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6/25/15 – 11:45 A.M.

Hancock County is down to one person with a registered wild animal. The Hancock County EMA’s annual update to the Dangerous Wild Animal Response Plan says a former Arlington resident who owned eight monkeys has moved out of state. That leaves a bobcat registered to a Findlay woman who lives on Township Road 96 as the only dangerous wild animal still registered in the county.

All Ohio counties are required to keep a registry of wild animals kept as pets. The law was created after a 2011 incident in southeastern Ohio that saw several animals escape a wild animal preserve.

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6/25/15 – 11:28 A.M.

Hancock County moved a step closer to demolishing property near the Main Street bridge in Findlay Thursday. The county commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the county, FEMA, and the Ohio Historical Society. The agreement paves the way for the county to get grant money to buy and then demolish a building at 139 North Main Street.

Project Manager Steve Wilson says the building itself isn’t on the historical register, but its location means more work to get funding…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the next step will be to get authorization from FEMA to get an appraisal on the property. If the county and property owner can’t come to an agreement on a price then the memorandum will be voided.

Nicki’s Night Club is currently located at 139 North Main Street.

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6/25/15 – 11:08 A.M.

Several community members learned about the link between trauma and substance abuse today. The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services presented a seminar on the subject at the University of Findlay. ADAMHS Director Precia Stuby says it’s important for people to know how trauma can lead to substance abuse…

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby says one way people get that feeling is through drug use.

Stuby added that there is a better chance to help people abusing drugs by asking what happened to them to make them turn to drugs in the first place…

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby says ADAMHS has been working with more than 20 agencies in the community to learn the importance of dealing with the trauma suffered by drug abusers.

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6/25/15 – 6:58 A.M.

A Wyandot County child was found unconscious in a swimming pool Wednesday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports a 3-year-old boy was pulled from the water at a home south of Sycamore around 4 p.m.

The child was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital and then transferred by medical helicopter to another facility. Additional details were not available. The incident remains under investigation.

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6/25/15 – 6:50 A.M.

The number of delinquent sewer bills is a cause for concern in Jenera. The Courier reports village council members talked about the problem in a special session. 14 accounts were reported past due recently. That might not seem like a large number, but there are only around 100 total sewer customers in Jenera.

Mayor John Honse tells the newspaper a letter is going to be sent to those with accounts that are delinquent. People with accounts that are overdue by six months are assessed on their property taxes. However, that sets their sewer bill back to zero. Jenera doesn’t provide water service, so turning off water to violators is not an option.

MORE: The Courier

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6/25/15 – 6:40 A.M.

One person was injured when a semi rolled over west of Findlay. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on County Road 12 near Benton Ridge around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

35-year-old Chad McCarthy of Bloomville was driving the truck on Road 12 when he went off the road while driving around a curve. McCarthy lost control and the truck rolled over, blocking both lanes of the road.

McCarthy was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

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6/25/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A couple of area pools are set to reopen after then were closed due to recent flooding. The Mount Blanchard pool will reopen today at 1 p.m. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Columbus Grove pool is expected to reopen by this weekend. Neither facility suffered any structural damage. The pumps at the Columbus Grove pool required some repair work.

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6/25/15 – 5:22 A.M.

The strike at Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay refinery in Texas will come to an end soon. Reuters reports local United Steel Workers officials say union members approved a new contract Tuesday. The strike will come to an end July 6, ending the five-month labor issue.

Marathon had been keeping the refinery running with temporary replacement workers. USW 13-1 Vice President Larry Burchfield told the news agency the contract narrowly passed. Two previous offer from Marathon had been rejected.

MORE: Reuters

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6/25/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Several people could have had access to incoming Fire Chief Josh Eberle’s disciplinary files. The files were anonymously sent to the Courier and indicated Eberle served a 40-day suspension in 2007 following a drunken incident in Columbus. Charges from that incident were later dropped.

However, the disciplinary note was removed from Eberle’s personnel file after five years. That’s part of an agreement in the contract between the firefighter’s union and the city. Union president Matt Cooper tells the newspaper eight union officers would have had access to the safe where records are kept at Fire Station 1. Cooper added he didn’t think the leak came from the union, but they have launched an internal investigation.

The records could also have come from the city’s “red file.” That’s where disciplinary records are put after they are removed from a personnel file. Documents in the “red file” can’t be considered when someone applies for a promotion. Law Director Don Rasmussen says he’s not sure why the “red file” exists. The practice has been in place for years.

MORE: The Courier

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