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Findlay landmark reduced to rubble

AS THE FORMER Elks building was razed Saturday on Findlay’s South Main Street, the name “Elks” was one of the last pieces to fall. (Photos by Nick Moore)

A downtown Findlay landmark, the former Elks building at 601 S. Main St., was reduced to rubble in one day on Saturday.
Demolition work began at the rear of the building and slowly moved toward the front. Near the end, all that remained standing was the building’s front wall, columns and porches.
Then they came tumbling down, too.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. purchased the former Elks building and the former RCM Architects building, which is next door to the south and will be razed next year.
Both buildings will be replaced by trees, green spaces and employee gathering areas as part of Marathon’s plan to add $80 million worth of downtown buildings — two office buildings, two parking garages, and possibly a hotel.
The Elks Lodge purchased and moved to the Northridge Swim and Tennis Club at 900 W. Melrose Ave.

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Weekly road report released

The following is the weekly report of construction and maintenance work on state highways from the Ohio Department of Transportation:
HANCOCK COUNTY
The U.S. 224 interchange with Interstate 75 is currently being reconstructed. The project began in February and is expected to be completed late this fall. The following traffic impacts related to the reconstruction will occur in the upcoming week:
• Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound lanes are narrowed and shifted approaching the U.S. 224 interchange at Findlay during reconstruction of the interchange. Lane restrictions are occurring on occasion in the southbound direction between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. mostly during the week but on some weekends as well.
• Placement of the beams for the new bridge structure over Interstate 75 is expected to take place in early June. Traffic on Interstate 75 will be temporarily stopped for short intervals during the operation.
• U.S. 224 traffic on the bridge over Interstate 75 is traveling on the north half of the bridge, one lane in each direction with no turn lanes, during a complete reconstruction of the interchange. All ramps at the interchange are currently open. The project began in February and is expected to be completed late this fall. Motorists are cautioned to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting at various locations throughout the work zone on U.S. 224 and along the interchange ramps.
• U.S. 224 on the east side of Findlay between Plaza Road (Best Buy) and Hancock County 236 is occasionally restricted to one lane during a traffic signal upgrade project. The new and upgraded signals are now in operation. Curb ramps and pavement striping will follow within the new few weeks.
• Ohio 235 from Hancock County Road 304 (old U.S. 30) about three miles north of Ada to Hancock County 313 (old 25) just north of Interstate 75 closed April 21 for 21 days for grinding and paving of the roadway. The route is expected to reopen to traffic within two weeks, but work will continue on the project.
• Ohio 568 between Lye Creek just west of the Hancock County fairgrounds to Hancock County 180 will be restricted to one lane for pavement repair and resurfacing.
• Ohio 330 from Ohio 15 to Vanlue High School will be restricted to one lane zone for pavement repair and resurfacing.
• Ohio 15 between U.S. 23 in Carey to Ohio 37 in Findlay is restricted to one lane during daytime and nighttime hours. Paving operations are taking place during the day while removal of deteriorated pavement is occurring at night. Work is occurring in both the eastbound and westbound direction.
ALLEN COUNTY
For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, visit www.odotlima75.org.
HENRY COUNTY
Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Ohio 18, between Ohio 65 and the Henry/Wood County line for resurfacing and bridge work. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.
PUTNAM COUNTY
Pavement repair will take place at the following locations during the week with traffic maintained.
• Ohio 190 between Fort Jennings and U.S. 224.
• U.S. 224 between the Van Wert County line and Kalida.
• Ohio 613 between Ohio 108 and Ohio 109.
SENECA COUNTY
• Ohio 12 between Ohio 635 and Ohio 590 will be closed for bridge replacement. The work will continue through July.
WOOD COUNTY
• Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Ohio 582 between Ohio 25 and Ohio 65 for resurfacing. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.

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Leipsic man hurt in cycle crash

McCOMB — A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in rural Hancock County.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported Michael Peterson, 32, of Leipsic, was driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Ohio 613 near Pleasant Township 117 at 12:24 a.m. Sunday when he lost control and traveled off the left side of the road. Peterson, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle.
Peterson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s office.
Assisting at the scene were McComb firefighters, PMP Emergency Medical Service, McComb Police Department and Ed’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.

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Motorcyclist arrested after police pursuit

A Findlay man was arrested following a high-speed chase that began on the east side of Findlay Saturday night.
According to Findlay police, an officer attempted to stop a motorcycle driven by Kenneth H. Beasley, 20, of Findlay, in the 14400 block of Hancock County 212 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police reported Beasley, who was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle, failed to comply with the officer and fled.
The motorcycle continued east on Hancock County 212, turning south on to Hancock County 236 until reaching the parking lot of Walmart at 2500 Tiffin Ave.
Police say the motorcycle traveled through the parking lots between Walmart and Kohl’s Department Store at 2310 Tiffin Ave. before turning east onto Tiffin Avenue.
Beasley headed east out of Findlay on U.S. 224, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph. He came to a stop in the parking lot at 2860 U.S. 224 at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 in Alvada, where he was arrested.
According to police, Beasley has been charged with failing to comply with an order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony, and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.
The pursuit lasted about 9 minutes and covered 13 miles. No one was injured.

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

5/12/14 – 8:16 A.M.

Gas prices are higher to start the week. The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.70 according to ohiogasprices.com. That’s up seven cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly what they were a month ago.

In Findlay the average price is $3.70 a gallon. Ottawa drivers are paying $3.69 a gallon.

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Fostoria Brothers Facing A Variety Of Charges

5/12/14 – 7:41 A.M.

Urinating in public landed a pair of Fostoria brothers in jail over the weekend. The Review-Times reports 22-year-old Stephen Moses and 27-year-old Donald Moses are facing several charges. Neighbors called police to report the men were driving recklessly, and then urinated in public in front of children.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says both men were intoxicated. One of the brothers allegedly vandalized the jail while in custody.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Saturday Crash

5/12/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a Saturday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old Kristy Lee Herman lost control of her car on State Route 698 around 9 :30 p.m. The crash happened near Eagle Township Road 48.

The car went over a guardrail, traveled down a 30-foot embankment, rolled over and came to rest on its top.

Hanco EMS took Herman to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.


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One Person Injured In Tiffin Avenue Crash

5/12/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay resident was injured in a Sunday night crash. The Findlay Police Department says the two-car crash happened just before 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue. A Toyota Avalon driven by 61-year-old Rainer Mueller hit a pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Tim Gephart of Findlay. Gephart was stopped to make a left turn.

Mueller was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


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Leipsic Man Injured In Weekend Motorcycle Crash

5/12/14 – 5:08 A.M.

A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle crash west of McComb over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports happened just before 12:30 a.m Sunday. 32-year-old Michael Peterson was riding his Harley-Davidson west on State Route 613 near Pleasant Township Road 117 when he went off the left side of the road.

Peterson was not wearing a helmet and was ejected from the motorcycle. PMP Emergency Medical Services took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Findlay Man Leads Police On High Speed Motorcycle Chase

5/12/14 – 4:58 A.M.

A Saturday night motorcycle chase hit speeds of 130 miles-per-hour. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident started around 11:30 p.m. A police officer attempted to pull over 20-year-old Kenneth Beasley in the 14400 block of Hancock County Road 212. Beasley refused to stop and drove south to County Road 236 and then into the Walmart parking lot at 2500 Tiffin Avenue.

From there Beasley tried to get away from officers by driving in the Walmart and Kohls parking lots. He then turned onto U.S. 224, speeding out of the city to the east. Beasley finally pulled over in a parking lot at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23.

Beasley now faces charges of failing to comply with an order or signal of police officer.

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