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7/14/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Road work continues in Findlay today. The city’s engineering department says several ongoing projects will likely last through Sunday. Curb replacement will take place on Harmon Street from Crystal Avenue to Parkside Place; Windsor Place from Bright Road to Old Mill Road; Clinton Court between Central Parkway and Blanchard Street; and Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street to Edinborough Drive.

Broad Avenue will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street for road work. East Melrose will have temporary lane closures between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road.

Gas line installation will take place on Carnahan Avenue between Hemphill and Center streets. Finally, waterline replacement will close Davis Street between Morey Avenue and Cory Street.

You’re asked to avoid those areas if possible.

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7/14/16 – 5:04 A.M.

A Dunkirk woman will avoid jail time for stealing more than $150,000 from her employer. The Courier reports 51-year-old Donna Rexroad was sentenced by Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson to five years of community control and 90 days of electronic monitoring. She’ll also have to pay $150,000 in restitution.

Rexroad was the district manager for area Circle K stores when the thefts happened. She pleaded no contest to a grand theft charge in April.

The thefts happened between January of 2011 and February of 2015. Rexroad was found to be depositing money orders for stamps in her personal account. Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece said, “She would deposit these money orders in her personal checking account and purchase stamps for a significant amount less than the money order was printed for, and return those stamps to the store for sale. She would then retain the difference.”

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7/14/16 – 4:50 A.M.

A man accused of sexually assaulting two Hancock County girls pleaded not guilty to several charges Wednesday. The Courier reports 34-year-old Thomas Scarberry is facing a count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition, and a count of sexual battery for alleged incidents involving two young girls.

Bond was continued at $90,000 after Scarberry’s lawyer asked for a lower bond, and the prosecution asked for a higher amount.

The case involves two girls under the age of 12. The crimes allegedly took place in Findlay and Arlington. According to the indictment, the alleged sexual assaults against one girl took place between March 20 of 2012 and October 31 of 2013. The alleged crimes against the other girl happened between August 15 and September 30 of 2009, and again between February 1 and June 30 of 2012.

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7/14/16 – 4:20 A.M.

Wood County prosecutors are expected to rest their case today in the Russell Adkins retrial. A coroner took the witness stand yesterday to tell the jury about the autopsy of Dana Rosendale after her body was exhumed a second time. Adkins is accused of beating Rosendale to death in 1982 and dumping her body along the side of a road. His attorneys are trying to convince jurors that the young mother fell out of his car.

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7/13/16 – 9:54 A.M.

Work is underway to buy land needed for a Blanchard River diversion channel in Ottawa. At an update meeting in Putnam County Wednesday, Maumee Watershed Conservancy District Director Clark Lynn Army said two property owners have been sent notices that the conservancy plans to buy parts of their property…

Audio: Clark Lynn Army

If a deal can’t be reached, the eminent domain process would likely be used to buy the land.

At a previous meeting, officials said it would only take three to four months to build the channel once the needed property is bought.

The diversion channel plan in Ottawa would help the river take a straighter path around an oxbow in the river near Ottawa-Glandorf High School. The channel is expected to reduce flooding by six to eight inches in downtown Ottawa.

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7/13/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A Seneca County Commissioner thinks the county is getting short changed when it comes to funding for roads. The Review-Times reports Mike Kerschner took ODOT to task over the issue Tuesday. Kerschner said there are four-lane highways in adjoining counties, but none in Seneca County.

Seneca County is a part of ODOT District 2. Kerschner said the district has a population of around 835,000 people. He added 6.8 percent of that population is in Seneca County, but they get less than 4.3 percent of state highway funds.

An engineer with ODOT said the agency uses a funding formula that includes a variety of factors like the number of accidents, road and bridge conditions.

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7/13/16 – 6:34 A.M.

A community revitalization effort in Mount Blanchard will continue this week as construction on a gazebo at the former site of the Mount Blanchard School. The gazebo is being built at Hurricane Park, and is being paid for by a grant from the Hancock Regional Planning Commission.

The project is part of a larger effort taking place in Mount Blanchard. The grant has also paid for waterline work, streetlight replacement, and road paving. There has also been sidewalk replacement efforts made in the village.

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7/13/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A two-car crash near Van Buren injured a Bowling Green woman Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 27-year-old Natalia Razgoniaeva was driving on Allen Township Road 229 when she stopped at the intersection with State Route 613. She then pulled into the path of a van driven by 47-year-old Joseph Nero of Woodville.

Razgoniaeva was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for failure to yield. Nero was not taken to the hospital.

Traffic was heavier than normal in that area at the time due to traffic being diverted from a crash on I-75.

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7/13/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Two people were hurt in a two-car crash south of Findlay on U.S. 68 Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old Nico Maldonado was driving north on the highway near Jackson Township Road 168 around 9:20 p.m. when he stopped to turn left into a driveway. He was hit from behind by a car driven by 53-year-old Anthony Lahey of Findlay.

Maldonado and a passenger, 19-year-old Matthew Foust of Bluffton, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Lahey was cited for driving while intoxicated and for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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7/13/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Members of the Findlay Police Department are learning crowd-control techniques designed to keep incidents from escalating. The Courier reports police officers from Columbus are working with Findlay officers as part of the civil disorder training program. Columbus Police Lt. Steve Wilkinson tells the Courier the goal is to teach Findlay police personnel small-squad tactics. He said, “if they have an incident that kicks off here in Findlay, they’ll be prepared to take care of everything by trying to use the least amount of force by using a big show of force.”

Wilkinson says that means officers must be organized and must quickly move together. He added that the technique is used when a crowd refuses to respond to verbal commands to move.

Crowd control can be done with officers on foot, bike or horseback. Officers also are being trained in the use of nonlethal equipment, like tear gas, smoke, wood batons, and bean-bag rounds.

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