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12/7/15 – 6:34 A.M.

A one car crash injured a Sylvania man in Findlay Saturday morning. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened on the northbound State Route 15 exit ramp onto Lima Avenue around 8:45 a.m.

19-year-old Henry Gray was trying to exit the highway when he lost control and went off the road, hitting a utility pole and fence. Gray left the scene of the crash, but was located later in the 700 block of Western Avenue. From there he was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of head injuries.

Gray was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control and failure to stop after an accident.

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12/7/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue just before 5 p.m.

Brenda Hoose was driving eastbound when she stopped to turn left. She was hit from behind by a Chevy Traverse driven by 32-year-old Robert Marruquin of Findlay. Hoose was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a neck injury.

Marruquin was cited for an assured clear distance violation.

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12/7/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured last week when he was hit by a State Highway Patrol car. A release from the patrol says the incident happened on North Main Street near the Findlay Patrol Post around 7:30 p.m. Monday night. Details of the incident were released over the weekend.

54-year-old Scott Hildebrand was walking on the sidewalk when he was hit by Trooper Matthew Cook as he turned into the patrol’s driveway. While Hildebrand initially refused treatment, he was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. He suffered serious injuries in the collision.

Cook was cited for not giving the right of way to a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

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12/7/15 – 5:05 A.M.

Local law enforcement agencies are warning Christmas shoppers about thefts and other crimes that increase this time of year. Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman tells the Courier, “unfortunately, it can be a time when criminals become more active or aggressive.” The Findlay Police Department reports an increase in things being taken from cars.

The easiest targets are unlocked cars. Thieves easily take off with things like purses and electronics that are left in plain sight.

Aside from locking your vehicle, you’re also urged to stay alert about the people around you, park in well-lit areas, and to store packages in your trunk, not your back seat. Another good idea is to move your car to a different spot if you’re putting bags in it but plan to continue shopping.

MORE: The Courier

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12/4/2015 – 6:00 pm

On Friday, Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX announced the closing of the purchase of MarkWest Energy Partners. As part of the deal, Frank Semple was elected to the board of directors of both Marathon Petroleum and MPLX. He was previously the chairman and CEO of MarkWest, and Randy Nickerson was appointed executive vice president, corporate strategy of Marathon Petroleum. Nickerson previously served as MarkWest’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

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12/4/2015 – 4:40 pm

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up for the big Grand Opening on December 18th. Christopher Jones, Production Manager for the facility spoke during the First Friday luncheon Friday and said that residents will be pleasantly surprised and impressed with the facility. He said that it is state of the art, with the newest technology and equipment, which although similar to theaters in larger cities, is still a unique feature for Findlay and Northwest Ohio.

Audio: Christopher Jones

Jones says that theaters today have to be adaptable. The Marathon Center has a Broadway Class C stage which is needed for smaller types of touring shows. All the technology in the theater runs digitally today with Jones commenting that the techs can control lighting and sound from their smart phones if needed.

The center is slated to open on December 18th and will feature a performance of The Toy Shoppe, a show written by Kenny Rogers and starring Alan Thicke. Prior to the show, an open house will be held so the public can tour the new facility and see the technology. Jones said that the show will be a great holiday experience for the whole family.

Audio: Christopher Jones

Tickets to the opening show are still available. For more information, you can visit the center online at Marathon Center Arts.com

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12/4/15 – 5:12 A.M.

State Highway Patrol Trooper Carl Daniel has been named the 2015 Trooper of the Year at the Findlay post. The law enforcement agency says Daniel was picked by his peers based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, and courteous treatment of others among other traits.

Daniel will now be in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year awards. He has been working for the State Patrol since 2011.

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12/4/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Letting their kids miss large chunks of school nearly landed three Findlay residents in jail. Court records show Ashli Poole, Julie Cataline and Vickey Ramsey all pleaded guilty to charges of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor recently. Judge Kristen Johnson sentenced each to six months in jail plus a $1,000 fine. But, the jail stays and $900 of each fine was suspended as long as the children show up at school on time from now on.

During the 2014-15 school year Poole let a 7-year-old have 15 unexcused absences, Cataline allowed a 13-year-old to have 16½ unexcused absences, and Ramsey let a 14-year-old have 26 unexcused absences.

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12/4/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Findlay officials visited the nation’s capital Thursday to talk about flood mitigation. The Courier reports Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer met with Congressman Bob Latta and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman while in Washington D.C.

Mihalik tells the newspaper most of the conversations focused on getting federal funding for mitigation. Latta, Brown, and Portman are scheduled to meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next week. Mihalik says all three elected officials have been helpful in pushing for the project.

Senator Brown said, “I will continue to work with the Ohio delegation to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize this project.” He added he supported changes to the mitigation plan that did away with a levee on Findlay’s east side.

MORE: The Courier

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12/4/15 – 4:22 A.M.

A Wood County woman is behind bars, accused of killing her infant son. Elizabeth Johns was jailed without bond yesterday after she was indicted on murder and other charges. Prosecutors say Johns beat nine-month-old Chrystian Johns last year in their Tontogany home, causing deadly head and brain injuries.

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