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Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies will soon be armed with department service weapons rather than their own personal guns.
Late last week, Ottawa County commissioners allocated $30,000 to cover the costs of guns, holsters and ammunition magazine pouches.
The gesture ended Sheriff Steve Levorchick’s campaign to change the gun-toting policy by having the county underwrite the costs for a uniform weapon among the rank and file. The county’s deputies are the only ones in Northwest Ohio who still use their personal guns for their daily professional work, the sheriff said.
One reason for the commissioners’ holdout was liability issues, the sheriff said. The county, however, assumes greater responsibility by letting deputies use their own weapons, he said.
“We had no control over that weapon. Just for an example, if they were rigged with hair-triggers we wouldn’t be able to do anything about it,” the sheriff explained.
An Elmore meat store has announced it is voluntarily recalling several types of meat and spice products.
Tank’s Meats Inc., 3351 State Route 51, said Tuesday it is recalling the items due to allergens not being listed on the labels.
The recall covers approximately 849 pounds of Tank’s Coney Sauce; about 423 pounds of Hot Beef Jerky and Tank’s Original Beef Jerky, and several Chili Bob’s spice products due to undeclared allergens.
The Coney Sauce contains soy, an allergen, and the Beef Jerky products and spices products contain wheat and soy.
Subject to recall are:
A ruling by a Lucas County Court of Common Pleas judge in 2013 to reinstate the former fire chief in Jerusalem Township after trustees fired him was reversed this month by Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals.
The appellate court, consisting of Judges Mark L. Pietrykowski, Arlene Singer, and James D. Jenson, unanimously voted on Feb. 6 to uphold the trustees’ dismissal of former Fire Chief Harold Stanton.
Stanton filed a lawsuit against the township after trustees fired him on March 19, 2013 for allegedly permitting an individual who was not a member of the fire department to actively participate on emergency calls. Trustees initially suspended Stanton, who had been part-time fire chief since 2008, then later decided to dismiss him following a hearing.
Trustees had stated in a letter to Stanton that they had repeatedly instructed him to not permit individuals to assist in the fire department during emergency situations unless they had been lawfully appointed Jerusalem Township firefighters.
“This action is potentially dangerous to the individual, significantly increases the township’s potential liability and violates Ohio law,” trustees stated in the letter. “You have failed to follow the instructions of the township trustees. Your conduct and failure to follow instructions constitutes misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, and misconduct in the performance of your official duties as chief of the Jerusalem Township Fire Department.”
Two Eastwood High School graduates, Kenneth W. Krukemyer and Leroy Minnix, who were killed in action during the Vietnam War, are being inducted into Eastwood’s Eagle Way Hall of Fame.
Krukemyer and Minnix were nominated for the Eastwood Hall of Fame by Vietnam veteran and Eastwood graduate Jerry “Jiggs” Sandwisch.
Krukemyer answered his country’s call to duty and joined the United States Army on July 18, 1968. He completed basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia and was then assigned to Fort McClellan in Alabama where he was placed in the Advanced Infantry School. Upon completion of this training, he was issued orders for deployment to Vietnam.
On April 3, 1969, Krukemyer began is tour of duty in South Vietnam. Kenneth was assigned to D Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division.
At East Toledo Family Center’s Annual Meeting and Recognition Night held Jan. 28, the board of trustees welcomed new members Julie Gallaher, Matt Grimes, Matt Keel, Toni Moore and Matt Pavley and returning members Nick Huber and Dave Yenrick.
Board of trustees officers for 2015 include Phil Amadio, president; Nick Huber, vice president; Andrea Martin, secretary and Michael Craig, treasurer.
Several staff members, volunteers and members of the community were recognized for their service and achievements. Honorees included:
• Service Awards, the highest awards the East Toledo Family Center Board of Trustees presents, were given to the Bowling Green State University Art Department, Memorial Church of Christ and Michaels Stores, Inc.
• Volunteer Awards were presented to George Stuller, Senior Softball; Doug Kwiatkowski, Gala Volunteer; and Amy Tingley, Debbie Tingley, Larry Avery and Glen Cook, One Voice.
• Staff Awards, presented for dedicated service and a commitment to quality in the workplace, were given to Monica Cardenas, Preschool cook; Steve Smith, Senior Home Repair coordinator; Gabby Wilson, Help Me Grow Service Coordinator.
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