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Frustration Mounts As Gas Meter Still Not Installed At County Garage

10/30/14 – 11:33 A.M.

While the new Hancock County Engineering garage is open, it’s not fully operational yet. County Commissioner Brian Robertson says Columbia Gas continues to delay the installation of a gas meter, which is causing mounting problems…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson adds he’s been trying to nail down a date, but hasn’t had any luck…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says initially the meter was supposed to ship early this month. Now it looks like it will be early November before it can be installed at the earliest.

Until the meter is installed, the garage is operating without a generator, and without heat.

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Marathon Reports Solid Third Quarter Of 2014

10/30/14 – 7:33 A.M.

Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum Company’s earnings in the third quarter of 2014 dwarfed last years numbers. Figures released by the company this morning show the company earned $672 million between July and September. During the same time period in 2013, Marathon earned $168 million.

Today’s quarterly report also shed some light on the future of the company. A statement from CEO Gary Heminger said Marathon plans to accelerate the growth of MPLX LP. Heminger added, “We believe MPLX’s long-term growth profile represents substantial value to MPC shareholders through our general partner interest, the incentive distribution rights and the potential for meaningful proceeds from asset sales to MPLX.”

Another Marathon Subsidiary, Speedway, showed record earnings. The convenience store chain earned $119 million during the quarter, up from $102 million in 2013. The increase was credited to higher margins on light product and merchandise. Speedway also closed its buyout of Hess retail stores on September 30.

MORE: Marathon Investor Site

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Fostoria Man Found Guilty For Role In Arson

10/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Fostoria man was found guilty yesterday for his role in an arson fire that killed two people. The Review-Times reports a jury of six men and six women deliberated for nearly 8 hours before delivering guilty verdicts on four charges. Schaeffer was charged with being complicit in the Memorial Day fire set by Shey Weiker.

Weiker set the blaze at 614 S. Poplar Street to get revenge against Daniel Marker Jr., who she accused of committing a sex crime against her son. Schaeffer told Weiker how to use the flare that was used to start the fire. The flames killed Marker and Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was injured escaping the house.

Schaeffer will be sentenced today. He could spend the rest of his life in prison.

MORE: Review Times

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Election Preview: Arlington Fire Levies On The Ballot

10/27/14 – 4:48 A.M.

In just over a week, voters will head to the polls on election day. Today we continue our election preview series with a look at two levies Arlington voters will decide on next Tuesday.

The first levy is a 2.5 mill, 5-year renewal, which would raise $51,000 for the day-to-day operations of the Arlington Fire Department. The second is 1 mill for 5 years to raise $20,000 for new fire equipment.

Audio: Al Latta

Arlington Fire Chief Al Latta says in his 43 years at the department, he’s seen great improvement in operations because of voter support. Latta says supporting the levies will help keep the community safe…

Audio:  Al Latta

Latta said the safety of the community depends on the support of the levies. The first levy is a 2.5 mill, 5-year renewal, which would raise $51,000 for the day-to-day operations of the department. The second is 1 mill for 5 years to raise $20,000 for new fire equipment.

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More Details Released On Bluffton Bank Robbery

10/21/14 – 1:09 A.M.

More details have been released on a Bluffton bank robbery and police chase from this morning. The Bluffton Police Department reports that just before 9 a.m., a man later identified as 43-year-old Brian Matheny of East Jordan, Michigan, held up the Chase Bank on Main Street. Matheny allegedly threatened an explosion if his demands weren’t met.

A teller complied, and Matheny fled the scene. His white SUV was located in the northbound lanes of I-75 a short time later. Matheny attempted to run from police, but eventually turned off the interstate on State Route 12 in Findlay. That’s where he exited his SUV, and set himself on fire.

State troopers quickly extinguished the flames, which only caused superficial injuries to Matheny. He was treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital and then taken to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

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Election Preview: Robert Sprague

10/21/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our preview of the upcoming November election today with a look at another of the candidates running for the 83rd Ohio House district seat.

Incumbent Robert Sprague says a lot of work has been done to bring jobs back to this area, but there’s still more work to do..

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says the reason the jobs aren’t being filled is because there is a skills gap. He believes the government can help fill that gap by aligning the education system to help train skilled workers that have specialized certifications.

Sprague says one thing he wants to continue working on is tackling prescription drug abuse…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he’s also supported measures that end doctor shopping for prescription medications.

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Election Preview: Latta Running For Reelection

10/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

There’s just a little more than two weeks left until the November election, and we continue our preview of the candidates you’ll see on the ballot today.

Bob Latta is running for reelection in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District. On the topic of job growth, Latta says the problem is businesses are over-regulated, which means they can’t expand…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta says he’s supported legislation that would simplify and reign in excessive legislation.

While many criticize Congress for partisan gridlock, Latta says he has been a part of bipartisan legislation efforts…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta says he also worked with Democrats on legislation that would have reduced paperwork for auto dealers. Latta also talked about working with Democrats on a caucus that focuses on rural issues.

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Election Preview: Gregg Norris Running For Ohio House

10/17/14 – 4:26 A.M.

Election previews continue today with a Libertarian candidate hoping to secure a seat in Ohio’s House.

Gregg Norris says he’s just your Average Joe with a wife and kids, two dogs and chickens in his backyard. But Norris has gained a little notoriety since announcing his candidacy for Ohio state representative. Norris said what separates him from his opponent incumbent Robert Sprague is his belief in small government.

Audio: Gregg Norris

Norris said he believes all the other issues in the state, such as overspending and high tax burdens, are tied to a government that’s too big…

Audio: Gregg Norris

Norris said every time the government creates a new agency, regulation or something of the sort, there has to be someone in place to police or manage it. According to Norris, this extension of government is costing money, hence the overspending and tax burdens.

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Election Preview: Liberty-Benton Building Levy Back On Ballot

10/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Election previews continue today with a look at another school levy voters will see on the ballot in just under three weeks.

Liberty-Benton is hoping the third time is the charm for a “yes” vote on a levy to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school building.

Audio: Jim Knable

Superintendent Jim Kanable said this levy is a result of meetings asking voters what they’d like to see. Kanable said community members specifically requested less tax on property, hence this year’s combination property and income tax.

Audio: Jim Knable

This levy attempt is a combination of property and income tax, along with 47 percent assistance from the state to cover the cost of the new building.

The new building would be built on County Road 9 next to the high school.

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Jury Seated For Findlay Murder Trial

10/15/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A jury was seated Tuesday for a Findlay murder trial. The Courier reports the jury for Montre Robinson consists of nine-women and three-men. Robinson is accused in the murder of Joe Gutierrez III on November 8 of last year at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal Avenues. Prosecutors say Robinson drove the gunman to the scene of the shooting.

The first day of testimony is scheduled to begin today. The jury will visit the site where the shooting happened. It’s expected the trial could last through next week.

The gunman in the shooting pleaded guilty already. 21-year-old Ralph Harris of Findlay will be sentenced after Robinson’s trial.

MORE: The Courier

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