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2/3/15 – 5:25 A.M.

A little more clarity has been given on regulations regarding sidewalks in Carey. The Courier reports village Law Director Bob Maison reported to council on the issue during Monday’s meeting. Maison said several areas of the town are exempt from sidewalk installation. That’s because subdivision regulations govern sidewalk placement. As a result Snyder Park and other areas are exempt.

Maison also said that installation of sidewalks in those areas would need a consensus vote of residents.

The subject has been talked about recently as the village looks for ways to install sidewalks near the new school building.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Four Putnam County parishes have a new official. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that Reverend Rick Friebel has been installed as a new vicar. Friebel will assist the priests at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa; Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Kalida; Saint John’s Catholic Church in Continental; and Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/3/15 – 5:04 A.M.

Arlington residents could form a group to negotiate for lower electric rates. The Courier reports voters in the village will be asked to install an electricity aggregation program on the May ballot. The program would only apply to American Electric Power customers in Arlington.

Those not wanting to take part could “opt out” at no cost.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/15 – 4:37 A.M.

A Lima-area family is staying in Columbus until they or police find some sign of a transgender teenager. Fifteen-year-old Ashley Lane was last seen this past weekend at a dance party as part of Ohayocon at the Columbus Convention Center. Her family is concerned about her safety after she left all her belongings at their hotel room and fear she may have been taken from the area.

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2/2/15 – 7:39 A.M.

Gas prices are up as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.03. A week ago the state average was $1.88. Prices jumped early last week, and started decreasing again over the weekend.

Locally, Findlay prices are around $2.08 a gallon. That’s up from a $1.91 a gallon last Monday, but down from last Tuesday’s $2.15 a gallon.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.05 a gallon.

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2/2/15 – 5:31 A.M.
Update – 6:45 A.M.
Update – 12:13 P.M.
Update – 1:16 P.M.

While the snow storm didn’t drop as much snow as we initially anticipated it still made a mess on area roads. Seneca and Henry Counties are all under Level 2 Road Alerts. That means roadways are hazardous. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Hancock, Wood and Putnam Counties have downgraded to Level 1 Road Alerts.

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2/2/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Three Putnam County residents were indicted on drug charges last week. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports indictments were handed up as the result of a lengthy investigation into drug sales in the area.

32-year-old Robert Howard of Ottawa faces three counts of trafficking in marijuana, one count of trafficking in a drug, and permitting drug abuse with a vehicle. 28-year-old Roberto Barraza of Leipsic is facing counts of trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in prescription pills. 37-year-old Jeremy Okuley of Continental is accused of selling cocaine.

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2/2/15 – 5:11 A.M.

A Wyandot County home was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. Firefighters were called to 5987 Township Road 107 near Upper Sandusky around 2:45 a.m. The McCuthenville Fire Department reported that everyone in the house got out unharmed.

The American Red Cross of Wyandot County is providing the family of three assistance for food, clothing, and housing.

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2/2/15 – 4:58 A.M.

A three-car crash injured one person west of Findlay Sunday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened around 4 p.m. on U.S. 224 near Liberty Township Road 128.

34-year-old Dana Cherry of Pandora was driving west on U.S. 224 when he lost control of his car. He crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 54-year-old Walter Newton. Newton’s car then hit a pickup truck that had stopped.

Newton was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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