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For Keith Walker, owner of Walker Funeral Homes, the increase in both heroin and opioid related deaths has not been a boon to his business. In fact, it has sickened him.

“We have had 22 overdose related deaths here in the last 12 months and I am tired of seeing it,” Walker said. “I have had friends, friends' children, a nephew of a friend of mine, and young people who were all lost way too soon. Something has to be done to help stop this epidemic.”

Walker said he has seen an uptick in the number of heroin and opioid related deaths in the last three years. Prior to that, he maybe saw three such deaths a year.

While lauding industrial development on Northwood’s west side and $32 million in construction projects in 2015, newly elected Northwood Mayor Ed Schimmel would ultimately like to see more rooftops, which would lead to more retail.

Schimmel says anytime a well-known restaurant chain shows interest, the developer ultimately cites “not enough rooftops” as the reason for not moving into Northwood. He adds there is plenty of land available within city limits, some of it his family owns and farms, suitable for new housing, and he believes big box stores have had a negative impact in regards to attracting other stores.

Schimmel, an attorney, cites the 1960s, before he was born, when it was Northwood that was considered suburban Toledo’s gold mine of the future for possible development, leading to the area’s first multi-store indoor shopping center, the Woodville Mall.

Michael Shadoan loves Oak Harbor and he wants great things for the village.

That's why he's chosen to make a $2,000 donation to the Oak Harbor Revitalization Project. And he will commit $2,000 each year for the next decade for various projects.

The organization, which is dedicated to advancing business development in the community, is hoping to jumpstart a project on the village's riverfront at the end of Church Street. The proposed development could include a pavilion/shelter house and possibly an amphitheater.

The Elmore Police Department is asking for anyone with information about thefts last year from Woodmore High School to come forward.

In a Jan. 20 news release, Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison calls the department’s investigation as “ongoing however not active unless new information is developed.”

The thefts were reported to police on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 by Jim Kieper, the high school principal, and Steve Barr, athletic director. Kieper reported funds missing from “athletic event admissions” and Barr notified police of a “cash box reported stolen from unoccupied and unsecured concession building,” according to police reports.

A tip from Rossford police led investigators to a home in Genoa where a man and woman with outstanding warrants were hiding and arrested on drug-related charges.

Stephen Baczewski and Kaylynne Dean, both 26 and both of Rossford, have each been indicted on two felony counts of possession of drugs and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug abuse instruments.

Mark Mulligan, Ottawa County prosecutor, said the tip led officers to the home where the suspects were found hiding in a crawl space.

Both had outstanding warrants from Wood County, Mulligan said.

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