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6/6/16 – 6:53 A.M.

More details about a fire in Hancock County from late last week have been released. The Delaware Township Fire Department reports an overloaded electrical outlet caused a fire to break out at a home at 15656 Delaware Township Road 149 early Friday morning.

Fire Chief David Rodabaugh a power strip melted and caused “very minor” damage. No one was injured by the flames.

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6/6/16 – 6:45 A.M.

The Community Improvement Corporation in Fostoria wants to see more downtown businesses improve their exteriors, and is bringing back a popular grant program to help out. The Review-Times reports $15,000 is being made available for the Downtown Facade Enhancement Program. Business owners are eligible for up to a 50 percent reimbursement of their projects, up to $3,000 per property.

Applications need to have a project description, pictures of the proposed work area, and a cost estimate, among other items. You can call 419-435-7789 for more information.

Chairperson Renee Smith says the CIC awarded more than $14,200 for the same program last year.

MORE: Review-Times

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The summer climb in gas prices is continuing locally. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around Findlay is $2.57 today. That’s up around 17 cents from a week ago. However, that’s still about eight cents less than we were paying last year at this time.

Drivers in Ottawa report paying $2.59 a gallon for regular today. That’s right in line with the state average in Ohio.

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6/6/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car crash on the Trenton Avenue I-75 overpass Sunday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says that around 2:07 p.m., 85-year-old Dorothy Kelly drove through a red light while changing lanes when she hit a car driven by 48-year-old Dean Carpenter of Wapakoneta. Carpenter was exiting I-75 at the time.

Kelly was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

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6/6/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Several Findlay streets will be closed starting today for construction projects. The Findlay Engineering Department reports curb replacement will take place on Elm Street from Main Street to Lima Avenue, Liberty Street from Elm to Sandusky streets, and Washington Street from Western to Hurd avenues.

Asphalt repair is taking place on Coventry Drive from Lilac Lane to Western Avenue and Walnut Street from Blanchard to G streets.

There will also be a gas line installation project taking place on Wedgewood Drive between East Main Cross and Osborn Avenue.

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6/6/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A change in security procedures begins at the Putnam County Courthouse today. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the door on the south side of the building facing Main Street will be closed. Entrances to the building will now be on the north and east sides. Putnam County Commissioner Vince Schroeder tells the newspaper the former set up allowed people to bypass the mandatory screening area and go into the commissioners and probate offices.

A notification will be put on the south side doors to let people know about the change.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/6/16 – 5:04 A.M.

On May 13, President Barack Obama released an order that children who identify as transgender can use the bathroom of the gender they identify with at school. So far, area schools haven’t reported any problems with the directive. The Courier reports Liberty-Benton, McComb, Van Buren and Vanlue haven’t had any students identify as transgender. Findlay High School has had one student identify with another gender.

FHS Principal Craig Kupferberg tells the newspaper, “We just worked things out with the student to make the student comfortable.” The student uses a private bathroom while at school.

Other schools haven’t had to make arrangements since they don’t have any students identifying as transgender. L-B Superintendent Jim Kanable says, “Our number one goal will always be to protect all students no matter what.” He did add that he felt the issue was another example of the federal government taking away local control from school districts.

Superintendents at McComb, Van Buren, and Vanlue don’t have policies in place at the moment. All say they would come up with policies that are in the best interests of their students should they have a student identify as transgender.

MORE: The Courier

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6/3/16 – 7:46 A.M.

A Bluffton man was injured in an ATV crash earlier this week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports Dennis Boyd was riding the vehicle near Orange Township Road 51 around 10:30 p.m. Monday night when he hit a tree stump in a ditch.

Boyd was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for not having the required registration for an ATV.

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6/3/16 – 7:35 A.M.

The accused shooter on the UCLA campus has a connection to Findlay. Media partner WTOL-11 reports Mainak Sarkar is a former employee of Eudurica LLC, a Findlay-based software company. An employee of the company who did not wish to be identified confirmed that Sarkar had worked there at one time.

Sarkar is accused of shooting a UCLA professor and then turning the gun on himself. Investigators say they think Sarkar thought the professor gave another student a program designed by Sarkar.


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6/3/16 – 5:25 A.M.

An OVI checkpoint will be held in Allen County tonight. The State Highway Patrol reports it will take place on State Route 81 near North Dixie Highway just outside of Lima. Officers from the State Patrol and Allen County Sheriff’s Office will be working at the location from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The checkpoint is being held in connection with increased patrols in the area to combat drunk driving.

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