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12/11/14 – 10:40 A.M.

Findlay officials will review the city’s zoning code next year. Hancock Regional Planning Director Matt Cordonnier talked about the process at today’s city planning meeting…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

Cordonnier says he doesn’t expect major changes…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

Cordonnier says there will be plenty of chance for public comment between city planning and city council meetings. Discussion is expected to start in January.

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12/11/14 – 6:54 A.M.

The mayor of a Wyandot County village has stepped down. Sycamore Village Council received a resignation letter from Matt Boucher this week. The letter said, “I regret that I have to take this action, but I believe that it is in the best interest of my family to do so.” Council President Vicki Weininger has been sworn in as the acting mayor

Boucher and the village council had recently had several disagreements over the use of executive sessions that excluded the mayor. Council cited Boucher’s absence at council meetings as a cause for concern. Council is currently considering an ordinance that would fine the mayor for unexcused absences in the future.

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12/11/14 – 6:43 A.M.

The death of a Fostoria man is under investigation. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says 34-year-old Shannon Parker was found dead in his bedroom in a home at 1037 North Main Street last night. Family members discovered Parker in his bedroom around 6:45 p.m.

Loreno says there didn’t appear to be foul play, but there were signs of drug activity. The Seneca County Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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12/11/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Residents in the McComb school district will be asked to renew a permanent improvement levy in the spring. The Courier reports the McComb school board voted this week to put a 3.36 mill, five-year renewal levy on the May ballot. The levy currently brings in a little more than $205,000 for the district each year.

Voters first approved the levy in 1995. Money from the levy pays for things like maintenance and repair of McComb’s facilities.

Last May McComb voters approved the renewal of a half percent income tax that pays for operational expenses.

MORE: The Courier

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12/11/14 – 5:19 A.M.

A debate over a tree was a sticking point at an Ottawa village council meeting this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there was much debate about a man who cutdown a dead tree on his property but was also in the village’s right of way.

On October 22, the Shade Tree Commission fined Barney Beckman $150 for unauthorized removal of a tree. Beckman appealed the fine to the village council this week. Members debated if Beckman did anything wrong since the tree would have been cut down anyway.

The issue was a sticking point for Shade Tree Commission member Urban Lauf. He told council he would leave his position if the fine were rescinded. Ultimately, council voted to rescind the fine, with two members voting against the motion.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/11/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A two-car crash injured three people just outside of Findlay last night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident was reported around 8:20 p.m. at the intersection of Hancock County roads 212 and 236. The crash knocked out power in the area.

53-year-old Charles Kearns of Forest was driving east on Road 212 when he failed to stop for a stop sign and was hit by a car driven by 71-year-old Victoria Lanham of Jerry City. The collision caused Lanham’s car to hit a utility pole. Both drivers and a passenger in Lanham’s car, 67-year-old Roy Lanham, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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12/11/14 – 4:57 A.M.

Hancock County’s budget is nearing approval. The commissioners will most likely vote on the plan at their December 23 meeting. The budget is currently up for review on the Hancock County Auditor’s website and can be viewed in the auditor’s office as well.

As for the budget numbers, the commissioners are anticipating a $700,000 increase in revenue. That would bring 2015’s total to $22.3 million. The county will also carry $2.5 million into next year.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek tells the newspaper the budget will still be tight. All but $127,000 has been set aside for use in the various county departments.

MORE: The Courier

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12/9/14 – 7:38 A.M.

A Findlay road will re-open today. East Bigelow Avenue between Bright Road and Crystal Avenue has been closed for several weeks for the installation of a new waterline. The city’s engineering department reports the road should be re-opened by 4 p.m.

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12/9/14 – 7:32 A.M.

Fostoria Police are investigating a possible assault that may have taken place at St. Wendelin Catholic Church. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported just after 10 a.m. Monday. A woman reported her niece was assaulted at the church on North Wood Street.

The complaint was filed under a “rape/sexual assault” specification. Police Chief Keith Loreno told the newspaper that interviews are still taking place. He added that the alleged incident happened sometime in the past, and may have involved another juvenile.

No other details are available in the case.


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12/9/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Putnam County woman was killed in a Monday traffic crash in Paulding County. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 637 near Grover Hill around 3:45 p.m.

53-year-old Jane Deken of Continental was driving north when her Chevy Impala went left of center and hit a southbound semi driven by 23-year-old Brandon Appel of Edgerton. The crash caused the semi to catch fire before it came to rest in a nearby field.

Deken was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Appel was not injured. The accident closed the highway for about four hours.


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