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8/17/15 – 5:36 A.M.
Update – 8:16 A.M.

A diving incident at the Gilboa Quarry over the weekend has turned fatal. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports emergency responders were called to the facility around 12:30 p.m. Saturday after a diver stopped breathing.

Other divers at the quarry performed CPR on 52-year-old Michael Flemmer of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Emergency personnel continued when they arrived. Flemmer was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. Officials at the hospital say Flemmer has passed away. The incident remains under investigation.

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8/17/15 – 7:26 A.M.

On Sunday, Fostoria’s city council made a slight change to a tax proposal that will appear on the November ballot. The Review-Times reports council held an emergency meeting to clear up confusing language in the legislation. Law Director Tim Hoover said board of elections officials had concerns about how the measure was worded, because it was written the same way it was when it was last passed in 2011.

Corrections had to be made before today’s 5 p.m. deadline.

The 1 percent municipal income tax will earmark $600,000 for capital improvements like street repair if passed.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/17/15 – 7:13 A.M.

A Fostoria man is facing a DUI charge after he crashed into a utility pole early Sunday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just after midnight on Washington Township Road 214, near Hancock County Road 330.

Greggory Kleinmark drove off the north side of Road 214, hit a drainage tile and went airborn. His pickup truck then flipped and hit a utility pole. Kleinmark suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the crash.

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8/17/15 – 7:07 A.M.

It’s been a wild week for gas prices. Ohiogasprices.com reports the majority of gas station are selling a gallon of regular for $2.87 in Findlay this morning. That’s after selling for as low as $2.19 a gallon less than a week ago. Problems with a refinery in the midwest sent prices skyrocketing last week, up to a high of $2.89 a gallon at one point.

In Ottawa, drivers report paying $2.79 a gallon this morning, down 10 cents from Friday but up 40 cents from last Monday.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.85. That’s up from $2.41 a week ago.

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8/17/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Columbus Grove’s village council talked about the future of a vacant downtown building during a recent meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports community members have approached Mayor Ken Wright about the building at the corner of High and Sycamore streets. Both Wright and Police Chief Nick Gilenbach said they didn’t know if the location had structural issues.

Council members said they need to find a way to improve the exterior look of the building. The idea is that if the structure is sound, a better-looking facade may encourage investment into redeveloping the site.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/17/15 – 6:40 A.M.

Construction continues on several Findlay roads this week and as a result, there are some areas you’ll want to avoid. The city engineer’s office says the following areas will be affected:

Northbound traffic on North Main Street will be reduced to one lane from the railroad tracks to Trenton Avenue. At the same time, southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from Howard Street to the railroad tracks.

Lima Avenue between Main Street and Western Avenue will be closed to through traffic. Pearl Street from Main Street to Washington Avenue; and Hancock Street from Main Street to Park Street will also be closed.

Eastbound Tiffin Avenue traffic will be reduced to one lane between McMannes and Fostoria avenues.

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8/17/15 – 5:27 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged in a weekend fire. Firefighters were called to 1010 Graceland Avenue around 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Smoke was coming from the second floor of the home as emergency crews arrived.

The flames were contained to one room in the house. Everyone in the home escaped without injury. The fire did around $35,000 in total damages. An investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

The Hancock County Chapter of the Red Cross is assisting the family.

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8/17/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A Findlay man was stabbed during an alleged domestic incident early Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at 2060 Breckenridge Road, apartment 12, around 2:30 a.m.

Officers report 20-year-old Violet Henderson and 21-year-old Michell Sasse got into an argument, which led to a knife being brandished. They struggled over the weapon, and fell to the floor. Sasse suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to his abdomen as a result. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Henderson has been charged with underage consumption and domestic violence. Sasse was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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8/17/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A full-body scanner is now in use at the Hancock County Jail. The Courier reports a Rapiscan Secure 1000 SP scanner has been put in place. Jail Administrator Lt. Ryan Kidwell tells the newspaper the scanner will reduce the need to strip search inmates. He added it will help protect jail employees and inmates alike.

The scanner is like what is in place at some airports. The machine offers a picture of items that people might be trying to smuggle back into the facility. The Hancock County ADAMHS Board and the Hancock County Commissioners both chipped in $20,750 to the equipment.

Inmates given permission to attend things like Alcoholics Anonymous and bible studies can be subject to strip searches when they come back into the jail. With the likelihood of an invasive search lowered, the hope is more inmates will take part in programs provided by the jail.

MORE: The Courier

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8/17/15 – 4:25 A.M.

An investigation is underway into a crash that killed a woman in Seneca County. The State Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Kristy Lopez was walking along County Road 592 in Jackson Township early yesterday when she was struck by a pickup truck. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the crash.

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