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On August 4, Louis Revesz was jogging westbound on Starr Extension at about 6:20 p.m. when he saw two bundles of cash on the edge of the road near the entrance to the Oregon recreation center.

“I didn’t realize it was money at first,” Revesz recounted for The Press last week. He picked up the greenbacks and headed for home.

Upon closer examination, he knew he had stumbled upon a hefty chunk of change. He counted the loot, which totaled $10,000. The money was in various denominations. “There were 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills. There were new $100 bills and I thought they were counterfeit. Then I thought, `No, those must be the new $100 dollar bills,”’ he said. He promptly handed the money over to the Oregon Police Department.

The money was found in two separate rubber banded bundles, according to police. The bundles further contained eight bundles of $1,000 each and one bundle of $2,000. The money was dry when Revesz found it. A heavy rain ended at roughly 4 p.m., which would indicate it was lost sometime between 4 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., police surmise.

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Calling the matter a partisan attack to influence his upcoming bid for re-election, Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters Wednesday welcomed the results of a review of allegations he illegally took possession of a forfeited firearm.

Jeffrey Lingo, a Lucas County assistant prosecutor, last week issued an opinion that state law hadn’t been broken and a special prosecutor isn’t necessary to further investigate the matter.

The Lucas County prosecutor’s office was asked by Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan to review a complaint by Adrienne Hines, an attorney and chairperson of the Ottawa County Democratic Party, that Judge Winters had unlawfully taken possession of a semi-automatic LAR-15 rifle forfeited by a convicted man in 2007 to the court’s probation department.

It was later turned over to the sheriff’s department and kept in an evidence locker.

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The Lucas County grand jury recently indicted a former police chief of Walbridge for gross sexual imposition.

Timothy Villa Sr., 67, of 6960 Kinsman Drive, Sylvania, was indicted on October 8 for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a female employee of Data Research, Inc., 5650 West Central Avenue, Suite D, Sylvania. Data Research, Inc., is a private investigation firm owned by Villa, according to Jeff Lingo, chief of the criminal division with the Lucas County prosecutor’s office.

“The incident allegedly occurred at his place of business this year on June 16,” Lingo told The Press last week.

The case will be assigned to a judge and to a prosecutor before it is set for arraignment, according to Lingo. “He will enter a plea to the charge, then the case will go forward, just like any other criminal case.”

Conviction of sexual imposition is a felony, he said.

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Oak Harbor needs to replace the old salt storage shed but leaders are unsure where to construct a new shed.

Administrator Randy Genzman said money has been set aside gradually to build a fund of about $45,000 to cover the building costs.

“It needs replaced. The sides are blown out,” Genzman said of the current shed located on Finke Road by an equipment storage building.

The old shed’s capacity runs about 100 to 225 tons. A new, hoop style facility like Sandusky Township owns could hold more than 400 tons, the administrator explained. That would allow the village to store more salt when prices are lower.

Salt prices had been hovering around $30 a ton but skyrocketed this season to more than $100 a ton in the aftermath of the historic winter that swept across the nation last year.

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The planning commission in the Village of Walbridge has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 23 to decide a request for a conditional use permit by the owners of the former Walbridge Elementary School building at 200 E. Union Street.

The meeting will be held in village council chambers and is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Breanna Hernandez, who chairs the planning commission, said the panel will vote on a non-binding recommendation that will be submitted to village council.

She said the commission had a hearing Oct. 9 to discuss the request and allow the public to comment.

The building is being used by an organization called EnPuzzlement. Representatives of the organization, Aaron and Michelle Marks and Roy Badenhop, attended village council’s Aug. 20 meeting to answer questions.

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