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12/1/16 – 5:13 A.M.

A former Ottawa council member talked about employee compensation concerns this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Gene Hovest told council he’s worried about the impact of raising shared insurance costs. Hovest believes suggested changes could lead to qualified employees looking elsewhere for work.

Ottawa village employees don’t pay up-front costs for insurance coverage. In October, Councilman Jeff Ducey suggested raising the amount to 20 percent.

Council took no official action on the issue Monday.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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11/30/16 – 11:15 A.M.

The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force arrested a Michigan man in a Findlay motel Tuesday night. The agency says officers found heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana and a “large amount of cash” in a room at the Red Roof Inn at 1951 Broad Avenue.

Police have charged 27-year-old Phillip Carswell of Detroit, Michigan with possession of heroin and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

A release says Carswell could also face a drug trafficking charge.

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11/30/16 – 7:20 A.M.

Some Beaverdam residents lost power following a semi rollover Tuesday night. WLIO-TV reports the crash happened on Napoleon Road. A semi hit a power pole just south of the village. First responders had to help the driver out of the truck. An EMS crew took the man to a Lima area hospital for treatment.

No other details are available just yet.

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11/30/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria City Council took another step toward getting out of the red Tuesday. The Courier reports city council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would end an income tax credit. Council also heard the first reading of the fiscal recovery plan during the special session.

The tax credit under review allows anyone who lives in Fostoria but pays income taxes to another city to pay the difference locally. If council eliminates the credit, people will have to pay the full amount taxed by each city.

The state auditor’s office says eliminating the credit will generate an extra $500,000 per year for the city.

Another special meeting is set for Thursday night to give a second reading to the ordinance.

MORE: The Courier

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11/30/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted two men arrested in a Findlay drug bust last week. The Courier reports 38-year-old Ramone Henry and 29-year-old Michael Parham are both facing possession of cocaine and possession of heroin charges. The cocaine possession charge comes with a specification that says both men are major drug offenders.

Police arrested Henry and Parham on November 22 following a search at 1212 South Blanchard Street. Investigators say they found more than 200 grams of cocaine, 48 grams of heroin, and nearly 300 grams of marijuana in the home.

A full list of this week’s indictments is in today’s edition of the Courier.

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11/30/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is making a donation to an effort aimed to keep area school children safe. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says Marathon has, “generously donated and pledged support for The BOOT project.” The sheriff’s office has been leading an effort to have a BOOT device in every classroom in Hancock County.

The BOOT can withstand 16,000 pounds of pressure and can block doors in an active shooter situation.

The cost to equip every classroom in the county with a device is $420,000. The sheriff’s office aims to complete installation by the end of this school year.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can go to crimepreventionfhc.com.

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11/29/16 – 12:16 P.M.

The Findlay Village Mall has locked down a new anchor store. Big R Stores announced Tuesday a plan for a location in the former Sears store. Big R sells things like sporting goods, equine products, lawn and garden items, and farm supplies. The new store is set to open in the Spring of 2017. It will fill the entire 100,000 square foot vacancy left when Sears closed.

A release from the company says the Findlay Big R location will hire around 70 people. Joda Crab Tree is the Co-Owner of the Company. In the release, he said they hope to hire local residents in management roles as well.

If you’re interested in a job at the new store, you’re encouraged to visit the careers section of BigR.com

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11/29/16 – 11:15 A.M.

Tim Bechtol has the support of his new colleagues. The Hancock County GOP appointed Bechtol to fill a vacant county commissioner seat Monday night. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says it’s a good pick…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Brian Robertson agreed. He added Bechtol has the right qualifications…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Bechtol’s start date is unknown. He has to get bonded and insured before he can start.

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