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Fire gear financing at forefront

SYCAMORE — At a council meeting Tuesday, Fire/EMS Chief Rod Clinger shared a dilemma about how to replace outdated protective equipment for firefighters. Last session, Clinger told council 95 percent of the department’s protective gear, commonly referred to as turnout gear, is out of ...

Briefly, Jan. 13

Flood advisory issued Seneca County is under a flood advisory until 5:15 a.m. today. National Weather Service predicted minor flooding of creeks, streams and roads would continue across parts of the advisory area. Its website stated no additional rain was expected Thursday ...

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Bascom Joint Fire District officials hope to get a levy passed that would fund replacement of the station in Bascom.

Bascom Fire seeks levy for building

BASCOM — Bascom Joint Fire District is looking to pass a levy May 2 that would fund replacement of its station in Bascom and cover other expenses. Officials are placing a continuing, 2.5-mill levy on the ballot that would replace a continuing, 1.8-mill levy passed in 1998. “The ...

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Making progress

Construction crews work at the site of the joint justice center Wednesday. Seneca County Administrator Stacy Wilson said steel delivery initially expected for this week has been postponed until next week. The project is expected to be completed by late fall, Wilson said.

Police arrest man; handgun discharged

FOSTORIA — Police arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly discharged a handgun several times, according to a Fostoria Police Department release. Fostoria Police Department officers responded to a report of a person with a gun at about 1:19 p.m. at 715 Lynn St., the report ...

Police investigate Bloomville deaths

BLOOMVILLE — Law enforcement officers are investigating two deaths in Bloomville. Officer Dwight Dyer of Bloomville Police Department said officials don’t know the cause of death for Cory M. Rohe, 29, or Amy L. Ritchie, 43, both of Bloomville. A person reported a possible overdose ...

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Tiffin Fire Rescue Division EMTs and Tiffin Police Department officers clear the scene after a two-vehicle accident in the 600 block of West Market Street Wednesday afternoon.

Tiffin woman injured in accident

A Tiffin woman was injured in an accident in the 600 block of West Market Street Wednesday afternoon. Albert J. Smith, 68, of Tiffin, was turning left out of Westgate Mall’s parking lot in a Saturn Vue when he struck a Chevy Impala, driven by Clifford E. Goodman, 89, of Bettsville, as it ...

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Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputy Denny Wilkinson works at the scene of an accident on US 224, west of SR 53, Wednesday morning.

Roads icy again Wednesday

Ice made travel difficult for motorists in Seneca County Wednesday. Seneca County Sheriff’s Office investigated several accidents Wednesday morning. An accident at US 224, west of SR 53, occurred about 7:15 a.m. Deputy Denny Wilkinson said Michelle L. Harman, 46, of Bradner, ...

Vehicle problems affect local family

About two years ago, Nicole and Charles Lawrence of Tiffin and their two young children were displaced when flood waters came into their lower-level apartment and contaminated their belongings. They had been approved for a Habitat for Humanity home, but the family had to live elsewhere ...

Seneca developmental disabilities board meets

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities organized for 2017 Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Patty Smith is to continue to serve as president, Lindsay Parkins was chosen for vice president and Dave Shelton was named secretary. Committee appointments are to remain the same as well as ...

Old Fort board remains unchanged

OLD FORT — In an organizational meeting Monday, Old Fort Board of Education voted to keep its governing structure unchanged. Treasurer Tom Siloy led the swearing-in ceremonies for incumbents Lindsay Sooy, board president, and Kristen Woodall, vice president. Presidential ...

Brewery owners present to zoning panel

The first brewery to open in downtown Tiffin in the past 80-100 years took another step in its establishment at the Laird Arcade, 114 S. Washington St., suite D, Tuesday afternoon. Eric Kuebler and Rob Weaver, editor at The Advertiser-Tribune, appeared in front of Tiffin’s Zoning Board ...

Former fair board member honored

Former Agricultural Society member Phyllis Gerritsen was presented the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence during the recent Ohio Fair Managers’ Association convention in Columbus. She was one of eight chosen in the state as outstanding fair supporters. Gerritsen served on ...

Briefly, Jan. 12

Commissioners to meet Seneca County commissioners are to meet at 10 a.m. today at the commissioners office, 111 Madison St. In old business, commissioners are to give an update on the joint justice center, including discussing the final bill from Quandel Construction, the project’s ...

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Commissioner Mike Kerschner leads a meeting of township and rescue officials Tuesday morning.

Officials eye countywide EMS

Township and rescue officials started making plans to form a group to examine the future of the county’s EMS system Tuesday. About 25 officials attended a meeting at the office of Seneca County’s commissioners Tuesday morning. Commissioner Mike Kerschner led the meeting and ...

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Ice hangs on the street signs for Frost Parkway and Adams Street in Tiffin Tuesday morning.

Weather stymies travel

Icy conditions wreaked havoc on Seneca County Tuesday. Wind and winter weather advisories had been issued through National Weather Service, and a Level 1 snow emergency was in effect in Seneca County from 5 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. A man was hurt when the tow truck he was driving ...

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2 linked to Viaduct break-in

Two men were arrested in connection to a break-in at Viaduct Bar & Grill. Tiffin Police Department detectives obtained a search warrant for 9037 CR 23, Alvada, which is the residence of Stephanie M. Hooper, 25; Johnny R. Smith, 24; and Leann N. Young, 25. Seth D. Wilcox, 25, ...

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The house at 50 W. CR 6 burns Tuesday morning.

Crews fight rekindled house fire

Firefighters were summoned back to the scene of a house fire Tuesday morning. The fire at 50 W. CR 6 was reported about 7:30 p.m., Monday, and more than 40 firefighters from Sycamore Volunteer Fire Department, Bloom Township Fire Department, McCutchenville Volunteer Fire Department, NBS ...

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Sheriff suspects overdose in jail

A Seneca County Jail inmate was taken to Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital after being found unresponsive in a jail cell early Tuesday morning. Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said he believed Karah Knezevich, 21, of Tiffin, overdosed. He said Knezevich was in a vehicle involved in ...

Crash claims man’s life

CLYDE — A two-vehicle crash in Sandusky County’s York Township claimed the life of a Florida man Tuesday morning. A release from the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol states Latimore Rogers III, 53, of Dallas, was driving a 2000 Volvo semi truck west on US 20. Robert E. ...