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5/5/15 – 6:21 A.M.

Several Hancock County businesses were busted for selling alcohol to underage customers recently. On May 2nd, the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force conducted underage compliance checks throughout Hancock County and Findlay.

36 businesses were checked for compliance. 8 businesses in the City of Findlay and 3 in Hancock County sold alcohol to a minor. The employees who made the underage sale will be charged with a 1st-degree misdemeanor.

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5/5/15 – 5:34 A.M.

The May primary election is today. Locally, Hancock County voters will see two countywide levies. The Blanchard Valley Center and Findlay-Hancock County Public Library both have renewals on the ballot. In Findlay voters will decide the city auditor’s race, as well as a council-at-large race and the 6th ward city council race in the Republican primary.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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5/5/15 – 5:27 A.M.

A Kenton man was reportedly robbed early Sunday morning, but ended up in jail himself when it was all said and done. Kentontoday.com reports while officers investigated the robbery of 23 year old Aaron Feasel, they discovered there was a warrant for his arrest. He was then taken into custody.

Feasel told Kenton Police he knew the suspect who took his cell phone, hat and a small amount of money. No charges have been filed against the named suspect.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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The city of Findlay has an engineer for the first time in more than three years. The Courier reports Brian Thomas has been hired to fill the position. Thomas comes to the city after working for Peterman Associates for 17 years. Thomas tells the newspaper he worked mostly on the design side of the business while working in the private sector. He’ll serve in a more managerial role for the city.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik appointed Thomas to the post. She says Thomas will see what projects are ongoing and what is needed as he gets settled into the role. The position had been vacant since 2012 when the city was dealing with the potential of financial shortfalls. Service-Safety director Paul Schmelzer had been handling many of the duties of the office.

Thomas will be paid $90,000 a year in his new job.

MORE: The Courier

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5/5/15 – 4:58 A.M.

State grants will help with two road expansion projects in Hancock County. A release from State Senator Cliff Hite’s office says the Roadwork Development Grants will total more than $1.3 million. The money will help pay for widening County Road 212 to four lanes between Hamlet Drive and County Road 236. Road 236 will also be widened from Road 212 to State Route 12.

The widening of the two roads is being done to support the expansions of Rowmark and American Tire Distributors. The work will also include the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Road 212 and Hamlet Drive. A cul-de-sac west of Rowmark’s new building will be removed as well.

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5/4/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are lower as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports prices in Findlay are averaging $2.43 per gallon today. That’s down 11 cents from last Monday. Prices in Ottawa have also dropped from last week. Ottawa drivers report prices around $2.39 a gallon today.

The local prices are following the statewide trend. Across Ohio the average price is $2.44 a gallon, which is down 16 cents from last Monday.

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5/4/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A Jenera woman was injured in a crash west of Findlay over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol says the accident happened on Eagle Township Road 10 north of Hancock County Road 313 around 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

73-year-old Sandra Reel was driving south on Road 10 when she lost control and hit a utility pole. Reel was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for failure to control.

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5/4/15 – 5:17 A.M.

Columbus Grove EMS workers are concerned about how the EMS building in the village is being used. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there are worries about the village storing items in the building, and unsecured access to EMS equipment.

The building in question is rented by Columbus Grove for both purposes. Council members agreed to see if a partition could be installed to separate EMS from storage.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/4/15 – 5:10 A.M.

There will be plenty of orange barrels around Findlay this week. The city’s engineering department says Lima Avenue will be closed between Western Avenue and South Main Street today through Wednesday. Asphalt trench repair will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. A detour will be posted and you’re advised to avoid the area if you can.

The resurfacing of Vincent Street and Brenda Court will continue today. The roads will be closed to through traffic from the blocks of Bernard Avenue to Parkside Place from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Short delays are expected in the area.

Curb replacement will also continue on Tiffin Avenue.

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5/4/14 – 4:58 A.M.

There are some spots you’ll want to avoid while driving around Hancock County this week. ODOT says U.S. 68 in Arlington will be restricted to one lane for pavement repair. State Route 37 south of Mount Blanchard to the Hardin County line will also be one lane for repair work.

Overnight lane restrictions are possible on I-75 from Hancock County Road 99 all the way to Perrysburg for the interstate widening project.

The pavement repair on State Route 12 east of Arcadia has been completed.

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