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9/5/14 – 5:07 A.M.

An incident in Fostoria led to two men getting shot with birdshot pellets early Thursday morning. Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. near the Podach Trailer Park.

The renter of a property at 9790 West Township Road 84 called the sheriff’s office to report people were throwing bricks through his windows. At some point during the incident, 24-year-old William North and 36-year-old William Mahan were shot with birdshot pellets fired from a shotgun.

Mahan was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. From there he was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. North refused medical treatment.

Deputies have not said who fired the shots. The case remains under investigation.

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9/5/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The Hancock County Auditor’s office is taking measures to make sure employees aren’t confused for con-artists. Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says appraisers will now carry ID badges issued by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Rauschenberg hopes this will differentiate real auditors from potential imposters.

There have been reports of people scamming home owners by pretending to be appraisers from elsewhere in Ohio.

Rauschenberg adds that real auditors will never ask to enter your home. They will only collect data from buildings from the outside. You should also get a letter from the county prior to a visit.

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9/5/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Efforts to clear debris from the Blanchard River have moved east of Findlay’s reservoirs. The Courier reports crews from Tawa Tree Service are now working between County Roads 207 and 205. Gary Tuttle of the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District updated the county commissioners on the progress Thursday.

Tuttle says four large logjams have been removed since late July. Crews have also taken out nine mid-size jams and 224 small logjams.

MORE: The Courier

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9/4/14 – 11:15 A.M.

Six counties in our area will share a grant aimed at helping children in crisis situations. Hancock, Putnam, and Allen Counties are part of the group that will use the $1.4 million dollars.

John Martin is the director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and spoke at today’s press conference. Martin says the money will help area agencies ease situations before they spiral out of control…

Audio: John Martin

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio. He says sometimes problems stem from a child experiencing mental health issues for the first time…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says the grant money will help provide after hours services for kids in those situations.

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9/4/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A three car crash injured one person in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 6:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Howard Street.

18-year-old Ariana Read of Findlay was driving east on Howard when she tried to go around a pickup truck that was stopped in the road. At the same time the driver of the pickup, 20-year-old Patrick Williams, pulled into Read’s path. The collision caused Read’s car to hit a parked vehicle.

Read was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Williams was cited for impeding traffic.

View One Injured In Wednesday Crash in a larger map

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9/4/14 – 6:40 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is not moving to buy Citgo refineries. The company issued a statement Wednesday clarifying comments made by CEO Gary Heminger during a recent interview. Heminger told an industry analyst the locations of Citgo’s refineries are “interesting.” That led to some speculation Marathon was interested in buying the facilities.

Citgo has refineries in Lousiana, Texas, and Illinois.

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9/4/14 – 5:25 A.M.

There was plenty of disagreement over a water tower maintenance program at last night’s Bluffton Village Council meeting. The Courier reports the issue began when council member Roger Warren said he didn’t agree with a contact proposal for water tower work. The proposal had been been talked about at a recent Utilities Committee meeting. Warren said he wanted to know why more bids weren’t being sought.

Councilman Everett Collier said that Warren was out of order since he isn’t a member of the Utilities Committee.

Before that, Warren had requested an executive session, but it was voted down. That upset Councilman Sean Burrell, who said any council member should be able to request an executive session.

In the end, council agreed to seek more maintenance proposals from other companies that can service water towers.

MORE: The Courier

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9/4/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Part of an 810-mile natural gas pipeline could be built in our area. A proposal from ET Rover Pipeline Company shows the pipeline passing through northeast Hancock County near Fostoria. It would also go through Wood County.

The pipeline would connect the Marcellus and Utica Shale fields to markets serving the Midwest, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions. A map of the proposed pipeline is on public display at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

Construction of the line could create a temporary workforce of up to 10,000 construction jobs. There would be an estimated $153 million in yearly tax revenue paid to the states and counties the pipeline passes through.

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9/4/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber has named a new treasurer. Tom Lause, who has been serving as the controller of global operations, was named to the role yesterday. He’ll continue in that role until a replacement can be found. Lause will also assume responsibility for the tax function at Cooper.

Lause is taking the role after Brad Hughes was named president of international operations.

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9/4/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is making a move to help finance the buyout of Hess Corporation retail stores. Marathon has priced nearly $2 billion in unsecured senior notes in a public offering. Unsecured notes are loans that aren’t secured by the issuer’s assets.

A $700 million loan will also be used to help fund the purchase.

The investment is expected to payoff big for Marathon. Industry analysts believe Marathon’s Speedway stores will double their $14.5 billion dollars in sales once the Hess locations are added to the company. Speedway stores are primarily based in the midwest, where Hess stores are located in the east and the south.

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