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1/13/17 – 7:21 A.M.

A Fostoria woman accused of ramming two police cruisers last November will appear in court later this month. The Review-Times reports Jodi Ridenour has a plea hearing set for January 31. Officials have scheduled a jury trial for February 23.

Police arrested Ridenour on November 22. Officers were on their way to serve a search warrant at a home at 495 Town Street when they noticed two cars pulling away. The car driven by Ridenour allegedly rammed two cruisers before hitting a power pole.

Ridenour faces assault, obstructing official business, and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer charges.

The incident was the second time police accused Ridenour of leading them on a chase in 2016.

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1/13/17 – 6:43 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will offer some tax forms and help this tax season. Library Director Jeff Winkle says that’s despite the Ohio Department of Taxation no longer distributing tax forms through libraries. Winkle says the library will print off forms on its own. Staff will be on hand to help taxpayers print forms from the internet as well.

The library is hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program again. It starts February 1. You can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment through the United Way.

The state’s department of taxation isn’t sending forms to the library anymore to stop waste. The agency says people only returned around 10 percent of the forms distributed last year.

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1/13/17 – 5:33 A.M.
UPDATE – 7:33 A.M.

Menards will build a second warehouse at its Findlay location. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved the plans during their Thursday meeting. The new warehouse will be a little more than 19,000 square feet. The facility will be built at the current Menards location.

Company officials haven’t said when construction will start.

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1/13/17 – 5:26 A.M.

A competency evaluation for a woman accused of attacking a priest in Putnam County is inconclusive.  The Putnam County Sentinel reports 65-year-old Frances Wilhelm of Napoleon appeared in court for a hearing this week.  According to Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder, a court-ordered evaluation of Frances didn’t find conclusive results.  That means there could be more evaluations coming for Wilhelm.  Despite the inconclusive results, the investigation did find Wilhelm competent to stand trial.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says Wilhelm hit Father Herman Scherger in the head with a hammer last September.  Scherger had just arrived at his home when the attack happened.  He was able to escape and drive to a neighbor’s home for help.

Authorities have charged Wilhelm with attempted murder and felonious assault.

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1/13/17 – 5:08 A.M.

Despite questions about funding, plans to modernize Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay are still in the works. However, the plan isn’t sitting well with at least one area resident. The Courier reports Don VanRenterghem told the Hancock County Commissioners that the plans would destroy the intent of Dorney Plaza. VanRenterghem is the organizer of the annual “Spirit of 1776” event in downtown.

During Thursday’s commissioner’s meeting VanRenterghem said, “We are teaching the history, the meaning of freedom. By removing tables and benches from Dorney Plaza, you are destroying the original intent.”

VanRenterghem was at the meeting to ask for permission to use the plaza for this year’s “Spirit of 1776” event. Requests are on hold for it and “Boogie on Main” until the commissioners learn more about downtown revitalization plans that could take place this year.

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1/13/17 – 4:31 A.M.

A campaign is underway to make Bowling Green State University a “sanctuary campus.” Supporters say the designation would protect illegal immigrant students or employees from U.S. immigration officers. The campus would also be a safe place for other minorities and groups vulnerable to discrimination. Bowling Green’s faculty senate will discuss the issue next week.

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1/12/17 – 8:46 A.M.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Wyandot and Seneca Counties until 5:30 this afternoon. The weather service says several areas east of Hancock County have seen more than an inch of rain, and forecasts call for heavy rainfall throughout the day.

You’re advised to look out for water across roadways.

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1/12/17 – 8:25 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two Findlay residents on West Trenton Avenue Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened when 72-year-old Sally Knight pulled out from the Taco Bell parking lot and into the path of a car driven by 28-year-old Raymond Atchison.

Police say Knight and a passenger in her car went to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Officers cited Knight for failure to yield.

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1/12/17 – 8:19 A.M.

Officials in Carey are reviewing a contract awarded to build a new electric substation on the south end of the village. The Courier reports village council awarded Vaughn Industries the contract. Vaughn bid $2.26 million, but a lower bid from Quality Lines of Findlay came out to $1.5 million.

Council approved the Vaughn contract by a 4-2 vote. Village Administrator Roy Johnson had suggested further review of Quality’s bid because the labor costs were more than half of the higher bid.

Johnson says if the contract isn’t given to the lower bid, the village could lose a grant for the electrical upgrade project.

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