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8/18/16 – 11:36 A.M.

New rules governing overtime hours go into place December 1. Members of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce learned more about the rules during a Thursday seminar. Attorney Bill Beach says the most important thing to remember is the law applies to all businesses…

Audio: Bill Beach

The executive order from President Obama makes employees making less than $47,500 per year eligible for overtime pay.

Beach says businesses should start analyzing the number of hours each of their employees work if they haven’t already…

Audio: Bill Beach

Beach says that the only way to figure out if they need to bump someone’s pay to meet the new exempt employee threshold or not.

Beach adds that businesses that don’t follow the rules could face hefty fines.

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8/18/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Hydrant flushing has wrapped up in one area of Findlay and moves into a new part of town this week. The water distribution department reports work will begin today in an area spanning from McManness Avenue to the west, County Road 236 to the east, Tiffin Avenue to the south, and Fostoria Avenue to the north.

Hydrant flushing in the country club area has been completed.

Work continues in an area spanning Bright Road to the west, County Road 237 to the east, south to the Blanchard River, and north to Tiffin Avenue.

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8/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A man who allegedly confessed to murdering his 2-year-old son 10 years ago in Putnam County was indicted by the grand jury recently. The Courier reports 30-year-old Julio Soto of Napoleon is charged with aggravated murder and murder. He also faces felonious assault, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence charges.

2-year-old Julio Baldoza died in January of 2006. At the time Soto said he accidentally hit the child with an ATV and then refused to get medical treatment for the boy. He ended up pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge. However, in late July Soto went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and reportedly admitted he murdered Baldoza.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers told the Putnam County Sentinel Soto indicated he acted willingly in the death of the toddler.

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8/18/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Today is the final day on the bench for a Findlay Municipal Court judge. The Courier reports Robert Fry is retiring after 38 years of working in the legal field. He’s been a municipal court judge since 2007 when he was appointed to fill the remaining term of Vernon Preston. He was elected to the position later that year.

Before becoming a judge, Fry worked in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for 26 years. He spent 15 of those years as the county prosecutor.

Fry and his wife are moving to South Carolina. They’ve sold their Findlay home and intend to be closer to the beach.

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8/18/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested after he allegedly threatened people with a gun and led police on a foot chase Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Casey Gerken allegedly got into an argument with someone over a woman in the 200 block of Madison Avenue around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday.

During the dispute, he reportedly pointed a gun at a group of people. He left the area, but police officers later saw him leaving a home in the 2600 block of North Main Street. He allegedly tried to run away but was caught after a brief chase.

Gerken is charged with menacing and driving under suspension.

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8/18/16 – 4:27 A.M.

Bowling Green becomes “Pulltown USA” today. The 50th annual National Tractor Pulling Championships begin today at the Wood County Fairgrounds, drawing dozens of competitors from the U.S. and Canada. An estimated 100-thousand people are expected to attend the four-day event, pumping 40-million-dollars into the local economy.

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8/17/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Parking could be tricky in Tiffin during the construction of the new Seneca County Joint Justice Center. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners are looking at several options to help ease the problem.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller said he is talking with the Elks Club on East Perry Street about using part of their lot during the day. The club doesn’t open until 4 p.m. so there would only be a little overlap in when county employees would need the lot. Zoeller says he’s offered $100 a month for the use of 20-30 spots.

In the meantime, arrangements have been made for Court Street businesses. Center spaces in the city-owned lot 7 will be open to retail businesses in the area. The Tiffin administration has also agreed to let county employees use other city lots.

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8/17/16 – 7:04 A.M.

While it remains to be seen if a Big R store comes to the empty Sears location in Findlay, the company is coming to the region. The419.com reports Big R will open in Lima, in a former Walmart location on the city’s west side. The store is expected to employ around 70 people.

Joda Crabtree is a Co-Owner at Big R. He tells the website the company will look to hire Lima-area residents for management positions if possible.

Big R is a general retailer that targets both rural and city residents with its selection of products.

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8/17/16 – 5:29 A.M.

A proposal to expand what is considered downtown Fostoria has been tabled. The Review-Times reports legislation to expand the central business district will be part of a public hearing on September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The expansion was proposed by the city planning commission last month.

If approved, several properties on Perry Street could be rezoned. Four more businesses would then become part of the central business district.

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