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2/5/15 – 5:06 A.M.

The efforts to fight an addiction recovery house in a Findlay neighborhood are ramping up. The Courier reports blue and white signs that read, “Save Our Neighborhoods!” are being placed in yards in the city. The signs list Thomas Quarrie as a contact person. Quarrie had offered to buy the home at 1900 Greendale Avenue in an effort to keep a recovery home out of the neighborhood.

Quarrie tells the newspaper, “They think we’re just a bunch of noisemakers, but we’re more than that.” He added that hundred of signs had been made.

A second public forum on the proposed recovery home is set for Monday night at 7 p.m. It will be held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus.

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2/4/15 – 10:31 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested during a drug bust in the city this morning. The Hancock METRICH Unit reports officers executed a search warrant at 2800 South Main Street Apartment 214 just after 6 a.m. 34-year-old Mark James was arrested for possession of heroin.

METRICH detectives say heroin, cocaine, marijuana, a large amount of cash, and criminal tools were found in the apartment.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed.

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2/4/15 – 7:42 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s investment in itself is evident in Findlay with the ongoing expansion of the company’s campus in downtown. However, the company is investing in nearly every segment across the board at the same time. The company announced its more than $2.5 billion capital investment plan for 2015 today. The plan calls for spending $1.28 billion for its refining and marketing segment, along with $452 million for Speedway.

President and CEO Gary Heminger says the investments will help develop projects that will lead to more stable cash flow businesses.

Much of the money being invested in Speedway will be used to convert Hess stores into new Speedway locations. That process began late last year and will continue through 2015.

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2/4/15 – 7:28 A.M.

Even though the price of crude oil tumbled, Marathon Petroleum is reporting 2014 was very profitable. Documents filed with the SEC today show the company saw full-year earnings of more than $2.5 billion. That’s up compared to 2013, when the company earned $2.11 billion.

Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said the company’s flexible refining system, large retail presence, and logistics network helped the company realize profits while the price of crude continued to drop.

Marathon subsidiary Speedway saw record earnings for the fourth quarter. The convenience store giant brought in $273 million between October and December. The addition of Hess stores helped add roughly $118 million to that total.

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2/4/15 – 5:27 A.M.

North Baltimore’s village council isn’t happy with the snow removal efforts of some village residents. The Courier reports drivers didn’t move their cars off of snow routes to let plows through during the weekend snowstorm. Others didn’t shovel their sidewalks.

Councilman Bill Cameron talked about snow removal ordinances, saying the laws should either be enforced or taken off the books. The issue is expected to be discussed further at a council-of-the-whole meeting next Tuesday.

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2/4/15 – 5:21 A.M.

There’s a happy ending to the search for a missing Lima-area transgender teenager in Columbus. Police say 15-year-old Ashley Lane was found safe downtown yesterday, nearly three days after she was reported missing. Ashley told detectives she took off from the Greater Columbus Convention Center to meet someone, and chose to keep her whereabouts quiet.

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2/4/15 – 5:08 A.M.

Fostoria officials addressed issues with snow removal following this past weekend’s snow storm. The Courier reports Mayor Eric Keckler spoke at Tuesday’s city council meeting, and said the removal plan didn’t work as well as planned.

The city is trying to save expensive road salt, and as a result only pretreated intersections. When the heavy snow came and the temperatures dropped, the snow froze to roads in the city that weren’t pretreated. That made it very difficult to get snow off the roads. Crews were able salt the roads again once temperatures started rising Tuesday.

Keckler said the city will better monitor for future storms to try and avoid similar problems in the future.

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2/4/15 – 4:53 A.M.

Final preparations are underway for the Hancock County Common Pleas Court’s new drug court. The Courier reports the court will begin operating in less than two weeks. Tuesday saw attorneys, law enforcement officers and medical officials meet with Director of Court Services Kimberly Switzer. The group talked about the challenges they’ll face to make the court work.

Switzer told the group the new court will require a, “shift in mindset for the judges, probation, the prosecutor, and some attorneys.” She added that each case will be considered on an individual basis and that sentences and treatments can’t be “one size fits all.”

The Hancock County drug court will offer treatment options to low-level drug offenders. Participants will appear in front of a judge on a regular basis and will have to follow strict regulations.

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2/4/15 – 4:26 A.M.

Nearly one-dozen animals taken from Tiger Ridge Exotics will remain in the custody of the state for now. Yesterday, a Wood County judge stayed all proceedings while the case makes its way through the appeals court. A total of eleven animals were seized last Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and taken to Reynoldsburg, but were later ordered to be returned. The state says they were being kept in inhumane conditions.

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