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7/15/14 – 5:24 A.M.

The doctor who practices medicine in McComb will leave this fall, but the office will remain open. The Courier reports village council talked about the issue at their Monday meeting. Dr. James Doone is moving in September. However the Blanchard Valley Health System has announced plans to keep the facility open.

A certified nurse practitioner will still work in the office. The health system will also try and recruit a doctor to work out of the building once or twice a week.

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7/15/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A well known site in Putnam County was vandalized over the weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Gilboa bull was defaced late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The village quickly painted over the words with white paint. Gilboa Mayor Dick McCullough tells the newspaper the sheriff’s office is investigating the matter.

He says the village has insurance on the bull, and that this isn’t the first time this has happened.

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7/15/14 – 5:11 A.M.

The plea date has been delayed for one of the three teenagers accused in a Fostoria murder. The Review-Times reports 18-year-old Tyson Ogg appeared in a Seneca County courtroom Monday. His attorney asked for an extension, and the date was moved back to September 2 at 2 :15 p.m.

Judge Steve Schuff said, “The court notes that this is an indictment of two felonies of the first degree and a special felony. These are the most serious charges that can be filed in the state of Ohio. As a result, the court will give the appropriate time for counsel to discuss and prepare this case.

Ogg is accused of being involved in the shooting death of Janelle Mauricio on May 21. 18-year-old Garret Brown and 19-year-old Dallas Salaz are also accused in the case.

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The Findlay School District is looking for a new place to locate a bus garage. The Courier reports the school board talked about possibly buying land or swapping land with the city in executive session last night. The property most likely to be used is on the east side of Broad near Cooper Field. The former Pepsi bottling plant site is also in the mix.

The goal is to get the bus garage out of the flood plain, which is where the existing facility sits. Marathon Petroleum donated more than $1 million in February to be used for the math and science programs, as well as a new bus garage.

Before the district buys new land, soil and geological surveys have to be done. The school system is working with the city to learn all they can about the site before moving forward.

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7/14/14   10:47 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County’s Halt Hunger Initiative received a big boost today.

The Toledo Community Foundation approved a grant from the Promedica Advisory fund for over 28 thousand dollars to help Hancock County’s United Way buy a 16-foot refrigerated truck.

The truck will be available to community organizations assisting in feeding the community’s hungry.

United Way program/grants coordinator Heather Heilman said the need for the truck comes from experience. Heilman said there have been opportunities where food is available but the United Way hasn’t been able to transport it in a timely manner.

The truck will cost over 62-thousand dollars with the remainder coming from a grant from the Marathon Classic Golf Tournament and Halt Hunger Initiative funds.

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7/14/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Gas prices are once again cheaper as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $3.46 this morning. That’s down from $3.55 last Monday and $3.88 a month ago.

In Findlay the average price was around $3.35 a gallon early this morning. Drivers in Ottawa were reporting prices around $3.39. In Fostoria the price was right around $3.35.

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7/14/14 – 5:16 A.M.

CSX is spending big money to expand its intermodal facility in North Baltimore. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the rail giant will pour $43 million into the center, which could make it one of the busiest freight facilities in the nation in the future. Currently the intermodal site can handle 650,000 containers a year. When the expansion is finished it will be able to handle more than a million.

The expansion started in the spring with the shipping area and parking lot. That project should be finished this year. Construction on two new cranes will start toward the end of this year.

CSX proposed the expansion last year and asked for federal dollars to help move forward. The money never came, but the company decided to move forward.

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7/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The future of a wind farm near Leipsic is in doubt. The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from Iberdrola Renewables talked to the Putnam County Commissioners about the issue last week.

Jim O’Conner is with Iberdrola. He says wording in a House Bill passed in June means his company would have to get set-back waivers from 50 percent or more properties.

House Bill 483 mandates wind turbines have setbacks 1,250 feet from the nearest property lines.

O’Conner says Iberdrola is considering if it is possible to move forward in Putnam County.

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7/14/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Five people were injured in a weekend crash on I-75 in Findlay. The State Highway Patrol reports a van overturned near the U.S. 68/State Route 15 interchange around 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

One Michigan resident and four Canadians suffered minor injuries after the van rolled over. They were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.


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7/14/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Putnam County resident had a big scare over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a Jackson Township resident reported a masked person walked into their house early Saturday morning. The burglar left without incident after coming into contact with someone living in the home.

If you have any information on the incident you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at (419)523-3208. Tips can also be given through Twitter or Facebook.

Authorities are also reminding people to keep their homes and cars locked at night.

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