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3/31/15 – 11:15 A.M.

Winter is in our rear view mirror and with that in mind ODOT has put together the final numbers for clearing roads over the past few months. A release from the department says in District 1, the total cost of plowing operations topped $8.6 million. That includes more than one million miles driven by plows, and more than 50 tons of salt dumped on roads in the region.

In Hancock County alone plowing the roads cost $1.4 million. Keeping Putnam County roads clear cost just over $1 million for the winter driving season.

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3/31/15 – 11:06 A.M.

We know the Findlay and Hancock County health departments will combine at the end of the year. Now the question is where will the joint health department be located? Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle says work is getting started to determine that…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Peterman & Associates will conduct the study for $10,000. The county will be reimbursed that money from a grant received by the health board.

No time frame on the completion date for the study was available.

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3/31/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Time is running out if you want to vote in the May primary but aren’t registered. The voter registration deadline for the May 5 primary is April 6. The Hancock County Board of Elections will be open until 9 p.m. on April 6 to allow people to get signed up.

In-person absentee voting starts on April 7. For more information call (419)422-3245.

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3/31/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a couple of phone scams making the rounds again. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls claiming they’ve won a large sum of money. However, to claim that money they have to send cash first.

Other calls have claimed residents owe the IRS money and can pay over the phone to avoid arrest. The sheriff’s office says tax issues are a civil issue and deputies don’t get involved in most cases.

You’re encouraged to call the sheriff’s office if you get a call you believe is suspicious.

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3/31/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Van Buren High School students are using new technology to help a little girl. The Courier reports the students in a design class have used a 3D printer to make 20-month-old Addy Johnson a prosthetic hand. Johnson was born with a rare congenital condition that affected the development of her right hand.

Addy’s mother, Tiffany, is a 2005 graduate of Van Buren. She tells the newspaper while she was nervous at first, the students have been great with her daughter.

The hand clenches when Addy flexes her elbow. The current hand is a little oversized and has been used to see if Addy would like the prosthetic. The design students are now working on a smaller version in Addy’s favorite color, pink.

MORE: The Courier

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3/31/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were arrested during a Monday afternoon burglary attempt. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at 316 George Street just after 4 p.m.

Investigators say 27-year-old Heather Beltz and 25-year-old Eric Betzold allegedly forced their way into the home. The pair is accused of demanding money and threatening a resident. They also disabled the victim’s cell phone.

The pair has been charged with burglary and a count of disrupting a public service.

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3/30/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A head-on collision sent three people to the hospital in Seneca County Friday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 53 near Old Fort around 8:20 p.m.

49-year-old Michelle Gaietto of Lindsay, Ohio was driving north on Route 53 when she lost control on the icy road and hit a car driven by 22-year-old Brittany Martin of Upper Sandusky. Both drivers and a passenger in Martin’s car, 19-year-old Donald Barth of Upper Sandusky, were taken by medical helicopters to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

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3/30/15 – 5:40 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price in Findlay is around $2.33 a gallon this morning. That’s up from $2.29 a gallon a week ago. However, prices did drop a bit over the weekend.

Ottawa drivers are also reporting an average price of $2.33 a gallon to start the week.

The statewide average is $2.38 a gallon, up from $2.32 last Monday.

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3/30/15 – 5:33 A.M.

A Findlay street will be closed for manhole construction work today. The city engineering department says Osborn Avenue will be closed between East Sandusky Street and East Main Cross Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Further updates will be given later today.

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3/30/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The Van Buren school board has finished its investigation into allegations against the high school football coach. The Courier reports the board found administrators responded appropriately to the alleged incidents.

A mother in the district had accused football coach Kevin Shoup of allowing the her son to be bullied and sexually assaulted. The board said Shoup, Principal Mike Brand, and Superintendent Tim Myers, “promptly, and in good faith, investigated the allegations and responded appropriately and consistently where necessary.”

The board said it can’t discuss specifics because of student privacy laws. The mother of the boy and her attorney also declined further comment.

MORE: The Courier

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