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4/27/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 2508 Skye View Drive around 8:45 a.m.

Two residents and several pets were in the mobile home at the time and escaped safely. The fire department reported the flames started in the laundry area of the trailer. Smoke and heat damage was reported through the entire home.

So far there’s no word on what sparked the blaze.

 

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4/27/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A rash of fatal crashes in our region is a cause of concern for the State Highway Patrol. The Findlay district of the patrol covers 12 counties and reports 43 traffic deaths this year. That’s 19 more than the first four months of 2014. Fifty percent of the people killed were not wearing a seatbelt. A third of the crashes were alcohol-related.

District commander Captain Gary Allen says, “We need motorists to remember the potential consequences when they drive recklessly or neglect to wear a safety belt.” Allen added that troopers will continue to work to remove unsafe drivers from the road.

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4/23/15 – 8:17 A.M.

A second arrest has been made in connection to a Wednesday burglary in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Christopher Lemons of Findlay was arrested Wednesday afternoon. His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Shawn Hobbs, remains in custody.

The men are accused of assaulting a man in his home on Chateau Court early Wednesday morning. The victim said Lemons and Hobbs jumped him outside of his house and continued the attack inside. They allegedly ran off when the man was able to hit one of his attackers with an object.

The case remains under investigation.

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4/23/15 – 7:30 A.M.

Another step towards a joint justice center in Seneca County was taken this week. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Tiffin officials for the project. The new center would house the county common pleas court and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court. It will be built on Courthouse Square in Tiffin, and is expected to cost around $8.5 million.

The memorandum will be discussed at a Tiffin council-of-the-whole meeting next week.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/23/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured following a two-car crash in downtown Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 100 block of North Main Street around 5:15 p.m.

49-year-old Edward Mogbolu was slowing for traffic when he was hit from behind by a car driven by 47-year-old Kimberly Benard of Findlay. Mogbolu was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Benard was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance.

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4/23/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Pandora officials are trying to figure out what to do about delinquent water bills. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council members discussed the issue at their last meeting. Council approved a measure that forgave 30 months of late fees for a property owner on Pearl Street. The man asked for help because he had a renter who refused to pay water bills.

If a water bill goes unpaid, it can be assessed on the property owner’s taxes once a year. However that impacts the landlord and not the tenant. Landlords are not allowed to turn off heat and water to renters who don’t pay their utility bills.

Council discussed a uniform policy to deal with future issues. Caps of $300 and $500 were proposed as caps on forgiving fees in the future.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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4/23/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Findlay teenager pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated robbery. The Courier reports 14-year-old Isaiah Oliver admitted he took part in two incidents on Tiffin Avenue on March 25. A pre-sentence hearing was ordered and he’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The eighth-grader ran across a 15-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister in the Warner Buick parking lot that night. According to prosecutors, Oliver poked the 15-year-old in the abdomen with a steak knife several times and ordered the victims to empty their pockets.

Oliver was also accused of helping 21-year-old Joe Vera III try to rob a man at the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue later that night.

MORE: The Courier

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4/23/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Two Findlay business leaders talked about the Army Corps of Engineers proposed plans for Blanchard River flood mitigation Wednesday. The Courier reports both Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger and Cooper Tire & Rubber CEO Roy Armes support moving forward with the process.

Heminger tells the newspaper the proposal is another step towards finalizing, “the actions that we should have assessed and resolved more than 50 years ago.” Armes said continued flooding, “threatens the future of businesses, destroys property, risks public safety, and harms the entire community by compromising our quality of life.”

Both CEOs said that public input was critical to the success of the project.

MORE: The Courier

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4/23/15 – 4:33 A.M.

One person is dead after a freak accident in Wood County. Sheriff’s deputies say 57-year-old Almeda Couture was driving along Tontogany Creek Road yesterday when a tree fell on her SUV, pushing the vehicle into a mailbox and utility pole. A passenger in Couture’s vehicle was hospitalized.

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4/23/15 – 4:31 A.M.

Owens Community College officials are being pushed to find a solution to the school’s money crunch. The Ohio Board of Regents placed the college under “fiscal watch” yesterday, creating a higher level of financial accountability. Owens launched an aggressive recovery plan last year designed to shore up the bottom line while boosting enrollment and providing a quality education.

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