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1/27/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Fostoria is getting money to clean up an abandoned gas station. The Review-Times reports the Ohio Development Services Agency is giving the city a $100,000 grant to deal with the former Clark gas station on North Countyline Street. Renee Smith is the president of Fostoria Economic Development Corporation. She says the first phase of the project will focus on testing for potential contamination.

Smith adds the goal is to “completely clean the site – do a total remediation.” The city will get the land once the clean up is complete.

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1/27/17 – 5:17 A.M.

State Senator Cliff Hite will serve on an influential committee in the state house. Senate President Larry Obhof has named Hite to the Rules and Reference Committee. Obhoff says the committee plays a key role in setting the legislative agenda for the Ohio Senate.

The committee assigns legislation to the Senate’s other committees. It then determines if and when the bill the full Senate will consider the bill.

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1/27/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Plans are in the works for a protest in front of Marathon Petroleum in Findlay this weekend. The Findlay United Civil Rights Alliance group says they are using the location to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order to revive the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Mallie Grim is with the group and says the event will run from 2 p.m until 4 p.m. Sunday.

Marathon agreed to form a joint venture with Enbridge Energy Partners to buy an interest in the pipeline last summer. The company plans to invest $500 million in the system. However, Marathon communications manager Jamal Kheiry says Marathon hasn’t invested in the pipeline yet. He says certain conditions have to be met before that happens.

The pipeline will deliver crude oil from North Dakota to the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Opponents say it could pollute the upper Missouri River, the water supply for Standing Rock.

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1/27/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Police arrested two people following a stabbing in Fostoria Wednesday evening. A post on the Fostoria Police Facebook page identified the 18-year-old victim as D’Andre Gehring of Fostoria. Police have charged 17-year-old Christian Brown of Pittsburgh with murder in the case. 18-year-old Arlando Crowe faces complicity to murder charges.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says the incident happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fostoria Townhouses at 1202 Beier Drive. He added there was an altercation before the stabbing.

Judge Mark Repp of Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court set bond at $500,000, cash or surety, for Crowe.

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VIDEO: Additional Money Needed To House Hancock County Jail Inmates In Other Counties

1/26/17 – 10:49 A.M.

Hancock County is facing a jail overcrowding issue, and it’s going to cost the county more money to house prisoners in other counties. Sheriff Mike Heldman is asking the county commissioners to set aside extra money through June of this year…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman says it costs a little more than $1,400 a day to house 22 inmates outside the county…

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Heldman says setting aside more money through June gives them enough time for a window replacement project to finish at the jail. That will open up more space locally for inmates.

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1/26/17 – 7:32 A.M.

Four Michigan women are facing charges in a 20-state crime spree that targeted Walmart stores in the region. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the scam allegedly cost the retail giant more than $550,000. 23-year-olds Roshana Bridges and Sara Walt along with 22-year-olds Diamond Fields and Keonna Snell face charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and money laundering.

In our area, the women allegedly ran their scam at Walmart locations in Findlay, Lima, and Bowling Green.

Authorities say the group used counterfeit cash credit cards. The cards had false instructions on them that tricked cash registers into believing it had accepted cash as payment.

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1/26/17 – 7:21 A.M.

A Kenton man is facing drug charges in Hancock County. A recently-unsealed secret indictment says 23-year-old Kyle Brumage faces a trafficking heroin charge. Prosecutors have also charged him with trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.

Investigators say Brumage sold less than a gram of heroin in Findlay last February. They also say Brumage sold a counterfeit drug within 100 feet of a juvenile last June in Madison Township.

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1/26/17 – 7:14 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s energy and logistics subsidiary has declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2016. MPLX shareholders are getting 52 cents per common unit. The company will pay the dividend on February 14 to shareholders of record as of February 6.

The dividend is four percent more than the dividend issued in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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1/26/17 – 6:46 A.M.

If you live on the north side of Findlay you could lose your power this weekend. American Electric Power says it has a planned outage set for Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. AEP crews will be working on a new substation on Hancock County Road 99 at that time.

Inside the city, the outage will stretch to Hancock County Road 216 to the north, Melrose Avenue to the south, I-75 to the west, and Jennifer Lane and France Street to the east. Addresses south of 2900 North Main street won’t have power for around 20 minutes. Homes and businesses north of there could be without electricity for between one and four hours.

The outage will affect traffic signals. You’re reminded to treat them as four-way stops.

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1/26/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A Putnam County Judge will allow a murder suspect to have a second competency evaluation. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Judge Randall Basinger issued the ruling at a recent hearing for Travis Soto. Soto’s lawyer wasn’t happy with the results of the first evaluation. Basinger said the Ohio Revised Code allows for, “one or more evaluations.” He then referred Soto to the Forensic Center for Western Ohio in Dayton.

Soto served five years in prison following the death of his 2-year-old son in January of 2006. He pleaded guilty to child endangerment after hitting the boy with an ATV. Investigators say Soto walked into the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office last year and admitted he murdered the child.

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