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Nearly a half century ago, a woman known as “Ginger” was one of the most notorious residents of Northwest Ohio. As the famous madam of an equally famous house of ill repute on Woodville Road, she and a small army of accomplices were facing a major federal indictment that included charges of tax evasion, gambling, white slavery and bribery.

The case captured the public's attention in 1971. It offered a trial filled with steamy testimony, revealed the sordid underbelly of the prostitution trade, and how the "Round the Clock Grille", the front for a popular bordello, was able to evade criminal prosecution for so many years.

The stunning revelations would eventually bring down the sitting Ottawa County Sheriff, James Ellenberger, for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and it would send former Ottawa County Sheriff Myron Hetrick to prison for perjury after he lied about helping to distribute the bribe money.

For the last several months, there have been increasing reports of counterfeit bills circulating throughout Oregon.

Although it stretches back from earlier this year, recent police reports state that the phony greenbacks have made their way to merchants, particularly Walmart at 3721 Navarre Avenue.

Among the reports:
• On Oct. 9, a $20 bill was used to make a purchase at Walmart, according to police. “The suspect made a purchase from register No. 9 and paid in cash,” states the police report. “The suspect gave the clerk a $20 bill, which was turned in with the clerk’s drawer to the counting room.” An employee found the bill as she was counting the money from the drawer.

• On Oct. 6, a $5 bill was detected in a cash drawer in Walmart, likely received between Noon and Midnight, according to the police report.

• On Sept. 28, a woman found pieces of counterfeit $10 bills in the Walmart parking lot after she was exiting the store at 3721 Navarre Ave., between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

With a $50,000 health insurance increase looming for 2015, Oak Harbor Village Council agreed it must make a concerted effort to stabilize costs.

The village’s estimated 14 percent increase falls in line with the trend nationwide, according to councilwoman Jackie Macko, who chairs the committee overseeing the village’s medical and health insurance plan that covers 24 employees. She recently met with the Ashley Group to discuss upcoming plan changes and has a meeting Nov. 10 with the local administrator, the Druckenmiller Agency.

“Basically, it’s a $50,000 increase but there is little change to the policy,” Mayor Bill Eberle said.

The hefty rate increase punctuates the need for village council to dig in and really sift through a slate of program options that’ll help offset future costs, Macko insisted.

State and Wood County officials said they’ve been unable to verify recent reports of black bear sightings.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said his department has received two reports – the most recent one last month outside of the Village of Luckey – but it hasn’t been verified by his staff.

“I believe we had two bear reports but neither one has been confirmed by a deputy,” he said Tuesday.

Likewise John Windau, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources office in Findlay, who said his office has received sighting reports in two local counties.

“We have received reports of black bears this year in Wood and Lucas counties, but none of them were able to be verified,” he said.

The Ottawa County Engineer’s office was able to fill its road salt storage facility to capacity last spring but county officials are uncertain they can purchase more in the immediate future.

David Brunkhorst, county engineer, and Sheriff Stephen Levorchick last week announced the county’s procedures and protocols for the 2014-15 winter season will include having plows available during storm conditions, with primary coverage focusing on 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Weather conditions such as precipitation type and ambient air temperature, both existing and forecasted, will control the timing and amount of salt/stone that will be placed,” the statement says. “Our primary effort for basic snow events will be plowing to keep the roadways open to traffic. It makes no sense to place salt/stone on the pavement if we are experiencing blowing and drifting conditions.”

Brunkhorst described the carry-over supply of salt as the only “sure thing” the county has at the moment.

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