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10/24/14 – 5:33 A.M.

A Tiffin grocery store was robbed earlier this week. A news release from the Tiffin Police Department says a man held up the Heritage IGA at 479 East Market Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday night. The man walked in, demanded money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white man with a beard, standing around six feet tall and weighing around 250 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, and gloves. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call (419)447-2323.

 

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10/24/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Prescription pills were seized from a Fostoria home Wednesday night. The Fostoria Police Department reports officers executed a search warrant at 132 Nichols Street around 11:20 p.m. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation continues.

 

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10/124/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Seneca County has been added to the list of counties with residents who may have had contact with a person diagnosed with Ebola. The Ohio Department of Health released new information on the state’s response to the disease yesterday. It shows Seneca County in a list of 15 counties with seven or fewer contacts with Amber Vinson.

Vinson is a Dallas nurse who visited northeast Ohio before she was diagnosed with Ebola. However, the AP reported this week that doctors were no longer able to detect the disease in her body.

164 people in Ohio may have had contact with Vinson. Only three people are in quarantine. The rest are monitoring their temperature twice a day.

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10/24/14 – 5:03 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is investigating an alleged assault. The department reports a 44-year-old man was attacked by four unknown men in the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of what were called substantial non-life threatening injuries.

No weapons were used in the attack.

 

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10/24/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The cousin of a man who was found guilty of murder in Findlay this week was sentenced on firearms charges Thursday. 23-year-old Darius Pullom was given five-years of community control sanctions. He was found to be illegally carrying a gun when he was arrested along with Montre Robinson last November. The gun was not the weapon used to kill Joe Gutierrez.

Pullom had already pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

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10/24/14 – 4:52 A.M.

Some Findlay residents could be changing natural gas suppliers soon. If you don’t want to switch providers, you might have to do a little bit of work. Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer says some residents received letters from Constellation recently. If you got that letter and want to stay with your current provider, you need to return a form that came with it. You can also opt out by calling (800)718-1493.

The people who received letters took the opt out option last year but because of a rate change they’re required to opt out again. Schmelzer says he understands it’s an inconvenience, but it’s the way it has to be done under the law.

The deadline to respond to the letter is October 29.

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10/24/14 – 4:20 A.M.

The owner of a Wood County exotic animal refuge is waiting to see if the state is going to take his animals. Kenny Hetrick from Tiger Ridge Exotics was given ten-days to voluntarily surrender his animals or they would be seized and he would be prosecuted. The deadline expired on Thursday. Hetrick is in violation of a 2012 state law that requires him to have a permit for his exotic animals.

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10/23/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners bought more property for flood mitigation purposes today. The county will use money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy property at 800 Wedgewood Drive in Findlay.

The house was appraised at $135,000.

The county has been buying and demolishing flood-prone homes since 2007. The practice reduces damage from future flooding.

 

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10/23/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Findlay High School graduate is working to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa. Nathan Thomas’ non-profit organization, All We Are, is trying to send 50,000 pairs of medical examination gloves to West Africa. The group estimates it will take $9,000 to buy the gloves and send them overseas.

The All We Are website says the reason Ebola continues to spread is because healthcare workers don’t have the proper protective gear.

You can get more information about the campaign at allweare.org.

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10/23/14 – 5:07 A.M.

No news is good news for the six Putnam County residents who are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola. The Putnam County Health Department reports that so far no one in the group who visited the same Akron bridal shop as Amber Vinson is showing symptoms of the deadly disease.

Vinson is a nurse who traveled from Texas to northeast Ohio. She was recently diagnosed with Ebola.

The health department will continue to check the temperatures of the Putnam County residents twice a day until November 1.

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