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8/1/14 – 6:47 A.M.

Three communities in Seneca County are trying to decide what to do with the future of their emergency services. The Courier reports officials from Bettsville, Liberty Township and Jackson Township will either join an existing ambulance district or create a new one.

Ambulance districts are nothing new in Seneca County. Attica, Venice and Reed townships have formed an ambulance district. New Riegel, Big Springs and Seneca townships are currently forming a district. Bloomville and Bloom Township are also in talks to start their own district.

County emergency medical service director Ken Majors says the best option is to join an existing district. If that happens residents in Bettsville, Liberty Township and Jackson Township would help pay an existing 1.2 mill levy to help run ambulance services.

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8/1/14 – 5:29 A.M.

Investigators in Seneca County noticed something odd as they flew over fields, looking for marijuana plants this year. They didn’t find any pot. It’s the first time that’s happened since at least the 1990’s according to the Review-Times. Seneca County Detective Sgt. Don Joseph tells the newspaper they usually find around 300 plants during the annual flyover examination.

Joseph added that he wasn’t sure what the reasons could be for the sudden decrease in the numbers.

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8/1/14 – 5:19 A.M.

Three teenagers were hurt in a three-car crash east of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened around 4 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 224 and Township Road 237.

Investigators say 16-year-old Kendra Konecny of Findlay turned her car from Road 237 onto U.S. 224. She then slowed down to make a left hand turn. As she did, a pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Alexander McKee of Findlay slowed down to stop behind the first car. A third car driven by 17-year-old Saffron Florea of Tiffin failed to stop, causing a chain reaction crash.

Florea and her passenger, 16-year-old Olivia Fenton of Findlay, were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Konecny was also hospitalized. McKee avoided injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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8/1/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A missing Putnam County teenager has been found, and is safe. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported around 6:45 p.m. Thursday that Brittany Cross had been located and was speaking with investigators.

Cross had gone missing Tuesday night. Investigators say an unknown man picked her up at her home.

No other details have been released.

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8/1/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Getting information about flood control studies from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proving to be difficult. The Courier reports the Corps responded to a request to provide simplified, uncoded documents by saying they don’t have anything like that.

Last July, the Courier requested an itemized list of expenses for the Blanchard River flood study. The Corps responded this January. The agency sent a 64-page document that itemized everything by code.

That made it impossible to accurately report on the expenses. In April, the newspaper asked for a simplified version of the document. The response received yesterday said no such uncoded documents are maintained.

Corps public affairs specialist Andrew Kornacki did offer to work with the newspaper to try and answer questions about the documents.

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7/31/14 – 12:19 P.M.

The Hancock County landfill is shrinking; in a manner of speaking. Assistant landfill manager Don Moses told the Hancock County Commissioners today that methane gas extraction helps compact the trash mound at the facility…

Audio: Don Moses

Moses says new methane wells were added about a month ago, and the trash mound near the wells has shrunk already. He added the methane extraction helps extend the life of the landfill.

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7/31/14 – 12:08 P.M.

The suspect in a violent crime in Pennsylvania was arrested in Wood County recently. The Pittsburgh Tribune reports the State Patrol took 35-year-old Jerrod Burford into custody near Bowling Green Sunday night.

Authorities say Burford was invloved in a shooting incident in a McKeesport, Pennsylvania, early Sunday morning.

The newspaper reports Burford waived his extradition hearing.

He’s charged with conpiracy to commit homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.

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7/31/14 – 7:25 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is reporting a solid second quarter. The company’s second-quarter earnings report was released this morning, and shows earnings of $855 million. That’s compared to $593 million during the second-quarter of 2013. One big reason for the increase is because the company paid $55 million less for pretax pension settlement expenses.

Income from the refining and marketing segment of Marathon reached more than $1.2 billion last quarter. During the second-quarter of last year that number was $903 million. The company says the increase was due to “more favorable net product price realizations.”

Income from Speedway was $94 million. That’s down from $123 million for the same time last year. That’s despite merchandise sales being higher for the same time frame. The company says Speedway had a lower gross margin on gas, plus higher operating expenses as a result of adding new stores.

MORE: Marathon Earnings Report

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7/31/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Two Carey sports programs have figured out how they’ll share the village’s athletic fields. The school district’s varsity football program and the Carey youth soccer program have an agreement on who gets to use the football stadium, and when.

The soccer program, which runs in the spring, will use the football stadium if the soccer field is unplayable. The football team gets exclusive use of the soccer field for practices during the football season in the fall.

The village owns the football stadium and the soccer field. The school district will pay for repairs to the soccer field following the football season.

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7/31/14 – 6:38 A.M.

The Lima Police Department has released a cruiser video from a brief police chase that led to a fatal crash last Friday. The Lima News reports the video shows an officer attempted to pull over a van full of people when the driver of the van sped away. 13 seconds later the video shows the van hitting another vehicle after crossing railroad tracks.

The crash killed a passenger in the second car, 21-year-old Devontae Williams. Major Chip Protsman tells the newspaper the chase was so short the officer didn’t have time to decide whether to continue the pursuit.

The driver of the van has not been charged yet. Protsman told the newspaper charges are pending.

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