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2/7/17 – 7:49 A.M.

Deputies arrested a Hardin County man for domestic violence at a basketball game in Logan County last Friday. The Bellefontaine Examiner reports 45-year-old Richard Adams of Dola got into a physical confrontation with his stepson at Riverside High School.

According to the report, 18-year-old Logan Lease told investigators he got a ride to the game with Adams. Lease got into an argument with his brother, and then with Adams. Adams allegedly hit Lease in the face.

Deputies also issued Lease a summons for domestic violence.

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2/7/17 – 5:31 A.M.

Investigators say someone intentionally set two fires in the Hardin County village of Alger over the weekend. WKTN radio reports the first fire happened Friday night in a garage at 207 West Wagner Street. Officials say a second fire happened Sunday in a field in the 1200 block of County Road 92 in Marion Township.

The Hardin County Fire and Explosion Team is offering a $5,000 award for information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible. For more information call (419)673-1268.


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2/7/17 – 5:24 A.M.

Carey’s village council will stick to their decision to award an electric substation construction contract to Vaughn Industries. The Courier reports council members made their decision Monday night. It could cost them more than $1 million in federal funds for the project. Councilmen Robert Styer and Chase Fletcher voted against the deal.

Law Director Emily Beckly told council she talked to legal council from the Economic Development Administration. They told her they agency won’t award a grant to the village since they aren’t taking the lowest bid. Quality Lines of Findlay submitted a $1.5 million proposal for the project. Vaughn Industries’ bid was more than $2.2 million.

Council members said they were willing to split the substation construction and power pole replacement into separate projects. The estimate for the substation project alone is $846,000.

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2/7/17 – 5:08 A.M.

A two-car crash took the life of an 8-year-old Allen County boy late Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened at the intersection of Lawrence and Clum Roads near the village of Harrod around 5:50 p.m.

Investigators say a pickup driven by 31-year-old Richard Ortiz of Flatwood, Kentucky failed to yield at the intersection. Gavin Reed was a passenger in a car driven by 29-year-old Lisa Alexander of Harrod, and lost his life.

The impact of the crash sent Alexander’s car into a nearby cemetery, where it hit several tombstones. EMS crews took Ortiz and Alexander to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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2/7/17 – 4:57 A.M.

Arlington’s annual junk pickup day could come back in some form in the future. The Courier reports Councilwoman Marcia Smith brought up the issue at Monday’s council meeting. She suggested placing dumpsters at the village park once every other year or every three years. Councilman Terry Huffman said he thought people who lived outside the village might abuse the service.

Council will study the idea.

In the past, Arlington hired a trash-hauling service to pick up items left by the curb. They cancelled the event last year after J&N Haulers of Ada said it spent too much time cleaning up messes left by scavengers.

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2/6/17 – 7:14 A.M.

The Findlay High School show choir had a big weekend. Findlay First Edition took home the Class A Champion, Class A Best Vocals and Overall Best Show Concept awards at the Marion Singsational Saturday.

FFE was the Overall First Runner Up Show Choir, finishing two points behind Marysville. Zach Short won the most dynamic performer award at the contest.

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2/6/17 – 6:52 A.M.

Local gas prices are slightly higher than they were a week ago, but they are back below two-dollars a gallon for the most part. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $1.99 today. That’s up four cents over the last seven days, but down 14 cents from last week’s high.

Drivers in Ottawa report paying $2.05 per gallon, up 10 cents over the last week.

The statewide average is $2.05. That’s a five cent increase from last Monday.

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2/6/17 – 6:41 A.M.

A fatal stabbing case goes in front of the Seneca County grand jury this month. The Review-Times reports investigators charged 18-year-old Arlando Crowe with complicity to murder in the death of 18-year-old D’Andre Gehring. The grand jury could hear the case either this Wednesday or February 22.

Judge Mark Repp set Crowe’s bond at $500,000 last week.

Police charged 17-year-old Cristian Brown of Pittsburgh with murder in the case. Prosecutors have filed a motion to try the teenager as an adult.

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2/6/17 – 5:31 A.M.

Pandora officials are preparing to submit for grant money to build a new water tower. The Putnam County Sentinel says that means village residents will need to fill out an income survey in the future. If the community’s low to moderate income level is above 50 percent of the population, then the village can qualify for government grants.

The 2010 national census showed the low to moderate income level in Pandora was around 41 percent.

Michelle Hister with Poggemeyer Design says they’ll send out two mailings and then go door-to-door to collect information. She adds survey information is confidential.

The estimated cost to build a new water tower is more than $862,000.

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