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9/26/14 – 5:16 A.M.

One person was injured in a motorcycle crash on Findlay’s north side Thursday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on County Road 99 near the intersection with County Road 220 around 4:30 p.m.

57-year-old Patrick Errington of Toledo was stopped at the intersection when his motorcycle was hit from behind by a pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Brody Frost of Weston. Errington was wearing a helmet and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Frost was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.


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9/26/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Authorities in Putnam County are looking for a man who ran away from police officers Thursday. The Columbus Grove Police Department reports officers approached Anthony Hutchinson at the Old Farm Village Apartments. As they did, Hutchinson took off running to the north.

It’s believed Hutchinson has an active warrant for failing to appear in court for a traffic offense. He’s now wanted for failing to comply with a police officer.

Hutchinson is described as a white man, in his early 30’s. He was last seen wearing white pants, a white shirt, and a white hat. If you see him you’re asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (419)523-3208. You’re advised not to interact with the suspect.


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9/26/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The new Hancock County Engineer’s Office garage could be open by late October. That’s according to Commissioner Brian Robertson, who tells the Courier a water flow test is all that’s keeping them from moving in on a permanent basis.

A test in July showed the building had weak water pressure. State building inspectors won’t allow the building to fully open until that’s taken care of. However, a second test in August showed a looped water main should fix the problem. The city plans to install the new line by the end of the year.

As a result, the county has asked for a temporary permit so they can get moved into the new garage at 1900 Lima Avenue.

MORE: The Courier

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9/26/14 – 4:29 A.M.

The Ohio Highway Patrol will be out in full-force this weekend for the “I-75 Challenge.” The initiative spans from Florida to Michigan and aims to reduce the number traffic deaths along the interstate. Troopers will be looking in particular for speeders, intoxicated drivers and those not wearing seat belts.

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9/25/14 – 7:58 A.M.

A crash on I-75 is backing up the southbound lanes of the interstate in Findlay this morning. A newstipper reports a semi was involved in a crash near the County Road 99 bridge. The State Patrol says troopers are on their way to the scene. The interstate is currently backed up from U.S. 224 to County Road 100.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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9/25/14 – 5:15 A.M.

An Allen County woman has pleaded guilty to 30 sex crimes involving a child. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Tina Hill now faces up to 234 years in prison when she is sentenced. Hill pleaded guilty to rape, complicity to rape, and six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor among other charges. 26 other counts were dropped as part of the plea deal.

An assistant Allen County prosecutor tells the newspaper the crimes took place between January and July of 2013.

MORE: Lima News

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9/25/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Senator Sherrod Brown will be in Carey tomorrow afternoon. The Ohio Democrat will be talking about a recently passed jobs bill at Continental Structural Plastics.

Brown will meet with workers at the plant, and also talk about a bill he is co-sponsoring with Senator Roy Blount of Missouri. If passed, the legislation would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. The goal of the plan would be to bring businesses, higher education, and government agencies together to ramp up manufacturing innovation.

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9/25/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A man allegedly found stealing metal from a railroad company in Fostoria Monday night is accusing a police officer of misconduct. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the Review Times the claim was vague, and the man didn’t identify the officer by name. Loreno added, “We’re trying to determine exactly what the individual is accusing the officer of.” He also said it’s not uncommon for someone who is being arrested to accuse an officer of improper conduct.

A police report says 50-year-old Mark Barnett and 57-year-old Craig Zink were taken into custody after they were seen throwing items off of a train into a vehicle.

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9/25/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Fostoria man who allegedly help set a fatal house fire on Memorial Day is maintaining his innocence. The Courier reports 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer will stand trial October 27. His two co-defendants, Shey Weiker and Timothy Hall, have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Schaeffer is accused of showing Weiker how to use the railroad flare that was used to start the fire. During a brief court hearing Wednesday, Schaeffer’s lawyer said, “We are not accepting anything because my client has said from the beginning that he didn’t do it.”

The blaze killed Daniel Marker Jr. and Tara Vance. It also seriously injured Dana Weatherall.

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9/25/14 – 4:44 A.M.

Findlay could pay a hefty price for road salt this winter. The Courier reports the city will pay the state $105.25 per ton of road salt. Last winter the city paid $38 per ton. ODOT officials say Findlay could have saved money in May by buying salt at a rate of $56.50 a ton. However, Findlay’s public works supervisor Matt Stoffel says the city never got that notification.

Road salt prices have skyrocketed as salt companies try and replenish their supplies after this year’s harsh winter.

MORE: The Courier

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