at Road M-8 south of Ottawa just after 3:30 a.m.

49-year-old Barbara Heath of Piqua was driving south on Old State Route 65 when she lost control on a curve. Her car hit a utility pole and came to a rest on the driver’s side, trapping Heath inside. She was extricated and taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. A release from the sheriff’s office says alcohol and cell phone use are not suspected in the accident.


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7/20/15 – 5:25 A.M.

More Findlay rail crossings will see repair work this week, and it could impact travel through the city. Starting today Lincoln Street will be closed at the CSX tracks. The crossing will remain closed until August 3. You’re urged to avoid Lincoln between East and Blanchard Streets if possible.

On Tuesday, Walnut Street will be closed at the CSX tracks through July 28. You’re asked to avoid the area between Taylor Street and Prospect Avenue while that works take place.

Perhaps the biggest closure will start Wednesday. Center Street will be closed at the CSX tracks through August 5. If possible, you’re asked to avoid the area between Taylor Street and Blanchard Street while the repair work is going on.

Detours will be posted in all three locations. You’ll be able to get to homes and businesses near the tracks, but won’t be able to cross until the work is finished.

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7/20/15 – 5:16 A.M.

There was more controversy about the Road 5 road expansion in Putnam County last week, even after the case was recently finalized. The case saw an injunction of Ohio Sunshine Law requirements filed against the commissioners. But landowners along the road don’t think the commissioners are following the rules laid out.

The county commissioners had a resolution on the Tuesday, July 14, agenda to retain an attorney. The lawyer would serve as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorney’s fees in the case. A member of one of the families represented in the case said he had been informed about the resolution, but said he still didn’t believe the commissioners were following the rules laid out in the injunction.

Bob Patrick added that the commissioners should have had discussion at a previous meeting to being the resolution forward. The commissioners said the often have resolutions on the agenda that haven’t been discussed in previous meetings.

The commissioners tabled the issue and will act on it during their July 21 meeting.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/20/15 – 4:56 A.M.

The Ottawa Police Department is investigating a weekend stabbing. Officers were called to the 200 block of South Walnut Street just before midnight Saturday. Officers found 22-year-old Dominic Norway with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

47-year-old Sandy Hill was taken into custody. She faces a felonious assault charge. Additional charges are pending.

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7/20/15 – 4:50 A.M.

Findlay City Council will be looking into laws that govern livestock ownership in the city later this month. The Courier reports an ad hoc committee will be appointed to decide if stronger rules are needed.

Hancock County Animal Control Officer Dana Berger tells the newspaper it’s not a big problem. His office gets between six to 12 farm animal complaints a year. However, the issue was brought to the forefront recently by councilwoman Anne Spence. She said she had received four chicken complaints and a complaint about a pig recently.

Spence said she visited a Sandusky Street home where the smell of chickens from next door was very strong. The city Health Department helped clear up the problem.

MORE: The Courier

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7/17/15 – 7:40 A.M.

Downtown Fostoria business owners could get some help in improving their storefronts. The Review-Times reports a grant from the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation will make $15,000 available. The grant will offer up to a 50 percent match for any expenses a business takes on to improve a commercial property downtown.

The funding will come on a first-come-first-serve basis and has a maximum of $3,000.

MORE: Review-Times

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