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Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies are the only deputies in Northwest Ohio who carry their own firearms on duty. And it seems that trend will continue indefinitely.

Sheriff Steve Levorchick made a pitch to Ottawa County Commissioners in his budget hearings to get service revolvers in the budget.

On Tuesday Sheriff Levorchick had his department budget of $5,001,432 approved - minus the gun line item.

“I was told it was put on hold. I’m not sure what that means,” Levorchick said.

He had asked for $20,090 to cover the cost of 49 guns estimated at $410 each. The request also included $8,820 for holsters and magazines.

The sheriff’s office budget is the single largest department fund.

A twice convicted felon awaiting sentencing on a gun charge is a suspect in an Ottawa County poaching investigation.

Charges are pending against Ann Goode, 43, of 2722 S. Muddy Creek North Road, Oak Harbor, and Steven Brown, 32, of 14550 W. Third St., Rocky Ridge, after authorities say they were called to Portage River South Road in Salem Township just around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said.

Brown, who fled on foot but was found later at Goode’s property, was caught after a search by two Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, two Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers, officers from the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Danbury Township Police Department K-9 unit and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search continues for the man who robbed the Dollar General in Oak Harbor late Dec. 21.

The man, described as white, tall and thin, entered the Locust Street store about 9:20 p.m., an Oak Harbor Police dispatcher said. The robber’s face was concealed by a black face mask that covered all but his eyes and nose. He wore a camouflage jacket that he pulled up around his neck and hairline.

He handed a note to the clerk at the checkout station that stated he had a gun and wanted the money in the register, according to reports.

He then fled out the door on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police Chief Steve Weirich and Sgt. Paulsen were not available for further comment Tuesday.

Elmore village officials are asking executives of the Huntington National Bank to not put any deed restrictions on the Rice Street property which the bank plans to close its branch as part of a consolidation.

Huntington Bank recently announced it is closing the branch at 365 Rice Street at the end of the year.

Mayor Matt Damschroder and village council have sent a letter to Huntington, thanking management for the service of the branch to the community but asking no limitations be put on what type of business may decide to locate there.

“After much discussion and consultation with our legal team, village council has unanimously agreed to send you an official letter strongly urging you to refrain from adding any deed restrictions or any other types of restrictions on the current property (365 Rice Street Elmore, Ohio) that would substantially limit the property uses to anything other than a bank or financial institution for which property it was intended to be used when originally built,” the letter says. “We feel any limitations would severely inhibit a timely sale and, at the same time, greatly diminish the probability of Elmore being immediately served by another local financial institution.

The prison sentences of two men involved in a 2013 robbery at an Oak Harbor residence have been upheld by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The court has ruled the 11-year and 14-year sentences imposed on Cody McClanahan and Paul Thebeau, III, respectively by the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas didn’t violate state law and their right to due process.

The case stemmed from a Dec. 5, 2013 robbery at the home of James Edens, Jr., who was in the home at the time with his sons Jimmy Edens, Ryan DeVincent and Kevin Edens.

Jimmy had been with McClanahan and Thebeau earlier in the evening and they believed he had stolen $25 and a pack of cigarettes from them, according to court records, which state the two punched James Edens and threw him to the ground.

They also threatened Ryan and Kevin, who were upstairs at the time, and told them they would harm the family if they reported the incident to police.

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