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4/11/14 – 8:18 A.M.

Police arrested a woman in Kenton this week for trying to pull a quick change scam. Kentontoday.com reports Joanna Stacey of Vinton, Ohio ran the scam at two businesses. Stacey allegedly told employees at Advance Auto and a Kroger gas station they had short changed her.

The case remains under investigation.

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4/11/14 – 7:40 A.M.

A jury found a Fostoria man not guilty in a sex crime case recently.  The Review-Times reports 64-year-old Emilio Chavez had been charged with gross sexual imposition.  Investigators said Chavez shoved a woman down and rubbed himself on her after she let him into her house to borrow something.  Prosecutors said the incident happened last September.

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4/11/14 – 7:16 A.M.

A Thursday afternoon fire damaged a garage in Allen Township. Firefighters were called to 13776 Township Road 108, southeast of Van Buren around 4:30 p.m. The flames spread from the garage to an attic over the home on the property before they could be contained.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. No one was injured in the fire, and the house was insured.

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4/11/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A large drug investigation in Marion County has led to charges against three Carey residents. Prosecutors have charged 38-year-old Ray Ferguson with four counts of cocaine possession and a count of cocaine trafficking. 44-year-old Kelly Morgan faces two counts of heroin possession and one count of conspiracy to possess heroin.

Also facing charges is 45-year-old Timothy White. He’s facing five misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to cocaine possession. Authorities have also charged him with conspiracy to possess drugs and attempted drug possession.

The investigation led to 39 arrests. It targeted mid-level dealers and their customers.

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4/11/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Findlay woman will spend more than a decade in prison for selling drugs in the city. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced 31-year-old Jessica Sierra Thursday. Sierra had pleaded guilty to three counts of cocaine trafficking and possession of cocaine charges. She also pleaded guilty to intimidation of a witness, possession of marijuana, and failure to appear at an April 19 hearing.

Investigators say Sierra sold between 10 to 20 crams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of Glenwood Middle School in August of 2012.

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4/11/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay Italian restaurant has closed its doors. La Scola Tuscan Grill had been open for two years at its Tiffin Avenue location. Owner and partner Moussa Salloukh spoke to the Courier’s Ryan Dunn about shutting the business down. He said “uncontrollable circumstances” and modest sales were some of the reasons for the closure.

In the past the restaurant was a Red Pig Inn location. Before that it was Diamond River steakhouse.

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4/11/14 – 4:53 A.M.

Yesterday’s “State of the County” address featured plenty of talk about the Blanchard River. Commissioner Phil Riegle talked about the ongoing efforts to clean the river. The Courier reports for the first time the work also calls for removing trees and vegetation from islands. Dead ash trees that could create possible logjams are also being taken out. Riegle called the effort, “the most aggressive cleanout we have done.”

Riegle also talked about dredging the river. He said if they were to remove islands from the waterway they would face harsh consequences from the EPA. The agency has said dredging would violate the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Riegle said that even if they could dredge, models developed by the Army Corps of Engineers show it wouldn’t do much. The models say removing four feet of material from the entire riverbed would only reduce the height of a 100-year flood by 1 inch.

Riegle is running for reelection this year. His opponent in the Republican primary is former commissioner Steve Oman, who has been a vocal supporter of dredging the river.

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4/10/14 – 11:45 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are cutting a nonprofit organization a break on landfill fees. The City Mission is working on a demolition project and requested a fee of $10 per ton instead of the normal $26 for demolition debris. The commissioners granted the request.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says they typically give the break to nonprofit organizations. For example, the county will charge organizers of the upcoming Backyard Mission trip the same rate for debris.

The county can only wave the local fees. There are federal fees from the EPA for demolition debris that can not be waived.

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4/10/14 – 8:46 A.M.

Police raided a Fostoria man’s home for drugs for a third time in the last three years Wednesday. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit executed a warrant at 303 E. Tiffin Street yesterday. The Fostoria Police Department says 32-year-old Jamesetta McBeth and 35-year-old Chester Pettaway are facing several drug charges as a result.

Detective Charles Boyer says this is the third time they’ve raided a home where Pettaway lived since 2011. Pettaway is free while charges are pending in other cases.

Officers allegedly found suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, and marijuana. The investigation also turned up alleged criminal tools, cash, and evidence of drug trafficking.

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Fostoria was recognized as a Tree City USA Wednesday. A press release says this is the 32nd consecutive year the Fostoria community has been honored with the nationally recognized award.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry presented the award. Fostoria was recognized for “ongoing efforts to maintain and the improved quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program.”

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