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05/28/15     5:20 p.m.

After breaking ground last July, the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has officially set a date for its first performance.

Audio: Ann Buis

Ann Buis is the vice chair of the board of directors. She said the construction is going well and is a great mix of the preservation of Central Middle School and modern additions.

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is finishing one fundraiser and starting another. Fundraising coordinator Sarah Palmer said Monday, June 1 will be your last day to buy seats in the auditorium.

Audio: Sarah Palmer

Through July 15 you can buy engraved pavers to be used in the outside walkway around the building. Those pavers will be $500 for small and $1,500 for large.

If you’re interested in the donating to either campaign, see findlayforthearts.org or call 419-423-27

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05/27/15     6:05 a.m.

Two Findlay teenagers were arrested for drug possession following a Friday night traffic stop.

The State Highway Patrol says 18-year-olds Timothy Brooker Jr. and Doryin Thames were pulled over for a speed violation on State Route 12 just before 11 p.m. Friday.

The teens have been charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and LSD. Both Brooker and Thames are being held in the Hancock County jail.

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05/27/15     6:03 a.m.

The Findlay Police Department has promoted an officer to sergeant.

On Tuesday, Andrew Welch was sworn into his new position. Welch began his career as a dispatcher with the FPD in March of 2005. He joined the police auxiliary in 2006 and was hired as a full-time officer in 2007.

As an officer, Welch was assigned to the patrol division. He served as a field training officer and a member of the emergency response team.

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05/27/15     6:00 a.m.
A single vehicle crash seriously injured a Findlay woman Tuesday afternoon.

The Findlay Police Department said 63-year-old Patricia Essinger struck a power pole with her car in the 1400 block of Lima Avenue around 3 p.m. Witnesses told police the car was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

After being extricated from the vehicle, Essinger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Police say a medical condition caused the crash and no citation will be issued.

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05/27/15     5:10 a.m.

The Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed arson charges against a former volunteer Ottawa firefighter due to lack of evidence.

The Lima News reports 27-year-old William Laibe was charged with three counts of arson after allegedly setting fire to three properties, two of which were vacant homes, in Ottawa on July 25, 2014.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers said he was hoping to introduce evidence showing Laibe at the scene of six other fires, but it did not look like the judge would allow the evidence. He does have the option of refiling charges if more evidence surfaces.

More: The Lima News

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05/27/15     5:08 a.m.

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services says it will include Findlay officials in future recovery house decisions.

The Courier reports that at their Tuesday meeting, the ADAMHS board said it will give city council members and the mayor information about potential recovery house in hopes of heading off backlash. Executive Director Precia Stuby said residents with concerns usually contact their council representative anyway so this will give the elected officials the information they need to help respond.

The ADAMHS Board received an extension for a grant to purchase two recovery homes. The original deadline was June 30 for a men and women’s home. That has now been extended to March 31, 2016.

More: The Courier

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05/27/15     5:00 a.m.

Orange barrel season continues in Findlay today with several areas of road work.

The Findlay Engineering Department says Hardin Street between East and Main Street will be closed starting today through the rest of the week as Marathon Petroleum renovates in the area.

South West Street will be closed from West Main Cross and Front Street today and tomorrow for asphalt repair. Bright Road will also be closed for resurfacing between Production Drive and County Road 212. And Front Street will be closed between Western Avenue and Main Street today and tomorrow for asphalt repair as well.

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05/26/15     4:10 p.m.

The body of a 44-day-old boy who was allegedly killed by his father will not be exhumed.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer refused the request of 25-year-old Jerrod Hartman’s attorney last week. In November, the defense requested the body be exhumed following a neuropathologist suggesting the child may have had a birth injury on his skull.

Niemeyer said the coroner’s ruling that a liver laceration alone was a catastrophic injury alleviated the birth injury argument. He added that Hartman had not established significant reasoning for additional testing on his son’s body.

Hartman’s jury trial is set to begin July 29.

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05/26/15     3:06 p.m.

Ahead of this afternoon’s anticipated storms, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch.

That watch is in effect for Allen, Hardin, Henry and Putnam Counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

In addition to severe thunderstorms, damaging straight line winds are a concern. Gusts of up to 70 mph and 1-inch hail are possible with the storms

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05/26/15     1:30 p.m.

Starting June 1, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be inspecting street-worthy golf carts.

Inspections will take place at the sheriff’s office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Saturdays by appointment, for $10. Lt. Chris Bell said carts can be driven in unincorporated, residential areas of the county. However, villages and cities with the county may have ordinances against them. Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen said the city does not have and restrictions on golf carts currently, other than those put in place by the state.

Each golf cart that passes the sheriff’s inspection will then be authorized to purchase a title and registration from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, as well as Ohio license plates.

For questions or Saturday inspection appointments, contact Lt. Chris Bell at 419-424-7224.

Golf Cart Requirement for Street Use:

  • Have headlights, brake lights, tail lights and turn signals
  • Have windshield, horn, rearview mirror and license plate light
  • Not capable of traveling over 20 mph
  • Seat belt for each occupant
  • Drivers must have Ohio operator’s license
  • Children must use child restraint seats as required by law
  • DUI and insurance laws apply to those driving a golf cart on public roads

More from the Ohio Revised code here and here.

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