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8/3/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A state grant will help pay for infrastructure upgrades in North Baltimore. The Courier reports the Ohio Public Works Commission has awarded the village more than $289,000. The money will be used for the replacement of a waterline on Main Street between the railroad tracks and Broadway.

The project will be bid soon, and work could be finished by November.

North Baltimore’s downtown improvement plan includes upgrading waterlines, curb work, and street reconstruction.

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8/3/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The man who allegedly has admitted to killing his son 10 years ago appeared in Putnam County Municipal Court Tuesday. The Courier reports a preliminary hearing was held for 30-year-old Travis Soto. The case was bound over to the Putnam County Common Pleas Court and bond was continued at $500,000. The grand jury could review the case as soon as next week.

On July 25, Soto reportedly went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and admitted to murdering 2-year-old Julio Baldoza.

Soto was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006 for a child endangerment conviction. At the time Soto said he was riding an ATV at his Continental home and hit the boy when he came around a corner. He did not get medical attention for the child.

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8/3/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The question of whether Findlay should help pay for a workforce development coordinator for the area was brought up at Tuesday’s Findlay City Council meeting. The Courier reports Councilwoman Holly Frische said the agreement to pay $30,000 to the position was never fully agreed to by council members. She added that the money could be better spent on other city services.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer talked about the issue after the meeting. He said council seemed to be willing to help pay for the position when the subject was first brought up. He added an ordinance asking for $30,000 will likely appear on the next council agenda. It will then be referred to the Appropriations Committee for further discussion.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik said having a workforce development coordinator will help Findlay stay competitive in attracting potential employers. The coordinator role is part of a larger joint effort between many local agencies to provide qualified workers to area businesses.

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08/02/16 – 9:37 P.M.

Andrew Yates of the Townhomes of Liberty Ridge is seeking to defer payment of the impact and capacity fee for his next building phase. At the city council meeting Tuesday night, Service-Safety Director, Paul Schmelzer said it needs to be brought before the Water and Sewer Committee.

Audio: Schmelzer

Schmelzer said that Yates has already run the sewer line to the location of the next buildings. This avoids tearing up the road later but leaves the section connected to nothing.

According to Schmelzer, the fee is costly for Yates’ next phase.

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VIDEO: National Night Out Events Held In Findlay

8/2/16 – 9:01 P.M.

Community members got a chance to talk to local law enforcement officers and first responders Tuesday.  National Night Out festivities in Findlay’s Riverside Park saw a wide range of participants…

Audio: Brian White

Crime Prevention Officer Brian White says this year’s event took on a renewed importance with tensions between the public and police boiling over in other parts of the country.  White said events like this help develop trust and familiarity with law enforcement…

Audio: Brian White

The event also featured entertainment, kids events, and refreshments.

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08/02/16 – 8:31 P.M.

United Way of Hancock County will kick off its annual campaign next month. On September 8th the United Way will be in the Roy Armes Room in the Marathon Performing Arts Center from 5-9 pm. Director John Urbanski says it’s going to be a good time.

Audio: John Urbanski

The United Way will also be involved in this weekend’s Car Tunes. The event will be downtown and people can show up around 11 am.

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08/02/16 – 6:15 P.M.

A young boy was injured in a crash while operating a go-cart in Arcadia this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that the crash happened around 11:20 a.m. in an alley behind 404 N. Main Street.

EMS took the child to Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment. His name and age were not disclosed due to the ongoing investigation.

We will have more details as they are made available.

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08/02/16 – 5:45 P.M.

Three members of a Barboursville, West Virginia girls fast pitch softball team are living in campgrounds following damaging floods in their area. They came to Findlay to play in a tournament and never said a word about it. Tournament Director Jim Welch discovered their situation. Now he is now coordinating a charity event to get these girls supplies.

Welch is accepting clothing, food, and monetary donations until Saturday at the Taylor Volkswagen of Findlay on County Road 99. You can also mail donations to FGFSC P.O. Box 604.

Volunteers will load the donations into trucks and trailers on Sunday to drive to West Virginia.

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08/02/16 – 4:44 P.M.

With the fall sports season underway, athletes need to stay focused on staying hydrated and healthy. Dr. Michael Stump from Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine says you need to listen to your body.

Audio: Dr. Stump

Dr. Stump stresses the importance of watching out for warning signs the body will give you.

Aside from listening to warnings from your body, you should also know your current condition. Dr. Stump  said that easing into the work can be helpful if you’re not in peak condition.

Audio: Dr. Stump

He also says it is important to keep an eye out on your fluid level. Staying hydrated can help prevent injuries and illness.

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8/2/16 – 10:56 A.M.

An audit of a Putnam County village’s finances has turned up some issues. A Release from State Auditor David Yost’s office says Cloverdale’s books had more than $13,600 in unsupported expenses; and another $5,500 in late payment and overdraft fees.

According to the audit, the village didn’t keep adequate supporting documents for 50 checks written to 15 vendors. The problems were discovered between January of 2013 and December of last year.

A finding for recovery of more than $13,600 was issued against Fiscal Officer Gwenn Spencer and her brother-in-law, Mayor Judd Spencer. They are named in the audit because they signed off on what were determined to be improper payments. Through the course of the audit, the village provided documentation for a $200 expense to the Continental American Legion, reducing the amount owed to around $13,400.

Another finding of recovery for a little more than $5,500 was issued against Gwen Spencer for late payments and overdraft charges.

The audit also found three village council members were paid a combined $192 extra for months they didn’t work in 2013 and 2014. A finding for recovery of $96 was issued against Mary Ann Smith. Similar orders for $48 each were made against Sharon Barnhart and Milton Parsons. According to the release, Gwenn and Judd Spencer are being held jointly liable for the full amounts.

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