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Fire Destroys Historic Building In Downtown Dunkirk.

8/29/2015    12:00pm An early Saturday fire has destroyed a historic building in downtown Dunkirk. According to Dunkirk Fire Chief Ron Dysert, the crews were dispatched to the fire around 7am Saturday morning. Upon arrival, they found the read of the building to be fully engulfed in flames. “Before our mutual aid even got here the building was already three-fourths involved in the roof. The building was basically gone when we got the call.” said Chief Dysert. The building itself is a historic building in Dunkirk and has been the home of Oldaker Manufacturing for over 50 years. Kenton Today reports Oldaker Manufacturing owner Pat Ream said it’s a sad day for him, “We’ve been here in this building since 1961 and everything’s gone. I don’t know what we’ll do. I don’t know whether we’ll rebuild or whether we’re out of business at this point I don’t know. I just have to check and see.” Ream said his business employed seven people. Like the fire department he said it’s too…

Tiffin Mayor Launches Social Media Campaign To Bring Business To City

8/28/2015   5:30pm When you have many people come up to you and say they want you to do something, eventually you see that there’s a need. At the Seneca County Fair Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz began to realize that residents of his city wanted to see a new restaurant open in their community. Specifically, a Chipotle Mexican Grill. “After about the 50th person came up to me and said ‘Hey, when are you going to get a Chipotle in town?’ I realized that we had to do something.” said Mayor Montz Mayor Montz said that his office contacted Chipotle by phone and email, but he began to get a better response from the company through social media. Specifically though Twitter and Facebook. Montz has been sending out messages on a daily basis through social media to the company in an effort to build support and convince the company to build a restaurant in Tiffin. Chipotle is a corporate owned restaurant chain which specializes in custom made hot burritos. The…

Little Free Library Appears In Findlay

8/28/2015   3:25am Book lovers driving down East Main Cross Street now have another option to find interesting reading materials. The Courier reports that books are available for free. The Pitt Little Free Library is located at 1101 Main Cross St in Findlay. The library was created by 12-year-old Jenna Pitt. Pitt was inspired to put in the library after seeing another Little Free Library and wanted to create one for Findlay. She completed the project as a “self-determined” 4-H project this year, and The Courier donated an old newspaper vending rack for the project. Pitt and her family change our the books every week. Books can cover a wide range of genres including fiction, nonfiction, children?s and adult books. The Little Free Library movement started in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse and filled it with books. Over time, he built several more, each with a sign saying ?Free Books.? The movement grew and in 2012 Little Free Library was established…

Cattle Semi Overturns On State Route 12 Near Fostoria Friday Morning

8/28/2015   12:45pm The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash of a cattle semi early Friday morning. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, around 7:15am a semi driven by Billy Joe Bowling, age 71 was traveling northeast on State Route 12 hauling 25 head of cattle. Bowling exited the south side of the roadway and lost control of the semi which traveled into a field and overturned. Bowling was treated at the scene and was cited for operating without reasonable control. It is unknown if any of the cattle were injured. Crews were dispatched to remove the cattle from the overturned truck. Assisting at the scene was Ed’s Towing and the Hanco and Washington Fire Department.

BREAKING: Overturned Semi Blocking Route 12 Near Fostoria

8/28/15 – 7:44 A.M. An overturned semi is causing a big problem with traffic on the east side of Hancock County this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened between Arcadia and Fostoria and has traffic backed up in both directions. So far there’s no word of any injuries. You’re urged to avoid the area if possible.

BG Police Warn About Facebook Scam

The Bowling Green Police Department is warning area residents about a Facebook scam. The Sentinel-Tribune reports they police recently received several complaints abut hacked accounts sending friends bogus offers that promise to deliver big money. In the latest scam, hacked accounts are sending friends messages that ask if they have claimed a $100,000 prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities. They then ask the friend to email them back to have the funds deposited. The good news is not too many people are fooled. Acting Police Chief Tony Hetrick tells the newspaper only about 10 to 20 percent of people will get sucked in by the promises of an online scam. MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

Probation Violation Earns Lima Woman Another Prison Sentence

8/28/15 – 5:10 A.M. A woman already serving a prison sentence for violating her probation in Putnam County was back in court Thursday. The Lima News reports Catherine Wilson was sentenced to a year in prison for a probation violation in Allen County. Wilson fled to Florida after her car was involved in a crash that killed a Lima man on May 31 of this year. The sentences will be served concurrently. Wilson was on probation in Putnam County for a burglary conviction. She also was on probation in Allen County after being convicted of trafficking heroin. MORE: Lima News

Not As Many Unpaid Sewage Bills In Jenera

8/28/15 – 5:02 A.M. The number of unpaid sewage bills in Jenera is falling. The Courier reports the amount of delinquent accounts in the village has declined since officials noted a growing number of unpaid bills earlier in the summer. In June, there were about 14 accounts past due. Council sent out letters with the next utility bill, and payments have improved. Mayor John Honse tells the newspaper only about three or four delinquent accounts remain. Still, the village will send out another round of letters next month to those who haven’t paid. MORE: The Courier