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7/31/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Two house fires in Ottawa were set on purpose. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the State Fire Marshall’s Office found that arson was the cause of the fires at 315 North Perry Street and 529 West Third Street last Friday morning. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information that identifies who was responsible for setting the blazes.

The fires were considered suspicious because neither home had working utilities. Both had been turned over to the village of Ottawa, and were set for demolition.


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7/31/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The investigation into the death of a Fostoria man continues today. Investigators say Russell Poole Sr. was found dead in his home on July 21. Seneca County Detective Sgt. Don Joseph says a minor amount of blood was found in the home at 8702 West State Route 18, Lot 62.

Poole had recently reported an assault. He called the sheriff’s office early in the morning on July 16, saying he had been attacked on July 15.

Poole’s body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

 

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A pick-up truck plowed into a home in northern Putnam County Wednesday afternoon. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened at 2813 Road 7 near Leipsic around 1 p.m.

Deputies say the truck was driving north when it went off the right side of the road, hit a telephone poll, and then slammed into the house. No one in the home was injured. The driver, who hasn’t been identified, was taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.


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7/31/14 – 4:47 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is buying back stock again. The company announced a $2 billion repurchase authorization Wednesday. The shares will be bought back over a two year period. A previous repurchase authorization still has $709 million to go before it’s completed.

In a release, CEO Gary Heminger said, “This authorization, along with the increased dividend announced earlier today, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to returning capital to shareholders.” Heminger added this is the fourth repurchase agreement made by Marathon since becoming a stand-alone company in 2011.

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7/30/14 – 9:09 A.M.

Findlay City Council members are working to find the best way to deal with problem properties. During a council of-the-whole meeting last night, several options and scenarios were discussed. Fourth Ward Councilman Tom Kline says the problem they fact is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution…

Audio: Tom Kline

Kline says the city should check current ordinances first…

Audio: Tom Kline

Beyond that, the group talked about the different types of offenders. While foreclosed homes were cited as an issue, some council members agreed that there are simply property owners who don’t care to keep up their yards.

No action was taken last night.

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7/30/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Summer is nearly two-thirds over, but summer festivals continue to roll on. Carey Fest kicks off Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday. The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce says things get underway with the business showcase tomorrow at 5 p.m. There will also be fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Friday’s entertainment will be Midnight Special, followed by Eric Paslay on Saturday night. There will also be a parade Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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7/30/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay woman is still in the hospital following a Sunday crash near Upper Sandusky. 39-year-old Heather Plansinis was last listed in fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The State Highway Patrol says she was one of four people injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Wyandot County Road 121 Sunday afternoon.

Plansinis was driving a Chevy Cruze south on U.S. 23 when a Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 25-year-old Thomas Carter of Upper Sandusky pulled in her path. Plansinis swerved to avoid the crash and ended up in the ditch. She was taken by medical helicopter to Toledo.

Three children in Plansinis’ car suffered minor injuries. Carter was cited for failure to yield.

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7/29/14 – 7:46 P.M.

Findlay City Council heard about the municipal court’s need for more space tonight. Judges Robert Fry and Jonathan Starn laid out plans to make existing spaces in the municipal building more functional. Fry says they’re working with the police department to find the necessary space…

AUDIO: Robert Fry

Fry says while the police administration would lose some space they’d gain better functionality by being on the same floor.

The increasing number of hearings in the municipal court are the reason for the congestion. In the spring of 2011 the courts heard a little more than 3,400 cases. During the same time last year there were more than 5,100.

Fry says the expanded area will benefit more than just judges and attorneys…

AUDIO: Robert Fry

Renovations would be paid for out of the court improvement fund.

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Wilsons Menu

7/29/14 – 2:13 P.M.

A Findlay institution is going back to its roots. Wilson’s Sandwich Shop recently dropped several recent additions to the menu, like chicken and pulled pork sandwiches. General Manager Doug Baker says there were a few different reasons to make the move…

Audio: Doug Baker

Baker added a couple of items will be held over…

Audio: Doug Baker

Wilson’s is celebrating it’s 78th anniversary this year.

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7/29/14 – 1:15 P.M.

Two women were arrested for possession of heroin in Ada last Friday. The Hardin County Crime Task Force reports a traffic stop led to the discovery of 24 hits of heroin in one of the suspect’s cars. A second stop found seven more hits of heroin. The Task Force then searched one the home of one of the suspects, finding 111 more hits.

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