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The Northwest Ohio Charter School Coalition (NWOCSC) has accused Toledo Public Schools of writing threatening letters to parents of charter school students to appear at a Toledo Public School attendance hearing or have their case referred to the Lucas County Juvenile Court.

The letters, sent to some parents at Eagle Academy in East Toledo and Maritime Academy in Toledo, allege that their children are not enrolled in school. Maritime Academy says two parents received letters, while Eagle Academy said they were contacted by one parent who received a letter, and a second parent who was getting “harassing truancy phone calls from a nearby Toledo public school.

Mitchell Bean, executive director of Eagle Academy, said one parent received harassing phone calls from a nearby Toledo public middle school, even after explaining that the child is enrolled at a charter school. Bean says another parent received a letter, but apparently resolved the matter with TPS and destroyed the letter.

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The state auditor's office will conduct an audit of Jerusalem Township's books for 2008.

It is the second year in a row that the township has received a single year audit.

The state regularly conducts two year audits of townships, according to Emily Frazee, deputy press secretary for  State Auditor Mary Taylor's office.

"Last year, in the fall of 2008, we did a single year audit of 2007 because trustees and the fiscal officer requested it. Trustees have again requested a single year audit of the 2008 financial statement," she said.

The auditor of state is required by Ohio Revised Code to conduct financial audits of all government entities, she said.

"We look at bank records, meeting minutes, money coming in and going out of the township - anything that impacts the financial health of the township. We want to get a sense of how they're doing," she said.

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An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court for a Genoa man charged with forgery and theft of funds from the WPOS-FM Christian radio station in Holland, O.

Richard Waldron has been charged with five counts of forgery, a fifth degree felony, and one count of grand theft, a fourth degree felony.

He had been employed as general manager and an announcer at WPOS before recently leaving the station.

Jack L Karsten, Jr., Delta, was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence, a third degree felony, and one count of tampering with records, a first degree misdemeanor.

He had been employed as an accountant at the station.

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Craig Lammers has always been interested in history and baseball.

"I just combined the two," he said.

Lammers, 51, a 1976 graduate of Lake High School, has written biographies on several 19th and 20th Century baseball players, including Jim Hughey, the last major league pitcher to lose 30 games in a season, in 1899.

"He pitched for the Cleveland Spiders," Lammers said.

BCSN broadcaster Greg Franke, who has known Lammers for nearly 30 years, said, "If there is a better baseball researcher anywhere in this country than him, you'd have to show me. He is one of the great authorities on baseball research and history anywhere in this country. That's not an exaggeration. I think people ought to know about him."

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Between 150 to 200 people showed up at the Christ Dunberger Post Legion Hall on Pickle Road for a special send-off to Northwood graduates Lance Mendoza, Ronnie Koch, Brandon Bugbee, and Thomas Lackner.

The young men, who have enlisted into the U.S. Marines, were also honored at a blessing ceremony at Hope Community Church in early September. Three of the boys left one day after their send-off for basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and Lackner is scheduled to leave in October.

“The kids have known each other from I think second grade, when we moved over to Northwood,” Susie Mendoza, Lance’s mother, said.

“I know Lance and Ronnie were on the same soccer team when they were little, in third grade. The only way I know that is because I was their coach and every year at the end of the year the parents of the soccer team would give me a shirt with the names of all the kids on it. They were all pretty close, but Brandon and Ronnie were really close.

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