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3/3/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A new retail development is in the works in Tiffin. The Review-Times reports a $1.1 million dollar facility will be built at 596 West Market Street, which is the site of a former bank. The new building will have room for three retail businesses.

Kenneth Hicks, of Diverse Development owns the property. In a release he said he anticipated the development to create between 40 and 70 jobs. No leases for the property have been signed yet.

Diverse Development is based in Holland Ohio. The company owns 11 retail centers in northwest Ohio.

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3/3/16 – 5:17 A.M.

A Wood County woman recently struck it rich in an Ohio Lottery game. Velma Dartt of Risingsun took home a lump sun of a little more than $1.7 million when she played a winning Gold instant game ticket. A release from the Ohio Lottery Commission says the game’s top prize is $250,000 a year for 20 years, but Dartt took the lump sum cash option.

The winning ticket was bought at a Fuel Mart in Perrysburg. The store gets a $5,000 agent bonus for selling the prize-winning ticket.

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3/3/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Winter weather is the concern today, but it won’t be too long until spring storms are on the horizon. With that in mind registration is underway for SKYWARN Spotter Training in Putnam County. The class trains people to spot severe weather and how to report it to the National Weather Service. The NWS says spotters help provide real-time information about potentially dangerous storms.

The Putnam County training session will take place March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Office of Public Safety. For more information you can call (419)538-7315.

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3/3/16 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when he was hit by an SUV while walking across an intersection Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department says 39-year-old Jack Richard was crossing North Main Street when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Brian Bracey. The incident happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection with West Melrose Avenue.

Richard was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Bracey was cited for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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3/3/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Alcohol may have been a factor in an injury crash west of Findlay Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Holly Linhart suffered minor injuries when she drove off of State Route 12 around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital after her car rolled over in a field.

Linhart has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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3/3/16 – 4:50 A.M.

Putnam County’s new sheriff is talking about his plans for his year in office. In an interview with the Putnam County Sentinel, Tim Meyer said he plans to reach out to the public to establish trust with the department. Part of that plan will include getting deputies in county schools to talk to kids. He’ll meet with the superintendents of the school districts this week to discuss that plan.

Meyer also wants to get more community members involved in law enforcement. That could mean a “Citizens Academy.” Meyer told the newspaper it would be a program designed to get residents invested in the security of their communities. Meyer said, “If we can get more people involved in law enforcement and understand what it is we do – day in, day out – then it’ll create more positive feedback within the community.”

Meyer was sworn in as sheriff last week, following the death of Michael Chandler in late January.

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3/2/2016 – 11:19 am

Troopers from the Ohio State Patrol are continuing a focus on impaired driving enforcement. Their efforts appear to be paying off. The OSP reports that for the fourth year in a row troopers removed well over 24,000 impaired drivers from the roads in Ohio, including 301 arrests made by Findlay post troopers over the past year.

OVI-related crashes accounted for around 35% of all fatal crashes in Ohio last year, and that number has remained steady over the past three years. And this affects younger people most. Last year 54 % of drivers considered at-fault in these crashes were in their 20s and 30s and 71% were male drivers. The public is encouraged for call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

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3/2/16 – 7:33 A.M.

The president of Bluffton University will serve another term. The university trustees recently unanimously voted to approve a fourth term for James Harder. The new contract will run from July 1 of this year through June 30 of 2021.

Harder is in his 10th year with BU.

A statement from board of trustees president Kent Yoder said, “Harder has provided Bluffton University with strong and effective leadership.” Yoder added, “His commitment to strengthening the university through continued development of the relationships with alumni and organizations over the last decade has been realized in campaign efforts.”

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3/2/16 – 6:53 A.M.

North Baltimore residents are concerned about a series of break-ins and thefts in the village. The Courier reports village council members urged people to use caution during their Tuesday meeting. Mayor Janet Goldner reminded residents to lock their cars, homes, and garages.

Council members are asking people to be on the look out for anything suspicious, and to report anything out of the ordinary to village police.

In one case, former Councilman Aaron Patterson had his truck stolen. It was recovered later.

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