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4/3/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Three Findlay firefighters are getting special training thanks to MPLX LP. The Marathon Petroleum subsidiary will pay for the men to attend the Williams Fire and Hazard Control’s annual “Extreme School.” The training will allow the Findlay Fire Department to hold on-site training and drills at MPLX’s storage facility on Glessner Avenue.

The five-day course is held in Texas. The tuition alone is almost $2,000. Fire Chief Tom Lonyo says the department wouldn’t be able to pay for the training out of their own budget.

The course focuses on emergency response techniques at petroleum storage and pipeline facilities.

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4/3/14 – 5:18 A.M.

First responders are working together on a plan that would determine how they would react to a local school shooting. A committee has been meeting since December to come up with a response plan for every school in Findlay and Hancock County. Once the group finishes the plans, they will create an operational field guide that first responders can call up on mobile devices.

The guides will include information on rally points, incident command sites, triage areas, and staging locations.

Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee will talk about funding the project at an upcoming meeting. It’s expected the electronic guides will cost $12,500. The city would pay for half with the county footing the other half of the bill.

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4/3/14 – 5:00 A.M.

The Findlay Health Department wants the city to take a closer look at electronic cigarettes. The Courier reports the department has suggested city council add the popular products to existing smoking regulations. The recommendation stems from a January health department meeting. Council will hold an informal meeting to talk about the issue on April 29 at 5 p.m.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that contain a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled.

Critics of the product say the devices are appealing to teenagers. A National Tobacco Youth Survey shows e-cigarette use doubled with high school students from 2011 to 2012.

MORE: The Courier

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4/3/13 – 4:33 A.M.

Believe it or not, you’re about to pay more on your utility bills because of that devastating June 2012 windstorm. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will allow American Electric Power to charge customers more to pay for the costs of restoring power.

AEP’s residential customers will pay $2.34 a month for 12 months. Businesses will pay almost $10 a month under the plan.

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4/2/14 – 10:54 A.M.

Homeland Security arrested two men in Bowling Green this morning. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a resident in an apartment complex called police this morning after witnessing two men getting handcuffed and led to a vehicle. The men identified themselves as Homeland Security officers to the witness. The caller wanted verification of the claim.

The newspaper reports one man was arrested on a felony warrant. The other man was an illegal immigrant. Their identities have not been made public.

BG Police Chief Brad Conner said Homeland Security never informed his office they would be taking action in the city.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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4/2/14 – 10:38 A.M.

With a couple of inches of rain expected to fall over the next two days, we’re keeping a close eye on area rivers once again. Right now it looks like the Blanchard River will stay below the flood stage. The National Weather Service is currently calling for the river to crest below the action stage in Findlay Saturday morning.

Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard will run high, but avoid flood stage. Current projections show the river hitting the action stage Sunday morning at just over 20 feet. That would still be three feet below flood stage.

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Proposed upgrades to the Marathon Diamonds in Findlay could include a Miracle Field. Media partner WTOL 11 reports there is interest in building a baseball diamond that would be for children and adults with special needs. A preliminary plan for an expansion at the Cube would include two more ball diamonds, with the Miracle Field between them.

Miracle Fields are made of rubber and are ADA compliant. The next closest facility is in Northwood, Ohio.

Organizers are just starting the work on the project. The next step will be to get a field design together. Once that is complete fundraising efforts will get underway. Construction could begin in 2015 if all goes according to plan.

MORE: WTOL 11

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4/2/14 – 8:16 A.M.

North Baltimore will take a look at its mosquito spraying program. The Courier reports a resident brought concerns about spraying times to village council last night. She asked council members to make the spray schedule public so people know to keep their children inside.

The same resident also said village workers were spraying herbicides in the village park while children were playing there.

Council agreed to look into both issues.

MORE: The Courier

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4/2/14 – 7:44 A.M.

Fostoria is revving up efforts to attract businesses to the city. The Courier reports city council passed two ordinances that focus on economic development last night.

Cinagro Environmental Services will get a $50,000 loan from the revolving loan fund. The company provides environmental surveying services. Owner Nichole Jones expects to hire 20 employees in the future.

Council also appropriated $30,000 from the Community Development Fund to go to the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.

MORE: The Courier

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4/2/14 – 7:16 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury has indicted the four people accused of breaking into a Findlay home. 19-year-olds Cayd Burton and Zachary Montgomery, 21-year-old Nicholas Rarey, and 22-year-old Adrian CaStillo all face a count of aggravated burglary.

Police say the group broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court on March 21 while the resident was home. Two of the men allegedly had guns with them. Investigators say the men took televisions, a laptop and other items.

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