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3/12/15 – 11:44 A.M.

Several changes are being proposed for Findlay’s zoning code.  The city planning commission heard the suggested changes during a Thursday meeting.  While several topics were addressed, one recent high profile issue was not.  Hancock Regional Planning Commission Director Matt Cordonier says group or transitional homes aren’t covered in the proposed zoning changes. Any discussion about group homes would be done separately.

One possible change would revise how the city’s zoning commission operates.  Two alternate members could be added so that when businesses from outside of the area come to make requests, they don’t have to come back again if the commission doesn’t have enough members for a quorum.  The revision could also cut down on conflicts of interest.

Another proposal would remove a required review by the city’s historic commission if changes were going to be made in a historic district.  The reasoning behind the request is because Findlay doesn’t have an active historic commission.  A placeholder could be left in the code if the city were to reestablish a commission to look at changes in historical areas.

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3/12/15 – 5:29 A.M.

One person was killed in a crash on U.S. 23 in Wood County Wednesday morning. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 9:45 a.m. near Bradner at the intersection with U.S. 6.

23-year-old Jacob Byington of Walbridge was driving north on U.S. 23 when he hit the back of a semi trailer. The semi was stopped at the intersection. The truck driver was not injured.

The crash closed the highway for several hours.

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3/12/15 – 5:21 A.M.

St. Patrick’s Day is next week, but this weekend will likely be when many do their celebrating. With that in mind “Safe Ride Home” will be active for Hancock County residents. Organizers say they’ll be giving people who have had too much to drink a ride home Saturday night. They’ll also be working Tuesday into Wednesday.

If you need a ride home you can call the organization at (419)425-3908. There’s also a smartphone app called “Iridehome” that can connect you to the service.

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3/12/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Medical waste was recently discovered in a recycling container in Ottawa. The Putnam County Sentinel reports workers sorting materials at the recycling center last Thursday ran across the material. County officials found dialysis bags, needles, tubing systems, and lancets among other items. Fluids were also found in the material.

Putnam County administrator Jack Betscher said while no personal information was found in the items, they did find serial numbers. Ottawa police officers are working to track down where the materials may have come from.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/12 – 4:59 A.M.

A state audit of the Van Buren school district’s books has found some mistakes. The Courier reports Ohio Auditor David Yost issued findings for recovery against the district treasurer and three board members.

The audit noted Treasurer Cheryl Swisher overpaid herself $2,748 for her 2011-2012 contract. Swisher was not employed by the district for the first pay period of the year, but paid herself for it anyway. The money was paid back to the school’s general fund last November.

The audit also found that in 2012, board members Kenneth Rowles, Edward Van Horn, and Jeff Salisbury were paid for going to 13 meetings. Rowles and Van Horn only attended nine meetings, and Salisbury attended 11 meetings. They have paid the money back to the general fund as well.

The audit examined finances from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

MORE: The Courier

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3/12/15 – 4:41 A.M.

Nearly a dozen animals confiscated from Tiger Ridge Exotics will stay in the care of the state at least until August. The Ohio Department of Agriculture took the animals after denying owner Kenny Hetrick’s permit request. A permanent injunction hearing has been scheduled for August 18th. It’ll be decided then if the animals will stay with the state or be returned to Stony Ridge.

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3/11/15 – 8:32 A.M.

Kenton will be looking for a new police chief. Kentontoday.com reports John Vermillion announced his retirement Monday. His last day on the job will be May 8. Vermillion has been Kenton’s police chief for nearly 20 years, and has been with the department for almost four decades.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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3/11/15 – 7:33 A.M.

Legislation has been introduced in Ohio to require students be immunized against meningitis. State Senator Cliff Hite introduced the bill Tuesday. Senate Bill 121 would mandate the Ohio Department of Health prescribe a schedule for immunizations against bacterial meningitis.

The CDC recommends the vaccination be given to all 11 and 12-year-olds, with a booster at 16.

Hite’s niece, Tess Whitson, died from a bacterial meningitis infection when she was 5-years-old. Last year Hite introduced a bill known as “Tess’ Law.” It resulted in March 9 becoming Meningitis Awareness Day in Ohio.

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3/11/15 – 7:19 A.M.

Officials in Seneca County continue to move forward with plans to build a new justice center. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County Commissioners reviewed a flow chart designed to assist with the project during their Tuesday meeting. The commissioners have agreed that the former courthouse property in Tiffin is where they want to build the new facility. Now they are working on putting plans in place to make that happen.

The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Council of Governments has offered to create a steering committee to develop an organizational chart. The council has received a $500,000 state grant to assist with planning.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/11/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A settlement has been reached between the former Mayor of Rawson and the Ohio Ethics Commission. Corey Miracle has admitted he violated ethics laws when he approved village payments made to him for Rawson improvement projects. Under the agreement, Miracle accepts a public reprimand but no further prosecution will be sought.

Between 2008 and 2011 Miracle was paid $7,400 to serve as the village representative on improvement projects. Miracle signed four resolutions approving payments to himself. Because Miracle performed the work and filled positions needed by the village, no further prosecution was deemed necessary.

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