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Oregon city council voted 6-0 at a special meeting Jan. 21 for Mayor Mike Seferian’s appointment of Michael Beazley as the new city administrator.

Council member Mike Sheehy was not present at the meeting.

Seferian said he had spoke earlier with Sheehy, who had expressed “his strong support” for the appointment.

Beazley, who is currently the administrator of Lucas County, will start his new job in March for a period of five years.

Seferian said Council member Sandy Bihn felt more comfortable if the city approved a term for Beazley’s contract.

“She was comfortable with five years. Mr. Beazley was comfortable with a five year term,” said Seferian.

Beazley, who did not submit a resume for the position, beat out 60 candidates who had submitted resumes to the city by the Dec. 15 deadline.

Seferian, an independent who beat incumbent Marge Brown for mayor last November, has said he had his eye on Beazley, a Democrat, since former City Administrator Ken Filipiak left soon after the election.

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Don Christie and his wife, Michelle, knew something wasn't right with their

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                 Don Christie and his wife, Michelle, 
                 Olivia, 8, Ryan, 10, and Michaela, 6

youngest daughter, Michaela.

On March 20 last year, the Christie family drove to Columbus to watch two of their nieces, Courtney and Ashley Christie, play in the Division II state basketball semifinals for Kettering Alter High School at Value City Arena.

"Michaela was running a high fever on and off and had a lot of pain in her bones," says Don, an assistant principal at Oak Harbor Middle School. "She had been sick on and off. We're driving down there and every time we'd drive over a bump, like railroad tracks or something, she would start screaming. We got to Columbus and we had to carry her from the parking lot to the arena."

One day before, a family doctor had told Don and Michelle that Michaela simply had a viral infection and to just let it run its course.

"My wife said, 'This is not a virus...I want a blood test,' " Don recalls.

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The Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Perrysburg man who was charged with forgery, receiving stolen property, and misuse of a credit card in a case stemming from break-ins of vehicles parked at the Perrysburg YMCA in 2007 and 2008.

The appellate court upheld the conviction of Martin Gaines, who had been charged with trying to purchase merchandise at the Pilot Travel Center in Lake Township and a Kmart store in Perrysburg with stolen credit cards.

According to court transcripts, a YMCA member on Dec. 18, 2007 reported her purse stolen after someone had smashed a window of her parked vehicle. When she arrived home after the break-in, she discovered her credit card had already been used to purchase an item costing more than $500 at Kmart.

About two weeks later, another Y member reported a vehicle break-in and purse theft. A man later identified as Gaines attempted to use her credit card that day at the travel center to buy CB radio equipment. After the credit card was declined, the salesman noticed the card was issued in the name of a woman and took the card to his manager. When he returned to the counter, the man had left the store.

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More home loans slipping into foreclosure are conventional loans rather than subprime loans, according to a recent study by the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group - attorneys general from 12 states, including Ohio’s Richard Cordray.

“The data shows that one in seven borrowers is behind in their mortgage,” Cordray said. “And hundreds of thousands of homeowners have adjustable-rate mortgages waiting to reset, ultimately sending even more into default. As our report outlines, servicers are long overdue to step up and start taking legitimate steps in reducing foreclosures. If they choose not to, the picture is grim.”

The report includes data compiled over two years by the group in cooperation with 13 large servicers of subprime mortgages.

Key finding of the report are:
• The total number of struggling homeowners not on track for any foreclosure prevention assistance is growing. Only four in 10 seriously delinquent borrowers are involved in loss mitigation programs.

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The Lake Township trustees have turned to the township solicitor, Tom Hays, to represent the township on the board of directors of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) the township formed last year with the City of Toledo.

The appointment of Hays will be on an interim basis until the trustees have had time to interview other persons interested in serving on the JEDD board.

Still, the vote Tuesday to appoint Hays to the board wasn’t unanimous.

Trustees Melanie Bowen and Richard Welling voted for the appointment while Ron Sims voted against.

Sims said Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also an administrative assistant to the trustees, should have been temporarily appointed to the seat.

“We already have an administrator for economic development (Hummer),” Sims said after the meeting. “I just feel that he should have been involved in this.”

Hummer has a separate contract with the township for handling administrative matters, including economic development related issues and grants.

The trustees also approved the appointment of Matt Sapara, Director of Development for the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, as the township’s other representative to the five-member board.

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