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Toledo police are saying that a $1.6 million project to 160 Sky-Cop surveillance cameras around the city is paying off.

Camera evidence helped lead to the conviction of Deontay Smith, 25, on six charges related to the East Toledo murder of Michael Macklin, Jr. in what is described as a gang shooting. Macklin, 20, was shot in the jaw and left shoulder on Feb. 2, 2013 at Walden and Greenwood.

It was a Sky-Cop camera at Steadman and Starr that helped provide the evidence needed to convince a jury.

“At 1:13 in the morning at Walden and Greenwood, Mr. Macklin was stopped at his vehicle and then a light colored SUV pulled up, fired multiple shots at Mr. Macklin and he was struck multiple times and the vehicle fled towards Nevada. We responded and he passed away early that morning,” said Sgt. Joe Heffernan, the TPD public information officer,

“One of the key pieces of evidence that we used to piece this together was that Sky-Cop camera was able to see a car, not right at that location where the murder happened, but able to see a vehicle matching that description leave in that area right before and right after the crime happened. So, from that, we were able to trace down who owned the car, which led us to the murderer.”

Bella, a white Pomeranian dog that vanished from a backyard in East Toledo on November 9, was reunited with its owner, Heather Shafer, of White Street, earlier this month.

Shafer received a phone call on Jan. 3 from someone who saw an article about the lost canine and accompanying photo that appeared in The Press that week. The caller, who wished to remain anonymous, knew the whereabouts of the dog, according to Shafer.

Shafer’s boyfriend Dakota McClure and her mother, Angie, went to an apartment on Hickory Street, about a mile from Shafer’s home, where the caller said the 1 ½ year old dog was located. The man who answered their knocks on the door, however, stated there was no such dog in his apartment.

McClure said he received additional information from the anonymous caller that the dog would be in an adjacent apartment, where other dogs could be heard barking.

“We could hear Bella barking in there,” said McClure. “The guy got offensive, and wouldn’t open the door, so we called the police.”

With a blanket of snow covering the ground and the temperature below freezing, members of the East Toledo Club Thursday saw a presentation of a volunteer’s work in a much warmer part of the world – the Republic of Mozambique, Africa.

Ron Overmyer, a former Ohio State University Extension educator who’s volunteered with the Farmer-to-Farmer program administered by the Citizens for Foreign Affairs, gave club members a view of a country still working to overcome the effects of a civil war that ended years ago.

It’s a palette of contrasts, he said of life in and around the town of Cantandica in the west central part of the country, where he was working with the Samora Machel Farmer Association.

Homes, schools and other buildings made of thatched roofs and mud bricks are still common, but so are cell phones.

“Cell phones are ubiquitous. They’re skipping the phone poles like we had and going to towers and cell phones,” he said, adding that pre-paid phone cards are widely used.

Ottawa County’s administrator has resigned.

Dennis Jensen turned in his resignation letter Thursday, Jan. 8 after being on paid administrative leave since Dec. 18.

County commissioners are mum though on the circumstances surrounding Jensen’s leave and subsequent resignation,

At this point, Jodi Regal, president of the board of commissioners said, commissioners aren’t searching for a replacement.

“We really haven’t talked about a replacement. The position just became open less than a week ago,” Regal said.

Jensen was a full-time administrator. He took the position following the retirement of Jere Witt. Witt had served in the position full-time for 20 years before retiring. He was hired back immediately on a part-time basis until his departure early 2011.

In the interim, Rhonda Slaughterbeck, the county’s assistant administrator, Theresa Elder, clerk, and the other office staff members are handling the daily operations in collaboration with the commissioners, Regal said.

An Oak Harbor woman convicted on a weapons charges in a domestic dispute last spring is heading to prison for 15 months.

Following her sentencing Jan. 9, Ann Goode, 43, was handed over to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office custody until she could be transported to an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections facility. The charge stemmed from a fight with her daughter in March when Goode grabbed a gun and threatened to shoot the girl’s horses. In the end, though, she didn’t hurt the horses.

She pleaded guilty in September to an amended felony charge of attempted possession of a gun while under disability. The court ordered a presentencing investigation and set an early December sentencing date that ended up being delayed three times.

During sentencing hearing, Goode’s lawyer, Stephanie Lenke, told the judge Goode had been on probation since July 2014. “She has been well behaved and has not violated her probation,” Lenke said. She added Goode has completed court-ordered treatment assessments and counseling.

Goode then spoke quietly as she told the judge she took responsibility for what happened that day. Prosecutor Joe Gerber had nothing to add, he told the court.

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