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6/2/15 – 5:03 A.M.

A Findlay company has received a job creation tax credit. The State Tax Credit Authority granted a 45 percent credit on 25 jobs to be added at Freudenberg-NOK. The new jobs at the facility will pay an average of around $38,600 per year. The tax credit is valued at $71,000 for the company.

Freudenberg is working on a 43,000 square foot expansion. The company already employs 148 people in Hancock County. The plant off of Sandusky Street near I-75 makes sealing parts for vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers.

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6/2/15 – 4:51 A.M.

The jury selection process for the murder trial of a Findlay man has been approved. The Courier reports both the defense for Jerrod Hartman and the prosecution agreed to a process that includes a limited questionnaire for potential jury members. The process will also limit the amount of oral questions people will be asked.

According to court documents, information provided in written statements and during an on-camera interviews are likely to be more honest than oral statements in a public courtroom. Judge Joseph Niemeyer said the details of the process still need to be put together.

Hartman is accused of killing his infant son on October 28 of 2013.

MORE: The Courier

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6/2/15 – 4:24 A.M.

Dozens of cats are up for adoption at the Wood County Humane Society. The organization has launched its “Adopt a Shelter Cat” promotion, offering county residents the chance to adopt two kittens for the price of one and dropping the fee to adopt an adult cat to ten-dollars. The cat adoption campaign runs through the end of June.

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6/2/15 – 4:20 A.M.

A Lima company will create new jobs with help from state tax breaks. Lima-based Nelson Packaging is expected to expand its facility to include a railroad spur and add 140 jobs. Another company in our region is also benefitting from the tax breaks. Alkon Corporation of Fremont will add 20 jobs to meet the worldwide demand for its valves and fittings and improve delivery of its products.

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6/1/15 – 11:06 A.M.

An annual charity golf tournament is set for next week in Findlay. The 26th annual Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic will take place June 8 at the Findlay Country Club. Meg Mallon and Findlay native Julie Cole will be the guest professionals for the day.

The event has raised more than $2 million for local non-profit organizations over the course of 2.5 decades. The organizations that will benefit this year include Bridge Hospice, the Armes Family Cancer Center Endowment, and the Julie Cole Golf Fund for Junior Golfers.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The professional’s clinic starts at 9 a.m. with the tournament to follow. An all day pass to watch the proceedings costs $10.

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6/1/15 – 10:52 A.M.

Despite a cooler than normal start, June is shaping up to be a good month for area crops. Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz says the long range forecast is looking fairly typical for the month. That means get ready for humid days ahead…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says we can expect up to an inch of rain a week for the month. However, there will most likely be a lot of scattered showers which means some fields will see more rain than others.

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6/1/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A hit-and-run accident killed a Lima man over the weekend. The Lima News reports the crash happened in the city around 12:20 a.m. Sunday.

Police officers found a motorcycle in the intersection of Allentown and Kenilworth roads. 27-year-old Aaron Ehrnsberger was also found in the intersection. He was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center where he later died.

Police believe another vehicle was involved in the crash. Anyone with information is urged to call (419)221-5291.

MORE: Lima News

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6/1/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A Putnam County woman was arrested late last week in connection to an investigation into an Allen County accounting firm. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Jennifer Ann Edelbrock was taken into custody at her Kalida home Friday.

The arrest comes on the heels of the Ohio Bureau of Investigation serving a search warrant at Edelbrock’s firm in Delphos. The investigation is looking into alleged financial crimes committed by staff members.

Edelbrock is accused of passing bad checks in an amount of more than $7,500.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/1/15 – 5:34 A.M.

Two road construction projects will continue on busy Findlay streets today. Curb replacement on Tiffin Avenue will take place in the westbound lanes between North Main Street and Blanchard Avenue this week. The westbound side of the road will be reduced to one lane while construction takes place.

Elsewhere curb replacement is happening on Lima Avenue between Lake Cascades and Hurd Avenue. The eastbound lane of Lima Avenue will be shifted to the north during construction.

You’re asked to avoid these areas if at all possible.

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6/1/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Gas prices jumped over the weekend. According to ohiogasprices.com, Findlay drivers are reporting prices around $2.85 for a gallon of regular as we head back to work today. That’s 18 cents higher than last Monday, and 22 cents higher than what we were paying Friday.

The statewide average for regular is $2.79 a gallon. That’s a 10 cent increase from a week ago. The last time prices were this high was mid-November of last year.

Ottawa drivers are reporting prices below the state average, at $2.75 a gallon.

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