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9/22/14 – 7:34 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing to fall around the area. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.18. That’s down 12 cents from last week, and 21 cents from last month.

The average price in Findlay is right around $3.18 this morning. In Ottawa, drivers are paying $3.14 a gallon. Several stations in the Toledo area are selling for less than $3 a gallon right now.

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9/22/14 – 7:28 A.M.

A car crash in Wyandot County injured three people Saturday night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened Saturday night around 9:45 p.m. on State Route 15 near Township Road 95.

Three people were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky. Their names were not released. No other details were available.

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9/22/14 – 7:17 A.M.

The Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation group is picking up stakes and moving to a new location. The group is moving all their exhibits, including the quarter scale steam engine, from 11600 County Road 99 to 12505 County Road 99. The new location gives the train enthusiasts nearly 40 acres to build on, while the old location was only five acres.

The NWORRP hopes to be open in their new location by the end of the month.

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9/22/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The Putnam County Health Department will start offering flu shots this week. The agency will hold the first walk-in clinic Friday. Shots will be given at the Health Department in Ottawa from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Putnam County residents may not have to pay anything at the time of service because the health department is billing most major insurance companies for the vaccine now. There is also a limited amount of free vaccines for those who can not afford it.

Clinics will be held in several locations over the next month.


• Friday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department, 256 Williamstown Road, Ottawa.
• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ottawa Senior Center.
• Oct. 2, noon to 5 p.m. at the health department as a drive-through clinic only for those with special needs.
• Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbus Grove VFW.
• Oct. 3, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pandora First National Bank.
• Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Meadows of Leipsic with a presentation about adult immunizations starting at 9:30 a.m.
• Oct. 11, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kiwanis Health Fair at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
• Oct. 16, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Meadows of Kalida.

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9/22/14 – 5:18 A.M.

One person was hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay late Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 600 block of Western Avenue around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

A police report says Michael Allen of Findlay was waiting to turn his SUV onto West Lincoln Street when he was hit from behind by another SUV driven by Joshua Hoffbauer of Findlay. Hoffbauer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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9/22/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Four people were injured in a crash near Rawson over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on County Road 12, just south of County Road 313 around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

28-year-old John Oman II of Rawson was driving a Kia Optima south on Road 12 when he hit the back of a utility vehicle driven by 23-year-old Darren Sadler. Sadler and his passengers, 24-year-old Jennifer Reichley and 3-year-old Levi Sadler, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Oman was treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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9/22/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A local Boy Scout is working to breathe new life into Findlay’s skate park. The Courier reports 15-year-old Seth Johns and a group of 20 friends are making repairs to the facility just off of Park Street. The city has given Johns $4,000 to complete the work. Johns is using the opportunity as his community service project to become an Eagle Scout.

The skate park was closed in July because of its declining condition. Boards were broken and the laminated surface was coming apart. There were also concerns about vandalism at the park.

Findlay public work superintendent Matt Stoffel believes the work can be finished sometime next month.

Johns is a Findlay High School Student and a member of Boy Scout Troop 313 in Van Buren.

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9/19/14 – 5:40 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home is a complete loss following an early morning fire. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 107 Vidette Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. When they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The resident of the home was able to escape unharmed and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

The blaze remains under investigation.

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9/19/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy was found guilty of abduction and gross sexual imposition yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 51-year-old Dusty Garwood was found guilty by a visiting judge. He had elected to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury.

Garwood was accused of having sex with a female inmate in the Wood County Jail. The relationship continued when the inmate was released, but still under electronic home monitoring.

Garwood will be sentenced October 10.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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9/19/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Seneca County employees will pay a little more for their health insurance next year. The Review-Times reports premiums will go up 1 percent. County Administrator Stacy Wilson says the increase was recommended by the county’s health advisory committee.

Employees with single coverage will pay an extra $5 a month. Employees with family coverage will pay about $14 more a month for the lower deductible plan.

Around 250 people are on the county’s health insurance plan.

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