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6/2/14 – 4:50 A.M.

The long brutal winter is finally well behind us, but the city of Findlay is still feeling some of the effects. The Courier reports the harsh weather cost the city government more than $130,000 for extra utility costs, vehicle repairs, and overtime. The Public Works Department took on the majority of the extra expenses with driver overtime.

Findlay’s Water Pollution Control Center recorded 38.6 inches of snowfall from January through April. That’s more than three times the snow we saw in 2013. Public Works Superintendent Matt Stoffel said city crews were constantly on the road battling the elements.

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5/30/14 – 8:58 A.M.

AEP customers are being warned about a scam targeting their customers. The Lima News reports someone has been calling people in the area claiming to be from the AEP Ohio Disconnect Department. The person will claim you owe money and your services will be shut off if you don’t pay immediately.

Before you pay you are urged to call AEP Ohio’s Customer Operations Center at 800-672-2231 to see if you have a payment due and to check the status of your account.

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5/30/14 – 7:35 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was arrested last week for threatening the county’s Department of Job and Family Services. The Daily Chief-Union reports officers took William Snodgrass into custody last Friday. A worker at the JFS said Snodgrass threatened to beat up an employee at the facility and also threatened to bomb the building.

Snodgrass was released on his on own recognizance. He had to surrender his rifle and agree to stay away from government buildings to secure his release.

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5/29/14 – 7:16 A.M.

Grassy areas along highways in our region will be reseeded this summer. Last year a contractor working for ODOT used a growth retardent chemical on grass along roads in District 1, but it turned the grass brown. District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusser says the company will reseed areas where the grass hasn’t recovered.

Mercier’s Inc. of South Point will also have to spray for weeds in areas where the grass was killed, and replace any washout areas.

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A Findlay woman was injured while riding her bike Thursday afternoon. The police department says a car hit a bicycle in the 300 block of North Main Street around 3:20 p.m.

32-year-old Melissa Spencer was riding on the sidewalk when she was hit by a car in an alley driven by Shannon Whitman. Spencer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Whitman was not cited due to lack of visibility.


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5/30/14 – 6:41 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners approved a study for a new justice center Thursday. The Courier reports the study of a proposed $8.5 million facility says a new justice center would benefit Seneca County and the city of Tiffin. The building would house two county common pleas courts, the clerk of courts, and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

No funding has been committed to a new justice center. The study does not specify a location for the building. County, city, and court officials will meet to discuss the project before moving forward.

Seneca County does have money set aside for the facility. It would be paid for by the county, city, and the courts.

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5/30/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Two of the three teenagers charged in a Fostoria murder waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Thursday. 18-year-old Tyson Ogg and 19-year-old Dallas Salaz appeared in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court. They are both charged in the death of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio during a break in at an East Culbertson Street home last week. Their cases will go in front of a grand jury on June 11.

Another teenager, 17-year-old Garrett Brown, is also charged in the case. His proceedings have all taken place in a juvenile court so far. Ogg and Brown are facing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Salaz has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

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5/30/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber is moving ahead with expansion plans in Findlay. The Courier reports the tire maker announced Thursday it would resume plans to locate a $40 million global technology center in Findlay. The project was initially announced in 2013, but was shelved when Apollo Tyre moved to buy Cooper.

The state is still offering incentives for Cooper to locate the technology center in Findlay. A $2.8 million grant will be given to the company. The state controlling board is expected to approve another $400,000 grant to make infrastructure improvements in the city. That could mean a traffic light at the intersection of Western and Sandusky, and turn lanes at 6th and Blanchard.

The global technology center will be located on the second floor of a regional tech center on Summit Street. Cooper will hire 40 people to run the facility, including engineers, scientists, and researchers.

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5/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay City Schools’ Superintendent was given a high honor Thursday. During a retirement party for Dean Wittwer, it was announced a wing of the high school would be named after he and his wife. The “Dr. Dean and Pat Wittwer Fine Arts Wing” will open in the fall, as part of the school’s renovation to the main entrance.

Wittwer has been the Superintendent in Findlay for nine years. He was honored with a resolution from the school board. The mayor was also on hand to thank Wittwer for his efforts.

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5/29/14 – 7:17 A.M.

The Mt. Blanchard public swimming pool opens for the season today. Discounts are available on memberships for village residents. For residents, a family membership will be $55, and $30 for an individual resident. Non-residential family memberships will be $110 and a non-residential individual membership is $60.

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