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        An appeals court has denied a request by former state representative Steve Kraus for post-conviction relief from his theft conviction in 2015.

        In denying his request, the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court that dismissed his petition for relief.

        Kraus was convicted of one count of theft from an elderly person on July 27, 2015 and the lower courts ordered him to two years of community control and pay a $2,500 fine.

        After opening in 2013, the Stony Ridge office of Community Health Services has realized an increase in demand for service and is adding a pediatrician, Dr. Mary Grist, to its staff this month.

        The current staff at Stony Ridge includes Dr. Todd Meredith, who specializes in family medicine; Dr. Yasmin Pirzada, who specializes in adult care internal medicine and infectious disease; and Bridget Faricy-Beredo, family practice nurse practitioner.

        Oregon City Council recently approved its 2019 municipal budget.

        City Administrator Mike Beazley at a council meeting on Dec. 17 thanked city officials for their work on the budget.

        “We made a statement of priorities for the year,” he said of the budget. “We recognize that a budget is just a plan and an estimate, and that it changes from month to month through the year. But it’s good for us to go through the process.”

        Beazley said Oregon, like most communities, spends the vast majority of the general fund on public safety, police, fire and courts.

        “The budget is spent on making the community work. Overall, our capital investment focuses on maintaining our roads, and on our water and sewer infrastructure,” said Beazley. “We feel good about that process. We have things to resolve during the year. We’re excited about the projects that council has identified for us to work on. We’ll look forward to continue to explore those together during the coming year.”

        The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public information meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to accept comments about a proposed expansion of the Envirosafe Services of Ohio Inc. (ESOI) landfill, 876 Otter Creek Road.

        ESOI accepts hazardous waste from off-site sources for storage, treatment or disposal in Cell M, the only active hazardous waste cell at the facility that receives waste. The company has applied for a permit modification to vertically expand Cell M by 14 feet. If approved, it would increase the remaining capacity by 144,670 cubic yards to a total of 244,440 cubic yards.

        “They’re getting full, so they’re not going to be around for a long time,” Councilwoman Sandy Bihn said of the Envirosafe facility at a council meeting on Dec. 17. “So the administration received a proposal from Hull and Associates to look at the closure/post closure care funds and the new elevations for raising Cell M higher than it is.”

        A bill pending in the state legislature that would expand the authority of township police departments to patrol on interstate highways appears destined to die this year in committee. But its primary sponsor, Rep. Steve Hambley, said he expected it to be re-introduced in 2019.

        Currently, police departments in townships with populations of less than 50,000 residents lack statutory authority to make warrantless stops on interstates. House Bill 255 would have lowered the population threshold to 5,000.

 

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