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9/8/16 – 5:10 A.M.

At least one person was injured in a two-car crash near McComb Wednesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 613 and Pleasant Township Road 120 around 10:20 p.m.

Initial reports said a utility pole was damaged. A power outage was reported in the area. Power has since been restored.

No other details on the crash were immediately available.

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9/8/16 – 5:04 A.M.

A man who reportedly confessed to murdering his son in Putnam County back in 2006 is entering a double jeopardy defense. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Travis Soto was in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. At issue is time already served in the death of 2-year-old Julio Soto-Baldoza. Soto served a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge 10 years ago.

Judge Randall Basinger set a hearing on the double jeopardy motion for October 25. Both the prosecution and defense will be given access to a recording of the alleged confession given at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in July. The full transcript of Soto’s 2006 trial will also be available.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/8/16 – 4:20 A.M.

More students are attending classes at Bowling Green State University. School officials say enrollment is up by 600 students this fall after getting a big boost from the incoming freshman class. Opportunities for guaranteed internships, research and overseas studies are cited among the reasons for the enrollment increase.

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9/7/16 – 1:02 PM

A new workforce development organization in Findlay and Hancock County was launched Wednesday. Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti says Raise the Bar Hancock County will partner with local schools to help teach of soft skills needed in the workplace…

Audio: Tony Iriti

Raise the Bar Director Laurie Zydonick says area businesses have noticed a growing trend with the local workforce…

Audio: Laurie Zydonick

Iriti adds there are also more people are retiring from local jobs than there are qualified people to replace them.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Iriti says the Raise the Bar initiative will market the area to job seekers across the state and country.

Zydonick says the long-term goal is to work with kids to help them be ready to enter the workforce when they get out of school…

Audio: Laurie Zydonick

Zydonick adds Raise the Bar will learn about workforce needs from area employers. They’ll then relay that information to schools.

In the short term, Raise the Bar Hancock County will focus on finding and developing employees for businesses with immediate needs…

Audio: Dan Sheaffer

Dan Sheaffer of Hancock HIRES says Raise the Bar will get a boost from a familiar face. Terry Terhark’s RandRR company will allow the organization to beta test its new job placement app…

Audio: Dan Sheaffer

Sheaffer says the app is one example of how local companies can find qualified employees through Raise the Bar.

Terhark was the founder of The Right Thing, which was sold to ADP in 2011.

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9/7/16 – 9:18 A.M.

Two Wyandot County men were arrested following a police chase on Labor Day. WBCO Radio reports Charles Collier of Carey and Eric Simmons of Nevada were wanted on active warrants when they were spotted by a deputy sheriff Monday. Simmons sped away, leading officers on a chase into Bucyrus. The car eventually crashed through a fence and hit children’s play equipment.

Simmons would run away from the crash, but was located a short time later at a nearby business.

Nobody was hurt during the chase.

MORE: WBCO Radio

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9/7/16 – 9:10 A.M.

Carey’s village council approved road resurfacing projects during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports the work will take place on North Patterson Street between East Findlay Street and National Avenue and May Street between Newhard and Brayton streets. Repaving will also happen on Ogg Street near the water tower to repair damage from truck traffic.

The village has around $80,000 set aside for street paving this year.

MORE: The Courier

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9/7/16 – 8:58 A.M.

Fostoria’s high school band director will now direct city council. The Review-Times reports Steve Kaufman was named the interim president of the council during Tuesday’s meeting. Kaufman will fill the role through next year when he will have the option to run for the position.

Mayor Eric Keckler appointed Kaufman. Keckler told the newspaper he had seen the good Kaufman was doing in the school and thought he would do a nice job on city council as well.

Kaufman is filling the unexpired term of the late-Dave Clark, who passed away last month after a battle with cancer. Clark stepped down in July to enter hospice care.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/7/16 – 7:32 A.M.

Putnam County received state funding to help fight mosquito-born illnesses. The Lima News reports the Putnam County Health Department got $5,000 from the Ohio Department of Health. Environmental Health Director Brandi Schrader tells the newspaper the money was used to buy larvacide and mosquito repellents.

Putnam County residents can pick up the items for free at the Health Department on Williamstown Road between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

MORE: Lima News

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9/7/16 – 7:16 A.M.

The Hancock County Recorder’s Office might hire an extra staffer to help transition into the new year. The Courier reports retiring Recorder Nikki Beltz talked to the commissioners Tuesday about hiring an extra clerk. Beltz said the end of the year is expected to be busy. They’ll also be getting ready to transition to a new recorder taking office at the same time.

Tracy Coldren is uncontested in the November general election. She has been a deputy clerk for the past 15 years.

Commissioners Phillip Riegle and Brian Robertson agreed with the plan. They added they’d like more details about the temporary recorder hiring, including how much the person would be paid.

MORE: The Courier

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