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4/22/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Two people were injured in a crash west of Fostoria Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 62-year-old Ann Barth was driving a van north on Washington Township Road 262 when she stopped at the intersection with Hancock County Road 226, and then pulled into the path of an SUV driven by 63-year-old Jeffery Hooper of Fostoria.

Barth and her passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Hooper was not hurt. Barth was also cited for failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign.

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4/22/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A company in the Tall Timbers Industrial Park in Findlay could be facing a large fine for safety issues. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Sanoh America exposed workers to fall and amputation hazards. That could lead to a fine of up to $82,500.

The findings issued this week said Sanoh failed to disconnect equipment from a power supply and install safety guards on certain equipment.

Sanoh manufactures brake lines. The company was cited for similar hazards in 2009 and 2012 at plants in Findlay and Mount Vernon.

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4/22/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The field at Donnell Stadium will be repaired at no extra cost to the Findlay City School district. The Courier reports the company that installed the artificial turf last spring has agreed to fix the issues. Problems with diagonal drains underneath the field made for an uneven playing surface in 2015. Once the work is completed, the Donnell Foundation will pay the bill for the new field, which is around $516,000.

Findlay Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt said another issue was uneven lettering in the endzone.

The repairs should be finished by June 1.

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4/22/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Plans to create a special court to work with families dealing with addiction issues are moving forward in Hancock County. The Courier reports Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson asked the county commissioners to help pay for a coordinator of a Family Dependency Treatment Court Thursday. The position would be responsible for coordinating treatment for addicts and ensuring the entire family is getting help.

Johnson told the commissioners family treatment courts have a positive effect in child welfare cases. She added 30percent more children able to remain in their homes when involved in a family court.

A grant from the Ohio Supreme Court for $130,000 over four years will help pay for the position. The commissioners agreed to provide county benefits.

Johnson said addiction is a growing issue for families in the county. In 2015, the number of children removed from a parent’s home for drug issues was greater than removals due to neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse combined. That’s the first time that’s ever happened.

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4/21/16 – 11:41 A.M.

The hotel business in Findlay appears to be booming. The Hancock Convention and Visitors Bureau reports the first quarter of 2016 saw 2,400 more people buy hotel rooms than the previous year. CVB Director Alissa Preston says it’s shaping up to be a banner year for area hotels…

Audio: Alissa Preston

Preston says most of the hotel guests this year have been in town for business and construction. She adds the coming months will see more people coming to town for sports tournaments and other events in the community.

Plenty of hotels have been built in Findlay over the past few years. Preston says the latest numbers show they were a good investment…

Audio: Alissa Preston

The number of rooms bought in March was just over 26,000. For comparison, that’s on par with numbers from last summer in Hancock County. Summer months typically see more hotel reservations.

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4/21/16 – 10:20 A.M.

One economic indicator in Hancock County continues to see positive momentum. County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says the April sales tax report shows a 19 percent increase over the same month last year. More than $590,000 was collected during the latest reporting period, compared to $493,000 in April of 2015.

Year-to-date, sales tax collections are up 12 percent. $5.2 million has been reported through this April, compared to $4.7 million through April of 2015.

April reports are reflective of sales tax collections made in January.

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4/21/16 – 7:34 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people in Hancock County Tuesday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 36-year-old Daniel Latonda of Lima was driving on State Route 613 between Leipsic and McComb around 6:35 a.m. when he stopped to make a left turn. Latonda was hit from behind by a car driven by 60-year-old Marcelina Pena of Leipsic.

Latonda and a passenger, 54-year-old Forrest Nacarmen of Lima, were taken to the Ambulatory Care Center in Leipsic for treatment of their injuries. Pena was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance.

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4/21/16 – 7:25 A.M.

A Bowling Green woman is out $320 after paying for counterfeit tickets to a recent Luke Bryan concert in Toledo. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the woman found the tickets the day before the concert on Craigslist. She met the seller in a restaurant parking lot to make the buy, and the tickets looked legitimate.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn tells the TV station the BG woman may not have been the only victim of the scheme. He believes the man did the same thing to others in the area. Anyone else who may have been ripped off is urged to call law enforcement.


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4/21/16 – 7:16 A.M.

Several upgrades are set to take place at a popular fishing spot in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports changes to the boat dock at Reservoir 3, better known as Lake Lamberjack, will begin next week. A new boat ramp, boarding dock and parking lot will all be built on the south side of the lake.

The new ramp will be around 20-feet wider and 75-feet longer than the current ramp. The parking lot will be around 100-feet long. The work is expected to be finished by the end of June.

A grant for more than $118,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is paying for the project.

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4/21/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A Fostoria teenager who allegedly brought a BB gun onto school property has been charged with violating the Safe Schools Act. The Review-Times reports the boy made an appearance in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Wednesday. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police received a report about a student on school grounds with a weapon.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper the BB gun looked like a real pistol. He added it could have been mistaken for a real gun if the boy had tried to draw it on someone.

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