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4/27/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Two arrests have been made in connection to a rash of tire and rim thefts from Bowling Green car dealerships. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a man and a woman were taken into custody over the weekend in Toledo.

The male suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Walter Hayward of Toledo. He faces a receiving stolen property charge, and could face other charges as well. The female suspect has not been publicly identified yet. There’s no word on what charges she’ll face.

A press release from the Bowling Green Police Department says the thefts have resulted in the loss of several thousands of dollars for the car dealers.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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4/27/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are once again higher as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.54 for a gallon of regular today. That’s up from $2.39 last Monday, and $2.36 a gallon a month ago.

The same trend is true around the rest of the state. The average price in Ohio is $2.50 a gallon today. That’s up 10 cents from last week.

Ottawa drivers are reporting prices around $2.49 a gallon today.

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4/27/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Plenty of roadwork will be going on in Hancock County this week. ODOT reports that starting today, Allen Township Road 101 between Hancock County Road 220 and Allen Township Road 142 will be closed for bridge work on I-75. The work will last through December.

Elsewhere, U.S. 68 will be one lane through a portion of Arlington this week to allow for pavement repair.

Another spot to look out for is I-75 southbound south of State Route 18. There will be nightly lane closures for shoulder pavement repair.

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4/27/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A weekend crash near McComb injured two people. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of State Route 186 and Hancock County Road 97 around 5:15 a.m. in the morning Saturday.

72-year-old Janice Vantrease of McComb was driving west on County Road 97 when she ran a stop sign and hit a car driven by 54-year-old Jimmy Doolittle of Findlay. Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Vantrease was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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The Putnam County Engineer will step down next month. The Courier reports Terry Recker has agreed to resign his position as part of a settlement with the Ohio Ethics Commission. The issue stemmed from Recker approving pay raises and promotions for his sons within the office.

Recker hired his sons Troy and Kelly in the early 1980’s before regulations prohibited family members in government positions from doing so. However, it was not legal for Recker to approve pay raises and promotions. The settlement says, “multiple Putnam County public officials believed that both Troy Recker and Kelly Recker were in fact grandfathered in and that their employment did not violate the ethics law.”

Recker will resign next month.

MORE: The Courier

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4/27/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 2508 Skye View Drive around 8:45 a.m.

Two residents and several pets were in the mobile home at the time and escaped safely. The fire department reported the flames started in the laundry area of the trailer. Smoke and heat damage was reported through the entire home.

So far there’s no word on what sparked the blaze.

 

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4/27/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A rash of fatal crashes in our region is a cause of concern for the State Highway Patrol. The Findlay district of the patrol covers 12 counties and reports 43 traffic deaths this year. That’s 19 more than the first four months of 2014. Fifty percent of the people killed were not wearing a seatbelt. A third of the crashes were alcohol-related.

District commander Captain Gary Allen says, “We need motorists to remember the potential consequences when they drive recklessly or neglect to wear a safety belt.” Allen added that troopers will continue to work to remove unsafe drivers from the road.

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4/23/15 – 8:17 A.M.

A second arrest has been made in connection to a Wednesday burglary in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Christopher Lemons of Findlay was arrested Wednesday afternoon. His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Shawn Hobbs, remains in custody.

The men are accused of assaulting a man in his home on Chateau Court early Wednesday morning. The victim said Lemons and Hobbs jumped him outside of his house and continued the attack inside. They allegedly ran off when the man was able to hit one of his attackers with an object.

The case remains under investigation.

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4/23/15 – 7:30 A.M.

Another step towards a joint justice center in Seneca County was taken this week. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Tiffin officials for the project. The new center would house the county common pleas court and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court. It will be built on Courthouse Square in Tiffin, and is expected to cost around $8.5 million.

The memorandum will be discussed at a Tiffin council-of-the-whole meeting next week.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/23/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured following a two-car crash in downtown Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 100 block of North Main Street around 5:15 p.m.

49-year-old Edward Mogbolu was slowing for traffic when he was hit from behind by a car driven by 47-year-old Kimberly Benard of Findlay. Mogbolu was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Benard was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance.

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