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7/21/15 – 5:18 A.M.

A drug raid in a Fostoria home could lead to charges filed against a woman who lives there. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit reports a search warrant was served at 215 Bannister Street Monday. Officers say they found suspected drugs, cash, criminal tools, and evidence of drug trafficking.

As a result, 34-year-old Jinetta Thompson is facing charges of trafficking crack cocaine and possession of criminal tools. Charges will formally be filed once the investigation is finished.

According to Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno the search came as the result of residents complaining about drugs being sold from the home.

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7/21/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The wet weather hasn’t made it a great summer to try and play baseball and softball. However an Arlington co-ed softball league recently tried to give it a go, and ended up damaging the villages ballfields as a result. The Courier reports organizers from the league accepted responsibility for the damage at Monday’s council meeting. They also offered to make repairs to the facilities.

The village will take a look at the damage later this week and decided what repair work needs to be made.

MORE: The Courier

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7/21/15 – 5:01 A.M.

A Toledo man admitted to his role in a Findlay robbery Monday. The Courier reports 19-year-old Jayden Edwards pleaded guilty to an amended robbery charge. He was initially charged with a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery for an October incident, but pleaded to a second-degree felony count.

Edwards was one of seven people charged in the robbery of Michael Alexander of Toledo in Findlay on October 22 of last year. The group allegedly assaulted Alexander in the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street. The attack left Alexander with cranial fractures and a broken eye socket.

Edwards was the first of the group to take a plea deal. He’ll be sentenced September 2.

MORE: The Courier

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7/20/15 – 12:36 A.M.

Two Hancock County organizations are partnering to bring more access to pre-kindergarten education for low-income families. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and the United Way of Hancock County are providing grants to the Hancock Educational Service Center to launch the program…

Audio: John Urbanski

United Way President John Urbanski says the pilot program started earlier this year in Findlay…

Audio: John Urbanski

The program is now expanding. Grants will allow Findlay to open another pre-k classroom with two additional classes this fall. Riverdale will create a new program to serve up to 16 students. The grants will cover tuition, transportation, and lunch for the children. In all, 44 more kids will gain access to pre-k classes as a result.

The idea is to make sure kids aren’t behind in their education when they start kindergarten. Organizers say they’ll start seeing results in about a year, when they get a look at kindergarten readiness scores. The next benchmark will be when these students take their third-grade reading assessments.

The Community Foundation grants totaled $179,000. More than $143,000 went to Findlay City Schools with the rest going to the Hancock Educational Service Center. The United Way grants came to a little over $159,000. More than $123,000 went to the Findlay program with the rest going to the county ESC.

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7/20/15 – 10:25 A.M.

The University of Findlay is in mourning following the death of the founder of the Mazza Museum. A release from the university says Jerry Mallett passed away over the weekend. UF President Dr. Katherine Fell released a statement Monday saying, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Mallett. His talent and passion for literacy education was renowned, and his teaching positively influenced thousands of people of all ages. He has been an integral part of the UF community for decades.”

The details of Mallett’s death have not been released, and a private funeral service is planned. UF also plans to have a memorial service sometime during the fall semester.

The Mazza museum was started in 1982. It is one of the world’s largest collections of original artwork from children’s books.

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7/20/15 – 10:12 A.M.

Downtown business owners still have some major concerns about parking in the wake of the Marathon Petroleum expansion. The Courier reports businesses are circulating a petition that asks the city to add or preserve parking in the area.

A petition at Guitar Ranch on South Main Street has 97 signatures. It, along with signatures gathered at other businesses, will be submitted to Mayor Lydia Mihalik, city council, and Marathon Petroleum. The petitions say the ongoing expansion will, “likely have a detrimental effect upon nearby downtown merchants, their patrons and elderly patrons in particular.”

The petitions also ask Marathon to revise expansion plans to preserve existing parking spaces. If that can’t be done, they ask that new public parking be created to make up for the spaces lost.

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7/20/15 – 10:05 A.M.

An Arcadia man admitted to his role in a Findlay robbery Monday. The Courier reports 21-year-old Joe Vera III pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated robbery during a hearing in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Vera and 14-year-old Isaiah Oliver were accused of trying to steal a car at the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue on March 25.

Investigators said Vera brandished a knife during the incident. During Monday’s hearing Vera said it was Oliver who had the knife. He also admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Oliver has already pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the attempted robbery.

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7/20/15 – 8:50 A.M.

A fire at a Bowling Green church last week was set intentionally. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the fire at Grace Brethren Church at 121 Enterprise Street from last Thursday. A police report says a fire was set on the back porch of the church, but the flames did not spread to the rest of the building.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419)352-2571.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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7/20/15 – 8:36 A.M.

We’ve been dealing with wet weather all summer long, but what can we expect for the rest of the summer? Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz says things will likely start settling into a normal weather pattern soon…

Audio: Ed Lentz

That might seem counter-intuitive given all the rain we’ve seen so far. However, Lentz says if we were to have a dry August after all the wet weather, it would be bad for root development for the crops in the ground.

Lentz added he’s keeping an eye on an El Nino forming in the Pacific Ocean…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz added the real effects of the El Nino won’t be felt until the fall and next spring.

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7/20/15 – 7:08 A.M.

A Toledo man was arrested on drug charges over the weekend following a raid at a Fostoria motel. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit reports officers executed a warrant at the Country Club Inn & Suites Saturday.

Officers found cash, suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, and marijauna among other items in room 105. 29-year-old Darren Parks was arrested on possession of crack cocaine and heroin charges.

In a release, Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said they’ve noticed more suspects coming into the community with gang affiliations. He added, “this is just the beginning on how we are planning on addressing it and sending our message to them.”

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