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5/20/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Voters in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district will see a renewal levy on the ballot in the fall. The Lima News reports the OG school board agreed to move forward with the renewal at their Tuesday meeting.

The levy was last passed in 2010 with 62 percent of the vote. It raises more than $451,000 per year. The measure passed in 2010 was for 2.37 mills. The Putnam County auditor will determine the exact millage for this levy.

MORE: Lima News

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5/20/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Seven people were indicted Tuesday for the assault of a Toledo man in Findlay last year. The Courier reports the incident happened on October 22 near the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street. The victim suffered cranial fractures and a broken eye socket.

20-year-old Tanner Straley of North Baltimore, 36-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Custar, 25-year-old Tyler Adams and 19-year-old Hayley Workman of Findlay, and 19-year-old Jayden Edwards of Toledo all face charges in connection to the attack. Two 17-year-old boys from Toledo were indicted in the Hancock County Juvenile Court for their alleged roles.

According to assistant prosecutor Alex Treece, Adams and Workman conspired with the rest of the group on the attack. A motive has not been given.

MORE: The Courier

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5/20/15 – 5:05 A.M.

Should the public be notified about heroin overdoses in the community? That was the question discussed by members of the Hancock County Community Corrections Planning Board during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports the topic came up after Findlay saw four non-fatal heroin overdoses in a 24-hour span last week.

ADAMHS Director Precia Stuby said her board members have heard from residents who believe the information should be publicized. She added she agreed that overdose incidents should be reported more regularly.

The problem is figuring out who should report the info. The matter will be discussed with the Opiate Task Force committee, which is scheduled to meet June 1.

As for last week’s rash of overdoses, Nancy Stephani of Century Health said it’s likely that a “bad mix” of heroin was sold locally. She added the number of overdoses were twice the number typically reported over a month.

MORE: The Courier

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5/20/15 – 4:51 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum will pay a fine for alleged Clean Air Act violations. The U.S. Justice Department says the oil company will pay a $2.9 million fine, and also spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at distribution terminals in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. The violations were said to have happened at 10 sites over recent years.

The federal government accused Marathon of failing to follow some fuel quality emissions standards. Record keeping, sampling, and testing requirements were also violated. Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry said the company self-reported most of the issues to the EPA between 2007 and 2014.

The agreement will see Marathon make changes to reduce emissions on 14 fuel storage tanks at distribution centers in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

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5/19/15 – 10:38 A.M.

If you’re driving in the downtown Findlay area there’s another road closure you’ll want to be aware of. The city engineer’s department reports East Street will be closed today and tomorrow between Crawford and Sandusky streets for asphalt resurfacing.

The road will be closed until 6 p.m. each night.

A detour is posted. You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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5/19/15 – 10:23 A.M.

Renovations at Litter Landing are officially off the table. The Hancock County Commissioners voted Tuesday to reject bids for improvements at the recycling facility. As for the future of Litter Landing? Commissioner Mark Gazarek says it’s unlikely to completely close…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said the commissioners didn’t want to make improvements to Litter Landing that they couldn’t pay cash for. Falling commodity prices have meant the facility has been operating at a deficit.

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said another reason Litter Landing is important is that it provides community service opportunities for sentences mandated by the court system.

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5/19/15 – 9:02 A.M.

A strike continues at a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Texas. Reuters reports unionized workers at the Galveston Bay facility rejected a contract proposal Monday. Officials with the USW 13-1 tell the news agency nearly 900 striking workers voted, and the proposal was soundly rejected.

The contract was proposed by a federal mediator who had met with both sides. A local union official said the contract would have removed too many protections for workers.

The strike in Galveston Bay started on February 1 as part of a walkout at several U.S. refineries. At one point, 12 refineries were on strike, but that number is down to two. Workers at the BP-Husky Energy refinery in Toledo also remain on the picket line.

MORE: Reuters

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5/19/15 – 5:29 A.M.

A monthly fee that pays for recycling in Carey will remain in place. The Courier reports village council defeated a measure to do away with a $2 monthly fee by a 4-2 vote Monday night.

Council President Chad Kin and Councilman Armand Getz wanted to stop curbside pickup in favor of a recycling center to be placed in a central location. The newspaper reports Kin and Getz weren’t happy about messes caused by recyclables being strewn around town.

MORE: The Courier

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5/19/15 – 5:15 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure you’re locking your doors. The agency reports there have been an increasing number of daytime burglaries in southern part of the county. You’re asked to keep an eye on your neighbor’s house and to report any suspicious activity you see.

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5/19/15 – 5:09 A.M.

A longtime Fostoria school teacher is moving up the ranks. Mike Daring has been hired to serve as the assistant principal of the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School. The announcement was made during Monday night’s school board meeting.

Daring has been a science teacher in the district for 10 years. He replaces Drew Bauman, who is taking over as principal in the same building. Bauman is stepping in for the retiring Tom Grine.

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