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11/14/16 – 4:51 A.M.

Findlay police are looking for the man who held up a video rental store. The suspect walked into the Family Video at 707 South Blanchard Street around 1 p.m., threatened an employee and walked out with cash. The man did not show a weapon and police didn’t report any injuries.

Detectives say the suspect is a thin, six-foot-tall white man. He was wearing a green Notre Dame hoodie, khaki pants, and dark sunglasses.

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11/11/16 – 5:38 A.M.

A Kentucky man who led police officers on a high-speed chase in Allen County last summer won’t go to jail but will spend time in a drug treatment center. The Lima News reports Judge Jeffrey Reed sentenced 23-year-old Shawn Gregory Thursday. The sentence includes three years of probation and $400 in restitution.

Gregory faced failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and grand theft of a motor vehicle charges. He blamed an addiction to cocaine for the June incident.

Authorities in Hancock County were looking for Gregory in connection to a stolen car when a patrol officer tried to pull him over near Beaverdam on I-75 on June 16. Gregory led officers on a chase to Cridersville before they were able to stop him.

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11/11/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A one-car crash north of Lima killed a Michigan teenager Thursday. The State Highway Patrol reports 21-year-old Zackery Brown of Waterford, Michigan, was driving north on State Route 115 near State Road when he drove off the highway, overturned, and hit a tree. The crash claimed the life of his passenger, 18-year-old Brenden Wale of Saint Louis, Michigan.

The patrol says the crash happened around 5:20 a.m. Investigators suspect alcohol and speed were factors in the incident.

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11/11/16 – 5:20 A.M.

The former manager of the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University has avoided jail time for taking more than $10,000 from high school athletic tournaments held at the facility. The Blade reports Wood County Common Pleas Judge Alan Mayberry sentenced 35-year-old Ben Spence to three years of probation. Spence also has to pay back more than $10,000 to the Ohio High School Athletic Association and complete 300 hours of community service.

Spence pleaded guilty to theft and tampering with records in September.

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11/11/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Police have arrested two more people in connection to an arson case in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports 27-year-old Christopher Douglass and 28-year-old Cara Smith face aggravated arson charges. The Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office says the two, “purposefully and knowingly participated in the planning and preparation” of a fire set to a home at 231 Sandusky Street on October 31.

Detective Shilo Frankart says Douglass and Smith turned themselves in Thursday. Authorities arrested three other people in the case seven hours after the fire. 26-year-old Shawn Gregg, an unnamed 15-year-old, and an unnamed 17-year-old all face aggravated arson charges.

Frankart said Gregg and the teenagers threw Molotov cocktails at the house, setting off the blaze.

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11/11/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A federal grant will help lower-income Hancock County residents with home repairs. The Community Housing Impact and Preservation, or CHIP program, has awarded $850,000 to the county. The money is set aside to fund 20 home repair and 11 home rehabilitation projects. This can include things like electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Home repairs are free to eligible homeowners. Home rehabilitations require a 20 percent, no-interest deferred loan for homeowners. The grant covers the rest of the repairs.

For more information call the WSOS Community Action Commission at (800)775-9767.

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11/10/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A Hardin County man is going to prison for having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl. WLIO-TV reports Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett sentenced 51-year-old Thomas Todd to 12 years in prison Wednesday. A jury found Todd guilty on four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. The jury found him not guilty of rape and attempted rape charges.

Investigators say the incidents happened between July of 2015 and May of this year.


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11/10/16 – 5:35 A.M.

In an effort to reduce the infant mortality rate, a Seneca County agency is giving away free Pack N Play cribs to new and expecting mothers. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County General Health District has partnered with the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative since 2014 for the effort.

To qualify, applicants must meet WIC income guidelines. They do not have to take part in WIC. The mother must currently be pregnant or have an infant under the age of 12 months, and there must already be no safe place for the baby to sleep.

For more information call (419)447-3691.

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11/10/16 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock Parks Foundation has plans for a new gazebo at the Riverbend Recreation Area east of Findlay. The Courier reports a donation of more than $40,000 from the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation is paying for the facility. The donation is in honor of the late Mariann Dana Younger who passed away in July.

Plans for the gazebo have it set to the left of the main entrance of the Brugeman Lodge.

MORE: The Courier

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11/10/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Main Street bridge in downtown Findlay is getting a new name. On Veterans, Day officials will dedicate the structure in honor of Lt. Col. Ralph D. Cole. A ceremony is set for 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Front Street.

Cole was a World War I veteran and former state representative and congressman. He was also one of the founders of the American Legion.

State Representative Robert Sprague, State Senator Cliff Hite, and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will attend Friday’s ceremony.

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