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8/7/14 – 5:16 A.M.

The process to make improvements to State Route 53 in Seneca County continues to make progress. The Advertiser-Tribune reports the county commissioners were given an update on progress during a meeting this week. Commissioner Fred Zoeller attended a recent stakeholders meeting on the issue. He said some Seneca County projects ranked as high priorities after discussion.

Zoeller added that ODOT will have a public meeting on the subject in early October. He also said that money set aside by Seneca County to help pay for upgrades will make it easier to get funding from the state.

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8/7/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Wood County man was sentenced for a violent rampage in March of last year. The Review-Times reports 35-year-old Christopher Egbert will spend 14 years in prison for assaulting his wife and another man, and then setting fire to his own home. Egbert was convicted of aggravated arson and felonious assault among other charges.

Investigators say Egbert attacked his wife in a bar on Route 6 on March 26 of 2013. Two men tried to stop him, and one of them was assaulted for his efforts. Egbert then left the bar and set fire to his home on County Road 1.

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8/7/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced another quarterly dividend Wednesday. The company says stockholders of record on September 2 will see a quarterly dividend of 10.5 cents per share. The dividend will be paid September 26.

Cooper’s second quarter financial statement will be released this morning.

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8/7/14 – 4:54 A.M.

North Baltimore residents are pushing to save the village’s movie theater. The Courier reports the owner of Virginia Motion Pictures held a meeting in the downtown building last night to talk about the future of the business. Doug Wickard told a crowd of around 50 that his theater needs to go digital to survive, and that’s not cheap. Wickard announced a fundraising campaign to raise the $42,000 needed to buy a new projector.

The theater has been closed since July 31. Donations are being collected at the North Baltimore branch of the Huntington Bank.

Some people in attendance thought creating a “friends of the theater” organization could held the cause. Others suggested spreading the word via social media.

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8/6/14 – 8:52 A.M.

The Liberty Benton School Board is explaining their side of a controversial matter. In a letter to residents in the school district, the board outlines why they are appealing a court’s decision to overturn the firing of Mark Badertscher.

The letter states the board tried to avoid the expenses of a legal battle by offering Badertscher a separation agreement, which he did not accept. As a result the district tallied legal fees of more than $69,000 over two years. The letter also says the district will not have to pay for the appeal process. That money will come from the district’s litigation insurance.

The district’s lawyers believe the county court’s ruling was based on a procedural technicality that is not supported under the Ohio Revised Code.

The board says they were presented with “an abundance of evidence which clearly demonstrated that Badertscher needed to be relieved of his classroom responsibilities.”

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8/6/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Investigators in Allen County have a bizarre mystery on their hands. The Lima News reports sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify a woman so committed to hiding her identity she burned her fingerprints off. The woman has refused to give her real name, and fought six corrections officers who tried to get a DNA sample from her.

The woman was arrested last month. She allegedly used a fake birth certificate to get an ID card in Ohio. The woman is charged with tampering with records.

Allen County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Baker tells the newspaper, “At this point in the game, no one hides her identity like she does for an overdue speeding ticket. There’s something more serious here.”

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A Findlay man was injured in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 3 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Avenue and South River Road.

22-year-old Nicole Unverferth of Columbus Grove was stopped at a stop sign on River Road when she pulled into the intersection, colliding with a car driven by 56-year-old Jeffery Taylor.

Taylor was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Unverferth was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

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8/6/14 – 6:52 A.M.

Fostoria City Council signed off on two road paving projects during their Thursday meeting. Council entered into agreements with ODOT to mill and pave Van Buren Street and North Street. Both streets encompass parts of State Routes 18 and 613.

The project also includes paving work on parts of Ohio 613 and Ohio 12 outside the city limits. The city will only pay for the parts of the project done in the city.

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8/6/14 – 6:45 A.M.

North Baltimore’s emergency responders were praised at last night’s village council meeting for their response to the recent fire at HPJ Industries. Council members saluted firefighters, EMS workers and police. Councilman Bill Cameron said, “It truly was amazing how coordinated the effort was.”

The Courier reports Fire Chief Ted Francisco said he’ll apply for state grants to improve radios so they can better communicate with other departments.

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8/6/14 – 5:27 A.M.

Putnam County leaders talked more about the Road I-9 bridge Tuesday. The bridge is often blamed for acting like a dam when the Blanchard River is running high, causing more flooding in Ottawa. But Putnam County Engineer Terrance Recker tells the Courier there’s a lot to consider when it comes to changing the bridge.

Recker says the bridge is currently designed to stay dry during a 100-year flood. He added proposed changes to the bridge would mean it would be covered by water during a two-year flood event. County Commissioner Vince Schroeder says 1,400 cars a day use the bridge, and that it’s important for ambulances heading north out of Glandorf.

Recker suggests building another bridge around 700 feet north of the current I-9 bridge. He believes it could be built so that it wouldn’t create backwater, and would be able to stay open when the river is running high.

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