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4/15/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The Republican candidates for Hancock County Commissioners squared off in a forum Monday. The incumbent Phil Riegle and the challenger Steve Oman talked about economic development, the health department, and of course – flood mitigation.

Riegle said as frustrating as staying the course with the Army Corps of Engineers is, it’s the only option we have if we want to reduce flooding in Hancock County…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Oman said he believed the county wasn’t seeing any return on its investments for what was spent on Army Corps studies…

Audio: Steve Oman

On the topic of merging the county and city health departments, challenger Steve Oman said he’s in favor of it as long as it’s the right deal for the county…

Audio: Steve Oman

The incumbent Phil Riegle said he’s been on the committee that’s been working on the current round of discussions, and that they are closer than ever to getting a merger done…

Audio: Phil Riegle

You can listen to the full forum by clicking here.

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4/14/14 – 7:43 A.M.

A weekend shooting took the life of a Lima man. The Allen County Sheriff’s office reports the incident happened just before 4 a.m. Saturday. 19-year-old Marcus Simpson Jr. was shot at the H&R Lounge on the city’s south side. EMS crews took him to a Lima hospital where he was pronounced dead.

21-year-old Devontae Williams was also shot. He’s being treated for his injuries at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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4/14/14 – 7:37 A.M.

A waterline replacement project will close part of a Findlay road for about a month. Construction will close Glessner Avenue to through traffic between West Sandusky and Putnam streets starting today. Work will taken place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The road will be open nights and weekends.

Residents who live in the construction area will have access during the construction.

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4/14/14 – 7:13 A.M.

We’re paying more to fill up the gas tank as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular unleaded is $3.66 a gallon. Last Monday we were paying $3.58 a gallon. A year ago prices were at $3.36 a gallon.

In Findlay, the average price for regular was around $3.66 a gallon this morning. The average price in Fostoria was $3.59.

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4/14/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Three rail crossings in Columbus Grove are set for changes. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has announced the installation of active grade crossing warning devices at the Pearl Street and Broadway Street crossings. The Maple Street crossing will be closed. CSX plans to have the changes in place by next April.

The PUCO is also assisting the village with safety during the projects. Rumble strips, illumination, and improved signage could be put in place to warn drivers of the work.

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4/14/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Police in Fostoria arrested a Tiffin man late last week for trying to elude an officer. The Review-Times reports a deputy tried to make a routine stop in the 8000 block of State Route 18. That’s when 41-year-old Charles Amburgey pulled into the parking lot of an apartment building.

Amburgey told the deputy he lived in the complex. He’s now facing charges of obstructing official business, driving under suspension, speeding, and fictitious plates.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/14/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Wood County man will spend 17 months in prison for a sex crime he committed two years ago. The Review-Times reports 41-year-old David Grilliot of Bradner was sentenced recently. Prosecutors had first accused Grilliot of raping an 11-year-old girl in July of 2012.  A judge convicted Grilliot on a lesser felony charge.

Grilliot was also ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/14/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department released the details of a Friday assault over the weekend. Officers were dispatched to 2231 Jennifer Lane around 3:45 a.m. Friday. When they arrived they found 27-year-old Robert Purdy on the ground in the parking lot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a fractured jaw and nose.

The police have located a suspect in the case. The incident remains under investigation.


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