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DOWN: Judge Allan H. Davis has helped hundreds of wayward youth from Hancock County “grow up” over the past four decades. But it will be up to someone else to handle discipline and other duties in Hancock County’s juvenile and probate courts when Davis’ six-year term ends next year. Under Ohio law, Davis, who was first elected to office in 1974, is barred from running for re-election because of his age. Some teens may not be sorry to see him go, but we will. Thanks for serving so long and so well.

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UP: Plans are moving forward for a residential drug treatment center on Crystal Avenue that would provide support for patients 24/7. Plans call for a building that will house up to 12 clients and be staffed around the clock. Officials say the property should be purchased soon and treatment could begin yet this year. The sooner the better. Many have called for residential care in Hancock County, especially with growing concerns about heroin and other highly-addictive drugs. Finally, it appears it will happen.

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UP: We were glad to hear that the Hancock Regional Planning Commission has received a clean audit on the same grants that were mismanaged in 2008-2009, requiring more than $250,000 in state money to be repaid. Paybacks had been ordered when it was determined the city and county had executed contracts and broken ground for projects months before the state gave environmental clearance for them. The Ohio Department of Development is expected to conduct audits every two years.

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UP: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at helping state and local police rescue missing children across the country. The bill would make it easier for state officials to update files of missing children to include information uncovered during investigations. Under current regulations, those files can only be updated by state officials with the permission of the government agency which reported the missing child or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The bill should help reduce the amount of human trafficking that occurs not only in Ohio, but throughout the country.

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UP: It appears improvements have been made to Ohio’s online registry of repeat drunken drivers (https://ext.dps.state.oh.us/omvi/) which was found to be spotty, at best, last fall. The database contains the names and addresses of people who have been convicted of at least five drunken driving offenses. The Newark Advocate found only 520 offenders listed in registry last year, because most local jurisdictions failed, or were slow, to submit conviction information to the database. Now, information is pulled directly from computerized court records. Today the system contains listings for more than 5,200 offenders. It isn’t perfect. There is still some information reportedly missing. But what’s there should help the public keep better track of Ohio’s most habitual drunk drivers.

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UP: Lt. Matthew Crow, the new supervisor at the State Highway Patrol’s Findlay post, said he plans to keep the pressure on traffic and criminal offenders who travel our roads. Crow, of Tiffin, was promoted from sergeant of internal affairs for the patrol’s Findlay district to replace Lt. Brent Meredith, who has returned as post commander in Fremont. Crow will oversee four sergeants and 13 troopers. He says he’ll strive to meet patrol public safety goals and to build strong relationships with law enforcement. We wouldn’t expect any less. Welcome, Lt. Crow.

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