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12/9/15 – 5:19 A.M.

A conservation easement for wetlands at the Hancock County landfill has been accepted by the Hancock Park District. The Courier reports the HPD voted to accept the plan during a Tuesday meeting. The easement is required by the Ohio EPA anytime construction impacts existing wetlands.

Project manager Steve Wilson says the landfill built new wetlands several years ago in anticipation of future projects. A project at the site would impact a small wetland area. The constructed wetland area has to be placed in a conservation easement controlled by a government entity for the project to move forward.

The Hancock County Commissioners are expected to approve the easement next week.

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12/9/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A member of the Putnam County Board of Elections is stepping down so he can run for Putnam County commissioner. The Lima News reports 62-year-old Tony Wobler announced his resignation during a Tuesday meeting. Wobler will run as a Democrat. If his petitions are certified, he’ll run against the winner of the Republican primary race between incumbent Travis Jerwers and challenger Michael Lammers.

Wobler has spent more than two decades working in public administration roles for the state. He also is the current owner of Tony Wobler Electric and the New Cleveland Recreation Center.

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12/9/15 – 4:57 A.M.

A McComb man is on trial this week, accused of attacking a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office employee at his home. The Courier reports 38-year-old Kevin Potts is charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Investigators say Potts showed up at the correction officer’s home in Arlington with a loaded gun and a hunting knife in June.

Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Potts went to the home after his girlfriend told him she was sexually assaulted by the officer. The girlfriend’s claims were later found to be false. Lori Welly was charged with falsification and pleaded no contest.

The trial continues today.

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12/8/15 – 10:40 A.M.

More Hancock County residents gave input for the latest county transportation plan. That’s according to Hancock Area Transportation Services director Lori Collins, who says more input is a good thing…

Audio: Lori Collins

Collins said there is an increased demand for public transportation in the county…

Audio: Lori Collins

Collins submitted the county’s transportation plan to the commissioners today.

The plan will now be forwarded to ODOT for review and funding.

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12/8/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A culvert underneath a Bluffton road will be widened soon. The Courier reports village council approved the project during their Monday meeting. Councilman Roger Warren said the original plan was to install a 12-inch diameter culvert under Bentley Road along with catch basins at a cost of $7,200.

However, Warren lobbied council to spend an extra $1,500 to widen the culvert to 24 inches, and to set the catch basins further away from the road.

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12/8/15 – 6:58 A.M.

Plans are moving forward for a new shelter house in Arlington’s village park. The Courier reports a contract for just under $50,000 was given to Troy Built Building by the village council. A $37,500 grant from the Hancock Parks District is expected to help pay for the facility. The Arlington Festival committee will also pitch in. The village will be responsible for the remaining balance.

Council hopes the work will be completed by next summer’s village festival. The old shelter house will be torn down.

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12/8/15 – 6:48 A.M.

Three men could spend more than a decade in prison for their alleged roles in a Fostoria robbery. The Review-Times reports 31-year-old Adam Nettles along with 23-year-olds Ismael Hernandez and Jose Hernandez have been indicted on charges of aggravated burglary. The charges stem from a November incident at 331 North Union Street.

Investigators say the men, “inflicted, attempted or threatened to inflict physical harm” to the man living in the home. The charges carry a maximum 11-year prison sentences and $20,000 fine.

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12/8/15 – 5:21 A.M.

A Fostoria man gave up his house as part of a plea deal in a drug case. The Review-Times reports a trial for 36-year-old Brian Bolen was set to begin this week, but he took a plea deal instead. Bolen pleaded no-contest to charges of possession of marijuna and tampering with evidence. He’ll surrender a home at 576 Spruce Street and will spend six years in jail.

Bolen was charged after he was found with more than 20,000 grams, or more than 44 pounds of marijuana on July 22 of 2012.

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12/8/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 224 east of Findlay injured two people Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports two pickup trucks collided around 2:30 p.m.

42-year-old Mathew Bannon of Lapel, Indiana, was driving on U.S. 224 when he hit the back of a pickup driven by Mark McKelvie of Findlay. McKelvie was slowing to turn near the Enon Valley Presbyterian Church. Bannon and a passenger were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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