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10/15/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Work continues on Hancock County’s budget. The county commissioners met with the budget commission Tuesday to review third-quarter numbers from this year. Revenue is up for the county, having collected $16.7 million through three-quarters of the year, compared to $16.1 million last year.

Expenses are up a little as well. The county has spent $13.4 million through nine months, which is about $56,000 more than 2013.

The commissioners hope to be able to carry-over $2.5 million from this year’s budget into 2015.

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10/15/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A jury was seated Tuesday for a Findlay murder trial. The Courier reports the jury for Montre Robinson consists of nine-women and three-men. Robinson is accused in the murder of Joe Gutierrez III on November 8 of last year at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal Avenues. Prosecutors say Robinson drove the gunman to the scene of the shooting.

The first day of testimony is scheduled to begin today. The jury will visit the site where the shooting happened. It’s expected the trial could last through next week.

The gunman in the shooting pleaded guilty already. 21-year-old Ralph Harris of Findlay will be sentenced after Robinson’s trial.

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The owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics in Wood County is asking for more time to comply with Ohio’s new exotic animal law. Earlier this month, Kenny Hetrick was told he had ten days to surrender his animals to the state or face criminal charges. Hetrick previously said he was defying the state law because he didn’t have the money to follow its requirements, but now says money isn’t an issue because of donations coming in from all over the world.

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10/14/14 – 10:54 A.M.

If you drive by electronic billboards in Findlay, you may have noticed an ad with a caricature and the caption, “Kilroy was here.” Some light on what that means was shed at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. Bob Driftmyer is a past commander of Amvets Post 21 says it’s a nod to World War II vets…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says it can also teach younger generations more about World War II. He says “Kilroy” graffiti was a viral sensation before there was such a thing…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says the caricature served as a morale booster for troops. That’s why you’re seeing it pop up in Findlay recently. The iconic image is being used to salute WWII veterans in the lead up to Veterans Day next month.

The Courier will have an article featuring WWII veterans talking about their favorite Kilroy memories later in October.

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10/14/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our election preview today with a look at one of the candidates running for Congress in Ohio’s 5th District.

Democrat Robert Fry says a big emphasis in his campaign is bringing jobs back to northwest Ohio…

Audio: Robert Fry

Fry says the government is making it too easy for companies to move elsewhere by not enforcing trade regulations.

Fry also says he knows flood mitigation is a big economic issue for Hancock and Putnam Counties…

Audio: Robert Fry

Fry adds the money is there, it’s just a question of having the right people in place to see that it gets where it needs to go.

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10/14/14 – 5:28 A.M.
Update – 6:54 A.M.

A newlywed couple was involved in a fatal crash in Wyandot County over the weekend. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 3:45 p.m. Sunday on Antrim Township Road 135, south of State Route 294.

10TV in Columbus reports 27-year-old Andrew Bloomfield and his new wife Ruth were both in the pickup truck driven by Timothy Tebbe of Nevada. Andrew and another passenger, 26-year-old Elizabeth Shelton were both ejected and killed after the vehicle hit a utility pole and rolled over in a cornfield. Ruth Bloomfield and Tebbe were trapped inside the truck. Ruth was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

The crash remains under investigation.

Andrew and Ruth Bloomfield had just exchanged their wedding vows hours before the crash.

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10/14/14 – 5:17 A.M.
Updated 3:45 p.m.

A fatal crash is under investigation in Hardin County today. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 3:30 a.m. on State Route 67, east of State Route 235 near Roundhead.

According to the report, 45-year-old David Browning of Spring Hill, Florida was driving a commercial milk tanker east on State Route 67. 29-year-old Brian Stolzenburg of Harrod was driving west on State Route 67 when he went left of center, striking the semi head-on.

Stolzenburg was pronounced dead at the scene and Browning was treated at the scene by Roundhead EMS for minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the crash.

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10/14/14 – 5:13 A.M.

The Carey school board approved additional work for the news school building during their Monday meeting. The Courier reports around $950,000 will be spent on items not in the contract for the new school. The money will come from $509,000 in savings on construction costs, plus a $1.2 million contingency fund set aside for construction.

Some of the additions include longer lasting diode lighting, more durable flooring in high-traffic areas, and a metal roof. The money will also pay for a more cushioned wood floor for the main gym. Retractable seats and a light/sound control booth will be added to the auditorium/cafeteria.

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10/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

McComb officials will have the village’s wastewater treatment plant examined to see what maintenance needs to be done there. The Courier reports Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council members 32 loads of sludge were removed from a tank at the facility. That helped workers get an idea of the repairs needed. They found gravel, shovels, and hammers inside, which may have stripped gears in the tank’s machinery.

Kirk Brothers of Alvada will now determine what needs fixed at the plant.

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10/14/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The Findlay City School district is continuing efforts to help kids who are having trouble learning to read. The Courier reports the school board was given a report from each principal in the district during last night’s meeting. The principals outlined the efforts taking place in each of their buildings.

The primary and intermediate schools in the district are using several methods to help the children. They include using paraprofessionals on an hourly basis. Most of the paraprofessionals are former teachers.

The schools are also using the accelerated reading program and the Children’s Mentoring Connection. University of Findlay students are also helping tutor students.

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