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Ohio House Passes Bill Prohibiting Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

(ONN) – The Ohio House has passed legislation that would prohibit cities from banning plastic bags.

The bill has the support of Ohio retailers, including grocery stores.

People in support of the bill say they want rules to be uniform across the state.

Cities like Bexley, just outside Columbus, have passed plastic bag bans citing their effect on the environment.

Governor DeWine feels local communities should be able to “do what they think is best.”

The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate.

Police Seeking Changes To Controversial Front License Plate Law

The legislation that makes it so Ohioans won’t be required to have a front license plate could see some changes.

O-N-N’s Tracy Townsend explains that officers say the plates help catch criminals.

The detective in Reagan Tokes’ murder case will testify this week explaining that the front license plate on Tokes’ car helped lead to the conviction of her killer, Brian Golsby.

School bus drivers add that it makes it harder to catch people that disregard bus laws.

You can read more about that here.

Findlay City Council Discussing Digital Signage Options

Findlay City Council is looking at legislation that will allow the city to consider putting a digital sign in one of the city’s entrance gateways.

Mayor Christina Muryn explained that if council approves the legislation, it doesn’t mean the sign will be going up.

The legislation just allows the project to be bid so that council can look at different options.

The idea was brought up by local businesses that were interested in getting a sign put up alongside I-75 on the backside of Maple Grove Cemetary by the Water Treatment Plant.

Muryn said that they are looking at how the sign would be designed and if it would produce revenue.

Council will hear the third reading of the legislation during their next meeting this upcoming Tuesday.

More Deer Taken During Ohio’s Deer-Gun Season This Year

(ONN) – The Ohio Division of Wildlife says hunters harvested more deer during the 2019 deer-gun season compared to last.

Hunters took 63,493 deer during this year’s week-long gun season, which ran from December 2nd through the 8th.

That’s about 2,700 more than the same period last year.

The agency’s deer program administrator says this year’s high numbers are partially due to favorable weather.

The deer-gun season will have a two-day bonus weekend December 21st and 22nd.

Also, muzzleloader season is in early January and archery season, which started in September, continues through February.

Matt Demczyk (WFIN)

Police: Porch Pirate Caught On Camera In Fostoria

A Fostoria resident recently fell prey to a porch pirate, but police were able to identify the people involved and make an arrest.

Police say they received a call about suspects taking packages off a porch on South Union Street a little before 4 p.m. Monday.

The suspects were identified through camera footage and witnesses.

Police say 19-year-old John Jacquot, of Risingsun, was arrested and another suspect will be charged.

“I just feel this is so pathetic, especially during the Christmas season,” said Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno.

He’s recommending that, if you have packages delivered over the holidays, or any time, plan on being home when they arrive or have them delivered to a neighbor you trust.

He says you could also leave instructions for the mail carrier on where to hide the package, or have it delivered to your place of work if possible.

Governor, ODOT Director Unveil Vision For Ohio’s Rest Areas

(ONN) – Ohio’s governor and department of transportation director say their vision for the state’s rest areas are the opposite of what Ohio’s former governor set forth to accomplish.

Cleveland.com reports that Gov. Mike DeWine described Ohio’s rest areas as “sorry” during the winter conference of the Ohio Contractors Association.

The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, Jack Marchbanks, said efforts to use Ohio’s rest areas as a means to promote “all that’s good about Ohio” are “a 180-degree turn” from the administration of John Kasich, who proposed privatizing the state’s 84 rest areas and suggested selling off naming rights for each rest area to corporate sponsors.

Renovation work on three rest areas, which began under Kasich, has been completed.

And the DeWine administration has plans to rebuild at least four rest areas.

Pursuit Through Three Counties Ends With Arrest In Lima

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a suspect with a felony warrant led troopers on a pursuit through three counties in northwest Ohio.

At about 10:50 Tuesday night troopers from the Bowling Green Post responded to Interstate 75 after being notified that the Toledo Police Department had been in pursuit of a Hurricane RV and had terminated their pursuit.

Troopers took over the pursuit, which ended up spanning 62 miles through Wood, Hancock and Allen Counties.

Most of the tires on the RV were deflated by spike strips put out by troopers from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver pulled over near Lima and was taken into custody after a brief standoff.

The suspect was identified as Larry D. Keith Jr., 38, of Maryville, Tennessee.

He’s facing charges of failure to comply and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Ohio Congresswoman Introducing Bill To Lower Cost Of Insulin

Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is introducing legislation in Washington aimed at lowering the cost of insulin.

Beatty’s office confirmed the introduction of House Resolution 5364 also known as the End Price Gouging for Insulin Act.

According to the health department, around 13 percent of Ohio adults use insulin to treat ailments like diabetes.

If passed, the bill would have the Secretary of Health and Human Services set the price for insulin with any company that sells above that number subject to civil penalties.

The bill has picked up eight co-sponsors in congress and Beatty will appear on the House floor to lobby for even more support.

Local Teen Takes Over Findlay Bakery

A local 18-year-old has fulfilled her childhood dreams of owning her own bakery after taking over Bread Kneads, now The Baking Company & Bread Kneads.

Eve Stump told us that this isn’t her first business venture.

She started Eve Marie’s Cakes while she was a Sophomore at Liberty Benton High School and changed the name to The Baking Company by Eve Marie.

She said the name change allowed her to venture into other baked goods, which is why she also changed the name for Bread Kneads.

Eve added that she has big plans for the business that include more options for customers as well as a fresh look for the business.

You can listen to the full interview below.