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12/02/16 – 3:55 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining forces with other members of the 6-state Trooper Project to focus on OVI enforcement. The project started at midnight on Friday and will last until just before midnight on Sunday. During the time there will be extra patrols looking for anyone who isn’t driving sober. So far in 2016, troopers have made over 23,300 OVI arrests.

Colonel Paul Pride is the patrol superintendent. He said, “We want all motorists to get home safely, and we will enforce impaired driving laws to get dangerous drivers off the road.”

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12/02/16 – 3:45 P.M.

A representative of the Marines gave an update on Toys-for-Tots at the republican First Friday Lunch. Larry Develvous said that they are collecting toys for children all throughout Findlay.

Larry Develvous

They are seeking unwrapped toys to give underprivileged children a happy holiday season. All the toys received will go to children in Hancock County.

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12/02/16 – 3:24 P.M.

Findlay’s downtown businesses could start a new trend that happens every month. Downtown Coordinator Carla Treadway said she wants to move Third Thursday to the third Tuesday of every month. She adds that there are a lot of benefits to having it on Tuesday.

Carla Treadway

Treadway said that she would also like to have events happening on the same day. This would keep people in the downtown area.

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12/02/16 – 1:41 P.M.

The City of Findlay’s online checkbook launched Friday on OhioCheckbook.com. Frank Kohstall is the deputy director of public affairs for the state’s treasurer’s office. He said it gives Findlay a lot of transparency.

Frank Kohstall

 

Kohstall added that the site is user-friendly. He said that they wanted the average internet user to be able to use the site.

Frank Kohstall

You can access website by going to Ohiochackbook.com

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12/2/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Police in Bowling Green have charged a BGSU student with making a false assault report. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 22-year-old Nicholas Davis faces a making false alarms charge.

Police say that on November 15 Davis claimed two men pushed him to the ground and called a slur. BGSU Interim Police Chief Mike Campbell tells the newspaper Davis wanted to “bring light to the struggles of people in the LGBT community.”

Davis is the second BGSU student charged with making a false report in the weeks following the election. On November 17, Bowling Green Police charged 24-year-old Eleesha Long with falsification and obstructing official business. Investigators say Long lied about three men attacking her and using a racial slur on November 9.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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12/2/16 – 7:15 A.M.

A two-car crash on North Main Street injured a Findlay woman Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 500 block of North Main around 3:50 p.m. A car driven by 20-year-old Logan Bennett of Findlay turned left in front of a northbound car driven by 34-year-old Tonya Julien, causing the collision.

Hanco Ambulance took Julien to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a neck injury. Police cited Bennett for failure to yield.

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12/2/16 – 6:59 A.M.

A two-car crash sent a Findlay woman to the hospital Thursday night. The Findlay Police Department says 55-year-old Norma Below was driving east in the 5200 block of Fostoria Avenue around 6 p.m. when she slowed to turn into a driveway. 59-year-old Jane Oler was driving behind Below and rear-ended her.

Hanco Ambulance took Below to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police cited Oler for failure to stop in an assured clear distance ahead.

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12/2/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Fostoria City Council is closer to a compromise on a plan to get the city out of the red. The Review-Times reports council members seemed to favor a quarter percent income tax hike beginning in 2017, as well as a 6-mill property tax increase.

If council adopts the measure, the city would get out of the red by 2019. By 2021, Fostoria could have a positive balance of more than $900,000. Currently, the city is projecting a $1.5 million shortfall for 2017.

Residents have to pass a levy for the property tax increase part of the plan to work.

Council is still considering eliminating a tax credit for people who live in the city but work somewhere else.

Discussion about the plan took place during a special Thursday meeting.

MORE: Review-Times

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12/2/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Law enforcement believes the man responsible for several recent overdoses in Seneca County is now behind bars. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit says officers arrested 31-year-old Marvin McNeary this week. McNeary was allegedly selling drugs out of a motel room in Fremont.

Investigators say they found “a substantial amount of heroin” and cash in a motel room at the Old Orchard Motel. A release from Tiffin’s police chief says, “agents were able to trace the heroin coming into Tiffin back to one of the sources, McNeary, who was selling out of the motel.

Police are charging McNeary with trafficking heroin.

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