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1/26/17 – 5:16 A.M.

Hancock Public Health is getting a grant aimed at preventing drug overdoses in the county. The Ohio Department of Health is giving the agency more than $58,000. Hancock Public Health will use the money to pay for a full-time prevention coordinator. The agency can renew the grant for an extra two years, bringing its total to more than $188,000 over three years.

Hancock County had 16 drug overdose deaths in 2015, and 11 last year. The 2016 number could increase because the cause of death is pending in five other cases.

Deputy Health Commissioner Barb Wilhelm says the prevention coordinator will work with ADAMHS and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

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1/26/17 – 5:05 A.M.
11:34 A.M. UPDATE

A teenager is dead following an apparent stabbing in Fostoria Wednesday evening. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the incident happened around 6 p.m. at the Fostoria Townhouses at 1202 Beier Drive. A post on the Fostoria Police facebook page identified the 18-year-old victim as D’Andre Gehring of Fostoria. Officers have charged a 17-year-old male with the murder. 18-year-old Arlando Crowe has been charged with complicity to murder.

Emergency crews took the victim to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment. He later passed away from his injuries.

Investigators from Ohio BCI collected evidence from the townhouses until late Wednesday night. Police Chief Keith Loreno says detectives talked to several witnesses at the police station.

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1/25/17 – 7:10 A.M.

After 13 years of service, Bluffton has terminated its village administrator. The Lima News reports Bluffton Village Council voted 4-2 during a Monday meeting to let go of Jamie Mehaffie. The decision came following a lengthy executive session that ended around 11 p.m.

Village officials have not said what led to the decision.

MORE: Lima News

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1/25/17 – 6:52 A.M.

A St. Wendelin graduate will serve as the school’s new vice principal. Teresa Kitchen will start on July 1. The school says Kitchen will help the administration improve the classroom experience.

Kitchen graduated from St. Wendelin in 1995. She has an education degree from Bowling Green State University and a master of education in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.

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1/25/17 – 6:41 A.M.

Police found a man wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Toledo during a Monday drug raid near Fostoria. The Review-Times reports officers arrested 39-year-old Jamaine Hill in a home at 3027 South State Route 23. Officers say a search of the home turned up cash, criminal tools, and drug paraphernalia.

Officers also arrested 35-year-old Shelia Burdine. She faces trafficking in drugs, permitting drug abuse and possession of criminal tools charges.

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1/25/17 – 5:32 A.M.

A Tennessee man is facing drug charges in Hancock County. The Courier reports the grand jury indicted 42-year-old Lenard Williams Wednesday on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs.

A highway patrol trooper pulled Williams over on I-75 on January 20. An investigation found Williams allegedly had between 5 and 50 times the bulk amount of oxymorphone hydrochloride.

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1/25/17 – 5:25 A.M.

A Columbus Grove man pleaded not guilty this week to charges that accuse him of hitting a woman with his car on Thanksgiving in Lima. The Lima News reports investigators have charged 24-year-old Curtis Miller with aggravated vehicular assault, failure to stop after an accident, and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Police say Miller hit 23-year-old Whitney Allen of Lima around 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Allen was walking along the north edge of Spencerville Road when the collision happened.

Miller faces up to four years in prison.

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1/25/17 – 5:18 A.M.

A grant will direct money to Habitat for Humanity projects in Hancock County in 2017. The county commissioners signed an agreement Tuesday that allows part of the 2016 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program grant funds to go to the organization. The agreement gives $20,000 per home built by the agency.

Habitat for Humanity plans to build two single-family homes in the county this year.

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission requested the grant allocation.

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1/25/17 – 5:10 A.M.

A 911 service outage is affecting people south of Ottawa in Putnam County today. The sheriff’s office says 92 Century Link customers in that area need to use a cell phone to dial 911 until further notice. A cut line is causing the outage.

Century Link is working to fix the problem. They expect service restoration sometime this morning.

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1/25/17 – 5:01 A.M.

Unemployment rose slightly in every area county in December. The Department of Job and Family Services reports the jobless rate in Hancock County was 3.5 percent, up from 3.2 in November. The unemployment rate is the same as it was in December of 2015.

Putnam(3.6), Wyandot(3.7), and Wood(3.9) Counties are all under 4 percent unemployment as well. Allen, Seneca, and Hardin Counties all saw 4.9 percent jobless rates in December. The highest unemployment figure in the area is in Henry County at 5.4 percent.

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