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6/11/14 – 4:58 A.M.

A search that turned up more than 1,000 oxycodone pills during a traffic stop in Hancock County has been ruled inadmissible. The Courier reports Judge Reginald Routson made the ruling Monday, during a hearing for Trenton Shuttlesworth.

Routson said he doubted that Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies was able to smell marijuana during a brief encounter during a traffic stop last November. Beidelschies testified that he smelled the odor of raw marijuana on Shuttlesworth, which led to the search.

Routson also ruled that Beidelschies and Sgt. Michael Walter should have got a search warrant. The judge said Shuttlesworth showed no signs he would destroy evidence.

MORE: The Courier

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6/10/14 – 10:56 A.M.

We hear a lot about Blanchard River flood mitigation, but what happens when water from private property becomes an issue? A Findlay man is seeking the Hancock County Commissioners help on such a matter. Richard LaFontaine of Forest Lane talked to the commissioners today about a problem with water draining out of a local pond…

Audio: Richard LaFontaine

Commissioner Brian Robertson says this is the first time the issue has been brought to the county’s attention.

Robertson says whether it’s the Blanchard River or water from private property; redirecting water is problematic…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Roberston adds County Engineer Chris Long will work with Marion Township Trustees to try and find a solution.

Long says he’s hopeful a catch basin an a drainage tile at the base of LaFontaine’s property can mitigate the problem. The engineer’s office will study the issue over the next couple of months to determine a course of action.

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6/10/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A Findlay resident got some national TV time last night. Jim Steffen, the owner of XT Fitness in Findlay, competed in the St. Louis qualifier of American Ninja Warrior. Steffen made it through obstacles like the quintuple steps, the rolling log, the bridge of blades, and the rope swing before falling on the tilting monkey bars.

Steffen, along with Jen Hochstettler and Christy Santistevan, all auditioned for the show in April.


Jim Steffen, American Ninja Warrior ~ St… by HumanSlinky

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6/10/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Putnam County man was involved in a fatal crash in West Virginia over the weekend. The Daily Register of Point Place reports a car driven by 24-year-old Jeremy Seibert of Continental collided with a motorcycle Sunday. An accident report says Seibert was attempting to pass in a no-passing zone when he hit a Harley-Davidson ridden by 60-year-old Kenneth McMillan. The crash killed McMillan and injured Amy Seibert, who was riding in the car.

Charges are pending in the case. The crash remains under investigation.

MORE: The Daily Register

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6/10/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Students in the Carey school district could have better access to technology in the future. The Courier reports the district’s technology coordinator is working on a plan to get laptops, notebooks, or iPads in student’s hands. The plan is expected to be presented to the school board at their July 14 meeting.

Superintendent Mike Wank tells the newspaper, “It would be a really positive thing to get technology into their hands.”

MORE: The Courier

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6/10/14 – 4:59 A.M.

A Monday morning fire destroyed a Fostoria mobile home. Firefighters were called to the 800 block of Woodward Avenue around 1:15 a.m. yesterday. Witnesses saw a section of the home on lot 64 in Williams’ Trailer Park was on fire. The flames were extinguished about 10 to 15 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze. Total damage was estimated at more than $22,000.

The Red Cross of Seneca County is providing the resident temporary shelter and assistance for food and clothing.


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You might see some Findlay residents on national TV tonight. NBC is airing the St. Louis regional qualifier for American Ninja Warrior at 9 p.m. Jim Steffen, Jen Hochstettler and Christy Santistevan all auditioned for the show in St. Louis. All three train at Steffen’s gym, XT Fitness.

NBC has not released the names of contestants who will be featured in tonight’s broadcast.

American Ninja Warrior features a grueling obstical course.

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6/9/14 – 5:55 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was arrested in Kenton last week following an apparent drug deal in a McDonald’s parking lot. Kentontoday.com reports officers were called to the restaurant and found five people around a car. The people were checked for outstanding warrants. 44-year-old John Symonds of Wharton was allegedly found in possession of heroin.

35-year-old Adam Harvey of Forest was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

MORE: Kenton Today

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6/9/14 – 5:54 A.M.

We’re starting off the week with lower gas prices than we had a week ago. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular around the state is $3.78 a gallon. That’s 13 cents less than last Monday. Prices are still around five cents higher than a month ago.

In Findlay prices were around $3.74 a gallon early this morning. Ottawa drivers are paying were paying around $3.78.

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