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10/28/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Four people were hurt in a crash near Fostoria Sunday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just before 2 p.m. on State Route 12, east of the city.

77-year-old Harlene Wood of Findlay was driving west on Route 12 when she tried to turn left into a private driveway. She pulled into the path of a car driven by 50-year-old Anna Delarosa of Van Buren. The collision sent Delarosa’s car left of center, where it struck a pickup truck hauling a boat driven by 45-year-old Robert Lippert of Fostoria.

Delarosa and two passengers were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A passenger in Wood’s car was also treated for minor injuries. Wood was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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10/28/14 – 5:13 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a recent drug bust on I-75 in Findlay. Troopers pulled over a car for speeding in the southbound lanes near State Route 12 last Friday night. A drug dog alerted on the car, and inside troopers found 503 oxycodone pills in a resealed candy bag. The estimated value of the drugs was more than $12,000.

20-year-old Tonyetta Thomas of Southfield, Michigan was taken into custody. She’s been charged with possession of a schedule II drug.

 

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10/28/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The first day of a Fostoria arson trial was full of activity. The Review-Times reports the jury was seated, opening statements were given, and several witnesses testified in the case against 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer. Schaeffer is charged with complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder and complicity to attempted murder in a May fire that killed two people on Poplar Street.

During opening statements, the prosecution argued that Schaeffer knew Shey Weiker was agitated on the night of the fire, and that giving her a railroad flare was the same as giving her a can of gasoline. The defense said that Weiker was trying to bring Schaeffer down with her and that she had already lied to police.

Weiker took the stand for the state. During her testimony, she said she was upset after she learned Marker had “raped” her son. She added that Schaeffer told her, “flares don’t leave fingerprints.”

Timothy Hall also testified, saying he tried saw Weiker come out of Schaeffer’s home with a flare on the night of the crime, and tried to talk her our of starting the fire. He also admitted he got rid of evidence.

The case is scheduled to continue today.

MORE: Review Times

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10/27/14 – 7:14 A.M.

After spiking in the middle of the month, gas prices are back under $3.00 a gallon. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $2.93. That’s down from $3.09 last Monday.

Locally prices have dropped below the $2.90 a gallon mark for the most part. The average price in Findlay was $2.89 a gallon this morning. Drivers in Ottawa reported prices at $2.84.

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10/27/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A Hancock County woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 400 block of Bright Road around 4:15 p.m.

67-year-old Sharon Robson was driving north when another car driven by 17-year-old Zoe Houdeshell of Findlay turned left in front of her. Robson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Houdeshell was cited for failing to yield while making a left turn.

 

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10/27/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when his car hit a deer Sunday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just after 7 a.m. on State Route 15 near County Road 240.

62-year-old William Jones was driving west on Route 15 when a deer ran in front of him. EMS personnel checked out Jones at the scene of the crash for any possible injuries.

 

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10/27/14 – 4:48 A.M.

In just over a week, voters will head to the polls on election day. Today we continue our election preview series with a look at two levies Arlington voters will decide on next Tuesday.

The first levy is a 2.5 mill, 5-year renewal, which would raise $51,000 for the day-to-day operations of the Arlington Fire Department. The second is 1 mill for 5 years to raise $20,000 for new fire equipment.

Audio: Al Latta

Arlington Fire Chief Al Latta says in his 43 years at the department, he’s seen great improvement in operations because of voter support. Latta says supporting the levies will help keep the community safe…

Audio:  Al Latta

Latta said the safety of the community depends on the support of the levies. The first levy is a 2.5 mill, 5-year renewal, which would raise $51,000 for the day-to-day operations of the department. The second is 1 mill for 5 years to raise $20,000 for new fire equipment.

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10/27/14 – 5:21 A.M.

The reconstruction of the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay could be completed by the end of this week. But before that happens there’s plenty of work to be done.

By the middle of this week, U.S. 224 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Hancock County Road 300 and Broad Avenue. That will allow for the final paving of the asphalt surface and lane painting.

On Friday and possibly Saturday, the final layer of asphalt will be paved on all four ramps of the interchange. There may be some short-term closures of the ramps while this takes place.

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10/27/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A Putnam County village could have a new park in time for a big festival next year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Kalida Village Council members heard about plans for a new facility downtown during a recent meeting. “Pioneer Park” would be built where a stone parking lot currently stands. If all goes according to plan, the park could be in place by Pioneer Days in 2015.

The park could include tables so people could gather there to eat lunch during the week.

So far no dollar amount has been put on the project.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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