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8/14/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Two Wood County teenagers pleaded guilty to their roles in a scam this week. The Blade reports the 15 and 17-year-old brothers appeared in the Wood County Juvenile Court Tuesday. They were found delinquent and scheduled for a September 22 disposition hearing.

The boys told their victims they were collecting money for an Elmwood High School teacher who was battling cancer.

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8/14/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The Fostoria post office will not be operating with shorter hours. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria postal location was mistakenly put on a list with many rural locations that will use shorter hours to save money. An August 8 news release from the U.S. Postal Service led to the confusion.

David Van Allen is with the postal service and told the newspaper, “Fostoria is way too big of an office.” He added the reduced hour plan is only for very small post office locations.

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8/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says someone has been calling area residents, pretending to be a sheriff deputy in an attempt to steal money from them. A release from the office says the caller tells the potential targets there is a bench warrant out for their arrest. They then say they can avoid being arrested by placing a certain amount of money on a prepaid credit card and then giving them the information from that card.

Deputies don’t request money from people over the phone. If you’ve received a call like this you’re urged to report it to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The number is (419)424-7097.

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8/14/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The process of how Findlay collects income taxes was the subject of debate at a recent meeting. The Courier reports Auditor Jim Staschiak and Income Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas had differing opinions over how things are handled.

Staschiak says the process of letting some businesses pay their tax bill every October makes it difficult to predict what city revenues will be. An example of this came last October, when a business made an unexpected $4.8 million payment. Staschiak would prefer all businesses make estimated quarterly payments.

Thomas said the October payment option gives the city a reliable revenue stream and cuts down on the amount of refunds the city gives out. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said refunds were one of the reasons the city got into financial trouble in the past. Money would be spent from estimate payments, but then money would get tight when refund checks were given out.

The city began allowing October payments in 2009.

MORE: The Courier

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8/13/14 – 10:30 A.M.

A crash involving an ethanol truck has U.S. 6 closed west of Bowling Green. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection with Potter Road this morning.

Investigators confirmed one person was killed.

U.S. 6 will be closed in that area until further notice.


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8/13/14 – 9:20 A.M.

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher was recently faced with an unenviable task; dispatching fire trucks to her own home. That’s exactly what happened to Beth Hellman Sunday. Her husband and three children escaped the blaze in their home near Kalida, but they lost everything else…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Shelly Knippen is helping organize a relief effort for the Hellman family. She says support has been so great over the last two days they’re actually holding off on asking for any more items for the time being…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Knippen says they are still asking for monetary help though. To find out more on how to donate, go the the “Hellman Family Fire Relief” Facebook page.

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8/13/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Allen County’s “Mystery Woman” has a trial date. The Lima News reports Ann Marie Miller will be tried on October 6. She’s charged with tampering with records and using false information to attempt to gain a state identification card.

Miller’s case gained national attention when she refused to identify herself following her arrest. She had burned off her fingerprints, making identification very difficult. A tip from Florida helped identify the woman.

Miller also faces felony charges in Virginia and Colorado.

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8/13/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The former superintendent of a Hardin County cemetery has pleaded not guilty to several charges. Kentontoday.com reports a lawyer for Shawn Cook entered the pleas Monday afternoon. Cook has been indicted on eight counts of tampering with records, eight counts of money laundering, and sixteen counts of theft in office.

Bond was set at $25,000.

Cook retired in May of 2013 after working for 32 years at Grove Cemetery.

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8/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Residents of the Old Fort School District and what was the Bettsville School District won’t see any changes on their taxes this year. Next year will be a different story though. The Review Times reports the districts had their documents filed with the state before Bettsville was transfered into the Old Fort district. As a result tax bills generated for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will be the same as they were in the past.

The next fiscal year will be different. A bond levy for the Bettsville distirct will be shared by residents in Old Fort. The Bettsville Library will be included in the transfer and will become part of the Old Fort School district. That means the Old Fort Board of Education will handle any future levies for the library.

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