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7/19/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A heat wave is expected to settle in over the area by the end of the week, and along with it increased demand for electricity. The Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative says it expects to issue more peak demand alerts as a result. During these alerts, customers are asked to conserve energy to keep electric rates lower.

Alerts are usually issued in the afternoon on days where high energy use is expected.

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7/19/16 – 5:01 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing a fleeing and eluding charge following a high-speed chase in the city Monday night. The Findlay Police Department reports an officer tried to pull over 37-year-old Deven Treft for a traffic violation around 8:42 p.m. in the 600 block of East Foulke Avenue. Treft took off at speeds near 80 miles-per-hour along Crystal Avenue.

After around three minutes, Treft jumped out of his moving car in the 300 block of Taylor Street. His car rolled into a police cruiser, causing minor injuries to an officer. Officers chased Treft to the corner of Center and Jefferson streets, where he tried to hide in a bush near the Salavation Army. Officers used a Taser on him when he refused to follow orders to show his hands. Treft suffered minor injuries as a result.

A second officer was injured when he fell while chasing Treft. He was treated and released at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

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7/19/16 – 4:25 A.M.

A Wood County woman will be in court today, accused of threatening a murder victim’s daughter. Prosecutors say Roberta Axtell threatened the life of Dana Rosendale’s daughter on Facebook yesterday, hours after Russell Adkins was sent to prison for the 33-year-old murder. Axtell is charged with intimidation and retaliation. Adkins received a 15-years to life sentence for beating Rosendale to death and dumping her body in 1982.

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7/18/16 – 8:59 A.M.

Road work will continue in several locations in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering office says you’ll see closures or delays in the following locations:

Blanchard Street will be reduced to one southbound lane between Jacobs and Lesa avenues Monday and Tuesday for the installation of a fiber optic line.

Broad Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street. There will be temporary lane closures on East Melrose Avenue between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road. Gas line installation will take place on Carnahan Avenue between Hemphill and Center Streets. There will be waterline installation on Davis Street from Morey Avenue to Cory Street.

Installation of a new gas line will also take place on Center Street between Carnahan and McManness avenues starting Tuesday.

Curb replacement is taking place on Harmon Street between Crystal Avenue and Parskide Place; Windsor Place between Bright and Old Mill Roads; Clinton Court from Central Parkway to Blanchard Street, and on Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street to Edinborough Drive.

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7/18/16 – 9:07 A.M.

After more than a month of steady declines, gas prices are up as we start the new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.18 for a gallon of regular. That’s up 22 cents from last week. Last year at this time we were paying $2.65 per gallon.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.21 a gallon, up from $1.99 last Monday.

The statewide average stands at $2.17 per gallon. That’s up eight cents over the past seven days.

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7/18/16 – 8:38 A.M.

Four University of Findlay students will experience the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. The school says sophomore political science major Ashley Summerfield will represent the University of Findlay College Republicans at the event.

Sarah Stubbs, a senior, is the editor of The Pulse student newspaper. She will live tweet and do an Instagram takeover of UF’s account on Thursday. Pulse reporter Heide Paxson, a sophomore, will contribute multimedia coverage. Steve Mathie, a junior, will shoot video that will be uploaded to UFTV’s YouTube channel.

The students will be accompanied by UFTV manager A.J du Frense and Ron Tulley, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

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7/18/16 – 7:46 A.M.

The Putnam County fair board is still trying to raise money to make repairs to the facility. WLIO-TV in Lima reports there is still time to reach the $50,000 goal. The fair board has turned in paperwork for a grant, and it has been accepted. Now they just need to raise the needed money to get matching funds from the state.

Fair council secretary Peg Kruse tells the TV station $14,000 has been raised so far. They have until the end of the month to raise the rest of the money. Kruse added that if they don’t get the full amount they’ll still do a partial repair project. You can donate money by calling (419)523-4628.

Rain damage in 2015 resulted in damage to the fairgrounds.

MORE: WLIO

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7/18/16 – 7:34 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky man was killed in a crash north of Findlay early Sunday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports 21-year-old Keyonte Snow was driving south on Hancock County Road 220 at a high rate of speed near the intersection with County Road 216 around 5:25 a.m. Snow’s car went airborne when it hit a railroad crossing, and hit a utility pole near the Eagles Club parking lot.

Investigators say Snow was not wearing a seatbelt, and that alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash.

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7/18/16 – 7:16 A.M.

Algae was discovered in the village of Ottawa’s reservoir recently, but it wasn’t a cause for too much alarm. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a small bloom was found last week. Assistant Village Administrator Jason Phillips told village council members the algae was removed and the reservoir was retreated. He added it was not a harmful algae like what caused Toledo’s water crisis two years ago.

The Ohio EPA was also advised about the issue. Phillips told council, “everybody’s good, we’re all good.”

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/18/16 – 6:46 A.M.

Local law enforcement officers got a pat on the back over the weekend. The Courier reports members of the Junior AMVETS Post 21 stood with signs of support in front of the Scrambler Marie’s in downtown Findlay Saturday morning. The restaurant was the location for “Coffee with a Cop.” The monthly event is designed to encourage positive interaction between law enforcement and the community.

Jenny Miracle-Turner is the group’s adviser. She told the newspaper, “With all of the negative media right now, I want to get something positive out there.” She added that the group might continue the effort in the coming weeks.

The kids taking part also delivered cards to officers with the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

MORE: The Courier

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