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6/2/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Findlay firefighters were called to an apartment blaze over the weekend. The fire was reported around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment above George House Coffee and Tea Co., at 1041 North Main Street. No one was home at the time, but the flames did take the life of one cat. Another cat was saved.

The total damage estimate came to $3,750.


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6/2/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A Findlay man suffered minor injuries when his motorcycle hit the side of a car this weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 235, north of County Road 203, around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. 65-year-old Michael Arnold was riding his Harley Davidson north when a Ford Mustang ahead of him began to slow down to turn left. Arnold swerved to miss the car but hit the driver’s side door.

The crash remains under investigation.


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6/2/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Findlay man was killed in a weekend motorcycle crash east of the city. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 26-year-old Chase McGuire was killed when his Suzuki Boulevard C50 failed to make a curve. The crash happened just before 7 p.m., on Marion Township Road 234 south of Marion Township Road 208.

The accident remains under investigation.


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6/2/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Late night traffic stops are planned for Interstate 75 starting tonight in Findlay. ODOT says the work will take place tonight and Wednesday night from 11pm to 6am. Construction crews will use the traffic stops to set beams for the new US 224 bridge over the interstate. Stopped traffic will be diverted to the exit ramps to allow limited traffic flow while work continues for up to 20 minutes.

Early Tuesday stops could effect both north and southbound traffic on 75, while on Thursday morning only northbound will be stopped.

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6/2/14 – 4:50 A.M.

The long brutal winter is finally well behind us, but the city of Findlay is still feeling some of the effects. The Courier reports the harsh weather cost the city government more than $130,000 for extra utility costs, vehicle repairs, and overtime. The Public Works Department took on the majority of the extra expenses with driver overtime.

Findlay’s Water Pollution Control Center recorded 38.6 inches of snowfall from January through April. That’s more than three times the snow we saw in 2013. Public Works Superintendent Matt Stoffel said city crews were constantly on the road battling the elements.

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5/30/14 – 8:58 A.M.

AEP customers are being warned about a scam targeting their customers. The Lima News reports someone has been calling people in the area claiming to be from the AEP Ohio Disconnect Department. The person will claim you owe money and your services will be shut off if you don’t pay immediately.

Before you pay you are urged to call AEP Ohio’s Customer Operations Center at 800-672-2231 to see if you have a payment due and to check the status of your account.

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5/30/14 – 7:35 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was arrested last week for threatening the county’s Department of Job and Family Services. The Daily Chief-Union reports officers took William Snodgrass into custody last Friday. A worker at the JFS said Snodgrass threatened to beat up an employee at the facility and also threatened to bomb the building.

Snodgrass was released on his on own recognizance. He had to surrender his rifle and agree to stay away from government buildings to secure his release.

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5/29/14 – 7:16 A.M.

Grassy areas along highways in our region will be reseeded this summer. Last year a contractor working for ODOT used a growth retardent chemical on grass along roads in District 1, but it turned the grass brown. District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusser says the company will reseed areas where the grass hasn’t recovered.

Mercier’s Inc. of South Point will also have to spray for weeds in areas where the grass was killed, and replace any washout areas.

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A Findlay woman was injured while riding her bike Thursday afternoon. The police department says a car hit a bicycle in the 300 block of North Main Street around 3:20 p.m.

32-year-old Melissa Spencer was riding on the sidewalk when she was hit by a car in an alley driven by Shannon Whitman. Spencer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Whitman was not cited due to lack of visibility.


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5/30/14 – 6:41 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners approved a study for a new justice center Thursday. The Courier reports the study of a proposed $8.5 million facility says a new justice center would benefit Seneca County and the city of Tiffin. The building would house two county common pleas courts, the clerk of courts, and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

No funding has been committed to a new justice center. The study does not specify a location for the building. County, city, and court officials will meet to discuss the project before moving forward.

Seneca County does have money set aside for the facility. It would be paid for by the county, city, and the courts.

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