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5/22/15 – 8:46 A.M.

Memorial Day activities are set for Monday morning in Findlay. The Hancock County Veteran’s Council will hold a parade and memorial service. Line-up for the parade will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion on West Front Street.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. and will travel east to South Main Street, south to West Main Cross, and then out to the Maple Grove Cemetery. Services will take place there to honor veterans.

For more information you can call (419)721-7275. For a look at other services taking place around the area go to our website.

 

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5/22/15 – 7:18 A.M.

You’ll have to watch for another road closure when we return to work following the long holiday weekend. The Hancock County Engineer’s Office reports County Road 180 will be closed between State Routes 15 and 37 starting Tuesday. The resurfacing project is expected to take four days.

Access to local residences will be maintained. You’re advised to find a different route if possible.

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5/22/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A Fostoria man has been honored for his help in a fatal arson investigation. The Review-Times reports several people were on hand as James Ball received a $2,500 Blue Ribbon Arson Committee Reward from the State Fire Marshal’s Office Thursday.

Ball provided critical information about a fire that killed two people and injured one other on Poplar Street on May 26 of last year. Ball didn’t see Shey Weiker start the fire, but heard a heated conversation Weiker had about one of the victims, Danny Marker Jr. After learning about the fire he went straight to the police.

The information led to the arrests of Shey Weiker, Charles Schaeffer and Timothy Hall. Weiker and Schaeffer are serving life sentences for their roles in the fire. Hall is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for obstruction of justice.

MORE: Review-Times

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5/22/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Two Toledo residents were arrested Thursday for allegedly selling drugs in the parking lot of the Findlay Village Mall. The Hancock METRICH Enforcement Unit reports the arrests were made at 1800 Tiffin Avenue following a covert narcotics investigation.

25-year old Travell Coleman is charged with trafficking heroin. 35-year-old Marlon Flowers Jr. faces a possession of heroin charge. Investigators say heroin, marijuana, and a large sum of cash were seized.

Additional charges are pending.

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5/22/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The city of Findlay is declining to say which businesses in the city are eligible to defer city tax payments. The Courier reports officials say that information is confidential under state law. Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas said a portion of the Ohio Revised Code that deals with municipal taxes allows the city to keep the information confidential.

A lawyer with the Ohio Newspaper Association tells the newspaper that may not be the case. Louis Colombo said if a list of the businesses is kept, then that should be a public record.

The issue stems from a Findlay policy that allows some businesses to defer city tax payments until as late as October 15 of each year. The policy was put in place in 2009 to reduce the number of tax refunds and transfers the city has to make. Opponents say allowing some businesses to defer payments can give the appearance of favoritism.

Thomas said refunds in 2009 were more than $215,000. There were only $64,000 in refunds for 2014.

MORE: The Courier

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5/21/15 – 7:22 A.M.

Kenton residents now know who won the Republican primary in the city’s mayoral race. Kentontoday.com reports Randy Manns defeated challenger Tom Taylor by one vote. The two were tied on May 5, but a recount and provisional ballots gave Manns a one vote edge. The final tally was 207 votes for Manns and 206 for Taylor.

Manns is expected to be challenged in the fall. John Alexander was disqualified from running as a non-party candidate. He has indicated he’ll run as a write-in candidate.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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5/21/15 – 6:49 A.M.

An early morning crash Wednesday killed an Upper Sandusky man. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened near 13400 Salem Township Highway 49.

33-year-old Ryan Rettig failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road. His car then hit a tree before overturning several times in a field. Rettig was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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5/21/15 – 5:30 A.M.

An expansion to the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum has been completed. The 325 square foot addition will feature children’s books that feature pop-ups, fold-outs, and other three dimensional art.

Construction was completed earlier in the spring. Gallery workers are deciding how best to display the new exhibits.

The Mazza Museum has been recognized as the world’s largest collection of original art from children’s books.

The expansion was made possible from a donation from Ginny and Rikhard Laiho.

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5/21/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Residents of a Putnam County village are being reminded to lock their cars. A post on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Facebook page says there has been a rash of thefts from vehicles in Ottoville. Suspects have been taking money and valuables from unlocked cars there.

Residents are reminded to report anything suspicious by calling (419)453-3208.

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5/21/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A new high school principal has been named in the Arcadia school district. The Courier reports the school board hired Bill Dobbins for the job. He’s currently the Hopewell-Loudon High School principal and will begin his new job in August. Dobbins received a two-year contract worth $82,500 a year.

The board vote was 4-1. Board member Cory Boes was the lone no vote. He said his no vote was, “best for the students of Arcadia schools.”

Dobbins will replace Cathy Scroll who is retiring.

MORE: The Courier

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