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A former president of the United Steelworkers Local 5000 union has been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the labor union.

David R. Sager, 58, of Gibsonburg, was indicted on nine counts of embezzlement or theft, 18 counts of mail fraud, one count of obstructing justice and one count of making false statements to law enforcement officials.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Northern District of Ohio Office, Local 5000, which is based in Middleburg Heights, went on strike in 2009 after failing to reach a contract agreement with a company identified as Company 2 in the indictment. The company proposed eliminating the position of contract coordinator, which Sager held.

A three-judge panel will consider whether Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, who’s been indicted on 43 counts of theft and drug offenses, should be suspended.

At the request of special prosecutor Carol Hamilton O’Brien, the Ohio Supreme Court appointed a special commission that will decide if the sheriff should be suspended. Retired judges Patrick McGrath, V. Lee Sinclair and John Solovan were named to the panel.

The court’s order issued last week doesn’t set a timeframe for the commission but it named a staff attorney in the office of Chief Legal Counsel to the court as secretary of the commission with authority to schedule hearings.

Officers from the Oregon Police Department, fire department, and Toledo Police Department have begun training to use new unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones.

Oregon and Toledo had initially considered jointly financing and sharing a more expensive drone that would have cost $75,000, which some on council thought was too expensive. In addition, there was some concern about sharing a drone if both police departments would have wanted to use it at the same time. Oregon found a much cheaper model and decided to pay for its own, as did Toledo.

“We’re getting ready to use our drone,” said Beazley last week. “The city ended up paying for our own after we found one at a better price point and we made the decision as a community that we wanted our own.”

Oregon City Council on Monday approved expanding the sanitary backup reduction grant program to further prevent sanitary sewer backup into basements, as well as to reduce storm water inflo/infiltration (I&I) into the sanitary sewer system.

Changes in the grant program include increasing grant funding to disconnect basement floor drains and/or home footer tiles from the sanitary sewer system through the installation of a sump pump.

The program assists private owners by reducing the risk of sanitary sewer backups for properties in Oregon that have plumbing fixtures or sanitary drain openings within their dwelling that are connected to the public sanitary collection system and are lower in elevation than the rim of the next upstream manhole connected to the portion of the collection system serving the dwelling, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Ottawa County officials and two recovering former addicts are among those who will speak at a community substance awareness forum Sept. 18 at Genoa High School.

The forum “Save a Life” is being sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick will discuss how various law enforcement agencies cooperate in combating the heroin epidemic as well as their efforts to educate children and parents about the dangers of opiate use.

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