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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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Switching schools. One’s last senior tackle. The prestige of clinching a fourth-straight Suburban Lakes League title. The looming imminence of a juggernaut of an Ottawa-Glandorf Titans’ squad stomping its way into Comet Stadium for the program’s third-consecutive home playoff game.

The disappointment of essentially being relegated to a back-up role on offense during one’s bittersweet swansong senior season for his new team, when he was a bona fide rising star and basically a “Mr. Do-It All” for his old.

It’s nonetheless hard for 11-0 Genoa’s soft-spoken, well-grounded power running back, and quietly-determined defensive end Chris Cuevas to sweat the proverbial “small stuff” these days.

In the early morning hours of June 6, 5-10, 210 pound Cuevas was force-fed a heaping spoonful of responsibility, crushing personal loss and sheer terror as a tornado that barreled through neighboring Lake Township and parts of Ottawa County, where it tore through the middle of his Reiman Road home while he was still inside.

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The Elmore Chamber of Commerce presented its 6th annual Halloween event "Tombstone Derby."  Events included a pumpkin carving contest, a motorized casket race, and a pet halloween costume contest.  Top photo: Boston Gallup, left, eyes up his competition, Grant Smith, in the kiddie car race.  Bottom photo: Harley Harrison, as Eddie Munster, gets a treat from Tamilyn Sheen after participating in the Kid's Magic School Adventure.  (Press photo by Ken Grosjean) elmorehalloween1a

The Lake Township trustees have given their approval to an automatic response agreement between the township fire department and the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District but said the agreement will be reviewed after six months with an eye on what it’s costing the township.

The trustees unanimously voted in support of a resolution to enter into the agreement with the district but directed Mark Hummer, township administrator, to compile cost figures for the first six months the agreement is in effect.

Under the agreement, the township would automatically provide a rapid intervention team and ladder truck for all structure fires in the Allen-Clay district. The district, in turn, is agreeing to provide a rapid intervention team, rescue vehicle, and fire engine to all structure fires in Lake Township.

Rapid intervention teams set up outside of buildings on fire to rescue or assist endangered fire fighters inside.

Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, raised questions about the cost of the agreement, noting members of the fire department are credited for two points per hour “right out the door” for fire runs.  Under the point system for the department, two points would equal $20, she said.

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The recession is prompting Mayor Mike Seferian to reconsider the proposed construction of a concession/restroom facility that would serve the new South Recreation Complex.

“As you know, we had budgeted money for a concession stand and restroom facility,” Seferian said to council at a committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 1. “With the budgetary concerns we have, to proceed to build that right now, things are kind of at a holdup.”

The facility, which would be located on city owned property off Starr Extension Avenue west of the access drive and parking lots in the middle of the soccer and flag football fields, is estimated to cost $240,000, he said. 

The Recreation & Parks Committee considered reducing the size or altering the proposed facility, said Seferian.

“That was something I wasn’t prepared to do,” he said.

He and Administrator Mike Beazley do not want the project to be financed with money from the General Fund, he said.

“Mr. Beazley and I are working on a different concept to fund this rather than taking general fund money to actually build this facility. The one thing we don’t want to do is fund this concession stand/restroom facility with our incoming revenues. We’re going to make it stand on its own merits, and we believe we can do that,” said Seferian.

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