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8/24/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is donating money to help those affected by the historic flooding in Louisiana. The company has announced it will send $250,000 to help. The Red Cross will receive $100,000 and the United Way will receive $50,000. The remaining $100,000 will go to organizations in the flooded area with critical needs.

Marathon owns a 539,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Garyville, Louisiana. At least 10 percent of its employees have been impacted by the flooding. In a release, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said, “In addition to our corporate donations, we will continue to provide assistance to our employees whose lives have been affected by the flooding.”

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8/24/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A man riding a bike in Findlay was injured when he hit a car Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Center and Taylor streets. 24-year-old Zachary Brooks was riding on the sidewalk on Taylor Street but couldn’t stop because his bike didn’t have brakes. He hit an SUV driven by 47-year-old Bryan Little of Findlay.

Brooks was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was also cited for not having brakes on his bike.

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8/24/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A central Ohio man has been accused of a sex crime in Hancock County. The grand jury has indicted 54-year-old Rodolfo Sierra on a rape charge. Investigators say that on May 1 Sierra used force or the threat of force to rape a woman in Findlay.

Rodolfo, who also is known as Rodofa Sierra, lives in Orient, Ohio but is a former Findlay resident. He’s currently listed as in inmate at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

Sierra has been convicted of a similar crime in the past. In 1998 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison on six counts of rape and one count of aggravated burglary. He has also been convicted on domestic violence and burglary charges in the past.

MORE: The Courier

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8/24/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The village of Rawson is under a boil water advisory until further notice. A problem with the chlorination process was discovered by village employees Monday. Rawson residents are advised to boil their water before using it to drink or cook with.

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8/24/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Two people have been nominated to fill an open position in the Findlay Municipal Court. The Courier reports the Hancock County Republican Party has recommended either Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller or Findlay Assistant Law Director Alan Hackenberg take retiring Judge Robert Fry’s spot. Fry was elected as a Republican, so the local Republican party handles nominating his replacement.

Miller and Hackenberg will be interviewed by the governor’s office. Party Chairman Jim Baker tells the newspaper the process could take about a month.

Whoever is selected will fill the rest of Fry’s term, which runs through 2017.

MORE: The Courier

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8/23/16 – 11:36 A.M.

Several structures in the Blanchard River flood plane have been bought and demolished by the county since the 2007 flood. Discussions are getting underway now about what the future of those properties will be…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says not just anything can be put in the vacant lots…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

He says everyone involved will meet again in about a month to talk about potential ideas for the open spaces.

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8/23/16 – 11:13 A.M.

The company responsible for putting together a flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River has completed one part of the process. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle says he was recently given an update from Stantec Consulting…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says a public meeting about possible mitigation solutions could be held within the year…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the company is now working to put together the “unsteady-state model.” He adds that will allow engineers to see what mitigation alternatives work the best for our area.

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8/23/16 – 7:29 A.M.

The owner of a Bluffton area animal shelter could face charges after 70 animals were taken from the facility late last week. The Lima News reports Bluffton police officers and members of the Ohio SPCA & Humane Society were called to TLU Rescue at 142 Vance Street Friday night. Officers were also called to the home of the shelter’s owner, Wendy Dunlap.

Teresa Landon is the executive director of the Ohio SPCA & Humane Society. She says the shelter was more of a hoarding situation than an animal rescue. Landon said that the animals didn’t have clean food or cages. She added the ammonia levels were so high in the building that responders had to wear masks.

One of the dogs taken from the building died Friday. The other animals will be put up for adoption in Allen County once they pass veterinary tests.

MORE: Lima News

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8/23/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Seneca County residents are being encouraged to look out for a scam targeting the elderly. The Review-Times reports the manager of a Rite Aid in Tiffin is being credited with stopping a woman from being conned out of $2,000 late last week. The woman had come to the store to buy a $2,000 iTunes gift card. Someone had called her and said her granddaughter was in trouble. The caller told the woman to buy the card and then call back with the gift card serial number.

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, this is a common type of scam. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the elderly are often targeted because they are willing to drop everything to help their grandchildren.

If you get a call from a stranger someone asking your to buy a gift card to help a family member, you should always call the family member before doing anything else. You’re also asked to report issues to the authorities.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/23/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Food pantries and shelters in Putnam County could get a boost in funding thanks to a grant. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the United Way of Putnam County has been awarded a more than $4,000 grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

The money will be distributed between September 1 and November 30 of this year. Organizations interested in applying for funding should call (419)523-4505 for more information.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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