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12/4/14 – 4:53 A.M.

Putnam County fire departments will benefit from grants given by the state. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 10 departments in the county will split nearly $91,000 to offset the costs of communication upgrades. The money is helping pay for Multi-Agency Radio Communication System equipment.

Many of the departments needed to upgrade batteries in their existing radios. Some were looking to buy extra radios for use in the field.

Fire chiefs in Putnam County met last summer and decided to apply for the grant money as a region rather than as individual departments.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/3/14 – 5:24 A.M.

Fostoria officials are working to modernize how they approach companies and businesses looking for new locations. The Review-Times reports Mayor Eric Keckler and the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation want to create a land-usage map to show to prospective new businesses. The plan calls for updating the city’s zoning map and a land-usage study.

Fostoria City Council has approved applying for a grant to fund the city’s participation in the study. A Local Government Innovation Fund grant could provide up to $50,000. The total cost of the project is not expected to exceed that.

Keckler has told the newspaper the project would put the entire catalog of available property in the hands of any business looking at new locations.

MORE: Review Times

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12/3/14 – 5:12 A.M.

Two people are facing charges for allegedly breaking into a Findlay restaurant. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up indictments against 23-year-old Kip Wright and 44-year-old Darrin Wright. They face charges of breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools, safecracking and tampering with evidence.

Investigators say the men broke into Tony’s on U.S. 224 early in the morning on October 24. A crowbar was allegedly used to open a safe inside the restaurant.

MORE: The Courier

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12/3/14 – 4:44 A.M.

A body found in Putnam County is believed to be a Ypsilanti man missing since June. Officials say the remains were discovered Tuesday south of Deshler, just off of Road Y. Brian Martin was last seen in Toledo at a softball game he was coaching. Robert Strauss and Desirae Strauss have been charged with murdering him inside their East Toledo apartment, but the whereabouts of his body was unknown.

 

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12/2/14 – 1:12 P.M.

After two years, the University of Findlay’s TV station is back on the air. The school’s communication department held an open house for the community to get a look at the revamped station today. UFTV manager AJ du Frense says while students will provide programming, the hope is that the community will get involved too…

Audio: AJ du Frense

du Frense said it was important to the school to get the station up and running again…

Audio: AJ du Frense

Students and the community will provide content for the station according to du Frense. A student-run news program, coaches shows, and spotlights on the community and university are all in the works.

UFTV is on Time Warner cable channel 20. It will also have a mobile focus with the Oiler Mobile app.

Gallery of today’s event:

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12/2/14 – 10:44 A.M.

New fees are being proposed for some items that are taken to the Hancock County Landfill. Assistant Prosecutor Phil Johnson explained at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting…

Audio: Phil Johnson

The proposed new charges for disposing tires are $3 for car tires without rims, $8 for truck tires without rims, and $30 for tractor tires.

Johnson says the solid waste district is also proposing no longer accepting household appliances that contain Freon gas…

Audio: Phil Johnson

Johnson says adds it would be free to dispose of old appliances that do not have Freon.

Public hearings on the proposed fees will take place January 6, 8, and 13 at 11 a.m. in the Hancock County Commissioners offices.

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12/2/14 – 8:34 A.M.

A University of Findlay graduate is helping in the fight against Ebola. Wendy Buckley is helping a U.S. company ship potentially dangerous chemicals vital to the fight against the disease. Buckley says the chemicals used for sanitization can become volatile if not handled properly.

Buckley graduated from UF in March with a master’s degree in environmental safety and health management. She currently works for the Pennsylvania-based Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services company.

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12/2/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Arlington Village Council members discussed the town’s recent waterline issues at their meeting last night. The Courier reports a well line that leads into the water treatment facility froze recently. A similar problem happened last year.

Village officials are looking into temporary solutions to stop the well line from freezing again. An outside firm could be brought in to find an answer to the problem.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Monday also told council members his department is looking for “a pretty good size leak” in the water system. Work on that will continue today.

MORE: The Courier

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12/2/14 – 5:04 A.M.

At least one person was reportedly injured in a three-car crash in eastern Hancock County Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says the accident happened on U.S. 224 at the intersection of Washington Township Road 258 around 2:30 p.m

The crash resulted in U.S. 224 being shut down between Road 258 and Hancock County Road 330 while the accident site was cleared.

No other details were available.

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12/2/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Low-level drug offenders in Hancock County will soon have different options when they go to court. The Courier reports a specialized drug court hopes to cut the incarceration rate by offering treatment options. Eligible participants would be diverted from the regular court system into the program. They would talk to a judge regularly, take drug tests, and meet with support groups.

The new drug court is specific to certain types of offenders. It likely won’t be used for anyone who sold drugs or used a weapon during the course of a crime. Defendants facing mandatory prison time would also be rejected.

Judges Joseph Niemeyer and Reginald Routson will start hearing cases in the court on February 17. The drug court program can last up to a year and require 200 hours or more of counseling.

MORE: The Courier

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