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1/3/16 – 4:53 A.M.

A pizza delivery driver says a man robbed him at gunpoint late Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened around 11 p.m. behind the East of Chicago Pizza location near 100 Howard Street.

The victim says he was getting out of his car when a man approached him and demanded money. The suspect was holding a black handgun. The delivery driver gave the man cash, and he ran away without further incident.

The suspect is a white man around 5’6″ tall. Police describe the man as skinny. He was wearing all black clothes and a red bandanna over his face.

Police believe there may have been another man in the area helping the suspect out.

The case remains under investigation.

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12/30/16 – 4:16 P.M.

A one-car crash injured a Findlay man Friday morning in the 900 block of Howard Street. The Findlay Police Department reports the 56-year-old Ronald Dukes was driving east on Howard around 10:40 a.m. He drove across the road, hit a curb, and then a telephone pole.

Hanco Ambulance took Dukes to Blanchard Valley Hospital for minor injuries. Police did not cite Dukes. American Electric Power Co., the Findlay Fire Department, and the Findlay Water Department all assisted at the scene.

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12/30/16 – 3:52 P.M.The people in the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday have been identified. The Columbus Dispatch says plane belongs to 46-year-old John T. Fleming, according to his father. He was flying with his wife 46-year-old Suzanne Fleming. He had his two sons 15-year-old John Robert Fleming and 14-year-old Andrew Fleming. A neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter were also in the plane. Fleming’s father did not name them.

The people in the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday have been identified. The Columbus Dispatch says plane belongs to 46-year-old John T. Fleming, according to his father. He was flying with his wife 46-year-old Suzanne Fleming. He had his two sons 15-year-old John Robert Fleming and 14-year-old Andrew Fleming. A neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter were also in the plane. Fleming’s father did not name them.

Fleming is the CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Columbus. U.S and Canadian Coast Guards continue searching for the plane. Fleming’s father told the paper that they think the plane crashed into ake Erie.

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12/30/16 – 2:34 P.M.

Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite was in Findlay Friday afternoon and talked about renewable energy. He said that there needs to be clarity in energy policies for the state. He added that there are big companies such as Google and Amazon that want to come to the area. Before they do they want a consistent energy policy that involves renewable energy. Hite said that these companies could go somewhere else if Ohio doesn’t prove to be conducive to their wants.

Hite added that he believes the new senate president will have an energy plan to address some of the issues in energy policies. Hite continued in saying that the senate needs to be united in figuring out these energy policies. He also said that he doesn’t think oil and gas will go anywhere. These energy options would only be complementary.

Hite also addressed the state’s revenues. He said while the revenue is down right now the senate will provide a balanced budget. He said that he thinks that Ohio will be able to turn it around.

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12/30/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Six Toledo residents are facing charges in Wood County stemming from their alleged involvement in a theft ring that spanned three counties. The Sentinel-Tribune reports authorities have charged Rebecca Collins, James Dotson III, Dontae Johnson, Pamala Moore, Annise Purifie,and Jennifer Putman with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Investigators say the group stole items from stores in Wood, Hancock, and Lucas Counties and then returned them to the stores for gift cards. They primarily targeted Lowe’s Home Improvement locations, as well as Best Buy and Target stores.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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12/30/16 – 5:30 A.M.

It’s the last week of 2016 and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

A major construction project in downtown Findlay wrapped up late in the summer of 2016. Marathon Petroleum officially opened the new MPLX headquarters in September…

Audio: Gary Heminger

CEO Gary Heminger said the new building also served to enhance the look of the downtown area…

Audio: Gary Heminger

Marathon started construction on the $80 million construction project in 2014. The project also included two new parking garages.

The Hancock Hotel is the final piece of the expansion. The company expects it to open in 2017.

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12/30/16 – 5:24 A.M.

The Seneca Regional Planning Commission won’t rely on a carry-over balance to help pay for expenses in 2017. The Review-Times reports RPC members voted to revise the 2017 budget Thursday. The original budget approved on December 7 called for the RPC to use $37,000 of the more than $165,000 carryover.

The board instead decided to cut expenses in several areas. The new budget includes cuts to contracted services. It also includes an increase of $17,000 in projected revenues. That takes into account $15,000 the RPC expects to collect from administrative fees from Land Bank.

MORE: Review-Times

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12/30/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Wal-Mart has named a Findlay man as the regional manager for 110 stores in Ohio. The company says Dan Moore will oversee stores in the Toledo, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and southeastern Ohio markets. Moore has worked for Wal-Mart for more than 30 years.

For the last 11 years, Moore has been the market manager for nine stores in northwest Ohio.

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12/30/16 – 5:08 A.M.

A divided Ohio Supreme Court says Findlay is not immune from liability in a 2011 crash. The Court News of Ohio reports the court made a split 4-3 decision in the case. The judgment reverses a decision in the case made by the 3rd District Court of Appeals. The case can now go back to the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

The case stemmed from a crash at the intersection of Sandusky and Wilson Streets in May of 2011. Gary Bibler was driving on Sandusky Avenue when a car driven by Jill Stevenson pulled out in front of him. Stevenson said a tree blocked her view of a stop sign at the intersection. A Findlay police officer testified that in his opinion the tree could block a driver’s view of the sign.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer initially dismissed Findlay from a lawsuit, saying “statutory political-subdivision immunity” protected the city. However the majority opinion of the high court said the stop sign falls under what the Ohio Revised Codes considers part of a public road.

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12/30/16 – 4:43 A.M.

The owners of the Tiger Ridge exotic animal farm are preparing to see all of their animals. A Wood County judge has allowed the farm’s owners to visit the animals seized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture earlier this year. They can also bring their own veterinarian to determine the animals’ health. The state has appealed a judge’s order to return the animals to the farm, claiming they were legally seized over permit violations.

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