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10/2/15 – 6:43 A.M.

Authorities seized around 30 marijuana plants during a drug raid in Upper Sandusky Wednesday morning. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports officers executed a search warrant at 201 South Fourth Street after receiving a tip from a community member. It appears someone noticed marijuana plants on the balcony of the home.

No arrests have been made yet, but charges are pending.

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10/2/15 – 6:37 A.M.

Two people were injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Tiffin Avenue.

A car driven by 40-year-old Allyson Dysert of Vanlue was hit from behind by a car driven by 19-year-old Kyra Swartz of Greenville. Dysert and her passenger, 19-year-old Trey Johnson of Forest, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Swartz was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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10/2/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A traffic stop on I-75 near Bluffton led to two arrests last weekend. The State Highway Patrol is releasing details of the stop, which happened last Saturday. Troopers pulled over a southbound car driven by 57-year-old Christopher Evans of Detroit, Michigan, for a traffic violation. When an object was observed on a passenger, 46-year-old Ronda Scott, she voluntarily gave up a package with 678 oxycodone pills.

And additional 20 oxycodone pills and 55 diazepam pills were found in the car. The value of the prescription pain killers was more than $14,000. Evans and Scott are both facing possession charges.

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10/2/15 – 5:16 A.M.

Now that the former Paul’s Ace Hardware in Ottawa has been torn down, the future of the lot along Main Street is being discussed. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ottawa Village Council took up the issue at their meeting this week. There are some concerns that the ground at the site could be washed out because of the slope from nearby railroad tracks.

There is a slope of three feet on the property. Recommendations to fix the problem include building a two-foot wall that would slope to a foot near the railroad. Curbing options were also discussed.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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10/2/15 – 5:06 A.M.

In the wake of a threat in the Liberty-Benton School District last week, local law enforcement and school officials will meet today to review emergency plans. The Courier reports the superintendents of areas schools will sit down with Sheriff Mike Heldman to talk about procedures.

When LB school officials received the threat, Heldman instructed all other county schools to go on a “soft-lockdown” as a precation. However, Findlay City Schools and the Center for Autism and Dyslexia were not included in that advisory. That could change after today’s meeting.

In the meantime, the LB threat remains under investigation. The FBI is now looking into the case. It’s believed the threat was one of many made to several other districts around the state at the same time.

MORE: The Courier

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10/2/15 – 4:30 A.M.

Elmwood High School will hold a moment of silence before tonight’s football game for a student killed in a crash. Seventeen-year-old Derek Sheldon died yesterday when his car went off Bloomdale Road and crashed into a ditch and tree. Nearly a dozen counselors were at the school yesterday to talk to students about Sheldon’s death.

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10/1/15 – 3:22 P.M.

A settlement has been reached in a price-fixing case against Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc, and Findlay and Hancock County stand to benefit. Both the city and county will receive a little more than $12,000 each according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office.

The settlement comes as the result of a lawsuit brought against the two companies. The state accused Cargill and Morton for agreeing to not compete with each other on road salt prices. The agreement led to local and state governments paying above market prices for road salt.

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10/1/15 – 1:06 a.m.

You have until Monday to register to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the November general election. The Board of Elections office in all 88 Ohio counties will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. October 5 to help sign people up.

Tuesday will be the first day of absentee voting in Ohio. For more information in Hancock County call (419)422-3245.

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10/1/15 – 12:56 A.M.

Workers compensation claims can be a tricky situation for companies of all sizes. Today the Hancock County Safety Council attempted to give local business owners some guidelines to follow. Attorney James Yates says there is often confusion about what you can and can not do when a worker is off the job on a claim…

Audio: James Yates

Yates says while every case has its unique elements, but there are some rules of thumb to follow. He says before business owners take any action, they should always check Family Medical Leave Act regulations and Americans with Disabilites Act regulations.

While larger businesses have HR departments that handle workers comp claims, smaller businesses may not. However, there are resources available for small businesses…

Audio: James Yates

Yates adds the bottom line is businesses of all sizes have to take time to learn workers comp regulations, because the litigation and fines in those types of cases can be costly.

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9/30/15 – 12:00 P.M.

September is Suicide Awareness Month, and we’re continuing our look at the help availble to at-risk members of the community. Hancock County Veterans Services Director Nichole Coleman says the military has taken notice of an uptick in suicide attempts by both active duty service members and veterans. As a result a help line is available for both groups…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

The number to call is (800)273-8255, option one. Coleman says the the number can be used by military members, veterans, or even concerned family members.

Coleman says she’s a big proponent of the crisis line…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Coleman says it’s sometimes easier for military members to talke to people who have had common experiences.

Coleman also says she believes that military members returning from overseas should get in touch with a support group, even if they aren’t experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Coleman says getting together with people who have had similar experiences can help fight off feelings of isolation.

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