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07/20/17 – 5:34 P.M.

A property owner in Washington Township met with the Hancock County Commissioners to discuss flooding. Commissioner Mark Gazarek said that the problems appear to be from a pipeline company.

Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said that they will contact the community relations division of Rover to get the issue addressed. If Rover does not get the issue fixed then it will go to the Ohio EPA.

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07/20/17 – 5:16 P.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are looking to set up a meeting to set up a Post Flood Follow-Up Action Plan. Commissioner Brian Robertson said that they want to hear what other groups have seen and then make the plan.

Brian Robertson

Hancock Soil and Water, the engineer’s office, and Township representatives will all be included in the meeting when it is set. Robertson said that they want to work together so that there is an understanding of the problem spots in the whole county.

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7/20/17 – 1:20 P.M.

An Italian company is buying Kuss Filtration Inc. GVS announced the deal Thursday. In a release, Kuss CEO Hasnain Merchant said, “This partnership will allow us to fully utilize our design and technical skills. We will also be able to provide additional products and solutions to our customers.”

Kuss is headquartered in Findlay. It has production plants in the U.S., Brazil, and China.

GVS is an Italian company that specializes in filtration products.

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7/20/17 – 12:18 P.M.

Residents of the Forest Lake subdivision talked to the County Commissioners about drainage issues Thursday. Residents said a private pond north of the division overflows its southern banks, which leads to water in their homes. Deputy Engineer Doug Cade says the pond acts as natural drainage for areas north of Forest Lake…

Audio:Doug Cade

Residents in the area of the pond want the southern edge of the property built up so that water doesn’t spill over. The Commissioners say that’s only an option if it won’t cause more flooding elsewhere.

They plan to meet with the owner of the pond to see what options they can work out.

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07/20/17 – 12:07 P.M.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was on WFIN this morning to talk about health care reform. He said that he disagrees with President Trump’s plan to let the Affordable Care Act fail.

Sherrod Brown

He added that Washington needs to stabilize the insurance market to keep insurance companies on board. The reason many have left ACA is that there is an uncertainty of what will be happening in Washington. Brown said that they need to get focus on the issues in health care.

Sherrod Brown

Brown said that the main reason costs are going up is because drug comapnies make prescription drugs expensive. He added that Washington needs to lessen the power drug comapanies have to influence legislation.

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7/20/17 – 10:10 A.M.

An area developer has plans for more housing near downtown Findlay. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved a zoning change for a lot at the corner of West Front Street and South West Street during their Thursday meeting. A vacant church currently sits on the property.

Tony Scanlin is the engineering consultant on the project. He told the commission that developer Phil Lawson plans to tear down the vacant building to make way for new townhouses. Scanlin says the demolition project could start this fall.

The plans call for up to eight housing units on the property.

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7/20/17 – 6:40 A.M.

You’ll want to avoid the area around the Osborn Avenue bridge in Findlay today. While the bridge hasn’t been open for weeks, a contractor working on the project says major work is taking place in the area. Crews will remove the old bridge beams, meaning many semi trucks will be in and out of the Osborn Avenue and East Main Cross Street areas.

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7/20/17 – 5:23 A.M.

A North Baltimore man will serve as Congressman Bob Latta’s new district director. David Wirt is taking the place of Andy Lorenz. Wirt will work out the Bowling Green office. He’ll also oversee operations in the Findlay and Defiance offices for Latta.

Wirt served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years.

Lorenz recently took a position with the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo.

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7/20/17 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria residents have a chance to make back-to-school a little easier for families this year. The Review-Times reports the second annual “Fun in the Sun” school supply drive is set for Saturday. The joint effort between The United Way of Fostoria, Fostoria City Schools, and Kroger runs from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kroger location on West High Street.

People shopping at the grocery store can buy a school supply box to donate for $6.99 during the event. They can also buy several dollar items near the self-scan station and drop them in donation bins.

Last year’s event saw residents donate more than 1,500 school supplies.

MORE: Review-Times

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7/20/17 – 5:12 A.M.

A Bluffton doctor facing sexual imposition charges is now also facing civil lawsuits. The Courier reports four former patients of Dr. James Gideon filed suit in the Allen County Common Pleas Court in Lima on Monday. The filings allege that Gideon asked the women to remove their bras at his office because he claimed the bras were causing them pain. The suits also claim Gideon removed the women’s pants and underwear to administer shots, groped them, and kissed two of the women.

In a written statement to the Courier, Gideon said, “I have not yet had a trial on the criminal charges nor a hearing regarding the medical board’s action. When I do get an opportunity to fully respond to the patients’ complaints, I believe that I will be fully exonerated. Until that time, I hope that people will reserve judgment regarding what happened.”

The State Medical Board suspended Gideon’s medical license on June 14. He has pleaded not guilty to seven misdemeanor sexual imposition charges. A pretrial hearing is set for August 22.

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