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4/21/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Fire destroyed a shed in Findlay over the weekend. Firefighters were called to 606 W. Hardin Street around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night. They had the flames under control a short time later.

Firefighters blamed the flames on a hot ember is some yard waste inside the shed. The damage total was $20,000. No one was injured fighting the flames.


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4/21/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Fostoria woman will spend three years in prison. The Review-Times reports 39-year-old April Walker pleaded guilty to charges of child-endangerment and abduction. She also pleaded guilty to a count of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Prosecutors accused Walker of “attempting to restrain the liberty” of a handicapped child under the age of 21. She was also accused of abusing the same child.

The crimes allegedly happened last November.

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4/21/14 – 4:41 A.M.

Eight firefighter positions are safe in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a SAFER grant to the city recently. The grant totals a little more than $1.1 million and will last for two years. The last SAFER grant issued to Fostoria ran out in September of last year. It was for $1.2 million.

Fire Chief Keith Loreno told the newspaper the grant was, “a critical component towards our budget this year.”

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4/15/14 – 9:31 A.M.

Work crews removed 191 logjams from the Blanchard River last year. That’s according to a report from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. The agency provided the numbers to a joint session of the Hancock County Ag Committee Roundtable and the Farm Bureau.

Of the logjams removed, five blocked two-thirds or more of the river. Ten of the jams blocked between one-third to two-thirds of the river. The bulk of the work saw the removal of blockages caused by one-to-three downed trees.

The district’s report also said the ongoing clearing approved by a joint board of county commissioners should be complete by next April.

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4/15/14 – 7:37 A.M.

Authorities in Indiana have arrested a Tiffin man, accusing him of threatening two women. Media reports from Warsaw, Indiana say the trouble started last month. On March 17, 39-year-old Eugene Sleezer called a hospital in the city to get his deceased mother’s medical records. When an employee told him he needed his mother’s birth certificate, Sleezer allegedly threatened the woman. Police reports say he told the woman he would “get her” and “knock her teeth down her throat.”

Further investigation found he threatened another woman in the city. The second victim was the girlfriend of Sleezer’s mother’s next of kin.

Sleezer is charged with two counts of intimidation.

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4/15/14 – 6:35 A.M.

The Fostoria school district will sell one of their buildings to a church. The school board approved selling the Holmes Elementary Building to Fostoria Foursquare Church for $30,000. The building sits at 500 Parkway Drive.

The board had put the property up for auction, but there were no bids.

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4/15/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The majority of Carey junior high and high school students will be drug tested next year. The Courier reports the school board approved a contract with a Perrysburg firm to conduct the tests. A committee will put together the specifics of the testing policy before the board votes on the rules.

The rough draft of the program calls for any Carey students involved in sports or other extracurricular activities to be drug tested. Students who request parking passes would also be subject to the program. The school estimates that covers 90 to 95% of the student population.

Failed test could mean counseling and rehab. There would also be consequences for a failed test. Those measures have not been determined yet.

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4/15/14 – 5:17 A.M.

McComb officials will tackle a backed up drainage issue. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council last night that they’ll use a camera to see if there is a blockage around Cherry Street. The Courier reports officials will also get estimates for installing a larger line in that area.

The village may also look into a waterline issue near Panther Parkway.

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