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8/5/14 – 7:10 A.M.

The Hancock County Engineer’s Office will close the bridge on Osborn Avenue in Findlay today. A release from the department says the closure will allow equipment to be placed on the bridge to collect soil borings in the Blanchard River.

The bridge will be closed at 9 a.m. It’s expected to reopen by 5 p.m., weather permitting.

There will not be detours posted for the closure. Drivers are advised to find other routes around the area.

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8/5/14 – 6:52 A.M.

A Fostoria man was arrested Monday after he tried to steal his own truck. The Fostoria Police Department reports 45-year-old Richard Kelley was taken into custody around 6 p.m. last night. He allegedly tried to take his truck from a North Countyline Street towing service.

Earlier in the day Kelley was arrested for OVI. As a result his truck was towed away. Kelley allegedly took the truck back before it could be impounded. Officers spotted it outside a South Main Street bar Monday evening.

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8/5/14 – 6:46 A.M.

A Hardin County man was arrested after he was found passed out in his car in a Kenton parking lot. Kentontoday.com reports police were called to Walmart Sunday for a report of a man who was possibly unconscious in his vehicle. That led to the arrest of Steve Grindell of Dunkirk on a drug possession charge.

Grindell is also charged with physical control of a vehicle while impaired, driving under suspension and possession of a drug abuse instrument.

MORE: Kenton Today

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8/5/14 – 6:41 A.M.

The winners from last weekend’s Rib-Off on Broadway in Findlay have been announced. A panel of judges named Wally’s Great American BBQ the best ribs at the event. Cheddar’s finished second, and Smokin’ Buckeye BBQ was third.

Miller’s Meats took home first in the People’s Choice and “Best Sauce” categories. The battle of the bands competition was won by Tree No Leaves.

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8/5/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A North Baltimore propane company is taking some precautions before moving its tanks. Prism Propane Services will flare it’s nearly empty, 30,000 gallon tanks starting this morning. The process will cause a 10 to 25 foot flame to rise from the tank’s relief valve.

Work will start around 9 a.m. today and will take several days to complete. The fire department has been alerted and the Prism’s driveway will be blocked to normal traffic.

The business is located at 1399 Business Park Drive South in North Baltimore.

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8/5/14 – 5:19 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a fire Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 230 Monroe Avenue around 3:10 p.m. Nobody was injured and the flames were contained to a utility room in the house.

The owner of the home was working on an electrical panel when the fire started. The blaze caused around $10,000 worth of damage. The flames were extinguished in about 15 minutes.

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8/5/14 – 5:13 A.M.

A Hancock County village wants to take a look at how business growth near Findlay could affect its future. The Courier reports Arlington community leaders are scheduling brainstorming sessions to discuss the topic. The first meeting will take place at Jac and Do’s Pizza in Arlington on August 20 at noon.

Growth at Marathon and Cooper Tire spurred the meetings. Officials have also taken note of the planned McLane grocery distribution center to be built on the north side of Findlay.

Organizers want business leaders, clergy, and school officials to attend. They’ll be talking about the needs of the community, and the positive aspects of Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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8/5/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Putnam County could pull out of the ongoing Blanchard River flood study. An unnamed source tells the Courier frustration with the Army Corps of Engineers could lead to action being taken.

The source tells the newspaper the Corps has refused to show county officials how the I-9 bridge affects flooding. The bridge is often blamed for acting like dam when the river is running high. The Corps has been asked to provide statistical data to the county, but so far has not volunteered that information.

If Putnam County drops out of the study, it could try and start its own flood mitigation project with the Army Corps. The goal would be to get work done before 2016, when the current study is expected to be done. So far Putnam County has not contributed money to the ongoing study.

MORE: The Courier

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8/5/14 – 4:41 A.M.

The death of a nine-month-old baby in Wood County is under investigation. The infant was taken to a local hospital on Friday and was later flown to a Toledo hospital, then to the University of Michigan Hospital over the weekend. Officials say the baby’s injuries didn’t happen from a fall.

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8/4/14 – 10:47 A.M.

A Wood County village is dealing is a growing problem – feral cats. The Sentinel Tribune reports residents in Pemberville say they’ve lost track of how many strays are roaming area neighborhoods.

The Wood County Humane Society has proposed trapping the cats, spaying or neutering them, and then returning the cats to the village. Pemberville’s village council is concerned about how to fund the program.

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