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3/22/16 – 6:47 A.M.

Officials in Carey are looking at ways to pay for a new fire truck. The Courier reports the village is looking to buy a new ladder truck. Fire Chief Chad Snyder told village council the current truck does not extend high enough to handle firefighting above buildings. It also only has a two-person cab.

A new truck is estimated to cost $945,000. It won’t be ready for 14 months, so council will likely set aside money to buy the vehicle over the next several months. In the meantime, they’ll look funding opportunities to cover 50 percent of the new fire truck.

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3/22/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Putnam County residents can get tested for lead next week. The Lima News reports the health department will hold the testing on March 30 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Appointments have to be made for the tests, and the cost is $20. To make an appointment call (419)523-5608.

Lead testing is done by a simple fingerstick.

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3/22/16 – 5:17 A.M.

One person was killed in a one-car crash near Mount Cory around 8 p.m. Monday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a 2013 Kia was driving west on Union Township Road 38 east of State Route 235 when the car hit a bridge barrier over Ottawa Creek and flipped into the waterway.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The name of the victim has not been released pending positive identification. The incident remains under investigation.

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3/22/16 – 5:11 A.M.

An Arlington village councilman will step down over a dispute over compensation for village employees. The Courier reports Brian Essinger submitted his letter of resignation after he presented a compensation package to council. Officials say village employees are paid well compared to people in similar roles in other villages. There is also concern about not having funding to continue the same compensation level for the street superintendent and water plant superintendent.

There was disagreement over how overtime is calculated. Street Superintendent Kyle Crist and Water Superintendent Rick Monday said they disagreed with the Finance Committee’s suggestion that they don’t take enough initiative in their jobs. Essinger said the wage package was not meant to be a “slap in the face.”

The wages and benefits package will be voted on at a future council meeting.

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3/22/16 – 4:55 A.M.

The endowment fund for the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is expected to grow thanks to an appearance by the band Chicago. Last week the center announced the group would play a concert on May 22. But a private, invitation-only concert will be held the night before to raise money for the endowment.

Marathon Petroleum is hosting the May 21 performance. The event is in the early planning stages right now.

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3/22/16 – 4:24 A.M.

The sounds of fighter jets will fill the skies over northwest Ohio after dark this week. Ohio Air National Guard officials say the 180th Fighter Wing will perform night training tonight through Thursday as part of an overall readiness campaign. F-16 fighter jets will be taking off and landing through 10:00 nightly, weather permitting.

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3/21/16 – 7:23 A.M.

A Wood County woman was shaken up following an attempted break-in at her home in Bloomdale. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the incident started early Friday morning, when a man began banging on the backdoor of the home. He eventually kicked the door open, but the woman was able to hold it closed until he left. The man then took off in a silver or gold car.

The man came back later in the morning and threw a brick through a window near where children were sleeping. The brick nearly hit a 2-year-old and glass shattered onto the children’s beds.

The suspect may be black or Hispanic. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Bloomdale Police Department at (419)454-6503.


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3/21/16 – 7:15 A.M.

Fire destroyed a garage in Mount Cory late last week. Firefighters from Mount Cory and Rawson were called to 1753 Union Township Road 51 around 6 p.m. Friday.

The flames were contained to the garage, which was a complete loss. A cause of the fire couldn’t be determined because of the extent of the damage.

No one was injured fighting the flames.

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3/21/16 – 6:54 A.M.

A two-car crash near Upper Sandusky injured two people Sunday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports 87-year-old Florence Lewis of rural Tiffin was driving south on County Highway 121 just after 3:30 p.m. when she tried to cross U.S. 23 and hit a minivan driven by 45-year-old Robert Salizzoni of Logan, Ohio. Salizzoni and a passenger were both taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

Lewis was cited for failure to control.

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3/21/16 – 6:47 A.M.

The Fostoria Garden Club’s summer Farmer’s Markets will be in a different location this year. The Review Times reports the events will now be held in a grassy lot at the corner of East Tiffin and South Main streets. A new location was needed after the former Key Bank at 133 West Tiffin Street was sold earlier this year.

Fostoria Garden Club member Lois Trumpler tells the newspaper “I don’t know of any other place that would have been accessible to the public.”

The first Farmer’s Market will be May 7 from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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