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9/10/14 – 5:27 A.M.

One person was injured when a semi and a farm tractor collided in Hancock County Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened just before noon on State Route 18 between Van Buren and Fostoria.

The Patrol says a New York man driving a semi was attempting to pass a tractor driven by 29-year-old Matt Mathias of Kansas, Ohio; when Mathias tried to turn left into a private drive. Mathias was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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9/10/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Leipsic residents are concerned about a wild animal that’s been seen around town…

The Lima News reports a wolf has been spotted running loose around Leipsic. Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth tells the newspaper he believes the animal could be anything from a large husky to a hybrid mix between a wolf and a dog. He added he hasn’t seen the animal, but has seen pictures residents have posted on Facebook.

Schroth also said he had heard the animal had killed a resident’s peacock.

There have been no reports of the animal being captured.

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9/10/14 – 5:04 A.M.

The Findlay Fire Department detonated a suspicious device Tuesday night. The police and fire departments were called to the 600 block of Lawn Avenue after someone found a plastic bottle with a foaming substance in it.

Police cleared the area, and firefighters detonated the bottle. The area was then washed down as a precaution.

Police are now looking for the person responsible for the device. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (419)425-8477.

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9/10/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Area residents will be keeping an eye on the weather today, as a cold front is bringing the threat of severe weather with it as it approaches our area. The National Weather Service issued a report yesterday that said there is a chance we’ll see strong storms and damaging winds move in around 3 p.m.

The NWS has already issued a Flash Flood Watch for some area counties. The watch goes into effect for Putnam, Allen, Henry, and Hardin Counties at 2 p.m. One to three inches of rain is expected in those areas.

We’ll be monitoring the weather throughout the day, and will break in with information as needed this afternoon.

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9/9/14 – 5:16 A.M.

The repair of a rail crossing will close a Fostoria road for two weeks. The Review-Times reports CSX has closed the Columbus Avenue crossing for repairs on the south side of the tracks. Work on the project began last Friday.

City Engineer Dan Thornton tells the newspaper the work wasn’t a scheduled project. Thornton says normally CSX gives more notice when they are need to close a rail crossing.

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9/9/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Findlay employer is closing its doors later this year. The Courier reports Dow Chemical will close its plant on North Main Street in December. The business employs 70 people, and had been in operation for 55 years.

Brian Brown is the production and site leader in Findlay, and tells the newspaper that Dow will work to support employees while the plant is being shut down. He did not provide details on why the facility is closing.

The Findlay Dow plant makes plastic films used in construction, automotive, and packaging products.

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9/9/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Leaders at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are close to reviewing a plan to mitigate Blanchard River flooding. The Courier reports a “tentatively-selected plan” will put forward soon. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen is the commander of the Buffalo District and spoke with the newspaper. Jansen says, “the significance of this milestone is that all of the work that has been conducted in the past has resulted in a basic plan that will offer flood-risk reduction, where the benefits are greater than the costs of the project.”

Jansen says there are three main components to the plan. First, it includes a diversion channel that takes water from Eagle Creek and moves it to the Blanchard River downstream of Findlay. Second, there would be a levee running south from the reservoirs to State Route 15, preventing water from jumping the banks of the Blanchard and running to Lye Creek. The plan also calls for buying out property-owners in high risk flood areas.

There was no mention of a water retention area near Camp Berry on Hancock County Road 40.

If Corps leadership approves the plan, it will be presented to the public, state agencies, and independent agencies for further review.

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9/8/14 – 10:57 A.M.

Here’s what’s making news around the state today:

Cedar Point’s 16-year run as the world’s best amusement park is over. The Sandusky theme park was dethroned this past weekend in “Amusement Today’s” annual Golden Ticket Awards, finishing second to a park in Germany. The magazine’s readers didn’t forget about Cedar Point, naming Millennium Force the world’s best steel roller coaster.

Another celebrity is adding on to a reward to find the teenagers involved in the repulsive Ice Bucket Challenge prank in Bay Village. Former TV talk show co-host and actress Jenny McCarthy announced on Twitter that she’s matching the ten-thousand-dollar reward posted by Clevelander Drew Carey. The video released last week of a special-needs Bay High School student having a bucket of urine and feces dumped on him has spurred national outrage.

Community colleges in Ohio are facing a new state funding formula. New rules that took effect last week will tie funding for two-year public colleges to graduation rates and course completion instead of an enrollment-based formula. The two-year schools will be under the same rules as Ohio’s four-year universities, which include tuition freezes and aid for low-income and minority students.

The search resumes today for a man who drowned in Lake Erie while trying to rescue his son and another boy. Officials say the 12 and 13-year-olds were near Luna Pier Sunday afternoon when they were swept out into the lake by a current. Juan Layva swam out to them, went under the water and never resurfaced. The boys were rescued by the LaSalle Fire Department.

Seven Collinwood High School athletes will be disciplined this week for their roles in an ugly brawl during a football game. Cleveland schools officials say one student will be punished by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the others will be disciplined by the school. The fight during last week’s Collinwood-Garfield Heights football game led to several arrests and a forfeit loss for both teams.

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