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12/14/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A Fostoria man was arrested on drug charges late last week. The Blade reports 34-year-old Ryan Payne has been charged with trafficking cocaine. He was taken into custody after residents in the Seneca County village of Kansas complained about ongoing drug sales.

In a release from the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit, Detective Chuck Boyer said an undercover officer was able to buy drugs from Payne in Kansas.

More charges could be filed in the case.

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12/14/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A well-known Findlay businessman has passed away. An obituary for Michael Gardner appears in today’s edition of the Courier. He died of natural causes last Thursday at the age of 57.

Gardner ran Superior Trim after buying the automotive parts company in 1997. He was also active in renovating buildings in downtown Findlay. Some of his businesses included the Gathering on East Main Cross, Gathering Wine on South Main Street, and Anvil Upstairs above the Gathering.

Visitations will be held at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Bright Road. The family is urging people to “pay it forward” with memorials.

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12/14/15 – 4:56 A.M.

A record high temperature fell in Findlay over the weekend. Saturday saw a high of 68 degrees according to the Water Pollution Control Center. The facility has tracked Findlay’s weather records since 1884. The previous record for December 12 was 62 degrees in 1949.

Sunday was also warm, but short of the record high for the day. We saw 63 degrees on the 13th, but the record high for the day was 70 degrees in 1901.

It looks like the unseasonably warm temperatures are on their way out. We’re only expected to see a high of 60 degrees today, and down to 34 degrees by the end of the week.

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12/11/15 – 8:48 A.M.

Putnam County authorities are investigating a threatening message left in a school building. The Columbus Grove Police Department reports officers were informed of the situation around 2:20 a.m. A Columbus Grove school employee found a threatening message in a restroom of the facility at 301 West Cross Street.

Law enforcement and school officials began an investigation immediately. The Allen County bomb squad was called in to check the school. A review of security footage and a sweep of the school found nothing suspicious.

Classes at Columbus Grove are in session today. The case remains under investigation.

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12/11/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Fostoria resident played a key role in the arrests of two burglary suspects Thursday morning. The Review-Times reports 18-year-olds Austin Jones and Johnathin Hinjosa were arrested on State Route 12 after someone reported the car they were riding in was driving erratically around 7:30 a.m.

The teens were linked to a burglary on North Poplar Street. The car they were found in was stolen from the home. Some other items were also taken from outside the house.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says both Hinjosa and Jones admitted to the crimes. They’ve been charged with burglary and theft of a vehicle.

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12/11/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A minor train derailment was reported east of Fostoria Thursday morning. The Blade says two CSX cars jumped their rails and blocked two lines of tracks about a mile east of the city. A second train stopped short of colliding with the derailed cars.

The incident blocked a crossing on Columbus Avenue while the derailment was taken care of. So far there’s no word on what caused the issue.

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12/11/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The University of Findlay has a new dean for the College of Business. The school announced Kevin Renshler was named to the role Thursday. Renshler has been serving as the interim dean since August, following the retirement of Paul Sears.

Before coming to UF, Renshler was the dean for Barton College’s School of Business in Wilson, North Carolina.

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12/11/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Two more people were sentenced for their role in a 2014 robbery in Findlay. The Courier reports 25-year-old Tyler Adams of Findlay will spend four years in prison on a robbery charge. 36-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Custar will spend seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a count of aggravated robbery.

Both Adams and Wilhelm took part in an October 2014 robbery in Findlay that saw a Toledo man suffer cranial fractures and a broken eye socket. Five other people took part in the attack. The victim’s wallet and cell phone were taken during the incident.

Adams was also sentenced to 24 months in prison on a separate burglary charge. It will be served concurrently with the robbery sentence.

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12/11/15 – 4:53 A.M.

Findlay could add three new police officers in 2016. The Courier reports the topic of police staffing levels came up during Thursday night’s annual budget hearing. Hiring three officers would cost the city around $300,000. If the officers are added, it would bring the number of officers on staff up to 65 by the end of next year. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says the administration would like to get back to 67 officers within the next few years.

The most officers ever on the force was 73, but that was right before the recession hit. Police Chief Greg Horne says there were only 54 officers working in the department in 2013.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik says the police department has been asked to do more with less, but added now is the time to increase manpower. The city is expected to carry forward around $10.4 million into 2016.

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