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6/15/16 – 7:18 A.M.

The Hancock County Park District will pay a little more for health insurance for its employees. The Courier reports the district commissioners approved renewing benefits during a Tuesday meeting. The cost will be nearly $11,000 in monthly premiums. That’s a roughly 5.4 percent increase from last year.

The park district has 10 full-time employees.

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6/15/16 – 7:03 A.M.

An Ottawa teenager was injured in a one-car crash on State Route 12 in Hancock County Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year-old Courtney Ackerman went off the road and rolled over in a cornfield near Union Township Road 51 around 2 p.m.

Ackerman was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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6/15/16 – 6:53 A.M.

A North Baltimore man was injured in a one-car crash near Benton Ridge Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year-old Chancellor Sonnenberg was driving his car west on State Route 12 near State Route 235 when he lost control and hit a utility pole. The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m.

Sonnenberg was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for operating without reasonable control.

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6/15/16 – 5:31 A.M.

A lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky against Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum is moving forward. The Courier reports that a federal judge has rejected Marathon’s motion to dismiss a suit that claims the company illegally keeps gas prices higher in northern Kentucky.

The suit claims that Marathon’s dominance in the market allows if to keep prices artificially high. The company owns the only refinery in the state. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway alleges Marathon limits the number of competing stations in the northern part of the state. He also says Marathon is limiting the ability of gas stations to buy from other wholesalers and uses agreements with other refining competitors to keep prices up.

The suit alleges gas prices in the Louisville area are 20 to 30 cents higher than the rest of the state.

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6/15/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A Findlay man has been indicted for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl. The Courier reports 21-year-old Christopher Reed has been charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. The indictment says that at some point between May 28 and last Saturday Reed had sexual contact with the girl in Liberty Township.

The case remains under investigation and there could be more charges filed in the case. Jail records show Reed was booked on Sunday and remains in custody.

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6/15/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A Findlay man stood beside Governor John Kasich this week as he signed a bill designed to prevent drug overdose deaths. Tony Grotian’s grandson died of a heroin overdose in 2009, and he tells the Courier he is a big supporter of the “Good Samaritan” law. Grotian says, “Whatever I have to do to try to save some other family from the grief my family’s gone through. That was my whole goal.”

The new law prevents people from being charged with minor drug crimes if they are calling for help. Grotian has long thought others were with his grandson the day he died, but didn’t call for help because they didn’t want to be prosecuted.

While the law prevents prosecution for minor drug crimes, drug dealers and people already under community control will not be granted immunity. The law also only allows someone to be granted immunity twice.

State Representative Robert Sprague helped design the bill. He says it’s part of a larger package of bills designed to fight addiction in Ohio.

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A large logjam in the Blanchard River will likely be taken care of later this year.  Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says he had a look at the issue last Friday…

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While some people on social media had suggested the logjam was created by the current ash tree removal project along the river, Robertson says that is not the case.  Robertson adds the issue can be addressed separately from the ash tree removal…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The cost of removing the large logjam and a separate, smaller, logjam will be around $25,000 according to Hancock Soil & Water District estimates.  Robertson says he expects action to take place on the project in the next couple of months.

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6/14/16 – 11:26 A.M.

Preparation continues to tear down buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street, but there’s a bit of a snag. Before the buildings just north of the Clinton Court intersection can come down utilities must be disconnected. An update on the project given at Tuesday’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting indicated that the gas line connected to the former Sour Flower Trading Post at 204 North Main Street is also connected to a car dealer next door.

Columbia Gas has been contacted about the issue. The commissioners expect to have more information by the end of the week.

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6/14/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A car plowed into the garage of a home in Kenton Monday afternoon. WKTN radio reports the driver lost control along State Route 67 for an unknown reason and hit the home. The driver has not been publicly identified.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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6/14/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Preparations to move materials from the old Carey school to the new school are continuing. The Courier reports some of those materials have sentimental value, and officials are planning on the best way to display them in the new building. For instance, the future of class pictures is being decided. The Legacy Committee has recommended digitally re-creating the pictures so they can be browsed on touch screen computers at what will be known as “Legacy Lane.” Binders with the picture would also be available.

Trophies from past athletic and academic competitions will also be digitally recreated from yearbooks. They will compliment six trophy cases planned for the school.

Moving day for the school will be July 11 starting at 8 a.m.

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