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A man facing drug charges in Putnam County continues to question the court’s authority over him. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Logan Pothast appeared in court last week. Pothast requested Judge Randall Basinger bring the statutes that applied to him. He also asked if he was being tried under Admiralty Law.

Pothast says he is an American National and claims the court has no authority over him. He’s facing three counts of possession of drugs. Pothast objected to several things during the hearing, with Basinger overruling every objection.

Several motions filed by Pothast will be considered at a later date.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/7/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Area businesses are being asked to help raise money to buy livestock at this year’s Hancock County Fair, and then donate the processed meat to local food pantries. The Legacy Farmers Cooperative and United Way of Hancock County are teaming up for the effort. The program started in 2014 and has donated nearly 6,000 pounds of meat to those in need in the county.

Mitch Welty is the grain manager at Legacy. He says the program teaches young people the value of agricultural and business practices. Welty adds, “they take heart in knowing their hard work and determination met the most basic need of an individual or family.”

To donate or for more information, you can call (419)957-8573 or (419)423-1432.

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7/7/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Courier reports 63-year-old Onelia Almeida had a trial date set for September 12 during a Wednesday hearing. He faces a murder charge with firearm and repeat offender specifications. Almeida is also charged with tampering with evidence.

A $1 million bond was also continued during Wednesday proceedings.

Investigators say Onelia murdered his wife, 44-year-old Juanita Almeida, on Stanford Parkway on June 25. He had previously been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the 1987 death of his ex-girlfriend in Franklin County. That case also involved a gun.

MORE: The Courier

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7/6/2016 – 2:00 p.m.

Residents in the Findlay, Ottawa, and Defiance areas may get to see and hear fighter jets. The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is participating in an exercise. The aircraft will fly anywhere from 5,000 to 19,000 feet off of the ground.

The exercise hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and will continue through to August 6th.

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7/6/16 – 1:46 p.m.

Ohio 37 between Township 166 and Township 37, about three miles north of Mount Blanchard, will be closed Thursday for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103, U.S. 68 and Ohio 15 back to Ohio 37.

Go to waze.com to stay up to date on area traffic.

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7/6/2016 – 1:21 pm


This Saturday the McComb Economic Development Organization’s 3rd annual business expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carol Carrie from the McComb Economic Development Organization is expecting a good turn out.

Audio:ZZ-Carol Carrie

Also during the expo will be five ribbon cuttings. Four are for new businesses and one is a re-opening.

The McComb Economic Development Organization is putting the business expo together to showcase entrepreneurs and more according to Joe Wasson, a member of the organization.

Audio: ZZ- Joe Wasson

Most of the entrepreneurs that will be seen at the expo are local and started their own business. There will also be several other organizations showing what they have to offer the community.

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7/6/16 – 11:12 A.M.

A recent study shows that Findlay is an affordable place to live. According to the Findlay-Hancock Alliance, the city of Findlay’s cost of living is ranked fourth among other Ohio urban areas. Findlay is 4.9% below the national average, making it cheaper than Dayton and Akron. Findlay’s housing rates are 15.5% cheaper than the national average. Grocery items cost 6.4% below the national average. Utilities are 7.3% cheaper. Transportation meets the national rate and healthcare is 4.8% cheaper.

Miscellaneous goods are 3.8% more expensive than the national average.

Findlay even sports a cheaper movie ticket on Saturday nights than that of Lima and Akron.

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07-05-2016     2:52 P.M.

A Findlay attorney has been elected to serve a three-year term as the district three representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). R. Benjamin Franz was elected at an OSBA district meeting several months ago by area lawyers. The 24 member Board of Governors meets every other month to manage the Association’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business.

Currently, Franz serves as an in-house counsel for the Marathon Petroleum Company LP in Findlay, where he provides environmental legal support for the company’s network of seven petroleum refineries. Before joining the company he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. He was also a member of the environmental Law practice at Ulmer & Berne LLP.

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7/6/16 – 10:18 A.M.

A coffee shop owner in Bowling Green will be running for an Ohio House seat. The Wood County Democratic Central Committee has picked Kelly Wicks to be the party’s candidate in the 3rd House District race this November. Wicks has owned the Grounds for Thought coffeehouse for 27 years.

The seat came open when Representative Tim Brown stepped down to become the president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Brown is a Republican, so the GOP will pick his immediate replacement. The GOP will also have to pick a candidate for November.

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7/6/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Several members of the Democratic party are expected to be on hand at an event in Findlay next week. The Hancock County Democrats will host a dinner on July 12 at the Waldo Pepper’s Banquet Room. State party chairman David Pepper and several candidates on the state and local ballots will be in attendance.

For more information or to RSVP, you can call party chairwoman Nancy Stephani at (419)423-9499.

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