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Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn has announced his department’s new “Cyber Block Watch”  email program.

Residents may receive twice-monthly email posts that include information about recent crimes, suspects, and crime prevention tips as well as breaking news about crime sprees.

Detectives and the crime prevention deputy will compile the information and post emails to those who register.

To sign up go to and click on “cyber block watch” and fill out the form.

Judge appointed
Gov. Ted Strickland has appointed John Kolesar, 43, Fremont, as a judge to the Sandusky County Court, filling the vacancy left by the election of Judge John Dewey to the Court of Common Pleas.

Mr. Kolesar will take the bench March 23.

He has served as the assistant county prosecutor since 2001. Previously, Mr. Kolesar served as the assistant county prosecutor for Seneca County from 1999-2001.

Treasurer hired
The Benton-Carroll-Salem school board has hired Anne Arnold as the district’s treasurer.

A resident of Lindsey, Mrs. Arnold has worked as treasurer of the Woodmore School District and was accounts payable coordinator for Fremont City Schools before that.

She was issued a three-year contract by the BCS board.

In other action, the board approved a resolution to seek contract bids for a new roof at Graytown school.

Conviction upheld
The Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Elsebeth Baumgartner, formerly of Oak Harbor, on charges of intimidation and retaliation.

Mrs. Baumgartner was indicted in 2005 and 2006 in Cuyahoga County for threatening comments she had written against several people, including a judge assigned to her case and a former business associate of hers.

She is currently serving an eight-year sentence in the Marysville Reformatory for Women.

Track maintenance
The Woodmore school board has approved a contract with All American Track Corp., Lorain, O., to maintain the running track surface at the high school. The CAGE committee (Communities Achieving Goals for Extracurricular) has informed the board it has set aside funds for maintaining the track.

Scott Schroeder, of CAGE, made a presentation to the board about a new entrance to the stadium.

The school board will hold its next regular meeting March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school library.

Hotline dropped
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be discontinuing its 1-888-2-OH-ROAD weather/road condition hotline starting March 1.

The patrol cited the lengthy update process for dispatchers and the lack of use by the public as reasons for discontinuing the service.

Motorists are urged to instead use the Ohio Department of Transportation’s  Web site or call 1-877-7PATROL. They may also call their local post directly to get updates on traffic and road conditions.

Tax distribution
A total of $384,876 in manufactured home taxes have been collected in Wood County for the first half of the year, Michael Sibbersen, county auditor, is reporting.

The county currently has about 4,900 manufactured homes and distributes the taxes to 18 school districts  ($247,306),  19 townships ($41,851), and 26 cities and villages ($12,514).




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