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5/18/15 – 8:49 A.M.

There’s just one new road project for you to look out for this week in Hancock County. State Route 15 northbound has been reduced to one lane just east of the U.S. 68 interchange. A repair project in that area is expected to last through July.

In Putnam County State Route 190 between U.S. 224 and State Route 634 will be reduced to one lane for pavement repair. Restrictions will also be in place on State Route 115 near County Road L, and on Route 115 between State Routes 695 and 15.

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5/18/15 – 8:39 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people in Findlay Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened near the intersection of West Trenton and Broad Avenues around 11:15 a.m.

49-year-old David Otte of Findlay was westbound on Trenton when a car driven by an unnamed female juvenile pulled in front of him from Broad. Both Otte and the juvenile girl were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed yet but the girl will likely be cited for failing to yield.

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5/18/15 – 7:33 A.M.

Two Findlay residents are facing drug charges. 41-year-old Eugene Porter is charged with three counts of trafficking in cocaine. 49-year-old Sharon Blasius faces two counts of trafficking in drugs. The indictments against the two were made public recently after a secret indictment was unsealed.

Porter is accused of selling less than five grams of cocaine on August 20 and October 11 of 2006. He also allegedly sold between one and five grams of cocaine on November 11 of the same year.

Blasius is accused of selling a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders on January 28 and February 18 of last year.

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5/18/15 – 7:21 A.M.

It looks like Columbus Grove will be on board when petitions are filed for the proposed Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the matter was talked about during last week’s village council meeting. Members of the water and sewer district were on hand to answer council member’s questions.

Even if the village is a petitioner for the district, they aren’t required to join if it is formed.

Mayor Ken Wright expressed concerns that joining the district would kill the incentive for new industry to be annexed into the village to use the existing water system. County Commissioner John Love said the having the district would make it easier to get grants to deal with EPA compliance on a continuing basis.

The petition could be ready to file by July 1.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/18/15 – 6:55 A.M.

Local military members and veterans were honored during a ceremony over the weekend at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. The Findlay Military Association’s Armed Forces Day Celebration paid tribute to one active duty service member and five veterans.

The Courier reports Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Opp was named the “Military Person of the Year.” Larry Sudlow, Eugene Woods, William Johns, Steve Korb and Bob Pierce were all recipients of the “Veteran of the Year” honor.

You can learn more about those who were honored on our website.

MORE: Biographies Of Honorees

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5/18/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his son wants to modify his plea. A recent filing in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court shows an attorney for Jerrod Hartman is asking to drop her client’s not guilty by reason of insanity plea for a plea of not guilty.

Hartman is accused of murdering his 44-day old son on October 28 of 2013. Attorney Lois Zaner filed a not guilty by reason of insanity plea last year. She said Hartman suffered from parasomnia, which is a sleep disorder that can cause outbursts. In the documents filed last week Zaner wrote, “The defendant believes that there exists a genuine issue as to whether his medical affliction would statutorily qualify under an ‘insanity’ definition.”

Hartman is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on June 1.

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5/18/15 – 5:29 A.M.

A monthly meeting about Blanchard River flood mitigation in Ottawa focused on engineering models last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports engineer Steve Wilson told the people on hand the flood-mitigation won’t flood proof the river. He added it will make a difference in the impact of future floods.

Wilson is the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District’s contracted engineer for the project in Ottawa and Putnam County. He said that analysis shows water surface levels are reduced for all levels of flooding under the plan. The project proposed for Putnam County includes changing the Road I-9 bridge approach and building a diversion channel.

Wilson told the audience that the analysis shows work in Ottawa would not affect water levels downstream. However, many on hand were concerned mitigation efforts in Findlay would raise water levels in Ottawa.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Findlay police were involved in a standoff on Bright Road Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the officers were called about a man with a gun driving a car in the 700 block of Bright Road around 8:10 a.m. Police found the car just south of Fostoria Avenue.

24-year-old Brandon Gipson was behind the wheel and refused to leave the car. He showed the handgun several times and indicated he would harm himself. While talking to police on a cell phone, he also told them he had a gunshot wound to his left arm. Officers were able to convince Gipson to leave his car. He was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter.

Investigators say a woman who identified herself as Gipson’s girlfriend first called police. She told them Gipson had shot himself in the arm and then left in his car. She followed him in her own car.

The case remains under investigation. Charges are being considered.

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5/18/15 – 5:00 A.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a new video that comments on the Blanchard River flood mitigation plan. The Corps is taking public comments on the potential project until May 25.

In the video Lt. Col. Karl Jansen says he doesn’t expect the community to sign off on the plan right now. He added, “What we have put forth, through the draft report, is a recommended plan that still requires some additional study and optimization.”

In the video the Corps answers some more questions submitted by the community. Jansen said through the ongoing optimization process, the flood levels for the Scarlet Oak Drive will be reduced. Initially it looked like the area would see more flood water when the Blanchard spilled out of its banks.

More information on the project can be found here.

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5/15/15 – 8:48 A.M.

Findlay is home to one of the best hamburger shops in the state. That’s according to Onlyinyourstate.com, which lists Wilson’s Sandwich Shop as one of 12 “burger joints that’ll make your taste buds go crazy.”

Another well-known area sandwich shop that can trace its roots to Wilson’s made the list too. The Lima Kewpee locations were also included as some of the best places to get a burger in Ohio.

MORE: Onlyinyourstate.com

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