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2/2/17 – 6:42 A.M.

A two-car crash involved an ambulance in Fostoria Wednesday afternoon. The Review-Times reports the collision happened just after 2 p.m. at the corner of North Countyline and Elm streets. The Fostoria Police Department says there were no injuries from the crash.

A second ambulance responded to the crash to take the patient in the first ambulance to the hospital.

No other details were immediately available.

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2/2/17 – 5:37 A.M.

The legal proceedings for a Napoleon woman accused of attacking a priest in Putnam County took a turn this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 65-year-old Frances Wilhelm requested a new attorney during a Monday hearing. Wilhelm says her court-appointed attorney hadn’t explained the proceedings against her. Judge Randall Basinger granted the request and said he would appoint a new attorney.

Before Basinger made the ruling, Wilhelm’s current lawyer talked about the case. William Kluge told Basinger that Wilhelm was legally insane when she attacked Father Herman Scherger last September. He added he didn’t believe she was competent to proceed with Monday’s hearing. Kluge said he explained everything about a not guilty by reason of insanity plea and what would happen beyond that.

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2/2/17 – 5:22 A.M.

Findlay-based MPLX had a solid 2016. A financial report filed by the Marathon Petroleum subsidiary Wednesday said the company posted a net income of $233 million for the year. That’s a $77 million increase over 2015. MPLX saw a strong finish to the year, posting $133 million in net income in the fourth quarter. That’s compared to $18 million the previous year.

Gary Heminger is the chairman and CEO of MPLX. In a statement he said Marathon is “encouraged by robust portfolio of growth opportunities, which will continue to contribute to long-term value for our investors.”

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2/1/17 – 7:38 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum earnings were up in the fourth quarter of 2016, but down for the entire year. The company released its full-year results today. In the fourth quarter the company posted $227 million in earnings, up from $187 million during the same time period in 2015. Entire year earnings totaled more than $1.1 billion. That’s down from more than $2.8 billion in 2015.

In a statement, CEO Gary Heminger said, “Our fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results reflect solid operational and financial performance across the business despite a challenging commodity price and margin environment.”

The Speedway retail stores continue to perform well for Marathon. Speedway saw $734 million in income in 2016. That’s a $61 million increase over 2015. Talking about Speedway, Heminger said “Speedway’s performance highlights the strong value our team is creating for investors.”

Income from refining and marketing operations dropped for the full year. The financial report show $1.5 billion in income for 2016. That’s down more than $2.5 billion from 2015. The segment had an uptick in the fourth quarter though. Income from October through the end of the year was $165 million, up $30 million from 2015 numbers.

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2/1/17 – 6:41 A.M.

A former Allen County Sheriff aims to hold the position again. The Lima News reports Dan Beck is filing to run for the Republican nomination for the job. Beck served as sheriff from 1993 to 2008 when he retired.

Beck says he wants to restore integrity to the office. Sam Crish succeeded Beck as sheriff. He recently stepped down from the position. The FBI raided Crish’s office last September and the case remains open.

Beck tells the newspaper he’s been active in law enforcement since his retirement. He has worked for the Wood and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices since 2008.

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2/1/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A former substitute teacher in Putnam County pleaded not guilty to a sexual battery charge last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a judge set bond at $50,000 for Jessica Storer during her arraignment hearing. She also faces six counts of serving alcohol to a minor.

The bond carries several conditions. Storer has to live in St. Marys, can’t have contact with the alleged victim, and can’t have contact with any unrelated minors.

Investigators say Storer had sex with a male student from Pandora-Gilboa High School on November 26. A tip to police led to an investigation in mid-December. Officers took Storer into custody on December 21.

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2/1/17 – 5:21 A.M.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities have honored Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman. The group gave the sheriff its 2016 CEO’s Award for Distinguished Leadership. Heldman’s work with mental health and addiction services earned him the award.

Cheri Walter is CEO of the organization. She says, “Sheriff Heldman’s support of community mental health and addiction services, his focus on ways to build creative partnerships to address Ohio’s opiate epidemic, and his support of individuals in recovery and their families make him a true leader in this field.”

The association represents Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards.

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2/1/17 – 5:14 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has named its Officer of the Year for 2016. Luke Benjamin received the honor from the department. Benjamin is an emergency response team member and a field training officer. He is now in his second tour with the special assignment unit.

Benjamin has racked up accommodations since joining the force four years ago. Most recently he received the Lifesaving Award. Last July he performed chest compressions and resuscitated a Findlay man.

Benjamin has also received recognition for exceptional care he provided to a local boy who was injured in a crash and professionalism on a domestic violence call during his career.

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2/1/17 – 5:04 A.M.

Marathon Pipeline is building a 50-mile pipeline between Lima and Harpster. The MPLX subsidiary says the 12-inch diameter pipeline is part of a $500 million network designed to transport oil and gas from the Utica shale in eastern Ohio to refineries in the midwest. Senior Engineer Jason Stechshulte says the pipeline will have a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day.
 
The company expects the pipeline to begin operations in July. Controllers at MPLX in Findlay will monitor the network for pressure and flow rate, with real-time leak protection. They’ll also use aerial surveillance for maintenance.
 
It will take around 500 people working a total of around 1.4 million hours to build the pipeline.
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