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2/3/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Bluffton residents are being warned about a series of car break-ins. The Bluffton Police Department reports several vehicles were either entered or damaged Monday night. Most of the incidents happened on the west side of town.

Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call the police department at (419)358-2961.

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2/3/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Fostoria city council members had plenty of questions about the city’s budget during a Tuesday night meeting. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner presented his 2015 financial report during the meeting. It showed a negative balance of more than $389,000 in the general fund.

Councilman Brian Shaver said he felt misled by previous statements from Garner. Shaver said, “We’re getting a budget tonight that’s showing we’re that far in the red and I just feel a little bit duped because we had a chance to rectify that problem without causing major changes to the city’s infrastructure.” He was referring to a cancelled plan to end a 1 percent tax credit for people who live in the city and work elsewhere.

Public backlash led to council rejecting the plan. Shaver said council only voted against it because Garner said the budget would be in better shape this year. Garner said there were increased overtime costs for the city because of some injuries. He added he mentioned that issue to council and former Service-Safety Director Allyson Murray in July.

Garner also said he never told council that Fostoria would be out of the red by the end of 2015.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/16 – 4:57 A.M.

One person was injured in a crash that closed the southbound lanes of the interstate late Tuesday night. The State Highway Patrol reports 52-year-old Mary Boes of Findlay was driving south on the interstate when she lost control on wet pavement and hit a median wall near County Road 99 around 11:45 p.m. Boes’ car then hit a guardrail and came back onto the interstate, where it was hit by two commercial trucks.

Boes was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The truck drivers were not hurt.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-75 for around two hours. Traffic was rerouted up the County Road 99 exit ramp, and then back onto the interstate from the entrance ramp on the other side.

Boes was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

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2/2/16 – 12:12 P.M.

A Findlay High School student has been nominated for acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy. A release from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office says an offer of appointment was given to FHS senior James Reneau. Reneau was a captain on the football team and also is part of the school’s robotics team.

Admission into the Naval Academy requires a nomination from a member of Congress. Nominations are based on the recommendation of an advisory committee put together by the Senator.

In the release, Senator Brown said, “Mr. Reneau’s family and the Findlay community should be proud of this impressive young man, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”

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2/2/16 – 8:12 A.M.

Bluffton village council has filled a vacant seat. The Courier reports Ralph Miller was picked to fill the open position during Monday’s council meeting. The seat was left open by Judy Augsburger when she was elected mayor last fall.

Deb Weihrauch, David Steiner, Jerry Cupples, Terry Hunt, Don Burris and Evan Skilliter also interviewed for the position.

MORE: The Courier

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2/2/16 – 7:41 A.M.

You might see some delays on I-75 if you’re headed south today or Thursday. ODOT reports one lane of southbound 75 south of Beaverdam will be closed for bridge deck repair. The work will take place until around 2:30 p.m. both days.

Crews will also be working in the northbound lanes in that area today as well. One lane will be closed while crews grind pavement to give the interstate more traction near the State Route 696 / U.S. 30 interchange.  Similar work will take place Thursday on the southbound lanes.

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2/2/16 – 7:27 A.M.

A Wood County man convicted on rape and gross sexual imposition charges will be resentenced. However, The Sentinel-Tribune reports the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals reaffirmed the conviction of 54-year-old Kenneth Pultz of Jerry City last week. Pultz is currently serving two consecutive life sentences for crimes involving a juvenile girl.

The appeals court agreed with the defense on the subject of consecutive sentences. The ruling said, “having failed to conduct the statutory analysis and make all the required findings to impose consecutive sentences, the trial court’s judgement is contrary to law.”

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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2/2/16 – 7:17 A.M.

While construction continues on the new Carey school building, administrators are focusing on how students will get to the building. The Courier reports sidewalks were addressed during a Monday village council meeting. The school will install sidewalks to the edge of its property, but that leaves a 400-500 foot gap leading to the school on the east side of Glenn Avenue.

Council is in favor of installing a sidewalk before the school opens in the fall. The village is getting cost estimates for the work according to public works superintendent Brian Spencer. A “Safe Route to School” grant could be available to help pay for the work. Applications for funding are due by March 4.

MORE: The Courier

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2/2/16 – 6:58 A.M.

A couple of simple, yet high tech upgrades will help the Arlington Fire Department fight fires. The Courier reports chief Al Latta told village council about the updates during a Monday council meeting.

Firefighters can now use an app on their smartphones to show if they are responding to a call or not. Their responses will be shown on a TV screen at the fire hall. Latta says that will help him know if they’ll need to call in mutual aid or not.

Tablets have also been installed in the village’s fire trucks. The devices can be used to find the best route to a fire, and to find nearby hydrants.

The cost of the equipment is around $1,200. State grants are being used to pay for part of the upgrades.

MORE: The Courier

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2/2/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Three people were hurt when a pickup truck and an SUV collided near Upper Sandusky Monday night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened at the intersection of County roads 62 and 113 around 6:15 p.m.

16-year-old Kylie Troxel was driving a pickup truck east on Road 62 when she failed to yield for a southbound SUV driven by 44-year-old Tami Barnett. The collision caused Barnett’s Chevy Equinox to roll over. Barnett and a passenger, 26-year-old Nicole Gault of Findlay, were taken to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter. Troxel was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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