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Friends and family of Julia “Jewel” Bedford, 41, was easy to get along with. Their “Jewel” was a homicide victim in Walbridge Monday.

When commotion arose at their home, many were surprised despite the fact they said her significant other, Larry Adler, 61, had a history of alcohol abuse.

“We were home. We heard the commotion — sirens and such,” said Marianne Schwamberger, who lives directly across the street with husband Matt Schwamberger.   

What began as a request by Gibsonburg Mayor Ed Herman, Jr., for Police Chief Michael Benton to attend meetings of the village planning commission branched into an investigation spanning more than a year.

An inch-thick report of the chief’s investigation focuses on real estate transactions, questionable billing, and possible conflicts of interest by elected and appointed officials, including a former village solicitor and the current administrator.

Chief Benton last week confirmed he has sent the report to the Ohio Ethics Commission and Sandusky County prosecutor. As of last week, the ethics commission and prosecutor hadn’t taken action.

Willie and Candy B. and their two children came to Toledo to seek refuge from the mean streets of Detroit. Willie was a convicted criminal, Candy a former drug abuser.

Willie, who spent 12 years of his life in the Michigan prison system, and Connie felt they had enough bad history in Detroit and needed to start life over in a different city. They decided to find a new home in Toledo.

Willie stayed at an emergency shelter, but soon after the couple applied to Family Outreach Community United Services (FOCUS) — a faith based agency with a goal of embracing people in need and bringing a voice to the homeless.

The Ottawa County Health Department has announced the clinic schedule for the week of Sept. 15-19. Unless otherwise noted, all clinics are held at the health department offices, located at 1856 E. Perry St., Port Clinton. Appointments may be made by calling 419-734-6800 or toll-free in Ottawa County at 1-800-788-8803.   

As popular as Oregon’s German-American Festival has been, GAF Society Chairman Timothy Pecsenye stresses his organization faces the same challenges as any other non-profit organization.

The GAF started in 1966, was incorporated in January 1967 by seven ethnic societies, and later purchased Oak Shade Grove for its German-Swiss Cultural Center. The festival helps pay for maintenance of Oak Shade Grove and its “Germanic-style” clubhouse, but each society continues its own fundraising events.

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