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3/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

UPDATE – 3:50 p.m.

Two people are in custody today after a string of robberies in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to the Tiffin Avenue Kroger location just before 10 p.m. after a man was cut with a knife. The male suspect made off with the victim’s phone and fled the scene. The victim was treated at the scene of the incident.

While searching for the suspect officers were called to the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue about 30 minutes after the first incident. Two men at that location attempted to steal a car from someone at knifepoint. The victim was hit, but the suspects fled on foot. The victim was not injured.

A short time later two suspects were found walking along Fostoria Avenue, just west of the convenience store. 21-year-old Joe Vera III and 14-year-old Isaiah Oliver were identified by witnesses as the attackers at Circle K. Oliver was identified as the attacker at Kroger and had been reported missing earlier in the day.

Both Vera and the Oliver are charged with aggravated robbery.

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3/25/15 – 7:24 A.M.
Update – 11:45 A.M.

Power is back on for the thousands of Findlay residents who were left in the dark this morning.

More than 4,400 people on Findlay’s north and east sides lost power around 6:30 a.m. AEP officials said a substation problem apparently caused the outage and they would have power back on by noon.

The outage knocked out several traffic lights in the city. City officials remind you to treat those intersections like a four-way stop.

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3/25/15 – 6:48 A.M.

Four Toledo residents are accused of cashing forged checks at Findlay area businesses. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up the indictments Tuesday. The group is accused of forging multiple checks from the Once Upon a Child clothing store. They used the checks at Great Scot locations in January.

It’s not clear how the suspects got the checks. The total amount of money spent in the scheme was more than $1,800.

MORE: The Courier

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3/25/15 – 5:31 A.M.

A bingo hall was robbed in Tiffin Monday night. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported around 9:15 p.m. Monday evening at the Seneca County Commission on Aging. Three employees were leaving the building when two armed men took $1,100 from them.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says the suspects are believed to be white but they used bandanas to cover their faces. One suspect was wearing blue jeans and a dark jacket. The other was wearing a black hoodie and workout pants. Both of the men were around 6’2″ tall.

The men fled to a car parked a the Autumnwood Care Center. Police were able to track their footprints in the snow. Two suspects are being investigated but so far no arrests have been made.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/25/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A celebration of Lincoln Elementary School will take place in Findlay this week. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Two celebrations will take place Friday. The first will be at 9:15 a.m. for kindergarten through second grade. Another celebration will take place at 10:15 a.m. for the rest of the school. The celebrations are open to the public.

When the school first opened it housed grades one through nine. Today it’s home to kindergarten through ?fifth-grade students.

MORE: The Courier

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3/25/15 – 5:10 A.M.

The Hancock County road work budget has been set for the year. Nearly nine miles of roads will be resurfaced for around $1.3 million. An extra $604,500 will be spent on replacing five bridges. $444,500 of that money spent on bridges will come from local dollars

The bridges to be replaced are on Portage Township Road 98; Madison Township Road 148; Amanda Township Road 167; Portage Township Road 112; and Madison Township Road 177.

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3/25/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County’s drug court held its first session Tuesday. The Courier reports two people have agreed to take on the intensive requirements the program offers to avoid jail time.

46-year-old Wendy Martinez and 30-year-old Daniel Kirk made appearances in front of Judge Joseph Niemeyer. Martinez has pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge. Kirk was found eligible after he was allegedly found with heroin last March. The pair will take part in cognitive behavior group intervention followed by aftercare, and regular contact with a sponsor and case manager. Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, substance abuse counseling, meeting with a nurse practitioner, probation compliance, and attendance at all court sessions are also part of the plan.

The sentences will last 12 to 18 months. Failure to comply can result in being removed from the program.

MORE: The Courier

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3/24/15 – 11:38 A.M.

Three men from our region will be ordained deacons of the Catholic Church this weekend. A release from the Toledo Diocese says the Rite of Ordination will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey.

28-year-old David Kidd of Lima, 28-year-old Jeffery Smith of Tiffin, and 26-year-old Austin Ammanniti will all be ordained. Bishop Daniel Thomas will perform the ceremony.

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3/24/15 – 11:11 A.M.

Hancock County’s landfill has been nationally recognized for its methane disposal system.  Sanitary Engineer Steve Wilson says the EPA has taken notice of the methane to energy conversion system operating at the landfill…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the EPA’s methane outreach program encourages beneficial reuse of methane generated from landfills.

Audio: Steve Wilson

Methane gas generated by landfills has been an issue for generations.  It smells and can be explosive if not mitigated the right way.

The facility in Hancock County has been in operation since last fall.

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3/24/15 – 10:36 A.M.

After a post-holiday jump in unemployment rates, joblessness dropped in the region in February. Every area county saw a decrease in unemployment last month. The lowest rate in the area was in Hancock County at 4 percent. Wyandot and Putnam Counties were also below 5 percent unemployment, at 4.3 percent and 4.6 percent respectively.

Elsewhere in the area, Wood County was at 5 percent unemployment, Allen County checked in a 5.4, and Seneca was at 5.7 percent. Henry County’s jobless rate was at 7.2 percent in February.

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