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8/19/16 – 6:56 A.M.

Six people were injured in a three-car crash near Lima Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 81 and Thayer Road around 11:15 a.m. 28-year-old Rachel Perez of Columbus was driving south on Thayer when she failed to yield at the intersection with Route 81. She was hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Heather Rowe of Ada. A third car driven by 24-year-old Courtney Sites of Lima was stopped on the south side of the intersection was also hit.

Perez and her three children were taken to a Lima area hospital for treatment of their injuries. Rowe and her passenger were also hospitalized. Sites and her passenger were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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8/19/16 – 5:29 A.M.

The Seneca County Park District will have a levy on the November ballot. The Review-Times reports an additional .5 mill, 10-year levy will be put in front of voters. The measure would raise more than $582,000 a year for the district. It is the first levy request for the organization.

The levy will be the only countywide issue in Seneca County this fall.

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8/19/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Confusion over a proposed water and sewer district in Putnam County was addressed at a recent meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports community members wanted to know why the county commissioners voted to establish a governing board for the district but then voted 2-1 against participating. While Commissioner Vince Schroeder said if the commissioners had voted “yes” all the townships in the county would have been included in the district, attorney Rex Huffman said that wasn’t the case.

Other rumors and misconceptions were also addressed. Those in attendance were told the district would not have the power to impose taxes on the general public. They could request levies for funding. The district would have the power to use eminent domain to run infrastructure to customers.

If established, the water and sewer district would not have the ability to force people living along water lines to tap-in to the service.

It was also said costs for projects wouldn’t be communal. That means individual towns would be responsible for paying for their own water and sewer upgrades.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/19/16 – 5:03 A.M.

A former Hancock County assistant prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence. The Courier reports 36-year-old Elizabeth Smith of Kalida was sentenced earlier this week. Putnam County Municipal Judge Chad Niese sentenced Smith to 33 days in jail with a $375 fine. Thirty days in jail will be suspended if Smith attends a driving intervention program. She’ll be given credit for another three days at the completion of the program.

Smith was arrested for drunken driving on April 17 in Putnam County. She was fired from her position in the prosecutor’s office following the incident.

MORE: The Courier

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8/18/16 – 11:43 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will get some more information about a jobs program before they decide on a contract. During their Thursday meeting, the commissioners tabled a resolution that would have allowed the Department of Job and Family services to hire someone to work on employment outreach. At a future meeting, Hancock County JFS Director Diana Hoover will answer questions about the deal.

According to the proposed one-year contract, the position would be paid $49,500. The contract could be renewed twice.

The job duties outlined in the proposal include collaborating with Ohio Means Jobs and initiating targeted business outreach. The person hired would also work with area businesses to let them know about OMJ tools that are available to them. Other job duties include working with area staffing firms, recruiting skilled employees, and coming up with a process to help rehabilitate job candidates who fail initial screenings due to social issues.

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8/18/16 – 11:36 A.M.

New rules governing overtime hours go into place December 1. Members of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce learned more about the rules during a Thursday seminar. Attorney Bill Beach says the most important thing to remember is the law applies to all businesses…

Audio: Bill Beach

The executive order from President Obama makes employees making less than $47,500 per year eligible for overtime pay.

Beach says businesses should start analyzing the number of hours each of their employees work if they haven’t already…

Audio: Bill Beach

Beach says that the only way to figure out if they need to bump someone’s pay to meet the new exempt employee threshold or not.

Beach adds that businesses that don’t follow the rules could face hefty fines.

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8/18/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Hydrant flushing has wrapped up in one area of Findlay and moves into a new part of town this week. The water distribution department reports work will begin today in an area spanning from McManness Avenue to the west, County Road 236 to the east, Tiffin Avenue to the south, and Fostoria Avenue to the north.

Hydrant flushing in the country club area has been completed.

Work continues in an area spanning Bright Road to the west, County Road 237 to the east, south to the Blanchard River, and north to Tiffin Avenue.

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8/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A man who allegedly confessed to murdering his 2-year-old son 10 years ago in Putnam County was indicted by the grand jury recently. The Courier reports 30-year-old Julio Soto of Napoleon is charged with aggravated murder and murder. He also faces felonious assault, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence charges.

2-year-old Julio Baldoza died in January of 2006. At the time Soto said he accidentally hit the child with an ATV and then refused to get medical treatment for the boy. He ended up pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge. However, in late July Soto went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and reportedly admitted he murdered Baldoza.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers told the Putnam County Sentinel Soto indicated he acted willingly in the death of the toddler.

MORE: The Courier

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8/18/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Today is the final day on the bench for a Findlay Municipal Court judge. The Courier reports Robert Fry is retiring after 38 years of working in the legal field. He’s been a municipal court judge since 2007 when he was appointed to fill the remaining term of Vernon Preston. He was elected to the position later that year.

Before becoming a judge, Fry worked in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for 26 years. He spent 15 of those years as the county prosecutor.

Fry and his wife are moving to South Carolina. They’ve sold their Findlay home and intend to be closer to the beach.

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