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9/23/14 – 11:26 A.M.

Findlay and Hancock County residents will soon be able to text 911 for help in an emergency. The Hancock County Commissioners signed off on a deal to upgrade dispatch technology today…

Audio: Dale Shaheen

County telecommunications and 911 coordinator Dale Shaheen says the system can be upgraded in the future to allow people to send video and text to dispatchers.

Audio: Dale Shaheen

The upgrade will cost a little more than $606,000. Findlay will pay a little more than $335,000, and the county will pay the rest. The contract with Intrado covers five years of maintenance as well.

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9/23/14 – 9:02 A.M.

Ottawa area residents are being warned about a series of break-ins. The Putnam County Sheriff’s office issued a message on Facebook, saying the intrusions have happened at night while people are asleep in their homes. The post also says the burglars appear to be looking for money and haven’t hurt anyone.

The sheriff’s office is reminding residents to lock their doors at night, and to lock up their valuables.

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9/23/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is facing domestic violence charges following an incident at the Hobby Lobby in Bowling Green. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 36-year-old Gary Bretz allegedly hit a woman and pushed her to the ground at the store last Thursday. He’s also accused of taking the woman’s necklace and sunglasses.

Bretz left the store and was later arrested in North Baltimore after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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9/23/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Putnam County farmers are being given a heads up about a weed that can be a costly problem. The Lima News reports Mike Weller of Continental recently discovered spiny amaranth in his fields. The weed is Roundup resistant and grows in hay and bean fields as well as pastures. When it gets into crops it can cost farmers $20 to $40 per acre.

James Hoorman of the Ohio State University Putnam County Extension Office tells the newspaper the best way to deal with the weed is to cut it out and burn it. Unfortunately, it has spikes on it, so cutting it by hand can be painful. Hoorman adds the weed has made its way north because it often gets mixed in with cheap cotton meal used to feed cattle.

MORE: The Lima News

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9/23/14 – 5:04 A.M.

McComb residents may have to pay more for their water in the future to meet an EPA requirement. The Courier reports village council took a step towards upgrading the water treatment plant at last night’s meeting. Council hired an Atlanta company to draw up plans to add an aeration system to the plant.

The new system would remove trihalomethanes from the water. Village council members say their hands are tied on the issue as the Ohio EPA has mandated the upgrade. Failure to do so would mean fines for the village.

Water rate proposals will be studied so officials can figure out how to pay for the work.

MORE: The Courier

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9/23/14 – 4:52 A.M.

A Putnam County teenager was killed in a Monday morning car crash in Van Wert County. The State Highway Patrol reports the one-car crash happened on U.S. 224 near John Yoh Road just before 8 a.m.

The patrol reports 17-year-old Jacob Guy died when a car driven by 18-year-old Matthew Niemeyer went off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole. Guy and another passenger, 17-year-old Christopher Mohr were both ejected. Guy was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mohr was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Niemeyer and a third passenger, 17-year-old Brandon Kimmet suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at Van Wert County Hospital.

The boys were on their way to school at the Vantage Career Center. The accident report says seatbelts were not in use.

The crash remains under investigation.

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A motorcycle crash in Wyandot County injured one person Saturday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 2:20 p.m. on County Road 119, south of Harpster.

The crash victim was taken from the scene by a medical helicopter.

No other details were available.

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9/22/14 – 7:34 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing to fall around the area. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.18. That’s down 12 cents from last week, and 21 cents from last month.

The average price in Findlay is right around $3.18 this morning. In Ottawa, drivers are paying $3.14 a gallon. Several stations in the Toledo area are selling for less than $3 a gallon right now.

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9/22/14 – 7:28 A.M.

A car crash in Wyandot County injured three people Saturday night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened Saturday night around 9:45 p.m. on State Route 15 near Township Road 95.

Three people were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky. Their names were not released. No other details were available.

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9/22/14 – 7:17 A.M.

The Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation group is picking up stakes and moving to a new location. The group is moving all their exhibits, including the quarter scale steam engine, from 11600 County Road 99 to 12505 County Road 99. The new location gives the train enthusiasts nearly 40 acres to build on, while the old location was only five acres.

The NWORRP hopes to be open in their new location by the end of the month.

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