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7/17/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners will appeal an appeals court ruling about the expansion of Road 5. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a 2-1 vote means the matter will now be taken to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Residents along Road 5 said meetings about the proposed expansion violated Ohio open meeting laws. The Putnam County Common Pleas Court ruled against them. That allowed construction to move forward. But the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals overturned that decision last month.

Commissioner Travis Jerwers voted against the appeal. He said it would only cost the county more money in legal fees. Commissioner Vince Schroeder tells the newspaper it’s possible they’ll try and negotiate with the plaintiffs while the appeals process moves forward.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/18/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Hancock County jail officials say some headway is being made in getting people in to serve their sentences. The Courier reports a new agreement between Findlay and the county is expected to help. Under terms of the deal, Findlay will pay to have city inmates housed in the jails of neighboring counties. No deals are in place for that yet, but Putnam County is expected to sign on.

A dip in the male population at the jail helped clear room for female inmates trying to serve their sentences. Early this month the jail was able to temporarily convert one unit into female housing. That allowed seven more women to serve their short sentences.

Earlier this month, the Courier reported that jail overcrowding was so bad that convicts were being turned away from serving their sentences multiple times. Some have had to wait for more than a year to serve their sentence.

MORE: The Courier

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7/17/14 – 12:12 p.m.

Congressman Bob Latta will be meeting with area residents tomorrow. One-on-one session will be held in Bowling Green in the Wood County courthouse. Representatives from Latta’s office say the meetings will run from 9 a.m. until noon. You don’t have to RSVP to attend.

If you have any questions, call (800)541-6446.

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7/17/14 – 12:02 P.M.

Hanco EMS opened a second station on Findlay’s east side a little over a month ago, and it’s already making an impact…

Audio: Rob Martin

Rob Martin is with Hanco and gave the Hancock County commissioners an update on operations today.

Martin says Hanco is improving in other ways too…

Audio: Rob Martin

Martin says they’ve also added new equipment and more personnel.

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7/17/14 – 11:18 A.M.

A rollover crash on I-75 is tying up traffic north of Findlay. The crash happened in the northbound lanes near the State Route 25 exit near Cygnet. Google traffic shows a back-up stretching all the way to Van Buren. Only one lane of northbound traffic is open in the area.

No one was injured in the crash.

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7/17/14 – 9:27 A.M.

A boil water advisory has been issued for several homes in Findlay. The Water Distribution Department reports 21 houses in the 600 and 700 blocks of West Melrose Avenue are affected.

Residents in that area are advised to boil any water used for drinking or cooking for at least a minute until further notice.

If you have any questions you can call the water department at (419)424-7192.

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7/17/14 – 7:19 A.M.

Findlay firefighters responded to a minor dumpster fire at Whittier Primary School on Wyandot Street yesterday. A nearby resident saw the flames around 5:40 p.m. and tried to put them out with a garden hose.

There was no damage to the school and the fire was put out quickly. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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7/17/14 – 7:15 A.M.

A Fostoria man was arrested this month, more than six months after he was indicted on drug charges. 34-year-old JoAngelo Gonzales was arrested on July 4. He was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana among other allegations.

The Seneca County grand jury indicted Gonzales on December 4 of last year. The alleged crimes were said to have happened around March 22 of 2012.

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7/17/14 – 7:08 A.M.

A Putnam County family is the subject of a touching story making its way around the internet. The Associated Press reports Nathen Steffel of Kalida and his family are learning all about the kindness of strangers thanks to a post on the website Reddit.

Steffel’s six week old daughter Sophia died recently from complications of a tumor in her liver. She never left the hospital, and the family never had a picture of her without tubes in. Steffel’s simply asked for someone on the website to touch up a photo of the girl, removing the tubes and wires.

Expecting one picture, the Steffel’s have now received hundreds of photos, pictures, and paintings. Steffel tells the AP someone even wove a blanket with Sophia’s picture on it.

MORE: The Courier

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7/17/14 – 6:42 A.M.

Fostoria police are investigating a drowning at the city’s reservoir. The body of 21-year-old Michael Enright was pulled from Reservoir 2 around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after almost an hour of searching. Police chief Keith Loreno says witnesses saw Enright fishing before he fell into the water.

One person went into the water to try and save the man, but could not locate the victim.

Enright’s body has been taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.


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