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Over the past couple of months there have been several burglaries throughout Toledo by two individuals who fraudulently claim to be from the water department or gas company.

The suspects, described as two Hispanic males and/or one Hispanic female; or two white males and/or one white female, are usually dressed in coveralls or uniform type clothing. One even wore a hard hat.

They are very polite and cordial and talk their way into the elderly victims’ homes. Once inside, they split up and keep the victim distracted “looking for leaks.”

Once they leave, the victim finds that money and jewelry are missing. In one case, the victim said they came in a nice red car and pulled all the way into the drive. In an earlier case, the neighbor indentified a blue mini-van as the suspect vehicle. In the most recent case, the suspects were described as two males, one about 40-years-old, with greasy mixed dark and gray hair and one male about 20-years-old. They were driving a full size blue van. They may have followed the victim home from the grocery story.

The Toledo Police Department said the public should keep their doors locked and check to see if vehicles are clearly marked with the City of Toledo or Columbia Gas seal. Water Department employees will have visible identification. If there is any doubt, call 9-1-1 before you allow anyone into your home. If you have information on the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. Call 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is in progress.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian served as Master of Ceremonies, and

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representatives of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Oregon City Schools District were in attendance at Oregon’s Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day held at Coy School off Pickle Road on April 30.

“There’s really no one in the area who has probably done more for promoting trees and conservation, let alone all the other things she had done,” said Don Charlton, chairperson of the Oregon Tree Commission, which sponsored the event.

On Friday, several ornamental and columnar trees were planted around a European Purple Beech tree, which was planted in the center of the east side traffic circle in front of the school last fall in memory of Betty.

“Generally speaking, I think it’s safe to say that everyone who was there was glad they were able to attend. It was a very positive, heartwarming experience,” said Charlton after the event.

“It was well attended, and we felt it was a very memorable occasion. The European Purple Beech tree and surrounding trees are now highly visible from the school and Pickle Road,” said Charlton.

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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance providing for a fee schedule for non-resident participation in city recreation programs.

Oregon students whose parents are employed in the Oregon City Schools District, but who live outside the city, were no longer allowed to participate in the city recreation program after July 31 last year.

Following complaints, the city’s recreation and parks committee came up with a fee schedule that would allow non-residents to participate if council passes an ordinance on the issue Monday.

At a committee of the whole meeting last week, council debated the matter.

Councilman Terry Reeves, chairman of the committee, said the committee, the city recreation advisory board, and city recreation director believe the inclusion of non-resident participation in the Oregon parks and recreation youth and adult sports program enhances the recreation experience for Oregon residents through increased diversity, quantity and quality of competition.

“A fee structure for non-resident participation was developed that covers the recreation department program expenses, including a surcharge in fairness to Oregon residents,” he said.

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Genoa Village Council decided Tuesday to ask Ottawa County law enforcement to look into a possible misappropriation of public funds.

Councilmembers voted 5-1 during a special meeting to send the request to Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton and Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, Village Administrator Garth Reynolds confirmed Wednesday.

Councilman John Lewis cast the single “no” vote.

The issue surrounds a clerk-type position at the village hall.

Reynolds, who oversees that position, referred further comment regarding the meeting to council president Dave Adams.

The person currently filling the position was employed through a county placement program in partnership with the Ohio Job and Family Services office, Adams said.

“They paid part of it (the salary) and we paid the other part,” he explained.

Records show the placement was approved for Aug. 25, 2008 until March 1, 2009, Adams said.

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Oregon City Council unanimously approved a zoning change following a public hearing for E.S. Wagner, of 840 Patchen Road, for the operation of a concrete crushing facility at 2215 Navarre Avenue.

Lewis J. Wagner, the applicant for the zoning change, requested that the parcel be rezoned from M-1 Light Industrial to M-2 General Industrial.

An E.S. Wagner official said the expansion may mean more jobs.

A public hearing on the matter was held on March 16 by the Oregon Plan Commission, which voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the rezoning application.

The rezoned parcel is located on the north side of Navarre between the city border and I-280, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning.

“E.S. Wagner has a storage and repair yard located on this parcel,” Gilmore said to council. The concrete crushing facility would be located just north of the storage building.

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