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7/7/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Two people were injured in a crash south of Findlay on July 4. The State Patrol says a two-car collision happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 15 and County Road 180.

A crash report says 23-year-old Kylie Ostheimer was driving southbound on Road 180 when she failed to yield the right of way at State Route 15. She was hit by a semi driven by 44-year-old Todd Hankin. The crash caused Hankin’s truck to overturn in the median.

Ostheimer and Hankin were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Ostheimer was cited for failure to yield.


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7/7/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A man who lost his foot while jumping off a train in Fostoria last week will face charges after all. CSX Railroad Police have charged 36-year-old Benjamin Tidmore of Alabama with interfering with train operations and criminal trespass.

The Review Times reports Tidmore was badly hurt when he jumped off a train along Columbus Avenue last Monday.

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7/7/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a Sunday morning fire. Firefighters were called to 630 W. Sandusky Street a little after 5:30 a.m. The fire started in the back of the home and spread to the basement and two floors of the home.

No one was home when the fire started. No damage estimate was available.


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7/7/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Findlay will play host to some political heavy hitters today. Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the House John Boehner will be on hand for the dedication of the Michael G. Oxley Government Center at the Hancock Historical Museum. Oxley will be on hand as well for the private event.

Historical Society executive director Sarah Sisser says Oxley made a big donation to make the center a reailty. The Oxley Government Center includes interactive kiosks. The kiosks feature touch-screens focusing on the responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and government. The center will also honor the six men from Findlay who have served as U.S. congressmen.

Oxley represented Hancock County in the U.S. House from 1981-2007 when he retired.

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7/3/14 – 11:03 A.M.

Hancock County and the City of Findlay have finally come to an agreement on housing city prisoners in the county jail. The commissioners signed the contract today, making the deal official after months of negotiation.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says one sticking point was the amount of prisoners the Hancock County Jail could house…

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Gazarek says that has been addressed by allowing the county to take city inmates to jails in neighboring counties…

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The change addresses a city concern that inmates weren’t able to serve their sentences in a timely manner. Findlay will pay transportation costs to take an inmate to another jail.

The agreement will see Findlay pay Hancock County $84 per day per prisoner. That includes partial days but not the day of release.

The city is also on the hook for any damage a city inmate does to the facility

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7/3/14 – 6:40 A.M.

If you’re a fan of fireworks, this Independence Day weekend won’t disappoint. Plenty of displays are planned starting tonight. Findlay’s fireworks are set for dusk at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. In Bowling Green you can catch a fireworks show at BGSU’s football stadium when the sun sets.

There are plenty of shows in our region tomorrow. Lima’s display is set for 10 p.m. in Faurot (Fuh-row)Park. Tiffin’s fireworks display takes place at 10 p.m. in Hedges-Boyer Park, and Kenton’s fireworks are also at 10 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.

Saturday will bring shows in Fostoria at Foundation Park and McComb at the village park. Both shows are at dusk.

You can even catch a show Sunday if you’d like. Kalida’s fireworks take place July 6 at 10 p.m. They’ll be held at the Country Acres golf course.

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7/3/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The Findlay Family YMCA wants to upgrade its raquetball and tennis courts. The organization is starting a new campaign called, “Raising a Raquet,” with a goal of raising $90,000. The goal is to bring the facilities to “like new” conditions.

The campaign will pay for resurfacing the walls and ceilings of the raquetball courts at the downtown location. It will also expand the lounge area outside of the courts. The tennis courts at the east branch location would also be resurfaced. The money would also be used to add new vinyl perimeter curtains, new benches in the tennis area, and new lounge furniture outside of the courts.

For more information on the campaign you can call (419)422-4424.

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7/3/14 – 5:15 A.M.

North Baltimore is closer to hiring a new village administrator. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the search has been narrowed to four candidates. The people up for the job include Donna Dettling, Dennis Recker, Robert Kellog, and John Mitchell.

Three of the four have previous administration experience in other towns. Dettling is a village administrator in Dexter, Michigan. Kellog is a former town manager from Sewall’s Point Florida. And John Mitchell is a former city manager in Marysville, Ohio.

Recker has public service experience. He is a village council member in Whitehouse Ohio.

The village is looking for Kathy Healy’s replacement. Healy is retiring.

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7/3/14 – 5:06 A.M.

One of the owners of a Fostoria restaurant found to be selling liquor without a licence has avoided jail. The Review Times reports 31-year-old Amber Bowers was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days suspended. On Tuesday Bowers pleaded guilty to charges of permits required, and keeping a place where intoxicated liquors are sold. Bowers is a co-owner of Los Tocallos Bar and Restaurant.

State agents raided the business in May after getting an anonymous tip the restaurant had not renewed its liquor license. Bowers told the newspaper she believed a disgruntled employee had turned her in.

The business has not reapplied for the permit, and the phone number to the restaurant has been temporarily disconnected.

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7/3/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Seneca County authorities arrested a man wanted in a mid-June sexual assault this week. The Review-Times reports 58-year-old Dale Powell is now facing charges of kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, and abduction. Powell is a registered sex offender in Ottawa County.

The incident in question happened June 16 in Bettsville. A 16-year-old girl was walking along Union Street when a man wearing a knee brace and using crutches groped her. The girl got away, and when the suspect saw her calling for help, he ran away.

Investigators used security footage from a nearby gas station to identify Powell as the suspect in the case.

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