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Officials deny Oregon Police Officer Jeff Brown, son of Mayor Marge Brown, received lenient treatment for his repeated and illegal use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to gain information about an ex-girlfriend over a two-year period.
Many posters on The Press’s message board, “Shout,” believe Brown, who was given a 20-day suspension for the LEADS violations, should have been dismissed for the offense, which the Ohio Revised Code calls a fifth degree felony.
LEADS gives police access to national criminal justice databases and provides personal details about individuals, including their addresses, phone numbers, and other private information.
Brown, who is married, used LEADS as recently as May 26, 2009, to look up information on former girlfriend Tanya Hernandez, according to an internal affairs report released Sept. 4 that investigated the officer over a seven year period.
Men claiming to be conducting a property survey for the City of Oregon were able to gain entry to a Holly Drive residence and steal cash from the eldery homeowner, police said.
One man said he needed to look at the homeowners’ back yard while others apparently went into the home while the 83-year-old owner was distracted.
The incident occurred July 8.
According to police, the homeowner was cleaning a lawn mower in his front yard when a large red Ford, possibly an SUV, pulled into his driveway.
The Genoa school board is scheduled to open bids this week for preliminary work on the site where a new elementary school will be constructed.
Board members plan to meet Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. to open the bids for what is called an “early site package” that covers grading, drainage, extending utilities to the site, and related issues, said Bill Nye, district treasurer.
The board and administration held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new school on Sept. 16.
Voters in November approved a 1.9-mill, 28-year bond issue that will be used to fund the local share of construction costs for the new school as well as renovations to the high school building.
The bond issue is expected to generate about $5.2 million for the project while the Ohio School Facilities Commission will provide funding for the balance of the costs.
Representatives of three environmental groups are asking Gov. Ted Strickland to veto a provision in the state operating budget bill they claim hamstrings the work of the Environmental Review Appeals Commission.
Jack Shaner, Deputy Director of Ohio Environmental Council, Jennifer Miller, Program Coordinator of the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club, and Amy Gomberg, Program Director of Environment Ohio, say in a letter to the governor the budget amendment was added by the legislature’s conference committee with no opportunity for public review.
The commission hears appeals of decisions made by the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding permits, licenses, or variances under the agency’s jurisdiction.
The Oregon City Schools District is urging parents and students to follow simple procedures in trying to prevent, and treat swine flu, just as they would any flu.
Two students at Fassett Middle School, a sixth grader and eighth grader, are the first confirmed cases of swine flu in the district.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar said a parent of one of the students with the virus contacted the administration on Sept. 18 to disclose the illness.
He’s fielded “quite a few calls” from parents since then.
“The majority of the community is reasonable and understands,” he said. “We try to address those concerns and reassure them our buildings are clean and safe. If their kids are not sick, they should be sending them to school.”
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