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2/23/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer charged with OVI is back on the job. The Review-Times reports Officer Justin Kiser returned to work Monday. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper Kiser has been placed on administrative duty while he appeals his driver’s license suspension.

Kiser was taken into custody on February 6 on Union Street in Fostoria. He was initially pulled over for speeding, but was then arrested following a field sobriety test. A State Highway Patrol officer made the traffic stop. Kiser has pleaded not guilty in the case.

It’s one of two OVI cases this year involving Fostoria Police Officers. Officer Cory Brian was arrested on January 17 in Hancock County.

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2/23/16 – 5:15 A.M.

There’s nothing concrete in the works, but Arlington voters will likely see a building project on the ballot sometime in the future. Superintendent Kevin Haught talked about the issue after his contract was renewed Monday night. Haught tells the Courier if a new building were ever approved, the 1992 addition would be kept, but everything else would be torn down. The district would likely use the existing football field as the location for a new building. Additional land would be bought for a new football field.

Arlington voters have rejected four building levies since 2007. As of now there’s no word on if another levy would be put in front of voters this year.

The school board talked about maintenance issues Monday night. Plans to recrown the football field for better drainage will move forward this year. The board approved spending up to $75,000 on the project at a previous meeting.

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2/23/16 – 5:02 A.M.

A McComb councilwoman has stepped down. The Courier reports Dawn Swain submitted her resignation Monday night. Swain’s residency had been called into question earlier this month. In her resignation letter, Swain said “increased work responsibility” and “private matters” led her to come to the decision to step down.

She’ll be replaced by former council member Leslie Seele. Council voted 4-1 to appoint her to the vacant council seat. Councilman Jim Clark voted against the appointment, saying council should have taken applications from the community for three weeks.

Seele lost a reelection bid in November to Dawn Swain and Jim Clark.

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2/23/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Ideas to upgrade recreational facilities in Findlay were talked about during a Monday meeting. Some of the long-term projects discussed at what was called a “recreation summit” included a second sheet of ice at The Cube, a field house, and eventually an indoor pool. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer tells the Courier the most consistent thing brought up is the need for another sheet of ice in the city.

No large recreation projects are likely to happen this year. That’s because they weren’t factored into the city’s long-term capital plan. Schmelzer says an ice rink project could possibly “cash-flow” itself because of the demand for ice time.

Some smaller projects could happen sooner, like adding electric outlets to ball diamond dugouts and putting fencing around soccer fields.

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2/22/16 – 6:50 A.M.

If you thought Saturday felt like a nice spring day, you weren’t wrong. A record high for February 20 was set, as the temperature topped out at 68 degrees Saturday. That topped the former record of 67, which was set in 1930.

The Findlay Water Pollution Control Center keeps track of city’s weather records.

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2/22/16 – 6:45 A.M.

You’ll pay more at the gas pump for a second straight Monday. OhioGasPrices.com reports most Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.65 today. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high of $1.79 a gallon.

In Ottawa, drivers report prices are at $1.64 a gallon, up 15 cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $1.68 for a gallon of regular, which is up 13 cents from last Monday.

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2/22/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A Fostoria home had to be torn down after it was damaged by a weekend fire. The Courier reports firefighters responded to a call at 151 East Fremont Street Friday afternoon, and they were called back around 6 a.m. Saturday. Fire Chief Kenneth Chapman tells the newspaper the home was “fully enveloped” in flames when crews arrived Saturday.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is not considered suspicious. The home was a rental property valued at $80,000.

Several pets were killed in the Friday fire, but all four family members escaped safely. They’re being helped by the American Red Cross.

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2/22/15 – 5:30 A.M.

The primary election is less than a month away and today we begin looking at some of the candidates and issues you’ll see on the local ballot. Today we start with Hancock County Commissioner candidate John Harrington.

Harrington has been vocal in his criticism of Incumbent Brian Robertson’s business practices during his campaign…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Harrington did say he didn’t blame Robertson for using the tax incentive. He added he thought as a commissioner he should have attempted to find facilities in Hancock County.​

On the subject of flood control, Harrington says while the pace as been frustrating we need to stay the course…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Harrington adds he believes that includes funding for a mitigation project.

A half-percent sales tax will expire during the next four-year term. Harrington says he’d love to find a way to cut taxes, but doesn’t think it would work in this case…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Tomorrow’s profile will focus on Brian Robertson.


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2/22/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured five people in Findlay Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of Crystal and East Melrose avenues around 1:10 p.m. 69-year-old Annette Dove was driving east on East Melrose Avenue when she ran a stop light and hit a van driven by 23-year-old Brittany Grer.

The five people taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital suffered minor injuries in the crash. Dove was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

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