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11/22/16 – 4:34 A.M.

Bowling Green State University could soon join the ranks of smoke-free campuses in Ohio. University officials say they’ll use a 20-thousand-dollar American Cancer Society grant to draft a tobacco-free policy. BGSU would join Ohio State, Miami University and Wright State University in banning the use of tobacco from campus. The policy is expected to be in place by next fall.

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11/22/16 – 4:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has one week to return ten exotic animals to a Wood County farm. A judge ordered yesterday the return of nine big cats and a black bear to Tiger Ridge Exotics, citing the owner’s progress in upgrading their shelters. State officials seized the animals last year, claiming the holding facilities weren’t up to proper standards. The state is planning to appeal the ruling.

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11/21/16 – 7:28 A.M.

An annual holiday tradition kicks off this coming weekend. The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Blaze of Lights” starts with several events Saturday. A light show, art show, and self-guided tours of residential light displays are all on the agenda for the first day of the celebration.

The annual parade will start around 5 p.m. Dick Jordan is the parade grand marshal this year.

You can find more information at ExploreBluffton.com

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11/21/16 – 5:33 A.M.

We saw snow fly over the weekend, which among other things means road projects in our area are wrapping up for the year. ODOT says only one project other than the I-75 widening work is taking place in our area this week. State Route 18 and 613 between Baird Road and County Road 75 near Fostoria remains closed for a railroad crossing repair project.

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11/21/16 – 5:28 A.M.

It seems like a distant memory now, but we saw a record high temperature in Findlay last Friday. The Findlay Water Pollution Control Center says the high on Friday was 74 degrees. That tied a record set 120 years ago.

Of course, Saturday saw more winter-like weather move in. The WTOL First Alert Forecast says temperatures won’t get above 40 degrees for the next couple of days.

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11/21/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Local gas prices are up as we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.01 today. That’s up nine cents from last Monday. Prices are 22 cents higher than they were the Monday before Thanksgiving last year.

Drivers in Ottawa are paying $2.04 a gallon today. That’s up six cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is up as well. Around Ohio, drivers are paying $2.08 for a gallon of regular. That’s an 11 cent increase over last week.

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11/21/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Fostoria Police arrested a wanted Delphos man in Hancock County late last week. According to the Lima News, investigators in Van Wert County were looking for 26-year-old Christopher Peters in connection to the death of a 15-month-old boy last Tuesday. Officers arrested Peters on an unrelated failure to appear warrant in Hancock County.

Peters faces charges of child endangerment and felonious assault. He’s expected to be extricated to Van Wert County to face the charges.

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11/21/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Findlay police arrested a 16-year-old Sunday afternoon following the shooting of a 17-year-old in the city. The Findlay Police Department says the shooting happened in the parking lot of the Family Center at 1800 North Blanchard Street just after 5:30 p.m. Investigators are not publicly identifying either of the teens involved.

Officers arrested the suspect around 8:30 p.m. They took the 16-year-old to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. The boy faces a felonious assault charge.

A release from the department says investigators found the gun allegedly used in the incident as well.

The victim is undergoing treatment at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

A release from the Family Center says the facility wasn’t open when the shooting happened. It adds the Family Center will have normal operating hours today.

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11/18/16 – 9:00 A.M.

A two-car crash in the 800 block of Howard Street injured a Findlay woman Thursday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports a 17-year-old girl was driving east on Howard Street around 9:30 a.m. when she tried to turn left onto Waite Avenue and hit a car driven by 43-year-old Barbara Walls.

Hanco Ambulance took Walls to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police did not publicly identify the teenage driver. They did cite her for a juvenile traffic offense and failure to yield on a left turn.

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11/18/16 – 8:53 A.M.

A Toledo company has bought a Findlay business. Shrader Tire & Oil Company has assumed all the lubricant operations of Keneco Distributors. A representative from Shrader said, “Key Keneco personnel in management, sales, and operations have decided to join Shrader, providing business continuity.”

Mary Beilharz-Miller and her late husband Brad started Keneco in Findlay 35 years ago.

Shrader owns 13 commercial tire and fleet service centers and four bulk oil plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The company employs 200 people.

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