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A Findlay woman was injured while riding her bike Thursday afternoon. The police department says a car hit a bicycle in the 300 block of North Main Street around 3:20 p.m.

32-year-old Melissa Spencer was riding on the sidewalk when she was hit by a car in an alley driven by Shannon Whitman. Spencer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Whitman was not cited due to lack of visibility.


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5/30/14 – 6:41 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners approved a study for a new justice center Thursday. The Courier reports the study of a proposed $8.5 million facility says a new justice center would benefit Seneca County and the city of Tiffin. The building would house two county common pleas courts, the clerk of courts, and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

No funding has been committed to a new justice center. The study does not specify a location for the building. County, city, and court officials will meet to discuss the project before moving forward.

Seneca County does have money set aside for the facility. It would be paid for by the county, city, and the courts.

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5/30/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Two of the three teenagers charged in a Fostoria murder waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Thursday. 18-year-old Tyson Ogg and 19-year-old Dallas Salaz appeared in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court. They are both charged in the death of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio during a break in at an East Culbertson Street home last week. Their cases will go in front of a grand jury on June 11.

Another teenager, 17-year-old Garrett Brown, is also charged in the case. His proceedings have all taken place in a juvenile court so far. Ogg and Brown are facing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Salaz has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

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5/30/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber is moving ahead with expansion plans in Findlay. The Courier reports the tire maker announced Thursday it would resume plans to locate a $40 million global technology center in Findlay. The project was initially announced in 2013, but was shelved when Apollo Tyre moved to buy Cooper.

The state is still offering incentives for Cooper to locate the technology center in Findlay. A $2.8 million grant will be given to the company. The state controlling board is expected to approve another $400,000 grant to make infrastructure improvements in the city. That could mean a traffic light at the intersection of Western and Sandusky, and turn lanes at 6th and Blanchard.

The global technology center will be located on the second floor of a regional tech center on Summit Street. Cooper will hire 40 people to run the facility, including engineers, scientists, and researchers.

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5/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay City Schools’ Superintendent was given a high honor Thursday. During a retirement party for Dean Wittwer, it was announced a wing of the high school would be named after he and his wife. The “Dr. Dean and Pat Wittwer Fine Arts Wing” will open in the fall, as part of the school’s renovation to the main entrance.

Wittwer has been the Superintendent in Findlay for nine years. He was honored with a resolution from the school board. The mayor was also on hand to thank Wittwer for his efforts.

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5/29/14 – 7:17 A.M.

The Mt. Blanchard public swimming pool opens for the season today. Discounts are available on memberships for village residents. For residents, a family membership will be $55, and $30 for an individual resident. Non-residential family memberships will be $110 and a non-residential individual membership is $60.

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5/29/14 – 7:12 A.M.

A Tiffin woman was killed in a two-car crash near Troy Wednesday. ABC-22 in Dayton reports a car driven by 25-year-old Lauren Hurd hit the back of a semi stopped on I-75 around 2:30 p.m. The semi had stopped for construction. Hurd was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

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5/29/14 – 6:50 A.M.

The Apollo Career Center in Lima was evacuated Wednesday after a man brandished a gun near the facility. The Lima News reports Shawnee Township police officers were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. The man had an argument contracted workers in the back parking lot of Apollo. Witnesses saw the man get the gun from a car, where he loaded the weapon and cocked it.

The suspect fled the scene without firing a shot. He was arrested a short time later. His name has not been released pending the filing of formal charges.

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5/29/14 – 6:43 A.M.

The Wood County man accused of killing his infant son made a court appearance Wednesday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 20-year-old James Henderson had his case bound over to the Wood County Court of Common Pleas. Henderson is charged with involuntary manslaughter. His infant son was found dead in the village of Wayne on May 18.

During the hearing Henderson’s lawyer said his client was on suicide watch at the Wood County Jail.

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5/29/14 – 6:35 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum has named a new executive. John Quaid will become the oil giant’s vice president and controller later this year. He is currently the vice president for U.S. Steel. Quaid will replace Michael Braddock, who will retire October 1.

Quaid has held several positions at U.S. Steel. He was last vice president of iron ore, with responsibilities for all mining operations.

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