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Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here are two excerpts from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.


I’m in Wickenburg, AZ, this eve, after leaving Goodyear (Western Phoenix area) this morning.

At a town hall meeting, District 3 councilman Peter J. Ujvagi referred to Woodville Road as “the Central Avenue Strip of used car lots.”

Ujvagi was referring to used car lots in East Toledo, but they continue along the streetscape into Oregon and Northwood.

According to business websites, there are over a dozen dealerships along that strip of Woodville Road with the biggest having over 600 autos in its inventory. The next four have 535, 323, 223, and 179, and all other inventories are under 100. In all, there are well over 2,000 used cars for sale on Woodville Road in the metro Toledo area.

Two dealerships have expanded big time — Nationwide Auto Finance in Oregon, founded in 1997, merged its three dealerships into one, renovating the old Handy Andy store at 2121 Woodville Road and is now the largest on the strip. In 2013, First Choice Auto Finance, 1000 Woodville in East Toledo, purchased the property next to its existing lot, allowing it to double its inventory to 500 autos.

A shooting range operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company in Ottawa County isn’t entitled to statutory immunity from noise and safety nuisance claims, the Sixth District Court of Appeals has ruled.

Michael and Holly Szuch, who own property adjacent to the firing range, had appealed a decision of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas denying their request for a permanent injunction against
FENOC.

In their complaint, the Szuch’s sought monetary damages and an injunction against FENOC, contending the company’s construction of the firing range, which is used for training of security personnel, failed to meet safety regulations and the range didn’t comply with regulations covering noise levels and operating hours.

The appeals court upheld the lower court decision in part and disagreed with other parts.

From 2000-13, there were 160 recorded active shooter incidents in the U.S., totalling 1,043 victims both wounded and killed, and that doesn’t include the shooters, who often commit suicide.

When an active shooter killed six and critically injured others in Kalamazoo, Michigan, it hit closer to home. Some of those shot were walking out of a Cracker Barrel restaurant — but they could have been walking out of any restaurant.

In 1996, four people were killed in an active shooter incident in Oregon and Northwood has seen similar incidents at a local restaurant and another at an apartment complex. Toledo made national news when a disgruntled Jeep employee showed up at the factory in West Toledo and went on a shooting spree.

For many residents, a public forum set for March 6 in Woodville to discuss how serious heroin addiction has become in the area will be a real eye opener.

Police Chief Roy Whitehead and his officers started noticing about three years ago that heroin was entering the local drug scene on the heels of cocaine and prescription pills.

“Marijuana is still around but we are seeing more heroin and pills these days,” he said.

From January 2013 to the end of last year, the department saw heroin or opiate-related arrests climb from zero to 51, with about a quarter of the arrests involving local residents and the rest from outside the village, often Toledo.

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