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6/12/14 – 4:49 A.M.

More Ottawa properties could be designated as high risks for flood water inundation if a new FEMA flood map is approved. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village recently received preliminary flood maps. The biggest change is that zones of moderate to minimal risk have all been moved into high risk areas.

If the map is approved, it could mean more Ottawa residents would be required to carry flood insurance, or see changes in their current flood protection rates.

FEMA will hold public meetings on the issue. No meetings have been scheduled yet.

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6/11/14 – 11:06 A.M.

The state legislature passed new graduation standards for Ohio high school students last week, and it means big changes. Liberty-Benton High School Principal Brenda Frankhart explained some of the major changes today…

Audio: Brenda Frankart

Frankhart says the new tests will be a big departure from the Ohio Graduation Test…

Audio: Brenda Frankart

Frankart is also concerned about the technology needed to run the test. She said LB took part in a pilot program to see how the tests would work this year, and had problems getting the tests to run right.

High school students will take the new tests in seven subjects.

Two alternatives were also passed last week. Students can use their SAT or ACT scores in place of the English and math tests. Kids on the vocational path can get a diploma by getting an industry-recognized credential.

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6/11/14 – 10:38 A.M.

The US Women’s National Softball team will play a double header in Findlay next Tuesday, but the events surrounding their visit get underway this weekend. Starting Friday the Greg Miller Memorial tournament will feature 60 softball teams from around the state and beyond. Right about the time that wraps up, the national team will be arriving in Findlay. Jim Welch is helping organize the visit and says it will be a busy few days for the team…

Audio: Jim Welch

The team will play a doubleheader against a team of college all stars at the Cube followed by an autograph session.

Welch says the national governing body of softball, the ASA, has taken notice of the growing popularity of girls fastpitch in Findlay…

Audio: Jim Welch

He adds that top notch facilities like the Marathon Diamonds and Van Buren’s fields help attract the national team as well.

Tickets are $10 and are still available.

You can get more information at findlayfastpitch.org or blackhawksfastpitch.org

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6/11/14 – 7:23 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Forest man Monday. Kentontoday.com reports the accident happened on Hardin County Road 144 around 5:15 p.m.

29-year-old Matthew Mulholland was driving west on 144 when he went left of center. His SUV hit an eastbound Peacock Water Conditioning truck driven by 64-year-old Musolf.

Witnesses told investigators Mulholland was speeding and had been driving left of center for some time before the crash happened. He was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

The crash remains under investigation.

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6/11/14 – 7:15 A.M.

Columbus Grove will begin its 150th anniversary celebration this weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports eight days of events will kick off June 15. Sunday’s activities will include a chicken bbq and presentations from speakers like Congressman Bob Latta and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp.

Columbus Grove was founded in 1864. Most of the early settlers came from Columbus, and located the village on the site of what had once been a sugar grove.

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6/11/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in Arcadia Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on East Fremont Street just before 4 p.m.

23-year-old Morgan Roberts slowed for traffic and was hit from behind by an SUV driven by 27-year-old Amanda Zelenak of Fostoria. Roberts was treated for injuries at the scene. Zelenak was cited for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

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6/11/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A 9-year-old boy was injured in Findlay last night when he ran into a van. The police department reports that around 6 p.m., Xavier Hattery ran across Western Avenue near Putnam Street and into the side of a van driven by 39-year-old Amy Van Atta of Findlay.

The boy was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No citations were issued.

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6/11/14 – 5:08 A.M.

Four Wood County men were indicted Tuesday in connection to the alleged assault of a Fostoria man. 20-year-olds James Frederick and Joshua McCoy, as well as 21-year-old Michael Enright all face charges of assault. The incident in question happened on April 27.

McCoy and 20-year-old Caress Jakcsy also face a bribery charge. Prosecutors say the men tried to coerce the victim on May 4.

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6/11/14 – 4:58 A.M.

A search that turned up more than 1,000 oxycodone pills during a traffic stop in Hancock County has been ruled inadmissible. The Courier reports Judge Reginald Routson made the ruling Monday, during a hearing for Trenton Shuttlesworth.

Routson said he doubted that Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies was able to smell marijuana during a brief encounter during a traffic stop last November. Beidelschies testified that he smelled the odor of raw marijuana on Shuttlesworth, which led to the search.

Routson also ruled that Beidelschies and Sgt. Michael Walter should have got a search warrant. The judge said Shuttlesworth showed no signs he would destroy evidence.

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