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3/29/2016 – 5:04 pm

The Findlay Police Department is investigating several cases of vandalism in the city. The cases themselves involve spray painting multiple areas of the city. The Courier reports that buildings, street signs, cars and other items have been spray painted in black graffiti with wording, symbols and other markings indicating the Latin Kings gang.

The department cannot determine if the vandalism is caused by members of the gang because it’s so spread out. Areas affected include the 300 and 400 blocks of Sterling Hill Drive, the 300 and 400 blocks of Cherry Street, the 400 block of Tiffin Avenue, the 600 block of Lynn Street, the 400 block of Eben Avenue and the 900 block of North Blanchard. Lt. Ring asks that if anyone sees anything suspicious to contact authorities at 419-425-8477.

More: The Courier

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3/29/2016 – 4:58 pm

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District isn’t ready for a vote on taking control of the Blanchard River flood control plan for Findlay. The Courier reports that General Manager Clark Lynn Army said that nothing has been set in stone or confirmed. Army notes that there is still a lot to think about and consider.

An update on the project does appear on the district’s regular meeting agenda for April 5th. Army says that there is a “good probability” that the conservancy district will adopt the project but that decision won’t be made anytime soon. They are still trying to determine if the proposed channel is a “viable project”.

The district’s regular meeting will be at 10am at the conservancy offices at 1464 Pinehurst Drive in Defiance and is open to the public.

More: The Courier

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3/29/2016 – 4:46pm

A Fostoria woman was injured when she was struck by a train this afternoon in Fostoria. The Courier reports that 39-year-old Dawn Mullins of Fostoria was struck by the train at the East Fremont Street crossing. Emergency responders arrived at the scene around 12:15pm for a report of a pedestrian versus a train and found Mullins lying in the roadway with injuries from being struck by a southbound train engine.

Mullins was treated and transported to the hospital by EMS and later taken to Toledo Hospital. A preliminary investigation shows that the gates were down and lights were operating at the time of the incident.

More: The Courier

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3/29/2016 – 12:00 pm

Two Kenton teenagers are facing charges following an investigation into two stolen vehicles Monday. WKTN Radio reports that Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Kenton Police in recovering a vehicle that had been stolen in the city limits Monday.

That vehicle was located on State Route 235 in western Hardin County Monday and was abandoned after it became stuck on 235. The suspects then stole another vehicle from a residence on State Route 309. Two 17-year-old boys were later located and arrested. Thus far they have been charged with theft without consent. The incident remains under investigation.

More: WKTN Radio

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3/29/16 – 11:18 A.M.

The financial secretary of the union that represents Findlay Cooper Tire & Rubber workers is under investigation for apparently misusing union credit cards. A letter from USW Local 207L president Rod Nelson to union members says Ron Coldren admitted to union investigators that he used his card to cover for personal problems. The document goes on to say around $30,000 may have been misused since October of 2012.

Local 207L members who wish to remain anonymous provided WFIN with a copy of the letter. They said the document was posted at a time clock and was also distributed in other areas of the plant. 207L President Rod Nelson tells WFIN that an audit is ongoing but other than that he said he has no comment. The District 1 USW office in Columbus said, “We do not wish to comment on this issue at this time.”

According to the letter an auditor from the international union was brought in to assist the audit process. Union trustee Tom Kutlus and Treasurer Terry Glick are also involved in the audit. The letter says that all receipts turned in by other officials were in order and that the only person missing receipts or turning in questionable receipts was Ron Coldren.

The letter also says the union is insured for the losses. It adds Coldren will make restitution and that the matter could be turned over to authorities when the internal investigation is completed.

The letter goes on to suggest ways to prevent future mishandling of funds. One of the ideas presented asks that all bills go through the Local 207L executive board and Rod Nelson before being paid by the union. Training for trustees to uncover misuse of funds has also been proposed.

In the letter, Nelson says, “I hope you understand that the union has done the right things when this issue came to light. Our union and what we stand for is greater than any setback we may experience. Even though our history is checkered with disappointments, I’m thoroughly convinced we shall overcome them only to experience new successes.”

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3/29/2016 – 10:21 am

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Grove Police Department are investigating a series of thefts from multiple units at Columbus Grove Self Storage. According to a statement, the thefts happened sometime between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Items missing include a large assortment of hand tools, construction equipment and household items. Anyone with information to the thefts is asked to contact either the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office or Columbus Grove Police Department.

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3/29/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A fundraiser is set to raise money for a 100-year-old facility in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Jennings Memorial Association is putting together two vacation packages to benefit Memorial Hall. A summer trip to Montreal Quebec City, and Ottawa will be held; along with a winter trip to Opryland.

For more information you can call (419)303-7366.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/29/16 – 5:17 A.M.

A business operating in Bluffton uses apprenticeships to make sure it isn’t affected by a manufacturing worker shortage. Grob Systems will hire 30 apprentices this year. Darrin Lanasky is the manager of mechanical assembly at the plant, and says more than 30 percent of the company’s worldwide workforce is made up of graduated apprentices. Over the last two decades more than 255 students have completed the program in Ohio.

Students earn $10 per hour in the first year of the apprenticeship, $11 per hour in the second year, and $14 per hour in the third year. They work in various parts of the plant to see which areas suit them best. After getting an associates degree, graduate apprentices can earn a base wage of $17.30 an hour with a bonus for good grades.

Lanasky spoke at the Findlay Rotary Club meeting Monday.

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3/29/16 – 4:57 A.M.

McComb will begin talks to join the Northwestern Water and Sewer District soon. The Courier reports increased maintenance costs and regulations for the McComb water treatment facilities are spurring the move. The formal application to apply will likely come in April.

Councilwoman Carol Cary said that water rates are going to increase no matter if the village joins the district or not.

Critics have asked council members why it took so long to address treatment plant issues. Councilman Dennis Turner said EPA regulations have, “gotten a lot stiffer on us.”

Mayor Chuck Latta told village council the district still has to vote to take on McComb as a member.

MORE: The Courier

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3/28/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down a little from last week. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying around $1.89 a gallon today. That’s down seven cents from last Monday and 10 cents from last week’s high of a $1.99 a gallon.

Prices are also a $1.89 a gallon in Ottawa today. That’s down five cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is $1.92 a gallon, which is actually up a penny from a week ago.

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