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4/10/15 – 8:56 A.M.

A well-known Findlay watering hole is under new ownership. The Fern Cafe on East Sandusky Street was bought by Jerry Aller on April 1. Aller says old favorites will stay on the menu, but there might be some healthier additions as well.

Aller says he’s been a customer of the Fern for more than 40 years.

Some of his other business ventures have included Soup-R-Sub, on Main Street across from the University of Findlay; Jac & Do’s of Arlington; D&H Meats of Vanlue; and Jerry’s Drive-Thru, on Bigelow Avenue in Findlay.

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4/10/15 – 8:44 A.M.

A truck driver from Michigan was injured in Kenton when his truck plowed into a building Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened at 201 West Espy Street just before 10 a.m.

73-year Paul Doute suffered incapacitating injuries as a result of the crash. He was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was also cited for failure to maintain control.

The crash closed U.S 68 for several hours.

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4/10/15 – 7:38 A.M.

A water main break is causing issues in Kenton today. Water for the entire city was shut off Thursday following a main break on Franklin Street. Residents are being asked to use bottled water until further notice.

Several public facilities like the courthouse and city schools have closed due to the water main break.

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4/10/15 – 7:32 A.M.

U.S 68 will be closed in Dunkirk starting Monday. ODOT says the highway will be closed between Washington and Wayne streets for railroad repair. Traffic will be detoured onto State Route 81, State Route 235, and then U.S. 30 to get back to U.S. 68.

The work is expected to last a week.

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4/10/15 – 6:54 A.M.

The investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at the Work Opportunity & Rehabilitation Center has been closed. Findlay police say there wasn’t evidence to support the claim.

According to the police department a man was searched as he entered the building last Saturday. A female officer allegedly “placed her fingers on the zipper of his pants and pulled the zipper down and then back up.” The man filed the complaint because he said a male officer was available.

Jody Mathias is the coordinator of the WORC, and said that female officers are allowed to inspect male inmates. WORC officers are trained to inspect zipper flaps for contraband.

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4/10/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Townships in Putnam County will get more money to mow the areas alongside county roads this year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the townships will now be reimbursed $185 per mile mowed. Previously the amount was $115.

County road deputy Troy Recker said it’s more economical to pay the townships to handle the roadside mowing than for the county to buy its own equipment and pay labor costs.

The last time the reimbursement amount changed was in 2002.

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4/10/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Hancock County man accused of rape wants his case to be continued. The Courier reports 56-year-old Gary Martin of Rawson wants a psychiatrist to testify on his behalf. Martin is facing four felony rape counts for alleged incidents involving an 11-year-old girl. He recently was evaluated by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Norman Miller of East Lansing, Michigan.

Martin initially pleaded guilty but withdrew the plea in early March. Court documents show Dr. Miller’s opinion is that Martin is not guilty of the charges by reason of insanity because of the effects of the drug Wellbutrin. Martin was taking the medicine for depression. Miller says the drug increased Martin’s pychosis.

Two separate evaluations have found Martin competent to stand trial.

Another hearing was set for May 14.

MORE: The Courier

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4/10/15 – 5:12 P.M.

The renovation of Litter Landing took a step forward Thursday. The Courier reports bids were opened for the project. Whitta Construction of Fostoria was the apparent low bidder at $527,000. That’s below estimates for the work.

Last year project engineer Steve Wilson told us about one aspect of the project…

Audio: Steve Wilson

The driving lanes at the facility on East Sandusky will also be expanded. The work will include adding a new inventory storage area and an interior equipment courtyard.

MORE: The Courier

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4/10/15 – 4:57 A.M.

It was bright and sunny across much of Hancock County Thursday afternoon, but it was a much different story in the northeastern part of the county. Tornado sirens sounded just before 5 p.m. after a tornado warning was issued in that area. A funnel cloud was spotted but never touched down.

Though the severe weather threat was past Findlay, officials at the Findlay Police Department tell the Courier it is policy to sound the sirens as a precautionary measure regardless of where the storm is in the county.

MORE: The Courier

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4/10/15 – 4:46 A.M.

After a few days of rain the Blanchard River is swollen, but it doesn’t appear it will enter flood stage. The river’s rise is slowing ahead of projections in Findlay. The latest readings from the National Weather Service show the Blanchard cresting at 9.6 feet this morning. That would stay in action stage and it doesn’t look like it will even get that high.

Downstream in Ottawa the river is also expected to crest in the action stage. The NWS is calling for a crest of 20.8 feet Saturday morning. The river is currently below action stage in Ottawa.

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