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4/11/16 – 6:45 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing a steady increase. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying around $2.05 a gallon today, although there are some gas stations back under the $2 mark. That’s a 10 cent increase from last Monday. A year ago Findlay drivers were paying around $2.41 a gallon for regular.

In Ottawa, the average price is $2.04 a gallon, a five cent increase over the last seven days.

The statewide average is $2.02, which is up four cents from last Monday.

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4/11/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Bowling Green police uniforms stolen from a dry cleaner have been recovered. The Sentinel-Tribune reports three people were arrested, and all the uniforms were found this weekend. 56-year-old Mickey Smith, 21-year-old Jeremy Murray, and 22-year-old Johnny Plata were all taken into custody.

The trio has been charged in separate breaking-and-entering incidents at the BG Parks and Recreation maintenance building and the BG Country Club. Charges from the dry cleaner thefts are pending.

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4/11/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Ground will be broken for Putnam County’s ninth Habitat for Humanity home next weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a ceremony will take place at 240 West Sugar Street in Leipsic on April 17. The ceremony will start at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at the Leipsic United Methodist Church.

This will be the second Habitat home built in Leipsic. It will be built to Energy Star 3.0 specifications and will meet Enterprise Green Community standards.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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4/11/16 – 5:08 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a weekend fire. Firefighters were called to 1138 Concord Court on the city’s east side just after 2 p.m. Saturday. The residents of the house evacuated the home, and firefighters were able to rescue a dog. The flames were under control within about 10 minutes.

The fire reportedly started in a bedroom. The blaze did a total of $7,000 worth of damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Hancock County Red Cross assisted the family following the incident.

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4/11/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A Findlay man facing several sexual assault-related charges is scheduled to go to trial today. 59-year-old Clinton Berry faces counts of rape, aggravated burglary, and kidnapping. Investigators say Berry broke into a Mount Cory woman’s home, restrained her and raped her on March 13 of last year.

He was indicted on September 22 of last year and has pleaded not guilty. Berry remains locked-up in the Hancock County jail.

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4/11/16 – 4:33 A.M.

Owens Community College isn’t going to ask taxpayers for more money just yet. The school spent 18-thousand dollars on a study showing the economic impact they have on the community and was planning to use that to make its case for a new levy. But the Board of Trustees President said they decided last week they want to get off the state’s fiscal watch list before asking for more money.

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The Seneca County Regional Planning Commission has a new executive director. Charlene Watkins was named to the role this week. Watkins has worked for the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission for 14 years. Most recently she served in the housing and energy department as well as family development.

Watkins replaces Roxyanne Burrus, who stepped down in December.

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4/8/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Findlay police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store in the city. A release from the department says two men entered the Circle K store at 464 East Sandusky Street just before 5 a.m. One of the men had a handgun and they demanded money from the cash register and cigarettes. The clerk complied, and the men ran away from the store to the northwest. A K-9 unit was brought in to search for the robbers, but they were not located.

Nobody was hurt during the incident.

The suspects were only described as wearing all black clothing. They were also wearing masks.

The incident remains under investigation.

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4/8/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Four men have been indicted for their alleged roles in a series of fires set in Wood County last month. Nicholas Hackworth, Todd Bollett, Santana Diliberto, and Bret Phillabaum were all indicted by the Wood County grand jury Wednesday. The fires they are accused of setting happened north of Fostoria and in Risingsun between March 22 and March 27. No one was injured in the fires, but they did cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Hackworth was indicted on three counts of aggravated arson, three counts of arson, five counts of breaking and entering, and four counts of possessing criminal tools. Bollett and Phillabaum were each indicted on three counts of aggravated arson, three counts of arson, five counts of breaking and entering, and four counts of possessing criminal tools. Diliberto faces one count of aggravated arson, one count of arson, two counts of breaking and entering, and two counts of possessing criminal tools.

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4/8/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Arcadia residents are talking about improvements they’d like to see in the village. The Courier reports a meeting on that subject was held last night. Some of the items discussed included new sidewalks, better streets, and village park improvements.

The village plans to apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization Fund grant from the Ohio Department of Development. As much as $500,000 could be made available if the grant is approved.

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission is helping with the effort. Two more public meetings will be held, at 6:30 p.m. May 5 and June 9 in the community park building.

MORE: The Courier

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