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VIDEO: Blanchard Valley Hospital Uses Robot To Fight Germs

7/1/16 – 12:31 A.M.

The war against germs and bacteria in hospitals has gone high tech. A couple of months ago Blanchard Valley Hospital started using a “germ-zapping” robot to help disinfect patient rooms…

Audio: Brianne Herron

Brianne Herron is an environmental technician at the hospital. She says the robot essentially uses an advanced strobe light that uses an intense UV light…

Audio: Brianne Herron

Herron says the robot, affectionately dubbed “Blanche,” is especially good at destroying tough bacteria like MRSA.

The robot has been in operation at the hospital since May. Herron says the goal is to use it in 20 rooms per day.

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7/1/16 – 7:59 A.M.

You’re probably planning on spending some time outside this holiday weekend. If you’re hosting a July 4th get-together, you’ll want to make sure you get rid of mosquito habitats…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz of the Hancock County OSU Extension Office says it only takes a little bit of standing water to form a good breeding ground for the pests. Lentz says one place people don’t think about is inside downspouts that aren’t draining correctly.

Aside from getting rid of areas of standing water, you want to make sure you have insect repellent as well.

Concerns about mosquitos are elevated this year with the rise of the Zika virus. There are also concerns about the West Nile virus once again as well.

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7/1/16 – 7:13 A.M.

There will be plenty of events marking Independence Day in Findlay this weekend. Festivities get underway Saturday with a picnic at Riverside Park. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will feature the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors and the Findlay High School Marching Band.

Sunday’s events will take place at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Family activities, food vendors and live music will start at 4 p.m. with the fireworks at 10 p.m. Music for the fireworks will be broadcast on 100.5 WKXA.

On the 4th of July there will be a parade in downtown Findlay. It will start at 11 a.m.

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7/1/16 – 7:04 A.M.

A home invasion style robbery is being investigated in Kenton. WKTN radio reports the incident happened in the 400 block of West Columbus Street late Tuesday night. Three men reportedly forced their way into the home and threatened the residents while searching for money.

The men took around $200 in cash before leaving. No one was injured during the incident.

MORE: WKTN

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7/1/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Twin brothers charged in a series of Wood County arsons will stay at a juvenile detention facility in Sandusky for and indefinite time. The Courier reports 16-year-olds Alex and Andrew Crawford appeared in Huron County juvenile court Wednesday. Court administrator Chris Mushett tells the newspaper the boys will stay locked up until “they earn their way out.”

The Crawfords and two other juveniles were charged with aggravated arson and breaking and entering for their roles in a series of fires in Wood County in late March. Four adults were also charged in the case.

MORE: The Courier

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7/1/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A $10,000 donation will help the Fostoria Police Department pay for a high-tech camera that can be used in critical situations. The Review-Times reports Leadership Seneca County presented the department with a check Thursday. The money will be used to buy a “snake camera,” which can be bent around corners and through small spaces.

The fundraising effort was the idea of the family of a woman who took her life after a standoff with Fostoria police officers in February of 2015. 47-year-old Tracy Potter had barricaded herself in a Myers Avenue home with a shotgun. Officers located a snake camera in Columbus to use at the scene, but by the time it arrived in Fostoria it was too late.

After the incident, Potter’s family began working with Leadership Seneca County to raise money to buy the equipment for the Fostoria Police Department.

MORE: Review-Times

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7/1/16 – 5:15 A.M.

Putnam County EMS has been honored for life-saving efforts given to heart attack patients. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the agency has received the American Heart Association’s “Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Award.” The agency was given the honor for implementing quality improvement measures for patients suffering from severe heart attacks.

Putnam County EMS is one of only 57 Ohio EMS agencies to receive the award. Only 565 agencies were honored across the entire nation.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/1/16 – 5:07 A.M.

The effects of a neighborhood revitalization grant will continue to be seen in Mount Blanchard this summer. New sidewalks will be installed and decorative light posts will be placed downtown. The money will also be used to build a 32-foot gazebo in Hurricane Park this month.

The village received a $420,000 grant through the Hancock Regional Planning Commission last year. The money was also used to upgrade waterlines and repave streets. That work has been completed.

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7/1/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Local authorities expect plenty of fireworks complaints over the next few days. However, they don’t expect to arrest too many people. Representatives from the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office tell the Courier it’s difficult to issue citations if officers don’t witness the fireworks getting launched.

Police Chief Greg Horne tells the newspaper it can be clear that someone launched fireworks, but unless someone admits to it, no one can be formally charged. Officers will identify people at the scene, confiscate any remaining fireworks, and check to make sure no one is wanted on a warrant.

Lt. Cris Bell with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says they get a couple hundred fireworks complaints every year. Of those, only five to 10 citations are issued.

Police Lt. Ryan Doe says citations are mostly given to people who are risking the safety of those nearby.

MORE: The Courier

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6/30/16 – 10:38 A.M.

Volunteer firefighters in Hancock County will soon have a new tool to help their efforts. The county commissioners have approved a contract with Emergency Services Marketing Corporation to use the “I Am Responding” app…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says volunteer emergency responders will have an app on their phone. When an emergency call goes out, volunteer firefighters use the app to let a dispatcher know if they can respond or not. If not enough people respond, a second call for help can be made faster than before.

The cost of the contract is around $15,000.

Gazarek says it is money well spent for a tool that will help the county’s volunteer responders…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says EMT officials are working to complete the details of how the app will be implemented.

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