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4/30/15 – 5:36 A.M.

A Fostoria woman was injured in a two-car crash Wednesday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened at the intersection of Hancock County Roads 212 and 236 just before 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

56-year-old Christina Gonzalez was driving on Road 212 when she ran a stop sign and was hit by a car driven by 53-year-old Darrell Wolfe of Bloomdale. Gonzalez was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Wolfe said he would get treatment on his own.

Gonzalez was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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4/30/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Voters across Hancock County will see a renewal levy for the Blanchard Valley Center on the ballot when they go to the polls next week. BVC Director Connie Ament says the 1.9 mill operating levy helps provide a variety of services…

Audio: Connie Ament

The services include early childcare, where Ament says they’ve seen great success…

Audio: Connie Ament

Ament says the levy accounts for around 23 percent of the BVC’s funding. She adds without the money they’d have to make some tough choices when it comes to the programs they offer.

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4/30/15 – 5:29 A.M.

Ottawa administrators have concerns about who will run the village’s wastewater treatment plant in the future. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the issue was discussed during this week’s council meeting. Wastewater Director Doug Schroeder told council there aren’t enough licensed operators coming into the field to replace people who are retiring.

Schroeder told council, “the EPA only cares that you have certified operators. They don’t care that you can’t get them.”

Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips told council a Class 3 certification is needed to run the Ottawa facility. Schroeder says it takes six years for a wastewater employee to get that certification.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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4/30/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A diesel spill was reported at a rest stop south of Findlay Thursday. Hancock County Emergency Management Director Lee Swisher says the incident happened around 4 p.m. in the afternoon at the southbound rest area.

The fuel tank of a semi was punctured on the interstate and the driver pulled into the rest stop. Swisher says there were roughly 80 gallons of diesel in the tank at the time. More than 20 gallons spilled into a storm sewer.

The Ohio EPA was called in to help clean up the spill.

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4/30/15 – 5:07 A.M.

Some downtown Findlay business owners are concerned about fewer parking spaces on Sandusky Street. The Courier reports many parking spots on the south side of the street have been done away with during the construction of the Marathon Petroleum parking garage. There’s no guarantee they’ll come back after construction is over as traffic patterns could change.

Renz Salanga is the owner of Stix and the co-owner of Trans Am Meatballs. Salanga told the newspaper there are seven restaurants on the 100 block and only 13 parking spaces right now.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that during peak Marathon travel times some of the former parking spots need to be eliminated to allow for safe driving. Schmelzer added that with the Marathon garage open, many public spots downtown have opened up.

The city will study traffic on East Sandusky to determine how what to do about parking in the 100 block.

MORE: The Courier

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VIDEO: USW Members Protest Outside Marathon Petroleum

4/29/15 – 11:35 A.M.

Members of the United Steelworkers protested in front of Marathon Petroleum’s headquarters in downtown Findlay today. The rally took place ahead of the company’s shareholder meeting.

David McCall is a District 1 director for the USW. He says Marathon is insisting on rolling back safety precautions at the Galveston Bay, Texas refinery…

Audio: David McCall

Marathon has since bought the facility.

McCall outlined some of the union demands…

Audio: David McCall

McCall said it doesn’t make sense that Marathon hasn’t settled in Galveston Bay. He added all but three refineries across the nation that went on strike earlier this year have agreed to a national settlement on the safety issue.

A statement from Marathon says, “The primary area of disagreement between the union and the industry is not related to safety, it is the union’s requirement that a settlement include a commitment to replace contract workers at their represented refineries with (union) members.”

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4/29/15 – 5:30 A.M.

An official with a bank in Bluffton will meet with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington D.C. today. Eric Faulkner is the executive vice president of Citizens Bank of Bluffton. He’ll be among 17 people to meet with the Senator. Brown says the group will be talking about the importance of community banks in the state.

Brown says he would like to see “targeted regulatory relief” for the smallest banks in the nation. He adds regulations on community banks can be rolled back in a way that doesn’t undermine safety, soundness, and consumer protections.

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4/29/15 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our candidate profiles in the lead up to the May primary today with a look at Jim Staschiak, who is running for reelection in the Findlay Auditor’s race. Staschiak says long term planning is key to the auditor’s position…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak says while numbers can change over a long period, having the plan in place provides a “road map” for the community.

Many people following the auditor’s race have been focusing on how the person in that role should interact with other city offices. Staschiak says more has been made of that issue than needs to be…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak adds ultimately it’s important for the city auditor to remain objective while still helping goals get accomplished.

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4/29/15 – 5:25 A.M.

Ottawa Township trustees in Putnam County heard criticism about a plan to reduce flooding during a Tuesday meeting. The Lima News reports the trustees stood by plans to change the I-9 bridge approach when it was all said and done.

The bridge has been blamed for acting like a dam since it was rebuilt in 1996. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suggested changing the bridge approach would drop flood levels in Ottawa. Those opposing the plan say there’s been more rain since the bridge was built, giving an appearance the bridge is to blame. Opponents also say they are concerned about flooding in other areas if the changes are made.

MORE: Lima News

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4/29/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Opposition to an addiction recovery home was discussed at Tuesday’s ADAMHS board meeting. The group has been trying to establish two recovery houses in the city, but has faced backlash from two neighborhoods. The Courier reports residents of the Oakdale Drive area have told ADAMHS they would try to actively defeat the board’s next levy if a recovery home was established there.

ADAMHS Director Precia Stuby says owners of a home had offered to sell to the board. However the offer was rescinded before any action could be taken.

Tom Shutlz lives in that area and spoke at the Tuesday ADAMHS meeting. He said he agreed there should be a recovery home in the city, but not in an area zoned for single family homes.

MORE: The Courier

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