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3/8/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Five people from the area have been indicted in Wood County for their alleged roles in a multi-county crime spree. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the group stole things like catalytic converters, wheel rims, car batteries and radiators from properties in Hacock, Seneca, Wood, Ottawa, and Lucas Counties. The crimes took place between June 9 and October 31 of last year.

The group is also accused of stealing trailers and ATVs, and selling stolen items.

33-year-old Andrew Peace of Findlay, 32-year-old Amanda Fritz-Oldaker of Fostoria, 24-year-old Kaylea Walter of Bradner, 37-year-old John Fritz of Tiffin, and 24-year-old Steven Flickinger of Toledo all face on charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

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3/8/16 – 5:15 A.M.

A spring-trash pick up in Arlington is being put on the shelf, at least for now. The Courier reports the village will do away with its annual junk collection day. In previous years Arlington residents could set unwanted things at the curbside to be picked up. Council members cited the expense and left-over mess as the reason for discontinuing the service.

Council had spent around $10,000 a year on the pick-up according to councilman Thad Dempster.

Dempster says the service could potentially be brought back if there is an “overwhelming” response from the community.

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3/8/16 – 5:08 A.M.

Campaign spending reports show while both Hancock County recorder candidates raised roughly the same amount of money during the last reporting period, Tracey Coldren has outspent Heather Pendleton. The Courier reports the Coldren campaign reports around $3,300 in spending, while the Pendleton campaign reports $237 in spending for the same time period.

Coldren’s campaign has collected a little more than $1,500 plus her own contribution of $1,300. The campaign carried forward $651 from the last reporting period, leaving a balance of $100. The campaign also has an outstanding loan total of $4,300.

Pendleton’s campaign reports $1,195 in donations plus a balance carried forward of $2,010. That leaves her campaign with a nearly $3,000 balance. The campaign has also received $544 worth of in-kind donations. The campaign has $1,500 in outstanding loans.

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3/8/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Four area school districts have joined a group that’s trying to take back local control of education. The Courier reports Cory-Rawson, Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Riverdale are among 37 school districts in the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network. LB Superintendent Jim Knable tells the newspaper the districts want to regain control of curriculum, testing, and how money is spent.

Knable says right now they want to find out if they are on the same page with area residents. A survey has been put together, you can take it by clicking here.

Knable says one of the primary goals of the group is to reduce unfunded mandates from the state. He says there have been about 100 unfunded mandates over the past five years alone.

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3/7/16 – 7:24 A.M.

A Putnam County native finished 2015 as the top poker player in the world. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Byron Kaverman, who graduated from Ft. Jennings High School in 2005, was the Global Poker Index player of the year for 2015. He led the world tables for nine consecutive weeks to help take home the honor.

Kaverman has started off pretty well in 2016 as well. He’s currently ranked 2nd in the world on the GPI.

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3/7/16 – 7:13 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky man was injured when he crashed into a cemetery over the weekend. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports Gary Nutter was driving his SUV north on North Fifth Street before 7 p.m. when he didn’t stop at the intersection with East Church Street and drove into the Old Mission Cemetery. The SUV hit three gravestones before stopping.

Nutter was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment. Citations in the crash are pending.

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3/7/16 – 6:52 A.M.

A fire was reported at a Findlay factory late last week. Firefighters were called to Magnesium Elektron at 115 Stanford Parkway around 6:20 a.m. Friday morning. A fire in one of the machines ignited some magnesium shavings. No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Emergency responders used a special fire extinguisher designed for metal fires to put out the flames.

Firefighters were called back to the facility Sunday morning for a malfunctioning alarm.

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3/7/16 – 5:27 A.M.

Two trucks were involved in a crash early Saturday morning on I-75 near Van Buren. The collision happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate, which was closed for about three hours while the site was cleared.

A Canadian truck driver was headed north near the State Route 613 interchange when a truck in the left lane, began to veer to the right. The first truck swerved to avoid the collision and ended up rolling over. The second truck did not stop and has not been found by the patrol.

No one was hurt in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

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3/7/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing a steady upward trend. OhioGasPrices.com reports many Findlay gas stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.90 today. While down from last week’s high of $1.99 a gallon, the price is up 17 cents from a week ago. One month ago we were paying $1.47 a gallon.

In Ottawa, the average price is $1.85 a gallon, up six cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $1.85 today. That’s eight cents from last Monday.

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3/7/16 – 5:13 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were indicted on drug trafficking charges recently. 52-year-old Timothy Hillard faces a trafficking cocaine charge. He’s accused of selling less than five grams of cocaine on September 22 in the city.

In a separate case, 44-year-old James Curtis was indicted on two counts of trafficking in marijuana and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. The incidents allegedly happened on June 11 and June 17 in Findlay. Curtis is also accused of selling less then five times the bulk amount of hydrocodone within 1,000 feet of St. Wendelin High School in Fostoria.

Both men were charged in secret indictments that were recently unsealed.

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