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A shooting range operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company in Ottawa County isn’t entitled to statutory immunity from noise and safety nuisance claims, the Sixth District Court of Appeals has ruled.

Michael and Holly Szuch, who own property adjacent to the firing range, had appealed a decision of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas denying their request for a permanent injunction against
FENOC.

In their complaint, the Szuch’s sought monetary damages and an injunction against FENOC, contending the company’s construction of the firing range, which is used for training of security personnel, failed to meet safety regulations and the range didn’t comply with regulations covering noise levels and operating hours.

The appeals court upheld the lower court decision in part and disagreed with other parts.

From 2000-13, there were 160 recorded active shooter incidents in the U.S., totalling 1,043 victims both wounded and killed, and that doesn’t include the shooters, who often commit suicide.

When an active shooter killed six and critically injured others in Kalamazoo, Michigan, it hit closer to home. Some of those shot were walking out of a Cracker Barrel restaurant — but they could have been walking out of any restaurant.

In 1996, four people were killed in an active shooter incident in Oregon and Northwood has seen similar incidents at a local restaurant and another at an apartment complex. Toledo made national news when a disgruntled Jeep employee showed up at the factory in West Toledo and went on a shooting spree.

For many residents, a public forum set for March 6 in Woodville to discuss how serious heroin addiction has become in the area will be a real eye opener.

Police Chief Roy Whitehead and his officers started noticing about three years ago that heroin was entering the local drug scene on the heels of cocaine and prescription pills.

“Marijuana is still around but we are seeing more heroin and pills these days,” he said.

From January 2013 to the end of last year, the department saw heroin or opiate-related arrests climb from zero to 51, with about a quarter of the arrests involving local residents and the rest from outside the village, often Toledo.

Oregon City Council on Monday authorized an agreement with Mercy Health North LLC (MHN) that allows Mercy St. Charles Hospital to hire their own police.

“They approached us approximately a year ago,” said Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre, “and indicated a desire to establish their own police department for their St. Charles campus.”

According to the Ohio Revised Code, there must be an agreement with the municipality in which a hospital is located before a police department can be established in the hospital, said Navarre.

The agreement is similar to ones signed in Toledo with Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, and in Lima with St. Rita’s Medical Center, said Navarre. “They have had success with the other two hospitals, and they have approached us and indicated their desire to do the same here in the City of Oregon.”

The T Whitehead Recovery Center, formerly the Idle Time Club, is reaching out for support from the community.

According to John Hughes, the center’s director, the building where the facility is located is in need of major work.

“The building we are housed in is in need of some renovations,” said Hughes. “We are also in the process of acquiring other nearby properties for expansion of the center, to include a banquet hall to be rented out for various social gatherings, which will contribute to our vision and its sustainability.”

The Idle Time Club has been a fixture in East Toledo since it was first opened by Tom Whitehead in 1973. Due to mismanagement by a former manager, the Idle Time fell on hard times and lost its non-profit 501(c)(3) status in the process.

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