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Jerusalem Township trustees want former Trustee Rodney Graffis to reimburse the township $20,174.04 that an audit in 2007 showed he had improperly received for health insurance coverage.
The special prosecutor in the case of Terri Camp, Woodville, who is seeking to have her driving privileges re-instated after being convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, has asked the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court for a hearing continuance.
Christy Cole, who was appointed special prosecutor by Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, said Thursday she has filed a motion asking the court to re-schedule Camp’s hearing because of a scheduling conflict with her private practice.
Cole has also filed a motion with the court opposing Camp’s request.
Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters had scheduled a hearing on Camp’s request for Feb. 26.
On paper, Camp appears to be someone who has turned her life around and overcome past problems with alcohol.
Since her release from prison for a conviction in 1993 of aggravated vehicular homicide committed while driving drunk, she has earned the certification for becoming an optician and is employed by a Woodville optometrist. Camp, 45, has also been a participant in a 12-step program and completed the Healing, Encouraging, Abstinence, and Recovery Through Sobriety (HEARTS) program.
Terry Breymaier, president of Friends of Pearson Park, refers to the Metropark’s
300-acre north expansion as “one of the biggest conversation pieces in Oregon.”
Pearson North is in the process of being restored to its natural state as a swamp woods and open wetland by the Columbus-based Ohio Wetlands Foundation.
Pearson North, acquired in 2001, is beginning to show positive signs of becoming a wetland capable of attracting natural habitat, says OWF President Vincent E. Messerley.
Messerley said the oasis of trees, water and meadow provided by the area will be a natural stopover for birds, and meadows with wildflowers will provide important nectaring sources for butterflies and insects.
“We thought it had the highest chance of being a good wetland project to restore the Old Black Swamp and we settled on that,” Messerley said.
Since then, 100,000 trees, shrubs, and bushes have been planted in Pearson North.
“The ratio we used was 600 individual tree seedlings per acre and 100 shrubs per acre,” Messerley said. “We tried very hard to use native seed material from this area, or from Michigan or Indiana, and stay within this climate as much as possible.”
Oregon Police Officer Jeff Brown, who was suspended last year following an internal affairs investigation involving several women, was put on paid administrative leave late last month.
Mayor Mike Seferian said police are looking at whether Brown, the son of former Mayor Marge Brown, violated department rules, but would not disclose details because the matter is under investigation.
“Pending the outcome of the investigation, we just put him on administrative leave,” said Seferian.
Brown could not be reached for comment.
Police Chief Rick Stager would not comment for The Press.
It is the latest police department investigation of Brown.
He received disciplinary action last year as the result of an investigation that stretched back seven years. He was suspended for 20 days for his repeated and illegal use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to gain information about an ex-girlfriend over a two year period.
Dave Zenk, superintendent in charge of maintenance for the Metroparks of the Toledo Area's operations division, says Oregon’s Pearson Park is in for a $498,396 capital improvement renovation slated to begin in 2010.
The projects will affect the original Pearson and the new 300-acre Pearson North expansion. Six more contracts will be bid over the next six years totaling another $100,000, Zenk said.
A one and three-quarter mile hiking and biking trail will be constructed in Pearson North that will travel alongside the 3,000 foot long Heckman Creek. The trail is designed to be positioned on the outside looking in towards the park, and is expected to be completed this year.
The trail is being funded by a $270,000 Clean Ohio Grant through the state’s Department of Natural Resources, with about $68,000 in funds being matched by the Metroparks. Zenk said bids coming in for the trail’s construction are one-third less than the original estimates.
Zenk added the Metroparks has just finished a two-year physical assessment study of its capital assets in the original parts of Pearson.