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5/15/15 – 7:29 A.M.

Investigators are still sorting out the details of a fight in Fostoria that landed five people in the hospital. The Review-Times reports a dispute between a group from Fostoria and another from out of town led to the Monday night incident in the 600 block of Hart Avenue.

One group showed up in an SUV. The second group showed up with around 20 people, some armed with baseball bats. An 18-year-old was pulled from the vehicle and into the fight. Another 18-year-old fled the scene on foot. The driver tried to get away but someone broke the windshield with a baseball bat, causing the SUV to hit a house at 620 Hart Avenue. The driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Fostoria Police Captain Patrick Brooks tells the newspaper the groups had been taunting each other with text and Facebook messages for a period of time. Charges are pending in the case.

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5/15/15 – 7:19 A.M.

An interim Putnam County engineer has been selected. The Lima News reports Defiance County deputy engineer Mike Lenhart will focus his efforts on Putnam County until a new engineer can be hired.

Lenhart is an Ottawa resident and could be interested in the full-time gig. He tells the newspaper, “I’ve been trying to get a position in Putnam County, but there was never one available.”

Terry Recker is resigning from the engineer’s office. He agreed to step down as part of a settlement from an ethics investigation. Recker had hired two of his sons to work for the county before Ohio laws about hiring relatives changed in the mid 1980’s. However, he also approved their raises and promotions over the years. The commission said was a violation.

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5/15/15 – 6:55 A.M.

Elected officials in Ottawa will no longer get insurance through the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council voted 5-1 to drop insurance eligibilities starting with the next group of officials to be sworn in. It was estimated that insurance coverage for one council seat was costing Ottawa $20,000 per year.

While councilman Dave Michel voted in favor of the ordinance, he did express concerns about the decision making process. Michel said he didn’t think council should be voting on compensation for themselves.

Gene Hovest was the lone no vote on the issue.

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5/15/15 – 6:46 A.M.

Trial dates have been set for an Arcadia man charged with sexual assault and aggravated robbery. The trials for 21-year-old Joe Vera III had to be pushed back after he changed lawyers this week. The sexual assault case will go in front of a jury June 1, while the aggravated robbery case will be heard July 20.

Vera is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old in April of 2014 in McComb. On March 25 of this year he allegedly used a knife to try and steal a car from the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay.

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5/15/15 – 5:28 A.M.

The strike at Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay, Texas, refinery could come to an end soon. Reuters reports USW members are scheduled to vote on a contract proposal Monday. The proposal was put together by a federal mediator.

The deal includes the national pattern agreement on wages and benefits made in March between the USW and several U.S. refinery owners. The Reuters report says the contract proposal came after the U.S. Labor Relations Board found merit to charges brought by the union against Marathon’s actions in negotiations and during the strike.

A Marathon spokesman told the news agency, “We are hopeful they will ratify the agreement so we may end the work stoppage that began over three months ago and negotiate a return-to-work agreement.”

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5/15/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Cass Township Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a pickup truck collided with a motorcycle on Township Road 215 east of County Road 236 just after 6 p.m.

An investigation into the crash shows 37-year-old Daniel Betts of Findlay was driving his pickup eastbound on Road 215 when he went left of center. The truck hit a motorcycle being driven by 46-year-old John Clark of Fostoria. Clark and a passenger, 45-year-old Kimberly Clark, were ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Betts was taken by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

The crash remains under investigation.

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5/15/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Plans to renovate the Litter Landing recycling center are on hold for now. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners discussed the facility with members of the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District Thursday. Financial concerns were the primary reason for backing away from the project.

The project was expected to cost around $559,000. However, Litter Landing has been operating on a deficit since 2013 because of falling commodity prices and higher employee costs. The newspaper reports that led to discussions of abandoning the center altogether. There was also talk about trying to create a public/private partnership to continue operations.

With that information County Commissioner Mark Gazarek said he wouldn’t vote to support a big investment in the center.

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5/14/15 – 11:38 A.M.

The Findlay Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #20 is going to have a new home. Plans to build a lodge at 1769 Romick Parkway were approved by the Findlay Planning Commission Thursday. The 1,600 square foot building will be constructed behind the existing police memorial on the property.

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5/14/15 – 11:30 A.M.

A new apartment complex is planned for Findlay’s north side. The city planning commission approved plans for a development on Technology Drive. The 19-acre site will include 152 rental units. The apartment complex will consist of a mix of ranch villas and two story apartments.

The complex will be built just north of the Hillcrest subdivision. While there is a ditch on the edge of the property, the planning commission was confident a retaining pond to the southwest edge of the development will be able to handle any runoff.

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5/14/15 – 11:14 A.M.

It appears the former Diamond River location on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay has housed its final restaurant. The Findlay City Planning Commission gave conditional approval today for a Zippy’s Express Car Wash to be built on the property.

Approval didn’t come easy though, as the committee raised concerns about noise affecting the neighborhood on Spruce Drive…

Audio: Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera owns Zippy’s and says attendants will always be on duty and the latest it will be open is 8 p.m. Approval was granted as long as hours are limited and noise screening is put in place.

Zipp’s has 19 locations in the south. Rivera is opening two in Findlay, with the second location near Walmart on Trenton Avenue…

Audio: Jose Rivera

The Tiffin Avenue car wash will use most of the existing structure from the vacant restaurant. Rivera says he needed to build two locations in Findlay to make it viable to have a district manager for the region.

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