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5/18/16 – 8:46 A.M.

Kenton’s police chief was injured in a high-speed chase Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports 28-year-old Nicholas Meeker of Lima led authorities on a two-county chase, eventually colliding with a cruiser driven by Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser. Both Meeker and Musser suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The chase started on State Route 309 in Allen County around 1:15 p.m. A state trooper tried to pull over Meeker for speeding, but Meeker began driving faster and more erratic. Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies tried to use stop sticks to slow Meeker down, but they didn’t work. Meeker then tried to pass a semi and ended up hitting the front end of Musser’s patrol car.

Meeker now faces OVI, reckless operation, and failure to comply charges among others.

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5/18/16 – 7:32 A.M.
Update – 8:11 A.M.

Another issue is causing a backup on I-75 southbound this morning. Waze users report the slowdown begins south of Van Buren and stretches back to just north of the village. ODOT reports roadwork in the area is causing the slowdown. Your best bet to get around the issue is to exit the interstate at State Route 613, head west to County Road 140 go south to Hancock County Road 99 and get back on 75 from there. That will save you around 10 minutes on your drive.

An early morning crash caused a slowdown in the same area of the interstate today.

5-18 75 Crash 2

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5/18/16 – 7:38 A.M.

“Clean-Up Day” is set for this Saturday in Fostoria. The project aims pick up trash in heavy traffic areas of the city. Mayor Eric Keckler says “We try to pick on areas that are pretty well traveled because it’s all about that image of cleanliness and friendliness.” However, anyone taking part will be free to roam wherever they would like to clean.

If you want to take part in the beautification project you should meet in front of the city building at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information call (419)435-8282.

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5/18/16 – 6:51 A.M.

More steps are being taken to develop a commerce park in Carey. The Courier reports the village has been approved for a small government grant to install two sanitary sewer lift stations and a discharge sewer line for the Arrowhead Commerce Park. The grant is for $164,100. That will offset the total price tag of $274,000.

Upgrades are planned near the commerce park as well. A left turn lane has been proposed for State Route 103 and 199, which doubles as East Findlay Street in the Village. Elm Hill Road would also be widened and have a turn lane installed. The cost for that project is estimated to be $224,500. Carey officials are trying to get 50 percent of that funding from ODOT.

MORE: The Courier

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5/18/16 – 6:41 A.M.

Fostoria is hiring an outside agency to collect back taxes owed to the city. The Courier reports the Regional Income Tax Agency will attempt to find people who haven’t paid or filed taxes in the past. Mayor Eric Keckler says finding some of the potentially missing money could help the city’s bottom line a little bit.

The RITA presented information to city council in March. A company representative said at the time it would cost Fostoria anywhere from $112,000 to $124,000 per year to contract with RITA.

MORE: The Courier

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5/18/16 – 5:29 A.M.

More steps have been taken toward forming a water and sewer district in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a meeting took place last week to lay out some of the guidelines of operations for what would be known as the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District. Nine towns and townships have petitioned for the formation of the organization.

The group decided board members would serve three-year terms. That would be after initially staggering terms through a blind draw. Board membership would be unpaid, at least initially.

Members of the public on hand for the meeting were largely against the formation of the district. Many wondered where the money would come from to pay for water and sewer projects. Pandora Mayor John Schlumbohm said fees from water and sewer bills would be used to cover any debt.

Backers of the district say it will help manage regulations coming down from the EPA.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/18/16 – 5:15 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners haven’t decided if they’ll appeal a judge’s ruling about attorney fees in the Road 5 widening case. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a public meeting on the issue was scheduled for Tuesday, but no action was taken. Commissioners John Love and Vince Schroeder said they didn’t want to take action without Commissioner Travis Jerwers in attendance.

The commissioners have until June 1 to respond to the ruling. A visiting judge ordered the county pay more than $600,000 in attorney fees for violating Ohio Sunshine laws. The issue stemmed from meetings about the widening of Road 5.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/18/16 – 5:01 A.M.

A Findlay man has been indicted on an aggravated robbery charge. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up the indictment against 19-year-old David Adams Tuesday. Adams is accused of robbing two people on East Lincoln Street on May 8. The victims in the case say they had $45 taken from them at gunpoint and were beaten with a baseball bat.

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old are also facing charges stemming from the incident.

MORE: The Courier

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5/17/16 – 4:50 A.M.
Update – 9:44 A.M.

While the police are not confirming the identity of a man who died under suspicious circumstances over the past weekend, his neighbors aren’t staying silent.  Several people who live on Sherry Street in Findlay tell the Courier the man found dead in his home at 1824 Sherry Street Saturday was 56-year-old Randy Grose.

Funeral services will be have been set for Grose at the Hartley-Lehtomaa Funeral Home in McComb on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In the meantime, Lt. Robert Ring says detectives are continuing to follow up on leads.  Search warrants have also been served in the case.

Preliminary autopsy results are pending.  Ring says more information will be released as soon as possible.

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