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5/9/14 – 8:39 A.M.

Fees have been set for connecting to a new sewer line north of Findlay. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners set the fee to tap into the line on Industrial Drive at $5,500. Residential units connecting to the gravity sewer will be charged the fee.

The sewer line will service a new business park in that area.

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Work continues to get the new University of Findlay stadium project off the ground. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved closing Foulke Avenue from Morey Avenue to Cory Street at their Thursday meeting. Four alleys will also be closed to make way for the stadium.

City council will vote on the closures at an upcoming meeting.

The university hasn’t set a construction schedule yet. The plan is to have the women’s lacrosse team playing on the stadium’s turf next spring. The football team would then play in the completed stadium in the fall of that year.

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5/9/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Findlay police are investigating an early morning hit-and-run. Investigators say 37-year-old Dani Rosebrook was walking across Defiance Avenue around 4 a.m. when she was hit. Rosebrook tells police she was walking to work on a N. Cory Street sidewalk when a westbound car stopped near her on Defiance Avenue. Rosebrook says the driver waved her across the intersection, and then hit her as it passed.

The only description of the car is that it was a dark color.

Hanco EMS took Rosebrook to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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5/9/14 – 5:27 A.M.

The mother of a Findlay murder victim wants the public to help keep her daughter’s killer in prison. The Courier reports Becky Potter is hoping people will write letters to the state parole board; asking them to deny Christopher Cooper his release. Cooper raped and killed 9-month-old Monica Sue Williams in August of 1979. He has a parole hearing in June.

Cooper was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in May 1980. He was Potter’s brother-in-law at the time. She said she left her daughter with Cooper for only about a half hour.

If you send a letter, address it to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 W. Broad St., Columbus 43222.

The envelope and letter should refer to Cooper’s name and inmate identification number, A158707.

MORE: The Courier

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5/9/14 – 5:01 A.M.

A settlement was recently reached between Findlay and a resident stemming from a 2012 police call. The Courier reports the city will pay Carla Reeg $15,000. Reeg sued after an incident involving former police officer Scott Nungester’s actions during a routine call.

Reeg and her then-roommate Sue Johnson were having a dispute. Johnson called Nungester to the home, where he proceeded to let Johnson break the front door down after Reeg wouldn’t let him in. According to Reeg, Nungester shoved her out of the way and allowed Johnson and her family to rifle through the house.

Nungester was disciplined for the incident with a 10-day unpaid suspension. But he never served the suspension after resigning in 2012. In his report, Police Chief Greg Horne said “The fact that no report was generated also gives the appearance that he was doing a personal favor for a longtime friend.”

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5/8/14 – 11:11 A.M.
Updated – 12:04 P.M.

We now know who one of the tenants of the old Home Depot store will be. Gabe’s, a fashion retailer based in West Virginia, announced today it will open a Findlay location in July. The store will be located in the Eastown Plaza Shopping Center on Tiffin Avenue.

Company CEO Ken Seipel said in a release, “Findlay is a vibrant center that boasts a healthy economy and strong employment base and we are honored to have an opportunity to be a part of that.” The typical Gabe’s location employes between 80-120 people.

A Gabe’s store had been rumored in the city for the last few weeks. Employment websites have been advertising for positions at a Findlay Gabe’s location.

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5/8/14 – 10:03 A.M.

The good news is that some of Findlay’s worst rail crossings are going to be fixed over the next couple of weeks. The bad news is that busy roads will be shut down so the work can be done.

The city’s engineering department says the work will start next Monday. Lima Avenue just west of Western Avenue will be closed. N. Blanchard Street will also be closed between Tiffin and Crystal Avenues. The closures will last about a week.

On May 19, Norfolk and Southern will close the intersection of Sandusky and Western Avenue for track repairs. That project should take about a week as well.

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5/8/14 – 6:58 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. Police say 34-year-old Laura Sondergeld was stopped in traffic in the 100 block of West Front Street around 3:45 p.m.. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 61-year-old Rick Beach of Findlay.

Sondergeld was treated for her injuries at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Beach was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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5/8/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Columbia Gas gave Fostoria residents an update on a pipeline replacement project this week. The Review-Times reports work has been taking place along a stretch of North Countyline Street. The work began April 16, and should wrap up in early August.

Cast iron lines are being replaced with specially designed plastic lines. The new gas pipes can flex with changing soil conditions. Columbia will also be working on gas meters. Fostoria residents who have gas meters in their basements will have them moved outside.

The project is part of a 25-year, $2 billion investment across the state to upgrade all Columbia Gas pipelines.

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