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9/16/15 – 6:51 A.M.

North Baltimore is looking at ways to bolster its emergency medical staffing. The Courier reports village council has agreed to consider making arrangements with two area hospitals and an ambulance service. Potential agreements with Hanco Emergency Medical Service, Blanchard Valley Hospital, and Wood County Hospital were all discussed.

The village is also transitioning from a volunteer EMS staff to a system with paid, full-time medical technicians. Village officials say they don’t have enough volunteers to properly staff EMT services.

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9/16/15 – 5:24 A.M.

More than half-way through the year, Fostoria’s general fund balance remains in the red. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner gave council an update on the budget Tuesday night. Garner said fluxuations in tax receipts and overtime payouts have led to the general fund showing a $131,000 deficit.

Safety-Service Director Allyson Murray says the city is also still waiting on a $50,000 reimbursement from a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response grant. A $90,000 reimbursement for Fostoria’s two school resource officers is also still pending. Murray says that is more than enough to make up the shortfall.

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9/16/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Discussion are taking place on how an additional 3 percent hotel/motel bed tax would be used in Hancock County, if the tax increase is approved. County Commissioner Brian Robertson tells the Courier one idea is to build a reception hall at the Hancock County fairgrounds. Robertson says a reception hall could potentially draw out of town visitors. He added it would benefit the fair board.

The CEOs of Cooper Tire, Marathon Petroleum, and Blanchard Valley Health System, as well as the President of the University of Findlay have all signed a letter asking the commissioners to impose the tax. If implemented 2 percent of the money collected from it would go to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, and the rest would go to the fairgrounds.

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9/16/15 – 4:52 A.M.

A Van Buren man was killed in a Tuesday motorcycle crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a two-vehicle collision happened at the intersection of State Route 613 and Hancock County Road 140, just before 4:30 p.m.

66-year-old Ronald Jenkins was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Route 613 when he was hit by a car driven by 40-year-old Erica Coppler of North Baltimore. The accident report says Coppler was driving north on County Road 140 and didn’t stop for a stop sign.

Jenkins was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The accident remains under investigation.


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9/15/15 – 10:48 A.M.

If you’re headed west on U.S. 224 this week, you’ll want to take note of a road closure in Ottawa. Main Street in the village, which is U.S. 224, will be closed between Oak Street and Railroad Avenue. Detours will be posted. The road is closed while the former Paul’s Ace Hardware building is torn down.

One lane of Oak Street is open for local traffic.

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9/15/15 – 10:37 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are happy about the latest sales tax collection report from the state. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says numbers remain strong through the latest reporting period…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek credited new businesses and construction projects for the increase. He also said he believed many Hancock County residents are feeling better about their employment, and as a result are spending more.

The commissioners agreed the uptick in sales tax collections is making it easier to do capital projects in the county.

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9/15/15 – 10:26 A.M.

There’s been some confusion about what will happen with the empty lot at 222 Broadway in Findlay once the former county offices are torn down. Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek attempted to set the record straight during Tuesday’s commissioners meeting…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the lot will be used for parking.

There has been talk of the library using the lot…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said that could come in the form of a drive up drop-off box for books.

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9/15/15 – 6:50 A.M.

A Fostoria man has been found guilty of rape in Wood County. A jury convicted 41-year-old Ronald Doogs on a rape charge, as well as counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The incidents happened in 2012, and Doogs was indicted in 2013.

The prosecution said that the victim was 13-years-old when Doogs gave her alcohol and cocaine before engaging in sexual acts with her.

Doogs will be sentenced November 3.

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9/15/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A Findlay teen was injured in a two-car crash Monday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 10:15 p.m. on Tiffin Avenue.

18-year-old Kayla Griggs of Findlay was stopped for a stop light in the westbound center lane of the road when she was hit from behind by a car driven by 27-year-old Matthew Walker. Griggs was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Walker told police he was talking on his phone at the time of the crash. He was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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9/15/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Leipsic will change the way it monitors water usage. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village council accepted a bid for more than $247,000 to install a new electronic water metering system. Village Administrator Kevin Lammon told council members last week the system will provide more accuracy and can be done in a timely matter.

Lammon added the village could handle a ten-year loan for the project without raising water rates.

The village had hoped to get a $40,000 grant from the Ohio Worker’s Compensation grant for the project, but the application was rejected.

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