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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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2/2/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Once again, you might run into some delays on I-75 if you’re headed south today. ODOT says the southbound lanes of the interstate will be restricted to one lane just south of Beaverdam for road work. Crews will be doing bridge deck repair work in that area.

Restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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2/4/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Falling oil prices are slowing some growth plans for Findlay-based MPLX. The Courier reports the company, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum, is designed to encourage investment in energy infrastructure. A drop in oil prices has slowed that demand, resulting in MPLX seeing a 38 percent decline in 4th quarter profits.

MPLX is a master limited partnership, meaning it pays no corporate income tax. In exchange the company must pass on the majority of its earnings to shareholders in the form of cash distributions. Because of the decline in profits, Marathon has lowered MPLX’s cash distribution growth rate to 12 to 15 percent for this year. There had been talk about a 25 percent rate.

For all of 2015, MPLX saw profit grow 29 percent, for a total of $156 million for the year. Marathon plans to continue investing in the business. It plans to contribute to MPLX’s inland marine business of tugboats and barges this spring.

MORE: The Courier

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2/4/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A memorial service for former Congressman Michael Oxley will be held tomorrow on the University of Findlay campus. The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Oxley passed away on January 1 of this year. He represented Ohio’s 4th District in Congress from 1981 to 2006.

Tomorrow’s speakers will include UF President Katherine Fell; law partner and friend Judge Allan Davis; Congressman Bob Latta, and Senator Rob Portman among others. His widow, Patricia, is expected to be featured in a video tribute.

The service will be broadcast live on 1330 WFIN and video will be streamed at uftv.findlay.edu.

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2/4/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a Findlay woman Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 39-year-old Maria Botello was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment following the collision at the intersection of West Trenton Avenue and Bolton Street. The incident happened around 3:15 p.m.

A police report says 78-year-old Robert Frink was driving south on Bolton Street when he started to cross Trenton, and was hit by a pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Trevor Bermudez. Frink’s minivan then hit Botello’s car.

Frink and Bermudez were treated at the scene. Frink was cited for failure to yield.

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2/3/16 – 6:47 A.M.

The North Baltimore sewage treatment plant has unused capacity, and village officials are looking to see how they might use that to their advantage. The Courier reports council members were given some options to consider during their Tuesday meeting. John Rauch of the Rural Community Assistance Program says the village could accept sewage from other towns. The extra capacity could also be used to attract businesses to the area.

Rauch said more sewage customers could potentially “lighten the load” of existing customers.

The reason the plant has unused capacity is because of a sewer separation project. Before the storm water and sewer lines were split, the sewage plant had a daily flow of 828,000 gallons. After the lines were separated, that number dropped to 383,000 gallons of flow per day.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/16 – 5:25 A.M.

You might experience delays on I-75 if you’re headed south again today. ODOT says the southbound lanes of the interstate will be restricted to one lane just south of Beaverdam for road work. Crews will be grounding pavement to give the highway extra traction

Restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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2/3/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Bluffton residents are being warned about a series of car break-ins. The Bluffton Police Department reports several vehicles were either entered or damaged Monday night. Most of the incidents happened on the west side of town.

Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call the police department at (419)358-2961.

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