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4/5/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A shelter house will be replaced in the Arlington village park this month, but there is some debate about how much electricity will be run to the building. The Courier reports plans for the building call for a 400-amp line to be connected to it. Building inspectors think that could be too much though.

Electricians say a 200-amp line could work, and still be enough to provide power to the rest of the park. Councilman Tom Blunk said he’ll get some answers and bring them back to council.

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4/5/16 – 5:03 A.M.

The identities of a group of people accused of starting a series of fires in Wood County were released Monday. The Review-Times reports 18-year-old Nicholas Hackworth of Fostoria is charged with arson for his alleged role in the crimes. Three Port Clinton residents are also charged in the case. They include 24-year-old Todd Bollett, 21-year-old Bret Phillabaum, and 19-year-old Santana Dilberto. Five unnamed juveniles are also facing charges.

The group is accused of setting four fires north of Fostoria and in Risingsun between March 22 and March 27.

Additional charges are pending.

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4/5/16 – 4:53 A.M.

If you’re looking for a job in the skilled trades you might want to stop by the Findlay Whirlpool plant today. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a series of open houses will be held at the business. The sessions will be held between noon and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Human Resource Manager Brent Funk tells the newspaper there are immediate openings for electricians, millwrights and tool and dye makers. Funk adds they also want to talk to people interested in apprenticeship programs.

The Findlay Whirlpool plant currently employs around 2,300 people.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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4/5/16 – 4:24 A.M.

Former Ohio State University band director Jonathan Waters has a new gig in northwest Ohio. Waters was hired yesterday by Heidelberg University to lead its marching band and work as a music professor. The Elmore native was fired from Ohio State last year after university officials uncovered a culture of hazing and sexual harassment within the band.

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4/4/2016 – 4:46pm

Almost half of the people who entered the Century Health Tree Line Center over the last year completed the program that focuses on addiction recovery. Pat Hardy, who is the substance abuse coordinator for Tree Line told the Findlay Rotary Club Monday that Tree Line is a volunteer recovery program and in order to participate, individuals are screened for a number of issues.

Audio: Pat Hardy

Tree Line Center is a highly intensive program that requires participants to live in house and go through the counseling on a daily basis. This kind of program isn’t for everyone and Hardy notes that once complete the work of recovery really begins. Each patient has an individually designed plan to help them in their recovery.

Audio: Pat Hardy

Tree Line Center first opened in January 2015. The center is located at 2627 Crystal Ave. and can house up to 12 clients at a time for three months of intensive treatment.

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4/4/2016 – 3:36 pm

A Findlay entrepreneur is starting a new business venture to help people find jobs. The Courier reports Terry Terhark, founder of The RightThing, now Automatic Data Processing has launched Randrr or Reinvent and Revoluntionize Recruiting. They are developing a free app to help people search for jobs.

Randrr has an office at the Riverside Building on East Main Cross in Findlay and will soon open an additional office in Jacksonville FL to employ people to support the app. A date for its release has not been set yet and the app will draw revenue through advertising.

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4/4/2016 – 3:30 pm

A Findlay man pled guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of robbery. The Courier reports that 29-year-old Jeremy E. Sherbrook entered the pleas in court on Monday. He is accused of stealing from Som Carryout and Mobil and Marathon gas stations in Findlay late last year. Judge Reginald Routson immediately sentenced Sherbrook to five years in prison on the robbery charge and five years each for the aggravated robbery charge.

Shebrook will be eligible for judicial release in five years, and was ordered to pay a restitution of $250 to Som and $298 to Mobil. Shebrook allegedly held up Som Carryout on North Main on November 8th, the Mobil station on North main on November 9th and attempted to rob the Marathon Station of West Trenton Avenue on November 21st but was subdued by employees and customers.

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4/4/16 – 12:18 P.M.

One week after a rash of graffiti vandalism was reported in Findlay, vandals hit some of the city’s parks. Graffiti incidents were reported in the band shell and shelter houses at Riverside Park over the weekend. The sidewalk was tagged at Bernard Park and a slide was spray painted at Firestine Park.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (419)425-8477.

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4/4/2016 – 11:14 am

Bowling Green Police uniforms were among items stolen during a breaking and entering over the weekend. BG Police report that Long’s Dry Cleaners on North Maple in Bowling Green was broken into over the weekend and multiple items were stolen including two different styles of uniforms worn by officers. The stolen uniforms have police patches on the arms but do not contain a badge or name place.

Police state that if you interact with an officer, they should be wearing their badge which depicts the BGPD building on it and their name place. (See Picture Above) Officers are also required to carry division identification as well. If you have any information related to the crime you are asked to contact the Bowling Green Police Department at 419-352-1131.

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4/4/2016 – 11:03 pm

The 17th annual Farm Safety Camp for Putnam County students will be held next Monday. The event will be held at the Dale Gerding Farm at 11089 Road 12 in Ottawa and Ruth Gerding said that the annual event for students has grown each year since it was first held.

Audio: Ruth Gerding

The farm safety camp will teach students important farm safety issues such as grain entrapment, water and pond safety, lawnmower safety, tractor and PTO safety, as well as safety around electronics, farm chemicals, gun safety ATV safety and sun safety tips. Lifeflight will also perform a landing during the ATV demonstration. Gerding said that while many kids may not be on the farms as much as they used to, the safety issues are still important in everyday life.

Audio: Ruth Gerding

The Farm Safety Camp is sponsored by a number of local agencies and organizations and is organized by the Putnam County Health Department. For more information, contact the department at 419-523-5608.

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