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9/22/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The Putnam County Health Department will start offering flu shots this week. The agency will hold the first walk-in clinic Friday. Shots will be given at the Health Department in Ottawa from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Putnam County residents may not have to pay anything at the time of service because the health department is billing most major insurance companies for the vaccine now. There is also a limited amount of free vaccines for those who can not afford it.

Clinics will be held in several locations over the next month.

FULL SCHEDULE:

• Friday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department, 256 Williamstown Road, Ottawa.
• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ottawa Senior Center.
• Oct. 2, noon to 5 p.m. at the health department as a drive-through clinic only for those with special needs.
• Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbus Grove VFW.
• Oct. 3, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pandora First National Bank.
• Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Meadows of Leipsic with a presentation about adult immunizations starting at 9:30 a.m.
• Oct. 11, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kiwanis Health Fair at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
• Oct. 16, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Meadows of Kalida.

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9/22/14 – 5:18 A.M.

One person was hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay late Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 600 block of Western Avenue around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

A police report says Michael Allen of Findlay was waiting to turn his SUV onto West Lincoln Street when he was hit from behind by another SUV driven by Joshua Hoffbauer of Findlay. Hoffbauer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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9/22/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Four people were injured in a crash near Rawson over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on County Road 12, just south of County Road 313 around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

28-year-old John Oman II of Rawson was driving a Kia Optima south on Road 12 when he hit the back of a utility vehicle driven by 23-year-old Darren Sadler. Sadler and his passengers, 24-year-old Jennifer Reichley and 3-year-old Levi Sadler, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Oman was treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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9/22/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A local Boy Scout is working to breathe new life into Findlay’s skate park. The Courier reports 15-year-old Seth Johns and a group of 20 friends are making repairs to the facility just off of Park Street. The city has given Johns $4,000 to complete the work. Johns is using the opportunity as his community service project to become an Eagle Scout.

The skate park was closed in July because of its declining condition. Boards were broken and the laminated surface was coming apart. There were also concerns about vandalism at the park.

Findlay public work superintendent Matt Stoffel believes the work can be finished sometime next month.

Johns is a Findlay High School Student and a member of Boy Scout Troop 313 in Van Buren.

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9/19/14 – 5:40 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home is a complete loss following an early morning fire. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 107 Vidette Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. When they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The resident of the home was able to escape unharmed and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

The blaze remains under investigation.

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9/19/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy was found guilty of abduction and gross sexual imposition yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 51-year-old Dusty Garwood was found guilty by a visiting judge. He had elected to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury.

Garwood was accused of having sex with a female inmate in the Wood County Jail. The relationship continued when the inmate was released, but still under electronic home monitoring.

Garwood will be sentenced October 10.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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9/19/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Seneca County employees will pay a little more for their health insurance next year. The Review-Times reports premiums will go up 1 percent. County Administrator Stacy Wilson says the increase was recommended by the county’s health advisory committee.

Employees with single coverage will pay an extra $5 a month. Employees with family coverage will pay about $14 more a month for the lower deductible plan.

Around 250 people are on the county’s health insurance plan.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/19/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The general manager of a company with ethanol refineries in our area lobbied lawmakers this week to protect renewable fuel standards. The Courier reports Mark Borer of Poet Ethanol met with congressional officials earlier this week. He and others in the industry want to make sure the renewable fuel standard is kept in place.

Borer says the oil industry is fighting against the standard because ethanol is cheaper than gasoline. He added that means lower revenue for oil companies.

The renewable fuel standard was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which requires most fuels sold in the U.S. have a minimum volume of renewable energy sources.

Poet Ethanol has facilities in Leipsic and Fostoria.

MORE: The Courier

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9/19/14 – 4:57 A.M.

Members of the Arlington School Board are once again discussing a new school building. The Courier reports board member Craig Durliat talked about the issue at last night’s meeting. Durliat said he’d been getting questions about when the district will try and pass a building levy again. Others said the school needs to build positive momentum before asking residents to approve a levy.

Arlington last tried to pass a building levy in 2011. Last year the district had an issue on the ballot but pulled it before election day because the state’s share of the potential project decreased by 5 percent.

No official action was taken on the issue last night.

MORE: The Courier

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9/19/14 – 4:47 A.M.

A man who escaped from a jail near Bowling Green is back in custody today. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Jhon Rosado was found hiding in the attic of an apartment in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue in Bowling Green just after 6 p.m. The apartment was occupied by the woman who police say was the victim of a domestic crime that Rosado had been found guilty of.

Rosado called 29-year-old Bobbie Merritt to tell her he was going to escape Wednesday. A few hours later he managed to sneak out of the NorthWest Community Corrections Center by climbing over a fence. Bowling Green Police say Rosado was seen entering the apartment sometime after he escaped. He was taken back into custody without incident.

Charges are pending in the case. Rosado could be facing an escape charge. Merritt has been charged with harboring a fugitive.

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