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7/25/16 – 5:03 A.M.

A robbery was reported in Findlay early Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. in the 800 block of West Trenton Avenue. A man told police five black men took his wallet and assaulted him. The victim then walked to the BP station and called the police.

One suspect was described as being around 30 years old. Another was said to have facial hair, was unclean, and was wearing a red shirt. No other description was provided.

The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a minor hand injury.

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7/22/16 – 7:24 A.M.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the new Seneca County Joint Justice Center in Tiffin today. The festivities will take place at 10 a.m. on Courthouse Square, which is where the former courthouse once stood. Construction of the new facility is expected to take around 16 months.

A time capsule will be included in the construction. Suggestions can be emailed to nsmith@seneca-county.com. A suggestion box will also be located at the county and township association tent near the entertainment building during the Seneca County fair next week.

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7/22/16 – 7:11 A.M.

Fostoria-based Mennel Milling is expanding its operations. The Review-Times reports the company has a tentative deal in place to buy a bakery mix and packaging facility from General Mills. Company President D. Ford Mennel is finalizing negotiations with the BCTGM International Union and Local #57. The goal is to close the sale before November 1.

The General Mills facility is located in Marion County and is about an hour south of Fostoria.

A news release from the Mennel says, “This is an exciting opportunity for The Mennel Milling Company to extend into the bakery mix business. It allows us to continue to add value to wheat flour and expand our product offerings to better serve our customer base.”

MORE: Review-Times

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7/22/16 – 6:58 A.M.

Arlington Village Council will hold a special meeting later today. The only topic on the agenda will be the future of the swimming pool and park. The 6 p.m. meeting in the municipal building will tackle how the village should get the money to fix the pool and upgrade other parts of the park.

Council members are expected to discuss a possible levy to be put on the November ballot. Council is considering amounts of 1, 1.5, or 2 mills to pay for the needed work. Village officials have said the levy could act as a referendum on if the pool will reopen next summer.

The deadline to place a levy on the November ballot is August 10.

MORE: The Courier

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7/22/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A bulldozer bought by Hancock County earlier this year suffered heavy damage in an incident at the county landfill last week. The Courier reports that on July 14 the bulldozer was idling near a tractor trailer being emptied in the landfill when the trailer tipped over and fell onto the bulldozer. No one was injured in the accident.

The county may have to rent a bulldozer while the damaged equipment is examined to see if it can be fixed. Both vehicles were insured.

The trailer was owned by All Excavating and Demolition of McComb. Sheriff Michael Heldman said it tipped because it was overloaded. He added the county is going to be stepping up enforcement of load limit laws. Heldman says too many trucks being run by contractors working in the area are running overloaded.

MORE: The Courier

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7/22/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A water service offered by the village of Leipsic is doubling in price to try and limit it to residents and local farmers. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Leipsic has a tap to fill water trucks. What makes it unique is that it is run on a self-serve basis, and payment is made on the honor system. The cost was only 50 cents per 100 gallons.

Village council members said people from well outside the area were taking advantage of the service. While there was talk of ending self-serve access to the water tap, council decided to double the rate to $1.00 per 100 gallons of water.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/22/16 – 5:08 A.M.

A trial date has been set for an Arlington teenager facing multiple sexual assault charges. The Courier reports 19-year-old Kyle McDowell is scheduled to go on trial November 14. McDowell has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.

Prosecutors say the incidents in question happened in October of 2014. McDowell allegedly used force or the threat of force to have sexual contact with a teenage girl. The case was initially heard in the Hancock County Juvenile Court but was bound over to the Hancock County grand jury in March.

County Prosecutor Mark Attorney says Eric Michener of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will handle the case due to a conflict of interest in the prosecutor’s office.

MORE: The Courier

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7/22/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The widening of I-75 through Findlay will start a year early. ODOT says construction will begin next spring, instead of the spring of 2018 as originally planned. The three-year project will make I-75 three lanes from just south of the Harrison Street bridge to the County Road 99 interchange.

Kirk Slusher is the deputy director of ODOT District 1. He says other projects in the state have experienced developmental delays, which bumped up the Hancock County project. Slusher said, “We kept a focus on preparing the plans for the Hancock Interstate 75 project so it would be ready in case funding became available earlier than scheduled.”

The widening project also includes redesigning the I-75 interchange with State Route 15 and U.S. 68, replacing the Harrison Street overpass, and building noise walls along the interstate.

The widening project currently taking place on Findlay’s north side to Perrysburg is scheduled to end in the fall of 2017.

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7/21/16 – 8:18 A.M.

A Bluffton man has been sentenced for stealing nearly $200,000 from his former employer. The Courier reports 55-year-old Kurt Emans will enter a diversion program and pay $150,000 in restitution to Patriot Concrete. Emans was working as an accountant at the business when the thefts took place.

The Lima News reports that if Emans successfully completes the program, a conviction will not be entered into the court record.

MORE: The Courier

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