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The application of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a similar article of the Ohio Constitution was a major part of a court case that emanated from a traffic stop in 2011 by a Lake Township police officer on I-280.

The Ohio Supreme Court last month affirmed a decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals that the officer lacked authority to enforce a lane violation on an interstate highway and the ensuing search of the vehicle was unreasonable. The Supreme Court also agreed the appeals court properly ordered drugs seized during the search to be excluded from evidence.

“A traffic stop for a minor misdemeanor made outside a police officer’s statutory jurisdiction or authority violates the guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures established by Article 1, Section 14 of the Ohio Constitution,” the court ruled.

For a group of European young professionals who visited Northwest Ohio, coming to the United States was a chance to get their taste of American customs way of life.

A six-member Ukrainian delegation came to Toledo for the eight-day Open World: Energy Efficiency program.

For the East Toledo leaders who helped bring them here, the experience was a chance to show the Ukranians what Birmingham, a Hungarian ethnic neighborhood, has to offer. The Birmingham Development Corporation hosted the group of young professionals.

The delegation joined people from the Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia who were also in America as part of the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development, a program that works to provide a professional development opportunity for up-and-coming and mid-level professionals to gain knowledge of U.S. practices.

Discussion of a resolution to pay the widow of a Lake Township employee for the employee’s accrued sick time hours became heated Tuesday as the township trustees couldn’t agree on whether they should proceed without a written policy in place.

Richard Welling, a trustee, read a resolution to pay the widow of Dan Sprinski, the township cemetery sexton who died suddenly in late May, for the 240 sick-time hours he had accrued – approximately worth $5,280. But the other trustees, Melanie Bowen and Jeff Pettit, didn’t second his motion for consideration and the resolution didn’t receive a vote.

Welling then called for a discussion of the matter, which ignited a sharp exchange as Pettit and Bowen said the payment shouldn’t be made without a written policy.

The resolution says that the relevant section of the Ohio Revised Code says public or private employers “…may pay all wages or personal earnings due to the deceased employee …to the surviving spouse…”

Oregon will hold a meeting on Monday to address flooding and drainage issues following the June 27 storm that dropped over 6 inches of rain in many local areas.

The meeting will take place in council chambers at 6:30 p.m.

“We got more rain than most – over 6 inches,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “There was a lot of flooding in general. People got water in basements, water in their crawl spaces, their houses, streets, yards. So there are people in the community who have questions. They want to know why this happened, and what is the city doing about it.”

There is little the city can do when that much rain falls, said Seferian. In addition, there was a constant 25-35 mph northeast wind on the lake that caused the water to rise and push back on the entire storm sewer and ditch system, essentially stopping discharge into the lake.

Since 2010, the city has worked on projects to reduce sanitary sewer backups and overflows in the collection system.

“We’ve done more than we have ever done,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “In cities of 25,000 and less, we’ve done more than anyone around us.”

As a result of various wastewater treatment plant and collection system evaluations and design studies conducted between 2009 and 2012, the city has completed or is in the process of completing many projects that will help to prevent sanitary sewer backups and overflows, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Projects are being completed in the sanitary sewer collection system as well as at the wastewater treatment plant. Projects taking place in the collection system are reducing the amount of storm water inflow & outflow (I & I) (rain and groundwater) leaking into sanitary sewers, according to Roman. Projects taking place at the wastewater treatment plant are increasing the overall treatment capacity of the plant in order to be able to treat more flow during large rain events.

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