The Press Newspaper
The Kreager family of Oak Harbor is celebrating 180 years of marriage without a divorce. The achievement is noteworthy not only because 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, but also because all five couples married their high school sweethearts.
Kenny Hetrick, the owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics, says inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture are threatening to fine him $60,000.
Hetrick estimates he has spent $12,000 making corrections to his Stony Ridge facility that has been a home to rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion, leopards and cheetah for 37 years.
He says that doesn’t seem to be enough to please inspectors from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service.
“My side of the story is that I did every single thing that they tell me to do, and then they come back and they tell me that it is not good enough. Every time I do something, they come back with something else. So, over and over they keep doing that,” Hetrick said.
Hetrick fears the USDA is trying to put pressure on him to give up raising the exotic animals. There have also been complaints from animal rights activists.
The Ottawa County Democratic Central Committee has selected Steve Levorchick to the post of county sheriff.
The committee, by a unanimous voice vote Thursday night, chose Levorchick, said Dan Laity, who chairs the county Democratic party.
A portion of the prison sentence of a Toledo man for his role in the armed robbery and beating of an elderly couple in 2009 has been vacated by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.
The court ruled charges of aggravated burglary and grand theft against Ronald Ruby, Jr. should have been merged during his sentencing hearing in the Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas.
Oregon City Council last Monday approved a project development agreement with BP Husky Refining LLC for the city’s flood relief and erosion control project.
The agreement spells out the cost share of the project between BP Husky and the city.
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