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9/16/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A fiery crash closed U.S. 68 in Hardin County for around three hours Monday. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81.

Preliminary details in the crash show that three cars were involved. The blaze left the convenience store intact, but completely destroyed the gas pumps. Five people were injured. Two of them were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment. The other three people were treated and released at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.

No other details were available.

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9/16/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Findlay is no longer under any risk of being put on probation by the National Flood Insurance Program. The Courier reports city officials have cleared up more than 100 issues raised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter from FEMA sent to the city in April warned that probation was possible if certain documents weren’t updated.

Probation would have meant an extra $50 charge to each flood insurance premium in the city. Service-Safety Manager Paul Schmelzer says the warning letter from FEMA was protocol. He added that the agency never intended to give the impression that probation was imminent for Findlay.

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9/15/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price around the state for a gallon of regular is $3.30. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday, and 14 cents from August 15.

In Findlay drivers were reporting prices around $3.34 a gallon early this morning. Ottawa prices were around 10 cents cheaper.

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9/15/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is accepting nominations for its annual VIP Awards. The organization is looking for individuals and groups who best represent the mission, of ADAMHS. Nominations will be taken until October 31.

There are three categories for nominations; volunteer, involvement, and professional.

For more information go to yourpathtohealth.org.

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9/15/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Health code violations are threatening to shut down concessions at BGSU’s Doyt Perry Stadium. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a health inspector found 11 critical violations during a recent home football game. The newspaper says there have been sanitation concerns for several years now.

Sodexo met with Wood County health officials last year to outline a plan to address the problems.

A spokesman told the Associated Press the company is taking the complaints seriously and will work with the university to address the problems.

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9/15/14 – 4:51 A.M.

Overnight construction work will change traffic patterns on I-75 for the next three days. Starting tonight, traffic near the U.S. 224 bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction, and diverted up and down the interchange ramps. The traffic change will allow steel beams to be set for the new bridge.

The work should last through Wednesday.

The bridge construction is expected to wrap up this fall.

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9/15/14 – 4:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant worth more than $34,600. A release from the office says the money came from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and will be applied to fiscal year 2015.

The grant will help with traffic safety enforcement in the county. Area of focus will include impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and youthful drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the money to the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for distribution.

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Whatever it was, Leispic residents won’t have to worry about it anymore. The Leipsic Police Department sent out a Nixle Alert last night that said the animal, believed to possibly be a wolf, was killed. The alert said the animal was shot two miles east of the village.

Officers had tried to tranquilize the animal Wednesday, but could not get a good shot.

Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth told the Lima News earlier in the week he believed the animal could have been a hybrid mix of a wolf and a dog.

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9/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A fire at a Bowling Green hotel has led to an arrest; but not for what you might think. The Sentinel-Tribune reports police discovered three young children were left alone at the Victory Inn & Suites on East Wooster Street. The kids were found after firefighters had to evacuate the hotel because of a Tuesday night fire.

The discovery led to the arrest of 34-year-old Taurean Walton. He and his wife allegedly came back to get the children later in the night. Walton is now facing three charges of endangering children.

MORE: The Courier 

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9/12/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Three people were hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday evening. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened just before 6 p.m. on the east side of the city.

60-year-old Debra Martens was trying to turn left from Flag City Drive onto Hancock County Road 236 when her car collided with an SUV driven by 46-year-old Chris Jones of North Baltimore. Martens and Jones were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. A passenger in the Jones car, 55-year-old James Burk of Cygnet, was also injured.

Martens was cited for a stop sign violation.

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