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An Elmore man faces five counts of felony charges after being arrested last week for offenses stemming from involving a minor in sexually oriented material.

Shaun Harder, 24, 19089 W. State Route 51, was arrested by Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon after being indicted by a county grand jury.

Law enforcement officials said the indictment comes after a nine-month investigation into allegations Harder engaged in “inappropriate overtures” to a minor by sending pornographic and explicit material to the alleged victim by computer and text messages.

Harder, who was fired in March from the Elmore Police Department, faces charges of:

• Two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. A second degree felony.

• Two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. A fifth degree felony.

• Tampering with evidence. A fifth degree felony.

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Demolition of the Lake High School building could begin this week after the school board and the district’s insurer reached an agreement the building should be completely razed.

Tim Krugh, board president, Thursday said the board and Traveler’s Insurance Co. concluded negotiations that morning with the company agreeing to the full coverage limit of $19.1 million for the building.

Traveler’s had taken the position that about half of the building - mostly classroom and office space in the west end  - was salvageable and could be repaired.

“It took a little longer than we would have liked but the outcome was good,” Krugh said. “The settlement allows us to move forward in earnest with the rebuilding process.”

Negotiations between the parties stretched over three months since the June 5 tornado swept through the area.

Jim Witt, district superintendent, said preliminary work on designing a new building has begun and the board and administration are committed to having a new building open for students by the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Total damage to the building, including contents, could reach $25 million, Krugh said. In all, the district incurred losses of about $30 million, including damage to other buildings.

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The Oregon school board will slash $2 million from the district’s operating budget for the 2011-12 school year if an emergency operating levy on the November ballot fails, according to a position statement the board is considering.

Superintendent Mike Zalar said Wednesday he expected the board to approve the statement at its meeting the next day. The statement outlines what cuts will be enacted if voters don’t approve the levy.

With $2 million less for operations, a total 20 teaching and support staff positions will be eliminated.

The district will also apply for a waiver from the state to reduce the kindergarten program from all-day everyday to all-day every other day.

Zalar said a plan to close one elementary school and/or reconfigure the district would immediately be implemented and the Career and Tech program offerings would be eliminated.

The position statement also says the board will:
• Increase athletic participation fees.

• Eliminate or significantly reduce bus service for all high school students, including parochial.

• Reduce cleaning services in buildings effective January, 2011.

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High school freshman Paul Cox III is planning to join the Marines after high school. Afterwards, he wants to work

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Under supervision from Boat Building Class
instructor, Rick Brown, students Imalai Estrada,
Paul Cox, Brittany Carr and Aylinda Estrada
apply principles in naval architecture and
mathematics to construct a boat. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

 in the maritime industry.

“I would love nothing more than to just be out on the water for weeks at a time and just be out on a boat. It’s just calming for me to be out on the water,” said Paul.

Paul lives in Oregon with his parents Paul II and Julie Cox. Like his older brother and younger sister, Paul III was home-schooled — until last year.

After looking into parochial and public schools, Paul and his family began researching charter high schools. Paul decided he wanted to attend The Maritime Academy of Toledo, a grade 5-12 nautical themed public school located on Water Street adjacent to the Maumee River near downtown.

Paul enrolled into the academy’s eighth grade class one year ago, and like other students there, he is referred to as a “cadet.”

Students can graduate with a high school diploma and earn a two-year college degree at the same time. Now that he is a freshman at TMAT, Paul is also taking post-secondary classes at Lourdes College.

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Approximately 300,000 bowhunters, representing more than half of all Ohioans who hunt deer, are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens Sept. 25, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

During last year's four-month archery season, bowhunters killed 91,546 deer, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year. Crossbow hunters took a record 49,065 of that number and longbow hunters took a record 42,481 deer. Overall, archers accounted for nearly 35 percent of 261,260 deer taken during Ohio's combined 2009-10 archery, muzzleloader and gun seasons.

Licking County led the state in both the vertical bow and crossbow harvest. Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Harrison and Guernsey rounded out the top five counties in crossbow harvest, while Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Knox and Holmes completed the list of top five counties in vertical bow harvest.

From all indications, Ohio’s statewide deer herd grew slightly in 2009, and a modest increase is likely in 2010. The Division of Wildlife remains committed to reducing populations where needed. Through a combination of both regulatory and programmatic changes, progress towards reducing locally abundant herds can be expected.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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