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12/22/15 – 4:54 A.M.

The Liberty-Benton school district will be looking for a new superintendent, but board members will have plenty of time to make a decision. The Courier reports Superintendent Jim Knable told the school board he would retire in mid-2017 at the end of his contract. He has been in the position since 2009.

Knable told board members he wanted to give them plenty of time to search for a replacement. He added, “I wanted to make sure our board had time to indulge themselves in a proper search. I don’t think this is something that should be hurried through or rushed.”

Board president Scott Rhodes said he believed the search for a new superintendent would start in the next few months.

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12/21/15 – 5:31 A.M.

We’re heading toward Christmas with lower gas prices. There’s a wide range of prices in Findlay right now, anywhere from $1.76 to $1.93 a gallon. Anyway you slice it, prices are down from the $1.96 we were paying a week ago. Last year, as we were heading toward Christmas, we were paying around $2.17 a gallon according to Ohio gas prices.com.

The average price in Ottawa is $1.79 a gallon today, down from $1.94 last Monday.

The statewide average is $1.80, down 11 cents from last week.

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12/21/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A Fostoria man has rejected a plea deal for a charge stemming from a fatal 2014 arson. The Review-Times reports 46-year-old Charles Schaeffer’s conviction on a count of complicity to aggravated murder was overturned by the 3rd District Court of Appeals earlier this year. Two other convictions were upheld.

The decision means Schaeffer will be tried on the charge again in March of 2016. Regardless of the outcome of the trial, he’ll still be serving a 15 years to life prison sentence.

Schaeffer was accused of showing Shey Weiker how to use a railroad flare that was used to start a Memorial Day fire in Fostoria in 2014. The blaze took the life of Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. A third person was badly injured in the fire.

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12/21/15 – 5:13 A.M.

The trial date for a Putnam County woman accused of taking money from clients at her Delphos-based business has been set. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Jennifer Edelbrock will face a jury on March 22 in Allen County. She faces two grand theft charges.

Edelbrock is accused of mishandling client’s money through her accounting business. BCI is continuing to investigate several other complaints filed against the business.

In August, Edelbrock pleaded guilty to taking more than $17,500 from the Kalida Band Boosters. She paid full restitution in that case.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/21/15 – 5:01 A.M.

A Findlay condo was destroyed by a weekend fire. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 29 Windstone Drive just before midnight Saturday. Flames were seen coming from a bedroom window in the home, and they spread through the rest of the condo.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze. The fire did an estimated $148,000 worth of total damage. It appears a cigarette that wasn’t put out may be to blame for the fire.

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12/21/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A Putnam County woman was killed in a one-car crash early Sunday morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on County Road 7 near County Road D around 1 a.m.

48-year-old Shelly Bennett of West Leipsic was driving south on Road 7 when she drove off the road and into a ditch. Bennett was the only person in the car.

The crash remains under investigation.

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12/21/15 – 4:23 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Wood County. Troopers say a car driven by Russel Varner of Holland ran a stop sign yesterday at Lemoyne and Hanley roads and was struck by an oncoming car. Varner and passenger Toni Varner were killed. The other driver was not hurt.

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12/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Fostoria school officials want victims of bullying to come forward so they can be helped. The Review-Times reports school officials are reacting following a Saturday night incident that landed a 13-year-old girl in the hospital. The girl’s father tells the newspaper that other teens had been slamming her into lockers and pushing her into bathroom stalls. The girl apparently cut herself after getting a Facebook message that said if she killed herself nobody would miss her.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang says that when bullying incidents are brought to light, the school starts an investigation immediately. He adds with a 9-to-1 student to staff member ratio, bullying can be hard to catch unless someone brings it to an adult’s attention.

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12/18/15 – 5:00 A.M.

A few hundred area residents were without power Thursday. Representatives from the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and AEP reported the outage Thursday afternoon. A post on the Hancock-Wood Twitter page said the outage was caused by a transmission problem at an Arlington substation.

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12/18/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Hancock County Sheriff’s Office employee has found himself the subject of a scam in another state. Posts on the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page report someone has been calling people in Hancock County West Virginia and claiming to be Lt. Chris Bell. The scammer appears to only done half their homework. Chris Bell is an actual Hancock County Sheriff’s Office employee, only here in Ohio, not in West Virginia.

The man claiming to be Bell tells potential victims they owe money for a bond for failing to appear for jury duty. Residents in both states are reminded that sheriff’s office employees will not call to ask for money over the phone.

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