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11/3/14 – 8:32 A.M.

The social media rumor mill got cranked into overdrive in Fostoria last week. The Review-Times reports that Faccebook posters turned a domestic disturbance into something far more disturbing. Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers were called to the 300 block of Summit Street Wednesday for an alleged male-female assault. Because investigators were at the Charles Schaeffer trial, Ohio BCI&I was called in to assist.

The presence of state officials must have stirred people’s imaginations. There were rumors on the internet that someone at the home had been decapitated or dismembered. There were also allegations of a police cover-up.

Loreno told the newspaper he could assure the public that no such atrocities had happened. The incident remains under investigation.

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11/3/14 – 7:21 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened at the intersection of Western and Lima avenues just before 12:30 p.m.

50-year-old Carol Eichman was driving her SUV south on Western Avenue when she turned left onto Lima Avenue and was hit by an SUV driven by 31-year-old Jamie Chaffee of Findlay. Eichman was extricated from her vehicle and taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Chafee was cited for disobeying a traffic control device. Eichman was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.

 

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11/3/14 – 8:14 A.M.

It appears Findlay is becoming a destination for Compressed Natural Gas fueling facilities. Roughly a month-and-a-half after CNG Fuel Inc. opened a fueling station on Distrubution Drive on Findlay’s north side, Speedway has followed suit. The company’s second compressed natural gas facility is located at the Speedway store on County Road 99, just off of I-75.

A release from Speedway says one of the store’s fuel lanes is now dedicated to CNG. The company has partnered with IGS CNG Services to help run the compressed natural gas operation.

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11/3/14 – 7:52 A.M.

The new bishop of the Toledo diocese paid a visit to Putnam County over the weekend. The Lima News reports Daniel Thomas celebrated Mass in Kalida Sunday morning. Thomas told the congregation that the diocese is much larger than Toledo. He added that he wanted to call everyone to a “deeper holiness.”

Thomas encouraged people to pray more, fast more, and give more to the poor. He said if worshippers did that, “people would stand up and take notice.”

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11/3/14 – 6:30 A.M.

Gas prices remain below $3 a gallon around the area and across the state. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $2.94 today. That’s five cents cheaper than it was last Monday, and nearly 30 cents below where the averag price was on October 3.

Locally, the average price in Findlay is back down to $2.89 a gallon. That’s after jumping to $2.99 late last week. In Ottawa the average price is $2.94, a penny higher than last Monday.

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11/3/14 – 6:20 A.M.

Two crashes shut down U.S. 30 in Allen County over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the first accident happened just before 7:50 a.m. near Beaverdam. A second crash happened just minutes later in the same area.

The problems started when a Minnesota man lost control of his semi on an icy overpass as he was driving eastbound. The semi jacknifed and slid across the median before overturning. The crash caused a debris field that closed the westbound lanes. Four minutes later, another semi lost control on the same bridge. The truck also jacknifed, blocking the eastbound lanes.

The drivers were not hurt. The highway was closed for around two hours.

 

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11/3/14 – 6:12 A.M.

A Fostoria man convicted for his role in a fatal arson fire could spend the rest of his life in prison. The Review-Times reports 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer was given a life sentence last Friday. He’ll be eligible for parole in 25 years though.

A jury found Schaeffer guilty of showing Shey Weiker how to use a railroad flare to light a house on fire. Weiker then used the flare to start a blaze at a South Poplar Street house. The May 26 fire killed Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. It also severely injured Dana Weatherall.

All three suspects in the fire have now been sentenced.

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11/3/14 – 6:02 A.M.

Work continues toward a regional water and sewer district in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the advisory council have attended meetings in 15 villages recently to explain the proposed district. They’ve also been answering questions about why the work is needed.

County Commissioner John Love says the group is currently collecting data from the villages. The goal is to find out what water and sewer capacity the villages have.

Putnam County was given a $100,000 grant from the state last December to help form a regional water and sewer district.

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11/3/14 – 5:54 A.M.

ODOT had hoped to have the reconstruction of the U.S. 224 bridge in Findlay finished last week, but it looks like it will take the rest of this week to complete the job. By the end of the week all lanes on the bridge are expected to be open.

The agency reports U.S. 224 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Hancock County Road 300 and Broad Avenue. That will allow for the final paving of the asphalt surface and lane painting.

The final layer of asphalt will also be poured on the interchange ramps. That work will take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day. There may be short-term lane closures as this happens.

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10/31/14 – 5:43 A.M.

A combination of alcohol and texting may have played a role in an injury crash in Putnam County this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened a little before 3 a.m. in the 14000 block of Road E.

Dispatchers got a call from a resident in that area after a man came to their home and said he had been involved in a crash. Deputies arrived and found 25-year-old Brandon Paxton of Continental at the house. He told deputies he had lost control of his car and drove into a ditch. Paxton was taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center in Glandorf for treatment of his injuries.

A press release says Paxton was texting at the time of the crash. Investigators also believe alcohol was a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

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