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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M

Blanchard Valley Health System is taking precautions when it comes to the Ebola virus. Officials announced Thursday that Ebola response protocols had been activated. The response plan was developed over the summer.

Infection preventionist Colleen Abrams says the health system will work with the CDC, American Hospital Association, the Ohio Department of Health, and others to keep workers and patients safe. Abrams says screening questions are in place for new patients to detect any exposure to Ebola.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola, or through items contaminated with the person’s blood or bodily fluids. Ebola is not spread through the air, food or drinking water.

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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M.

Hunters in our region had a good take during the recent antlerless deer muzzleloader hunting season. Last weekend saw more than 6,000 deer tagged around the state. That’s up 18 percent from 2013.

Locally, hunters in Wood and Wyandot County had the most success. Wood County hunters tagged 42 deer over a two-day period, compared to 16 last year. Wyandot County hunters tagged 30 more deer this year, bringing in a total of 88. Numbers were flat in Hancock and Putnam Counties.

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10/17/14 – 12:00 P.M.

There will be a zombie outbreak in Findlay tomorrow night. The American Red Cross Hancock County Youth Council will hold a “Zombie Run for the Red 5K” at Findlay High School’s Cooper Field at 6 p.m. The cost to register will be $25 at the event.

A release for the event says there will be zombies and other surprises for runners during the event. The race will end at Cooper Field with a Zombie Apocalypse Party.

Money raised from the event will help fund Hancock County Youth Council activities.

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10/17/14 – 9:29 A.M.

After a few fairly quiet years, the Millstream Speedway is set to reopen in 2015. A release from the Millstream Motorsports Complex says track owners Greg and Mary Beth Roe have entered into a three-year agreement with Randy and Lisa Hammer from Fremont Ohio to run events at the track on Findlay’s northwest side. The Hammers have been associated with racing in the region for many years.

A schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

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10/17/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A highway remains closed in Wood County today following an ammonia spill. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened Thursday around 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of State Route 281 and Huffman Road near Portage.

A semi carrying ammonia was driving east on Route 281 when a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Scott Reiman of Bowling Green ran a stop sign and caused the collision. The semi rolled over, spilling ammonia onto the road and into three ditches.

Route 281 could be closed until the weekend as the cleanup continues.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 23-year-old Joshua Whitaker of Fowler, Indiana, was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was last listed in critical, but stable condition. Reiman was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


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10/19/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Hancock County jail inmate information and mugshots are back on the web. The information was taken down late last month because of changes to public record laws. The new rules don’t allow information about criminals convicted in juvenile court proceedings to be posted online.

In September, the jail was housing inmates who fit that description. As a result, the mugshots were taken offline.

Sheriff Michael Heldman says they may have to take the pictures down from time-to-time until the software company finds a way to process information that is in compliance with the law.

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10/17/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The former Ottawa councilman who caused a fatal crash earlier this year was sentenced Thursday. The Courier reports Alan Ducey was given two 180-day suspended jail sentences. He also had his license suspended for a year and was fined $1,000.

Judge Chad Niese said Ducey was not on his phone and was not intoxicated when the crash happened. Ducey spoke in court, saying “I cannot hope to ask for your forgiveness and I do not deserve it, either” to the victim’s families.

85-year-old Joan Beam and her daughter, 62-year-old Christine Hayden, were killed in the crash.

MORE: The Courier

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10/17/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Testimony continued in the Montre Robinson murder trial Thursday in Findlay. The Courier reports Angela Gutierrez testified for about the night her husband was killed for two hours. Gutierrez said Joe Gutierrez may have gotten into a fight on the night of November 7 when he tried to get money or drugs.

According to testimony, Joe Gutierrez was celebrating his cousin’s birthday. He left a party around 11 p.m. On cross-examination Angela Gutierrez admitted her husband had said he was going to get more drugs “any way he could.”

That may have included a fight with Ralph Harris III. Robinson allegedly saw the fight and encouraged Harris to get revenge. Harris has admitted to shooting and killing Joe Gutierrez at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal avenues.

The trial will continue today.

MORE: The Courier

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10/17/14 – 4:26 A.M.

Election previews continue today with a Libertarian candidate hoping to secure a seat in Ohio’s House.

Gregg Norris says he’s just your Average Joe with a wife and kids, two dogs and chickens in his backyard. But Norris has gained a little notoriety since announcing his candidacy for Ohio state representative. Norris said what separates him from his opponent incumbent Robert Sprague is his belief in small government.

Audio: Gregg Norris

Norris said he believes all the other issues in the state, such as overspending and high tax burdens, are tied to a government that’s too big…

Audio: Gregg Norris

Norris said every time the government creates a new agency, regulation or something of the sort, there has to be someone in place to police or manage it. According to Norris, this extension of government is costing money, hence the overspending and tax burdens.

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10/16/14 – 11:47 A.M.

No injuries were reported following a crash involving a school bus in Hancock County today. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened on County Road 99 around 9:15 a.m.

The bus was stopped at the intersection with Speedway Drive when it was hit by an SUV driven by 50-year-old Gary Ernest of Portage, Michigan.

There were only two students on board at the time of the crash. Ernest was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.


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