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1/19/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer was injured in a two-car crash Monday. The Fostoria Police Department says Captain Patrick Brooks was driving south on North Countyline Street around 12:20 when his personal vehicle was hit from behind. The second car was driven by 56-year-old Steven McConkey of Findlay.

Brooks was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. Police Chief Keith Loreno says Brooks will be off work for a day or two. McConkey was not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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1/19/16 – 4:47 A.M.

State legislators are working to get Arlington money to fix Main Street. The Courier reports village council members were updated on the issue at their Monday meeting. Village officials recently met with state Senator Cliff Hite and Representative Robert Sprague to talk about repairs needed on U.S. 68. The highway serves as Main Street in Arlington.

It’s expected that pavement, curb, and sidewalk repairs could cost around $4 million. Village council would budget $1 million if the state pays the rest.

Village officials are also putting together the maintenance history of the road and a list of nearby industry that use the highway in Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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1/18/16 – 7:15 A.M.

The Hardin County Board of Elections held an emergency meeting over the weekend. WLIO-TV in Lima reports the meeting was called after Secretary Jon Husted ordered county boards to review petitions submitted by a group called “Ohioans for Fair Drug Prices.” The petition calls for a law that would make it so drugs bought by the state or any of its programs couldn’t be sold for higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.

Two of the 12 petitions filed in Hardin County were rejected. The petitions listed the wrong numbers of signatures.

County board of election offices have until January 29 to review the petitions.


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1/18/16 – 6:55 A.M.

The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education is reviewing how public comments are handled during board meetings. The Review-Times reports the topic was discussed at last week’s board meeting. Board president Deb deVlugt-Myers read the current public comment policy.

deVlugt-Myers told the newspaper “Board meetings are held for the purpose of conducting the business of the schools and therefore are not public meetings but meetings held in public.” She added, “Do people have the right to come and exercise their right to free speech? Yes. That’s the law. If everybody came and rambled on about ‘I don’t like this’ and ‘I don’t like that,’ we would never get the board’s business accomplished.”

deVlugt-Myers also said there are also other ways of communicating with the board, like by letters and through email.

MORE: Review-Times

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1/18/16 – 6:47 A.M.

Four people were hurt in a one-car crash on State Route 15 south of Findlay over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 4:20 p.m. Saturday.

37-year-old Qiana Foxx of Cary, North Carolina, was driving west when her car went off the road, hit a guardrail, and then stopped in the median. Foxx and her three children were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Foxx was cited for failure to control.

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1/18/16 – 6:41 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing to fall. Findlay drivers are paying around $1.69 a gallon today, compared to $1.85 a gallon a week ago. According to Ohio gas prices.com, we were paying $1.91 a month ago.

Ottawa drivers are paying $1.64 a gallon today. That’s down 18 cents from last Monday.

Prices across Ohio are averaging around $1.68 a gallon today. There are some stations around the state selling for less than $1.30.

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1/18/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Two people were injured in a one-car crash in Hancock County Sunday afternoon. According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened around 12:15 p.m. on Hancock County Road 139, north of Liberty Township Road 95.

55-year-old Charles Eichar of North Baltimore was driving north on Road 139 when his car went off the road, hit a creek bank, and rolled over. Eichar and his passenger, Marie Eichar, had to be removed from the car by Liberty Township emergency responders. Both were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Eichar was cited for failure to control.

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1/18/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A two-car crash on North Main Street injured a Findlay woman Sunday. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection with East Melrose Avenue around noon.

76-year-old Clara Yoder was southbound on Main Street when she tried to turn left onto Melrose and hit another southbound car driven by 60-year-old Thomas Stiger of Fostoria. Yoder was taken to Blanchard Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Stiger was not hurt.

Yoder was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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1/18/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested following a standoff with police Friday night. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to 516 1/2 South West Street just before 7:30 p.m. Friday. Investigators say a dispute between a man and a woman in the home had been reported.

When officers knocked on the door, 39-year-old Scott Alesch allegedly said he had a gun and threatened to hurt a woman and three children inside. A crisis management team was called in, and Alesch left the home after a little more than an hour. He was initially treated for overdose symptoms, and was taken to the Hancock County Jail afterwards. The woman in the home refused treatment for minor injuries.

Alesch is facing domestic violence and endangering children charges.

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1/15/16 – 9:21 A.M.

Firefighters from three fire departments battled flames at a barn in Putnam County Thursday morning. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the fire broke out near Kalida, at 16628 Road L around 10 a.m. Flames had overtaken the whole building by the time emergency responders arrived on scene.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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