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10/8/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A suspicious death is under investigation in Fostoria. Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers were called to an East Fremont Street apartment Tuesday night. Multiple people called the police just before 8 p.m.

The man’s identity has not been released yet. The cause of death has not been released either. The incident remains under investigation.

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10/8/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Seven Hancock County villages are competing for grant money. The Courier reports a total of 25 leaders from Arcadia, Arlington, Jenera, McComb, Mount Blanchard, Rawson and Vanlue attended a meeting on the subject Tuesday. One of the villages will win a two-year grant worth more than $136,000. The grant will be coordinated through the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

The “Community Heart and Soul” grant can be used to pay for community events and someone to coordinate the events. Residents in the town that wins must volunteer 1,500 hours as an in-kind match.

Yesterday’s meeting served as a pre-proposal meeting. It gave village leaders more information on how to apply for the grant.

MORE: The Courier

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10/8/14 – 4:51 A.M.

Fostoria has a new fire chief. The Courier reports Kenneth Chapman will serve as the 10th chief in the city’s history. City Council approved the hire of Chapman during their Tuesday meeting. He’ll replace Keith Loreno, who became Fostoria’s police chief in May.

Before applying for the Fostoria job, Chapman served as a fire captain and company officer in Wayne, Michigan. He spent most of his career serving in various roles for the Wayne Fire Department.

MORE: The Courier

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10/7/14 – 12:41 A.M.

The cost of cleaning out the Blanchard River will run Hancock County a little more than $288,000. The county commissioners agreed to pay a $9 maintenance fee for each of the 32,065 parcels that would have been assessed for the clean-up effort. The bill will be paid from the county’s flood control fund.

The clean-up effort was approved last October. Crews from Tawa Tree Service have been clearing the river of debris since last winter.

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10/7/14 – 12:14 P.M.

Hancock County has named it’s next director for the Department of Job and Family Services. Diana Hoover was given a three-year contract worth $66,000 a year today. She’ll replace Sheldon Bycynski, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Hoover has worked as the assistant director of the agency since last October. Before that, she served as the department’s administrator of children protective services.

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10/7/14 – 12:06 P.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners continue to crunch numbers for the 2015 budget. Today, anticipated revenues were reviewed with County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg. Commissioner Phil Rielge says they do expect some increases, but not across the board…

Audio: Phil Riegle

With that in mind, Riegle says they’ll budget conservatively. Projected revenue for 2015 is $19.8 million, which doesn’t include the carry-over balance from this year.

That balance was a bit of a sticking point, as Rauschenberg pressed the commissioners to set that figure at $2.5 million. Commissioner Phil Riegle was concerned about hitting that number…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The county is anticipating higher real estate and sales tax collections in 2015.

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10/7/14 – 5:12 A.M.

If you’re driving south of Kenton the next three days, you might see something that looks like an emergency, but it’s nothing to worry about. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting training exercises in the old Rockwell parking lot. Deputies will be working on advanced building clearing techniques and advanced driving tactics.

The deputies will be operating their cars with the overhead lights on, and the activity may be visible from U.S. 68.

The training will take place today through Thursday.


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10/7/14 – 5:04 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department wants residents to be on the lookout for potential scams. The Review-Times reports several residents have told police about fraudulent emails they have been getting. Police Chief Keith Loreno says most of the scams have come from people pretending to be banks or lending institutions.

Some people have received emails that read: “Dear Customer: Your statement is now available but we are having little difficulties with your KeyBank profile. Kindly sign on to Online Banking through the link below and update the required profile so that we can accordingly adjust your statement and contact you with it.”

Keybank officials say they are aware of the scam.

MORE: Review Times

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10/7/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Hancock and Putnam Counties will share $950,000 earmarked for flood-control efforts in the area. The Courier reports the State Controlling Board awarded the money Monday. $900,000 of the money will reimburse the Hancock County commissioners for money they’ve paid the Army Corps of Engineers for work done on the Blanchard River Flood Study.

Putnam County will use $50,000 to help pay for the administration of the I-9 bridge project by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District.

The Army Corps’ Lt. Col. Karl Jansen has said public information meetings on the flood plan will be held this fall. The plan is expected to be ready for outside review by next fall.

MORE: The Courier

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10/6/14 – 12:10 P.M.

Three Bowling Green University students were arrested last week for drug trafficking. The Bowling Green Police Department reports detectives seized $8,000 in cash, marijuana, and edible marijuana in the form of common snacks. The edibles included Cheez-It and Goldfish crackers infused with THC.

Anthony Vardon, Gabriel Jones, and Christopher Romito re all facing several charges.

Picture courtesy of BG Police Facebook Page

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