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6/13/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A Lima man was arrested Saturday night, a day after he escaped police custody while in handcuffs. The Lima News reports 32-year-old Derrick Williams was found hiding in a vacant building around 10 p.m. Saturday. He was arrested without further incident.

Williams was being arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday night when he was able to escape from an officer and run away after he had been handcuffed.

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6/13/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Gas prices are up from a week ago, but coming down from last week’s highest prices. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying an average of $2.63 a gallon for regular today. That’s up six cents from last Monday but down 10 cents from Friday. Today’s prices are 16 cents cheaper than they were a year ago this week.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.69 a gallon today, up 10 cents from last Monday.

The average around Ohio is $2.68 a gallon, a nine cent climb over the last seven days.

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6/13/16 – 6:37 A.M.

Four Findlay roads will be closed this week for construction projects. The city’s engineering department says Elm Street, from Main Street to Lima Avenue; Liberty Street, from Elm to Sandusky streets; and Washington Street, from Western to Hurd avenues, will be closed for curb replacement work.

Wedgewood Drive will be closed for gas line installation. That closure will be from East Main Cross Street to Osborn Avenue.

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6/13/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is looking for their next homeowner. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there are three qualifications to apply for the program. Potential habitat families must have a current need for decent housing, meet income guidelines, and be willing to assist volunteers in the construction of the home. They must also take basic home ownership classes along with the last qualification.

The deadline to apply is June 30. The goal is to have a family selected by September and to break ground next spring.

For more information call (419)523-9621.

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6/13/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two women from Bluffton Sunday afternoon. The State Patrol reports 61-year-old Cheryle Sawmiller was driving a PT Cruiser west on Hancock County Road 304 near Van Buren Township Road 65 around 3:30 p.m. when she lost control. The car went off the road, hit a utility pole, and overturned.

Sawmiller and her passenger, 25-year-old Tiffini Mitchell, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The patrol says Sawmiller and Mitchell were not wearing seatbelts. Sawmiller was cited for failure to control and a seatbelt violation.

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6/13/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy was among three people injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Hancock County Road 99 and North Main Street. The Findlay Police Department reports Deputy Rodney Griffin was responding to an alarm call at Van Buren Schools around 1 p.m. when he was involved in the collision. The crash report says Griffin’s lights and sirens were on when a westbound car driven by 36-year-old Jeffery Todd of McComb entered the intersection.

Griffin and Todd were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Todd’s passenger, a 9-year-old girl, was also taken to the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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6/13/16 – 4:54 A.M.

A truck driver was injured when two semis collided in the southbound lanes of I-75 Sunday night in Hancock County. The State Patrol says 50-year-old Michael Walker of Newport, Michigan was headed south when another truck driven by 47-year-old William Lovelace of Austin, Texas drifted into the left lane and caused the collision. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. just north of the County Road 99 exit.

Walker was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Lovelace was cited for a marked lanes violation.

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6/10/16 – 11:50 A.M.

A text alert from the Findlay City School District says a threat was called into the high school this morning. As a result, visitors to the school can only enter the building from the main and freshman entrances. School officials say the threat came from outside the building, and that everyone inside was safe.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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6/10/16 – 11:22 A.M.

The dilapidated state of the former Huber school on Blanchard Avenue was a topic taken up by Findlay City Council this week. City Councilman Jeff Wobser was among the members who decided against passing the demolition of the building as an emergency. On Friday, he explained why he was against passing the emergency designation…

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Wobser says even though the property owner could be assessed for the demolition on his property tax bill, it doesn’t mean the bill will actually be paid…

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Wobser adds since Tuesday’s meeting the city has received more information about the building that makes him confident action will be taken soon.

The Findlay City School District is asking for the building to be torn down. The former school sits next to the district’s transportation office. Concerns about the building’s stability prompted school officials to move some people out of the office.

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