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4/14/14 – 7:13 A.M.

We’re paying more to fill up the gas tank as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular unleaded is $3.66 a gallon. Last Monday we were paying $3.58 a gallon. A year ago prices were at $3.36 a gallon.

In Findlay, the average price for regular was around $3.66 a gallon this morning. The average price in Fostoria was $3.59.

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4/14/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Three rail crossings in Columbus Grove are set for changes. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has announced the installation of active grade crossing warning devices at the Pearl Street and Broadway Street crossings. The Maple Street crossing will be closed. CSX plans to have the changes in place by next April.

The PUCO is also assisting the village with safety during the projects. Rumble strips, illumination, and improved signage could be put in place to warn drivers of the work.

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4/14/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Police in Fostoria arrested a Tiffin man late last week for trying to elude an officer. The Review-Times reports a deputy tried to make a routine stop in the 8000 block of State Route 18. That’s when 41-year-old Charles Amburgey pulled into the parking lot of an apartment building.

Amburgey told the deputy he lived in the complex. He’s now facing charges of obstructing official business, driving under suspension, speeding, and fictitious plates.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/14/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Wood County man will spend 17 months in prison for a sex crime he committed two years ago. The Review-Times reports 41-year-old David Grilliot of Bradner was sentenced recently. Prosecutors had first accused Grilliot of raping an 11-year-old girl in July of 2012.  A judge convicted Grilliot on a lesser felony charge.

Grilliot was also ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender.

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4/14/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department released the details of a Friday assault over the weekend. Officers were dispatched to 2231 Jennifer Lane around 3:45 a.m. Friday. When they arrived they found 27-year-old Robert Purdy on the ground in the parking lot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a fractured jaw and nose.

The police have located a suspect in the case. The incident remains under investigation.


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4/11/14 – 10:47 A.M.

Bees across the world have been dying off in great numbers for years. That’s a big problem when it comes to pollination. Hancock County Extension Educator Ed Lentz talked about the issue on Ag Talk today. He says one theory is that insecticides from corn are causing the issue…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz stressed the insecticide theory is only a theory and not a hard fact. A study by the Ohio State University found insecticides had little effect on beehives next to fields in Ohio…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Still, Lentz says farmers should be careful about creating too much dust when cleaning out planters. The dust can contain traces of insecticides used to treat seeds.

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4/11/14 – 9:54 A.M.

It’s like American Gladiators on steroids. The NBC TV show “American Ninja Warrior” features an obstacle course not for the faint of heart, and four Findlay residents aim to tame it. Jim Steffen, Jen Hochstettler, Matt Schumann and Christy Santistevan will all audition for the show in St. Louis this weekend.

Closer to home, Steffen will be hosting a similar event next month at his gym XT Fitness. “Maddie’s XT Games” will benefit Cystic Fibrosis research, and will be held May 17. The event will feature teams of four people competing by completing three workouts.

There will also be a side “ninja course” will be available for children ages 7-12 and adults. You can get more information as the “Maddie’s XT Games” Facebook page.

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