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9/4/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A three car crash injured one person in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 6:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Howard Street.

18-year-old Ariana Read of Findlay was driving east on Howard when she tried to go around a pickup truck that was stopped in the road. At the same time the driver of the pickup, 20-year-old Patrick Williams, pulled into Read’s path. The collision caused Read’s car to hit a parked vehicle.

Read was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Williams was cited for impeding traffic.


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9/4/14 – 6:40 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is not moving to buy Citgo refineries. The company issued a statement Wednesday clarifying comments made by CEO Gary Heminger during a recent interview. Heminger told an industry analyst the locations of Citgo’s refineries are “interesting.” That led to some speculation Marathon was interested in buying the facilities.

Citgo has refineries in Lousiana, Texas, and Illinois.

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9/4/14 – 5:25 A.M.

There was plenty of disagreement over a water tower maintenance program at last night’s Bluffton Village Council meeting. The Courier reports the issue began when council member Roger Warren said he didn’t agree with a contact proposal for water tower work. The proposal had been been talked about at a recent Utilities Committee meeting. Warren said he wanted to know why more bids weren’t being sought.

Councilman Everett Collier said that Warren was out of order since he isn’t a member of the Utilities Committee.

Before that, Warren had requested an executive session, but it was voted down. That upset Councilman Sean Burrell, who said any council member should be able to request an executive session.

In the end, council agreed to seek more maintenance proposals from other companies that can service water towers.

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9/4/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Part of an 810-mile natural gas pipeline could be built in our area. A proposal from ET Rover Pipeline Company shows the pipeline passing through northeast Hancock County near Fostoria. It would also go through Wood County.

The pipeline would connect the Marcellus and Utica Shale fields to markets serving the Midwest, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions. A map of the proposed pipeline is on public display at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

Construction of the line could create a temporary workforce of up to 10,000 construction jobs. There would be an estimated $153 million in yearly tax revenue paid to the states and counties the pipeline passes through.

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9/4/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber has named a new treasurer. Tom Lause, who has been serving as the controller of global operations, was named to the role yesterday. He’ll continue in that role until a replacement can be found. Lause will also assume responsibility for the tax function at Cooper.

Lause is taking the role after Brad Hughes was named president of international operations.

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9/4/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is making a move to help finance the buyout of Hess Corporation retail stores. Marathon has priced nearly $2 billion in unsecured senior notes in a public offering. Unsecured notes are loans that aren’t secured by the issuer’s assets.

A $700 million loan will also be used to help fund the purchase.

The investment is expected to payoff big for Marathon. Industry analysts believe Marathon’s Speedway stores will double their $14.5 billion dollars in sales once the Hess locations are added to the company. Speedway stores are primarily based in the midwest, where Hess stores are located in the east and the south.

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9/3/14 – 7:14 A.M.

Kenton police officers dealt with a hostage situation Tuesday afternoon. Kentontoday.com reports officers were called to a North Oak Street home. When they arrived they found a man acting erratically. The man took a woman in the house hostage.

A special response team was called in to handle the situation. The negotiations broke down and officers stormed the home. The suspect and several officers suffered minor injuries in the incident.

No other details have been released.

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9/3/14 – 7:08 A.M.

Two institutions in our area are getting grants as part of the Honor Project. The City Mission in Findlay and Tiffin University are among the 226 entities in Ohio that will receive money.

The Honor Project is a trust that pays out money from a lawsuit filed by the state of Ohio against American International Group Inc. In 2010 the state argued American International conspired with a broker to eliminate competition in the commercial casualty insurance industry.

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9/3/14 – 6:43 A.M.

North Baltimore might start fining railroad companies that block crossings in the village for too long. The Courier reports village council has agreed to consider legislation to enact the fines. Residents have been getting frustrated by trains that block the crossings. In some instances emergency vehicles have been detoured to I-75 to avoid backups.

Police Chief Allan Baer says Ohio law allows fines to be levied in these instances.

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