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Was Officer Jeff Brown’s suspension too lenient?
Written by Kelly Kaczala & Melissa Burden   
Monday, 05 October 2009 09:49

Officials deny Oregon Police Officer Jeff Brown, son of Mayor Marge Brown, received lenient treatment 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.

Many posters on The Press’s message board, “Shout,” believe Brown, who was given a 20-day suspension for the LEADS violations, should have been dismissed for the offense, which the Ohio Revised Code calls a fifth degree felony.

LEADS gives police access to national criminal justice databases and provides personal details about individuals, including their addresses, phone numbers, and other private information.

Brown, who is married, used LEADS as recently as May 26, 2009, to look up information on former girlfriend Tanya Hernandez, according to an internal affairs report released Sept. 4 that investigated the officer over a seven year period.

 
Site plans for new school on agenda
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:56

The Genoa school board is scheduled to open bids this week for preliminary work on the site where a new elementary school will be constructed.

Board members plan to meet Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. to open the bids for what is called an “early site package” that covers grading, drainage, extending utilities to the site, and related issues, said Bill Nye, district treasurer.

The board and administration held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new school on Sept. 16.

Voters in November approved a 1.9-mill, 28-year bond issue that will be used to fund the local share of construction costs for the new school as well as renovations to the high school building.

The bond issue is expected to generate about $5.2 million for the project while the Ohio School Facilities Commission will provide funding for the balance of the costs.

 
Oregon schools address concerns of swine flu
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:54

The Oregon City Schools District is urging parents and students to follow simple procedures in trying to prevent, and treat swine flu, just as they would any flu.

Two students at Fassett Middle School, a sixth grader and eighth grader, are the first confirmed cases of swine flu in the district.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar said a parent of one of the students with the virus contacted the administration on Sept. 18 to disclose the illness.

He’s fielded “quite a few calls” from parents since then.

“The majority of the community is reasonable and understands,” he said. “We try to address those concerns and reassure them our buildings are clean and safe. If their kids are not sick, they should be sending them to school.”

 
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