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Though still weeks from Christmas, an Oregon couple last week got some holiday cheer when a company that buys tall Christmas trees such as pines, spruces and firs approached them to see if they were interested in cutting down two 50-60 foot pine trees in their yard.

Carol Sarns was in her Eastland Drive home last Sunday when a man came to her door asking about a pair of tall pine trees in the yard of her neighbors, Ryan and Jenny McMahon.

The man, from Egan Acres Tree Farm, of Riverdale, New York, spotted the McMahon’s trees from I-280 as he made his way back from delivering a tree to a mall in Detroit.

“You can see our backyards from I-280, and he saw my neighbor’s trees,” said Sarns. “He said he was looking for two trees to take to New York, and they were what he wanted.”

Knowing that the McMahons were not home, Sarns agreed to jot down his name and phone number for the McMahon’s to contact him.

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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian is urging the public to use caution at the Coy Road and Starr Avenue intersection due to a new bike lane configuration that is uncommon in the city.

The intersection was recently widened to accommodate dedicated left turn lanes on all approaches, a dedicated right turn lane for eastbound Starr Avenue, and a dedicated through lane for the eastbound Starr Avenue bike lane.

The eastbound approach to the Starr Avenue intersection was designed with a dedicated right turn lane as a result of the high volume of right turn movement to southbound Coy Road. The dedicated right turn lane is located to the right of the dedicated bike lane as required by the Ohio Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

At the intersection, for eastbound traffic, bicyclists in the bike lane heading straight through Coy Road, and motorists turning right to southbound Coy Road, cross paths.

The bike lane configuration, more common in other communities with bike lanes, is new to Oregon.

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Det. Mick Lento, of the Lake Township Police Department, has some straight forward advice for township residents: lock the doors of your garages and other residential buildings as well as your vehicles.

The township has been hit by a string of burglaries in recent weeks as thieves focus on garages, barns, and other out-buildings.

Det. Lento said a majority of the buildings involved in the burglaries had been left unlocked.

“We’re getting hit pretty hard,” he said. “We want to get the word out to the residents to secure their homes and buildings.”

Four of the residences hit were on or near Owens Road.

Hand and power tools, generators, and other equipment are being targeted although one resident had venison and fish taken from a freezer.

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Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar at a special school board meeting Nov. 4 rallied supporters of the 5.9-mill emergency levy, which was defeated on Nov. 2, and urged them to remain united to resolve a $2 million budget deficit expected in the next school year.

“We had tremendous support from the board of education, from our teaching staff, classified support staff, administrative team, and the community,” said Zalar. “I think we set new standards in terms of the amount of money that we raised to run that campaign, the number of volunteers who contributed their time. I’ve heard from many, many people about the amount of information that was published. I don’t think anybody can say they weren’t aware we were on the ballot, they weren’t aware of what the issues were.”

Voters on Nov. 2 rejected the levy for the second time since 2009 by a vote of 3,605 to 1,119.

The school board has cut nearly $8 million from the budget in the last few years as a result of House Bill 66, which phased out tangible personal property taxes for businesses and created budgetary shortfalls for several school districts.

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Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters will grant a request to have William J. Liske, Jr., 24, undergo an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial.

Liske’s attorney, Adrian Cimerman, informed the court Wednesday he intended to file a motion requesting the evaluation. He entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of Liske, who’s been indicted on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery of three family members.

During Liske’s arraignment, Judge Winters set bond at $3 million and informed Cimerman he’d approve his motion for the evaluation.

Liske is charged with killing his father, William E. Liske, Jr. 53; his wife, (the younger Liske’s step-mother) Susan Liske, 46, and her son. Derek Griffin, 23, at their home along North State Route 2 in Benton Township.

Their bodies were found by family members on Oct. 31 and Liske was apprehended later that day in Carroll County.

Except for responding to questions from the judge about his employment and financial status, Liske sat silent during his arraignment and showed little emotion. Judge Winters declared him indigent and eligible for a court-appointed attorney.

Judge Winters read each count in the indictment, which includes six counts of aggravated murder.

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