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The conviction of a third man involved in a 2013 robbery at an Oak Harbor residence has been upheld by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The court affirmed the May 2014 decision of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court that sentenced Travis Edwards to two consecutive 18-month prison terms for attempted robbery and attempted intimidation of a witness.

In December, the appeals court upheld the 11-year and 14-year sentences imposed on Cody McClanahan and Paul Thebeau, III, respectively.

The cases stemmed from a Dec. 5 2013 robbery at the home of James Edens, Jr., who was in the home at the time with his sons Jimmy Edens, Ryan DeVincent and Kevin Edens.

According to court records, Edwards and the other co-defendants entered the home and assaulted James and Jimmy in front of the children, demanded money and smashed cell phones.

Edwards was indicted on charges of burglary, aggravated burglary and intimidation of a witness.

In March, prosecutors amended two counts of the indictment and dismissed the remaining counts in exchange for Edwards withdrawing his not guilty plea and pleading guilty.

Tensions over recent financial missteps left Oak Harbor Village Council on edge Tuesday night.

Councilwoman Donna Wendt-Elliot kicked off the lively debate by accusing Mayor Bill Eberle of being aware of the Northern Manufacturing departure and not informing council sooner to plan for the financial hit.

The mayor announced at the first meeting of January that Northern Manufacturing, one of the only major industries within corporate limits, will be moving most of its Locust Street operations to Lakewinds Industrial Park where it will consolidate with its other operations. A new tax abatement program initiated by Ottawa County helped move the project along.

“I hate to start the year out with derogatory comments. But I’m frustrated,” explained Wendt-Elliot, who said a number of people had told her the mayor knew about the issue months ago.

“We need to do something now,” she added about creating a similar Community Reinvestment Area for tax abatement that will make the village competitive.

The 2015-2016 small game hunting seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Jan. 14, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Hunting season date proposals are prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting season will be presented at the next council meeting on Feb. 11.

Proposed 2015 hunting season dates are:
• Sept. 1 - Squirrel and dove hunting

• Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov.1 -Youth small game hunting seasons statewide

• Nov. 6 - Cottontail rabbit, ring-necked pheasant and bobwhite quail The proposed open counties for quail hunting remain the same as last season: Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Jackson, Meigs, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Warren.

• Nov. 10 - Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel hunting and trapping

Bay Area Credit Union posed a challenge to community members in 2014 – save $280,000 in loan interest and help local charities. The community saved a total of $343,801.26 in loan interest and, as a result, three local charities will receive a total of $8,000.

The Community Challenge is an annual campaign that strives to save the community money while benefiting local charities. This year’s campaign ran from April 23 to Dec. 31, 2014, and had four participating charities – Jerusalem Township Food Pantry, James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center, Vail Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center and Toledo Animal Shelter.

“We are overwhelmed by the success of our first community challenge. We were able to save more for our members and donate to three worthy charities, which is what our credit union philosophy is truly about,” Val Strickland, Marketing Director of Bay Area Credit Union, said. “We helped over 100 members save on their loan interest by refinancing them at better rates.”

Seven months after hearing a proposal from Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn to have his office handle emergency dispatching service for Lake Township, the township trustees have agreed to contract with him.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with the sheriff for four years at an annual cost of $88,003.

The contract will go into effect April 1.

A contract the township has with LifeStar is scheduled to expire at that time. Under that agreement, the company staffs the township’s Lemoyne Road dispatching facility and answers calls for the township, including the villages of Millbury and Walbridge and City of Rossford.

Rossford late last year opted to contract with the sheriff’s department and Walbridge council is close to approving an ordinance to have the sheriff provide the service.

Police Chief Mark Hummer said it wasn’t economically feasible for the township to provide its own service and he didn’t receive replies from Perrysburg Township and City of Northwood for requests for bids for them to provide the service.

The contract with LifeStar is for $262,000 a year and costs were apportioned between Rossford, Walbridge and the township based on call volume.


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