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3/21/16 – 5:29 A.M.

After several weeks of increases, gas prices are essentially flat to start the work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports many stations in Findlay are selling for $1.96 a gallon today, which is up a penny from last Monday. Prices spiked to $1.99 a gallon again late last week, but they are starting to fall from that point. Some Findlay gas stations are selling for around 10 cents less a gallon today.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $1.94 a gallon, the same price as last Monday.

The statewide average is down a penny over the last week, sitting at $1.91 a gallon today.

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3/21/16 – 5:19 A.M.

A one-car crash in Putnam County killed one person and injured two others Friday night. The State Patrol reports 24-year-old Miles Gibson of Leipsic was driving south on State Route 65 near Road C when he fell asleep at the wheel around 6:15 p.m. The car went off the road and hit a utility pole. 24-year-old Sara Montgomery, a passenger in the back seat, was not wearing a seat belt and was killed.

Gibson and an infant in the back seat both suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.

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3/21/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A three-car crash in Putnam County only resulted in minor injuries Sunday. The Lima News reports the collision happened north of Fort Jennings around 3:10 p.m.

Officers were at the scene of the crash at the intersection of U.S. 224 and State Route 634 for around an hour, but no one appeared to be seriously hurt. No other details were immediately available.

MORE: Lima News

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3/21/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Plans are moving forward for the proposed Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the board that got the ball rolling has now turned over control to the villages and townships taking part. Representatives of each entity will now draw up the final bylaws. Once that is done they will be presented to the common pleas court judge for review.

One of the goals of the district is to be able to leverage the size of the group to get water and sewer grants.

Six villages and five townships are taking part in the plan.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/17/16 – 12:19 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to upgrade its records and jail management software to improve operational efficiencies. Sheriff Mike Heldman says a lot has changed since the last time they upgraded their systems…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman presented plans to the county commissioners today to upgrade to ProPhoenix public safety software. He said the program offers many options the sheriff’s office doesn’t currently have…

Audio: Mike Heldman

The software costs $400,000. Grant money is available to help offset the cost, at $100,000 per partner agency. Hancock County is looking at partnering with Fostoria to try and get $200,000 toward the project…

Audio: Mike Heldman

The Hancock County Commissioners could also add a 25 percent match if the grant is approved.

The grant application deadline is Monday.

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3/17/16 – 10:17 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will be taking their show on the road this year. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the goal is to give more people a chance to interact with the county government…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says both meetings will give residents an opportunity to ask questions…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The April 18 meeting will be held at the Arlington municipal building, and the August 2nd meeting will take place in the Allen Township building. Both meetings will start at 6 p.m.

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3/17/16 – 7:14 A.M.

Another IRS-related scam is making the rounds in the area. The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce says several of its members have been contacted by someone over the phone, claiming to have an urgent matter to talk about. The caller will then give a specific number to call them back at.

As a reminder, the IRS sends notifications through the mail, not over the phone or by email.

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3/17/16 – 6:55 A.M.

Fostoria is one of the most affordable places in Ohio to live. That’s according to SmartAsset.com, which ranks the city third in the Buckeye State in its annual listings. The Review-Times reports the website looked at the total cost over five years of four key housing-related expenses: closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage rates. Those numbers are then compared to median income.

Fostoria was in the top three in last year’s rankings as well.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/17 /16 – 6:42 A.M.

Wind played a role in a one-car crash in Putnam County Wednesday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on State Route 12 near Road 8-P outside of Columbus Grove around 10 a.m.

A first responder says a gust of wind pushed the westbound car into a guardrail, causing it to flip and crash into a row of trees near a pond. The driver was trapped, but didn’t appear to have any major injuries.

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3/17/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Lane restrictions could potentially slow traffic on I-75 through Findlay tonight. ODOT says the northbound lanes of the interstate will be reduced to one lane between U.S. 224 and Hancock County Road 99 from 9 p.m. until midnight. Crews will be making repairs to concrete during that time.

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