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7/13/16 – 4:24 A.M.

Testimony will resume today in the Russell Adkins retrial as prosecutors try to prove to a jury that he killed a young mother nearly 35 years ago. A firefighter who treated Dana Rosendale along Tracy Road in 1982 and the woman who was with Rosendale were on the witness stand yesterday. They’re on the side of Wood County prosecutors, who say Adkins beat Rosendale to death and dumped her body. Adkins’ attorneys say she fell out of a moving car.

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7/12/16 – 11:12 A.M.
Update – 1:48 P.M.

The southbound lanes of I-75 are open again following a crash involving multiple vehicles just south of North Baltimore. The State Highway Patrol says four commercial vehicles and a car were involved in the crash, but no one was injured. Traffic is still moving slow in the area as a result of the closure, which lasted several hours.

We’ll have more details on the crash as they become available.

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7/12/16 – 1:39 P.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson is tending to his injured wife, and Commissioner Mark Gazarek scheduled to be out of town for the next several days. That meant the commissioners had to take action Tuesday to make sure county business can continue to get done…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle says he’ll be in contact with Gazarek and Robertson as well as other county officials to make sure operations are running smoothly.

Riegle adds that resolutions that typically appear on the commissioner’s agenda likely won’t be up for approval again until July 26.

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7/12/16 – 1:09 A.M.

Two county wide levies are likely to appear in front of Hancock County voters this November. The Hancock County auditor has been asked to certify the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by a 1.3 mills replacement levy for the Hancock County ADAMHS Board. The auditor has also been asked to certify a .6 mills replacement and .6 mills increase levy for 50 North. The agency was formerly known as the Hancock County Council on Aging.

Despite asking for a .6 mills renewal and a .6 mills increase, the 50 North measure would appear on the ballot as a single issue.

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7/12/16 – 12:37 P.M.

Another step in a new direction for the Blanchard River flood mitigation study was taken Tuesday. The Hancock County Commissioners agreed to a $100,000 contract with Stantec Consulting. Commissioner Mark Gazarek explained what the contract will cover…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the deal means getting a final answer after years of delays from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the analysis will make sure the Corps examined every possible scenario. Stantec will put together a “proof of concept” and make a recommendation on what should be done regarding flood mitigation.

The consulting agency is currently getting information from the Corps. Once that’s completed it should take three to four months to put together the analysis.

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7/12/16 – 7:16 A.M.

A head-on collision near Bascom took the life of a Tiffin resident Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports 76-year-old Carol Engle was driving east on State Route 18 near Township Road 101 just after 5 p.m. when a westbound pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Keith Gottfried of Upper Sandusky went left of center and hit Engle’s car. Investigators say the left front tire of the truck blew out, causing Gottfried to drive left of center.

Engle was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Gottfried suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7/12/16 – 6:55 A.M.

A Hardin County man was killed in a crash in near Hoytville Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports 50-year-old Dale Dunaway of Alger was driving a semi south of on State Route 235, just north of Oil Center Road around 2:20 p.m. when an emergency vehicle driven by 24-year-old Brandon Helberg of Custar attempted to pass the truck. At the same time, Dunaway went off the right side of the road, and he was trapped in the cab when the truck overturned.

Helberg’s SUV had emergency lights and sirens operating when the crash happened.

The semi was hauling raw sewage, which was spilled during the crash. Emergency Management Agency workers assisted in the clean up.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7/12/16 – 6:43 A.M.

A plan for Pandora to deal with wastewater phosphorus levels would get the Ohio EPA to back down on some demands, but would also be expensive. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the deal could cost a little more than $502,000 but would remove phosphorus limits from the operating permit.

Three conditions would also have to met. The village would have to show it can keep phosphorus levels to a reasonable level, commit to a wastewater treatment plant improvement schedule, and submit permit modifications to the Ohio EPA.

Several council members have concerns that even if the village agrees to the program, the EPA will come back with more costly demands in the future. No action was taken on the issue at the last council meeting.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/12/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Two state grants will help give children in McComb a safer route to school. The Courier reports the village has been approved for two Safe Routes to School grants through ODOT. One grant will provide more than $262,000 to upgrade sidewalks, streets, lighting, and curbs near the school. A second grant for more than $9,900 will help the McComb Police Department provide traffic safety education to kids.

No timeline has been put in place to install the upgrades.

MORE: The Courier

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7/12/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Officials in Putnam County are looking into the cost of maintaining the county courthouse. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the commissioners recently met with a building solutions company out of Cincinnati to address some concerns. The roof, heating boiler system, north handicap ramp, and masonry work were all discussed.

The total cost of all the work could cost $1.3 million if approved.

Commissioner Vince Schroeder tells the newspaper the roof on the courthouse is the original from 1913. He said that replacing the tile would be too expensive. Replacement options could include a metal roof or a membrane roof.

While the 20-year-old boiler still works, the commissioners wanted an estimate on what it would cost to replace it.

The courthouse is on the Ohio Historical Registry, and would need special approval for any work to be done.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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