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6/6/14 – 5:03 A.M.

An effort to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie was signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich Thursday. The Courier reports the bill was co-sponsored by State Senator Cliff Hite, who said he thinks farmers will end up liking the bill.

The law provides new rules for applying and managing nutrients on farm fields. Hite says it also allows farmers to get educated on the subject. Hite says that element will help farmers be more efficient and save money.

The agriculture industry isn’t as thrilled with the bill. Hancock County Farm Bureau President Gary Wilson tells the newspaper there are many more sources of phosphorus in waterways than just fields.

MORE: The Courier

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6/6/14 – 4:50 A.M.

The teenager accused in a Fostoria shooting could be tried as an adult. The Review-Times reports 17-year-old Garrett Brown will be in court this afternoon. Seneca County Juvenile Court Judge Jay Meyer will decide if Brown’s case is heard in the Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

Brown is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio on May 21. He’s charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Two others are also facing charges. 18-year-old Tyson Ogg and 19-year-old Dallas Salaz will have their cases heard by a grand jury next week.

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6/5/14 – 10:26 A.M.

Work continued on the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Project last month. An update given today by the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District shows 92 logjams were removed. While most of the blockages were small, one of the logjams taken out of the river was blocking at least three-quarters of the waterway.

194 trees were either trimmed or removed in May

Work in May cleared 13 miles of the river in Putnam County. It’s expected maintenance crews will get to the Hancock County line early next month.

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6/5/14 – 6:57 A.M.

Putnam County residents wanting to recycle in Ottawa will have to make other plans for a little while. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the recycling bins at Walmart have been moved while the parking lot is repaved. Until that time you are urged to use mobile recycling sites.

The mobile site is in Kalida today, and will be in Continental June 9 through June 13.

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6/5/14 – 6:45 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people in Findlay last night. The police department reports the collision happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Broad and Howard Street. 27-year-old Bryce Frankhart was driving south on Broad when he tried to turn left onto Howard and into the path of a car driven by 24-year-old Abbigal Smith.

Smith and her passenger, 26-year-old Melissa Turner, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Frankart was cited for failing to yield from a left turn.


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6/5/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay man avoided injury when the train he was conducting hit a semi in Hardin County Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on U.S. 68 north of Dunkirk around 1:45 p.m.  A semi driven by 57-year-old Clarence Jewett didn’t stop for a warning signal, and pulled into the path of a CSX train. The train pushed the truck 800 feet and caused it to catch on fire.

30-year-old Daniel Pierce of Findlay was the conductor of the train. He and the engineer on board were not hurt. Jewett and a CSX worker doing track maintenance both suffered minor injuries.

Jewett was cited for failing to yield to active rail grade signals.


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6/5/14 – 5:12 A.M.

One person was arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop on I-75 in Findlay last week. The State Highway Patrol reports 40-year-old Saudi Calvin of Detroit was pulled over for speeding near State Route 12 early in the morning on May 29. A trooper found 120 Percocet pills and 12 Xanax pills inside a gym bag.

The pills were valued at more than $1,000.

Calvin was charged with drug possession and driving under suspension.

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6/5/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested following a Tuesday night drug raid. The Findlay Police Department served a search warrant at 401 West Melrose Avenue around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. 25-year-old Holden Smith was taken into custody, and police seized chemicals and tools often used to make methamphetamine.

Smith was charged with assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs. More charges are pending in the case.


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6/5/14 – 4:55 A.M.

The lawyer representing a family whose 6-year-old was pushed by a Riverdale kindergarten teacher says there is a conflict of interest in the case. The Courier reports Cleveland attorney Dan Margolis says Jim Williams is the chaplain for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also married to Barb Williams, who is charged with child endangerment.

The charge is a misdemeanor. The Nelson family wanted felony charges pressed against Williams.

Margolis says he thinks it amounts to preferential treatment. Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman tells the newspaper Jim Williams didn’t even really know the deputy who handled the investigation.

Margolis says it’s ridiculous to think that the investigators wouldn’t think of Jim Williams as one of their own no matter how small the connection.

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6/4/14 – 8:48 A.M.

Arlington’s swimming pool isn’t quite ready for swimmers yet. Village officials say it will probably be next week before the facility opens for the summer. Some concrete work still needs to be completed and water depth marked off. Supply delays for the concrete work along with some weather issues put the upgrades behind schedule.

Once the concrete work is finished, the Hancock County Health Department will conduct an inspection.

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