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The Press news staff has won a first place award from The Press Club of Cleveland’s Excellence in Journalism” writing contest.

Staff writers Kelly J. Kaczala, Larry Limpf, Tammy Walro, J. Patrick Eaken, and photojournalist Ken Grosjean won first place in the Public Service category for “Saving Lake Erie,” a three-part series that appeared in The Press last year. Kaczala was the project manager.

Oregon City Council is looking at approving the purchase of body cameras for the police department.

Funding for the 45 body worn cameras was included in this year’s budget, according to Mayor Mike Seferian at a committee of the whole meeting on June 6.

Police Chief Mike Navarre recommended that the city buy the cameras from Coban Technologies, Inc., of Houston, for $51,405. Coban is the city’s current vendor for in-car cameras and video/audio recording equipment used by the Oregon Police.

Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer Tuesday said he was “very comfortable” with the proposal submitted to the Village of Walbridge for providing police coverage to the village and rejected criticism by some elected village officials that the township was heavy handed in how it presented the proposal to the village.

At the request of Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko, the township, City of Northwood, and Wood County Sheriff’s Department recently submitted proposals for police service to the village. Chief Hummer’s proposal of $295,000 a year, excluding dispatching costs, was the lowest. The sheriff’s proposal was $363,655 and Northwood’s proposal was $350,000; both included dispatching expenses.

A specialized docket program to assist those with mental health problems who come before the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court is expected to be in place by July 1.

James VanEerten, court administrator and director of the Ottawa County Mental Health Court Program, said the court has received a $29,000 grant from the Ohio Supreme Court to help fund basic program expenses.

Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters filed with the Supreme Court for its certification of the program.

On April 1, the Oregon Police Division, along with the Ohio Investigative Unit, began a joint Organized Retail Crime fraud investigation in Toledo at Zingers Bar and Grill, 920 Matzinger Road.

The investigation began after an Oregon police detective interviewed a shoplifter who had stolen various packages of steaks from the Kroger Store on Navarre Avenue and admitted to selling the steaks to bartenders and patrons at Zingers Bar and Grill.

“That’s how this investigation started and why we continue the investigation outside our city limits,” said Det. Ryan Spangler, the lead detective from Oregon involved in the investigation.

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