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1/12/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Several elected officials discussed Blanchard River flood control in Putnam County over the weekend. The Lima News reports Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Latta spoke to Ottawa residents Saturday.

Portman told those on hand the project was able to get a special exemption from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use state money. He added that he hoped the flood study will be finished in time to qualify for the next round of legislation that would provide funding and authorize the project.

The Maumee Valley Conservancy District’s Lynn Army was also on hand. Army said that engineering firms are studying the I-9 bridge’s impact on flooding. They’re also looking at how a diversion channel could be effective.

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1/12/15 – 5:14 A.M.

After a couple of days above $2 a gallon, gas prices are back below that mark as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular is $1.96 around the state. A week ago the average was $1.89, but that number had jumped to $2.02 a gallon by Thursday.

Findlay drivers are paying around $1.98 today. Last Monday prices stood at $1.79 a gallon. The highest prices we saw last week were $2.09.

Ottawa drivers are reporting prices around $1.94 today.

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1/12/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A two-car crash on an I-75 exit ramp in Findlay injured a Northwood woman Saturday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at the southbound I-75 exit ramp to County Road 99 around 4 p.m.

29-year-old Andrew Dean of Bowling Green was stopped at a red light at the top of the ramp when he was hit from behind by 45-year-old Trisha Getz of Bowling Green. Dean’s passenger, 31-year-old Amanda Dean, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Getz was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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1/9/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A company has been picked to help the Van Buren School District rank building improvement projects. The Courier reports the school board awarded the project to Palmer Conservation Consulting out of Twinsburg. The company will complete building assessments and schematic reviews over the next two months. Recommendations will then be presented in April.

The work will cost the school district a little more than $19,000.

MORE: The Courier

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1/9/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Thursday was a busy day for firefighters in eastern Hancock County. Washington Township Firefighters were called to a garage fire around 11:20 a.m. at 8606 Marion Township Road 242. The blaze started in the attic of the detached building. Damage was estimated at $125,000 and the building was a total loss.

A short time after that fire was reported, another call came in for a blaze at 101 Walnut Street in Arcadia. The Allen Township Fire Department, which had been providing mutual aid for the first fire, was dispatched to the scene. Damage to the home was estimated at around $8,000.

No one was injured in either incident.

 

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1/9/15 – 5:04 A.M.

A jackknifed semi blocked the northbound lanes of I-75 in northern Hancock County this morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened north of Van Buren around 4:30 a.m. The crash closed the interstate for around two hours.

Trouble spots on I-75 remain in Wood County.  Traffic jams have been reported in the northbound lanes near North Baltimore, Cygnet, and Bowling Green.

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1/8/15 – 11:24 A.M.

The first Marathon Petroleum parking garage is nearing completion in downtown Findlay. That means construction on the second garage is almost ready to begin. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved site plans for the facility to be built along Lincoln Street during their meeting today.

Audio: Don Malarky

Project Manager Don Malarky says while the second garage will be bigger than the first, it will look similar.

Audio: Don Malarky

Malarky says making the garages look like enclosed buildings added an extra 10 to 20 percent to the cost of the facilities. The company thought the design elements would make the Marathon campus look more appealing.

Construction on the new garage could start in April. It will take a little over a year to complete.

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1/15/14 – 10:38 A.M.

The Findlay City School system believes they’ve found the perfect location for a new bus garage.  But, people who live in the neighborhood near the intersection of Broad and Bigelow avenues aren’t so sure.  The site plan was discussed at today’s Findlay City Planning Commission meeting.  Those from the neighborhood who spoke are worried about traffic, noise, and diesel emissions.  Superintendent Ed Kurt says the district plans on being a good neighbor…

Audio: Ed Kurt

There’s also a zoning issue with the property.  It’s currently zoned residential but needs to be light industrial for the plan to work.  The owner doesn’t want to rezone the land unless a deal for the property is in place, and the school system isn’t interested unless it can be rezoned.

Kurt says regardless, the district needs a new bus facility…

Audio: Ed Kurt

The planning commission approved the site plan, contingent on zoning issues being worked out and neighborhood concerns being addressed.

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1/8/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Two Lorain County men are facing theft charges in Seneca County. The Review-Times reports 19-year-old Cory Anderson and 27-year-old Jeremy Adkins are both accused of stealing from a vending machine in Fostoria. The men were caught on video taking items from the machine in the Fostoria Iron Triangle Visitor Center and Viewing Area.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says the suspects pictures were posted on social media, helping officers make quick arrests.

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1/8/15 – 5:32 A.M.

New sidewalks will not be installed in a Putnam County village. The Lima News reports the Ottoville village council decided not to move forward with the controversial issue during a Wednesday meeting. The newspaper reports meetings on the issue had drawn around 100 people at times. Those against the project argued it was too expensive and not needed, while those in favor lobbied for increased safety.

Ultimately council voted 4-1 to set the issue aside for the time being. Council President Randy Altenburger said the issue isn’t entirely dead though. He said council would look further into the subject before bringing it up again.

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