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9/16/16 -7:51 A.M.

After 15 years, a Lima cold case murder may have a resolution. The Lima News reports 35-year-old David Evans recently walked into the Lima Police Department and confessed to killing 69-year-old Cardell Beachum in 2001. Beachum was locking up his business on July 2 of that year when someone shot him.

It’s the second time this year area authorities have had someone confess to a crime that happened years ago. In July, 30-year-old Travis Soto confessed to Putnam County authorities he had murdered his 2-year-old son in 2006. Soto had served time for child endangerment in that case.

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9/16/16 – 7:30 A.M.

Ongoing upgrades to the Mount Blanchard water treatment plant will see a generator installed at the facility. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners voted in favor of the installation of a gas line to run to the generator during their Thursday meeting. The cost will be around $1,700.

The overall cost of the project is nearly $20,000. The money is coming from Community Development Block Grant funds.

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9/16/16 – 6:51 A.M.

Columbus Grove has bought a vacant church, now village officials have to decide how they’ll use the property. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council recently voted 4-2 to buy the former Columbus Grove Presbyterian Church for $1. The church also offered an up-to $30,000 donation to the village if council voted to buy the building.

Council members had talked about using the site for a branch of the Putnam County Library. However, the library board voted against that idea. Director Kelly Ward cited safety concerns for handicapped library-goers.

There is still talk of using the former church as an off-site testing location for the Columbus Grove School District.

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9/16/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A shrub that grows in the southwest could replace Asian rubber used in tires in the future. Cooper Tire and Rubber released a statement Thursday that said the company has reached a milestone in efforts to use rubber made from guayule. The company plans to develop a prototype by mid-2017.

Chuck Yurkovich is Cooper Tire’s senior vice president of global research and development. He says, “We have nearly finished our work on developing guayule-based tire components and have tested these tires to assure a full performance evaluation.” He added the results were promising.

Cooper is hoping the guayule plant can help ?offset an anticipated shortage of Asian rubber in the next two or three decades. Before that can happen, researchers will have to learn how to grow a massive crop of the shrub. The Agricultural Research Service and Cornell University are working on improving the genetics of the guayule plant so it will provide the highest possible rubber yield.

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9/16/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Anonymous campaign donations are causing problems for a candidate for local office. The Courier reports the William Bateson for Commissioner campaign reported more than $1,100 in anonymous donations in a campaign finance report filed over the summer. Ohio law requires candidates to report how they receive anonymous donations.

The Hancock County Board of Elections split a vote on whether to file a formal complaint. Two Republican members voted against filing the complaint while the two Democrat members voted in favor. Secretary of State Jon Husted will have to break the tie. If Husted votes in favor of the complaint, the Ohio Elections Commissioner will review it. That could lead to fines against Bateson.

Bateson tells the Courier the issue was a “rookie mistake.” He said supporters left the donations in unmarked envelopes at “meet-and-greet” events. Bateson is trying to contact anyone who made a donation. He’s asking them to reach out to the campaign via email at batesonforcommissioner@gmail.com.

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9/15/16 – 12:05 P.M.

Findlay City School officials are talking more about a recent Instagram post that caused a stir. The post in question featured two girls holding plastic guns and a sign that said, “I hate everyone, you hate everyone. Let’s shoot up the school at homecoming.” Superintendent Ed Kurt tells media partner WTOL-11, “As a school district, we take it very seriously and we’re going to make sure that this is dealt with and that discipline is carried out.”

The girls could face criminal charges.

Principal Craig Kupferberg told the TV station that safety is the district’s number one priority. He added he believed the students felt safe because of the actions taken by the administration.

Homecoming festivities will continue as planned. Kurt says the threat was not credible.

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9/15/16 – 11:34 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Education released its annual school report cards Thursday. While local school grades either stayed the same or dropped, education officials say you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. In a statement, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said, “It’s really fundamentally different and reflects, more so than last year, higher expectations.”

In some of the key categories, Findlay City Schools earned an “A” for their 4-year graduation rate. The report card gave the district “C” grades in the “Prepared for success” and performance index categories. The progress component and the Kindergarten through third-grade literacy component scored “D” grades.

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9/15/16 – 9:46 A.M.

We have a little more information on the situation at the sheriff’s office in Allen County today. A release to the media from Sheriff Sam Crish’s lawyer says Crish has entered an inpatient treatment program for a “serious personal issue which he must address.” The release also says the personal issue “does not, and has not involved his duties as Sheriff, public funds or property.” The release did not say what the personal issue was.

FBI agents served a search warrant at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month. Crish has not been at work since then.

The FBI has not said what they were investigating.

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