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7/18/16 – 7:16 A.M.

Algae was discovered in the village of Ottawa’s reservoir recently, but it wasn’t a cause for too much alarm. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a small bloom was found last week. Assistant Village Administrator Jason Phillips told village council members the algae was removed and the reservoir was retreated. He added it was not a harmful algae like what caused Toledo’s water crisis two years ago.

The Ohio EPA was also advised about the issue. Phillips told council, “everybody’s good, we’re all good.”

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7/18/16 – 6:46 A.M.

Local law enforcement officers got a pat on the back over the weekend. The Courier reports members of the Junior AMVETS Post 21 stood with signs of support in front of the Scrambler Marie’s in downtown Findlay Saturday morning. The restaurant was the location for “Coffee with a Cop.” The monthly event is designed to encourage positive interaction between law enforcement and the community.

Jenny Miracle-Turner is the group’s adviser. She told the newspaper, “With all of the negative media right now, I want to get something positive out there.” She added that the group might continue the effort in the coming weeks.

The kids taking part also delivered cards to officers with the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

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7/18/16 – 5:27 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a pair of alleged thieves in Ottawa. A post on the office’s Facebook page says two women have been stealing from businesses on Main Street. One woman will distract workers while the other steals wallets and purses.

The first suspect is described as a black woman with short, straight hair. She was around 5’5″ and was wearing a denim dress. The second suspect is a black woman with long braided hair. She was also around 5’5″ and was wearing capri pants and a green shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to call (419)523-3208.

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7/18/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Thousands of voter registrations were purged from the rolls in Hancock and surrounding counties in 2015. The Courier reports registrations can be deleted if a voter died, had duplicate registrations, or didn’t vote or update their information in a six-year period. If your registration is in danger of being deleted, you’ll receive a letter from the state telling you to update your information.

A similar process is taking place this year, but a lawsuit is challenging its legality. The American Civil Liberties Union says removing inactive voters can suppress the homeless vote because they can’t get their mail regularly. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said the lawsuit was, “politically motivated, election-year politics, is a waste of taxpayer dollars and opens the door for voter fraud in Ohio.”

Roughly 10,000 voter registrations are expected to be deleted in Hancock County and the surrounding area this year.

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7/15/16 – 6:41 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Allen Township Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 35-year-old Adam Settlemire was driving east on Township Road 218 west of Township Road 229 around 6:40 p.m. when he drove off the road. His truck hit a fence and the side of a parked camper.

Settlemire was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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7/15/16 – 5:29 A.M.

A Bowling Green city councilwoman has been picked to represent Wood County in the Ohio House of Representatives. Theresa Charters Gavarone will fill the seat being vacated by Tim Brown. She’s expected to be sworn-in August 2. Since Brown is a Republican, the Republican Party was able to pick his replacement for the rest of his term.

Gavarone will also run for the position in the November election. She’ll face Kelly Wicks, who was picked to run for the house seat by the Wood County Democratic Party earlier this month.

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715/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A site plan has been approved for a new auto parts store in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports a 7,150 square-foot O’Reilly Auto Parts store will be built on North Countyline Street near the St. Wendelin Catholic School. Ground will be broken for the store before winter.

A Tim Horton’s restaurant is also going to be built in the same area of North Countyline Street. Mayor Eric Keckler tells the newspaper the business developments are signs of economic progress in the city.

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7/15/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A jury convicted a Putnam County man Thursday in a rape case that involved his stepdaughter. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 38-year-old Trenton Lauf was found guilty of rape and use of minor in nudity. The prosecution said the abuse began in 2013 and continued over two years. The victim was 10-year-old at the time.

Lauf faces at least of 33 years in prison, but could receive a life sentence. A sentencing hearing will be held in the next few weeks.

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7/15/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A Putnam County woman is fed up with construction waste being dumped along the banks of the Blanchard River west of Ottawa. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ann Rayle has reported the practice to the Ohio EPA. The dumping has been happening for decades along Road I-17 in Greensburg Township.

Rodney Schroeder is a former maintenance supervisor for the township. He tells the newspaper the dumping of concrete and brick in the area stabilizes the eroding river bank. Township Trustee James Birkemeier says the Blanchard River threatens to erode the berm of Road I-17.

The EPA is expected to give an opinion on the issue in the near future. In the meantime, a “No Dumping” sign has been put in place.

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7/14/16 – 7:01 P.M.

50 North is requesting a replacement levy and hoping for a .6 mills increase this November. Board president John Haywood says the organization has been barely scraping by because people have been taking advantage of the services they need that are offered by 50 North.

Audio: John Haywood

According to Director Carolyn Copus an increase of funds is required to keep up with those in need.

Audio: ZCarolyn Copus

50 North offers many services to those age 50 and up. This includes things like helping people transition into retirement, offering classes, and even delivering groceries to those who struggle to get out and about.  50 North Used to be the Hancock County Agency on Aging and has received support from levies since 2002

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