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2/8/16 – 5:23 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will take part in a community outreach program this week. The first “Coffee with a Cop” meeting will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at Coffee Amici on South Main Street in Findlay. Findlay and Hancock County residents are invited to attend.

The meetings are designed to be held in an informal way. There is no set agenda or specific topic. “Coffee with a Cop” is a nationwide program that aims to help law enforcement and the community learn more about each other.

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2/8/16 – 5:14 A.M.

If you’re planning on having Chipotle for lunch in Findlay today, you’ll want to make other plans. The company is closing all of its stores nationwide for four hours today. A company-wide food safety meeting will be held from 11 am. until 3 p.m.

According to CNNmoney.com, the meeting will talk about improved “farm-to-fork” safety measures. That will include changing how some food is prepared, and paid sick leave for employees to make sure they stay home when they aren’t feeling well.

The meeting comes on the heels of an E. coli outbreak that made around 500 people sick last year.

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2/8/16 – 5:08 A.M.

Local gas prices have tumbled over the past seven days. Ohio gas prices.com reports most Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.47 today. That’s down 16 cents since last Monday, and 45 cents over the last month.

Ottawa drivers report paying $1.45 a gallon today. That’s a 14 cent decline over the last week.

The statewide average for regular is $1.49, down 14 cents since last Monday.

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2/8/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination for the 83rd Ohio House District seat, and they’ll meet for a forum tonight. The incumbent, Robert Sprague, will face challenger Kevin Rettig to discuss several issues. The forum will be held in the Egner TV studio on the University of Findlay campus, and will air live on 1330 WFIN and on UFTV starting just after the 7 p.m. news.

A second forum for the Hancock County Commissioners race will be held Wednesday night.

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2/5/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The village of Bettsville has a new fire chief. The Review-Times reports Michael Snell will now lead the volunteer fire department. He’ll take over for Jim Maglosky who is retiring after 27 years with the department.

Snell was already serving as the assistant fire chief for the village. He tells the newspaper he wants to recruit more volunteers for the department.

MORE: Review-Times

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2/5/16 – 5:07 A.M.

The Seneca Regional Planning Commission has a new leader. The board of directors for the organization elected Holly Stacy as the president this week. Stacy is a Seneca County Commissioner. She’ll take over for Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who is wrapping up a three-year term as president.

Stacy has served as the chairperson of regional planning’s strategic planning subcommittee.

In the meantime, the planning commission is looking for a new director. Former director Roxyanne Burrus resigned in December.

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2/5/16 – 4:57 A.M.

The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities will oversee Hancock County’s Help Me Grow caseworkers for the next six months. The Hancock County Commissioners approved the deal during their Thursday meeting. Last month saw the Hancock County Family First Council hire Stacy Shaw as coordinator and project director at Help Me Grow. However Shaw is still working toward accreditation needed from the state.

Hancock County will pay up to $650 over the next months for the services from Seneca County

Help Me Grow is an early childhood intervention program. It’s designed to help infants and toddlers who have developmental delays.

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2/5/16 – 4:28 A.M.

An arraignment is scheduled next week for the former director of Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center. Wood County prosecutors say Ben Spence was indicted yesterday for theft in office and tampering with records. Spence is accused of pocketing money from Ohio High School Athletic Association tournaments held at the arena.

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2/4/16 – 6:59 A.M.

Seneca Re-ad Industries owes three employees more than $54,000 in damages and back pay. The Blade reports a judge has ruled the workshop set subminumum wages for three people who did not meet the specifications to be paid less than minimum wage.

The employees filed a petition with the Department of Labor in November. In their statement they said their disabilities, which include visual impairment and Asperger’s syndrome, do not interfere with their work productivity. Employers in the U.S. are allowed to pay below minimum wage if employees had a disability that “impairs the worker’s earning or productive capacity for the work being performed.”

Re-ad Industries is located in Fostoria and run by the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities in a partnership with Roppe Industries. Re-ad now has 30 days to pay the penalty or to appeal the decision.

MORE: The Blade

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2/4/16 – 6:37 A.M.

High winds over the past couple of days didn’t cause too many issues in the area. The biggest issues were a couple of downed trees in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the city’s street department was called to take care of trees that had fallen over in Fountain Cemetery and the 500 block of West North Street.

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