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1/30/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Several fire departments were called to a house fire in Mount Cory early this morning. The blaze was reported around 2:45 a.m. at 206 North Main Street. Everyone was able to get out of the house. No other details were available.

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1/30/15 – 4:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is fighting a court order that requires them to return nearly one dozen animals confiscated from Tiger Ridge Exotics. They filed statements Thursday from two veterinarians that said the animals can’t be returned without posing an unreasonable danger to their health, the safety of the people transporting them and to the persons living near the farm. The animals are currently in Reynoldsburg where they’re undergoing health evaluations. State officials say they were living in inhumane conditions.

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1/29/15 – 11:55 A.M.

The Allen County Fair has announced its headlining act for 2015.

Country music act Lady Antebellum will take the stage on August 29. Sam Hunt will serve as the opening act. Tickets go on sale February 7.

The Allen County Fair has a track record of bringing in big country acts to perform in the region. Last year Toby Keith headlined the event.

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1/29/15 – 5:34 A.M.

A new study says the best location for a Seneca County justice center is in downtown Tiffin. The Courier reports the study indicates the East Tower property in downtown Tiffin would be the best location for the center. A rough estimate of $11.5 million was given as the cost to renovate an existing building and add new space. However, no design work has been done.

The issue is far from a done deal though. A separate study from last year says the ideal location would be the site of the former courthouse. That project would include a 36,000 square foot building and a connection to the 18,000 square foot county annex building. The estimated cost for that was $8.5 million.

Those behind the new study say building downtown would help bolster redevelopment in that area. They also think a $1.5 million historical tax credit would help bring down the price.

MORE: The Courier

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1/29/15 – 5:19 A.M.

A tree planting initiative will continue in Findlay this spring. The city’s Shade Tree Commission will have a meeting about the NeighborWoods Spring Tree Planting Project early next month. Interested residents are invited to the Universal Church on South Main Street on February 4 at 7 p.m.

The NeighborWoods program started last year and focused on the Sherman Park area. This year the focus will on South Main Street between Lima Avenue and 6th Street.

For more information, call (419)424-7137.

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1/29/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Broad Avenue.

41-year-old Angelique Lovell was backing out of a driveway when she hit a car driven by 74-year-old Patricia Grayson. Hanco EMS took Grayson to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Lovell was cited for failure to yield.

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1/29/15 – 4:51 A.M.

A grant from Marathon Petroleum means a big upgrade in technology for Findlay middle schools. The Courier reports 250 iPads, 36 laptops, and even probes to help students analyze data are arriving in the middle schools this week. The equipment is being bought with part of a $1.1 million grant announced last February.

The grant is designed to boost the school district’s science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Marathon engineers have also offered to partner with the school to help give lessons using the new technology.

MORE: The Courier

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1/29/15 – 4:22 A.M.

Nearly a dozen animals seized from Tiger Ridge Exotics are being ordered to be returned. Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Agriculture tranquilized and removed six tigers, a black leopard, a lion, Kodiak bear, liger and a bob cat. Several hours later, a Wood County Common Pleas Court judge ordered them to be taken back, although a date and time for their return hasn’t been scheduled. State officials say owner Kenny Hetrick is in violation of a state law passed in 2012 that requires him to have a permit to have the animals.

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1/28/15 – 6:42 A.M.

An investigation is underway into missing items from the evidence room in the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The Lima News reports Sheriff Sam Crish has called in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to look into the matter. Crish tells the newspaper, ” I believe it’s more than just items being misplaced.”

No one from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will be involved in the investigation.

The items allegedly taken from the evidence lockup have not been made public. No employees have been placed on leave.

MORE: Lima News

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1/28/15 – 5:31 A.M.

A weekend fire in North Baltimore has been ruled an arson. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the State Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze at 108 Rhodes Avenue.

The home was vacant and no utilities were hooked up. The property had recently been sold to the Wood County Park District.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the identification of anyone involved in setting the fire. If you have information on the case, you’re urged to call (800)589-2728.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

 

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