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        A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for April 26 in Ottawa County Municipal Court for an Elmore man accused of posting threats on a Facebook page against the Arabian Horse Rescue Mission.

        According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Shaun Harder, 23, was arrested Feb. 26  on one count of aggravated menacing , a first degree misdemeanor.

        One of the comments posted by Harder on his Facebook page states: “the horses need ppl like us; the Arabian Horse rescue group needs to be slaughtered like livestock,” according to the sheriff’s department.

        On Jan. 29, Ottawa County Humane Society personnel went to a Carroll Township farm to remove horses which were suffering from severe malnourishment and dehydration.

        Forty-two charges of animal cruelty were filed in municipal court against Robin Vess, 54, who was living at the farm on Behlman Road.

        Sheriff Bob Bratton said Harder has been a volunteer with the Humane Society. That agency   became embroiled in a dispute over custody of the horses with Arabian Horse Rescue Mission, of New Jersey.

        The sheriff said a detective from his office was contacted Feb. 19 by the Toledo office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance regarding the threats on the Facebook page.

        More than 30 rescued horses were transported to the Sandusky County Fairgrounds to be rehabilitated and then sent to foster homes.

        At the time, Nancy Silva, Ottawa County Humane Officer, said she and rescue team members found one dead foal at the Vess farm and three horses that were down and had to be euthanized. One horse had to be euthanized after it was taken to the fairgrounds.

Works of prominent Latino printmaker on display at TMA

What better place to display artwork by an artist whose last name is Toledo than

at the Toledo Museum of Art?

Mexican artist Francisco Toledo -- whose last name is pronounced toe-LEY-doe like the Spanish city for which Ohio’s Glass City was named -- is considered “one of the most important printmakers of his generation anywhere in the world,” said Amy Gilman, the TMA’s associate curator of modern and contemporary art and organizer of the exhibit.

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Candidates vying to be Ohio’s next governor have found an issue they can agree on.

Incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and his Republican challenger John Kasich have both declared their opposition to a ballot measure planned by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal advocacy groups for the November election.

The candidates spoke last week to about 400 farmers, legislators, and guests at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Ag Day event in Columbus.

The Humane Society is backing a petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution that would establish certain rules for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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An article in the March 1 Metro edition of The Press incorrectly stated that Dr. Leah Dorman, a former veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, was an appointee to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

She hasn’t been appointed to the board. She will discuss State Issue 2, which established the board, at the Ottawa County Agriculture Community Breakfast on March 26 in Oak Harbor.

After 35 years and millions of investment, River East Economic Revitalization Corporation has closed its doors.

The East Toledo-based Community Development Corporation assisted and educated the local business community, created and maintained jobs, operated a business incubator, and redeveloped existing buildings and vacant land, in particular, brownfield sites.

A recent real estate assessment on the Lucas County website had 53 properties listed as being owned by River East Corporation, but former board members say those properties have been sold or have been negotiated for sale and are awaiting closing.

“Fifty-three properties is a lot — that basically has been whittled down to nothing,” said Neil MacKinnon, an east side businessman who served over 10 years on the board. “We didn’t file for bankruptcy and we worked out agreements with the creditors and everybody has been very creative working with us.”

River East is best known for The Docks in International Park, the renovation of the historic Weber Block at Main and Front, Starboardside Condominiums, and its role in nurturing the proposed Marina District.

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