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6/27/16 – 6:49 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing to fall in the region. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.12 for a gallon of regular today. That’s a 51 cent drop over the last two weeks. It’s been a little over a month since local prices have been this low.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.19 a gallon, a 43 cent decline over two weeks.

The statewide average is $2.32 a gallon today.

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6/27/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Area farmers are nearly done with planting for the season, and they are hoping for good yields. OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz tells the Courier both the corn and soybean crops are off to a good start. Lentz says while it has been dry for the most part, last week’s heavy rains helped offset that.

Soybeans account for 53 percent of the crop planted in Hancock County, while around 40 percent of area fields have corn planted. Most of the rest of the fields have wheat planted.

Lentz says winter wheat is nearing harvest, many weeks ahead of schedule.

MORE: The Courier

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6/27/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Four people were arrested following two OVI checkpoints in Findlay over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports 811 cars came through the checkpoints. Of those cars, five were diverted for further investigation and three people were charged with OVI. A fourth person was stopped and charged after they attempted to evade a checkpoint.

Officers from the Findlay Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the Findlay post of the patrol took part in the checkpoints.

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6/27/16 – 5:08 A.M.

Pandora’s water lines could be upgraded in the near future. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council was recently given an update on the proposal. Greg Bockrath of Bockrath & Associates says if approved, work could be completed by the fall of 2017. Bidding would take place this winter.

In 2014, Bockrath estimated the cost of the project would be $540,000. The current estimate now includes $175,000 in grant funding and another $320,000 in zero percent loans.

The work would take place on North High Street and South Jefferson Street in the village.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/27/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Look for traffic to move slow tonight on I-75 north of Findlay. ODOT says both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate will be reduced to one lane between U.S. 224 and State Route 613. Crews will be switching traffic over to the middle lanes so that construction can begin on the outside lanes of the I-75 widening project.

The lane restrictions will likely last until around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Remember, you can download the free Waze app and join the WFIN driving team to avoid traffic on the interstate.

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6/27/16 – 4:27 A.M.
Update – 4:53 A.M.

A Findlay man will face a judge today, accused of killing his estranged wife. Onello Almeida is charged with murder in the death of 44-year-old Juanita Almeida. Findlay police say Onello Almeida gunned down his wife this past weekend at Flag City Mini Storage off Stanford Parkway.

Investigators say the gun used in the shooting has been recovered. There are no other suspects in the shooting.

More charges are pending, and will be presented to the grand jury at a later date.

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6/20/16 -5:30 A.M.

The Putnam County Fair opens today. Fair officials are hoping that the poor weather that washed out many of the events last year will hold off for this year’s run.

Communication Director Kendra VonLehmden-Wentz says harness racing is among the traditional events at the fair.

Audio: Kendra VonLehmden-Wentz

There will also be a Bigfoot sighting in Ottawa this week. VonLehmden-Wentz says the monster truck will have two shows at the fair…

Audio: Kendra VonLehmden-Wentz

The Putnam County Fair run today through Saturday in Ottawa.

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6/17/16 – 12:03 P.M.

A seven-month long investigation has led to the arrest of 26 people in relation to drug sales in Hancock County. A release from the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force says of those arrested, 18 were charged with at least one count of trafficking heroin. 18 of the suspects are listed as Findlay residents, with the rest coming from Toledo.

The arrests were made following a series of secret indictments made by the grand jury during its spring session.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

Those arrested include:

Richard A. Holmes­ age 43
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­4th degree felony, Trafficking in Heroin­5th degree
felony

Erin M. Iliff­ age 34
Toledo, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin ­4th degree felony, Trafficking in Cocaine 4th degree felony

Jeffrey M. Insley­ age 32
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: 2 counts Trafficking in Heroin ­5th degree felonies, 2 counts Trafficking in Cocaine­5th degree felonies, Permitting Drug Abuse­ 5th degree felony

Carl R. Perkins Jr­ age 34
Toledo, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin ­3rd degree felony, Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony

Dustin D. Boes­ age 34
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony

Carlson Brown Jr­ age 21
Toledo, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony

Jonathon F. Mitchell­ age 38
Toledo, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin ­5th degree felony, Trafficking in Drugs­ 5th degree felony

Joshua K. Combs­ age 27
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony, 2 counts Trafficking in Heroin ­5th degree felonies, Trafficking in Cocaine 5th degree felony

Amanda A. Bryan­ age 34
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony, Trafficking in Heroin­ 5th degree felony

Casey N. Kunkle­ age 26
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs ­3rd degree felony, 2 counts Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felonies, Trafficking in Heroin ­5th degree felony

Demetrius A. Summers­ age 31
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­ 5th degree felony

Brae A. Cook­ age 26
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs­ 3rd degree felony, Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony

Vincent R. Turner­ age 25
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs ­4th degree felony

Corey D. Greene­ age 42
Toledo, OhioCharge: 2 counts Trafficking in Heroin­ 5th degree felonies

Santino A. Ortega­ age 24
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs­ 3rd degree felony

Corey H. Taylor­ age 41
Toledo, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin­ 4th degree felony, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs­ 3rd degree felony

Brandie N. Brooks­ age 33
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Cocaine ­4th degree felony, Trafficking in Heroin ­5th degree felony

Nathaniel G. Hamlin­ age 32
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin ­4th degree felony

Erin M. Iliff­ age 33
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Heroin ­5th degree felony

Ismael R. Gonzalez­ age 38
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Drugs­ 3rd degree felony, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs ­4th degree felony, Trafficking in Cocaine 5th degree felony

Courtenay R. Tiell­ age 35
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: 2 counts Trafficking in Heroin­ 5th degree felonies

Michael S. Hummel­ age 26
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substance ­5th degree felony

Averi R. Gamache­ age 34
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Permitting Drug Abuse­ 5th degree felony

Kade M. Ramge­ age 19
Findlay, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Marijuana­ 5th degree felony

Rett R. Williams­ age 22
Toledo, Ohio
Charge: Trafficking in Marijuana­ 5th degree felony

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6/17/16 – 11:30 A.M.

After nearly four decades at Bowling Green State University, Buckeye Boys State will be held elsewhere next year. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the BBS Board of Trustees voted to move the annual event to Miami University in Oxford.

BBS Trustee David Ridenour tells the newspaper several factors were at play. Among them is size. Ridenour said they can bring up to 1,450 boys to Miami. That’s a 200 delegate increase over what was available in Bowling Green.

Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion. It brings more than 1,000 high school juniors together for a week each summer to learn about and simulate government at the local, county, and state levels.

The trustees are expected to release a statement on their decision later today.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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6/17/16 – 10:31 A.M.

Wine lovers are invited to Riverside Park this weekend for the annual Riverside Wine Festival. Zach Huber is with the Arts Partnership and says even if you aren’t a big wine drinker, there will be plenty of artistic things to do…

Audio: Zach Huber

Huber says seven wineries from Ohio will be on hand for tastings…

Audio: Zach Huber

The festival will run from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday in the park.

The cost is $25 per ticket and includes five samples. If you don’t plan on sampling the wine you can get in for $10.

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