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6/17/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A McComb man died Tuesday while working on a septic tank in the eastern part of the county. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old James Bradley Brown lost consciousness after crawling into the tank at 6210 Biglick Township Road 254. Another plumber working on the site was unable to get Brown out of the tank.

The sheriff’s office was alerted to the situation just before 2:30 p.m. Emergency responders were unable to revive Brown.

The incident remains under investigation.

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6/16/15 – 7:44 A.M.

The U.S. is closer to implementing tariffs on tires imported from China. The Courier reports the Commerce Department found Chinese-made tire imports are underpriced with help from the Chinese government. Unionized Cooper Tire & Rubber employees have been calling for tariffs on the imports.

By July 27 the International Trade Commission will decide if the Chinese tire maker practices have unfairly stolen jobs and customers from U.S. tiremakers. If the commission finds that is the case, the Commerce Department can then order tariffs.

MORE: The Courier

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6/16/15 – 5:15 A.M.
Update – 7:29 A.M.
Update – 12:15 P.M.
Update – 3:40 P.M.

A flood warning has been issued for the Blanchard River in Findlay. The river is expected to enter flood stage this afternoon and crest in the moderate flood stage at 13.2 feet early Wednesday morning. Current models show the Blanchard exiting flood stage Thursday evening. At 13 feet flood waters start to impact East Sandusky Street, Main Cross Street, Blanchard Road, Clinton Court, and many other streets near the Blanchard River. Also at that level the river pushes back into Eagle and Lye Creeks.

The Eagle Creek reached major flood stage just before 3 P.M. today. It measured 11.07 feet with major stage at 11. At that level Eagle Creek will threaten residences along Fremont and Graceland Avenue, East Lincoln Street and Brookside Drive. Other roads impacted include East High Street, Wilson Street, Blanchard Avenue near Graceland Avenue, Beachmont Street to Main Street, and Eastview north of 6th Street.

Downstream in Ottawa the river is now in the flood stage. The predicted crest for the Blanchard has been revised down to 24.8 feet. That should happen tomorrow afternoon, with the river exiting flood stage Thursday night.

The Auglaize River in Putnam County remains in flood stage today as well. The river had crested in minor flood stage Monday, but is now expected to crest in the moderate flood stage at 17.2 feet tomorrow morning. It could be Thursday afternoon before the Auglaize drops back below flood stage.

Putnam and Allen Counties are under a flood warning until 2 p.m. today. You’re reminded to never try and cross standing water on area roadways. Several roads in the region are closed due to high water.

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6/16/15 – 5:28 A.M.

After voters twice rejected a new K-8 school building in the Liberty-Benton school district, officials might consider modular classrooms. The Courier reports the school board talked about the issue Monday night. Garmann Miller Architects is recommending the school add eight more modular units at the K-8 building. There are already eight modular buildings in use there.

The estimated price for the new units is more than $794,000. That doesn’t include electric and plumbing.

No action was taken Monday night.

MORE: The Courier

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6/15/15 – 12:45 P.M.

Ground was broken for a wind farm north of Findlay today.  When completed, the five turbines will provide power to the Whirlpool and Ball Metal plants.  Whirlpool plant leader Dale Laws says the project stands to be a big benefit to the facility…

Audio: Dale Laws

Laws added that cooperation between Ball Metal, Ohio Logistics, and local government entities helped make the project possible.

It’s estimated the wind farm will offset 22 percent of Whirlpool’s energy consumption alone.

One Energy will operate the wind farm. General Manager Jereme Kent says the turbines represent one of the larger wind energy projects happening in the country right now…

Audio: Jereme Kent

The $18 million dollar facility is expected to be online and providing power by the end of this year.

Whirpool, Ohio Logistics, and Gold Wind also committed to scholarships today.  the companies will combine to provide $570,000 over 20 years in scholarships to local high school students who plan to enter fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Ohio Logistics helped broker the land deal for the facility.  Gold Wind is the manufacturer of the turbines being built.

It was also announced today that the turbine site would include two basketball courts and a walking path for use by the public.


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6/15/15 – 7:18 A.M.

A Tiffin man has admitted to stealing from the Seneca County Area Transportation. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 22-year-old Michael Woodman of Tiffin pleaded guilty to theft during a court appearance last week. Woodman said he transferred money from an agency account into another account before withdrawing it.

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6/15/15 – 7:06 A.M.

An Allen County woman drowned in her pool over the weekend. NBC-Lima reports 60-year-old Joyce Pohlabel was found in the water at her home in Bath Township Saturday night. Her boyfriend found her in the pool around 8:15 p.m.

Foul play is not suspected in the death. The Lucas County Coroner is investigating to determine the exact cause of death.

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5/15/15 – 6:58 A.M.

A Seneca County woman was injured weekend crash. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:45 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 23 south of Alvada.

26-year-old Lona Morrison was driving south when she lost control of her pickup truck. The truck left the roadway and then overturned. Morrison was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center by medical helicopter.

Morrison was also cited for failure to control and a seatbelt violation.

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6/15/15 – 6:49 A.M.

Gas prices are falling after last week’s price spike. Ohiogasprices.com reports some stations in Findlay are checking in at $2.71 a gallon this morning. That’s down 18 cents from last Friday, but up 10 cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is also falling. The average price around Ohio is $2.82 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down three cents from last Friday but is still 13 cents higher than last Monday.

The last time prices across the state were this high was late last November.

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6/15/15 – 5:28 A.M.

There’s one new area of road work to look out for in Hancock County starting today. ODOT reports U.S. 30 west from State Route 235 all the way to the Wyandot County Line will be reduced to one lane in each direction for tarring and chipping work.

In Findlay curb restoration work will continue on Tiffin Avenue. The eastbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between Woodworth and Blanchard Avenue. Curb replacement also continues on Lima Avenue between Western Avenue and Main Street.Lanes will be shifted to the north while work is taking place.

You’re urged to avoid the areas if possible.

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