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10/8/2015 – 5:00 pm

Putnam County residents concerned about their children’s safety this Halloween can use a service which will help. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced that the service OffenderWatch will show the addresses of all 43 registered sex offenders in Putnam County. According to a release from Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler, they wanted to let the public know where these individuals lived so that they’d avoid their homes on Halloween.

The service provides a mapping and address feature provided through the sheriff’s website at www.sheriffoff.com which will be able to help parents map out their kids Trick or Treat routes. Information on the service can be found at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Website at www.sheriffoff.com or by calling the office at 419-523-3208.


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10/8/2015 – 4:40 pm

As the fall harvest rolls along, and with dry weather staying around for the most part, farmers need to take precautions to make sure they don’t start fires with their equipment in the fields. OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz reminds farmers to put a fire extinguisher in every vehicle they use.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz also says farmers should put two extinguishers in their combines. One for up near the cab and another down towards the ground so that there would always be one within reach. Lentz also notes there are other common sense tips that farmers can keep in mind this season.

Audio: Ed Lentz


Also keep any oily rags and drop cloths away from the machinery while it’s running in the field. Lentz also reminds farmers to allow their machinery to cool down each night to prevent overheating in the fields during the harvest.

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10/8/2015 – 3:30 pm

Hancock County Job & Family Services has kicked off a “Foster Local” campaign to encourage awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families in the community. Angie Rader with the JFS Children Services says that there is a need for new foster parents in the community.

Audio: Angie Rader

Hancock JFS is partnering with the Putnam, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot county agencies to promote the need for foster parents in all five counties. While there are many current foster parents in each county, Rader says that there still is a great need for more parents.

Audio: Angie Rader

If you want to be a foster parent, or would like more information about the program, Rader says that you can get information at www.fosterlocal.org

Audio: Angie Rader

You can also visit hancockjfs.org or you can call the office at 419-424-7022 ext: 5. for more information.

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10/8/2015 – 12:30 pm

During National Fire Prevention Week this month, Kindergarten students in Findlay and Hancock county schools will be receiving free smoke alarms to help protect their homes. The program is called Project S.A.F.E and is sponsored by the American Red Cross. Todd James, director of the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Red Cross said that the program has been going on for around three years and it begins with a presentation in the schools.

Audio: Todd James

The program is sponsored by Walmart and the Findlay Kiwanis Club. James said that many of the students know quite a bit already about fire safety, which helps when they are trying to make homes safer for all family members.

Audio: Todd James

If you would like more information about the S.A.F.E. Program or would like to support it, you can contact the Red Cross at 419-422-9322.

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10/8/2015 – 11:43 am

One arrest was made after a search of a residence uncovered drugs in Upper Sandusky. The Courier reports that the Wyandot County Special Response team served a search warrant at 13961 Wyandot County Road 115 early Wednesday evening. During the search, detectives found a large amount of marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills, a loaded handgun and a large amount of cash.

24-year-old Zachery Scofield of Upper Sandusky was arrested on felony charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana. Assisting in the search were the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, Carey Police Department, Upper Sandusky Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wyandot County EMS.

More: The Courier

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10/8/15 – 11:34 A.M.

A local business is taking another step in the recovery from an arson that destroyed its facilities in 2014. The owner of Sink’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse brought plans for a new greenhouse at the store’s North Main Street location in front of the Findlay City Planning Commission Thursday…

Audio: Chuck Clapper

Chuck Clapper says the site plans also include a new garage on the back of the store at 2700 North Main Street.

A fire destroyed the former Sink’s location on Washington Avenue in August of 2014. 20-year-old Bryant Smith is serving a six-year prison sentence in connection to that arson case.

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10/8/2015 – 10:25 am

Findlay Police are investigating a breaking and entering at the Marathon Gas station on Trenton Ave this morning. According to a release from the police department, officers found the front window of the station shattered by a rock. A cash box was reported to have been stolen. No suspects were located and no description is available.

The incident remains under investigation. If anyone has any information about this incident, they are asked to contact the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7150. You can also contact Hancock County Crimestoppers at 419-424-8477.

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10/8/2015 – 10:12 am

Natural gas service in the Village of Risingsun has been interrupted due to damage to a transmission line. According to a representative with Columbia Gas of Ohio, the damage occurred around one mile west of the village on Bays Road, which severed the lone feed.

Around 280 customers are without service this morning. Crews are on-site. Once repairs to the line are made, Columbia Gas will go door-to-door to restore service. And as a reminder to residents, all Columbia Gas employees have photo identification.

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10/8/15 – 5:24 A.M.

Four of the large grain silos on Fostoria’s west side are being torn down. The Review-Times reports crews began the demolition process Wednesday. Ford Mennel of the Mennel Milling Company tells the newspaper the were “well over 100-years-old.” The bins stored wheat up until a few days ago.

New, slightly larger silos will be built in the spring.

MORE: Review-Times

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10/8/15 – 5:17 A.M.

After flood waters poured into Kalida this past summer, officials in the Putnam County village are taking steps to give residents a better warning of when trouble is brewing. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Kalida Safety Council has given approval to install a flood gauge along the Ottawa River.

County funding may be available for the equipment. The gauge is expected to cost $3,500, plus $500 annually for maintenance. It would be placed at the Road 19 crossing of the Ottawa River.

Police Chief Jim Gulker says the gauge would assist in county-wide safety during flood events.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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