News Briefs Week of 8/5/19

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Indictments returned
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have now been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney James VanEerten:
• Keegan J. Camp, of Graytown, has been indicted on one felony count of trafficking in marijuana. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Camp was pulled over for an outstanding warrant, and upon further investigation of his vehicle, multiple bags of marijuana were discovered inside the vehicle.
• Alberto Vasquez, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was indicted on one felony count of disrupting public services, along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint and domestic violence. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Vasquez allegedly got into a physical altercation with a female victim. During the altercation, he took and destroyed the victim’s phone, prohibiting the victim from calling 911.
• Catherine M. Aldrich, of Curtice, has been indicted on felony counts of theft and forgery after she reportedly forged the name of another employee on checks and took money from a local charity.
• Ashley L. Purdy, of Mount Blanchard and Robert H. Purdy, of Findlay, have each been indicted on one felony count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, along with one misdemeanor count of complicity to theft. Oak Harbor Police reports allege that the Purdys had taken a car they were not authorized to operate from people who were allowing them to stay at their house. In addition, money from inside the home and from a man’s wallet were found missing after Purdys left with the vehicle.
• Tamara S. Schultz, of Genoa, has been indicted on one felony count of aggravated possession of Adderall, along with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Port Clinton Police reports allege a prescription bottle with Adderall and a straw with residue on it were found in Schultz’s car after officers stopped her for showing signs of impairment.
• Darryl J. Shinkan, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with one felony count of domestic violence after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with a female subject while under the influence of alcohol. Shinkan has multiple prior domestic violence convictions.
• Daigan EL Berri, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was indicted on one count of felonious assault.

Controlled waterfowl
Hunting drawing set
Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities on Thursday, Aug. 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The Division of Wildlife will be holding drawings for waterfowl hunts occurring at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area and East Sandusky Bay Metro Park. Both drawings will be held at Osborn Park located at 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron. Registration will be held from 5-6:20 p.m. The drawing will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
To be eligible to apply all applicants (adult and youth) must be properly licensed to hunt the species for which the hunt is being held (i.e. possess a current hunting license, any necessary permits, stamps, or certifications such as HIP). Applicants must be present to be eligible.
For more info on Ohio's wildlife resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit

“Kickoff to Caring”
United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) will host its fourth annual “Kickoff to Caring” on Wednesday, Aug. 7, bringing together more than 1,000 community volunteers to fill 5,000 backpacks for local students.
“Events like Kickoff to Caring really showcase United Way’s role in the community – convening folks to make a real, visible impact for those in need,” said Wendy Pestrue, president & CEO of UWGT.
Historically, UWGT’s backpack build was held at the Huntington Center in Downtown Toledo. This year, it will take place at Owens Community College’s Student Health and Activities Center from 8-9:30 a.m.
“Each backpack will be filled with essential school materials, like pencils, notebooks, folders and crayons,” said Pestrue. “The bag and all the supplies are valued at $80-$90, and to be able to provide such expensive items to a child or family, at no cost, relieves a very heavy financial burden,” she stated.
After the event, the 5,000 bags will be distributed to key community partners. The largest allocation will be delivered to Toledo Public Schools (TPS) to specifically serve the near 3,000 students who are considered homeless. A portion of those bags will also assist children enrolled in TPS who are in foster care.
The remaining bags will go to The Salvation Army, students in Wood and Ottawa counties, and the Area Office on Aging’s “Kinship Program,” which provides backpacks to children who are currently being cared for by a grandparent.
“We are asking that volunteers consider giving $15 when registering for the event online. That’s about the cost for United Way to purchase each bag, full of supplies, given our generous donors and substantial backpack order,” said Pestrue.
Local families with school age children who would like to see if they qualify for a free backpack, are encouraged to call 2-1-1, which is UWGT’s free, 24/7, 365-day health and human service helpline.

Building beds for kids
Sleep in Heavenly Peace will be building beds for children in the community Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th St., Toledo.
The project is being sponsored through a grant from the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County.

Meeting dates changed
The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission’s August meeting dates have been changed to Aug. 15 and 29 at 4:30 p.m.
The meetings will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. For more details, call 419-898-2089 or visit

New state rep
Douglas J. Swearingen, Jr. (R-Huron) was sworn in last week to serve as state representative to the 89th House District, which covers both Erie and Ottawa counties. Rep. Swearingen replaces Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) who retired on July 31.
Rep. Swearingen received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He practices law with the firm Wickens, Herzer, Panza with offices in Sandusky and Avon.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French administered the oath of office.


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