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9/8/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Authorities in Tiffin believe a fire in city’s Walmart was suspicious in nature. Firefighters were called to the store on State Route 18 early Friday morning. The flames were limited to one rack of items in the sporting goods department, but there was smoke and water damage to the rest of the store.

The incident closed the Walmart location into Saturday.

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9/8/14 – 5:19 A.M.

The final fair of the year in our area kicks off tomorrow. The Wyandot County Fair runs Tuesday through Sunday in Upper Sandusky. Daily admission is $6. Senior citizens will get in for half price on Thursday.

The fair kicks off with the king and queen pageant at 5:30 p.m., followed by a parade in the grandstands. Other attractions include a rodeo, demolition derby, and of course a calf scramble.

MORE: Complete Schedule

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9/8/14 – 5:11 A.M.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office is holding open office hours around our region over the next few weeks. Representatives will be on hand to make voter registration forms available and to distribute election information. Office hours will be held in Hancock County tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

Office hours will be held in Seneca County on September 16 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Tiffin Public Library.

Wyandot County — Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upper Sandusky Community Library
Hardin County — Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library, Kenton
Allen County — Sept. 24, noon to 2 p.m. at Lima Public Library
Wood County — Sept. 29, noon to 2 p.m. at Way Public Library, Perrysburg.

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9/8/14 – 5:04 A.M.

The United Way of Putnam County kicks off its fundraising campaign this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the organization will hold an “Appetizer Extravaganza” and the 1st Annual Putnam County Wing Championship Thursday. The event will be held at the Schroeder Center for the Arts on West Main Street.

Following the wing competition, campaign chair Mike Schumaker will announce the 2014 campaign goal.

Tickets for the event are $10 each and are available by calling (419)523-4505.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/8/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Adults with developmental disabilities in Hancock County will be able to stay in their residential program thanks to a new nonprofit corporation. The Courier reports the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities founded the nonprofit. The move was made to avoid pressure from the federal government to move residents of publicly-held facilities into homes that are integrated in the community.

Connie Ament is the director of the Blanchard Valley Center and says they’re in no hurry to uproot their residents. As many as 32 adults at a time can live on the BVC campus, and some have lived there for many years. Residents have 24 hour supervision and on call-nursing.

Former BVC residential director Tammy Bonifas will run the new nonprofit. She says the move will help make any transitions easier for residents and their families.

The county board of developmental disabilities invested $1 million to set up the nonprofit agency.

MORE: The Courier

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9/5/14 – 10:39 A.M.

The United Way of Hancock County raised more than $3 million last year during the fundraising season. Today the organization kicked off its 2014 fundraiser with a lofty goal…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Mike Needler Jr. is the campaign chair for the event this year. He says fundraising from Pacesetter Agencies is helping the campaign get off to a good start…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Still, Needler says there’s a lot of heavy lifting to be done. Campaign contribution forms will be distributed at area employers over the next few weeks.

Money raised by the United Way is distributed to local charities through a grant process.

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9/5/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Wood County officials are working to reduce the amount taxpayers have to contribute to a levy. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the Wood County Commissioners and the Job and Family Services Agency are working together on the issue.

They’ve asked the county’s budget commission reduce the amount collected by the Adult and Protective Services levy by 50 percent next year.

If approved, it would save taxpayers around $1.8 million.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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9/5/14 – 6:45 A.M.

The City Mission of Findlay has said how much money they’ll get from a grant that was awareded earlier this week. Executive Director Phil Arnold says his agency will get a little more than $30,000. The money comes from the Honor Project program. It distributes cash remaining from a settlement the state made with American International Group in 2010.

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court distributed more than $6 million to 226 charities in a ceremony Thursday in Cleveland.

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9/5/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Two Findlay women were injured in a two-car crash Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened at the intersection of Morey and Madison Avenues.

18-year-old Viola Owens was driving east on Madison when she ran a stop sign at the intersection of Morey, hitting a car driven by 39-year-old Angela Warth. Owens and her passenger, 18-year-old Destinie Moore, were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Warth was not hurt.

Owens was cited for failure to yield and for operating a vehicle with expired plates.

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9/5/14 – 5:31 A.M.

A Findlay man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a high profile burglary case. The Courier reports 22-year-old Adrian Castillo appeared in court Thursday.

Castillo was part of a group of four people who broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court on March 24. Police were able to find the burglars by using GPS to track a stolen laptop.

22-year-old Nicholas Rarey was given the same sentenced for his role in the crime. 19-year-old Cayd Burton and 20-year-old Zachary Montgomery are still awaiting sentencing.

MORE: The Courier

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