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Lake Township police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office are asking anyone with information about a township man who’s been indicted on two counts of rape against victims under 10 years old to contact them.

The Ottawa County Grand Jury on Aug. 3 issued a secret indictment against Earl H. Weidner, II, 39, on the rape charges. Authorities sought the secret indictment because Weidner allegedly threatened victims and their families if the victims told.

He is being held on an $800,000 bond in the Ottawa County Jail.

One person interviewed by Lake Township police in connection with a “hit list” found in Ottawa County has denied any knowledge of the note, Mark Hummer, township police chief, said Wednesday.

“It’s an open investigation,” he said. “We’re following up on some leads that were called in and we’re waiting for evidence to come back.”

On Aug. 7, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a Benton Township resident who said his son and a relative found a note behind the township garage that threatened several area police departments and residents.

The Woodmore school board has hired Jay LeFevre, who’s held teaching and administrative positions in the Pike-Delta-York School District, as interim superintendent for the coming school year.

His hiring is effective Aug. 16.

In 36 years at Pike-Delta-York, he was a teacher, coach, elementary school principal and superintendent.

During his three years as superintendent, he was credited with guiding the district from a negative financial outlook to a positive forecast through 2018.

Benton Township trustees will hold a trustee meeting on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Point Educational Service Center, 1661 North Walker St. (Graytown Road), Graytown to discuss the dumping of spent lime from the City of Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment plant on the site of the former Stoneco Quarry on St. Rt. 590, owned by Rocky Ridge Development.

There have been several meetings to discuss the matter. Some residents are concerned about the impact it will have on their wells.

Oregon City Council last week approved legislation that increases the penalty charge to water customers for nonpayment of water bills and a fee to cover individual customer meter reading.

The number of water customers who are not paying their water bills is growing, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

In addition, there are homeowners who have not granted permission to the city to install an Electronic Remote Transmitter (ERT) to read water meters. As a result, the city still reads those meters manually, which is costlier and less efficient. The city went to the ERT system about eight years ago.

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