Republic woman indicted

A Republic woman was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Brooke Noelle Hill, 24, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, court records state.

Fostoria Learning Center plans tours Thursday, class

Fostoria Learning Center is to host tours of its facility 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Thursday. Call (419) 408-5540 to schedule an appointment on other days and times.

Located at 342 Perry St., Fostoria, the center also is offering a technology training session 1:15-2:15 p.m. Thursday. Students from Fostoria High School are to work with participants on specific projects, such as:

• Basic computer know-how.

• Setting up a Gmail email account.

• Understanding your smartphone or tablet.

• Creating a letter/document in Word.

• Using Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

The cost is $10 per session. Participants should bring their smartphones and tablets. Space is limited. Call (419) 408-5540 to reserve a seat.

County board of elections to meet Feb. 20, March 6

The Seneca County Board of Elections is to meet at 5:10 p.m. Feb. 20 at the board office, 71 S. Washington St. The purpose of the meeting is to update the board and any other business that comes before the board.

The board also is to meet at 5:10 p.m. March 6 for the purpose of board reorganization and any other business that comes before the board.

Get dog license by Jan. 31

Seneca County Auditor Julie Adkins reminds dog owners that the deadline to purchase dog licenses is Jan. 31.

Dog licenses can be purchased 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at Seneca County Auditor’s Office, 109 S. Washington St., Suite 2206 or online at www.senecacountyauditor.org. Call (419) 447-0692 for more information.

Licenses also are to be sold 1-3:30 p.m. Monday at the Fostoria Municipal Building.

Licenses for kennels may only be purchased at the auditor’s office. Purchasers of a kennel license may be subject to inspection by the Seneca County dog warden. The fee for kennel licenses is $75.

Dog owners have the option of purchasing either one-year, three-year or permanent licenses. Fees for licenses are $15 for one-year, $45 for three-year and $150 for permanent licenses. Multi-year licenses can only be purchased at the auditor’s office. Owners should be aware the three-year and permanent licenses are not refundable in the event of the animal’s death or if the dog is transferred to a new owner.

Licensing your dog is required by state law and may insure that your pet will be returned if it becomes lost.

Orangutan bites zoo volunteer, detaches thumb

TOLEDO (AP) — A zoo in Ohio says one of its volunteer’s thumbs became detached when an orangutan reached through a barrier and bit her arm.

Toledo Zoo said the volunteer’s injuries were not life-threatening and that she was treated at a hospital.

Zoo officials told The Blade that what happened isn’t the orangutan’s fault. It is not clear how the volunteer’s finger became detached.

The incident took place Saturday in an area not accessible to visitors while the orangutans were being fed.

Zoo officials say all its great apes attempt to sneak their fingers through to grab things and that it’s a known behavior staff must watch for while they’re near the enclosure.

Man hurt in jail fight dies; inmate may be charged

SIDNEY (AP) — A coroner says an inmate hurt in a fight at an Ohio jail died a day later at a hospital.

The Dayton Daily News reported the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office hasn’t ruled on what caused the Saturday death of 54-year-old James Richards.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the Sidney man was punched by another inmate at the Shelby County jail.

Chief Deputy James Frye told The Sidney Daily News an inmate repeatedly asked Richards not to speak so loudly while talking on a phone, and Richards then yelled at the man, leading to a physical fight. Frye said Richards hit his head as he fell, then was repeatedly punched.

Officers intervened, and the second inmate is expected to face charges.

Richards was in custody on a domestic violence charge.

Jesse Jackson meets with GM workers about threats

TOLEDO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says General Motors should sit down with its workers in Ohio who say they’ve been facing ongoing racial harassment, including finding nooses inside the plant.

Jackson visited Toledo Tuesday to talk with the workers and community leaders.

A group of GM workers have filed a pair of lawsuits against the automaker, saying the company hasn’t done enough to stop the harassment at its Toledo transmission plant.

GM said it’s taking the matter seriously and has taken several steps to address harassment at the plant and is continuing to investigate.

Workers in one of the lawsuits say the racist taunts and graffiti goes back several years.

Jackson says one step the company could make right away is to add more security cameras and guards.

Hundreds of teachers on strike at Ohio’s Wright State

DAYTON (AP) — Hundreds of teachers at Wright State University are on strike.

Officials at the southwest Ohio state school said classes will continue with most teachers still on the job, including some union members. Some classes are to be combined, some taught by substitutes and others offered online.

The Dayton Daily News reported that school president Cheryl Schrader plans to teach during the strike that began Tuesday.

Some 560 of the university’s faculty of 1,700 belong to the American Association of University Professors.

The union rejected the latest employment terms issued by the school’s board of trustees. Those terms involve areas including health care and pay.

The university has said it negotiated “in good faith” and has put forth the best employment terms it could.

Mom arrested after dead baby found at Amazon site

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful disposal of human remains after her newborn baby was found dead inside a bathroom at an Amazon distribution center in southwest Phoenix last week, police announced Tuesday.

Samantha Vivier, 22, was booked into jail and scheduled to have her initial court appearance Tuesday night.

Court documents weren’t immediately available, but police said they don’t believe anyone else was involved in the baby’s death.

Police said the body of a baby girl was discovered the night of Jan. 16 inside the women’s restroom in the secured Amazon facility.

A day later, police said they had found and spoken with the baby’s mother but didn’t say whether she was an Amazon employee to prevent her identity from being revealed.

The baby appeared to be full-term and was believed to have been born on-site, according to police, who said the Maricopa County medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Amazon said in a statement last week that the company was working with police to support the investigation and called the incident “terribly sad and tragic.”

The company’s massive distribution center on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.

Under Arizona law, mothers can anonymously leave unharmed newborns at designated “safe haven” locations. They include hospitals, ambulances, churches, on-duty fire stations and adoption agencies. The baby must be under 72 hours old and given to a person.

The law, which was passed in 2001, also states the mothers who follow those instructions will not face prosecution.

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