Damschroder bill puts limits on drones
A bill limiting the use of drones by law enforcement agencies was introduced Wednesday in the Ohio House of Representatives by Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont).
House Bill 207 was introduced in response to law enforcement agencies seeking to purchase and use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, he said.
“As this technology continues to become more prevalent, the state of Ohio must be vigilant in seeing that drones are used only in circumstances that specifically protect public safety,” Damschroder stated. “HB 207 ensures that law enforcement agencies are only using drone technology for appropriate reasons.”
The bill states that no law enforcement agency shall operate a drone unless the agency has obtained a search warrant, or if a law enforcement agency has reasonable suspicion that swift action is needed to prevent imminent harm to life, serious damage to property, or to prevent the escape of a suspect or destruction of evidence. HB 207 further ensures that no information or evidence collected while operating a drone shall be used in a court proceeding if it was obtained in violation of the exceptions provided in the bill.
Damschroder is chairman of the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee.
Roads closed at RR crossings
Several roads in Ottawa County will remain closed through June 21 due to repairs at Norfolk Southern rail crossings:
-True Road, between State Route 590 and Stange Road.
-Elliston-Trowbridge Road, between Hellwig Road and Martin-Moline Road
-Moline-Martin Road, between Martin-Williston and Opfer-Lentz Road.
-Bolander Road, between Moline-Martin and Trowbridge Road.
-Billman Road, between Moline-Martin Trowbridge.
Crossing repairs are also expected to keep Portage River South Road, between State Route 19 and Portage South Road, closed through June 19.
Local and emergency traffic will not be permitted during construction.
The county engineer’s office will post construction updates on its website.
The county has also hired a contractor to replace a bridge on Fulkert Road over Toussaint Creek. Construction will require a full closure of Fulkert, between Opfer-Lentz Road and Nissen Road starting June 18.
The road is expected to be re-opened July 31. Local traffic and emergency vehicles will not be allowed through the construction site.
A hearing in Wood County Common Pleas Court to consider a lawsuit filed by the City of Northwood against the owners of the Woodville Mall has been rescheduled.
The hearing set for June 18 was canceled and rescheduled for June 25 at 9:30 a.m.
The city is seeking to have the mall razed due to health code violations and related infractions.