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3/17/14 – 7:16 A.M.

If you’re headed south on the interstate this week you can expect slow traffic near Lima.  ODOT reports the relocation of concrete barriers for the I-75 reconstruction project will mean daytime lane closings.  After crews move the barriers, two lanes of traffic will be maintained each way.

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Fostoria residents have been reporting more coyote sightings in and around the city this winter. John Windau of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources tells the Review Times the harsh winter is most likely driving the issue. Windau says the cold temperatures have reduced food sources for the animals.

If you have a coyote problem Windau urges you to make sure you don’t have food outside. Often times food left out for pets will attract coyotes. Windau says while the animals can be aggressive towards other animals, they are usually shy around humans. Yelling at them and taking food inside should help keep them away.

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3/17/14 – 6:39 A.M.

A Findlay business that closed down last year will reopen its doors today. The Courier reports DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace is back in business at its location on Findlay’s east side.

Owner Tim DeHaven tells the newspaper the new store is scaling back from some of the things it offered in the past. Familiar things like landscaping and gardening goods, lawn mowers and grills will be back. So will landscaping services. The business has shelved fireplace and furniture sales.

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3/17/14 – 5:35 A.M.

We’re paying more for gas at the start of another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $3.64 a gallon. That’s up 9 cents from last week, but down from midweek prices that topped $3.70 a gallon last week.

Around Findlay the average price was around $3.64 a gallon early this morning.

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3/17/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Hancock County man is facing charges for allegedly lying about shining a laser pointer at an airplane. The Blade reports federal investigators charged 57-year-old Ronald Deal of McComb with a bill of information last week. He’s accused of making a false statement or representation to a department or agency of the United States.

The feds say Deal first told investigators he didn’t know anything about the incident, which happened on June 17 of 2012. Investigators say Deal later took false responsibility for pointing the laser at the plane.

Deal will be arraigned in federal court on April 2.

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3/17/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Fire drove a Forest family from their home early Sunday morning. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters were called to 14710 Hardin County Road 2 around 9:15 a.m. Three people in the home were able to get to safety unharmed.

The Red Cross of Hancock County assisted the victims with a place to stay as well as personal hygiene items, food and clothing.

There’s no word on what started the fire.


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3/17/14 – 4:47 A.M.

Police in Fostoria are investigating a weekend shooting. Captain Patrick Brooks says officers were called to the 1200 block of Beier Drive around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers found 19-year-old Thomas Breitigam Jr. with a gunshot to his lower leg.

Brooks says investigators have little to go on, as Breitigam and other witnesses have not been cooperative.

A medical helicopter took Breitigam to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. There was no report on his condition.


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3/14/14 – 10:53 A.M.

The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit made another drug bust this week. Officers raided a home in Tiffin at 209 Third Avenue Thursday. A search warrant turned up suspected heroin, prescription pills, and hypodermic needles. Officers also found cash, stolen property, and drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested three people. Authorities have charged 20-year-old Jon Lange, 27-year-old Adam Barto, and 27-year-old Kenneth Thompson with trafficking heroin.

More charges are pending following a lab examination of the substances found in the home.


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3/14/14 – 10:27 A.M.

Ohio has a problem with keeping college graduates in the state. The University of Findlay and Owens Community College hope to be part of the solution in ending that trend. The schools were recently awarded more than $367,000 in grants to help students be ready for internships.

UF’s Phil Gunder is the school’s Director of Internships. He says the money will create four positions…

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Gunder says the job isn’t just about telling students what opportunities are available…

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The people hired for the jobs will also work with Findlay companies to help them better use interns.

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3/14/14 – 9:41 A.M.

Officials in Detroit want to make sure Marathon Petroleum is living up to a deal to hire more city residents. The Detroit Free Press reports the city gave Marathon a $175 million tax break for a $2.2 billion expansion project. The company pledged to recruit Detroit residents for new jobs.

Marathon lists 30 of the facility’s 514 full-time workers as Detroit residents. Before the expansion that number was 15.

Company representatives say they want to hire more Detroit residents, but are finding it difficult to find qualified job applicants.

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