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At age 11, Walbridge resident Craig Burtch was diagnosed with multiple cavernous angiomas, a congenital abnormality that causes brain hemorrhaging due to a lesion in the brain.

"He had his first 'bleed' at 11 and he has had 10 bleeds since, with three brain surgeries," said Burtch's mother, Linda Hamilton. "Some of the bleeds were large enough to require three brain surgeries, and we traveled as far as Gainesville, Fla., and Phoenix for those surgeries."

In 2006, Burtch had two bleeds in the brain stem and had to be put on high doses of steroids to combat the swelling within the brain stem. Doctors now think that the high doses of steroids may be the cause of a bone disease called avascular necrosis, or AVN.

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Who voters decide will be Toledo’s next mayor may depend on whether city leaders need to think “creatively,” or if they need a “reality check.”

Those are the words said repeatedly by mayoral candidates Keith Wilkowski and Mike Bell on Thursday during a debate at The Courtyard at Navy Bistro in The Docks restaurant complex.

East Toledo voters got to hear views from both candidates as they squared off in a forum sponsored by the East Toledo Club and The Press. Bell and Wilkowski finished as the top two vote getters in September’s primary, and only one will be elected November 3 to replace current mayor Carty Finkbeiner in January.

Bell attended the University of Toledo with a concentration in business, and was a UT football co-captain and student of the year. He has more than 19 years experience as Toledo’s Fire Chief and State Fire Marshal. He was the first African-American as well as the youngest person ever to lead the Toledo Fire Department with its 500 plus employees.

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Naming their new pet store, Pet Finatics LLC, didn't come overnight for David Grosjean II and his fiancee, Tracy Kamelesky.

"We were going round and round with names for like two months," Grosjean said. "We were trying to figure out a play on words of some sort, but we didn't want to be too out of the ordinary. This just popped in my head and we discussed it with a few people. We had two pages of names we went through."

Pet Finatics was almost Pets Unlimited, or, better yet, Tank Dogs.

"My friends sometimes call me Tank," Grosjean said, "because I used to do aquarium maintenance."

Make no mistake, this guy was destined to either work in a pet store or own one.

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Former Oregon Police Chief Tom Gulch told city council before a packed room on Oct. 12 that Mayor Marge Brown had tried to interfere on several occasions while he was investigating her son, Officer Jeff Brown.

Gulch spoke after council unanimously agreed to lift a clause in a separation agreement he had with the city that banned him from speaking negatively about the city administration. Councilman Bill Myers last week asked council to lift the clause after he read about it in The Press.

Gulch had wanted to comment about complaints that were made against Officer Brown, who was disciplined for various violations following an internal affairs investigation, but believed the separation agreement prohibited him from doing so.

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Northwood City Council will allow Waste Management of Ohio to use Michigan load trucks to haul fly ash down East Broadway for deposit into Waste Management’s Evergreen Recycling and Disposal solid waste landfill.

The permit allows an average of 15 trucks per day, weighing a total of 750 tons, to travel down a half mile segment of East Broadway to Evergreen, located at East Broadway and Wales roads, said Bacon.

The city wants to recoup any costs associated with the wear and tear of that segment of the road, which had just been repaved about four years ago, according to Administrator Pat Bacon.

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