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8/25/16 – 7:38 A.M.

Authorities in Hardin County are looking for someone who tried to rob the pharmacy inside the Kenton KMart store. WKTN radio reports the incident happened late Tuesday morning.

The man reportedly walked up to the pharmacy and put a handgun on the counter. The suspect started to demand pills, but the pharmacy employee grabbed the gun off the counter. The suspect then ran out of the store.

The case remains under investigation.


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8/25/16 – 7:25 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 23 near Upper Sandusky injured a Canadian man Tuesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports two semi-trucks collided at the intersection of County Highway 4. 48-year-old Michael Miller was driving his semi northbound when he slowed to turn right. As he did, he was hit from behind by a semi driven by 42-year-old Rameez Ambeerlebbe.

Ambeerlebbe suffered minor injuries. Miller was not hurt.

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8/25/16 – 7:17 A.M.

A North Baltimore man will spend five years on community control for his connection to an overdose death. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 32-year-old Bradley Stemen was sentenced Tuesday. Stemen pleaded guilty to charges of permitting drug abuse and obstructing justice in the death of 35-year-old Todd Williams in 2015.

Stemen’s co-defendant in the case is 34-year-old William Patterson. He’ll be sentenced September 13.

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8/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Ottawa Village Council was given an update on a wind turbine project at their most recent meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports representatives from OneEnergy and Whirlpool were on hand to talk about the what they’ll be building. OneEnergy is constructing a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine at the Ottawa Whirlpool plant. It’s expected to generate four million kilowatt-hours of energy every year for the facility.

Construction should start in September, and could be finished by the end of the year. The turbine will stand 260 feet tall, with a top blade height of 405 feet.

Aside from benefiting Whirlpool, the project will also generate around $9,000 per year in taxes. OneEnergy will also be offering scholarships to local students.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/25/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Tempers flared during a Tax Review Board meeting in Findlay Wednesday. The Courier reports there was a dispute about using temporary staff members in the Income Tax Department. Auditor Jim Staschiak questioned if using a temp staff would affect the integrity of the office. He also asked whether temporary workers would be more likely to share confidential information.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said plans were in place to hire full-time employees for the positions. However, they weren’t satisfied with those who had applied. Since the city didn’t hire anyone, Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas needed to transfer $155,000 within the department to pay the temp workers.

City council will now be asked to transfer $155,000 from the salary fund to reimburse the tax department. Staschiak also questioned if the amount was the most exact that could be provided.

According to the newspaper, the meeting became heated, with officials raising their voices, arguing and interrupting each other.

MORE: The Courier

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8/25/16 – 5:01 A.M.

A line of severe weather moved through the area last night, but Findlay and Hancock County were largely spared from any issues. The weather was close enough to cause some concern, though. A tornado warning was issued for northern Hancock County around 8:10 p.m., which led to sirens going off in Findlay for around 20 minutes. No tornadoes touched down in Hancock County

Areas to our west and northwest weren’t as fortunate. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports several funnel clouds were spotted Wednesday night. It’s also believed a tornado touched down west of Dupont just after 7:30 p.m. Power lines were knocked down in that area as a result of the storm.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said funnel clouds were spotted in the southern part of the county. Further to the north, there was a report of a touchdown near Napoleon. Homes and barns were damaged in that area.

Wood County also had tornado warnings issued throughout the evening, but no tornados are believed to have reached the ground.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the storm.

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8/24/16 – 7:29 A.M.

Fire hydrant flushing moves into a new area of Findlay today. The water distribution department says crews will be working in an area that spans from County Road 236 to the west, Township Road 242 to the east, State Route 568 to the south, and State Route 12 to the north.

You can call (419)424-7192 if you have any questions.

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8/24/16 – 7:19 A.M.

Every east-west CSX rail crossing in Tiffin was blocked for roughly four hours Tuesday. The Review-Times reports two separate issues with an eastbound CSX train caused the problem. Around 3:15 p.m a brake on one of the rail cars overheated, causing the car to throw sparks. Once that issue was fixed, a coupling came loose causing some cars to separate from the train.

The only way around the train was through two underpasses. Police officers had to be dispatched to direct people around the detours.

The train finally began moving again around 7 p.m.

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8/24/16 – 6:53 A.M.

$500,000 will be set aside for capital improvements in Seneca County. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of the measure Tuesday. The money will be used for building modifications in the court annex and for state mandated voting machine upgrades.

The money will come from the anticipated $1.8 million in carryover money at the end of the year. Commissioner Fred Zoeller voted against the move. Zoeller said he didn’t want to lower the carryover amount any further.

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8/24/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is donating money to help those affected by the historic flooding in Louisiana. The company has announced it will send $250,000 to help. The Red Cross will receive $100,000 and the United Way will receive $50,000. The remaining $100,000 will go to organizations in the flooded area with critical needs.

Marathon owns a 539,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Garyville, Louisiana. At least 10 percent of its employees have been impacted by the flooding. In a release, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said, “In addition to our corporate donations, we will continue to provide assistance to our employees whose lives have been affected by the flooding.”

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