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3/28/14 – 6:58 A.M.

CSX will upgrade rail crossings in Seneca and Wood Counties. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio reports the rail company will install flashing lights and roadway gates in two locations.

In Seneca County, the equipment will be installed at the Green Road/Township Road 108 rail crossing south of Fostoria. In Wood County, CSX will upgrade the Reitz Road/Township Road 101 crossing south of Perrysburg.

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3/28/14 – 6:34 A.M.

New Riegel residents will pay higher sewer rates on their next bill. The Courier reports the Seneca County commissioners approved a $20-a-month increase Thursday. That will bring the quarterly bill up to $264, for an increase of $60. That’s lower than the original estimates of a $100 quarterly increase.

The rates are going up because it’s getting more expensive to treat the water at the Fostoria treatment plant.

MORE: The Courier

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3/28/14 – 5:24 A.M.

Three fallen Findlay firefighters could be honored on a national memorial. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation plans extend a recognition wall at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park. The memorial sits in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Fire Chief Tom Lonyo has submitted the names of Roland Smith, William VanAtta and Richard Shively.

Smith and VanAtta died on April 24, 1978, while attempting a water rescue at the Riverside Park dam. Shively died on April 26, 1983, while battling a fire.

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3/29/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Hancock County saw a slight increase in population last year. The U.S. Census Bureau released 2013 numbers Thursday. The figures estimate 75,773 people called Hancock County home last year. That’s up 103 from 2012. Henry and Wood Counties also saw population increases in 2013. Henry saw an increase of seven people, while Wood County saw 556 more people residing there.

All the other surrounding counties in the area lost population. Wyandot saw the biggest number of people leaving, with a population loss of 144.

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3/28/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Emergency crews were on the scene of a two-car injury crash on Ottawa’s east side last night. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened in the 3000 block of East Main St. around 10:30 p.m. Authorities say the crash injured multiple people. A medical helicopter was called to the scene.

No other details have been released.

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3/27/14 – 10:24 A.M.

Microsoft will drop support for Windows XP on April 8. Once that happens it will be open season for hackers, because they’ll be able to exploit any security flaws without fear of them being fixed. That’s bad news for you if you don’t upgrade. It’s even worse news if you don’t upgrade and you’re entrusted with government data.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says the county will spend a little more than $33,000 to fix the issue. 43 county computers are still running on the XP operating system.

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3/27/14 – 8:41 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has released more details on how they arrested four burglary suspects earlier this week. The Courier reports the GPS from a laptop taken from 1000 Crystal Meadows Court led officers to people involved in the crime.

Residents of the home called police around 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard noises coming from the bottom floor of their house. Witnesses then saw two men running from the area. They got away in a Chrysler Voyager minivan. Officers saw the same minivan pull into the Imperial Marathon gas station on W. Main Cross Street around 5:30 a.m.

Police arrested two men at the gas station, and two others at an apartment at 1312 W. Sandusky Street. Authorities say stolen items were found in the apartment.

Prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Cayd Burton and 19-year-old Zachary Montgomery with first-degree aggravated burglary. Investigators say Burton and Montgomery had guns with them when they entered the house at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court. 21-year-old Nicholas Rarey and 21-year-old Adrian Castillo faces charges of burglary.

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3/27/14 – 8:39 A.M.

The teenager accused of being the getaway driver in a Fostoria convenience store robbery has pleaded not guilty. The Review-Times reports 19-year-old Zachary Spires made a court appearance Wednesday. Prosecutors have charged Spires with complicity to aggravated robbery.

Investigators say Spires drove the car Dakota Sharninghouse got away in after he robbed the E. Lytle Street Circle K.

The robbery took place February 27.

MORE: Review-Times

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A Findlay business owner received a hand-delivered tax refund check Wednesday. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa dropped off a $1,234 check to Eyes on Main owner Duane Wires. While in Findlay Testa talked about efforts to revise Ohio tax codes for businesses who overpay their tax bill. Currently the state is not required to notify businesses when they’re owed a refund.

Testa was traveling in the region to drop off similar checks to other businesses.

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