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3/3/16 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when he was hit by an SUV while walking across an intersection Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department says 39-year-old Jack Richard was crossing North Main Street when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Brian Bracey. The incident happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection with West Melrose Avenue.

Richard was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Bracey was cited for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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3/3/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Alcohol may have been a factor in an injury crash west of Findlay Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Holly Linhart suffered minor injuries when she drove off of State Route 12 around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital after her car rolled over in a field.

Linhart has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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3/3/16 – 4:50 A.M.

Putnam County’s new sheriff is talking about his plans for his year in office. In an interview with the Putnam County Sentinel, Tim Meyer said he plans to reach out to the public to establish trust with the department. Part of that plan will include getting deputies in county schools to talk to kids. He’ll meet with the superintendents of the school districts this week to discuss that plan.

Meyer also wants to get more community members involved in law enforcement. That could mean a “Citizens Academy.” Meyer told the newspaper it would be a program designed to get residents invested in the security of their communities. Meyer said, “If we can get more people involved in law enforcement and understand what it is we do – day in, day out – then it’ll create more positive feedback within the community.”

Meyer was sworn in as sheriff last week, following the death of Michael Chandler in late January.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/2/2016 – 11:19 am

Troopers from the Ohio State Patrol are continuing a focus on impaired driving enforcement. Their efforts appear to be paying off. The OSP reports that for the fourth year in a row troopers removed well over 24,000 impaired drivers from the roads in Ohio, including 301 arrests made by Findlay post troopers over the past year.

OVI-related crashes accounted for around 35% of all fatal crashes in Ohio last year, and that number has remained steady over the past three years. And this affects younger people most. Last year 54 % of drivers considered at-fault in these crashes were in their 20s and 30s and 71% were male drivers. The public is encouraged for call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

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3/2/16 – 7:33 A.M.

The president of Bluffton University will serve another term. The university trustees recently unanimously voted to approve a fourth term for James Harder. The new contract will run from July 1 of this year through June 30 of 2021.

Harder is in his 10th year with BU.

A statement from board of trustees president Kent Yoder said, “Harder has provided Bluffton University with strong and effective leadership.” Yoder added, “His commitment to strengthening the university through continued development of the relationships with alumni and organizations over the last decade has been realized in campaign efforts.”

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3/2/16 – 6:53 A.M.

North Baltimore residents are concerned about a series of break-ins and thefts in the village. The Courier reports village council members urged people to use caution during their Tuesday meeting. Mayor Janet Goldner reminded residents to lock their cars, homes, and garages.

Council members are asking people to be on the look out for anything suspicious, and to report anything out of the ordinary to village police.

In one case, former Councilman Aaron Patterson had his truck stolen. It was recovered later.

MORE: The Courier

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3/2/16 – 6:46 A.M.

Fostoria officials hope a ready-made manufacturing facility will draw another employer to the city. The Courier reports Fostoria Council members are considering giving a $1.2 million loan to the Community Improvement Corporation. The loan would be used to build a 40,000 square-foot facility in an industrial park on U.S. 23. The building would be empty, but could be customized to quickly meet the needs of a business.

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation Renee Smith told council “companies don’t have the time to construct a whole new building.” She added that companies want to be able to make some minor adjustments and then get to work.

The $1.2 million would come from Fostoria’s Revolving Loan Fund. A first reading of the ordinance was given to city council Tuesday night.

MORE: The Courier

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3/2/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Hancock County voters will see a replacement levy for the Hancock Park District on the ballot on March 15. Director Gary Pruitt says the eight-year, 0.8 mill measure is important for the future of Hancock County parks…

Audio: Gary Pruitt

Pruitt says there’s a reason they opted for a replacement levy and not a renewal…

Audio: Gary Pruitt

Pruitt adds that the levy isn’t asking for any more millage than what voters already approved.

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3/2/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Some residents in a Putnam County village are under a boil water advisory today. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the issue was put in place for a few streets in Ottoville. The advisory area includes Second Street from Southeast Canal Street to Winkleman Street; as well as south to include Bendele Street, and Otto Street to the edge of town.

The advisory is in place until 6 p.m. today.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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