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9/26/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Ohio law allows Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik to carry her gun in the municipal building. The Courier reports the Ohio Supreme Court said the legality of the matter was up to the local prosecutor. The Findlay Police Department had asked about the practice. Police Chief Greg Horne tells the Courier he knew Mihalik had a concealed-carry permit, but wanted to make sure everything was above the board when he learned she was carrying in the municipal building. City law director Don Rasmussen had given Mihalik permission to carry her gun.

The Ohio Supreme Court is in charge of security regulations for buildings with courts. The Findlay Municipal Court is in the municipal building, along with the mayor’s office. State law prevents people with concealed-carry licenses from bringing weapons into buildings with courtrooms. Officers of the law can carry their weapons. Ohio law considers mayors the “chief conservator of the peace.” That makes Mihalik a law enforcement officer.

Mihalik tells the newspaper she got her concealed-carry permit after her first few months in office. She said there were enough incidents that seemed a little “weird,” and decided to have protection.

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9/22/16 – 11:40 A.M.

The former director of the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University made a court appearance Wednesday. The Sentinel Tribune reports Ben Spence pleaded guilty to a pair of charges. They included grand theft and tampering with evidence.

Officials charged Spence with two counts of theft in office and three counts of tampering last year. The charges came after investigators found, “irregularities with cash handling practices done in connection with Ohio High School Athletic Association tournaments.”

Spence resigned last October. A Wood County judge will sentence him on November 10. Part of the sentence could include more than $10,000 in restitution.

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9/22/16 – 11:20 A.M.

A Hancock County Commissioner candidate has questions about planned renovations to the juvenile and probate court. William Bateson raised some issues during Thursday’s county commissioners meeting…

Audio: William Bateson

The commissioners told Bateson there isn’t a value assigned to the building because it is tax exempt. Commissioner Phil Riegle said there isn’t a clear cut answer…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says it would cost around $5 million to replace the current facility. He adds because the court is close to the jail and sheriff’s office, it’s worth more to the county than it would be on the open market.

Bateson said he wanted to know if it was practical to get “22nd-century use out of an 18th-century building. Riegle said he believes the renovations are a smart investment for the next few decades of use.

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9/22/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Officers from the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit searched a Fostoria home Wednesday. Two people are potentially facing drug charges as a result. The Review-Times reports investigators served a warrant at 618 West Tiffin Avenue. The search warrant allegedly turned up suspected cocaine, suspected crack cocaine, criminal tools and evidence of drug trafficking.

Prosecutors could charge 42-year-old Kristina Jeffcoat with permitting drug abuse in the home. 34-year-old Taneel Lee also faces charges. The newspaper reports Lee was one of nine people arrested in an August 2015 drug sweep. He was out of jail on bond awaiting trial in that case.

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9/22/16 – 5:18 A.M.

If you plan on voting in the November general election, you have a few weeks left to get registered. The deadline is October 11. There are many places to get signed up. Voter registration forms are available at your county board of elections. You can also register in person at places like public libraries and high schools. Some lesser known places to register include Ohio BMV offices, the Department of Job and Family Services, and the Department of Health.

You can also register to vote by mail. We have a link to the application form on our website.

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9/22/16 – 5:10 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners are thinking about asking for an extension of a grant that would help launch a regional water and sewer district. County Administrator Jack Betscher tells the Putnam County Sentinel there’s still a chance some of the villages and townships might reconsider. He added the county commissioners might also change their position.

Several of the villages involved have cited a lack of county support as a reason for dropping out of the project. Commissioner John Love supports the formation of the district, while Vincent Schroeder was against it. The newspaper reports Commissioner Travis Jerwers was against petitioning to form a district. However, he said he would reconsider his stance.

There is a chance the state could force the county to pay back $80,000 of the grant money used to get the district started. Betscher says while that’s a possibility, his conversations with the state have led him to believe it would be unlikely.

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9/22/16 – 4:53 A.M.

If you’re interested in becoming a Findlay Police Department radio dispatcher, an exam is coming up next month. The Findlay Civil Service Commission will give the exam many times between October 19th and the 21st. Before you can take the test you need to contact the commission by October 13th.

You have to submit an application before you can take the test. For more information, call (419)424-7112. We have a link to the application on our website.

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9/21/16 – 8:57 A.M.

Fostoria City Council has put a proposed short-term campsite near the Iron Triangle Visitor Center on hold for the time being. The Review-Times reports council tabled a request to rezone 420 Columbus Avenue to allow camper and RV parking. Pete DiCesare is the president of the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society. He told council money raised from site rentals would pay to renovate a nearby vacant building into a railroad museum.

Councilman Brian Shaver said he opposed the idea because of safety concerns with RVs being too close to the railroad tracks. He also said he didn’t want to open up the door for all businesses to allow overnight camping.

Council will hold a public hearing on the rezoning request on November 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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9/21/16 – 7:39 A.M.

A one-car crash injured an Ada woman in Findlay Tuesday. The Findlay Police Department reports 49-year-old Peggy Gibson was driving east on Lima Avenue around 3:45 p.m. when she lost control and went off the road. The car hit a guy-wire for a utility pole and a retaining wall at 1224 Byal Avenue.

Hanco Ambulance took Gibson to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The accident investigation has not been completed.

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9/21/16 – 7:31 A.M.

A former Findlay businessman has avoided prison time. The Lima News reports Tim DeHaven pleaded guilty to seven felony charges Tuesday. He was then entered into a diversion program for nonviolent offenders.

The charges against DeHaven included failure to file tax returns. In a previous interview with the newspaper, DeHaven admitted to owing back taxes and said he would pay them back. He added he had fallen behind after he suffered serious complications following surgery and his wife’s battle with cancer.

Under the deal, DeHaven must pay $4,000 in unpaid taxes and complete 100 hours of community service. The state will dismiss the charges when he completes the program.

DeHaven is the former owner of DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace in Findlay. There is still a location in Lima.

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