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9/25/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A man allegedly found stealing metal from a railroad company in Fostoria Monday night is accusing a police officer of misconduct. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the Review Times the claim was vague, and the man didn’t identify the officer by name. Loreno added, “We’re trying to determine exactly what the individual is accusing the officer of.” He also said it’s not uncommon for someone who is being arrested to accuse an officer of improper conduct.

A police report says 50-year-old Mark Barnett and 57-year-old Craig Zink were taken into custody after they were seen throwing items off of a train into a vehicle.

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9/25/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Fostoria man who allegedly help set a fatal house fire on Memorial Day is maintaining his innocence. The Courier reports 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer will stand trial October 27. His two co-defendants, Shey Weiker and Timothy Hall, have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Schaeffer is accused of showing Weiker how to use the railroad flare that was used to start the fire. During a brief court hearing Wednesday, Schaeffer’s lawyer said, “We are not accepting anything because my client has said from the beginning that he didn’t do it.”

The blaze killed Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. It also seriously injured Dana Weatherall.

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9/25/14 – 4:44 A.M.

Findlay could pay a hefty price for road salt this winter. The Courier reports the city will pay the state $105.25 per ton of road salt. Last winter the city paid $38 per ton. ODOT officials say Findlay could have saved money in May by buying salt at a rate of $56.50 a ton. However, Findlay’s public works supervisor Matt Stoffel says the city never got that notification.

Road salt prices have skyrocketed as salt companies try and replenish their supplies after this year’s harsh winter.

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9/24/14 – 5:22 A.M.

One Tiffin man is dead, and another is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge following an apparent fight. A release from the Tiffin Police Department says 55-year-old Dean Mathias was found unconscious in an apartment at 580 South Sandusky Street early Tuesday morning. He was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

49-year-old Keith Hook was arrested in connection to the incident. Police officers were called to Hook’s home late Monday in reference to a fight. Officers were told the fight was over, but a short time later the police were called again after the fight flared back up.

No other details were available.

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9/24/14 – 5:12 A.M.

One person was hospitalized after a pickup truck hit a power pole in Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened at the intersection of South Blanchard and Sixth Streets a little after 4 p.m.

26-year-old Amanda Mullholand of Tiffin was stopped at a red light when she began to pull into the intersection. She realized her error and stopped in the middle of the two roads. At the same time, 43-year-old Scott Sherman of Findlay had to swerve to avoid Mullholand and hit a utility pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Mullholand was cited for disobeying a red light.

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9/24/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Another suspect is a fatal Fostoria fire is headed to prison. The Courier reports 20-year-old Timothy Hall appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing justice. Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced Hall to two-an-a-half years. He will be eligible for parole after six months.

Hall admitted to helping Shey Weiker hide evidence after Weiker started a fire at 614 South Poplar Street on Memorial Day. The blaze killed Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. It also seriously injured Dana Weatherall. Weiker had accused Marker of sexually abusing her son. She is now serving a life sentence.

One more person is still facing charges in the case. 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer is scheduled for a hearing today. He allegedly showed Weiker how to ignite the railroad flare that was used to start the fire.

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9/23/14 – 11:26 A.M.

Findlay and Hancock County residents will soon be able to text 911 for help in an emergency. The Hancock County Commissioners signed off on a deal to upgrade dispatch technology today…

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County telecommunications and 911 coordinator Dale Shaheen says the system can be upgraded in the future to allow people to send video and text to dispatchers.

Audio: Dale Shaheen

The upgrade will cost a little more than $606,000. Findlay will pay a little more than $335,000, and the county will pay the rest. The contract with Intrado covers five years of maintenance as well.

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9/23/14 – 9:02 A.M.

Ottawa area residents are being warned about a series of break-ins. The Putnam County Sheriff’s office issued a message on Facebook, saying the intrusions have happened at night while people are asleep in their homes. The post also says the burglars appear to be looking for money and haven’t hurt anyone.

The sheriff’s office is reminding residents to lock their doors at night, and to lock up their valuables.

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9/23/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is facing domestic violence charges following an incident at the Hobby Lobby in Bowling Green. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 36-year-old Gary Bretz allegedly hit a woman and pushed her to the ground at the store last Thursday. He’s also accused of taking the woman’s necklace and sunglasses.

Bretz left the store and was later arrested in North Baltimore after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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9/23/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Putnam County farmers are being given a heads up about a weed that can be a costly problem. The Lima News reports Mike Weller of Continental recently discovered spiny amaranth in his fields. The weed is Roundup resistant and grows in hay and bean fields as well as pastures. When it gets into crops it can cost farmers $20 to $40 per acre.

James Hoorman of the Ohio State University Putnam County Extension Office tells the newspaper the best way to deal with the weed is to cut it out and burn it. Unfortunately, it has spikes on it, so cutting it by hand can be painful. Hoorman adds the weed has made its way north because it often gets mixed in with cheap cotton meal used to feed cattle.

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