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11/7/14 – 4:46 A.M.

A small plane bound for Findlay crashed last night in Paulding County just after 6 p.m. Authorities said the plane went down near Grover Hill. Authorities didn’t share details about how many were on board except to say that no one was transferred to nearby hospitals.

No other details were available.

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11/6/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced a quarterly dividend this week. The dividend of 10.5 cents per share of common stock will be payable to shareholders of record at the close of business December 4. Payments will be made December 30.

It will be the 171st consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Cooper.

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11/6/14 – 6:49 A.M.

Wednesday was a busy day for the Fostoria Fire Department. Firefighters battled two blazes within 15 hours of each other.

The first fire was reported at 531 McDougal Street around 4:30 a.m. The flames caused extensive damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to the rest of the house. One adult and four children were living in the home. They all escaped safely.

Around 7 p.m. firefighters were called to Lot 20 of the Williams Mobile Home Park to extinguish another fire. The flames were put out in about seven minutes, but the home was left uninhabitable. No one was home when the fire broke out.

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11/6/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A traffic nightmare in Findlay is over for the most part. The U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 is open again after a reconstruction project. ODOT reports all lanes are now open and in their final configuration.

However, there could still be some individual lane closures over the next few weeks between Broad Avenue and County Road 300 to finish the project. You’re also advised to be on the lookout for construction vehicles in the area around the bridge.

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11/6/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A grant from the EPA could help Fostoria better monitor for harmful algae in the city’s reservoir. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council passed a resolution this week to apply for money from the Ohio EPA. The grants can be up to $10,000 to help pay for algae monitoring systems and laboratory equipment.

If Fostoria gets the grant, officials could test algae on site instead of sending it to an outside lab. Mayor Eric Keckler says that would allow for a quicker response to any problems.

The deadline to apply for the grant is June 1 of next year.

MORE: Review Times

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11/6/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The saga over a fired teacher in the Liberty-Benton school district continues. The Courier reports a brief filed for Mark Badertscher in the 3rd District Court of Appeals requests his reinstatement. An attorney for Badertscher says that firing a teacher requires, “conduct hostile to the school community.”

Badertscher was fired in 2012 after he left his classroom to allow students to take a final test. During that time, one student choked out another student. The school board cited this and 10 other incidents in the firing. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled in July that the school board did not show “good and just cause” to fire Badertscher.

The Liberty-Benton School Board has appealed the decision. No date for a hearing has been set.

MORE: The Courier

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11/6/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum made a bid earlier this year to buy Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Reuters news reports three U.S. oil companies are still bidding on the Citgo, but did not name the three companies publicly. Marathon officials haven’t commented on the subject.

Cito Petroleum is the U.S. refining arm of the Venezuelan state-owned company. The country put the company on the auction block last summer, but bids came in below the asking price of $10 billion.

In September, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said Citgo’s refineries were in interesting locations to capitalize on the U.S. oil boom. The company later said they don’t comment on interest in specific assets.

MORE: The Courier

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11/5/14 – 6:37 A.M.

The Kroger store on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay was robbed this morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened just after 3:15 a.m. A man entered the store and physically forced a cashier to open a cash register and give him money. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt in the store.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5’6″ and having a medium build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, and had a black bandana over his face. He did not display a weapon during the robbery.

 

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11/5/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A contested race for Seneca County Commissioner was won by Republican Michael Kerschner Tuesday. Kerschner defeated former County Commissioner David Sauber Sr. He’ll take the seat currently held by Jeff Wagner, who did not seek reelection.

Elsewhere in Seneca County there were several renewal levies on the ballot. They all passed. The renewals included an ambulance levy in New Riegel and Big Springs Township, an operations levy for the Mohawk School District, and a fire protection levy for Liberty Township.

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11/5/14 – 5:20 A.M.

One of the closest margins of victory on election night was in Putnam County, where a levy request for the Putnam County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Board passed by around 300 votes. The renewal of a the 0.3 mill levy called for an additional .04 mills to be added.

Director Mike Ruhe said he was grateful voter support will help the board tackle increased needs. The owner of a property appraised at $100,000 will pay $21 per year for the 0.7-mill levy.

Elsewhere in Putnam County renewal levies all passed. In the only countywide race, Putnam County Commissioner John Love took 75 percent of the ballots cast.

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