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A three-judge panel will consider whether Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, who’s been indicted on 43 counts of theft and drug offenses, should be suspended.

At the request of special prosecutor Carol Hamilton O’Brien, the Ohio Supreme Court appointed a special commission that will decide if the sheriff should be suspended. Retired judges Patrick McGrath, V. Lee Sinclair and John Solovan were named to the panel.

The court’s order issued last week doesn’t set a timeframe for the commission but it named a staff attorney in the office of Chief Legal Counsel to the court as secretary of the commission with authority to schedule hearings.

Officers from the Oregon Police Department, fire department, and Toledo Police Department have begun training to use new unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones.

Oregon and Toledo had initially considered jointly financing and sharing a more expensive drone that would have cost $75,000, which some on council thought was too expensive. In addition, there was some concern about sharing a drone if both police departments would have wanted to use it at the same time. Oregon found a much cheaper model and decided to pay for its own, as did Toledo.

“We’re getting ready to use our drone,” said Beazley last week. “The city ended up paying for our own after we found one at a better price point and we made the decision as a community that we wanted our own.”

Oregon City Council on Monday approved expanding the sanitary backup reduction grant program to further prevent sanitary sewer backup into basements, as well as to reduce storm water inflo/infiltration (I&I) into the sanitary sewer system.

Changes in the grant program include increasing grant funding to disconnect basement floor drains and/or home footer tiles from the sanitary sewer system through the installation of a sump pump.

The program assists private owners by reducing the risk of sanitary sewer backups for properties in Oregon that have plumbing fixtures or sanitary drain openings within their dwelling that are connected to the public sanitary collection system and are lower in elevation than the rim of the next upstream manhole connected to the portion of the collection system serving the dwelling, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Ottawa County officials and two recovering former addicts are among those who will speak at a community substance awareness forum Sept. 18 at Genoa High School.

The forum “Save a Life” is being sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick will discuss how various law enforcement agencies cooperate in combating the heroin epidemic as well as their efforts to educate children and parents about the dangers of opiate use.

Oregon is expected to make recommendations next year to improve fire protection based on an analysis by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association of the city’s fire-rescue department.

“This is something we asked for because we wanted to know what are the best ways to make sure that Oregon is providing the best possible fire protection,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “We’ve had the same general approach to fire protection for many decades, and we want to make sure as the community changes, we’re ready to make changes.”

The city asked the Association to look at several aspects of the department, including whether the city has an adequate number of fire stations in the right locations, the proper equipment, whether resources are being deployed efficiently, and whether response times should be improved.

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