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1/26/2016 – 10:56 am

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery at the Fuel Mart in North Baltimore Monday night. The Sheriff’s Office reported that the robbery happened just before 9:30 pm at the store on Grant Road. During the incident, the suspect brandished a black handgun. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a dark colored mask. He fled on foot prior to the sheriff’s deputies arrival. No one was injured.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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1/26/16 – 8:45 A.M.

The end of seasonal employment in late December led to a slight increase in unemployment in several area counties last month. New numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show 100 more people were listed as unemployed in Hancock County last month. That resulted in the unemployment rate moving to 3.6 percent from 3.4 percent in November.

Not every county saw unemployment tick up though. Jobless rates were down slightly in Wyandot (3.4) and Hardin (4.2) Counties. Allen County’s rate stayed steady at 4.4 percent unemployment. Rates were up in Putnam (3.8), Henry (5.5), Wood (4.1), and Seneca (4.9) counties.

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1/26/15 – 7:43 A.M.

McComb officials are planning to install a purified water station in the village. The Courier reports council talked about putting a “WaterShed” station near the park. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District said the center would distribute drinking water for 25 cents a gallon.

Last summer saw village residents complain about brownish water from their taps. Manganese in the water supply was blamed for causing the problem. Donations of bottled water were handed out to people until the issue subsided.

WaterShed facilities are in operation in Fostoria, Bowling Green and Bloomdale. There’s no timeline for installation in McComb just yet.

MORE: The Courier

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1/26/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A vinyl tile maker has been given a state tax credit that is designed to help create jobs. The State Tax Credit Authority gave a six-year credit worth $336,000 to Nox Corp. The goal is to create 150 jobs paying an average of a little more than $31,000 a year.

Nox is based in Seoul, South Korea and began operations in Fostoria last year. It moved into the former Atlas building and added more than 16,000 square feet to the facility.

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1/26/17 – 5:27 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer recently arrested for OVI in Findlay refused to take a sobriety test. Lt. Matt Crow says a pickup driven by Cory Brian was pulled over around 2 a.m. on January 17 at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue and Hancock County Road 236 for driving left of center. Crow says Brian refused to take a sobriety test and was arrested.

Brian pleaded not guilty during a hearing last Tuesday. He was initially placed on leave from his job because his driver’s license was suspended. However his license was reinstated on appeal, and he was allowed to return to work.

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1/26/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Another step toward a new facility for bus parking for the Findlay City School District was taken Monday night. The Courier reports the school board approved spending $471,000 to upgrade a property on Romick Parkway. A contract was awarded to CSI Construction of Carey to remodel the inside of a building already on the site. The renovations will include adding restrooms, offices, an area for bus maintenance, and training rooms for employees.

The total cost of the project is just under $1 million. A $1.1 million gift from Marathon Petroleum helped pay for the new bus site. The original cost was estimated to be around $600,000. Director of Operations Dennis McPheron said more renovations than expected were needed to bring the site up to code.

The goal is to have the work done by early May, and in operation before the next school year starts.

MORE: The Courier

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1/26/16 – 4:14 A.M.

A Wood County jury could begin deliberations today in the Russell Adkins murder trial. Defense testimony started yesterday, with Adkins’ attorneys trying to prove he didn’t beat Dana Rosendale to death in 1982. Adkins claimed Rosendale fell out of his car on their way home from a bar.

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1/25/2016 – 2:36 pm

The Hancock County Commissioners have presented an update on where the county stands financially and economically. Speaking at the Findlay Rotary Club on Monday, Commissioner Brian Robertson said that in 2015, the county saw an increase in revenues which have placed it in a good position financially.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson said that Hancock County saw a $1.3 million increase in sales tax revenues in 2015 which have helped in many capital improvement projects and in the ongoing flood mitigation.

There were some increases that were not as positive. Commissioner Phil Reigle said that in 2015 there was an increase in adult protective service in the Jobs & Family Services Department, an increase in child protective services and an increase in Medicaid payouts which was due to changes in how those payouts were determined.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Reigle said that around 47% of all Medicaid payouts in Hancock County are for children, and around 65% of all county budget expenses go towards criminal justice. These include the county prosecutor, the courts and the sheriff’s office.

On the economic development side, Robertson said that companies are beginning to look at Hancock County for business, citing various Marathon expansion projects as well as companies looking to build in Findlay. Robertson said that the Hancock County sales tax rate was a contributing factor to the economic improvements in the community.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Several investment projects in the works, such as an upcoming partnership with Findlay City Schools on the construction of a fiber-optic data line and continuing improvements to the Courthouse and the courts themselves are in the works for 2016. And Riegle says that flood mitigation is continuing to move along. He said that the county has built up reserves of almost $16 million to help pay for the studies and to purchase properties in the flood zone. The county also continues to work with the state and federal government to help offset the costs of the mitigation to the local taxpayers.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Recently the county sent a request to the Maumee Conservancy District to take over the planning for the overall flood mitigation project, and Reigle said that they are continuing to work with the district on developing that plan.

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1/25/16 – 6:48 A.M.

A member of the Putnam County Fair Board has been honored for her work. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Marge Knueven was given the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence at the 91st Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention.

Knueven was one of six people in Ohio to get the award. The honor is given to people who come up with ideas to improve and strengthen fairs.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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