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More home loans slipping into foreclosure are conventional loans rather than subprime loans, according to a recent study by the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group - attorneys general from 12 states, including Ohio’s Richard Cordray.

“The data shows that one in seven borrowers is behind in their mortgage,” Cordray said. “And hundreds of thousands of homeowners have adjustable-rate mortgages waiting to reset, ultimately sending even more into default. As our report outlines, servicers are long overdue to step up and start taking legitimate steps in reducing foreclosures. If they choose not to, the picture is grim.”

The report includes data compiled over two years by the group in cooperation with 13 large servicers of subprime mortgages.

Key finding of the report are:
• The total number of struggling homeowners not on track for any foreclosure prevention assistance is growing. Only four in 10 seriously delinquent borrowers are involved in loss mitigation programs.

Six years ago, people without transportation found it difficult to get to the doctor’s office or hospital for medical appointments. Then came Care-Van, a non-profit service that provides transportation for people in local communities to their health care providers, thanks to donations from a group of doctors, nurses, and others unrelated to the medical field.

Care-Van has seen an increase in demand by those who have no other way to get to and from their medical appointments, according to Dr. Erol D. Riza, one of the people who helped establish the service.

Donations from the medical staff at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, small businesses and individuals financially supported the service. Last year, the program got a boost in the arm with a $30,000 grant from the United Way of Greater Toledo.

“All these different groups joined to help people who have no other way to get to their appointments,” said Riza. It particularly helps people on a limited income, he said.

“When people get checks from Medicare, what will they spend it for, a taxi cab, food, or a run to the doctor’s? At least we are helping them in that way,” he said.

The Lake Township trustees have turned to the township solicitor, Tom Hays, to represent the township on the board of directors of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) the township formed last year with the City of Toledo.

The appointment of Hays will be on an interim basis until the trustees have had time to interview other persons interested in serving on the JEDD board.

Still, the vote Tuesday to appoint Hays to the board wasn’t unanimous.

Trustees Melanie Bowen and Richard Welling voted for the appointment while Ron Sims voted against.

Sims said Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also an administrative assistant to the trustees, should have been temporarily appointed to the seat.

“We already have an administrator for economic development (Hummer),” Sims said after the meeting. “I just feel that he should have been involved in this.”

Hummer has a separate contract with the township for handling administrative matters, including economic development related issues and grants.

The trustees also approved the appointment of Matt Sapara, Director of Development for the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, as the township’s other representative to the five-member board.

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A search warrant executed at a Clay Township residence resulted in the arrest of two people and authorities seizing marijuana plants, firearms, and equipment for growing marijuana indoors.

The Ottawa County Drug Task Force, detectives from the county sheriff’s department, and officers from the Clay Township Police Department executed the warrant Dec. 23 at 22784 W. Holt-Harrigan Road.

Melissa K. Moll, 29, and Daniel R. Flickinger, 52, have each been charged with possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of cultivation tools.

All are fifth degree felony charges, according to the sheriff’s department.

The two were lodged in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, pending an initial appearance in the county municipal court.

Investigators also seized cash, processed marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

According to the municipal court Web site, an arraignment hearing was scheduled for Dec. 30. 

 

Mayor Mike Seferian has chosen Michael Beazley, currently the administrator of Lucas County, as Oregon’s city administrator.

Seferian called a special council meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday to announce his choice. Council is expected to approve the appointment.

Candidates interested in the position submitted 60 resumes to the city by the Dec. 15 deadline, though Beazley did not submit one.

Seferian, an independent, said he had his eye on Beazley, a Democrat, since former city administrator Ken Filipiak left last November.

“Mike Beazley has never applied for a job since his career started. People have always come after him,” said Seferian, who met with Beazley, 55, twice at his home in the last several weeks to discuss the position.

“When I first had him here at my house, I could see a gleam in his eye, like excitement,” added Seferian. “He reminds me of a young, eager person fresh out of college, willing to take on anything with enthusiasm. He is very bright. He’s got not only experience, but connections throughout the county, to Columbus, and even to the White House. He’s a class act. He’s the real deal. He’s too good to be true.”

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