Sheriff Bratton calls bypass surgery a success
Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton has begun a rehabilitation program following triple coronary bypass surgery June 1 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.
In a prepared statement, the sheriff said physicians and support personnel at St. Vincent and St. Charles, where he underwent a preliminary evaluation in the emergency room, “did an excellent job.”
The family requests cards or other correspondence should be sent to his home at 402 Wood Street, Genoa.
Chief Deputy Randy Riedmaier has been in charge of the department during Sheriff Bratton’s absence.
Sgt. Jeffrey Hickman has announced his intention to retire from the department on July 31.
He began working in the department in 1981 as a patrol deputy and was a driving force in the formation of the Marine Patrol Program.
Deputy Joe Vidal has announced he will resign June 19 to work in the nuclear power security industry.
His first assignment with the department was in the corrections division in 1997 and later became a handler in the K-9 unit. Four years ago he was promoted to the detective bureau.
Gardner testifies on veterans bill
State Representative Randy Gardner (R- Bowling Green) presented sponsor testimony last week on House Bill 142, which would establish the Commission for the Future of Local Veterans Posts.
The nine-member commission would include a majority of veterans representing the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and AMVETS.
Rep. Gardner said the commission would report to the legislature and governor but wouldn’t receive government funding.
“This bill provides a public forum whereby legislators and veterans can meet together for a noble purpose – to strive to find common ground in supporting and maintaining our valued veterans post in Ohio,” he told the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Inmates put to work painting
Common areas and cells of the Wood County Justice Center were painted by inmates supervised by Sergeant Tom Ferguson.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said some of the areas hadn’t been painted since the justice center opened in 1991 and a cost estimate for the project in 2006 was around $80,000.
The only cost incurred having the inmates complete the project was for materials, the sheriff said.
Office closing 3 days
The Ottawa County Board of Elections office will be closed June 15-17 while the staff attends the summer conference of the Ohio Association of Election Officials. Regular office hours will resume June 18 at 8:30 a.m.