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7/31/14 – 7:25 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is reporting a solid second quarter. The company’s second-quarter earnings report was released this morning, and shows earnings of $855 million. That’s compared to $593 million during the second-quarter of 2013. One big reason for the increase is because the company paid $55 million less for pretax pension settlement expenses.

Income from the refining and marketing segment of Marathon reached more than $1.2 billion last quarter. During the second-quarter of last year that number was $903 million. The company says the increase was due to “more favorable net product price realizations.”

Income from Speedway was $94 million. That’s down from $123 million for the same time last year. That’s despite merchandise sales being higher for the same time frame. The company says Speedway had a lower gross margin on gas, plus higher operating expenses as a result of adding new stores.

MORE: Marathon Earnings Report

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7/31/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Two Carey sports programs have figured out how they’ll share the village’s athletic fields. The school district’s varsity football program and the Carey youth soccer program have an agreement on who gets to use the football stadium, and when.

The soccer program, which runs in the spring, will use the football stadium if the soccer field is unplayable. The football team gets exclusive use of the soccer field for practices during the football season in the fall.

The village owns the football stadium and the soccer field. The school district will pay for repairs to the soccer field following the football season.

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7/31/14 – 6:38 A.M.

The Lima Police Department has released a cruiser video from a brief police chase that led to a fatal crash last Friday. The Lima News reports the video shows an officer attempted to pull over a van full of people when the driver of the van sped away. 13 seconds later the video shows the van hitting another vehicle after crossing railroad tracks.

The crash killed a passenger in the second car, 21-year-old Devontae Williams. Major Chip Protsman tells the newspaper the chase was so short the officer didn’t have time to decide whether to continue the pursuit.

The driver of the van has not been charged yet. Protsman told the newspaper charges are pending.

MORE: Lima News

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731/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Two local restaurants were honored at the Ohio State Fair this week. Tony’s Restaurant of Findlay was named the reserve grand champion for ribs. Wally’s Great American BBQ took home the People’s Choice Award, Wally’s ribs are served at Dell’s restaurant in Fostoria.

The restaurants are no stranger to success at the state fair. Both have brought home trophies from the Pork Rib-Off in the past.

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7/31/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Two house fires in Ottawa were set on purpose. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the State Fire Marshall’s Office found that arson was the cause of the fires at 315 North Perry Street and 529 West Third Street last Friday morning. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information that identifies who was responsible for setting the blazes.

The fires were considered suspicious because neither home had working utilities. Both had been turned over to the village of Ottawa, and were set for demolition.


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7/31/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The investigation into the death of a Fostoria man continues today. Investigators say Russell Poole Sr. was found dead in his home on July 21. Seneca County Detective Sgt. Don Joseph says a minor amount of blood was found in the home at 8702 West State Route 18, Lot 62.

Poole had recently reported an assault. He called the sheriff’s office early in the morning on July 16, saying he had been attacked on July 15.

Poole’s body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

 

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A pick-up truck plowed into a home in northern Putnam County Wednesday afternoon. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened at 2813 Road 7 near Leipsic around 1 p.m.

Deputies say the truck was driving north when it went off the right side of the road, hit a telephone poll, and then slammed into the house. No one in the home was injured. The driver, who hasn’t been identified, was taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.


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7/31/14 – 4:47 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is buying back stock again. The company announced a $2 billion repurchase authorization Wednesday. The shares will be bought back over a two year period. A previous repurchase authorization still has $709 million to go before it’s completed.

In a release, CEO Gary Heminger said, “This authorization, along with the increased dividend announced earlier today, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to returning capital to shareholders.” Heminger added this is the fourth repurchase agreement made by Marathon since becoming a stand-alone company in 2011.

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7/30/14 – 9:09 A.M.

Findlay City Council members are working to find the best way to deal with problem properties. During a council of-the-whole meeting last night, several options and scenarios were discussed. Fourth Ward Councilman Tom Kline says the problem they fact is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution…

Audio: Tom Kline

Kline says the city should check current ordinances first…

Audio: Tom Kline

Beyond that, the group talked about the different types of offenders. While foreclosed homes were cited as an issue, some council members agreed that there are simply property owners who don’t care to keep up their yards.

No action was taken last night.

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7/30/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Summer is nearly two-thirds over, but summer festivals continue to roll on. Carey Fest kicks off Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday. The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce says things get underway with the business showcase tomorrow at 5 p.m. There will also be fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Friday’s entertainment will be Midnight Special, followed by Eric Paslay on Saturday night. There will also be a parade Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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