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Once upon a time, the house at 451 Potter Street in East Toledo was a family homestead.

Now, the property is a nuisance, and neighborhood leaders want to make an example out of it. A photo shows a garbage pile that fills the entire front yard.

“451 Potter had been an eyesore for a very long time. We cleaned it up and the garbage pile was just from that property,” said Jodi Gross, East Toledo Family Center community builder and One Voice leader.

“There was so much stuff in the yard. There were couches. There was a Christmas tree that had been there for a couple years. Just trash — things that should have been thrown in the garbage or removed in different ways.

“A team of volunteers, and the City of Toledo's Department of Neighborhoods worked to clean this eyesore up. The city boarded the property up after we cleaned it up.”

Reaching the top of your high school graduating class is no easy feat.

That is why members of the Genoa Academic Committee decided to spotlight that achievement by creating a Valedictorian/Salutatorian Wall in the main hallway by the high school auditorium. A dedication ceremony takes place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Final touches are still under way on the acrylic panels designed by 1157 Design Concepts of Sidney, O., according to GAC President Jennifer Witt.

The wall honors the top students from the 2015 graduating class back to 1964. GAC members are seeking out previous valedictorians and salutatorians to invite them to share in the moment.

“It’s all been very exciting,” she added.

A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. for a former state representative convicted of theft last month in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Steven Kraus, 56, who represented the 89th district, was found guilty of a fifth degree felony theft charge but jurors found him not guilty of burglary and breaking and entering charges.

Attorneys for Kraus last week filed motions for acquittal, a new trial, or, absent a new trial, a reduction of the charges.

Kraus was indicted last year on allegations he entered a Danbury Township home around April 4 and took several items. A real estate agent and auctioneer at the time, Kraus claimed he went to the residence at the request of the listing agent for the home to inventory property for a possible auction.

The levels of a toxin that shut down the water supply for Toledo water customers for three days last August inched up in samples and tests taken from the raw water intake crib in Lake Erie last week.

On Monday, Aug. 10, samples taken from the intake crib showed .99 parts per billion of microcystin in the raw lake water, and non-detected in tap water. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, tests showed it dropped slightly to 6 ppb in raw lake water and no detection in the tap water.

By Wednesday, Aug. 12, the level increased to its highest level so far this year. Samples and tests showed 4.9 ppb of microcystin in the raw lake water, and a non-detect in tap water. The “dashboard” remained at watch status

In June, Toledo launched its easy-to-read “dashboard” or graphic on water quality that is posted to the city’s website. It is updated to reflect the most recent water quality data analysis. The color-coded system shows the current status of the region’s drinking water quality.

A malicious prosecution complaint filed by a North Genoa-Clay Center Road man against his neighbors is scheduled for trial Jan. 5, 2016 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Anthony Simon filed the complaint against his neighbors, Wayne and Dorothy Fondessy.

The Clay Township residents have been in a legal dispute for about five years and Simon had also filed complaints against Terry Mitchell, the township police chief, and James Blausey, who was a patrol officer for the township at the time.

After a hearing last month, the court granted a summary judgment in favor of Mitchell’s and Blausey’s motion to have Simon’s claims dismissed.

A motion by the Fondessys for summary judgment was also granted to dismiss Simon’s claim of false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to the court docket, but their motion on the malicious prosecution complaint was denied.

Wesley Miller, attorney for Simon, last week said his client may file an appeal in the case involving Mitchell and Blausey.

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