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1/30/17 – 7:57 A.M.

Local gas prices are continuing a downward trend. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay today is $1.95 for a gallon of regular. That’s down 10 cents over the last week. Prices haven’t been this low since the middle of November.

Ottawa drivers report paying $1.95 per gallon as well. That’s a 13 cent decline since last Monday.

The statewide average is $2.00 for a gallon regular. That’s down 11 cents over the last seven days.

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1/30/17 – 7:26 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two Lima residents near McComb Saturday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened around 6:20 p.m. at the intersections of County Roads 53 and 96.

32-year-old David Carpenter of Findlay was driving an SUV west on Road 96 when he failed to stop for a stop sign and hit a car driven by 37-year-old Maria Lowe. PMP Emergency Medical Service took Lowe and her passenger, 40-year-old Lacrecia Corey, to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Deputies cited Carpenter for failure to stop.

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1/30/17 – 6:56 A.M.

Findlay officials say representatives of an energy aggregation company are impersonating city employees. A release from Mayor Lydia Mihalik says representatives from Direct Energy are going door-to-door and telling people they represent Findlay. The company has permission to sell in Findlay. They don’t have permission to represent themselves as acting on the city’s behalf.

First Energy is Findlay’s only provider of governmental electric aggregation. Volunteer Energy Services is the city’s governmental gas aggregation partner.

Mihalik says if you’re having an issue with the sales people, call the police at (419)424-7150.

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1/30/17 – 6:46 A.M.

A two-car crash injured four people in Findlay Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of Trenton and Broad Avenues just before 6:30 p.m. 24-year-old Shawn Burkmier was driving east on Trenton when he tried to turn left onto Broad. He ended up hitting a car driven by 23-year-old Micah Tewers of Findlay.

Hanco Ambulance took Tewers, Burkmier, Burkmier’s 22-year-old wife Serina, and their 4-month-old child to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Police cited Burkmier for failing to yield while making a left turn.

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1/30/17 – 5:41 A.M.

While leadership at 50 North doesn’t agree with it, they are complying with federal regulations that drastically cut the number of volunteers they can use. The Courier reports 50 North reported revenue above $500,000 in 2015. That means the agency can’t use volunteers in what the government classifies as “commercial activity.” That includes the cafe, which formerly had 57 volunteers.

50 North Attorney Bill Beach tells the newspaper the government considers the cafe competition to area restaurants. Because of that, they aren’t allowed to have an unfair advantage with unpaid labor. Executive Director Carolyn Copus disputes the cafe is competing with area residents. She says the cafe isn’t about making money, but having a place for seniors to be social.

MORE: The Courier

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1/30/17 – 5:25 A.M.

A police chase that started in Findlay late Friday night ended near Tiffin early Saturday morning. The Findlay Police Department says an officer tried to pull over 36-year-old Sir Lawrence Payne of Fostoria just before midnight Friday at the intersections of Tiffin and Fostoria Avenues. Payne decided to speed away, leading officers on a chase that hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour and lasted nearly 30 minutes.

Payne eventually crashed on County Road 15 near Township Road 148, northeast of Tiffin. He tried to run away but officers were able to catch him a short time later.

Payne suffered minor injuries in the crash.

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1/30/17 – 5:07 A.M.

Findlay police officers are continuing to investigate two armed robberies from over the weekend. The first incident happened at 2453 Grace Boulevard Apartment B around 1:20 a.m. Saturday. A cab driver reported the second incident just before 4:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Larkins Street.

The victim in the apartment told officers two black men pulled the screen out of her bedroom window and held a handgun through it. The suspects demanded drugs and money. The victim was not hurt.

A Trinity Cab driver reports he picked up two black men and a white woman at the Town Place Suites on Tiffin Avenue. On their way to Larkins Street one of the men pulled a knife on the victim. The woman took money from the driver’s pocket. When they got to Larkins Street the suspects ran away.

Police say the suspects in the cab driver robbery were a light-skinned black man with a mustache and a dark-skinned black man. The driver only described the woman as skinny.

Police haven’t said if there are any connections between the robberies.

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01/27/17 – 11:05 A.M.
Crime Victim Services of Putnam County doesn’t want you to be a victim of fake checks. In a release, they said that the fake check scam is all too real and appeals to anyone completing a transaction. The scam usually involves selling an item. The scammer will send in a fake check for more money than the agreed amount and ask for a return of the difference. It can take a bank weeks to discover that the check is a fake and you could be held responsible for cashing it.
 
There are ways to spot a fake check. Real checks have a perforated edge, bank logos, and real addresses. Some fake checks have a routing number that’s longer or shorter than the 9 digits of a real one. The numbers should also look dull due to a special magnetic ink.
 
If you receive a fake check or believe that you’ve been a victim of a scam, report it to the Ohio Attorney General’s office or your local law enforcement.
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1/27/17 – 5:28 A.M.

More students are taking classes at Bowling Green State University. BG officials say spring semester enrollment is up by 500 students, in part because of campus renovations and quality programs. A little further up I-75, the University of Toledo says it has nearly 400 more students enrolled for the spring from last year.

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