The Press Newspaper
Court rules in favor of lakefront landowners
By Larry Limpf
The legal argument over where Lake Erie shoreline property becomes private land shifted in favor of land owners with the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruling property lines change with the water level.
The court ruled last week the land beneath the water is open to the public and lakefront property residents own the land above the waterline.
The ruling essentially upholds a ruling by the Lake County Commons Pleas Court in December, 2007.
“By setting the boundary at the water’s edge, we recognize and respect the private property rights of littoral owners, while at the same time, provide for the public’s use of the waters of Lake Erie and the land submerged under those waters, when submerged. The water’s edge provides a readily discernible boundary for both the public and littoral landowners,” the appeals court wrote.
An autopsy on the body of a woman found in Lake Erie near Oak Harbor has determined the cause of death but law enforcement officials Thursday said they weren’t disclosing how she died until the investigation has proceeded further.
The autopsy also confirmed the victim was dead before being placed in the water. Investigators had estimated the body had been in the water for less than two weeks.
The victim is a white female and believed to be under 30 with long brown hair in a pony tail and brown eyes. Her height is 5-7 and her weight is 122 pounds.
Several more tattoos were discovered on her body during the autopsy, including a second five point star with a sun burst design found on her left front shoulder. An identical tattoo is on her right shoulder.
A petition drive to maintain gasoline service at the 7-Eleven store in Walbridge has garnered more than 1,000 signatures.
Gail Adler, the franchisee for the store at 200 N. Main Street, and her son-in-law, Mike Doyle, embarked on a petition drive after being notified by the company it plans to stop selling gasoline at the store after the Labor Day holiday.
The two had said they hoped the petitions would give them some leverage with the corporate office as they try to continue the service.
Last week, Doyle said a division manager told him the decision to close the gasoline pumps could be delayed for another year.
A New York businessman says he may be able to close a deal to purchase the Woodville Mall in a few weeks.
Mike Kohan, who has purchased several malls in the Midwest in recent years, said he remains in negotiations to purchase the mall, which has seen many of its smaller stores close and one of three anchor stores, Elder Beerman, announce it plans to close in September.
“I have a lot of plans for that mall,” he said. “I want to open up my own stores; clothing shops, children shops, shoe stores, book stores, toy stores. I’m in merchandizing myself so I won’t have to wait for stores to come. I’ll open some stores myself. I don’t want to be wasting time just waiting for tenants.”
Patricia Lewis, who lives on Recker Road in Troy Township, and her house guest, Paul Urban, are used to seeing dogs show up out of nowhere.
When Middi, a 13-year old dachshund mix, came walking into their homestead on Friday, August 17 at about 7 p.m., the couple thought little of it.
“We live in a very secluded area and we get dogs out here all the time. So we see this dog prancing down the street,” recalled Urban, who is retired.
“Pat was on her way to work (at Genoa Care Center) and she called me back on the phone and said, ‘This dog is going towards Bradner Road,’ and we live just west of Bradner.”
The next day, the dog found its way to their barn.