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8/7/14 – 4:54 A.M.

North Baltimore residents are pushing to save the village’s movie theater. The Courier reports the owner of Virginia Motion Pictures held a meeting in the downtown building last night to talk about the future of the business. Doug Wickard told a crowd of around 50 that his theater needs to go digital to survive, and that’s not cheap. Wickard announced a fundraising campaign to raise the $42,000 needed to buy a new projector.

The theater has been closed since July 31. Donations are being collected at the North Baltimore branch of the Huntington Bank.

Some people in attendance thought creating a “friends of the theater” organization could held the cause. Others suggested spreading the word via social media.

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8/6/14 – 8:52 A.M.

The Liberty Benton School Board is explaining their side of a controversial matter. In a letter to residents in the school district, the board outlines why they are appealing a court’s decision to overturn the firing of Mark Badertscher.

The letter states the board tried to avoid the expenses of a legal battle by offering Badertscher a separation agreement, which he did not accept. As a result the district tallied legal fees of more than $69,000 over two years. The letter also says the district will not have to pay for the appeal process. That money will come from the district’s litigation insurance.

The district’s lawyers believe the county court’s ruling was based on a procedural technicality that is not supported under the Ohio Revised Code.

The board says they were presented with “an abundance of evidence which clearly demonstrated that Badertscher needed to be relieved of his classroom responsibilities.”

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8/6/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Investigators in Allen County have a bizarre mystery on their hands. The Lima News reports sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify a woman so committed to hiding her identity she burned her fingerprints off. The woman has refused to give her real name, and fought six corrections officers who tried to get a DNA sample from her.

The woman was arrested last month. She allegedly used a fake birth certificate to get an ID card in Ohio. The woman is charged with tampering with records.

Allen County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Baker tells the newspaper, “At this point in the game, no one hides her identity like she does for an overdue speeding ticket. There’s something more serious here.”

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A Findlay man was injured in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 3 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Avenue and South River Road.

22-year-old Nicole Unverferth of Columbus Grove was stopped at a stop sign on River Road when she pulled into the intersection, colliding with a car driven by 56-year-old Jeffery Taylor.

Taylor was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Unverferth was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

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8/6/14 – 6:52 A.M.

Fostoria City Council signed off on two road paving projects during their Thursday meeting. Council entered into agreements with ODOT to mill and pave Van Buren Street and North Street. Both streets encompass parts of State Routes 18 and 613.

The project also includes paving work on parts of Ohio 613 and Ohio 12 outside the city limits. The city will only pay for the parts of the project done in the city.

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8/6/14 – 6:45 A.M.

North Baltimore’s emergency responders were praised at last night’s village council meeting for their response to the recent fire at HPJ Industries. Council members saluted firefighters, EMS workers and police. Councilman Bill Cameron said, “It truly was amazing how coordinated the effort was.”

The Courier reports Fire Chief Ted Francisco said he’ll apply for state grants to improve radios so they can better communicate with other departments.

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8/6/14 – 5:27 A.M.

Putnam County leaders talked more about the Road I-9 bridge Tuesday. The bridge is often blamed for acting like a dam when the Blanchard River is running high, causing more flooding in Ottawa. But Putnam County Engineer Terrance Recker tells the Courier there’s a lot to consider when it comes to changing the bridge.

Recker says the bridge is currently designed to stay dry during a 100-year flood. He added proposed changes to the bridge would mean it would be covered by water during a two-year flood event. County Commissioner Vince Schroeder says 1,400 cars a day use the bridge, and that it’s important for ambulances heading north out of Glandorf.

Recker suggests building another bridge around 700 feet north of the current I-9 bridge. He believes it could be built so that it wouldn’t create backwater, and would be able to stay open when the river is running high.

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8/6/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Ottawa officials say they’re on board with future flood-control measures for the village. Mayor Dean Meyer spoke to the Courier the day after a source told the newspaper Putnam County officials might pull out of the flood study. Meyer said Ottawa officials have asked the Putnam County Commissioners to support the Army Corps of Engineers plan. However, he said that if the commissioners didn’t, it’s not necessarily a deal breaker.

Meyer added he didn’t know how the commissioners could pull out of something they haven’t been a part of. So far Putnam County hasn’t paid any money for the flood studies. Ottawa officials say they’ll use state money to help pay for flood control projects in the village.

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8/6/14 – 5:02 A.M.

The trial date for one of the suspects in a fatal Fostoria house fire has been set. The Review-Times reports Timothy Hall will go in front of a jury on October 27 in the Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Hall was indicted in June for his alleged role in a fire that killed two people and injured one other.

Investigators say Hall got rid of the strike cap from a railroad flare that was used to start a fire at 614 South Poplar Street on May 26. He’s charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. Shey Weiker is accused of throwing the flare into the house. Charles Schaeffer is said to have shown her how to use the flare. Weiker faces murder charges, while Schaeffer is charged with being complicit in the crimes.

The fire killed 48-year-old Daniel Marker Jr. and 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was injured in the blaze.

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8/6/14 – 4:51 A.M.

The city of Findlay could buy a new aerial truck for the fire department. At last night’s city council meeting Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the five-year capital plan calls for spending $700,000 to replace the current ladder and pumper truck. No decision was made last night. The topic will be brought up at the next Appropriations Committee meeting.

In other fire department matters, Schmelzer said that the Gilbane Building Company has offered to pay two-thirds of the costs to upgrade the department’s crane rescue equipment. The amount totals $15,000. Gilbane has been coordinating with the Findlay Fire Department on training exercises. Most of the work has taken place on the Marathon Petroleum construction site.

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