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10/24/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The cousin of a man who was found guilty of murder in Findlay this week was sentenced on firearms charges Thursday. 23-year-old Darius Pullom was given five-years of community control sanctions. He was found to be illegally carrying a gun when he was arrested along with Montre Robinson last November. The gun was not the weapon used to kill Joe Gutierrez.

Pullom had already pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

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10/24/14 – 4:52 A.M.

Some Findlay residents could be changing natural gas suppliers soon. If you don’t want to switch providers, you might have to do a little bit of work. Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer says some residents received letters from Constellation recently. If you got that letter and want to stay with your current provider, you need to return a form that came with it. You can also opt out by calling (800)718-1493.

The people who received letters took the opt out option last year but because of a rate change they’re required to opt out again. Schmelzer says he understands it’s an inconvenience, but it’s the way it has to be done under the law.

The deadline to respond to the letter is October 29.

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10/24/14 – 4:20 A.M.

The owner of a Wood County exotic animal refuge is waiting to see if the state is going to take his animals. Kenny Hetrick from Tiger Ridge Exotics was given ten-days to voluntarily surrender his animals or they would be seized and he would be prosecuted. The deadline expired on Thursday. Hetrick is in violation of a 2012 state law that requires him to have a permit for his exotic animals.

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10/23/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners bought more property for flood mitigation purposes today. The county will use money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy property at 800 Wedgewood Drive in Findlay.

The house was appraised at $135,000.

The county has been buying and demolishing flood-prone homes since 2007. The practice reduces damage from future flooding.

 

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10/23/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Findlay High School graduate is working to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa. Nathan Thomas’ non-profit organization, All We Are, is trying to send 50,000 pairs of medical examination gloves to West Africa. The group estimates it will take $9,000 to buy the gloves and send them overseas.

The All We Are website says the reason Ebola continues to spread is because healthcare workers don’t have the proper protective gear.

You can get more information about the campaign at allweare.org.

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10/23/14 – 5:07 A.M.

No news is good news for the six Putnam County residents who are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola. The Putnam County Health Department reports that so far no one in the group who visited the same Akron bridal shop as Amber Vinson is showing symptoms of the deadly disease.

Vinson is a nurse who traveled from Texas to northeast Ohio. She was recently diagnosed with Ebola.

The health department will continue to check the temperatures of the Putnam County residents twice a day until November 1.

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10/23/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Michigan man accused of robbing a Bluffton bank and then setting himself on fire in Findlay appeared in court Wednesday. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Brian Matheny has been charged with aggravated robbery. His bail was set at $750,000 during the hearing.

An investigator said that Matheny had a Molotov cocktail with him when he demanded money from a teller at the Chase Bank on Main Street in Bluffton Tuesday morning. Matheny apparently used the incendiary device to light himself on fire. He suffered burns to his lower extremities as a result.

MORE: Lima News

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10/23/14 – 4:50 A.M.

A Findlay man who was in prison for killing his wife apparently committed suicide this week. The Courier reports 29-year-old Evan Donoho was found dead in the Mansfield Correctional Institution Tuesday afternoon. The details surrounding his death are under investigation.

Donoho killed with wife with a hammer on September 26 of 2011. He told investigators a man named “Samuel” had broken into his home and told Donoho he either had to kill his wife or her two children or all three would die. Both the prosecution and defense said the intruder was imaginary.

Donoho was serving a 29-years to life prison sentence.

MORE: The Courier

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10/22/14 – 8:43 A.M.

Two Lima school have been evacuated due to a bomb threat this morning. A tweet from the Lima Police Department says both Lima Senior High School and South Middle School are closed. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the threat was received a little before 8 a.m.

Police in Lima say not to bring your kids to the two schools. Officers are conducting sweeps at both locations.

 

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10/22/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Three area teachers were honored for their hard work yesterday. Leah Brant, a sixth-grade science and English/language arts teacher at Donnell Middle School; Robynn Drerup, a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Primary School; and Heather Murray, a Spanish teacher for Liberty-Benton, were all given Golden Apple Awards.

Award winners are given a $2,500 cash prize. Semifinalists received a $250 prize. Nominees must be full-time teachers who work in Hancock County.

The Findlay Rotary Club holds the annual event at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

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