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9/30/15 – 4:57 A.M.

The state auditor’s “Ohio Open Checkbook” website launched last week, and Findlay is noticeably absent. The Courier reports more than 100 cities and school districts are taking part in the plan, and Findlay had been expected to as well.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik has been a supporter of the idea. Mihalik told the newspaper, “The checkbook is an opportunity for individuals who are interested in where their tax dollars are being spent to view it in an online format that’s easy to digest.”

However, Auditor Jim Staschiak says to keep the website updated his office would have to alter its work process. While Staschiak contends there are technical, administrative, and legislative issues; Miahlik says all that needs to be done is to download the information into an Excel file and send it to the state.

State Auditor Josh Mandel’s office tell the newspaper all cities have to do is send their accounting information and they’ll build the site. City officials have to sign off before their information is published.

At least three other governments listed on the site use the same accounting software as Findlay.

MORE: The Courier

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9/30/2015 – 4:52am

The University of Findlay has received a grant to train volunteers and emergency responders dealing with train derailments involving hazardous materials. The Courier reports the one-year grant is from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and will be used to conduct up to 70 one day training events around Findlay.

Participants will learn how to respond to incidents that involve rail shipments of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids. UF was one of three nonprofit organizations to receive a grant this year.

More: The Courier

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9/30/2015 – 4:44am

A Findlay man was arrested following several incidents in Bowling Green this past weekend. The Sentinel-Tribune reports that 25-year-old Aaron Deal was arrested in the 100 block North Main street shortly after 1 am Saturday. The report says that Deal was arrested for criminal trespass, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Deal was also charged with vandalism.

More: The Sentinel-Tribune

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9/30/15 – 4:20 A.M.

Bowling Green State University researchers are planning a trip to one of the world’s most extreme environments. WTVG-TV reports the team will go on a 20-day expedition in Antarctica, where they’ll study ancient volcanic rocks to learn more about past climates. Researchers will spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day in a region where high temperatures are 20-below-zero with wind chills of 75-below.

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9/29/15 – 12:10 P.M.

When it comes to suicide, the group you might typically think is most at-risk are teenagers. Along with that, you might associate cyber-bullying as a motivating factor. However, technology can also be used to prevent teen suicide according to Century Health Emergency Services Coordinator Nancy Stephani…

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani says if you notice a sudden change in the tone of a teenager’s postings on social media, it could be a warning sign of trouble under the surface.

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani says often times it’s a text message shared with a friend that leads to a teen getting help. She adds it’s important for friends of someone who may be experiencing depression to come forward and tell an adult.

However, spotting depression in teens isn’t that easy.  Stephani says teenagers are often pulling away from their parents, making it tough for them to get a read on the situation. However, teachers can sometimes spot a problem early…

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani says teachers are required to report to counselors if they think there is an issue, even though that can be tough to do that.

If you have concerns about a teenager, Stephani suggests reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800)273-8255.

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Facebook suicide reporting tool

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9/29/15 – 11:06 A.M.

Take a look at social media, and you’ll find no shortage of negative opinions when it comes to law enforcement. Today the Hancock County Commissioners looked to buck that trend, issuing a proclamation of support for Hancock County law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Mike Heldman says it’s much appreciated…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman added the proclamation wasn’t just for the sheriff’s office, but for all law enforcement agencies operating in the county.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said it was important to support local law enforcement during a time when so much negativity surrounds the profession…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said that many of us take for granted what officers have to do on a daily basis.

Gazarek added that the proclamation also calls for the expansion of hate crime laws to include violence against police officers.

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9/29/15 – 6:39 A.M.

A man was killed in a Wood County ATV crash over the weekend. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened in the 2000 block of Emerson Road near Bloomdale around 8 p.m. Sunday.

25-year-old Justin Losh was riding in a field when he lost control and was ejected from the ATV. The crash remains under investigation.

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9/22/15 – 5:26 A.M.

A Putnam County village is raising its water and sewer rates. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Continental village council approved the increases at their most recent meeting. The new rates will take effect October 1 and will appear on the January billing cycle.

The approved changes will mean water bills will see a 25 cent increase per 1,000 gallons of water used. Sewer bills will also see an extra 25 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/29/15 – 5:18 A.M.

The McComb Police Department has a new K9 officer. The Courier reports Officer Agi, a 16-month-old German Shepard, started with the department a few weeks ago. An anonymous donation to village council helped pay for the dog.

Councilman Gordon Meyers said, “We should be very proud to offer something like that to the community.”

MORE: The Courier

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9/29/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A Columbus Grove man was killed in a fiery crash near Mansfield Sunday. The Mansfield News Journal reports 52-year-old Anthony Fuerst has been identified as the driver of a semi that hit an ambulance along U.S. 30. A Mifflin police officer tells the newspaper Fuerst’s semi veered into a wooded area where the cab caught fire. Emergency responders tried to get to Fuerst, but had to pull back when the gas tank exploded.

The ambulance was on the scene of a roll-over crash. No one from the first crash was in the ambulance when it was hit by the semi. Two emergency technicians were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

MORE: Mansfield News Journal

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