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8/15/14 – 5:08 A.M.

We’ll know more about improvements to downtown Findlay today. The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to announce details about a state grant that will focus on Main Street and part of Cory Street. A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Municipal Building.

Right now the city’s plans call for building curb “bump-outs” at intersections along Main Street. Those would make the distance pedestrians have to walk to cross Main Street shorter. The plan also includes relocating trees, installing medians on parts of Main Street, and adding three mid-block crosswalks.

A bike path on Cory Street from West Main Cross to the University of Findlay could also be installed.

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8/15/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing a judges ruling about evidence in a drug case. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals will decide if a state patrol officer could indeed smell marijuana in a car on November 18 of last year. Sgts. Michael Walter and Kurt Beidelschies said they smelled marijuana soon after approaching Trenton Shuttlesworth’s car window last fall. A search of the car led to the discovery of more than 1,000 painkillers.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson tossed out the pills from the evidence in June. Routson said he didn’t think Beidelschies could smell marijuana six seconds after meeting Shuttlesworth. He added the trooper should have gotten a warrant.

MORE: The Courier

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8/8/14 – 11:28 A.M.

Another step in Marathon Petroleum’s downtown expansion was taken today. The Findlay City Planning Commission signed off on the plans for the new MPLX office building. The 120,000 square foot facility will face Hardin Street and be built just behind where the former Elks building stood on South Main Street.

An enclosed bridge will connect the new building with Marathon’s current offices.

The office building is the second part of the expansion project. A parking garage is currently under construction just off East Sandusky. A second parking garage will be built next to the new MPLX headquarters.

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8/14/14 – 11:01 A.M.

Another step was taken to give Findlay’s recycling facility a makeover today. The City Planning Commission approved plans for Litter Landing.

Project Engineer Steve Wilson says the upgrades will expand storage capabilities…

Audio: Steve Wilson

That will help the people working at Litter Laniding, but if you use the facility you’ll see benefits too…

Audio: Steve Wilson

The planning commission passed the plans, with a condition that the back part of the lot that borders East Main Cross is paved sometime in 2015.

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8/14/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Two Wood County teenagers pleaded guilty to their roles in a scam this week. The Blade reports the 15 and 17-year-old brothers appeared in the Wood County Juvenile Court Tuesday. They were found delinquent and scheduled for a September 22 disposition hearing.

The boys told their victims they were collecting money for an Elmwood High School teacher who was battling cancer.

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8/14/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The Fostoria post office will not be operating with shorter hours. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria postal location was mistakenly put on a list with many rural locations that will use shorter hours to save money. An August 8 news release from the U.S. Postal Service led to the confusion.

David Van Allen is with the postal service and told the newspaper, “Fostoria is way too big of an office.” He added the reduced hour plan is only for very small post office locations.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says someone has been calling area residents, pretending to be a sheriff deputy in an attempt to steal money from them. A release from the office says the caller tells the potential targets there is a bench warrant out for their arrest. They then say they can avoid being arrested by placing a certain amount of money on a prepaid credit card and then giving them the information from that card.

Deputies don’t request money from people over the phone. If you’ve received a call like this you’re urged to report it to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The number is (419)424-7097.

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8/14/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The process of how Findlay collects income taxes was the subject of debate at a recent meeting. The Courier reports Auditor Jim Staschiak and Income Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas had differing opinions over how things are handled.

Staschiak says the process of letting some businesses pay their tax bill every October makes it difficult to predict what city revenues will be. An example of this came last October, when a business made an unexpected $4.8 million payment. Staschiak would prefer all businesses make estimated quarterly payments.

Thomas said the October payment option gives the city a reliable revenue stream and cuts down on the amount of refunds the city gives out. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said refunds were one of the reasons the city got into financial trouble in the past. Money would be spent from estimate payments, but then money would get tight when refund checks were given out.

The city began allowing October payments in 2009.

MORE: The Courier

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8/13/14 – 10:30 A.M.

A crash involving an ethanol truck has U.S. 6 closed west of Bowling Green. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection with Potter Road this morning.

Investigators confirmed one person was killed.

U.S. 6 will be closed in that area until further notice.

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