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Four Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies lost pay, were suspended and kicked off marine patrol duty for the remainder of the year for crossing into Canadian waters last month.

“What they did was absolutely a bad decision,” Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said. “It was inappropriate. They knew it.”

Levorchick’s chief deputy, Jeff Hickman, received the most severe penalty – a 20-day suspension. Detective Joel Barton was off the job for 15 days. The other two deputies, Don St. Clair and Ross Glovinsky, landed three day suspensions.

Hickman, the highest ranking of the deputies, earns $28.15 an hour, according to Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub. He retired from the sheriff’s office in 2009 and was later rehired. The disciplinary action did not affect his retirement pay. Barton makes $25.01 an hour.

One of the biggest players actively involved in keeping Lake Erie healthy can be found on a 6.5 acre island easily accessible from downtown Put-In-Bay.

Gibraltar Island used to be a lookout point for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in the fight against the British during the War of 1812. Now, it’s a lookout for keeping the world’s most recreationally-used fresh-water lake environmentally healthy and its billion-dollar tourism industry thriving.

The Ohio State University’s F.T. Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island is 120 years old and has been Ohio’s Lake Erie laboratory since 1895. It is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the country and part of Ohio Sea Grant.

If you have ever been curious about the Lake Erie science that takes place at Stone Lab, or want to take a peek inside the Civil War-era Cooke Castle, or peer down from Perry’s Lookout, the opportunity presents itself at the 17th Annual Friends of Stone Lab open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.

After making presentations to trustees in Lake, Middleton and Perrysburg townships on a proposal to form a storm water management district, the Wood County engineer’s office is preparing to update the county commissioners this week on the proposal.

Kevin Laughlin, storm water coordinator for the engineer’s office, is scheduled to present information about a management district format to the commissioners during their Sept. 1 meeting at 9:30 a.m.

“We started going to trustees meetings, saying we wanted to get the conversation started in forming this district. Everything is preliminary right now. The first step is having stakeholder meetings and getting people to the table and saying, This is what we can do, what do we want to do, if anything?” Laughlin said. “Nothing is set in stone.”

He made a presentation to the Lake Township trustees during their Aug. 18 meeting.

The city of Northwood has torn down the former A & P gas station at 4433 Woodville Road.

The station, marked by rust and overgrown weeds, had become an eyesore to the city. It was deteriorated and endangered the health and safety of the general public.

“We tore the infrastructure down. We haven’t touched the tanks,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson.

It cost nearly $10,000 to raze the canopy and other parts of the property, said Anderson.

Last year, the city sent a nuisance abatement order by certified mail to the owner of the property, Millennium Properties and Holdings LLC, 35401 Grant Road, Romulus, Michigan, in an attempt to clean up the site, but did not get any response.

Earlier this summer, the county issued a tax foreclosure action on the gas station. The Wood County Court of Common Pleas had inquired as to whether the city would be interested in the property. City Law Director Brian Ballenger said Northwood would probably have to assume back taxes and pay for removal of the fuel tanks if the city took over the property.

Alcohol and emotions may have been factors in the death of a Woodville man when a car plunged into a quarry early Saturday morning (Aug. 22) , according to the survivor’s story.

Jason Clere, 32, was pulled from the overturned submerged 2004 Mercury Sable LS by members of the Ottawa County Underwater Recovery Team after the crash in a quarry near the village limits of Rocky Ridge. Mid-County EMS transported him to Magruder Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“His car veered off the road. There’s a group of trees there. You wouldn’t know the quarry was there unless you already knew about it,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

The car’s passenger, Amy Tingley, of Rocky Ridge, swam to safety and was later treated at Magruder Hospital.

The sheriff and other authorities stayed at the scene until nearly 5 a.m. investigating the crash that happened shortly before 1 a.m.

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