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7/28/14 – 7:23 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $3.36 a gallon. However the website reports at least one station in Bowling Green is selling for under three dollars this morning. Last week we were paying $3.49 a gallon.

Findlay drivers are paying around $3.35 a gallon to start the week. The average is $3.33 in Ottawa and Fostoria.

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7/28/14 – 7:18 A.M.

The Wood County Fair kicks off today and runs through August 4th. This year’s highlight event will be the “Monster Truck Throwdown” Saturday night. Other grandstand events include a cheerleading competition at the grandstand at 2 p.m. Friday at the grandstand and a drag racing competition at 7 p.m. that same day.

Opening ceremonies are set for 7:15 p.m. tonight. The Wood County youth parade will follow in the grandstand.

Daily admission is six dollars. A week long pass costs $24.

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7/28/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Firefighters were called to a Findlay fast food restaurant early Saturday morning. A grease fire broke out in the kitchen at the Burger King at 717 West Trenton Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

Employees were able to partially extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived. The fire started in a fryer. The machine was damaged and there was smoke damage in the kitchen.

The fire remains under investigation.


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7/28/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The traffic pattern on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay changed over the weekend. Traffic is now using the new south side of the bridge while the old northern part of the bridge is now closed. The southern entrance and exit ramps reopened. The northern exit and entrance ramps have been closed for the time being. They’ll remain closed for about two weeks.

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7/28/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Someone tried to rob an employee of a Findlay restaurant late Saturday night, but ran away when the victim recognized him. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the Findlay Village Mall parking lot.

An employee of Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse was locking up when he was approached by a young man wearing a black bandana over his face. The suspect punched the employee and demanded money. The victim ran toward a lighted area, where the suspect caught up with him. The victim told the suspect he knew who he was, and the suspect took off running west toward Plaza Street.

No money was taken. The employee suffered minor injuries but did not need medical attention. The case remains under investigation.


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7/28/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Two fires in Ottawa late last week are being called suspicious. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 315 North Perry Street and 529 West Third Street within a two-hour time span Friday morning. Both homes are in the flood zone and were set to be demolished by the village. Neither of the homes had working utilities.

The state fire marshal’s office is aiding the investigation. Multiple fire departments from the county were called in to help fight the flames.


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7/28/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Construction will officially begin on the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts this week. A public groundbreaking ceremony will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. The center is expected to open at the former Central Middle School site in the fall of 2015.

The arts center will cost around $10 million to build. Marathon Petroleum made a large donation to get the project up and running. The amount of the donation hasn’t been specified.

The old auditorium will be renovated to seat 1,000 people. The new part of the center will house classrooms, areas for performers to rehearse, an art gallery and a black box theater.

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7/28/14 – 4:37 A.M.

One of the victims of a small plane crash that happened near Van Buren has been identified. Ralf Bronnenmeier, the CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the plane. The second victim has not been publicly identified.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 1:10 a.m. on Hancock County Road 18, between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock County Road 216. The plane was flying from Holland, Michigan to Bluffton. The investigation closed Hancock County Road 18 until around 9 p.m. last night.

Bronnenmeier had been the CEO of Grob Systems since 2003.


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7/22/14 – 12:28 A.M.

Residents in the Forest Lake subdivision of Findlay hope that a solution to their flooding issues are coming soon. Three people who live along a retention pond in that area spoke to the Hancock County Commissioners about the issue again today.

Kerry Trombli says he knows work is being done, but time is critical…

Audio: Kerry Trombli

County Engineer Chris Long says he’s confident an additional 12-inch drainage pipe next to the pond will help solve the problem.

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7/22/14 – 12:19 P.M.

What looks to be the final change order for the new Hancock County engineering garage has been submitted to the county commissioners. If approved, what was submitted as a little more than a $2.6 million project will finish up at a little more than $2.8 million.

Commissioner Brian Roberston says that’s pretty good all things considered…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The latest change includes more than $45,000 to install a natural gas pump.

Robertson says they had to have a special pump installed…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The gas pump will help the generator for the facility fire in case of a power outage.

Today’s change order was for $75,740. The total for all change orders to the project was a little more than $128,000.

The final change order was tabled by the commissioners today for review.

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