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12/12/16 – 8:44 A.M.

A semi crash on State Route 613 between McComb and Leipsic has one lane of the highway blocked this morning. OHGO.com reports the crash happened near Road 2 in Putnam County just after 7 a.m. Local Waze users say Route 613 is at least partially blocked between Roads 2 and 3 at the moment.

No other details are available at this time.

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12/12/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Two traffic stops led to two separate drug busts in Findlay last week. The Findlay Police Department reports officers arrested 50-year-old Kyle McKitrick of Findlay and 29-year-old Andrew Wolford of Ada last Thursday. Investigators say officers found prescription pills and a handgun in McKitrick’s car. Officers say they also found oxycodone pills in Wolford’s car.

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12/12/16 – 5:37 A.M.

Local gas prices are continuing a steady climb. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay for a gallon of regular is $2.24 today. That up 14 cents from last Monday. Prices are up 32 cents over the last month.

Ottawa drivers also report paying $2.24 per gallon today.

The statewide average is $2.22 per gallon, up seven cents over the last seven days. A year ago the statewide average was $1.88.

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12/12/16 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a weekend bank robbery. A man walked into the Huntington Bank location at 100 North Main Street in Arlington around 11:20 a.m. Saturday showed a teller a weapon and demanded cash. The teller gave the man money, and the man ran away without further incident.

Investigators aren’t saying how much money the robber got away with.

The suspect is a white man, around 6’3″ to 6’5″ tall. He weighed between 220 and 235 pounds. The man wore all black clothes and a stocking cap down to his eyes.

The Lima office of the FBI is helping with the investigation. If you have any information you’re urged to call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at (419)422-2424.

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12/12/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Findlay officials expect expenses to outpace revenue in 2017. The Courier reports despite the projection, officials don’t plan on taking any drastic measures. While the budget plan for next year shows expenses around $1.2 million over revenue, Findlay has a $12.4 million carryover balance. Public hearings about the 2017 budget take place Thursday afternoon.

A statement from Mayor Lydia Mihalik in the front of the 2017 budget book says, “While the local economy continues to grow alongside our economic development success, we are anticipating a manageable decrease in our income tax revenues for 2017.” Mihalik adds that while in the past the city would have reacted by cutting costs across the board, the plan for 2017 is to continue to invest in infrastructure. The statement also says staffing cuts are not on the table.

City council invested in staffing last week. Council passed a 2 percent pay increase for non-elected and non-union employees. Around 200 positions are getting raises in 2017 as a result. The move increases yearly spending by around $400,000.

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12/10/16 – 10:08 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has released the name of the victim a Friday shooting in the city. A release from the department says 24-year-old Trey James suffered multiple gunshot wounds in an incident at 241 George Street. The Lucas County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy in the coming days.

Lt. Robert Ring says there was a reported fight at the George Street home around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Hanco EMS took James to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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12/9/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Street workers hit a gas line in Upper Sandusky Thursday afternoon, knocking out natural gas services to around 100 people. The outage forced the city to open up a temporary shelter for people looking to stay warm. The Upper Sandusky Police Department says crews have since repaired the gas line.

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12/9/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Residents in Seneca County townships will have an opportunity for energy savings in the future. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners approved a resolution that allows the county’s townships to join a community aggregate program.

Amy Hoffman is a program manager for Palmer Energy Company. She says the program can save people up to $138 per year on their electricity bill. Small commercial businesses can save up to $98.

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12/9/16 – 4:57 A.M.

An Indiana company recently bought a Fostoria manufacturer. The Review-Times reports Fort Wayne Metals bought Filmtec last month. The companies have worked together for four decades.

Scott Glaze is the Fort Wayne Metals CEO. He tells the newspaper, “We’ve been a good customer of theirs and they’ve been a valuable supplier.” Glaze says Filmtec operations will continue on Sandusky Street.

Filmtec makes spooling equipment and builds machines for the wiring industry. Fort Wayne Metals makes precision medical wiring.

John and Jo Hollingsworth own Filmtec. Jo says she is ready to retire and John is getting close. With that in mind, she said the sale is a good deal for the company and its employees.

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12/9/16 – 4:48 A.M.

If you’re driving through Columbus Grove you’ll want to watch your speed. That’s because ODOT recently reduced the speed limit on State Route 65 through the village. Crews installed new 45 miles-per-hour signs along the route Thursday.

The Columbus Grove Police Department says the new 45 miles-per-hour zone starts sooner than it used to.

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