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10/13/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Sad news out of Upper Sandusky today, as Wyandot County Prosecutor Jonathan Miller was apparently found dead Sunday as the result of a suicide. The Upper Sandusky Police Department says Miller was found at the city’s reservoir around 10:30 a.m. No other details were available Sunday. Additional information will be released following an investigation.

Miller was in the middle of his third term as Wyandot County Prosecutor.

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10/13/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The November election is less than a month away, and early voting started last week. With that in mind we’ll be looking at the contested races and issues you’ll be seeing on the ballot.

The Van Buren School District is once again asking voters to pass a levy to build some new facilities and renovate others. Superintendent Tim Myers says following the rejection of the most recent levy attempt in May, the school board reduced the length of the bond from 37 years to 30…

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says to fully repair everything in the middle and high school building it would cost upward of $20 million.

Myers says he understands voter concern about paying for a bond issue for 30 years, but stresses that a “no” vote won’t save money in the long run…

Audio: Tim Myers

The bond issue on the ballot would generate 7 mills for 30 years.

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10/10/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Allen County employees probably won’t be seeing raises in 2015. The Lima News reports the county commissioners have said several departments are requesting raises for their staff. But, budget numbers will probably prevent that from happening. No raises have been given in Allen County for the last two budget cycles.

Commissioner Cory Noonan tells the newspaper sales tax revenues are down around $177,000 for the year. The 2015 budget is expected to be in the neighborhood of $24.5 million.

MORE: Lima News

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10/10/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Tiffin man has been charged after he allegedly set a fire inside the city’s Walmart. Media partner WTOL-11 reports 21-year-old Jarrod Pfeiffer faces two counts of aggravated arson. Investigators say Pfeiffer intentionally set a display on fire around 4:30 a.m. on September 5.

A sprinkler system contained the flames to racks in the sporting goods department.

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10/10/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Tiffin man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly killing a man during a fight. The Review-Times reports 49-year-old Keith Hook was indicted by the Seneca County grand jury this week. The charge stems from the September 23 death of 55-year-old Dean Mathias in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street in Tiffin.

A police report says Mathias was found unconscious in the kitchen of Hook’s home. A call to 9-1-1 indicated that a fight had broken out at the residence.

Hook faces three years in prison if convicted.

MORE: Review Times

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10/10/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The former Leipsic IGA grocery store will serve a different purpose soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Harvest Assembly of God has bought the building and is converting it into a church. Pastor Nestor Reyes tells the newspaper church members have been cleaning up the building on weekends to get it ready for worship services.

The building is around 12,000 square feet. When the church is completed it will seat around 200 people. A large part of the building will be used for youth ministry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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10/10/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The McComb school district has made a change to its public record policy. The Courier reports officials are no longer required to give an estimated time frame of when the documents will be made available. The change to the policy was made Wednesday, following a month where several requests were made.

Superintendent Meri Skilliter says they made the change because sometimes there are outside influences on when records can be gathered that are out of the district’s control. For instance, they could be at the mercy of an attorney or the schedule of the person who has access to the records.

Skilliter also said that it’s usually no problem when only a few requests are made. However, when they are flooded with requests it can disrupt office productivity.

MORE: The Courier

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10/10/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Another man found guilty of a Findlay burglary was sentenced for his crime yesterday. 19-year-old Cayd Burton will spend three years in prison. He and three others broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court early in the morning on March 24. The group was found when police tracked the GPS signal from a stolen laptop.

22-year-old Nicholas Rarey and 22-year-old Adrian Castillo have also been given three-year prison sentences. 20-year-old Zachary Montgomery will be sentenced on October 23.

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