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Oregon schools Superintendent Lonny Rivera went before city council to ask for help in promoting a 5.9 mill operating levy that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

“I’m not looking for an endorsement or anything of that sort,” said Rivera. Instead, he asked that supporters of the levy speak to others about the importance of getting it passed.

“You go out in your daily business and you talk to people. Please speak to those people who you are around,” he said.

The levy, if passed, would raise $2.8 million annually for a period of five years. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $207 per year in additional taxes.

The financially pinched district has been losing millions per year due to decreases in revenue from real estate and tangible personal property taxes as well as cuts in state funding.

When Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School junior Olivia Mish was a child, she always enjoyed watching flag corp teams perform routines as high school bands played at football games. As she got older, she couldn’t wait to be on a team herself.

But when she enrolled at Stritch and saw there wasn’t a flag core team to join, she made it her mission to start one.

“I asked Mr. Malone how I could get it started and he said I had to find other people who were interested,” said Mish. “So I just started asking people if they would be interested. Then we found coaches and that got it started.”

The undertaking was a big one for Mish, who was a sophomore when she first began forming the team. She had to find participants and coaches with few resources. But when classmate Katie Dunaway said her Mother, Deanna, used to be on a Flag Corp. team at Stritch and would be interested in coaching, everything began falling into place.

On August 4, Louis Revesz was jogging westbound on Starr Extension at about 6:20 p.m. when he saw two bundles of cash on the edge of the road near the entrance to the Oregon recreation center.

“I didn’t realize it was money at first,” Revesz recounted for The Press last week. He picked up the greenbacks and headed for home.

Upon closer examination, he knew he had stumbled upon a hefty chunk of change. He counted the loot, which totaled $10,000. The money was in various denominations. “There were 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills. There were new $100 bills and I thought they were counterfeit. Then I thought, `No, those must be the new $100 dollar bills,”’ he said. He promptly handed the money over to the Oregon Police Department.

The money was found in two separate rubber banded bundles, according to police. The bundles further contained eight bundles of $1,000 each and one bundle of $2,000. The money was dry when Revesz found it. A heavy rain ended at roughly 4 p.m., which would indicate it was lost sometime between 4 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., police surmise.

Calling the matter a partisan attack to influence his upcoming bid for re-election, Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters Wednesday welcomed the results of a review of allegations he illegally took possession of a forfeited firearm.

Jeffrey Lingo, a Lucas County assistant prosecutor, last week issued an opinion that state law hadn’t been broken and a special prosecutor isn’t necessary to further investigate the matter.

The Lucas County prosecutor’s office was asked by Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan to review a complaint by Adrienne Hines, an attorney and chairperson of the Ottawa County Democratic Party, that Judge Winters had unlawfully taken possession of a semi-automatic LAR-15 rifle forfeited by a convicted man in 2007 to the court’s probation department.

It was later turned over to the sheriff’s department and kept in an evidence locker.

The Lucas County grand jury recently indicted a former police chief of Walbridge for gross sexual imposition.

Timothy Villa Sr., 67, of 6960 Kinsman Drive, Sylvania, was indicted on October 8 for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a female employee of Data Research, Inc., 5650 West Central Avenue, Suite D, Sylvania. Data Research, Inc., is a private investigation firm owned by Villa, according to Jeff Lingo, chief of the criminal division with the Lucas County prosecutor’s office.

“The incident allegedly occurred at his place of business this year on June 16,” Lingo told The Press last week.

The case will be assigned to a judge and to a prosecutor before it is set for arraignment, according to Lingo. “He will enter a plea to the charge, then the case will go forward, just like any other criminal case.”

Conviction of sexual imposition is a felony, he said.

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