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8/7/14 – 11:29 A.M.

Representatives from the Findlay and Hancock County Health Departments are continuing to work toward a possible merger agreement. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle attended a meeting between the two sides earlier this week. He says both the city and county have good ideas…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the group is waiting for a consultant group to come up with recomendations on the plan…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Once the consultants deliver the info, both departments will review the findings before meeting again.

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8/7/14 – 7:47 A.M.
Update – 10:07 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s second quarter numbers were released this morning. The Findlay-based company reports net sales for the quarter were $889 million, up 1 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Cooper also reported operating profit rose to $77 million. That’s an $8 million increase over last year.

CEO Roy Armes says the numbers reflect a strong performance. Armes said 10-percent global unit growth, along with a focus on cost reductions, helped increase numbers over 2013.

Cooper also announced plans to buy back $200 million worth of common stock. An accelerated share repurchase program is backed by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The buyback will start this month and run through February. Cooper has around 63.6 million outstanding shares of common stock.

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8/7/14 – 6:42 A.M.

More than 6,000 fish were killed in an incident in Allen County. The Lima News reports the dead fish were discovered in the Little Ottawa River last weekend. The Ohio Division of Wildlife found the dead fish near the intersection of Breese and McClain Roads just south of Lima.

An investigation showed turkey manure that was spread on a field near the river ran off into the water following rain showers in the area.

The Ohio EPA was notified. Sanctions could be levied against anyone found responsible for the problem.

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8/7/14 – 5:23 A.M.

One person was injured in a crash on I-75 in Allen County Wednesday. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 8:17 p.m. in the southbound lanes near milepost 129 in Bath Township.

A flatbed truck driven by 28-year-old Andrew Yoder Jr. of Millersburg, Ohio, was southbound when it drifted off the right side of the road and down an embankment. The truck hit a concrete barrier and a large tree before coming to a stop.

Yoder was trapped for a short time. He was taken to a Lima hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The patrol says Yoder wasn’t wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt.

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8/7/14 – 5:16 A.M.

The process to make improvements to State Route 53 in Seneca County continues to make progress. The Advertiser-Tribune reports the county commissioners were given an update on progress during a meeting this week. Commissioner Fred Zoeller attended a recent stakeholders meeting on the issue. He said some Seneca County projects ranked as high priorities after discussion.

Zoeller added that ODOT will have a public meeting on the subject in early October. He also said that money set aside by Seneca County to help pay for upgrades will make it easier to get funding from the state.

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8/7/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Wood County man was sentenced for a violent rampage in March of last year. The Review-Times reports 35-year-old Christopher Egbert will spend 14 years in prison for assaulting his wife and another man, and then setting fire to his own home. Egbert was convicted of aggravated arson and felonious assault among other charges.

Investigators say Egbert attacked his wife in a bar on Route 6 on March 26 of 2013. Two men tried to stop him, and one of them was assaulted for his efforts. Egbert then left the bar and set fire to his home on County Road 1.

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8/7/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced another quarterly dividend Wednesday. The company says stockholders of record on September 2 will see a quarterly dividend of 10.5 cents per share. The dividend will be paid September 26.

Cooper’s second quarter financial statement will be released this morning.

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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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