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12/9/14 – 4:55 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has released more information about an incident where a dog was shot and killed by an officer last week. Captain Sean Young’s report on the incident says he was driving in the 1000 block of West Sandusky Street last Wednesday when he saw a boxer and a pit bull mix approach a UPS driver.

Young followed the dogs to an alley near 910 Putnam Street. According to his report, the dogs barked and ran toward him. The report goes on to say, “Their heads were held low and they began to spread out as if to attack from two sides.” Young reports he saw no traffic or pedestrians behind the dogs when he pointed his gun at them. He shot the boxer when it got about 8 feet from him. The report says the dog got up on its hind legs and growled before Young shot again.

Pat Lammers owns the dogs. She said the boxer was gentle and played with her grandchildren. She says she doesn’t understand why she wasn’t issued a citation instead of deadly force being used on the animal.

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12/8/14 – 7:37 A.M.

Most of us are a little apprehensive about the coming winter months after last year’s brutally cold temperatures. And the arctic chills we saw last month haven’t done much to ease fears of another awful winter. However, OSU Extension Agent Ed Lentz says the cold we saw in November could have been a good thing…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says a little bit of snow wouldn’t be a bad thing right now either. Snow is actually good for the wheat crops still in area fields.

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12/8/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is cracking down on right of way issues. A release from the agency says encroachments have been happening more often, and they could mean serious legal issues for property owners.

ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher says he would like to see people work with ODOT before they take on a project near a right of way. That could help prevent you from having to reverse work you’ve already done.

With winter on the horizon, you should know plowing snow from your driveway onto a highway can carry a hefty $1,000 fine. It’s considered a first-degree misdemeanor and can also result in a six-month jail sentence.

Slusher says mailbox placement, ditch cleaning, and drainage work can all interfere with right of way as well. If you plan on doing any work near a highway, he urges you to call his office first.

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12/8/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Officials continue to focus on water quality after the issues with Toledo’s drinking water over the summer. Senator Rob Portman attended a meeting on the subject at the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University last Friday. Portman says the agriculture community wants to be part of the solution…

Audio: Rob Portman

Portman says the center has acknowledged there are about 4 or 5 sources of nitrates in waterways that have led to increased algae blooms. He added that the fact there are multiple sources of nitrates makes it a harder problem to fight.

Portman says he believes careful use of government regulations can help clear up the issues…

Audio: Rob Portman

Portman says it won’t be a quick fix, but he does believe the water quality issue will turn around thanks to cooperation between the private sector and the government.

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12/8/13 – 5:17 A.M.

Gas continues to fall to prices we haven’t seen in quite some time. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is now at $2.59. That’s a 16 cent drop since last Monday. A year ago we were paying $3.20 a gallon.

Local prices are following suit. In Findlay, the average price was $2.61 this morning. That’s down from $2.72 a week ago. Ottawa drivers are paying $2.57 a gallon today.

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12/8/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The search continues for a new director at the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce. The Review-Times reports the search for a new leader was narrowed last week. Ryan Smith is the chairperson of the chamber’s board and tells the newspaper face-to-face interviews were held last week. He added the goal is to have someone in place by the end of the year.

Whoever is named to the position will take over for Pamela Smith. She resigned in October to take a similar job in Erie County. Administrative Assistant Celena Runion has been handling the day-to-day operations since then.

MORE: Review Times

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12/8/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on County Road 300.

29-year-old Kevin Coats was driving his car north on Road 300 when 55-year-old John Burnette of Richmond, Indiana pulled in front of him from Interstate Drive. Burnette hit Coats on the passenger side of his car, injuring 30-year-old Janelle Cantu. Cantu is three-months pregnant and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution.

Burnette was cited for failure to yield. Coats was cited for driving under suspension.

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12/8/14 – 4:39 A.M.

A car-bicycle crash took the life of a Findlay man Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened on the North Blanchard Street bridge just after 6 p.m.

52-year-old Duane Ball was riding his bike in the southbound curb lane of the bridge when he was hit by a car driven by 23-year-old Michael Barney of Findlay. Ball was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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12/5/14 – 2:14 P.M.

The CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber talked about the past and the future of the company today. Roy Armes was the featured speaker at the Hancock County Republican Party First Friday luncheon. Armes said while there is focus on growth overseas, one of their challenges moving forward is getting into underserved U.S. markets…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says the challenges are different in emerging markets, where the focus is on lighter, cheaper tires for automobiles.

As for the potential for tariffs on Chinese-made tires, Armes said they might not affect imports to the U.S. as much as you would think…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes suspects new tariffs on Chinese tires would do the same thing this time around as well.

Armes also talked about the leadership of the company over a century. He said he knows he’s been criticized, but the global marketplace means different realities…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says that in Cooper’s 100 years the company’s leadership has had a lot to offer in every segment.

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12/5/14 – 10:58 A.M.

The Findlay Dow Chemical plant is under new ownership. Valfilm North America announced today the purchase of the Findlay facility. Dow will continue to run the plant until late January, when Valfilm will take over.

Valfilm says to ensure a smooth transition the current Dow employees will have an opportunity to seek employment with the new company. The deal includes the plant’s physical assets and “the majority of intellectual property practiced at the facility.”

Valfilm specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing flexible packaging in polyethylene.

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