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2/8/17 – 7:37 A.M.

North Baltimore officials are moving toward legislation that would make Henry Township in Wood County pay for EMS runs made to township residents. The Courier reports if approved, the township would pay the village $42,500 per year for EMS runs.

Township officials are reportedly going to consider the resolution at their next meeting. If both sides approve it, they would form a five member board to guide emergency services. Three members would be from North Baltimore, one would be from Henry Township, and the last member would be a joint pick by the village and township.

A two-year, 1.2-mill levy to finance the trustees share of EMS costs will be on the May ballot in Henry Township.

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2/8/17 – 7:28 A.M.

The interim sheriff of Allen County passed away Tuesday night. WLIO-TV reports Jim Everett fell ill earlier in the day. He died at St. Rita’s Medical Center at 7:20 p.m. with family members by his side.

Everett had taken over as interim sheriff last week. The Allen County Republican Party appointed Everett after Sam Crish resigned from the position.

The county commissioners will name a new interim sheriff today.

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2/8/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Fostoria officials won’t have a second version of a fiscal recovery plan in their hands until February 21. The Courier reports Mayor Eric Keckler says council members should be able to check out the draft during a work session following a council meeting that night. A vote on the new plan could come at the March 7 council meeting

Fostoria’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission rejected the first plan. The group said it relied too much on raising taxes and didn’t cut enough spending.

State Auditor David Yost placed the city in fiscal emergency last May. A projected budget shortfall could exceed $1 million this year.

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2/8/17 – 6:54 A.M.

Area rivers are running high following a wet start to the week, but the National Weather Service isn’t calling for flooding. The Blanchard River entered the action stage at 8 feet in Findlay around 11 p.m. Tuesday. At last check the river was leveling off at 8.5 feet, which is well short of minor flood stage at 11 feet.

Eagle Creek entered action stage around 3 p.m. Tuesday, but crested below minor flood stage and has since receded back below the 8 foot mark. Lye Creek briefly entered minor flood stage at 6 feet around 6:30 p.m. It dropped below flood stage around three hours later.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard continues to rise. Projections show it cresting at 19.8 feet tonight, keeping it below action stage.

To our east, the Sandusky River in Tiffin is running high. The river entered action stage at 6 feet Tuesday night. It’s expected to drop below that mark this evening.

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2/8/17 – 5:32 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Fostoria man who allegedly led police on a 40-mile car chase on two charges. The Courier reports 36-year-old Sir Lawrence Payne faces a count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, and a count of having weapons while under disability.

Police say they tried to pull Payne over on Tiffin Avenue on January 27. Payne allegedly sped away, leading officers on a chase that ended when he crashed northeast of Tiffin.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is handling Payne’s case due to a conflict of interest with the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office. Assistant prosecutor Steven Powell once represented Payne in a case.

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2/8/17 – 5:23 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury handed up several charges against a man accused of having child pornography on his computer. The Courier reports Ronald Hoke faces 13 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

Investigators say Hoke had 13 videos of children engaging in sexual activity on his computer. Prosecutor Phil Riegle says the children in the videos ranges from infants to 15-years-old.

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2/8/17 – 5:17 A.M.

Authorities have charged a Vanlue woman in connection to her fiance’s overdose death. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury indicted Ashton Shull on a charge of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday. She allegedly caused the death of 27-year-old Tony Buxton of Mount Blanchard on August 20.

County Prosecutor Phil Riegle says Shull gave Buxton Carfentanil and a synthetic opioid. Carfentanil is reportedly 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

Shull is also facing one count of corrupting another with drugs and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

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2/8/17 – 5:07 A.M.

The Liberty-Benton school board has decided who the district’s next superintendent will be. The group will name Mark Kowalski to the position at their February 20 meeting. Kowalksi is currently the the director of operations for Harrison Hills City School District in Cadiz, Ohio.

Board president A.J. Granger says, “We believe Mark has the expertise to work with the board, the staff, the students and the community to establish an exemplary vision and direction for our future.”

Kowalski will replace Larry Cook, who is serving as the interim superintendent. Cook stepped in for Jim Knable, who retired at the end of 2016.

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2/7/17 – 10:51 A.M.

An effort to collect household hazardous waste in Hancock County will continue this year. At an upcoming meeting the Hancock County Commissioners will approve a $45,000 contract with Rader Environmental Services to continue the service.

The deal allows Hancock County to collect household chemicals at Litter Landing every Monday. Collection times will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting April 10 through August 28.

Last year people brought more than 15,000 pounds of oil based paints and solvents to the collection site.

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2/7/17 – 9:48 A.M.

Local business owners could see increased profits if regulations decrease over the next few years. That’s the message from Financial Scout CEO Nick Raich. He spoke to several business leaders in Findlay Tuesday morning…

Audio: Nick Raich

Raich says business owners need to watch what the Federal Reserve does. If interest rates go up, that will make loans more expensive. Raich says those costs could be offset by less regulatory burdens.

Raich talked to Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly “Fresh Brewed Business” meeting.

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