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10/20/14 – 5:18 A.M.

Two Fostoria properties could be condemned this week. The Review-Times reports properties 304 South Poplar Street and 654 Maple Street will be reviewed by the Seneca County General Health District Board of Health. They’ll meet Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue.

For more information, you can call (419)447-3691.

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10/20/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A two-car crash injured an Arcadia man Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 1100 block of Tiffin Avenue around 4:45 p.m.

24-year-old Corey Jones of Arcadia was pulling out of a parking lot when he collided with a car driven by 54-year-old Debra Smith of Rawson. Jones was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for failure to yield.


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10/20/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Six Putnam County residents are being monitored for Ebola symptoms. The Putnam County Health Department reports the individuals were in the same bridal shop in Akron as Amber Vinson, who has been diagnosed with Ebola. Health officials stress the risk of infection for the residents is low as there was no direct, high-risk contact with Vinson.

Precautions are being taken though. The people who visited the bridal shop are having their temperature monitored twice a day for 21 days. The individuals are not being quarantined since there was no direct contact with Vinson.

Putnam County Health Commissioner Mary Ann Myers said, “the residents of Putnam County can be assured that our department is staying in constant contact with all involved parties, including health officials from ODH and CDC, to ensure the safety of our residents.”

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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M

Blanchard Valley Health System is taking precautions when it comes to the Ebola virus. Officials announced Thursday that Ebola response protocols had been activated. The response plan was developed over the summer.

Infection preventionist Colleen Abrams says the health system will work with the CDC, American Hospital Association, the Ohio Department of Health, and others to keep workers and patients safe. Abrams says screening questions are in place for new patients to detect any exposure to Ebola.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola, or through items contaminated with the person’s blood or bodily fluids. Ebola is not spread through the air, food or drinking water.

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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M.

There will be a zombie outbreak in Findlay tomorrow night. The American Red Cross Hancock County Youth Council will hold a “Zombie Run for the Red 5K” at Findlay High School’s Cooper Field at 6 p.m. The cost to register will be $25 at the event.

A release for the event says there will be zombies and other surprises for runners during the event. The race will end at Cooper Field with a Zombie Apocalypse Party.

Money raised from the event will help fund Hancock County Youth Council activities.

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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M.

Hunters in our region had a good take during the recent antlerless deer muzzleloader hunting season. Last weekend saw more than 6,000 deer tagged around the state. That’s up 18 percent from 2013.

Locally, hunters in Wood and Wyandot County had the most success. Wood County hunters tagged 42 deer over a two-day period, compared to 16 last year. Wyandot County hunters tagged 30 more deer this year, bringing in a total of 88. Numbers were flat in Hancock and Putnam Counties.

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10/17/14 – 9:29 A.M.

After a few fairly quiet years, the Millstream Speedway is set to reopen in 2015. A release from the Millstream Motorsports Complex says track owners Greg and Mary Beth Roe have entered into a three-year agreement with Randy and Lisa Hammer from Fremont Ohio to run events at the track on Findlay’s northwest side. The Hammers have been associated with racing in the region for many years.

A schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

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10/17/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A highway remains closed in Wood County today following an ammonia spill. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened Thursday around 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of State Route 281 and Huffman Road near Portage.

A semi carrying ammonia was driving east on Route 281 when a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Scott Reiman of Bowling Green ran a stop sign and caused the collision. The semi rolled over, spilling ammonia onto the road and into three ditches.

Route 281 could be closed until the weekend as the cleanup continues.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 23-year-old Joshua Whitaker of Fowler, Indiana, was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was last listed in critical, but stable condition. Reiman was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


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10/19/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Hancock County jail inmate information and mugshots are back on the web. The information was taken down late last month because of changes to public record laws. The new rules don’t allow information about criminals convicted in juvenile court proceedings to be posted online.

In September, the jail was housing inmates who fit that description. As a result, the mugshots were taken offline.

Sheriff Michael Heldman says they may have to take the pictures down from time-to-time until the software company finds a way to process information that is in compliance with the law.

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10/17/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The former Ottawa councilman who caused a fatal crash earlier this year was sentenced Thursday. The Courier reports Alan Ducey was given two 180-day suspended jail sentences. He also had his license suspended for a year and was fined $1,000.

Judge Chad Niese said Ducey was not on his phone and was not intoxicated when the crash happened. Ducey spoke in court, saying “I cannot hope to ask for your forgiveness and I do not deserve it, either” to the victim’s families.

85-year-old Joan Beam and her daughter, 62-year-old Christine Hayden, were killed in the crash.

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