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11/15/16 – 5:04 A.M.

McComb will save some money by no longer mailing village tax forms. The Courier reports village council announced they’ll post the forms on the village’s website for download starting in January. Council expects the move to save the village $1,500 in postage.

The municipal building and McComb Public Library will still have paper copies of the forms. Elderly residents can contact the village to have the forms mailed out.

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11/15/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The rape trial of an Arlington teenager started Monday. The Courier reports the prosecution and defense gave their opening statements during the first day of the trial of 19-year-old Kyle McDowell.

The prosecution said the alleged rape happened while McDowell was dog sitting for a neighbor. Investigators say McDowell forced the girl into a bedroom in the home and sexually assaulted her. The defense said the girl made up the story to avoid getting into trouble with her mother, whom the defense claimed was abusive.

Part of the prosecution’s opening statements focused on text messages sent from McDowell to the girl following the alleged incident. Some of the texts read, “I feel so guilty. I was going crazy” and “I’m so, so, so sorry. Please can we keep this between us?” The defense said witnesses and other evidence will show the texts have many interpretations.

The trial continues today.

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11/14/16 – 7:25 A.M.

Allen Township and North Baltimore firefighters battled a barn fire in northern Hancock County last Friday night. Allen Township Fire Chief Gary Hickman says the blaze broke out around 7:20 p.m. at 11247 Township Road 114. Firefighters could see flames coming from the building as they arrived.

Hickman says the barn was a total loss. A boat, motorcycle, lawn mowers and storage items were all inside.

The department is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.


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11/14/16 – 7:18 A.M.

Local gas prices are down to start the work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $1.92 per gallon of regular. That’s a 12 cent drop from last Monday. Prices have dropped 30 cents from mid-October.

Ottawa drivers report an average of $1.98 per gallon today.

The statewide average is $1.97. That’s a 12 cent decrease over the last seven days.

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11/14/16 – 6:59 A.M.

Road work continues in Hancock County as we hit the midway point of November. ODOT reports railroad crossing repairs are taking place on State Routes 18 and 613 between Baird Road and County Road 75, west of Fostoria. The project will take two weeks.

Road crews will reduce the east and westbound lanes of U.S 30 at U.S. 68 for pavement repairs.

Later this week ODOT will close the northbound entrance ramp to I-75 from State Route 103 in Bluffton for bridge deck repairs. The closure is from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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11/14/16 – 5:31 A.M.

A cooking fire caused some smoke damage in a Findlay apartment complex early Sunday morning. The Findlay Fire Department reports the fire was already out as firefighters arrived at the Hillcrest Apartments at 2928 North Main Street around 4:30 a.m.

The fire caused around $2,700 in damage to the apartment. Firefighters cleared smoke from three floors of the building. The brief fire did not cause any injuries.

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11/14/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A rash of opiate overdoses in Seneca County late last week has some people on edge today. As a result, the Review-Times reports the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties has called an emergency meeting for this week. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Faith Ministries on South Washington Street in Tiffin.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Opiate Task Force issued a drug alert following a 24 hour period Thursday night into Friday night in which six opiate overdoses were reported in the county.

Mircea Handru is the executive director of MHRSB. He tells the newspaper the goal of the Tuesday meeting is to give specific information on the resources available to those struggling with addictions.

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11/14/16 – 5:10 A.M.

The trial of an Arlington teenager charged with rape starts in Findlay today. The Courier reports 19-year-old Kyle McDowell faces three counts of rape as well as gross sexual imposition and kidnapping charges. The kidnapping charge carries a sexual motivation specification.

On October 11 of 2014, McDowell allegedly used force or the threat of force to engage in sexual conduct and contact with the girl. The indictment against McDowell says he restrained the victim.

McDowell was 18-years-old and the alleged victim was 17-years-old on the day in question. Investigators say McDowell was friends with the girl.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case because former county Prosecutor Mark Miller had a conflict of interest.

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11/14/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Findlay High School students will have a shorter school week because of a water main break. The district canceled classes at the high school today after the water line burst Sunday. All other Findlay schools including the Millstream Career Center are open today.

In the meantime, the city has issued a boil water advisory for 1200 Broad Avenue.

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