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7/11/14 – 5:21 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber and Apollo Tyres of India are still fighting each other in a Delaware court following the failed sale of the company last year. Cooper officials claim an agreement made by the two companies means that since Apollo didn’t complete the deal, they owe the Findlay based company $112.5 million. Apollo lawyers counter that because Cooper wasn’t in “a position to close the deal,” they can’t sue for damages.

The two sides are once again battling it out in front of Delaware Chancery Judge Sam Glasscock. Apollo wants Glasscock to rule on the issue. If he rules in their favor, they can then ask an appellate court to rule that Apollo wasn’t responsible for the deal going south.

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7/11/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Putnam County residents will vote on funding 911 services this fall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county’s 911 board voted to place a replacement levy on the November ballot. If approved collection on the levy would be based on current land values. It’s expected that would bring in around $928,000 a year to run the emergency line.

Board members also considered a renewal levy. It would have brought in a little more than $838,000 and would be based off of 2009 property values.

The current levy expires at the end of 2015. This is the earliest officials can put the issue back on the ballot.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/11/14 – 6:02 A.M.

Residents in the Van Buren school district will likely see a building levy on the November ballot. The Courier reports the school board voted to send a 30-year, 6.96 mill bond issue to the county auditor. The issue would raise $28.7 million to build 34 new classrooms and a new gym. The bond issue is seven years shorter than the proposal voters rejected in November. It will also raise about half a million dollars less.

To make the issue work with the building plans, there could be about a 2 percent decrease in the size of the new buildings. The previous levy also would have covered the cost of buying property to build on. The district bought the needed land with permanent improvement funds in December.

MORE: The Courier

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7/10/14 – 12:45 P.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son appeared in court today. The Courier reports 25-year-old Jerrod Hartman changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorney says the plea change concerns Hartman’s criminal responsibility, not his ability to stand trial.

Court papers filed this week say Hartman suffers from a condition that causes him to have outbursts in his sleep. He’ll undergo a court-ordered evaluation before his January 20 trial.

44-day-old James Hartman was found dead in a home at 321 Third Street in Findlay on October 28. The coroner report said the child died from blunt trauma.

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The City Mission expansion in Findlay is closer to reality. Officials for the organization spoke with the Findlay City Planning Commission today about some changes to the plan. Executive Director Phil Arnold says they’re getting closer to their building campaign goal…

Audio: Phil Arnold

Arnold says they’ll have more dorms for the area’s homeless population once the expansion is finished…

Audio: Phil Arnold

In addtion to more living area, the dining room and areas for job education will also be expanded.

If all goes according to plan, groud will be broken in March of 2015.

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7/10/14 – 12:05 P.M.

Another business is expanding its operations in Findlay. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved Rowmark’s plans to build a 78,000 square foot facility in the Tall Timbers Industrial Park. Rowmark CFO Kurt Ohlrich says the new building will give two of the company’s product lines room to grow…

Audio: Kurt Olrich

Ohlrich says they plan on being in the building next year…

Audio: Kurt Olrich

Olrich adds Rowmark is working with the state on some development items.

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7/10/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A teenager could be in trouble with the law in Hardin County after he allegedly hit a deputy in the face. Kentontoday.com reports a deputy was dispatched to Mt. Victory Tuesday morning after getting a report a man fell while trying to use a ladder to get on top of a semi.

The 15-year-old allegedly hit the deputy in the face twice, causing minor injuries.

The case remains under investigation. So far no charges have been filed.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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7/10/14 – 6:43 A.M.

The Carey school district will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school building tomorrow. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the new building site. Several district officials and representatives from the contractor will be on hand. The program will also include the high school band, a balloon launch by students, and ceremonial pictures.

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7/10/14 – 6:37 A.M.

A pipeline-replacement project is nearly finished in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports Columbia Gas officials say crews recently finished replacing the main line from Elm Street to Tiffin Street going north and south, and the main line from Perry Street to Countyline Street going east and west. The old pipe system should be retired in the next few weeks.

Columbia Gas began installing specially-designed plastic pipes in April. The new lines replace the older, cast-iron pipes. The newer lines last longer and flex with changing soil conditions.

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7/10/14 – 5:22 A.M.

When you think about flooding in Putnam County, you probably think about Ottawa first. But the village of Kalida has flooding concerns of its own. More specifically, there are concerns about what new flood maps could do to insurance rates for some people who live in Kalida.

Village council talked about the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Maps this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports engineer Greg Bockrath gave an update on the proposed new maps. He believes Kalida residents who live along the Ottawa River or Plum Creek could be put back into the flood zone.

Bockrath added homeowners can request a variance if they are told they now live in a flood zone.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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