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Oregon police are investigating the death of a man who was found unconscious at 1131 Earlwood following an alleged physical altercation with his 21-year-old son, Jacob, on Nov. 3, Police Chief Mike Navarre said at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

Life Squad 8 was dispatched to the scene at 6:18 p.m. in the belief that assistance was needed for a “medical problem,” said Navarre.

John Kutsch, 58, was found unconscious and unresponsive by emergency personnel.

“The rescue squad arrived and realized it was more than a medical issue and called police,” said Navarre. “Officers responded and discovered there was a verbal dispute that turned into a physical altercation between the father and son.”

Kutsch was later pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.

“The son made some initial statements to the uniformed officers, which were very helpful to the investigation,” said Navarre. “But shortly thereafter he asked for an attorney, so there was no further questioning of the son.”

Jacob was then arrested and charged with murder, said Navarre. He was lodged in the Lucas County jail and his bond was set at $250,000. He was arraigned in municipal court on Monday.

An autopsy of Kutsch was performed on Monday morning, said Navarre. An Oregon detective was present at the autopsy.

An official report on the investigation is expected in a couple of weeks, said Navarre.

“The outcome of the case will hinge on that autopsy report,” he said.

The case remains under investigation. Any questions can be directed to Det. Sergeant Kelly Thibert at 419-698-7102 or assistant chief Paul Magdich at 419-698-7059.

Homicides are uncommon in the city, said City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“It’s not something we often have here and it’s always a sad event,” he said.

Also at the meeting, council heard an update on the Dustin Road improvement project, which is part of the 2012 roadway improvement program.

The project, which started on Sept. 17, will be done in three stages. Phase I is expected to be completed at the end of this month. It consists of replacing the existing deteriorated 6” concrete pavement with a new 8” concrete pavement. The project also includes replacing curbing, installation of pavement underdrains, adjustments to curb inlets, and partial replacement of driveway aprons.

“It is going very well,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman. “Our biggest concern is we could have problems with stone base, and we haven’t. We feel very comfortable finishing the rest of the project the way we’ve done it.”

The road leads to many businesses, which have sought the improvements for a long time.

“We’ve done different things to accommodate some of the businesses there,” said Roman. “We had some changes in the cost to help them out in terms of their customers being able to get in and out. But beyond that, we’re well within our budget. I think the amount that we have for 2013 will certainly cover the rest of Dustin.”

The city also plans improvements to the intersection of Coy and Dustin roads with a grant from the Federal Highway Administration in 2014, said Roman.

“But we eventually have to look at the intersection of Isaac and Dustin, and then Isaac will have its own discussion,” said Roman.

He said there have been discussions about getting grant money for Isaac Street.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be any more feasible than what we tried for in the past. There’s no doubt we want to make a change in how you stop at that intersection. Isaac has now become the main thoroughfare because it gets all of Munding’s traffic from Pickle. And because of that, it’s likely we’ll ask council to remove the stop sign from Isaac and only have Dustin stop at Isaac Street,” said Roman.