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1/11/17 – 9:23 A.M.

Allen County’s sheriff is stepping down. The Lima News reports Sam Crish has submitted his resignation. A statement from Crish says his final day on the job will be January 31.

The FBI raided the embattled sheriff’s office in September. According to the newspaper, the FBI has an ongoing investigation against the Crish. So far they haven’t charged him with any crimes.

In October Crish said he was in treatment for a gambling addiction.

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1/11/17 – 9:15 A.M.

A Kenton man reportedly took his own life while in jail this week. WKTN Radio reports guards at the Multi-County Jail in Marion found 35-year-old Shaun Farley hanging by a bed sheet in his cell Monday morning. Farley had been in the jail since late December. He was set for release in April.

The case remains under investigation.


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1/11/17 – 9:03 A.M.

The Carey Police Department says two Hancock County men are in jail in connection to a burglary at Saum’s Carry-Out. A post on the department’s Facebook page says officers arrested 24-year-old Johnny Ray Smith and 25-year-old Seth Wilcox. They face charges of breaking and entering as well as safecracking.

The post says the search of a home in Alvada turned up, “substantial evidence and linked the suspects to multiple break-ins throughout several jurisdictions.” Officers also found suspected heroin, marijuana and other drug-abuse evidence.

Police say tips from the public led to the arrests. Investigators in Carey are also looking into a similar incident at Sandy Bob’s Patio Bar and Grill. The Tiffin Police Department says Smith and Wilcox may have broken into the Viaduct Bar Monday morning.

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1/11/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Strong overnight winds and below freezing temperatures have created spots of black ice on area roads this morning. While no roadway advisories are in place, area law enforcement officials are urging you to be careful. A Nixle alert from Wood County says there are large amounts of black ice on the road there.

Bridges and overpasses freeze before surface streets. You might also want to give yourself some extra space to stop for the time being.

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A fire destroyed a Putnam County home early this morning. Firefighters in Continental responded to a house fire at 310 West Rice Avenue just after midnight. One of the home’s residents reported a fire inside a wall. The blaze destroyed the house, but everyone was able to escape safely.

Investigators are working to determine what started the fire. No other details are available just yet.

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1/11/17 – 5:39 A.M.

Seneca County officials are reviewing EMS coverage in villages and rural areas. The Review-Times reports nearly 30 township trustees from around the county talked about the issue Tuesday morning. The group noted that there are EMS units in the county that are out of service for several hours because they don’t have enough volunteers.

The group talked about a possibly paying a small stipend to the EMS crews. That could mean trying to pass a levy to drum up funding.

The trustees also talked about Sandusky County’s EMS system. It covers the whole county with four fully-paid paramedic units. However, the cost to operate a system like that in Seneca County could be around $2.5 million.

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1/11/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A crash on an icy road injured a Mount Cory teen Tuesday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on County Road 313 around 6:15 a.m.

17-year-old Zoe Benroth was driving north when she slid left of center and hit a car driven by 47-year-old Robert Bartenschlager of Findlay. Hanco Ambulance took Benroth to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Bartenschlager wasn’t injured.

Deputies cited Benroth for driving left of center.

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1/11/17 – 5:23 A.M.

There are pockets of small power outage across the area after strong winds blew through last night. American Electric Power reports just under 30 outages in Findlay this morning. AEP’s website says they expect restoration around 7 a.m.

Elsewhere, the company says there are around 15 outages in Fostoria, seven in the Ottawa area, and a handful near Bluffton. The company lists 7 a.m. as the estimated restoration time for all the reported issues.

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