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12/3/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A rollover crash on I-75 injured a Columbus Grove teenager Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the incident happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near Mount Cory around 2:15 p.m.

19-year-old Richard Diltz III lost control when he fell asleep at the wheel. As his car started to drift off the road, Diltz woke up and overcorrected, causing his car to hit a fence before rolling into a field. Diltz was trapped and had to be removed by emergency responders. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of what were called non-incapacitating injuries.

Diltz was cited for failure to maintain control.

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12/3/15 – 5:09 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a rash of recent burglaries. The Putnam County Sentinel reports in the last month, things like electronics, cash, and prescription drugs have all been taken from homes in the county. In some cases handguns have been stolen.

Captain Brian Siefker tells the newspaper there are more break-ins during the holiday season. Siefker says investigators believe a series of thefts in the villages of Ottawa and Glandorf over the last two months are likely related.

Authorities are asking residents to keep their homes, outbuildings, and cars locked up. Siefker adds gun owners should keep their firearms locked away as well.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/3/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Three Toledo women were recently arrested on prostitution charges in Findlay. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force reports 35-year-old Olivia Rodriguez, 33-year-old Elizabeth Ramirez, and 35-year-old April Hall were arrested during a covert prostitution investigation. All three face misdemeanor charges.

The case remains under investigation.

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12/3/15 – 4:52 A.M.

Former Brown Mackie College students could have their student loan debt forgiven as part of a national settlement. The Courier reports the company that runs Brown Mackie, the Education Management Corporation, reached an agreement Wednesday. The deal says EDMC will forgive around $102.8 million in student loans, including $10.6 million in Ohio. There is a Brown Mackie campus in Findlay on Fostoria Avenue.

The settlement will apply to students who enrolled for 45 days or less and who had transferred fewer than 24 credit hours from another university. It applies to those who left the school between 2006 and 2014.

EDMC has also agreed to change its recruitment and enrollment practices.

MORE: The Courier

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12/2/15 – 7:30 A.M.

Carey moved a step closer to having an outside agency handle its income tax collections. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to an ordinance that would make that move during their Tuesday meeting.

The three-year deal would cost Carey around $41,000 per year. Right now the village pays more than $101,000 per year for two employees in the utility billing office and the income tax department.

Once the deal is in place, Carey residents would be able to file their taxes online as part of the program.

MORE: The Courier

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12/2/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A two-car crash in Findlay injured a Mount Cory woman Tuesday. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of West Sandusky and South Main streets just before 5 p.m.

21-year-old Dakota Cooper of Findlay was driving west on Sandusky when he turned left onto Main Street and hit a car driven by 20-year-old Kristen Stewart. Stewart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution.

Cooper was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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12/2/15 – 7:08 A.M.

Fostoria’s current and former mayors are battling it out publicly over a proposed change in tax policy. The Courier reports former Mayor John Davoli spoke out against ending a tax credit for people who work outside the city during a Tuesday night meeting. Davoli accused the current administration of failing to prepare for the end of a grant paying for firefighters. He also said the city should cut overtime for the police and fire departments.

The speech didn’t go over well with current Mayor Eric Keckler. He said most overtime is due to contractual obligations. Keckler added that an amendment to the city’s charter made when Davoli was mayor makes it impossible to make changes to overtime policy.

MORE: The Courier

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12/2/15 – 5:21 A.M.

The Superintendent of the Blanchard Valley Center has announced her retirement date. The Courier reports Connie Ament will step down on March 31. Ament was hired as the interim director of the center in 2007. She has worked in the state’s system for the developmentally disabled for nearly 40 years.

Kelli Grisham will take over when Ament retires. Grisham was hired to work at the Blanchard Valley Center on August 3 of this year.

MORE: The Courier

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12/12/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A longtime fixture in the Putnam County Common Pleas Court is calling it a career. The Lima News reports Judge Randal Basinger will not run for reelection in 2016. Basinger was first elected in 1986.

He did not give a reason for his decision.

Two Putnam County lawyers are running for the position. Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder tells the newspaper he’ll file soon and run as a Democrat. Keith Schierloh has filed to run as a Republican candidate.

MORE: Lima News

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