On May 31, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a scam involving a male subject calling people in Port Clinton saying he was the sheriff.
According to the report, the subject said there was an active warrant out for the victim’s arrest for failing to report for jury duty, which could be taken care of if the victim sent money through PayPal.
According to Detective J. P. Barton, at no point in time would any police handle a warrant in this manner. Detective Barton urges anyone receiving a phone call of this type to call local police authorities.
SNIP program under way
Wood County Humane Society (WCHS), in partnership with Humane Ohio, offers program that provides low-cost spay and neuter services for owned pets and free-roaming cats.
Through SNIP (Spay/Neuter Initiative Program), residents pay a nominal fee in exchange for transportation of their animal to the Humane Ohio clinic in Toledo (provided by the WCHS). The fee also covers the cost of the procedure.
The cost to spay/neuter owned cats is $50; cats must be transported in a hard-sided plastic carrier. The cost is $30 cost to spay/neuter free-roaming cats, which must be transported in a live trap and receive an ear tip. Live traps and carriers can be borrowed from the WCHS with a $50 refundable deposit. Participants are provided pre- and post-operation care instructions for their animals.
To sign an animal up for the SNIP program, call 419-352-7339. Drop-off time for the animals is 7 a.m. at the WCHS on the Thursday of the scheduled appointment. If arrangements cannot be made for this drop-off time, the animal can be brought to the shelter the night before for an overnight fee of $10 per cat. Space is limited, so overnight accommodations will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Pick-up time is the following day (Friday) at 9 a.m. If the cat is not picked up at this time, then the owner will be charged a $10 boarding fee.
SNIP currently cannot accommodate the transportation and spaying/neutering of dogs. More information is available on the WCHS website under the “Spay/Neuter” section.
Bill boosts veterans’ access to higher ed
State Rep. Tim Brown last week applauded the passage of House Bill 449 by the Ohio House. The legislation, which Rep. Brown co-sponsored, gives veterans greater access to higher education by prohibiting state institutions of higher learning from applying residency-related restrictions to the admission application of a qualified veteran or the veteran’s spouse or dependent.
The current law states that a veteran or a veteran’s spouse shall be considered in-state for the purposes of tuition if certain conditions are met. Under HB 449, any limit an institution may have on accepting out-of-state applicants could not apply to a veteran, or the veteran's spouse or dependent. That applicant would receive the same consideration the state institution of higher education would give to an in-state applicant.
“Many veterans have plans to continue their education after their service to our country. This legislation rightfully makes it easier for Ohio’s veterans to pursue that goal through the application process.” Rep. Brown said.
The bill states that the veteran must fit one of the below requirements for the veteran, spouse or dependent to qualify for the exemption:
• The veteran must have served one or more years of active duty military duty and be honorable discharged or received a service-related medical discharge.
• The veteran must have been killed while serving on active duty or had been declared to be missing in action or a prisoner of war.
H.B. 449 will now go to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
The Village of Woodville will begin spraying for mosquitoes the week of June 15. Spraying will continue as needed through the season.
Spraying will be conducted Monday through Friday (weather permitting) in the evenings at dusk. Persons with any respiratory problems and small children are advised to stay indoors while spraying is being done.
For more information, call the Utility Department at 419-849-3031.
ALDI job fair
ALDI will host a hiring event for its Toledo-area stores Monday, June 16 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Toledo – Maumee, 1703 Toll Gate Dr., Maumee. The grocery store is looking for store associates, shift managers and manager trainee positions.
Salaries are $11.50 per hour for store associates; $16 per hour for shift managers and $22.50 per hour for manager trainees. ALDI offers the opportunity to earn an average yearly income of $75,000 as a store manager.
Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply; have a high school diploma or GED; be available to work any time between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday-Sunday and must be able to lift 45 pounds. Retail experience is preferred.
ALDI offers employees generous compensation that is considered well above the industry standard. Staff working at least 20 hours a week receive full health insurance, dental coverage and 401K.
The Ottawa County Grand Jury has returned indictments for three persons after hearing evidence presented by the county’s drug task force.
Rebecca L. Detray, 51, Port Clinton, was indicted on two counts of deception to obtain Hydrocodone and two counts of deception to obtain Oxycodone.
Lee C. Mays, 42, Sandusky, was indicted on two counts of trafficking crack cocaine and one count of trafficking heroin. He allegedly sold drugs at a Portage Township business.
Steven M. Oldfield, 21, Elyria, was indicted on three counts trafficking marijuana. He also allegedly sold drugs at a Port Clinton business.
All three were arrested June 6.
The grand jury has also indicted Cherry K. Moskal, 46, of State Route 2, Oak Harbor, on one count of forgery, a fourth degree felony; five felony counts of theft and two misdemeanor counts of theft.
According to the Carroll Township Police Department, Moskal applied for several credit cards in another person’s name and authorized herself to use the cards.
The grand jury also indicted Ann Goode, who is incarcerated in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, on one count of possession of weapons while under disability, a third degree felony.
Deputies of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, responding to a domestic dispute at Goode’s residence in March, determined she was in possession of a handgun. She is prohibited from possessing weapons due to a prior felony drug conviction.
Gateway to College
Owens Community College is accepting applications for its Gateway to College program, which offers a second chance to young adults interested in earning a high school diploma.
Interested applicants can learn more about the program by attending one of several informational sessions being offered Tuesdays at 4 p.m., and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at the Owens Community College Downtown Toledo Learning Center at The Ohio Means Jobs Lucas County Building, 1301 Monroe St., Toledo.
Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The program enables them to complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
Students must meet criteria for admission into the program and will be dually enrolled at Toledo Public Schools and Owens Community College until they complete their high school diploma. The free program covers tuition, fees and books, as well as lunch and transportation to the College’s Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo.
Owens is one of more than 40 community and technical colleges in 23 states across the country currently offering the Gateway to College program.
Prospective students must reside in the Toledo Public Schools district. Applications are available and must be returned to the College’s Gateway to College Office at the Owens Downtown campus by Aug. 1. Fall classes at the Owens Downtown campus begin Monday, August 25.
For more information about the Gateway to College program or the informational sessions, call (567) 661-2850 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2850, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Woodville High School Alumni will have an opportunity to tour the Woodville Elementary on July 5, beginning at 9 a.m. Graduates are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing their old Woodmore Warrior wear and bring memorabilia they would like to share.