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8/21/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a former Ottawa council member. The Courier reports the suit against Alan Ducey is seeking more than $50,000.

On June 6, Ducey went left of center to avoid stopped traffic on State Route 65, hitting another car in the process. 62-year-old Christine Hayden and 85-year-old Joan Beam were killed. Ducey was seriously injured.

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities is also named in the suit. Ducey was driving for the agency when the crash happened.

The crash resulted in Ducey resigning his council seat.

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8/21/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Ottawa Village Council has asked for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to take over a proposed flood reduction project. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition has also asked the Maumee group to take the reigns.

Now both groups wait as Maumee District members decide if they want to take over leadership of the Lower Blanchard project. The plan calls for altering a the Road I-9 Bridge and a diversion channel for the river. If approved, an engineering firm could be selected to do the work.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Mike Pniewski tells the newspaper the conservancy district can consider more cost benefits compared to what the Corps can do. That includes items like reductions in property value, the cost to safety services, and the expense of road closures.

Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips says if the Maumee Conservancy decides to take on the plan, work on the I-9 bridge could start next year.

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William Houston, a sophomore football player at Bowling Green State University, has been indicted for one count of attempted rape by a Wood County grand jury.

The Sentinel-Tribune reports the incident happened on July 20 of this year in the 200 block of Manville Avenue in Bowling Green. Court documents say that Houston held a female down with force in her bed while attempting to engage in sexual conduct with her.

Jason Knavel, BGSU’s assistant Athletic Director said Houston is not currelty taking part in any team activites. A further hearing has not been set.

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8/20/14 – 7:25 A.M.

A new group home for adults with develpmental disibilities will be established in Findlay in October. The house at 1533 Richland Avenue was previously used as an adult daycare by the Hancock Board of develepmental disibilites.

The Courier reported that the board of disibilities can’t own or run a group home. Hancock Community Housing Inc., which creates low priced housing for adults with disibilities, will own and run the property.

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8/20/14 – 7:22 A.M.

An Ordinance meant to create and keep jobs by providing tax credits to small and large busniesses was approved by Fostoria City Council Tuesday.

The Courier reports that all types of businesses are eligible. Office, manufacturing, and distribution companies that create at minimum of 10 new jobs in a three year period will be a priority.

Each job will be offering an average wage of at least 150 percent of federal minimum wage.

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8/20/14 – 7:00 A.M.

Investigators don’t believe there was any criminal intent behind a fire at a North Baltimore business last month. The Courier reports the case has been closed as a result.

The blaze at HPJ Industries on West Broadway could be seen for miles on July 17. Investigators believe a marine flare or a Chinese lantern may have sparked the fire. North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer said all leads in the fire have been exhausted.

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8/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria might change the way parking tickets are handled. The Review-Times reports city council held the first reading of an ordinance that would make some big changes to current parking regulations.

If the measure is passed, parking tickets could be paid at the Fostoria Police Department. Fines would also be reduced from $50 to $75 down to around $15 for a parking ticket. Violators would have seven days to pay their fine before it increased. After 30 days of nonpayment you would be considered guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

Currently parking tickets have to be paid at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Another reading of the ordinance will be held at the next council meeting on September 2.

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8/20/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Putnam County school district may begin drug testing its students. The Lima News reports the Columbus Grove Board of Education talked about the issue this week. Kyle Prueter of Great Lakes Biomedical gave a presentation to the board about the benefits of random drug testing.

Superintendent Nick Verhoff tells the newspaper the district began considering drug testing around nine months ago. He said there hasn’t been increased drug use among students, so the testing would be used to keep kids from starting.

The board’s next step will be to decide if they want to move forward with a testing plan. If so, then a drug policy will have to be outlined.

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8/20/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A suspect in a Fostoria arson case has been found competent to stand trial. The Courier reports Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley ruled that 31-year-old Shey Weiker can stand trial in October. Weiker is accused of throwing a railroad flare into a home in the 600 block of Poplar Street on May 26. The resulting fire killed 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. and 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance.

Weiker faces counts of aggravated murder, aggravated arson, and attempted murder among other charges. Her trial is set for October 14.

Two other people are accused of being involved in starting the fire. 44-year-old Charles Shaeffer allegedly gave Wieker the flare and showed her how to use it. 20-year-old Timothy Hall is accused of disposing of the flare’s strike cap.

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8/20/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Detroit man was arrested for allegedly transporting a large amount of heroin through Hancock County last Sunday. The State Highway Patrol reports 42-year-old Christopher Triplett was found with two pounds of heroin during a traffic stop on I-75 near U.S. 224. The drugs were worth an estimated $136,000.

Trooper Matthew Geer said he found the heroin underneath the air filter of the rental car. Findlay Post Commander Matthew Crow said the bust was the largest seizure of heroin in Hancock County since 2004.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted Triplett on a heroin possession charge Tuesday.

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