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9/25/15 – 5:06 A.M.

A community health assessment will take place in Hancock County. The “Be Healthy Now” Hancock County Coalition will survey more than 3,600 people for the project. The survey will ask about general health, risk factors, and about access to health care. The results will be compared to a similar effort done in 2011.

The survey will question three groups; children 11-years-old and younger, those between 12 and 18-years-old, and adults 19 and older. Participants will be randomly selected.

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The final event of the festival season in Putnam County will be held this weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Continental Fall Festival will run today through Sunday.

Nashville Crush will perform tonight. Saturday will feature a pancake and sausage breakfast, cornhole tournament, and a performance by the band Venyx Saturday night. Sunday brings a church service, a band performance by the Continental High School band, and duck races.

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9/25/15 – 4:49 A.M.

A one-car crash injured an Ada man on U.S. 30 in southern Hancock County Thursday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened near County Road 9 around 6:10 p.m.

39-year-old Aaron McDougle was driving west on the highway when he lost control. His Honda went off the road and into a ditch. McDougle was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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9/24/15 – 8:40 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that involved a car and two bicyclists this morning. A dispatcher confirms the incident took place in the 19000 block of County Road 7. That’s near the intersection with Road 254 east of Findlay.

No other details were immediately known. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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9/24/15 – 6:53 A.M.

After nearly four months, an arrest has been made in a fatal hit-and-run case in Allen County. The Lima News reports 31-year-old Robert Catlett III of Lima was arrested Sunday morning. Catlett is accused of driving the car that pulled in front of a motorcycle driven by 27-year-old Aaron Ehrnsberger on May 31.

Catlett was named a person of interest soon after the collision. He was eventually located in Florida, along with 26-year-old Catherine Wilson, who owned the car involved in the crash. During a probation violation hearing, Wilson said Catlett was driving her car at the time of the crash.

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9/24/15 – 6:42 A.M.

North Baltimore officials are interviewing village administrator candidates. The Courier reports applicants were interviewed during two closed-door sessions this week. No action was taken after the meetings.

Around 20 people have applied for the position.

Donna Dettling is currently the village administrator. She’s leaving the job in November to take a position in Archbold.

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9/24/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The new Carey school building will have new scoreboards for its athletic teams.  The Courier reports Continental Structural Plastics donated more than $59,000 for the equipment.  The school board has moved to buy new scoreboards with the donated money.

The school board also voted to ban the use of drones over school property.  The Ohio High School Athletic Association already bans the use of drones on school property during district-sponsored events.

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9/24/15 – 5:18 A.M.

It’s been a month since the first MRSA case was reported on the campus of Heidelberg University. Since then, the number of students reporting possible infection concerns is dropping. The Review-Times reports the outbreak was contained to the student population. Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer says proactive measures taken by Heidelberg helped prevent the spread of the potentially drug-resistant staph bacteria.

Athletes were required to shower before and after practices and showers were sprayed down between use. Students were also discouraged from sharing personal products like towels and razors.

Four Heidelberg students tested positive for MRSA. Two others had cases of staph aureus with is different from MRSA. 25 students reported symptoms to the school’s health center, but only five are still receiving treatment of any kind.

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9/24/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Members of many Putnam County agencies recently took part in an emergency exercise to be ready for the unthinkable. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Putnam County EMA hosted a tabletop exercise for a mass casualty event. The mock disaster started with several students becoming ill after coming back from a concert that featured a band that had just performed overseas.

Ruth Gerdeman is the emergency preparedness coordinator with the Putnam County Health Department. She told the newspaper one difficult aspect of the drill is respecting a family’s spiritual wishes while also dealing with an infectious event.

Preparation for the exercise took eight months.

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9/24/15 – 4:49 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing several charges in connection to an alleged rape. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury indicted 58-year-old Clinton Berry on two counts of rape, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of kidnapping.

Investigators say the incidents happened last March in Union Township. Court documents say that on two occasions Berry used force or the threat of force to commit the rapes. The kidnapping charge alleges that Berry used “forced restrain” against the victim. The burglary charge alleges that Berry entered the victim’s home with the intent of causing harm.

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