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1/12/17 – 7:45 A.M.

A Fostoria man allegedly fired several shots at his home Wednesday afternoon. The Fostoria Police Department says 37-year-old Quincy Pullom surrendered to officers when they arrived at 715 Lynn Street around 1:20 p.m. Investigators say the man fired shots both inside and outside the home, but didn’t take aim at anything other than the home itself.

Officers took Pullom to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for an evaluation.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case for possible charges.

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1/12/17 – 7:35 A.M.

Three area BP gas stations have changed brands. The Courier reports the stations on Trenton and Fostoria avenues in Findlay are now ExxonMobil stations. The new owners of the former BP station in Arlington are building a Shell convenience store on the site.

Dunne Manning of Allentown Pennsylvania bought the Findlay locations last spring. The company owns other ExxonMobil stations in Ohio and decided to convert the Findlay stores.

Ottawa Oil bought the Arlington BP station in 2015. The company demolished the old station last fall. A new convenience store is set to open the same spot this spring.

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1/12/17 – 7:26 A.M.

Doc Miller Field will have a different look when the McComb Panthers take the football field next fall. The Courier reports the McComb school board approved a $461,000 bleacher replacement project during their Wednesday meeting. The district’s insurance agency told the school the current bleachers are a liability because of the open space under each row of seating.

The new home side bleachers will have eight fewer seats. There will be 20 more seats on the visitor’s side of the field. The project also includes portable bleachers for the band, freeing up more seating in the stadium.

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1/12/17 – 7:14 A.M.

Wet weather is likely over the next week, but as it stands now forecasters believe the Blanchard River will stay within its banks. Projections from the National Weather Service show the river steadily rising over the next week. However, it appears the water level will stay below the action level.

NWS models show the Blanchard rising in Ottawa as well. Most simulations show the river staying just below the action stage.

NWS Forecast Model for Findlay: Click Here

NWS Forecast Model for Ottawa: Click Here

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1/12/17 – 6:55 A.M.

There were no injuries when a pickup truck collided with a Findlay city school bus Wednesday morning. The Findlay Police Department says the crash happened in the 100 block of East Trenton Avenue just after 7 a.m. 52-year-old William Harmon of Findlay was driving west on the road when he lost control while crossing Main Street. His truck slid into the side of a bus driven by 59-year-old Virginia Rader.

There were only four students on the bus at the time. Police cited Harmon for failure to yield.

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1/12/17 – 6:44 A.M.

The Hancock County prosecutor’s office is investigating allegations of voter fraud in the county. The county board of elections recently provided information to Prosecutor Phil Riegle about irregularities with three ballots. Board of Elections director Jody O’Brien says the issue involves three college-age students.

They students may have misused the absentee ballot process.

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1/12/17 – 5:36 A.M.

A Putnam County man serving a life sentence for drowning his 13-month-old son in 2005 wants to withdraw his guilty plea. The Lima News reports 48-year-old Michael Luebrecht is renewing his defense that medications he was taking at the time led to the murder. During a Wednesday hearing, Leubrecht said doctors didn’t know enough about the side effects of the 15 medications he was taking at the time.

Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder opposes the motion. He said Leubrecht knew right from wrong at the time of the murder.

Judge Randall Basinger did not issue a ruling Wednesday. He said he will consider testimony and the evidence before he makes a decision.

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1/12/17 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Mount Cory man accused of committing a sex crime. The Courier reports 34-year-old Benjamin Lauwers faces a count of attempting to commit rape.

The indictment says the incident happened on January 5 and involved a 10-year-old girl.

Lauwers is currently locked up in the Hancock County jail.

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1/12/17 – 5:19 A.M.

Authorities in Hancock County are accusing a man of using his co-worker’s Facebook page to make terroristic threats. County Prosecutor Phil Riegle tells the Courier 25-year-old Andre White posted the message on January 4 in Findlay. The message allegedly said, “Imma go and be a suicide bomber. Boom bitches. This one is for Allah.”

Riegle says a co-worker of White’s had previously logged into their account on White’s phone. White allegedly used that account to post the message. Riegle did not say where the White worked.

The FBI and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Riegle says law enforcement doesn’t believe there’s a current local threat.

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1/12/17 – 5:08 A.M.

An Arlington man’s murder trial won’t take place until this spring. The Courier reports Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson rescheduled 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell’s trial for April 17 following a Wednesday hearing. It was set for later this month. Prosecutors say Houdeshell killed 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell in Findlay last March.

Houdeshell’s lawyer told the judge he needs more time to work with a medical expert. Attorney Adam Newmann also said he needs longer blocks of time with his client in the Hancock County jail.

Investigators have charged Houdeshell with murder, endangering children, and tampering with evidence.

Findlay police responded to a report of an unresponsive child at the Breckenridge Road on March 31. Investigators say the back of the child’s skull was broken, and he also had bruising on the brain, a broken leg, and bruising on the face, arms, legs and feet.

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