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10/31/14 – 5:43 A.M.

A combination of alcohol and texting may have played a role in an injury crash in Putnam County this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened a little before 3 a.m. in the 14000 block of Road E.

Dispatchers got a call from a resident in that area after a man came to their home and said he had been involved in a crash. Deputies arrived and found 25-year-old Brandon Paxton of Continental at the house. He told deputies he had lost control of his car and drove into a ditch. Paxton was taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center in Glandorf for treatment of his injuries.

A press release says Paxton was texting at the time of the crash. Investigators also believe alcohol was a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

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10/31/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Police in Bowling Green are investigating a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of a business Wednesday. The Sentinel Tribune reports the threat was called into Vehtek Systems around 1:30 p.m. A man on the phone said that four explosive devices had been planted in the facility.

A sweep of the building found nothing suspicious.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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10/31/14 – 5:27 A.M.

Seneca County is closer to having regulations in place to govern the use of the courthouse square in Tiffin. The Review-Times reports Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff presented recommendations to the commissioners Thursday. Shuff says the guidelines would allow the courts to operate without interruption Monday through Friday.

County Commissioner Fred Zoeller said the regulations would keep the courts secure while still letting the public use the space.

The commissioners are expected to vote to approve the regulations on Tuesday.

MORE: Review-Times

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10/31/14 – 5:19 A.M.

University of Findlay students were urged to get meningitis vaccinations Thursday night. The Courier reports several people spoke about the dangers of bacterial meningitis during a forum on the subject. State Senator Cliff Hite was one of the people on hand. He was a sponsor of “Tess’ Law,” which makes March 9 an awareness day for bacterial meningitis.

Hite was also 5-year-old Tess Wilson’s uncle. Bacterial meningitis took her life on March 9 of 1999. Her father spoke at the event, as did the mother of a 19-year-old who died from the diseases in 1997. Cindy Krenjy told the students on hand that parents never get over the death of a child as she urged them to get vaccinated.

MORE: The Courier

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10/31/14 – 5:09 A.M.

There are only a handful of local contested races on the ballot next Tuesday in Hancock County. Campaign finance reports show that one of those races has been fairly quiet. The Courier reports that Robert Sprague is the only candidate to have filed a finance report in the Ohio 83rd House District race.

Sprague has received more than $50,000 in campaign donations so far. $45,000 of that has been spent, but two-thirds of the expenditures were for a contribution to the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee. That group campaigns for various GOP candidates.

Neither Kevin Rettig or Greg Norris filed reports. Campaigns that receive less than $1,000 are not required to report.

MORE: The Courier

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10/31/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The economic outlook in Hancock County continues to improve. Budget estimates for Hancock County now show revenues increasing by about $700,000 in 2015. Numbers put forward by the budget commission show revenues of $21.6 million this year, and $22.3 million next year.

Tax receipts for this year will end up being around $13.3 million. Next year that total could reach $14 million.

The expense side of the county budget will be put together in November.

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10/30/14 – 12:09 P.M.

Bluffton business leaders want residents from Hancock and Allen Counties to get a better look at what the village has to offer.

Fred Steiner is the director of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and says Bluffton is on a bit of an island being on the county line, and in the middle of Findlay and Lima…

Audio: Fred Steiner

In order to take advantage of the dual county status, the chamber has invited the commissioners from both counties to an upcoming meeting…

Audio: Fred Steiner

The hope is the commissioners will get more familiar with the business climate in Bluffton.

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10/30/14 – 11:33 A.M.

While the new Hancock County Engineering garage is open, it’s not fully operational yet. County Commissioner Brian Robertson says Columbia Gas continues to delay the installation of a gas meter, which is causing mounting problems…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson adds he’s been trying to nail down a date, but hasn’t had any luck…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says initially the meter was supposed to ship early this month. Now it looks like it will be early November before it can be installed at the earliest.

Until the meter is installed, the garage is operating without a generator, and without heat.

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10/30/14 – 7:33 A.M.

Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum Company’s earnings in the third quarter of 2014 dwarfed last years numbers. Figures released by the company this morning show the company earned $672 million between July and September. During the same time period in 2013, Marathon earned $168 million.

Today’s quarterly report also shed some light on the future of the company. A statement from CEO Gary Heminger said Marathon plans to accelerate the growth of MPLX LP. Heminger added, “We believe MPLX’s long-term growth profile represents substantial value to MPC shareholders through our general partner interest, the incentive distribution rights and the potential for meaningful proceeds from asset sales to MPLX.”

Another Marathon Subsidiary, Speedway, showed record earnings. The convenience store chain earned $119 million during the quarter, up from $102 million in 2013. The increase was credited to higher margins on light product and merchandise. Speedway also closed its buyout of Hess retail stores on September 30.

MORE: Marathon Investor Site

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10/30/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in downtown Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened just after 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Main Cross and South Cory streets.

20-year-old Robyn Thomas of Sidney was driving west on West Main Cross when she ran a red light and hit a car driven by 73-year-old Gary Staats of Findlay. A passenger in Thomas’ car was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Thomas was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

 

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