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2/13/17 – 7:16 A.M.

Local gas prices are up as we start the new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.08 per gallon today. That’s up nine cents over the last seven days.

In Ottawa, drivers report paying $2.09 per gallon to start the week.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.12. That’s a seven cent increase since last Monday.

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2/13/17 – 6:55 A.M.

A hit-skip crash in Fostoria sent one person to the hospital over the weekend. The Review-Times reports the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Lytle Street. Witnesses reported several accidents along Lytle Street leading up to the injury crash.

An SUV heading eastbound on State Route 12 tried to turn left onto Lytle Street and hit a car stopped at the intersection. The driver of the SUV drove away from the scene of the crash. Police eventually arrested the driver, finding the SUV missing two tires and parked near an underpass between Poplar and Town streets.

An EMS crew took the other driver involved in the crash to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Authorities haven’t publicly identified either driver.

MORE: Review-Times

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2/13/17 – 5:33 A.M.

A one-car crash on I-75 in Wood County took the life of a 6-year-old Columbus boy over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near Cygnet around 4:15 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities say 6-year-old Daelen Ford died as a result of his injuries. Another passenger, 10-year-old Darius Ford, suffered serious injuries. The driver was 28-year-old Brittney Jackson of Columbus. EMS crews took her and Darius Ford to Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. A medical helicopter took the boy to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo for further treatment.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

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2/13/17 – 5:25 A.M.

An historic church in Putnam County is getting renovated. The Putnam County Sentinel reports masses at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf are being held in the parish center for now. Business manager Ashley Duling (DUEL-ing) says crews are adding fiberglass to the church interior walls. The work also includes a fresh coat of paint, installing energy efficient lighting, and uncovering the center vestibule stained glass window.

The church expects this phase of the capital improvement project to wrap up by mid-April.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/13/17 – 5:14 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two people in Hancock County Sunday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on U.S. 30 around 4:20 p.m. near Delaware Township Road 186.

37-year-old Stephanie Batterman of Rineyville, Kentucky, was driving east when she lost control and hit a cement barrier. Forest EMS took Batterman and her 3-year-old daughter to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Their conditions were not listed Sunday night.

Deputies cited Batterman for operating a motor vehicle without reasonable control.

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2/13/17 – 5:08 A.M.

Authorities are still looking for a Fostoria man who led them on a police chase over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department says an officer pulled over 37-year-old Joshua Fox for a traffic violation early Saturday morning at the intersection of Elm Street and Lima Avenue. Officers arrested Fox’s passenger, 35-year-old Micki Delarosa, after she lied about her identity. As officers were arresting Delarosa, Fox sped away.

The chase spanned 27 miles and hit speeds of up to 85 miles-per-hour. Officers cut off the pursuit near Rawson around 1:42 a.m. Authorities were not able to arrest Fox.

A release from the Findlay Police Department says Fox will face a charge of eluding a police officer once authorities catch him.

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2/10/17 – 6:43 A.M.

A bill introduced by State Senator Cliff Hite aims to fight toxic algae and protect drinking water. Hite’s Senate Bill 2 would increase the role of the Lake Erie Commission in reducing phosphorus runoff. Hite says the bill would also ensure thorough management of privately-owned water systems. It would also mandate ongoing improvement by public water systems to address issues.

The proposed legislation also aims to strengthen the state’s ability to enforce the cleanup of landfill facilities and properties.

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2/10/17 – 5:30 A.M.

The first graduate of the Hancock County Common Pleas Drug Court is facing drug charges again. The Courier reports a recently unsealed secret indictment charged 25-year-old Devin Davis with three counts of aggravated trafficking drugs. County Prosecutor Phil Riegle says two of the offenses took place with a juvenile present.

Davis isn’t the first drug court graduate to allegedly land back on the wrong side of the law. Police arrested 36-year-old Shad Noblit on Christmas after they found a large amount of crystal meth in his car.

The drug court is a voluntary program. It diverts people from the traditional court system in favor of treatment and close supervision. They also undergo drug screenings and meet with support groups. There are more than 20 active participants in drug court.

MORE: The Courier

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2/10/17 – 5:18 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is a step closer to starting the widening of I-75 through Findlay. ODOT says Beaver Excavating of Canton was the low bidder for the project. The winning bid was $113.2 million.

The widening effort will expand I-75 to three lanes from Hancock County Road 99 to an area south of Harrison Street. It also includes rebuilding the I-75 interchange with U.S. 68 and State Route 15.

ODOT expects construction to start early this spring.

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2/10/17 – 5:04 A.M.

Findlay’s acting police chief Sean Young is on paid leave following an alleged incident from last weekend. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says someone filed a civil protection order against Young. She told the Courier she couldn’t say why the protection order was filed. Authorities have not pressed charges and a police report is not available.

Young had been serving as the acting police chief since Greg Horne retired last month. The city has installed Lt. John Dunbar as the acting police chief for the time being.

Mihalik says, “The City of Findlay has taken a course of action consistent with our policies and procedures for an incident. I am confident in the abilities of Acting Chief John Dunbar and believe our law enforcement agency will continue to perform in a professional manner.”

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