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10/5/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a scam. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls from a group claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearing House. The calls have been coming from numbers with 867 and 876 area codes.

You’re advised to ignore the calls and hang up if you get one.

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10/6/15 – 4:58 A.M.

Road work will close two Findlay streets today. The city’s engineering office says Lima Avenue will be closed between Elyria Street and Blaine Street until October 9. Blanchard Street will also be closed between West Main Cross and the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge for deck repair. That project should wrap up around 5 p.m. today.

A detour will be posted at the Lima Avenue location. Access to State Route 15 and I-75 will be maintained for westbound traffic.


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10/6/15 – 4:48 A.M.

Opponents of State Issue 3 took aim at TV ads supporting the issue during a Monday meeting. The Courier reports the Hancock County Opiate Task Force held a public forum on the subject. John Stanovich is the chairman of the task force, and said the commercials he’s seen have been using a high emotional appeal. One commercial that’s been airing features a little girl whose mother says medical marijuana has alleviated her daughter’s seizures.

Stanovich says while he might support medical marijuana, approving recreational use would be a mistake. Issue 3 would allow both types of use.

Task force members urged the roughly 60 people in attendance to vote no on Issue 3 and yes on Issue 2. The latter would ban the creating of monopolies through the state constitution. Critics of Issue 3 say it would create a pot monopoly in Ohio.

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10/5/15 – 2:17 P.M.

Congressman Bob Latta discussed international issues while in Findlay Monday. Latta said he believes a nuclear Iran will lead to a nuclear build-up in the entire Middle East…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta also talked about the situation in Ukraine, saying that the country needs defensive supplements from the U.S…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta was in Findlay to talk to the Findlay Rotary Club

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10/5/15 – 10:36 A.M.

It’s been seven years since the city of Findlay held a leaf pick-up. That will change this year. The city announced the leaf pick-up schedule for 2015 Monday. A release from Mayor Lydia Mihalik says city crews will start picking up leaves on November 23.

Leaves must be raked into biodegradable bags, as regular plastic bags will not be collected. Bags must be put next to the curb by 7 a.m. November 23.

You may also continue to drop off leaves at the green waste site at 350 West High Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. The site is also open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The green waste site is only for residential use.

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10/5/15 – 7:16 A.M.

Findlay police are investigating an early morning burglary. A release from the department says a man brandishing a machete broke into a home in the 1600 block of South Blanchard Street around 5 a.m. Monday.

The person living in the home says a man forced his way inside the house, knocking the victim to the floor. The suspect fled on foot after taking undisclosed items from the home. The victim sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

The suspect is described as a white man with bad breath and poor hygiene. He was wearing a bandanna over his face.

The case remains under investigation.

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10/5/15 – 5:15 a.m.

Fostoria’s Safety-Service Director is leaving her post. Allyson Murray announced her resignation Friday. At the end of the month Murray will become the village administrator for North Baltimore. Murray has served as the Safety-Service Director in Fostoria since March of 2012.

She’ll be replacing Donna Dettling in North Baltimore, who is leaving to take a similar position in Archbold.

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10/5/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Gas prices are falling as we enter the new work week.  Ohio gas prices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying around $2.35 for a gallon of regular, down four cents from a week ago.  A month ago Findlay drivers were paying around $2.05 a gallon, but a year ago prices were closer to $3.11 in Findlay.

Ottawa drivers are reporting an average price of $2.34 a gallon today.

The statewide average is $2.39 a gallon.  That’s up five cents from last Monday.

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10/5/15 – 5:03 A.M.

Two Putnam County residents were injured in a Sunday evening motorcycle crash. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision took place on State Route 12 around 6:05 p.m.

A motorcycle ridden by Matthew Kuhlman of Ft. Jennings and a passenger, Stacy Huepenbecker of Columbus Grove, hit a car that turned in front of them into a private driveway. The car was driven by Breanne Halker of Columbus Grove.

Kuhlman and Huepenbecker were taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of their injuries. Halker was not hurt. The crash remains under investigation.

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10/5/15 – 5:01 A.M.

A Delphos man was arrested for a burglary attempt in Putnam County last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the incident happened on Sugar Street in the village of Continental on October 1.

43-year-old Steve Kelley allegedly forced his way into the home and confronted the resident. The owner of the home left the house and called 911. A short time later Kelley was found hiding under a bed in the home. He was arrested without further incident.

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