The Press Newspaper
Preliminary data indicate there were fewer fatalities from traffic crashes last year in area counties than in 2012, reflecting a state-wide trend.
Fatalities from crashes dropped last year in Wood, Lucas and Ottawa counties but increased in Sandusky County, according to figures compiled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The highway patrol said 982 persons died last year in traffic crashes in the state compared to 1,122 in 2012.
A non-profit group that collects clothing and shoes in recycling drop boxes or bins located throughout Northwood asked the city to reconsider their removal.
Robert Thompson, an official with Planet Aid, which collects clothing and shoes for the needy, said his group wants to work with the city to keep the yellow bins in the community.
Former Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton said he will plead guilty to a single charge of theft in office and will resign his current position as Genoa police chief.
Bratton, 60, is accused of mishandling $5,000 in federal Furtherance of Justice Funds between 2008 and 2011 for personal spending during his tenure as Ottawa County sheriff. He served as sheriff from 2004 to 2011.
“I made a mistake. I admit I made a mistake,” Bratton said, “And I will go into court and I will sit down and I will plead guilty and I will no longer be able to be a police officer.”
Northwood is looking at installing street lights at Wales and Drouillard roads to improve safety at the intersection.
“We’ve had a couple of accidents there,” Administrator Bob Anderson said at a recent council meeting. “We want to make it as safe as possible.”
The city has received cost estimates to install the lights, he said.
Northwood and Oregon responded quickly to the demands caused by heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures and wind chills last week.
Northwood’s four snowplows had not stopped until the main roads and side streets had been cleared, said City Administrator Bob Anderson Wednesday evening.