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10/11/16 – 7:43 A.M.

A two-car crash in Findlay injured a city man Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of South Blanchard and East Sandusky streets just after 11 p.m. 16-year-old Alyssa Cheney of Findlay was driving south on South Blanchard when she failed to stop at a stop light and hit a westbound car driven 34-year-old Christopher Torongeau.

Hanco EMS took Torongeau to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police cited Cheney for a red light violation.

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10/11/16 – 7:34 A.M.

Two POET ethanol biorefineries in our area will install new energy generation systems. A release says the company will equip the facilities in Leipsic and Fostoria with systems that use heat generated by the plants to create power. The company says the project will capture steam to power a turbine.

POET says the systems will, “reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional use in the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The company is installing the technology at six of its refineries.

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10/11/16 – 7:24 A.M.

Putnam County voters heard from the two men running for sheriff Monday night. The Lima News reports Dennis Cupp and Brian Siefker spoke to a crowd of around 100 people in Ottoville. Both agreed that the ongoing heroin epidemic is the biggest issue law enforcement faces.

The two differed on the subject of experience. Cupp said he has double the amount of time in law enforcement compared to Siefker. Cupp is Leipsic’s police chief. Siefker said Cupp was discounting his time served in the military. Siefker has been a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy for more than 20 years.

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10/11/16 – 6:55 A.M>

The candidates for Putnam County Commissioner were on hand at a candidates forum Monday night in Ottoville. The Lima News reports Michael Lammers, Tony Wobler, and John Welty talked about their thoughts on an all-but-abandoned plan for a regional water and sewer district.

Lammers said the plan initially looked good but withdrew his support once he saw it was taking away local control. Wobler said he didn’t like, “the fact that if it passed within 300 foot of someone they had to tie in.” Welty added, “It didn’t sound like a good fit for the county.”

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10/11/16 – 5:33 A.M.

McComb village council has decided to move forward with plans for an outdoor ice skating rink this winter. The Courier reports Hearthside Food Solutions has pledged to match up to $3,100 to buy an ice rink kit. The village would place the rink on top of the tennis courts at the park.

Estimate show the rink would cost around $6,100. Council will try and drum up donations to pay for the project. The village solicitor is going to prepare an ordinance that will allow council to collect money for the rink.

MORE: The Courier

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10/11/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A three-car-crash on northbound I-75 in Hancock County over the weekend took the life of a Findlay man. The State Patrol reports 40-year-old Steve Bilger died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo Saturday night. Bilger had gotten out of his car on the interstate to help another driver who had a flat tire.

The Patrol reports 19-year-old Christian North of Lima stopped in the left lane of the interstate, just south of the State Route 613 interchange. Bliger stopped behind him and was standing behind his car when another car driven by 40-year-old Melissa Smith of Findlay hit him. The impact pinned North between the vehicles.

Hanco Ambulance took Smith to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 14-year-old Caelan Smith was a passenger in her car and was also taken to the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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10/11/16 – 5:13 A.M.

While opinions about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are split, Republican officials are urging local members of the party to stick with the party. The Courier reports several people spoke about Trump at Monday’s Republican Party Fall Dinner. While opinions varied, the underlying message was to vote the party line.

State Senator Cliff Hite urged people to vote Republican, even candidates, “you would want to punch right in the face.” Hite added “We back them with every fiber of our being. Go to war for them no matter what, because they’re ours.”

State Representative Robert Sprague told those on hand the party is bigger than one candidate. He said, “If there’s one reason you need to go to the polls and vote for Donald Trump, you don’t have to look any further than the Supreme Court.” Sprague said if Clinton wins the election her Supreme Court nominees would determine what Second Amendment rights look like in the future.

Not everyone in the party is on board with supporting Trump. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik told the newspaper Trump’s comments about women, “unacceptable yet not surprising.” Mihalik admitted her position wouldn’t be popular in Hancock County and said she didn’t think either candidate was a good option.

The president of the Republican Women of Hancock County wasn’t put off by Trump’s comments. Linda Casey told the newspaper, “I think we all look back, and there are things each one of us can say “I wish I never said that, I wish I’d never done that.” She encouraged to look at the issues and the plans of the candidates.

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10/10/16 – 8:37 A.M.

A motorcycle crash injured a Bluffton man late last week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 50-year-old Gregory Gonzalez was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle northeast on Hancock County Road 313 around 5:15 p.m. He lost control and went into a ditch just west of Township Road 35 near Mount Cory.

Bluffton EMS took Gonzalez to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Investigators cited Gonzalez for OVI-refusal, no motorcycle endorsement, and operation without reasonable control.

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10/10/16 – 7:38 A.M.

A two-car crash killed two people late last week in Liberty Township. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened on U.S. 224 just east of County Road 139 around 1:46 p.m. Friday. 84-year-old Karl Kleman of Ottawa collided head-on with a car driven by 62-year-old John Kellenbarger of Columbus.

Investigators pronounced Kellenbarger dead at the scene of the crash. Kleman was pronounced dead after Life Flight flew him to Mercy St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The accident report says Kellenbarger went left of center.

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10/10/16 – 7:28 A.M.

Local gas prices are up as we begin a new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying an average of $2.26 for a gallon of regular today. That’s up four cents from last Monday. Prices jumped to their highest local levels since mid-June last week.

Drivers in Ottawa report paying $2.24 a gallon today.

Around the state, the average is $2.28 for a gallon of regular. That’s up seven cents from a week ago.

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