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2/17/17 – 5:23 A.M.

A three-car crash injured two Findlay women Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of South Main and Pearl streets.

Officers say 18-year-old Austin Flick pulled in front of a northbound car driven by 20-year-old Viviana Sanchez-Vigil. Flick also hit a car driven by 61-year-old Constance McGown of Findlay. Hanco Ambulance took 48-year-old Anna Sanchez and 26-year-old Stephanie Sanchez-Vigil to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. They were passengers in Viviana Sanchez-Vigil’s car.

Police cited Flick for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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2/17/17 – 5:13 A.M.

Some people who live just outside of Ottawa would like their homes annexed into the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the homes are along State Route 65. The residents want to tap into the village’s water and sewer systems.

Village council talked about a pre-annexation agreement with the property owners this week. Village Administrator Jack Williams says the agreement would protect the village on any future improvements. He added the county engineer’s office will hold a drainage hearing to learn more about the need and support for annexation.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/17/17 – 5:04 A.M.

MPLX has closed a deal to form a joint venture with Houston-based Enbridge Energy Partners to buy an interest a pipeline system. Marathon’s energy and logistics subsidiary is contributing $500 million to the $2 billion price paid by the joint venture.

MPLX paid for the Bakken Pipeline system deal with cash on hand.

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2/17/17 – 4:53 A.M.

A police chase that started in Wood County ended with a crash in McComb Thursday night. The Courier reports the crash happened near the intersections of East Main and South Main streets. The car involved in the chase hit a utility pole, knocking down power lines in the area.

The newspaper reports officers arrested one person.

No other details are available yet. The State Highway Patrol is running the investigation.

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2/16/17 – 11:16 A.M.

Findlay remains an affordable place to live. That’s according to the results of survey conducted by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The study showed the cost of living in Findlay was 4 percent below the national average.

Housing and utility costs remain relatively cheap in Findlay. Housing prices are 16.5 percent below the national average. Heating and cooling costs are a little more than 15 percent below national rates.

Findlay is more expensive when it comes to miscellaneous goods and services. The area rates more than 8 percent higher than the national average in that category.

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2/16/17 – 6:49 A.M.

A Tiffin man could face drug charges after investigators searched his home Tuesday. The Review-Times reports police charged 26-year-old Cody Brown with failure to appear in court on an outstanding warrant. However, charges of trafficking heroin, having weapons under disability and possession of criminal tools are all pending.

Police officers searched a home on Coe Street in Tiffin this week. Authorities say they found suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia, and criminal tools.

Brown is a person of interest in several ongoing investigations by the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit. The newspaper reports the investigation includes several recent overdoses.

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2/16/17 – 5:33 A.M.

A new business plans to break ground in Ottawa later this month. The Putnam County Sentinel says Tractor Supply Company is building a new location near the intersection of State Route 65 and Meadow Glen Drive on the north side of the village.

The company plans to wrap up construction in July.

Tractor Supply has more than 1,600 stores in the nation.

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2/16/17 – 5:26 A.M.

Arcadia school board members learned more about a potential building project Wednesday night. The Courier reports Jerry Murray of RCM architects has divided the project into three phases. The first phase would add a smaller gym to the campus, install a second floor over a wing of the building for more class space, and update security at the school entrance. The plan also calls for consolidating administrative offices and renovating other rooms.

The estimated cost is $13 million. If the school board decides to move forward, a levy could appear on the May 2018 ballot.

MORE: The Courier

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2/16/17 – 5:17 A.M.

Two people are facing drug charges in Hancock County after authorities recently unsealed secret indictments. 42-year-old Stephanie Myers faces a permitting drug abuse charge. In a separate case, police charged 37-year-old Joseph Schlachter with trafficking cocaine.

Investigators say Myers allowed drug trafficking to take place in her home last August. Police say Schlachter sold less than five grams of cocaine in Findlay in July of 2015.

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2/16/17 – 5:09 A.M.

The Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce talked about workplace diversity while in Findlay Wednesday night. The Courier reports Jacqueline Williams spoke at the 35th anniversary banquet and fundraiser for the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center.

Williams says more diverse companies are more competitive and more profitable. She added that ethnic and social minorities will be a majority of the nation’s population in a little more than a generation. Williams says businesses that know and understand the country’s changing demographics will succeed.

Williams also said a diverse workplace helps reduce “group think.” She added diverse companies are, “more creative and certainly more profitable in the long term.”

MORE: The Courier

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